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Product Review: Gym Gear – BFR Bands (blood flow restriction) bands

Disclaimer:  This blog does not constitute medical advice, nor should it be interpreted as a substitute for appropriate medical training. Consult your doctor before using.

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I got exactly what you see here, but my legs are red. I was hoping the legs had a easy on off buckle like the arms. I’m not sure how to wrap the legs. I hope there are directions!

The package is heavy and the arm wraps seemed to be very well made but I only looked at them for a second.

Unfortunately, yesterday was biceps. I’ll have to google if they are good for triceps as well.

Super Saiyan says use occlusion training on arms they use machine curl biceps and rope push down triceps at the end of the workout every 4-6 weeks they say this isn’t something you want to do every workout.

They are using a Mark Bell slingshot band. I believe this one

Which is not a good idea! It is not designed for that! You cannot adjust the bands to make sure the blood traveling into the muscle is still going on and the blood leaving is slowed down.

Don’t use products the way they aren’t intended! And if they are not in good shape, throw them out! I have seen too many people get hurt from ripped lifting straps because they keep them too long! If they start to rip throw them out!

The same goes for these bands! They are designed to be the thickness they are if they start to rip, they are no longer that wide and can cause injury!

These bands are no joke! You have to know exactly what you are doing! Listen to the directions! If there’s pain or numb hands (pins and needles) it’s too tight! You are essentially putting a tourniquet on your arm!

Tourniquets:

Leaving it on too long, causing neurovascular damage and tissue death. Generally, permanent nerve, muscle and blood vessel damage can occur after about two hours. Placing it too far away from the wound, or on the wrong type of wound (i.e. wounds at a joint) Fabricating a tourniquet from an inappropriate material.

You don’t want your limbs amputated because you are an idiot! So pay close attention to the directions!

Once you learn what you are doing and aren’t a beginner in the gym:

This seems like a great way to help me build leg strength and muscles with my military knee injury! You are supposed to lift 30% of your one rep max until failure.

So, light weight, high reps = success! That’s a dream come true for anyone with a joint injury!

I can’t wait to try it!

**Update** January 10th 2018

I tried the bands on my arms last night and I’m not sure if I tightened them enough.

I did feel tightness in the muscle especially at the top by the band site. At the end of my workout, I did 4 sets of one arm machine curl and 4 sets of triceps press down. After removing the bands the muscle was still tight at the band site for 15 mins after.

Today my triceps are actually sore, so I believe they did help!

stay tuned for legs tomorrow! This I can’t wait for!

**Update** January 11th 2018

WOW! I just did 4 sets of 15 leg extensions with 70lbs and I feel like I did a full leg workout! Next time I will save it till my last exercise instead of my first! Lol

Ok back to working out!

in case you are wondering which numbers I used because the leg straps have easy to line up numbers, my quads are too big to line up the numbers. So it was 10 and blank Lol I was about 2-3″ away from the 1.

hmm ok new update same day! I gave my legs a 15 min break to return to normal and now I am lifting more than I have since I came back six weeks ago! Maybe the bands increased the blood flow in the quads after releasing it?

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Product Review: Gym Gear – Gallon Gear

I was planning on doing a head to head comparison with Isobag. The Isojug has an ice pack.

However; I suspect that it adds a lot of weight (to the already 7lb Gallon) to one side of the jug making it off balance. Anyway; ISOjug declined to participate! I guess they were scared to go up against Gallon Gear!

I got my Gallon Gear!!

Initial Inspection

Gallon Gear sleeve

The neoprene cover is nice and thick! It looks to be strong and stitched really well!

It wasn’t the easiest to put the cover one initially, but I did get it on!

The key hook looks like it can be easily ripped off. I prefer putting it in the mesh pocket. The pocket is supposed to be for your wallet, but I don’t trust anyone enough to use it! It does keep my key tight and secure inside. I will think of another usage for the clip (possibly my gym tag!) that way I can easily scan in! If I decide to do it, I will take the card and a drill bit and drill the hole larger to easily clip it on.

The cellphone pocket in front or id holder is the best part! My phone always makes my Adidas pants fall down and in the summer I wear fight shorts that don’t have any pockets, except a small inside pocket for my money clip. I will try putting my cell in the clear holder or in the mesh pocket and see which one I prefer.

Overall I am really psyched as I don’t like carrying a gallon, but now it has a purpose.

What I am missing is a shoulder strap or some way to hook it on a cardio machine as a gallon will not fit in their cup holders. You might want to think about that for the Gallon Gear 2.0.

The designs are really cool! The American Flag is my favorite! But they also have camo, Black, pink and a bunch more! The more options you have to unleash your personality in the gym.

Another idea for Gallon Gear would be customization and branding! Charge extra to add a business name/logo, a school/university’s name/logo, a person’s name or person’s nickname! I would put Bad Company on mine as that’s my nickname!

I’m sure some gyms, schools and companies would love that option! The Butler Bulldogs (colors: blue and gold)

Especially, if you also let them pick the ink color. Like Bad Company in Gold on the American Flag, as most flags have gold trim.

Reusable Gallon container

First off it’s just under a gallon! So, be careful pouring in your gallon of water! You will spill and if you add things to your water like BCAAs, you will have to drink a little to make some room for the powder.

Tomorrow, I will be adding Rich Piana’s All Day You May! And All Day I Will! 💪🏼 😝

I love the black color bottle (there are multiple colors to choose from (black, blue, green, purple, red and pink) I feel the black might help me not pay attention to how much water is left and just drink it lol!

It may even help protect the BCAAs from sunlight (and spoiling) kind of like a dark colored beer bottle protects the beer.

If the full gallon isn’t for you, they also offer a half gallon size.

But I would stay away from that and just be hardcore! Lol

You should drink a gallon a day especially if you are working out! So if you choose the half gallon, somewhere along the line you will have to refill! So, where are you going to keep the half full gallon? Are you buying 2 – 1/2 Gallon reusable bottles and carrying both to work or one to work and leave one in your car? Will it freeze if left in the car? Do you leave it at home? Are you home early enough to finish the other half gallon before bed without having to wake up 20 times during the night to pee?

Too many unanswered questions! So man up and stick to the gallon!

Wait; maybe you have kids that want to mimic Dad or Mom? Especially, if they are active in sports! You can buy them the half gallon!

Your son has football practice. Mom: Here’s a half gallon with Gatorade, I put some money in an envelope in the mesh pocket in case you want to buy a snack. Your student id is in the clear window, so you know which one is yours! Have fun!

The Active test is coming tomorrow! Stay Tuned!

It’s 2:37 and it’s already half empty!

I’m heading to the gym at 3:15. I’ll be there about 3:35-3:45. I’ll have my preworkout (so no drinking from the gallon), but then I’ll sip a little during the mid part of my workout. The hard question is where to put it while doing cardio after I’m done with weights, so I can sip some every 5 mins during cardio workout.

Found a place for the gallon! **Update** December 26th 2017

The second day I’m using it and it’s already half empty! 3:02pm leaving for the gym in 13 mins!

I think it’s nice because it’s sitting there reminding me to drink and I don’t have to get up and go find water somewhere.

**Update** January 1st 2018

Happy new year!

Tomorrow I will be using Alkazone alkaline drops in the Gallon Gear! The directions say 3 drops per 8oz glass. There are 16 8oz glasses in a gallon therefore the Gallon needs 48 drops of Alkazone! The Alkazone review is on here also. Check out all men are created equal, but what about water? too.

I will also be using Rich Piana’s all day you may BCAA’s watermelon flavor.

Mango pineapple is on its way. Stay tuned for the update on here.

**Update** January 3rd 2018

I have seen 2 people at the gym carrying a Gallon Gear. A guy and a girl.

He loves his gallon gear and takes advantage of all the features: keychain, phone pocket and wallet pocket.

She also loves her pink Gallon Gear. It is always with her, but I haven’t spoken to her about it. She is an IFBB Pro Women’s Physique! Rocking the Gallon Gear!

Also, I did as I promised I bored the hole bigger and added the gym tag! Except I keep it the other side out so the barcode is ready for the scanner!

**Update** January 19th 2018

I learned a hard lesson at 5:30 am today! The original reusable gallons cap is 90% useless! I knocked over my bcaas in the dark and the cap popped off and 1/2 a gallon all over the floor! I hope my carpet isn’t stained! I definitely didn’t want to be on my knees scrubbing the floor at 530am! Great start to the day! Ugh!

At 8:53am I realized the Gallon was executed! As I wore another 1/8 of the container!

Good news! I am getting the new black more durable container and I was told the cap is also much better! Just by looking at it, the angles are much smoother and the plastic itself looks much softer like it will have some give to it.

I can’t wait! Thank you again Gallon Gear for being so awesome! What a great company! I strongly suggest doing Business with them!


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Product Review: Gym Gear – Waist Trainers

   

  

  

  

  

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Product Review: Gym Gear – Rehband Knee Sleeves

 

   

BLUE LINE KNEE SUPPORT

Blue Line Knee Support 7mm – for strong support. 

This 7mm thick knee support offers powerful stabilization and support, allowing you to safely maximize your heavy lifting . The support is scientifically proven to be useful for prevention and indications such as strains, wear and tear injuries and soft tissue overload.

 Built on a unique patent, the knee support secures a firm and anatomical fit during mobility. With a seamless back panel and anatomical construction, the support and mobility are optimized for heavy lifting. The support focuses the energy of the muscles around the knee area for controlled power and acceleration. 

 The Rehband Blue Line Knee Support is classified as a medical device. It combines the key benefits of strong stability, compression and warmth. Stability offers a mental and physical feeling of safety. Compression helps preventing injuries and increases your muscle memory of how to move correctly. Warmth protects the joints and soft tissues from injury.  

>> Patented anatomical construction

>> Increased muscle control to reduce energy waste

>> Superior joint stability and safety

>> Fast warm-up and heat retention 

>> Relief of knee pain and swelling

>> Advanced material technology for enhanced durability

>> IPF approved for competition

Rehband Blue Line

Enable your full potential with the Rehband Blue Line. 

 The Rehband Blue Line is holistic with its six products. The concept is developed to serve the needs of heavy lifters and is made of strong compression, heavy-duty neoprene, constructed to ensure durability and withstand high forces and friction. 

The products provide exceptional safety while offering support for controlled performance and acceleration. They deliver high compression and support without compromising flexibility or mobility. 
The power behind the Blue line lies in an extension and evolution of the well-known Rehband portfolio which has been widely used and loved by elite athletes around the world for decades. The Rehband Blue Line is the best choice when you want powerful support to safely maximize your performance during heavy workouts.

Take your performance to the next level with Rehband Blue Line.
-rehband.com

These sleeves are badass! They are perfect for anyone with knee problems that want to still work legs. 

I use them for all leg movements! Hack Squats, leg press, leg extensions, hamstring curls, inner/outer thighs and calves. 

It is true they do warm your joint fluid! I can feel the warming!! 

Buy a pair!! Or check out the Redline knee sleeves also reviewed here. They are both really great! 


Product Review: Gym Gear – Go Fit Wall Ball

  

Whether you are a cross training enthusiast or looking to enhance your strength, the GoFit Wall Ball increases the intensity of explosive, full-body, plyometric exercises that rapidly improves muscle power and overall conditioning. This “High Intensity Training Tool” challenges every movement in order to maximize fat burn and metabolic potential while strengthening core and lower back muscles. Whatever type of workout you do with the GoFit Wall Ball, you’ll gain strength, endurance and conditioning for a well-rounded training experience.
Advanced Features: 

• Heavy duty, vinyl casing
• Professional-grade stitching
• Universal size: 13″ diameter
• Filler material provides even weight distribution and helps maintain shape

-store.gofit.net

I wish I would have read the reviews on Amazon before I purchased this ball! The center of gravity is way off! The sand is at the base of the ball throwing off the entire ball! I originally thought that the sand settled during shipping, but soon realized it was a flaw in construction! It makes the ball super awkward and almost useless! If you throw the ball a little off center, it spins wildly out of control and throws you off balance which makes you quit when you are tired in fear of injuring yourself rather than squeeze out a few extra reps!

I really want to kick myself for not buying a Dynamax ball! 

Gofit you should definitely make a product recall and fix the problem and help you loyal customers! Save face and keep the reputation of your company and fix the problem! This ball sucks! 


Product Review: Gym Gear – Dr Fuji Cyber Body Slimmer

coming soon!!

Cyber body slimmer? 

  
Is this just another old fashioned belly shaker? 

  
No way! There’s even a setting called crazy! Jump on and hold on! 

**Update** April 26th 2015

Still waiting for my Cyber Body Slimmer to be delivered! 

**Update** June 24th 2015

Still waiting on the delivery details


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Gym Gear: Oakley Icon 3 Backpack

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I have to say it is made extremely well! Furthermore; it fits really well on my back and is super comfortable! For a guy who is 6′ 270lbs that wears a 3XL jacket it fits remarkably well!

However; I absolutely hate the pocket configuration! Whomever designed the inside of the bag deserves a giant punch in the face and should refund me half my money as this bag is expensive!

The outside look of the bag is awesome it looks badass and the 3 buckle system is cool!

The media pocket on top not really a media pocket, but a felt lined pocket is great for sunglasses or as I use it for change!

The inside configuration starts off not bad, a padded pocket for your laptop or tablet! Awesome! But then the front configuration has some stupid bullshit Velcro folded flaps and the media pockets inside are much too small for anything! There are no pen or pencil slides and nowhere to put a shaker bottle or water bottle! There are two small side pockets but they are too small to be practical. They are good for snacks or some small items on both sides.

Maybe the bag will grow on me, but right now I am missing my military rucksack…

**Update** February 26th 2015

The bag is starting to grow on me as I see which way I can pack it. However; Oakley should take note of six pack fitness! 


Gym Gear: Gofit Extreme Sandbag

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The NEW GoFit Extreme Sand Bag builds functional strength and intense endurance. The weight is unstable and shifts constantly, engaging more muscle groups with every exercise. It makes your body adjust and develop like no other weight training can.

• Extreme Sand Bag integrates weight training with instability, to develop functional strength.
• The sand bag will mould itself to your body.

• Fully adjustable from 2lbs to 64lbs

• Use for throwing, passing, and catching drills.

• Builds grip strength and forearm conditioning.

• High-rep metabolic conditioning for muscular and aerobic endurance as well as agility.

• Take it anywhere—fill it when you get there.

Includes:
• Heavy-grade canvas bag with 4 handle positions and dual-secure closure

• 3 sizes of adjustable weight inserts:

– Small Bag: 5lbs

– Medium Bag: 22lbs

– Large Bag: 35lbs

Sand bag and inserts are made of heavy-grade canvas with reinforced stitching overall. Sand bag hand grips are made of heavy duty webbing. Inserts have Velcro closures for easy sand-filling.

*Sand NOT included.
-Gofit.net

Here’s little Johnny demonstrating a front power snatch with the extreme sandbag

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I purchased the Gofit extreme sandbag from Groupon and again Groupon fucked up! It specifically states in the Groupon that it comes with a DVD which was a big reason I purchased it, as I have no idea what to do with it (thank God for YouTube!) i contacted Gofit and they claim there is no dvd there was supposed to be a workout poster, but they don’t have that either and they offered to send me a free tshirt to make up for it. When I told them I was an XXL they said sorry we only have XL 😒😒😒😒

WTF!

That will not discourage me! I will still figure out how to add this to my Crossfit cardio circuit!