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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!


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?


Product Review: Charcoal toothpaste

I thought from the look of it, that this was going to be terrible! However; there isn’t a taste! It’s like dry ash in your mouth.

My Directions: wet your toothbrush and dab it into the charcoal toothpaste. A little Dab will do ya!

Brush your teeth just like you normally would. That’s it! It’s that simple. They even give you a black toothbrush so you don’t get grossed out by the white toothbrush getting stained (I assume).

It did brighten my teeth a little and made them super clean.

I only tried it twice, I want to see what prolonged repeated use does, so stay tuned!

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!

Product Review: OneTigris Tactical Service Dog Vest

This is a nicely made vest except for the handle. It seems too thin and flimsy. 

I have mixed feelings about this vest. It is hard to put on Roger as he is always amped up when it is time to go out. The first harness went over his head this one is a little harder because of where the clips are. 

However it does look more comfortable for him and it looks to be more secure. Partly due to the smaller clip size. It does bunch up on him and doesn’t always lay flat like the picture. 

Later this spring I will be reviewing a new harness with cobra buckles. What is a cobra buckle? 

Stay tuned and you will find out! 

Product Review: Pet Products – Good2Go Green Anorak Coat

This jacket looks awesome and military like and can possibly be reversed for emergency signaling (orange bottom). The coat looks like a military parka which I like and it doesn’t restrict the dog due to it not having sleeves, so it has greater acceptance with dogs as they still have freedom of movement and it’s not too tight! 

The bottom is webbed with elastic and you only need to get one arm through the rest (chest and other arm) are velcroed in. As you can see the inside is plush and warm looking. 

It doesn’t seem to be water resistant, but I may scotchguard it. Well, not scotchguard as it contains harmful PFC’s. but  Microseal fabric protector and Vectra Spray, both of which state they contain no Fluorochemicals or PTFE Resin. That way it’s water resistant! Perfect for snowy weather! 

Product Review: Pet Products – OneTigris Tactical K9 Training Vest Adjustable Service Dog Harness and Tactical Dog Training Bungee Leash with Control Handle Quick Release Nylon Leads Rope

Hello Everyone! This is my first review for pet products! I have a new addition to my Family. Roger That Bianco. He is a Pitbull Terrier and I rescued him from the Islip Animal Shelter in Islip, NY. This is a town run shelter, not a rescue shelter. However there is a rescue organization that helps and volunteers at the station. They are called: Live Love Bark Dog Rescue Inc. They help take care of the dogs and with adoptions and they even help train the dogs, so they have a better adoption success rate. 

I received Roger on November 7th. Lucky number 7! And Roger is a dream come true! He is such a good dog! He behaves when we go to places and barely ever barks and never growls unless he is playing tug o’ war with his rope. I was given a Neck chain from the shelter and I do not like pulling on those. I fear choking him and hurting his neck. So being former military, I was in search of a military grade canine harness. I searched far and wide for the perfect product. I saw numerous harnesses online and many of these exact harnesses sold and produced by different companies. See below: 

And then I found OneTigris! 

Not Only does it look to be at least the same quality, but it also comes with a cool morale patch! A service dog patch. I immediately ordered the harness! Upon initial inspection, I couldn’t help but notice the durable construction! Extra stitching in high stress points, thick nylon construction, thick nylon straps, a large sturdy buckle and adjustment points. There is also two points of Velcro on both sides of the harness. I left the service dog patch and added my military name tag to the other side to make it nice and customized! 

Now for the most important test! Will he wear it? As I stated before, I had a collar and a chain collar. The chain collar was hard to put on, as you have to put it over his head and then adjust it tighter and then loosen it to take it off. Roger does not like to sit still when leaving and walking in the door. This harness is so much easier to put on! A big loop to go easily over his head, well semi-easily, he likes to keep his mouth open and most of the time I have to take it out of his mouth and muscle it around him. And then easily go under his chest and clip the clip. 

At first he was trying to bite at the clip to get it off, but I instantly put on the leash and headed outside with it. Once I put the leash on, he understood what it was and was soooo happy to have it on instead of the choke chain! He has never tried to take it off since! He wore the harness for about 6 hours straight the week before Thanksgiving with not a single complaint. 

This harness is amazing and has helped to control his walks much better. He stays closely by my right side and I do not have any fears if I have to give him a little yank to control him or pull him away from things that might hurt him, such as a car passing or a stray chicken bone by the garbage. 

This is also helped by the addition of the Tactical Dog Training Bungee Leash with Control Handle Quick Release Nylon Leads Rope. This lead (leash) teaches the dog to remain close to the owner and once he ventures out, the bungee puts constant tension on him making him want to return. The leash isn’t too long also, so he won’t be halfway up your neighbors lawn when walking. He will be just past the curb or sidewalk. The length of the leash also allows for one handed operation of the leash. No uncomfortable wrapping it around your hand and unwrapping it; no cross-body holding it, no having to uncomfortably hold your hand three feet over his head so the leash doesn’t drag on the floor and he steps over it or gets tangled in it. 

The leash has a control handle on the bottom, it is perfect for taking him in populated areas like parking lots, stores or a city sidewalk. The control handle also has a 360 degree pivot that allows him to turn around without breaking your wrist! 

This leash and harness combo is a dream come true and the best thing I have purchased for my pet! 

I am very active and like to do a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking and extreme hiking! I can’t wait to get the OneTigris Tactical Dog Molle Vest Harness Training Dog Vest with Detachable Pouches and do a review on that system during our hikes! I also would like to see it function on the beach and other rough terrain areas! Maybe we can do a mud run together! How will it function jumping into the lake together and then continuing the run?  Will he get chaffed? Will it perform without a hitch? 

I’ll tell you something else about using this combination! It also helps to teach him off leash training! When going up and down the stairs in the house he must run up and down the stairs on my right side! I also let him come to the car to go away unleashed and to get groceries, so he gets a sense of freedom and comes back to me when called. I also take him to the dog park regularly so he can run unleashed and socialize with other dogs. Because of this leash and harness he returns to my side if he feels threatened and he returns when called. (Treats also have a little to do with that lol) 

Guess what, I also have a little inside knowledge on the construction of the leash. This happens to be my second leash! I left him in the backseat with the leash on an extended trip and he tricked me out! I thought he was chewing on his toy, but instead he chewed the leash! So, I got to see the inside of the leash first hand. First off, the exterior part of the leash is woven nylon. When woven nylon is extremely strong! It can probably hold 1000lbs or more! Secondly, the bungee inside is also woven! Making the bungee extremely durable also, without a fear of him snapping it from extreme pulling. It also helps keep the elasticity and stop it from wearing out easily. The handle loop is also padded for your comfort and large enough to fit your hand and clip on a poop bag holder. I have the handipod bag holder with hand sanitizer (but that’s a desperate review).

If you are looking for an excellent quality, durable and comfortable harness, look no further! It will be the best money you will ever spend! 

**Update** December 4th 2016

I love the harness, but I do have to say it had a catastrophic clip failure 3 times. 

Once in Petco my gf was holding a snack and Roger jumped for it, when he landed the clip popped open, not a big deal, I grabbed him and put it back on instantly. 

The second time was in my living room also not bad! 

The third time was life threatening! A busy Saturday outside Walmart he was pulling to get a half eaten sandwich and the clip popped and Roger ran. If he ran into the parking lot, it wouldn’t have ended nicely! I managed to trick him into thinking I had a treat in my hand and he ran over. 

I praised him for coming back and grabbed his collar to put the harness back on, which wasn’t easy, because it has to go over his head! 

Maybe it can be reengineered with a secondary emergency latch system in case the main clip fails. 

Product Review: Pet Products – ChuckIt Kick Fetch (kickball) 

Hello everyone! Today I am reviewing the ChuckIt Kick Fetch (kickball). This ball is awesome! Even with the funky shape you can dribble it like a basketball and throw it! Or you can kick it! My Dog Roger That is a pitbull and because of that he is classified as a power chewer! He shreds through toys as much as a commercial paper shredder chews through paper! Toys do not last in this house! He has shred though numerous Walmart dog toys in minutes.

A Petco Star Wars dog toy lasted all of about 2 minutes! Poor BB-8 (I like you!)

 Kong (supposedly indestructible) dog toys are destroyed in seconds! I bought a Kong dog bone and gave it to him in the car on the ride home from PetGoods and in about 30 seconds this is what happened: 

$15.99 down the drain 💸💸🚽🚽 in seconds! Kong is allegedly tough and indestructible garbage! 

This Kong ring lasted about an hour the first night I got him. 

That brings me to ChuckIt toys! 

As you can see in the picture at the beginning of the post, Roger sat on the couch set to destroy the ChuckIt kickball and this is all that he did: 

There’s not a doubt in my mind that this ball will eventually meet its demise, but at least he’s not breaking it immediately and has hours of fun playing with it! 

Roger also has a ChuckIt Glow-in-the-dark ball that he cannot destroy! When he chews on it it makes the most God awe full crunching and popping sound, but to my dismay it’s still intact! 

ChuckIt is the way to go if you have a dog that keeps chewing through his toys! And toys are verrrrry important to have around the house! If he doesn’t have things to play with that is where your dogs start biting your hands, your expensive shoes, furniture and even carpet! Yes carpet! 

Roger tore out a string! Bad dog! 

You don’t bite stuff that doesn’t belong to you! Do you Roger That? Roger That. 

Anyway, if you want to stop flushing money down the toilet and keep you dog happy, look no further than ChuckIt Fetch Games! ChuckIt Dog toys rule! 

I hope to be testing many other ChuckIt toys! 

For Christmas Roger is getting: 

A ChuckIt Indoor Roller! Will it withstand his jaws? Or will it be torn up in seconds! This review I am realllllly eager to see as it is soft and plush! Stay Tuned! 

Product Review: Pet Products – ChuckIt Indoor Roller

This review will be completed Christmas Eve! Will Roger destroy his Christmas Present in seconds? Or will it withstand his powerful Jaws? Stay Tuned for this terrific battle royal! 

**Update** January 27th 2017

It’s still alive!!! Roger likes playing with it and chewing it and it’s still alive! I honestly didn’t think it would be!  He likes to play with it, but he likes his indoor flier much better! 

**Update** June 27th 2017

It’s kinda still alive and it one of Roger’s favorite toys! 

His indoor flyer is in worse shape, it’s been sewed shut once, but it’s still around! 

Well 2/3 of it lol

Product Review: Shred Belt Extreme – 360° Thermogenic Waist Trimmer by Iron Bull Strength

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Product Review: Skulpt Chisel – measure body fat + muscle quality 

Coming soon!