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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: 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!

Recipe: Avocado Breakfast Pizza, low carb, gluten free!


You know I can’t just copy a recipe on Pinterest! I have to alter it to make it more healthy and delicious!

Instead of bacon I will use Turkey Apple Sausage with Gouda. Instead of Queso Fresco I will use Ricotta Salata I got at whole foods. It crumbles nicely and the sheep’s milk is nice!

For bread I got a low carb, gluten free flatbread for me and a whole wheat pita for my wife.

I will probably add sweet red peppers and a dash cayenne pepper to hers and straight up hot sauce to mine. Probably Trinidad Scorpion Pepper sauce!

Stay tuned for the practical application

**Update** January 22nd 2015





Half a lime is too much! I used a half a lime on all 4 pizzas. Also eating it like a pizza is hard! We ate it like a taco.
It was awesome however!

This was awesome! I soooo enjoyed it! I would continue to play around with the different crumbled cheeses, possibly Feta, Ricotta Salata or Queso Fresco.

Do you know any other cheese that crumbles and would be great on top? If so please tell us!

Play around with the toppings and create a new meal every time!

Play around with the meat: possibly bacon, turkey bacon, sausage, turkey sausage, lump crab meat, ground beef etc…

Next time I would add cilantro and lime juice. I love fresh cilantro!

Product Review: Flag nor Fail clothing






From the very beginning, we have endeavored to provide our customers with limited hand printed items. Flag Nor Fail takes pride in our approach to the apparel world, an approach not seen from most clothing brands. Our goal is not to mindlessly pump out large quantities of clothing and rake in profits — our line means more to us than that. We want to create clothing that is unique; clothing that when you wear it, you KNOW it was made specifically by our hands. We want our customers to wear our apparel with pride, knowing they are among only a few people in the world to own these particular items.

There is a beauty to the printing process that must be appreciated. Every single print we create is unique, which is part of the reason our product is so special. From the amount of ink applied and laid on the item, to the registration of the art, to the placement on the item; all of these factors change slightly from shirt to shirt. The minor inconsistencies are the nature of the hand printing process. We take pride in not selling mass-produced, machine printed goods. Printing is a personal experience, and we devote our time and effort into creating each individual piece you purchase. We put work into the product before it ever gets to you.

As always, thank you for your loyalty and support of our brand. We hope that you continue to follow our lead and put in work, every day, in every aspect of your life.


FLAG NOR FAIL is a mindset. No surrender and no failure. Flag represents surrender, much like one would wave a white flag to admit defeat. No surrender, no failure.


All items are hand-printed in house at the FNF Warehouse and may contain imperfections in the prints. The beauty of our process is that no two prints are identical. This is what makes FNF special. Due to the hand-printed nature and effort that goes into every item in the line, our standing inventory is very small. Please understand that returns and exchanges may be a longer process than we would like due to our limited quantities and sell-outs. Once most of the items sell-out they will not be reprinted, and will no longer be available.


Worldwide flat rate shipping of $5!

Delivery takes 10–15 business days inside the States on average. We are not your normal internet store that gets it to you next day. Please keep this in mind when making your purchase!

On occasion we do not have the entire order printed and we have to print the shirt to order. In these cases the order may take slightly longer to get to you. If this happens, we will make every attempt to notify you of the issue.

Overseas orders take 3–6 weeks, and on rare occasions they may take a little longer when going through customs. Once the package leaves the US, we have no control over how your country handles the package. Also, please note that in some cases your local countries customs may charge you taxes and/or other fees. We are not responsible for those fees!

Flag Nor Fail is NOT responsible for stolen or lost packages and/or packages sent to the wrong address.

*Any Domestic order returned back to us for either having an insufficient address, wrong address, unclaimed, etc., Customer will have to pay for reshipment of package. We do not cover/reimburse for shipping costs in regards to a return/exchange.
**Any international order returned back to us for either having an insufficient address, wrong address, unclaimed, etc., Customer will have to pay for Express shipping.


We will be having “WORK HUSTLE KILL TOURS” throughout the next year. During these tours we will be hitting a new gym every day, and visiting land marks along the way. The entire tour will be filmed by our team and released later on DVD. Feel free to come train with us, eat with us, or just ask us questions. The best way to keep up on tour info is to follow us on Facebook. FLAG NOR FAIL will be giving out some free-bees along the way and selling LIMITED tour shirts that you can only get while we are on tour.


All garments are individually hand-printed. To ensure the quality and integrity of the garment, we suggest washing them on machine wash cold, with an initial water temp not exceeding 30°C or 65–80°F.

All garments and fabrics are blends, or pre-shrunk to ensure a true fit after washing. To preserve the print as well as possible it is suggested to wash the garment inside out ( with the printed side in ).


We realize that you make choices in your buying process and we want you to be happy with your purchase. We understand that returns/exchanges can be necessary and that we must meet reasonable expectations when these situations arise. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your purchase please allow us to assist you with your order. We deal with returns on a per item basis. There are varying restocking and service fees. If you wish to make a return please contact us to discuss the matter first before sending back your items. We do not cover shipping costs for returns/exchanges.

No returns or exchanges after 30 days.

We do not accept items to be exchanged that were already previously exchanged.

Returns and Exchanges (outside the U.S.)

All sales are final outside the U.S


Currently FLAG NOR FAIL prints but does not produce / sew their own clothing. Before we place large orders to print we always order samples and make sure the sizing is as TRUE as possible. We are working on getting our own shirts produced / cut, but release of those shirts will not launch until mid 2013.

If you have specific sizing questions, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please include your height / weight and build in the message. We will give our best suggestion.


With the recent growth of the brand, we are no longer able to do special requests.


We are always looking for new exposure, and changes to branch out. If you know of an event that we may be a good fit for just let us know! Click here to contact us!


We currently do not offer any sponsorships, but we would like to in at some point in the future. If you are interested in sending us your info, we will keep it on file.


We do not offer wholesale, and are not interested in distributor accounts. FLAG NOR FAIL can only be bought on


If you have any issues that are not covered on this page, please contact us and we can get back to you with a resolution as soon as possible.

The clothes are expensive but they are super soft! They do run a little small (except the T-shirts). If you are a fan of DLB Dana Linn Bailey then this is a must! Show your spirit and get Flag nor Fail! If you just want some inspiration then these are your products!

Product Review: Lock-Jaw Collars – the Kings of barbell collars! *


Lock-Jaw Pro (# LJC-PRO)
2″ / 50mm Olympic Barbell Collar, Weight: 13 ounces / set

Available in colors Black, Red, or Blue. The Lock-Jaw Pro Barbell Collar is an ideal choice for all bumper plate workouts. An easy to use permanent snap-latch keeps the collar secure throughout your most brutal workouts. 10x stronger retention force than traditional spring collars, the Lock-Jaw Pro will help prolong the life of your bumper plates.




Test one: Ease of use.. Wasn’t bad once you get the hang of it.

Test two: Barbell Grip:
Passed with flying colors! We put 315lbs on the bar and tilted it to the side! It didn’t even move!

Test two: Durability test:
People are always leaning plates on the clips causing them to (bend as below) making them unable to fit on the barbell

Leaned a plate on the Lock-Jaw and it crushed! Not sure if it was defective and had a hairline crack or it just failed miserably…


didn’t expect that outcome at all! The plate was always in contact with the ground and I let gravity take its course. I didn’t drop the plate, or throw the plate. The collars are heavy and feel tough, maybe adding fiberglass fibers to the mix would strengthen the collars more and not have this outcome especially after having it for only about 30min!

I was psyched when I received the package and then it quickly ruined my day and made me sad!

There’s no way I can present that to a commercial gym. It won’t hold up with all the idiots that go there. The idea is awesome and other than the material used it is designed well! And built sturdy!

I think maybe if they add fiberglass or carbon fiber fibers into the mix it would make it stronger and durable

They do have a hybrid steel & proprietary thermoset polymer resin model (the Elite) I am wondering about their durability? Will they hold up?

Again they really lock the plates down and don’t allow them to move! But for a commercial gym, I can’t recommend the pro model. If you buy them for your own personal use and keep them in your gym bag, then they rock! But I would spend the extra money for the Steel Polymer and hope they are stronger!

Honestly; that test above shocked me! These collars are thick and heavy! I didn’t in a million years it would crack in half on the first drop.

Lock-Jaw is designing an all metal competition collar! That is awesome! Superior locking and superior durability = best collar ever invented!

I want a set of those! Nothing can touch the all metal competition model!

Now they said all metal… Is it steel, aluminum, titanium or a mixture? Hmmm stay tuned!

Product Review: Gym Gear – Part One of our 3 Way Grip Battle: Fatgripz – the Ultimate Arm Builder *

Part One of our 3 way Grip Battle for 2014 Grip of the Year and possible Product of the Year



Fat Gripz are being used by thousands of athletes and military around the world, including members of the US Special Forces, teams in the NFL/MLB/NHL, top MMA fighters and top bodybuilders
Thick bar training with Fat Gripz immediately targets your body’s weak links – increasing muscle activation and giving you more strength and mass

Fat Gripz fit virtually all barbells, dumbbells, chin-up bars and cable attachments in seconds – making the bar more than twice as thick to help you get big arms

Made from a military-grade high-density compound, they grip the bar like a clamp and don’t compress – even when deadlifting extreme loads
Immediate Impact Guarantee: You must feel the impact in your first workout or we’ll give you a full and immediate refund – no questions (we’ll even pay for shipping)

Why Your Body Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link
“If your back and legs can dead-lift 700lb, but your grip ends at 300lbs, your dead-lift is 300 lbs. When it comes to strength, you are only as strong as your weakest link and most strength athletes know that fact all too well.”
Will Brink, strength trainer for US SWAT teams
Your body’s weakest link is your grip. It’s the same with pretty much everyone: bodybuilder, athlete, MMA fighter. There aren’t many people who don’t want to improve their grip.

But most people don’t realize that their grip is holding back their whole body’s strength development.

The reason is: most barbells and dumbbells are ridiculously easy to grip. They’re designed that way. That’s fine when you’re getting started. The trouble comes later on…

After you’ve been training a few months – or even a few years – you’ll start to plateau. You just can’t keep adding on the weight every session like you used to. So you lift the same – you look the same – month after month, year after year. (I know – that was me for years.)

This is what’s been going on. While you’ve been building up the rest of your body, your grip has been left behind. It has become your weak link.

The barbells and dumbbells you’ve been training with have become your own worst enemy. By being easy for you to grip, they’ve stopped you developing strength in your hands and your forearms.

Dr Mauro Di Pasquale, author of The Anabolic Solution, former Medical Director of the World Body- building Federation and former World Powerlifting Champion.

“The body is only as strong as its weakest link. Weakness in the forearms and wrists will limit how hard you can work your arms and the rest of your upper body.”
Your body is programmed to stay in proportion – so weak forearms put the brakes on your muscular development and stop you from getting big arms
Your body’s natural reaction is to prevent imbalance and injury. So if you’re lacking strength in your grip and forearms – and almost everyone is – your body literally stops you increasing in strength and size.

Having a strong grip doesn’t just mean you can mashing the Captains of Crush grippers. It literally unlocks your body’s potential to smash through your plateau and develop every muscle in your body.

You don’t need to do more exercises. You don’t need grippers or forearm extensions. You don’t even need more time in the gym.

The most effective way to increase your grip and forearm strength is…

Brooks Kubik, author of legendary training manual Dinosaur Training and holder of over 12 US and world records in the bench press

“Using a thick-handled bar is one of the very best things you can do to develop maximum muscular size and strength. It develops big arms and levels of upper body power strength virtually incomprehensible to those who train only with regular bars.”
Training with thick bars
Thick-bar training is a whole different ball game. It’s like watching guys switch from machines to free weights for the first time – the difference is intense and immediate. (Seriously – try Fat Gripz risk-free today and we guarantee you’ll feel the difference immediately.)

“Train with thick bars when training the upper body. Can’t get big arms? Try working the forearms!”
Charles Poliquin, world famous trainer of over 400 Olympic athletes, Olympic medalists in 17 different sports and numerous bodybuilders and stars of the NFL and NHL
When you train with thick bars, you’re automatically targeting your body’s weak links that were literally stopping you increasing in size and strength.

“Invest in a thick bar and do ALL of your barbell exercises
with it”
Joe DeFranco, world famous Coach and Trainer of NFL football players from ALL 32 NFL teams!

“So if thick bar training is so effective, why doesn’t everybody do it?”
The secret behind thick-bar training is ridiculously simple. But it can also be ridiculously expensive.

Just one high-quality thick barbell can cost over $800.00. That’s nothing – a full set of thick dumbbells can cost over $10,000.00!

That’s why almost no gyms have thick barbells – let alone dumbbells. The only guys who can afford to get the elite advantage of thick-bar training are Olympic athletes and professional sports teams.

But now thick-bar training is within easy reach of anyone in weight lifting, strength training, UFC/MMA and powerlifting.

(you save $8)

Try Fat Gripz risk-free for 60 days. If you don’t feel the impact in your arms in your very first workout, we’ll happily give you a full and immediate refund (we’ll even pay shipping both ways).

Charles Poliquin, trainer of over 400 Olympic athletes, Olympic medalists in 17 different sports and numerous bodybuilders and stars of the NFL and NHL

“Thick dumbbells are not cheap and you can only find them in top notch training centers. But there is an alternative: FAT GRIPZ. They are tough as hell and fit on any regular weight training equipment better than anything else I have ever seen. Now you have no excuses for sporting your weak eleven-teen inch arms!”
How Fat Gripz Can Unlock Massive Increases
In Your Strength And Mass
Fat Gripz will give you the benefits of thick-bar training – at a fraction of the price.

They instantly turn any bar into thick bars. That’s why everyone from professional footballers to mixed-martial arts fighters is using them.

Most Olympic bars are 1” thick. Slide on your Fat Gripz and all your bars will be more than twice as thick – not just your barbell, but your dumbbells, pull-up bar and cable attachments too.

There’s no need for extra exercises – no forearm extensions, wrist rollers or grippers. Fat Gripz work with your existing exercise routine to develop functional hand and forearm strength.

Unlike products that you squeeze to get a stronger grip, thick-bar training with Fat Gripz improves your grip when it’s at its weakest – when lifting heavy weights. That way, every time you press, row, curl with Fat Gripz, you’re improving your grip – your weak link – which in turn trains your chest, back and arms more effectively.

The science behind training with Fat Gripz
The proof below explains exactly why thick-bar training with Fat Gripz is more effective.

When you use Fat Gripz in your normal workout, you’re improving the effectiveness of the exercise in three ways.

1. You’ll spread the weight more evenly across your body
When you first use Fat Gripz, you may notice that there’s less pressure on joints like your wrists, elbows and shoulders.

By using a wider grip on the bar, you’re actually spreading the weight more evenly across your joints.

This helps you:

Decrease the risk of injury – Because the weight’s spread evenly, there’s less pressure on individual joints like your wrists or elbows. In fact, Fat Gripz can even help to heal existing injuries.
Lift more weight – With Fat Gripz, you won’t be limited by pain in your joints or the memory of old training injuries. Instead, they allow your core muscles to lift the weight efficiently and effectively. (What’s more, with fewer injuries, you’ll be able to train more consistently and make quicker gains.)
“I have had some severe elbow pain for over 8 months and have been unable to perform any pressing exercises for approximately 2 months. I had to completely change my routine until yesterday when I tried someone’s Fat Gripz in the gym. It alleviated a huge amount of pain and I was able to push 225lbs all the way up to 315lbs with no pain.”

2. You’ll increase muscle activation
When you use Fat Gripz, you engage your hands and forearms more than with a regular bar.

3. You’ll eliminate imbalances
Every exercise you do with Fat Gripz will help to strengthen your grip, hands and forearms. And by eliminating these weak links, you’re unlocking bigger strength and muscle increases in your whole body.

Because our bodies are programmed to stay in proportion, the brain actually stops your arms, chest, shoulders and back developing – until your hands and forearms catch up. You can keep on training regardless – but you’ll hit a plateau.

Regular barbells and dumbbells don’t help – in fact, they actually make it worse. They’re designed to be easy on the hands and forearms, meaning that the more you workout, the more they’re falling behind.

But when you train with Fat Gripz, you’ll start to eliminate imbalances – from the very first workout. The first time, you’ll notice an intense burning in your forearms – hotter than anything you’ll have felt with grippers, wrist rollers or forearm curl and extensions.

“Great product. Does definitely put a lot more stress on the forearm which, in turn, makes any bicep, tricep, shoulder, or bench press even more intense. Keep up the good work.”
Eliseo Vera, Texas
Built to last a lifetime
“They feel/look solid as hell. I think I will die before they do. Could be an heirloom.
Chris Lemky
Fat Gripz are made from a military-grade high-density compound.

They grip the bar like a clamp and doesn’t compress – even when deadlifting extreme loads. That means they won’t wear out – even after years of punishment (we guarantee it).

Using Fat Gripz: No New Exercises, No More Time In The Gym – Just Effective Training
Don’t change the routine – just add Fat Gripz
With Fat Gripz, you don’t need to do any special grip exercises: no grippers, no forearm extensions or forearm curls. You don’t need to do any extra sets. You don’t even need to spend more time in the gym (unless you like the feeling of your arms burning).

Just put them on your bars and workout like normal. You’ll feel the difference immediately. With Fat Gripz, you’re doing functional grip training. You’re improving your grip at the same time as bench pressing, overhead pressing, deadlifting, rowing – making these exercises massively more effective.

“I did not change my training at all, I just added the Fat Gripz. I have been lifting a long time, 500lb squats, 365 bench press etc, so gaining on my upper arms without putting on any bodyweight only shows how effective Fat Gripz are!! Also, my gains haven’t stopped and my arms are continuing to get bigger!!”
Wayne Boucher (Ottawa, Canada)
“I F***ING love these Fat Gripz. When I do the same arm routine as usual it takes a whole new level of focus and intensity.”
Chris Green (USA)

The perfect fit for barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars and cable attachments
Fat Gripz are 2.25” (5.5 cm) thick when closed. That’s over twice as thick as most Olympic bars. Without Fat Gripz, standard bars just feel like toothpicks.

Fat Gripz are 5” (12.5 cm) long. That’s big enough to fit your hands, and small enough to fit snugly in virtually every dumbbell (we know – we’ve literally tested thousands to make sure). We’ve even beveled the ends of the Fat Gripz to ensure they give a tight fit.

If you’re not sure if they’ll fit your bars, don’t worry. You can try Fat Gripz risk-free for 60 days. If they don’t fit your bars – or if you don’t see the benefits – just return them for a prompt and full refund (we’ll even pay the shipping both ways).

It takes just 10 seconds to add Fat Gripz to your bars
Fat Gripz are simple to use. Just open the slit and push them over your bar. It takes 10 seconds max:

Fat Gripz fit barbells and dumbbells in seconds
When they’re in place, they’re rock solid on the bar. They won’t budge, slip or compress – so you can focus on your lift. And when you’re done, just slip them off.

“They easily slip on and off and are made of extremely high quality, heavy duty rubber which is hard as a rock and doesn’t wear out or compress”
Jason Ferruggia (Chief Training Advisor to Men’s Fitness (US))
“No muscle gets let off when you use these, they help seek and destroy every muscle fibre being trained! Everyone has a weakest link that’s bringing their training to a halt. Fat Gripz make that weakest link stronger than ever and help maximise gains.”
Kevin Raison (strength and conditioning coach, UK)
“Do it – as long as you don’t mind not text messaging for a few days after using them.”
Jimmy (New Jersey, USA)
Feel the difference in your first workout
I know what you’re thinking. Anything that promises that you’ll feel the difference in the first workout must be BS. You’ve heard it all before.

I thought the same thing. Till I tried thick bar training myself. Nothing – nothing – compares to training with a thick bar. Your arms will feel pumped, your veins will be popping out, and the next day… Let’s just say, go easy the first time you use them.

We get a ton of feedback from people who use Fat Gripz (you can see a fraction of it on this page). Everyone says the same thing:

Effective in all barbell and dumbbell exercises

Fat Gripz work in every exercise where your hands grip a barbell, dumbbell, pull-up bar or cable attachment.

These are just a selection:

“Stronger grip means more weight and more reps. Particularly noticeable with dumbbell flat and incline bench as well as upright rows.”
John Fellers (PA, USA)

“I’m a 198lbs with 21″ arms. The Fat Gripz hit the bicep as well as forearm great. I believe my grip is getting stronger which is very important when you got 600+ lbs in your hands and over your head.”
Charles Farmer (WABDL 198lb submaster world record holder in the bench press and two-time world champion)

“Fat Gripz are great. Killed the triceps, which is what we need for a big bench.”
Ron Carroll (LoneStar Barbell Club)

“My grip now fails last on deadlifts where before it would fail first.”
“My raw deadlift without straps went from about 365 lb for a single to [censored] for a triple. My limiting factor was my grip.“
Daven (Colorado, USA)

“The Marine Raid branch are doing group sled pulls and farmer’s walks with Fat Gripz.”
Commander Chris Edwards, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific
“I use them for deadlifts, farmer walks, and pullups/chinups. I get a serious workout in much shorter time, especially when I want to increase grip strength without wearing down other muscles.”
Justin (UT, USA)

“Fat Gripz are awesome on farmers walks. The grips on my handles are already thick but the grips make them extreme. Separates the men from the boys.”
TyJ (San Diego, USA)

Who They’re For: See What The US Special Forces, MMA Fighters And Athletes Are Saying
Fat Gripz deliver real-world results – whether you’re a bodybuilder, Olympic lifter, MMA fighter or athlete.

By making your strength training more effective – as well as giving you a devastating grip – you’ll develop transferable skills for every sport.

These are just a few:


Chicago White Sox second baseman Jayson Nix bench
pressing with Fat Gripz

“I love Fat Gripz. They’re well worth the investment.”
Chris Grayson (Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Academy)

Brian Marshall, Olympic weightlifting champion and
member of the Canadian National Olympic Weightlifting Team

““I have been working out for 15 years. I was a competitive Olympic weightlifter for 6 of those years. In addition, this is what I do for a living, I am a personal trainer/strength coach. After 4 days off, and no lift today, my arms are bigger than they were at their biggest, 2 years ago right after a workout. And that is in just 4 workouts!”
Jeremy Jacobs
You get the idea. It doesn’t matter which sport you play – Fat Gripz will help. It doesn’t matter whether you’re gripping a bat, a club, or a ball – or just the arms of the other guy in the cage.

“Fat Gripz are a must have for any serious strength trainer or athlete, whether you are a badminton player or an MMA gorilla. Plus they’ll give you forearms like Popeye!”
Joseph Coyne (strength and conditioning expert for Men’s Fitness (Australia))

Common Questions
“But can’t I just wrap a towel around the bar?”
Good question. A lot of Fat Gripz users started out with a towel or a bit of foam wrapped around the bar. They quickly saw the difference when they progressed to Fat Gripz.

“They are awesome. Been using something similar made with dense foam but your Fat Gripz are incomparably better – rock solid on the bar. I love them – without a doubt the best $39 I’ve ever spent.”
Scott Roberts (UK)

Fat Gripz don’t compress – even when you stand them on their end and stick 280 lb on top
It’s easy to see why:

The military-grade hardened compound in Fat Gripz doesn’t compress when you hold them. It doesn’t matter if you’re curling 60 lb or deadlifting 500 lb. Fat Gripz won’t compress – so you’re always getting effective thick bar training.
They have a vice-like grip on the bar. There’s no movement, there’s no give, there’s no slippage – so you don’t need to worry about the towel slipping and dropping the weight. You can just focus on lifting the weight.
Fat Gripz are quick to put on and take off your bars. There’s no hassle and nothing to tape in place. Just stick them on the bar and lift.
(The only thing Fat Gripz won’t do is wipe your sweat off afterwards.)

“Have only trained with them a couple times but so much better than wrapping a towel round the bar.
I’ll most definitely do more thick-bar training now!”
Steve McMinn (Certified Kettlebell Instructor, Vancouver, Canada)
“But won’t I have to use less weight?”
Some people like to temporarily drop the weight as their grip builds up. But that’s a good sign – it shows just how much your grip was holding you back. Your grip will quickly build up… and then you’ll be stronger than ever.

“Put your ego aside and accept the reduced weights you have to use when employing Fat Gripz. You only need a couple of sets for the pain to tell you it’s working!”
Rob Smith (UK)

“You have to check your ego at the door as you have to go down in the amount of weight you can use on some exercises, but it’s worth it.”
Nathan Ng (Hawaii)

And some people will find that using Fat Gripz lets them lift more – immediately. Because Fat Gripz relieve pressure from your wrist, elbow and shoulder joints, they allow your core muscles to lift the weight efficiently and effectively.

“I have had some severe elbow pain for over 8 months and have been unable to perform any pressing exercises for approximately 2 months. I had to completely change my routine until yesterday when I tried someone’s Fat Gripz in the gym. It alleviated a huge amount of pain and I was able to push 225lbs all the way up to 315lbs with no pain.”
Rishi Muchalla

Using Fat Gripz in your normal workout improves your functional grip strength
“But I already do grip and forearm exercises”
Exercises with grippers, forearm extensions and curls are a good start.

But with Fat Gripz you’re training functional grip strength. You’re not just working your forearms in one plane of motion, or just focusing on the grip itself. You’re actually strengthening your hands and forearms in the movements where it matters most – when you’re lifting.

That’s why you can do the same program as normal – just add Fat Gripz and you’ll immediately be targeting your grip and forearms as well.

“No muscle gets let off when you use these, they help seek and destroy every muscle fibre being trained! Everyone has a weakest link that’s bringing their training to a halt. Fat Gripz make that weakest link stronger than ever and help maximise gains.”
Kevin Raison (strength and conditioning coach, UK)

You must:

…feel the difference in your arms in your very first workout
…wake up nicely sore the next day 😉
…see the difference in your arms within weeks
If you don’t, we’ll give you a full, immediate and no-hassle refund (we’ll even pay shipping both ways).

“Ordered my Fat Gripz on Sunday. Received them Tuesday. Very impressed with the quickness. Used them today. Got to say they are awesome. Without a doubt the best $39 I’ve ever spent.”
Scott Roberts (UK)

This one I really can’t wait for!! I hope you are psyched about this product too!

**Update** January 16th 2013
Ok so yesterday I did my first workout with these!! I did back and I was doing bent over rows on the smith machine. I have been doing them long enough so I don’t have to face the mirror. I was doing them looking straight ahead and my friend ran over and said look at your forearms and they were blasting out! Like you can see almost every tendon in my arm individually! It was crazy! Then I was doing seated rows later on and I can see it myself.

However; I do have a gripe to the manufacturer! When I do seated rows, I use the whole machine and if no one is looking I’ll go steal a pin from another machine and add a 45lb plate or 2 to the stack (la fitness diner like that lol) anyway; yesterday I was doing the stack and my grip was starting to fail as I figured! But what I didn’t figure, was I started to get a blister on the inside of my thumb from the recessed writing on the grips.


In future molds I would do away with the names on the grip surface, after all you have your name on the ends!

Big boy problems!! I’m trying to get the whole gym to use them! So I decided I need to differentiate mine from theirs…
😡😡😡And my sharpie died!! Ughhh!😡😡😡


Got a new Sharpie… Finished!

**Update** January 16th 2014
Ok so I used the gripz today for traps and I was doing light upright rows on the smith machine and my forearms were rocking, but the name recessed in the grip face was irritating the inside of my thumb again. Then I did a superset of incline shrugs with 60lb dumbbells, with standing shrugs before I put them back on the rack and my forearms were on fire! Then, I lowered to 40lbs and still on fire. Finally, I had to put them away so I could burn out my traps. I can’t wait till tomorrow for arm day!

I think for continued use, I will ultimately have to take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and hit the names with it just a little to round off the edges.

If I don’t do that; they will surely end up on the bottom of my gym bag only to see daylight when a protein shaker opens up and I have to clean the powder out of the bottom of the bag!

Check it out me curling a 75lb dumbell while using a pair of limited edition black FatGripz! I usually do hammer curls with 120lb dumbbells for 6-8 reps each arm.

Ok so; today was bicep day. How were the FatGripz? Well; honestly today FatGripz ruined my biceps workout. How so? Let me explain.

I started off with straight bar curls and it felt great! But I could only do: 135lbs instead of 165-175lbs keep in mind I’m still rebuilding my shoulder…

Then I did alternating dumbbell curls with 35’s then I did 40, 50, 60, 75lbs hammer curls with no break in between

(Normally I do 40-120lbs in 10lb increments no break) but my forearms were so shot I couldn’t hold anymore!

Then I went to 2 machine curls and a rope curl to utilize CBVT.

When I did the CBVT I had trouble holding the peak contraction in my biceps and I felt it instead in the brachioradialis of the forearm.

From now on while doing Biceps I will use them for straight bar curls then put them away till I am done then take them out and burn out my arms and then take them out for shoulders after I do my shoulder press.

I will also continue to use them on back day. Tomorrow I want to try them for triceps! Hopefully I will not fail during skull crushers if so I’ll have them post my obituary here! Then I want to try them for the vbar triceps push downs. I will not be using them for reverse grip push downs lol!

Oh and btw the biceps workout did not irritate the inside of my thumb. It’s only with an overhand grip.

Stay tuned for that and check back in 4 days for the updated biceps review!

**Update** February 2nd 2014
I did them with bicep straight bar curl and then at end of bicep workout and then with shoulders and they worked much better!

I did them with skull crushers which wasn’t much of a difference, but I put them on the vbar below!

Let me tell you! What a difference! I usually only feel it on the outer head of the triceps and the only way to hit the rear head is to do reverse push downs, but with these grips on the vbar my rear head was screaming!!





A couple of my buddies using the Fat Gripz. The last one is my boss!

What is my finding of the challenge?

Well, I haven’t gotten to the extremes yet, but whether you choose Fat Gripz or Iron Bull it’s all preference! I say get both and see which one you like best! If you lose a set or if it gets stolen you have a backup!

These grips will indeed enhance your workout and will indeed build your arms to record sizes and are worth every penny! My arms have been hurting for the first time in a long time!

As far as part 2: Grip4orce I’m not going to totally write them off yet. Just because I don’t like them now doesn’t mean I won’t like them after my grip strength builds more. I will revisit them in a little while!

So; get over to and and get a couple pairs of Gripz! I am going to rotate one week Fat Gripz and one week Iron Bull back and forth so my arms keep guessing and don’t get used to either of them!

**Update** February 28th 2014
Using the Fat Gripz Extreme on smith machine upright rows did 60lbs now going for 80lbs not sure if I can. I can do 180-200lbs without grips lets see these things are rough!

I did 80 and I started to feel it on my external forearm going for 100! Lets see if I get it! I got 6 and it was hard to hold at the bottom of the rep won’t go anymore! Have to drop to lower grips to finish workout!

Product Review: Gym Gear – Cardillo Weight Belts


This is my custom Cardillo belt from my Martial Arts Competition/powerlifting days when I was ripped with a 31-32″ waist and a 56″ chest with 21″ arms at about 235lbs

I no longer use a belt, I feel it weakens your back and people over-use and over-rely on them. I rather lift raw!

However; if weight belts are your thing, you must have a Cardillo! They are the Rolls Royce or Bugatti of belts! You can’t get any better!

The construction is second to none the weight and thickness of the leather and aluminum lock is ridiculous! Above all, it’s super comfortable!

The best part about them is you can customize it and put your nickname on it or whatever you want!

Overcoming Genetic Barriers

Overcoming Genetic Barriers

Me age 10-11 Approx weight 55-65 lbs

Me currently about 255-260lbs: Yes i know you love my shower curtain lol

Me age 37 at largest 335lbs with IFBB professional Bodybuilder Victor Martinez









Can you believe that Stringbean is me? There is no camera trickery, no clown mirror etc. That was me! Notice the bat is almost as tall as me! Note: that is a kids bat not an adult bat.

Exercise Science: different Universities have different programs, but it’s still called exercise science. Exercise science not exercise theory. There is a science behind getting bigger and smaller. In short, to get bigger you have to lift heavy and consume more calories, to get smaller you need to have a calorie deficit, (amount of energy burned > calories consumed), but it also has to do with what type, quality of calories consumed and many other factors. Then; add in outside factors like emotions and stress and it is not as easy as it sounds, but there is a silver lining!!

1. Exercise is a science so it can be learned! Look in the right places. Nutrition, Supplement, herbal and exercise science textbooks (anatomy, physiology and Kinesiology), personal trainers/personal trainer certifications, nutritionists, dietitians, bodybuilding publications, holistic healing, yoga etc..
2. If you want it bad enough you will find a healthy way to accomplish your goals
3. Attend trade shows and seminars
4. Ask Questions!

Put your mind, body and soul into anything you want to accomplish in this world and you will reach your goals! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

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