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Product Review: Smart Shake 2.0


Sooo what’s difference?
SmartShake is proud to sponsor the best athletes in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. Our athletes hold a record

25 Mr and Miss Olympia Titles. Choose a cup that the top names in the industry endorse and use.

Beside the fact that it’s almost fully opaque (the middle cup is fully opaque) and it’s a glossy finish, nothing is changed at all! 

It comes with a plastic 4 way divider in the middle cup for supplements but I throw it out and use the 3rd cup for a scoop and a half of Vitargo! 

The aluminum carabiner clip is not dishwasher safe and will get nasty, so I throw that out also! 

I had a moral dilemma picking which cup I was going to pick! 

Red and black is my favorite colors and I like Ronnie better than Phil! 

So which cup should I get? In the end red and black won out! Because; I just did not like the blue! 

Q: What is the good part about the lack of change? 

A: All the parts are interchange! And dishwasher safe!

Sooo what’s the difference? 

Not a whole hell of a lot! There’s nothing notable different! Buy V1 or V2 depending on the deal you get! 

Product Review: Gym Gear – Rehband Knee Sleeves




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.

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: Newton Sneakers




Complete. Exhilarated. Happy.

Perfect For: People who delight in the pure joy of running and want a shoe that elevates their experience.
Likes: For every day training and racing, an all around go-to shoe.
Ride: Versatile and balanced. The dynamic Newton pop in a more relaxed package.



Perfect For: Off road adrenaline junkies looking for their summer backcountry sol mate.

Likes: Any off road experience from groomed trail to rugged backcountry terrain.
Ride: Rugged and agile. Multi-directional lugs provide uncompromised ground feel and traction.

**Update** May 30th 2015

I like the shoes they are helping relieve my Plantar Faciitis as my forefoot hits before my heels, but they aren’t magical! I am still in pain, just not excruciating. 

Gym Gear: Oakley Icon 3 Backpack

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


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.

• 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.

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



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 😒😒😒😒


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

Attractions: Skyzone – indoor trampoline park







Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.

We are dedicated to providing you with the pure joy that comes with flying. We are sky lovers, thrill seekers and people who believe that jumping is freedom. We believe fitness can be fun and play can be smart. We are healthy and bursting with energy. We fly high and keep it safe. We are Sky Zone.

Sky Zone Pine Brook construction stage will be completed in June of 2014, and will offer open jump, a SkySlam court, SkyRobics fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (when available), birthday parties, private events, group outings, and the bungee trampoline. For just about any age, shape or size, Sky Zone Pine Brook is the ultimate 3-D play experience!


60 Chapin Road
Pine Brook, NJ 07058

Waivers and Sky Socks are required for ALL jumpers. Jumpers under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Visit the Online Waiver to read our waiver policy and complete a waiver on line before arriving at Sky Zone. Please purchase tickets on line as we have a capacity limit and cannot guarantee your jump time for walk ins.

Presidents Day Holiday Hours:

Monday (2/16) Extended hours!- Jump with us-11am to 9pm

Sky Zone Pine Brook Hours:

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday – Friday 3:30 P.M – 9:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Sunday- 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M

Toddler Time Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:00 .P.M – 2:00 P.M.

Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Sky Robics Classes:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am

Sky Fit Classes:

Saturday 8:45am -9:45am

SAVE TIME! Fill out our waiver on line! Click the button in the upper right hand corner!

Waivers are required for all jumpers. Jumpers under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Walk-ins welcome but court capacities are limited; hours subject to change.
Open daily for special events! & group outings: Call for reservations!

30 minute jump: $10
60 minute jump: $20
90 minute jump: $25
120 minute jump: $30
Sky Socks are $2.00 and yours to keep. Our SkySocks are washable and reusable, if you already purchased SkySocks previously you may use them again.

Guarantee your jump time!

Click here to pre-purchase your jump tickets (groups of 10 or less)


Open jump lets you fly high! That means full access to all Sky Zone activities, including the Main Court (free jump), the Foam Zone (freestyle jumping into foam), Ultimate Dodgeball, SkySlam, and more! Open jump is available during normal operating hours. All ages are welcome, and a Sky Zone liability waiver is required for each jumper (those under 18 must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian). Weekends can get busy, so book your spot online and fill out a waiver in advance. Park offerings vary by location.
Walk-ins welcome!
Jump times start every 15 – 30 minutes
Limited capacity

Combine regular dodgeball with Sky Zone’s patented wall-to-wall trampolines and get the world’s most awesome sport: Ultimate Dodgeball. You can only find Ultimate Dodgeball at Sky Zone, and pick-up games are held daily (when courts are available).

Think you’re good? Grab your friends, form a team and prove it at our Ultimate Dodgeball Tournament!

Experience true freedom in our Foam Zone! Jump, fly and flip from a trampoline runway into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. There’s no better way to experience the pure joy of weightlessness.

Dunk like a pro with trampoline launch pads that bounce you ten feet in the air. You don’t need to be in the NBA to love SkySlam. Work your dunk swag in front of all your friends.

Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour on our wall-to-wall trampolines! SkyRobics is low-impact, healthy fun that combines calisthenics, core exercises and strength-building aerobics. SkyRobics is one of the most dynamic, effective and active workouts you can get!

To AMP up your workout- try our SkyFIT class! SkyFIT combines an intense full body workout on our trampolines – with aerobics/Cross Fit/HITT/ and agility training! It’s the ultimate workout for any level of athlete!

$15 per 60 minute class!

10 class punch cards are now availabe


Tuesday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Thursday 12pm-1pm & 6:30pm-7:30pm

Sunday 9am-10am


Saturday 8:45am-9:45am

What can I say? It was fun! I have a trampoline in my backyard, and a portable workout rebounder, but I don’t have over 30 connected together lol. I also don’t have a foam pit

I was disappointed about the way they controlled the foam pit like Nazi’s! There was 5 or so trampolines to jump into the pit and only 2 at a time were able to jump. That caused a huge lineup and literally wasted most of our time! Then they kept saying we need to take a 10 min break so they can re-puff up the foam blocks.

The dodgeball was a total disappointment as it is improperly managed! They make teams and that’s it! If you want to play you have to stand there and wait and lose your time!

What should happen is either they make teams and one person gets out another goes in, until everyone waiting is dead. Or make teams and take names for the next team and call the names for the new team over the loudspeaker and give them so much time to report!

It would be much smoother and much more fair! The referee knew a lot of the regulars names and gave them preferential treatment and let them go in the game ahead of others waiting. We all pay for time! If you get mistreated, you will be less likely to become a new regular!

One other thing I didn’t like was they had one court closed off for no reason! That made all the other areas more populated!

Back to the parts I enjoyed; the foam pit (once you actually got a chance to do it) was awesome! Once you launch yourself into it, it is so hard to get out! I (at 270lbs) was suspended in the air and trapped upside down!! I had to forcefully roll over to my stomach and stand up then get my legs over the top of the foam and try and crawl on my belly like my army training days. It takes a lot out of you to climb out of there! It’s a great workout! Especially; when you sink all the way to the bottom and your feet are on the trampoline beneath the foam blocks.

They also have a basketball area where you can do trick slam dunks, but I don’t care for that.

The actual jump arena is cool as they have slanted trampolines for walls and you can bounce off of those too! The best part is to jump off the wall and crash and burn! Which I was doing above! Jump off the wall and let it throw you wherever you go! Don’t try to land it! But remember how to fall properly if you do that! Don’t try to put your hand down to stop you, keep your hands and head tucked in! You can even tuck in your legs like a cannon ball!

Just hope you don’t land between the trampolines on a hard spot lol!

Speaking of; one of the problems I had was jumping between the trampolines. Getting the forward momentum was hard! I always landed on the hard part between the trampolines And it hurt my knees. That’s where running down the trampolines came from lol. Let me tell you running down them is also a killer workout! Just do sprints back and forth!

I was also running across all the trampolines however you have to rub kind of goofy like you are jumping over the hurdles on a track as you will see when you try to do it!

My wife was doing more advanced stuff like: backflips and back handsprings. I did a cartwheel in one picture lol. That’s as much as my gymnastics goes. I’m too big to flip now, unless I’m flipping into the foam pit! You can also do flying martial arts kicks into the foam pit lol as I did in the one picture.

Overall just have fun, be a kid and enjoy life! And get a workout in the process! If you are old or elderly, just jump. Jumping in one spot only will give you a great workout! And you can do something with your children/grandchildren. Rebounding is beneficial for people with all kinds of injuries! See my article on rebounding here on this site!

They even have a snackbar that wasn’t too shabby! If you are hungry or thirsty check it out! (If you will be there for a while remember to hydrate! You will need to drink a lot!

**Hint** I will give u a hint! They give you socks like they give in the hospital with the grips on the bottom. Do not take off your socks! Place those socks over your socks!

If you do what I did and replace your socks, you will lose their socks in the foam pit and you will be barefoot and have to walk around the dirty floors back to the front desk to get more socks! If you put them over your socks they will create friction and remain in place!

There you go a free tip! Lol

Sore sore sore – my knee has been bothering me and I can’t do cardio! Ugh what will I do!


My knee has been sore due to working in dress shoes and not having the right insoles. I purchased a rebounder and can’t do cardio until it arrives, but what shall I do in the meantime? I am going to try a 30 day challenge! Lets do this! My suits getting tight and I can’t afford to buy new ones while I am injured! Lets do this! 100 crunches today! I got this!

I picked a challenge I can do anywhere and anytime! No gym needed! Although; I will still be working out at the gym.

Stay tuned for results!
Yesterday I did 150 crunches
Today 100 pushups not bad!

**Update** October 13th 2014
Once I received my Rebounder i discontinued the challenge. I may start it back up in addition to the trampoline and use my perfect pushups for the pushup challenge portion.

I have been doing 300 crunches daily with my Rebounder and I am about to go to 500! So I guess I am kinda still doing the challenge…