How to remove rust from gym equipment INSTANTLY

How to remove rust from gym equipment INSTANTLY

We have ALL picked up a few weight plates from eBay or similar and found they were a bit… well used. If you’ve managed to bag some old school iron you likely have encountered at least SOME rust as well! Here’s the easiest (and least-messy) way to remove rust from your gym equipment. At a glance… Rust can be removed instantly by either brushing or sanding Use 3-in-1 oil when doing so to clean and protect the metal surface Use a nylon brush as it is gentler on equipment finishes than metal bristled brushes – this is especially important on knurled barbells If you need more power …

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Back oxide barbell rust: WHY? And how to FIX it...

Black oxide barbell rust: WHY? And how to FIX it..

Whether you’ve bought a barbell yet or not – you’re clearly interested in finding out whether black oxide finished barbells rust.  Yes, yes they do rust. BUT it is manageable for most people to control, and the trade off is awesome bar feel as it’s one of the least invasive barbell finishes you can buy preserving the ‘bare steel’ feel when you go to grip & rip a deadlift!  At a glance… Black oxide barbells are likely to rust as the finish is the last corrosion resistant of the common options available You can get rust off of your black …

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How to clean barbell knurling: You NEED 4 things!

How to clean barbell knurling: You NEED 4 things!

I find it incredibly frustrating when my grip on the bar feels WEAKER – and more often than not this is due to the barbell knurling getting gummed up with chalk and various other bits of gym-detritus. Knowing when and HOW to clean barbell knurling is key to keeping your equipment in tip top condition. After all you spent a lot of hard earned dough buying it – so now we need to look after it! Here’s what you need to know. At a glance… Cleaning your bar knurl can be done with a stiff nylon brush with 3-in-1 oil …

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Is it SAFE to use a RUSTY barbell? PROBABLY... Here's why

Is it SAFE to use a rusty barbell? PROBABLY… Here’s why

So you’ve seen the dreaded orange RUST appear on your barbell… So what now?! The first thing to tackle is whether it is SAFE to use a barbell that has rusted. Lets take a look at that now. At a glance… Using a barbell with minor surface rust on it is typically safe Tetanus is caused by a bacteria that grows in soil or faeces and is not commonly found on gym equipment so the risk of contracting it from a barbell is low Most rust on gym equipment is surface rust only and unlikely to affect the structural integrity …

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3 SUPER SIMPLE steps to barbell rust prevention

3 SUPER SIMPLE steps to barbell rust prevention

So you’ve laid out quite a bit of money on a barbell – now you will want to look after it properly! The core architecture of a barbell is three pieces of metal (2x sleeves with the shaft) which means we meet an old foe – RUST! Treating rust is one thing – but it’s ALWAYS best to get ahead of the game to PREVENT rust from forming on your barbell in the first place. Here’s all you need to know about barbell rust prevention… At a glance… Rust is caused by moisture reacting with the metal surface of the …

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Kettlebell vs barbell vs dumbbell: the WINNER is...

Kettlebell vs barbell vs dumbbell: The WINNER is…

Matching your equipment to your goals is a theme with me – I love trying to optimise my training (and trying out new kit!) In this showdown we look at kettlebells, barbells AND dumbbells to work out which is best for YOUR training needs. At a glance… Barbells are better than dumbbells or kettlebells for strength training Kettlebells are best for aerobically focused dynamic training Dumbbells are a great jack of all trades and are great for bodybuilding! If I could only use ONE it would be a BARBELL as I enjoy strength training the most! Kettlebells are the least …

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Kettlebell press vs barbell press: Your ULTIMATE guide

Kettlebell press vs barbell press: Your ULTIMATE guide

Pressing a heavy weight over your head is pretty much the pinnacle of strength. Nothing demonstrates strength like a huge overhead press. How does it feel? I’ll let you know when I get there… 😉 When planning your training block a common question is whether kettlebell pressing is better than barbell pressing? There are certainly benefits to both. Here’s what I think. At a glance… If I had to choose between kettlebell press vs barbell press I would likely pick BARBELL as it suits my strength-focused routine MORE Kettlebell presses are suited to circuit training and aerobic-focused trainees as they …

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Kettlebell deadlift vs barbell: ONE winner!

Kettlebell deadlift vs barbell: ONE winner!

Kettlebell deadlifts are less taxing on your lower back than barbell deadlifts. This is because the form used is subtly different and the weight lifted is typically much lower. The real question though is whether the kettlebell deadlift variation is actually USEFUL… You bet it is, for some of us. Here’s what you need to know. At a glance… Choosing between kettlebell or barbell deadlifts is a personal decision based on training goals Kettlebell deadlifts are better for aerobic, GPP or power based goals Barbell deadlifts are superior for strength based training programs Using a kettlebell changes the form of …

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Kettlebell vs Dumbbell for weight loss

Kettlebell vs dumbbell for weight loss: my WINNER is…

I spent around a YEAR in a controlled calorie deficit cutting my body fat down, chasing the ‘aesthetic’ look. Over such a prolonged cut I tried all sorts of diet tips and tricks – and plenty of training ones too! One of the recurring queries I get is around whether kettlebells or dumbbells are better for weight loss. Here’s my hot take on it. At a glance… Kettlebells are better suited for weight loss goals as they can be used in a number of more aerobic exercises Training alone (kettlebells or dumbbells) will NOT be enough to overturn a poor …

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Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0: My Review

Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0: My REVIEW!

The Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 2.0 are the premium line of dumbbells offered by Bulldog. While ‘weight is weight’ and cheap dumbbells can build as much muscle as expensive ones, the 2.0’s offer a really nice upgrade over the basic metal handled alternatives for a modest additional outlay. Below I will run through the specification and various design features of these dumbbells so you can decide if these are the right dumbbells for you to buy (hint: you won’t be disappointed! 🙂 ) At a glance… Check the latest price for these on the Bulldog website right here! Premium dumbbell …

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