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Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 20kg barbell review

Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 20kg barbell review

Bulldog offer a range of Box-branded barbells and I decided to take the 7ft, 20kg mens Olympic barbell for a spin (if you excuse the pun). The Box barbell is very affordable so I have high hopes that the Box 2.0 will be a high-quality entry level barbell for the UK market. At a glance… Check out the Bulldog Gear Box Bar 2.0 barbell here It’s a great all-rounder well suited to varied workouts and CrossFit Overall it is excellent value given the specification and reasonable price point BUT it would be nice to have a few options to customise …

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Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0: My Review

Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0: My REVIEW!

The Bulldog Gear Hex Dumbbells 1.0 are one of the best value dumbbell ranges available in the UK at the moment. They combine high quality build techniques (more on this later) with competitive pricing. What more could we ask for?! In the below review I am going to run through the key things to consider before you buy – including delivery, value for money and construction quality. Buying dumbbells is usually a significant purchase – so lets make sure the Bulldog 1.0 ones are right for us before we do! At a glance… Check the latest price for these on …

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Does protein powder taste good with water?

Does protein powder taste good with water?

Whey protein has been a part of my diet for over a decade. Having ready access to high quality, lean protein makes hitting my macros far easier – BUT it can still be a struggle when cutting! One of my diet ‘hacks’ was substituting MILK for WATER in my protein shakes – every calorie helps! But does it taste nice, or is it rubbish? Here’s what I can tell you after a near-4 stone (56 lbs) cut! At a glance… Whey protein can taste good with water if you pick a palatable flavour, mix it properly and CHILL the water …

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Is chocolate or vanilla protein powder better?

Is chocolate or vanilla protein powder better?

I use whey protein powder almost every day and have done for over a decade. I like it because it’s super EASY to consume, makes it EASY to hit my macros and is pretty CHEAP per gram of protein.  BUT the real question today is whether chocolate or vanilla is the best flavour of protein powder – here are my thoughts on it… At a glance… Vanilla protein powder is better as it can be used in both sweet and savoury applications Check out the best value vanilla whey on Amazon right here! Chocolate is a close second – particularly …

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GPP fitness daily workouts

My 2x GPP fitness daily workouts (for FREE!)

When I pivoted away from purely chasing strength a couple of years ago I found the best way to incorporate cardio was through extra GPP fitness workouts done daily alongside my usual resistance training. Hitting the gym every day in some form is AWESOME for both my physical health (my cardio endurance has improved drastically) but also mental health too – getting a break from screens and work is always welcome! If you’re interested in adding regular GPP orientated routines to compliment your strength training then this article is aimed squarely at you! At a glance… GPP stands for general …

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HyGYM Hex Dumbbells Review - I LOVE them!

HyGYM Hex Dumbbells Review: I LOVE them!

HyGYM’s hex dumbbells set is one of the best budget-friendly options available in the UK for fixed dumbbells. They arrived well packaged and are absolutely solid in use despite their competitive price point. In this review I will jump in to the key points to consider when buying a fixed dumbbell set – namely availability, functionality and – maybe most importantly – VALUE FOR MONEY! At a glance… Check them out right here! 7 pairs of dumbbells with an A-frame stand for a competitive price Rubber heads are rock solid and excellent quality – no signs of damage despite constant …

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REVEALED: The BEST home gym flooring in the UK

REVEALED: The BEST home gym flooring in the UK

One of the best bits of a home gym is the flooring. Yep – and here’s why: Firstly a well fitted floor looks excellent. When I fitted wall-to-wall crumbed rubber flooring my garage really felt like a PROPER gym. Secondly it can impact your exercises – for example having a solid base when lifting is essential if squatting and deadlifting, but might be less important for yoga or Pilates. Knowing what gym flooring is best can be tricky – let’s navigate the minefield together… At a glance… Bulldog Gear Morphic tiles are the best home gym flooring for MOST people I also like …

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How to pick flooring for a home gym in a GARAGE

How to pick flooring for a home gym in a GARAGE

Many of us have made our garages home to the gym which is great – it keeps your house free for family life AND means your are typically lifting on the hardest floor in the building – the CONCRETE SLAB!  Making sure we get the best flooring for our home gyms in our garages is important as we really need to protect that slab from cracking. Luckily it is very easy to find a solution. At a glance… 18mm 1m square crumbed rubber tiles are usually the best flooring for home gyms built in a garage Check out what we …

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11 BEST preacher curl alternatives

11 BEST preacher curl alternatives

When I first started working out from home there were TWO things I missed most from the commercial gym – the leg press and the preacher bench. You probably understand the leg press, but why did I miss the preacher so much?! Well I simply LOVED the way it isolated my inner bicep. At the end of each workout I’d rep out a few sets to failure on there – no cheating, no kipping – just a solid, awesome bicep pump.  Replicating that at home has been a personal crusade of mine ever since! Here are my top tips for …

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Hammer curls vs reverse curls: ULTIMATE guide

Hammer Curls vs Reverse Curls: ULTIMATE Guide

If you’re looking to hit a few curl variations in your workouts then it makes sense to consider hammer and reverse curls. Both of these variants offer something different to regular, bicep-dominant curl variations such as concentration or preacher curls while simultaneously being less fatiguing. This makes them awesome for cycling in with your existing arm work without adding too much extra time or stress to your workouts. Here’s what you need to know: At a glance… Both hammer and reverse curls are excellent exercises for arm growth Reverse curls are more focused on the forearm and lower upper-arm area …

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