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16 EZ bar curl alternatives for YOUR situation

16 EZ Bar curl alternatives for YOUR situation

The EZ curl bar gets a hard wrap – while it MAY be a ‘bro’ favourite it does bring to the table a pretty solid use-case for arm training.  But what if you CAN’T do an EZ curl and need an alternative? Well there are a TON of curl variations out there – but which one is right for you will depend on WHY you can’t do EZ bar curls. Lets run through the most common situations with a few alternatives to try for each. At a glance… Below are 16 epic EZ Bar curl alternatives to suit almost anyone …

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Rogue Echo Bike heart rate monitor compatibility guide

Rogue Echo bike heart rate monitor compatibility guide

The instructions that ship with the Echo bike don’t really cut the mustard when it comes to the compatibility of heart rate monitors (or HRM’s for short) with the bike’s console. I ended up contacting Rogue’s support line to work out just what exactly I could and couldn’t pair with it – and the answer was still surprisingly vague! After quite a lot of research as well as money spent on the different options, here’s what I know. At a glance… The Rogue Echo bike is compatible with the Polar T31C and Polar H10 heart rate monitors. You can pick …

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8 SOLID Rogue Echo Bike workouts for beginners

8 SOLID Rogue Echo bike workouts for beginners

If you’ve got your hands on a Rogue Echo then you will be equal parts delighted and confused. You have an AWESOME bit of equipment, but with the endless configurability just what workouts are the best for your goals? Here are 8 excellent progressions anyone can try – beginners and experts welcome! At a glance… Light intensity steady state (LISS) can help you build a foundation of aerobic capacity if you are brand new to training (or cardio). Work up to 40 minutes at a moderate to high-moderate effort High intensity interval training (HIIT) is well suited to the Echo …

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Here are ALL the Rogue Echo Bike alternatives!

Here are the BEST Rogue Echo bike alternatives!

We’ve all seen the Rogue Assault and Echo bikes on the CrossFit games, but what if you want to stand out from the crowd? What if you want to do your cardio DIFFERENTLY? Then you are probably in the market for a great alternative to these air bikes. Here are a few ideas on what to look for as well as a few specific options you could try out. At a glance… The Bulldog Gear 3.0 Airbike is my “go-to” alternative in the UK (check it out here) But if you are in America it is hard to beat the …

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Which is the best weight bench for tall guys?

Which is the BEST weight bench for tall guys?

If you’re a tall person you will be used to having to research sports equipment before you buy it to make sure it’s BIG enough for you. Weight benches are no different as if the bench is not long or high enough it will feel really cramped and prohibit your ability to use leg drive in your workouts. Here is what you need to know when looking for a tall-person-friendly bench: At a glance… Bulldog Gear Adjustable Bench 2.0 is the best bench for tall guys as it has a very long back pad (147cm) to accommodate the tallest lifters …

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Can you use a Rogue Echo bike for steady state cardio?

Can you use a Rogue Echo bike for steady state cardio?

A few years in and I’m still using my air bikes regularly – controversially, mainly for light intensity steady state (or LISS) cardio! I was concerned when I first bought one that it was a one trick pony, but in reality it has proved to be one of the most versatile home gym purchases I’ve made. Here is what you need to know if you’re looking to get some serious mileage on your Echo: At a glance… You absolutely CAN do steady state cardio on a Rogue Echo bike! Check it out right NOW on the Rogue site Using a …

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Do weightlifting shoes cause knee pain?

Do weightlifting shoes cause knee pain?

Unfortunately knee pain is something most of us who like to try and stay fit will encounter at some point in our lives. The good news is it doesn’t need to put and end to our training, BUT it is very important to understand the causes so you can cure and then avoid it recurring. This blog post is based on my personal experience as an amateur weight lifter and does not constitute medical advice. If you have serious concerns then you should escalate these to your physician. At a glance… Wearing the wrong shoes when lifting weights can trigger …

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What weight should I start with on bench press?

What weight should I start with on bench press?

If you are interested in lifting weights there is a VERY high chance that you’re familiar with the bench press. It’s one of (if not THE) most popular movements in the gym and is the foundation of ‘gym bro’ culture everywhere! Putting that to one side, the bench press contributes a TON to our training – strong chest and arms are a foundation for most hypertrophy goals and flat barbell bench press is tested in powerlifting competitions. BUT, just how much weight should you START bench pressing with if you are a beginner?  At a glance… You should try to …

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Chin up induced forearm pain: Causes and cures

Chin up induced forearm pain: Causes and cures

Forearm (and elbow) pain when weightlifting is, unfortunately, pretty common. I’ve experienced it a few times in my lifting career to date and each time it takes me by surprise how debilitating it can be as they are the supporting muscles in a TON of movements so LOADS of things end up being sore! Chin ups specifically trigger forearm pain in lots of people – fortunately there are a few easy ways to troubleshoot the basic issues which I’ve used up over the years to self diagnose some of the simpler injuries I’ve faced which have – fortunately – been …

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Chin up to pull up ratio: is there a magic ratio?

Chin up to pull up ratio: Is there a magic number?

Chin ups vs pull-ups – the great debate! When we start training it’s one of the first things we try (and fail) – or at least it was for me! Throughout my training history I’ve ALWAYS found chin ups easier than pull-ups and most people find the same. Even if you’ve frantically trained your chin up attempting max set of pull-ups can be humbling. So what is the ideal ratio of chin ups vs pull ups? Let’s jump in and take a look. At a glance… Chin ups and pull ups are very similar, with chin ups being a little …

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