How tight should a weightlifting belt be?

Exactly how tight should a weightlifting belt be?

So you’ve got yourself an amazing belt… Now the real fun can start!  Your belt needs to be tight enough that you can fill your lungs and brace your trunk muscles (from your abdominals all the way around your lower back) WITHOUT being so tight that it hampers you gathering a deep breath. Why is that optimal? Let’s take a look… At a glance… We wear a belt to HELP us brace our core when lifting – it doesn’t replace our own efforts! The breathing technique we use to lift is the Valsalva manoeuvre If you can’t get a deep …

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Bulldog Gear Adjustable Bench 2.0 Review

Bulldog Gear Adjustable Bench 2.0 Review

I will get this out of the way up front – the Bulldog Adjustable 2.0 is an absolute BEAST! Sharing a ton of similarities with the REP AB-5000 I was hoping this would be the LAST bench any of us would need… Am I right? Read on to find out for yourself! At a glance… The Bulldog Adjustable Bench 2.0 is the best bench in the UK – check it out NOW Sturdiness is unrivalled – ROCK solid in use Zero-gap functionality adds value for those serious about FLAT benching At 147cm I found it to be quite long – …

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The 3 BEST gym wall timers in the UK

So you have a gym… And you have a wall… So now you want a gym wall timer! Having a way of keeping track of your workout time is near essential to keep us focused and on track and a huge wall timer is certainly one way to keep track! Here’s all you need to know… At a glance… The Bulldog Gear Garage Gym Interval Timer is the best value wall mounted gym timer in the UK While the Bulldog Gear Interval Timer is the best overall, it is more expensive The Bulldog Gear Magnetic Gym Timer is an alternative …

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I FOUND the No.1 CrossFit gym timer!

I FOUND the No.1 CrossFit gym timer!

As my training has moved to incorporate more CrossFit style workouts with higher volume, lower rest from a more traditional strength training set up I’ve found I’ve become obsessed with… Time! Building CrossFit levels of work capacity is pretty tough – particularly if you are used to much less aerobic strength and powerlifting programming like me! Using a CrossFit gym timer has really helped me make the transition – here’s all you need to know about them! At a glance… The Bulldog Gear Magnetic Gym Timer is the best CrossFit gym timer. Check it out right now here. Look for …

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No.1 BEST garage gym timer… REVIEWED!

No.1 BEST garage gym timer… REVIEWED!

After literally YEARS of using a broken watch face I finally bought a dedicated garage gym timer! Enough was enough, and I needed to stop being a cheapskate. It always puzzled me why gym timers were SO expensive, but with the latest magnetic timers now available coming in MUCH cheaper I finally bit the bullet. Here’s what you need to know when considering a gym clock! At a glance… The BEST garage gym timer in the UK is the Bulldog Gear magnetic gym timer When buying, consider: Price – look for best VALUE, not the CHEAPEST Battery power – MUCH …

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Rogue Echo Bike Review (after 3 YEARS of testing!)

Rogue Echo Bike Review (>3 YEARS of testing!)

I’ve wanted an air bike since I first saw an old, basic AirDyne online. The thought of a full-body upgrade to my bicycle-on-a-turbo-trainer which I was using at the time was a REALLY appealing upgrade!  I spent a few years scowering the classified for a used one to no avail in my local market. Then the Rogue Echo hit the scene. Moving the airbike game on in quality and price – I was sold. As soon as it was available in my territory I put my order in. Having had my Echo fan bike for just over 3 years now …

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Bulldog Gear Hybrid Bumper Plates 2.0 Review

Bulldog Gear Hybrid Bumper Plates 2.0 Review

I was delighted to pick up a 100kg Bulldog Gear Hybrid 2.0 bumper plate set to review recently. Having used steel plates exclusively for years (literally!) it is awesome to reacquaint myself with a decent set of rubber plates. Honestly, I’ve been blown away. I had high expectations, but I wasn’t expecting them to be THIS good! I’ve captured my thoughts below – but if you have any specific queries you want answered please hit me up through he contact form or comments box below! At a glance… Full size rubber bumper plates available in a black or coloured finish …

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The 4 BEST bumper plates IN THE UK!

The 4 BEST bumper plates IN THE UK!

Making sure you get the best bumper plates for your UK home gym is a really important step – your plates are barbell are the ‘meant and potatoes’ of most home gyms and they are used ALL THE TIME. It’s hard to accept compromise on equipment we use EVERY TIME we’re in the gym. So let’s jump in and run through the best bumper plate sets available in the UK! At a glance… UK’s best value bumper plates: Bulldog Gear Hybrid 2.0 bumpers MOST people would do best with a set of 45cm diameter, virgin rubber, black bumper plates Where the metal insert attaches to the …

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5 reasons WHY bumper plates ARE worth it!

5 reasons WHY bumper plates ARE worth it!

If you’re building a gym from scratch or simply looking to add some new plates to your garage gym, you have probably asked yourself (and maybe others!) whether bumper plates are worth it? Having trained at home for more than a decade and, more recently, having tried a ton of different training styles utilising both steel and rubber plates I think I am in a good place to share my thoughts on whether bumper plates are worth the money. At a glance… Bumper plates are worth it if you can afford them as they are more versatile They are quieter which can be important in a …

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I've BOUGHT the UK's BEST 100kg bumper plate set!

I BOUGHT the UK’s BEST 100kg bumper plate set!

After over a decade of home gym evolutions I bought a 100kg set of bumper plates to add to my garage. What took me so long, right?! Well today I’m going to outline which bumper plate set I went for and – crucially – why I think it was the best 100kg bumper plates set available in the UK. At a glance… I think this is the best value 100kg bumper plate set in the UK 3 things to consider before you purchase are: 1) How much weight do you need? Probably 100kg – 150kg 2) How thick are the plates and how much can you fit on your …

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