I found a REP AB-5000 in the UK... Sort of...

I found a REP AB-5000 in the UK… Sort of…

REP Fitness – and in particular their adjustable benches – have taken the home gym scene by storm! Established in 2012 they have built up an organisation that is attracting a TON of attention for both competitive prices and innovative designs BUT (there’s always a BUT somewhere..!) finding a REP Fitness AB-5000 (or any other product for that matter) in the UK has been pretty much impossible, until now… Let’s explore this a bit more – and thanks to those who have reached out to help pull this together! At a glance… REP Fitness are NOT currently shipping to the …

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Will a Rogue Echo bike fit a SHORT person?

So, will a Rogue Echo Bike fit a SHORT person?

I’m around 5’7” with my wife a bit shorter at 5’2”, therefore when I’m buying home gym equipment I always need to ask: Will it work for short people?! Specifically, today I’m sharing a few measurements and guides on whether the Rogue Echo bike fits a short person, and what to look out for if you’re worried it will be too big for you. At a glance… The Rogue Echo Bike can be used by MOST people Some issues MIGHT arise if you are 5’2” or below depending on bodyshape Anecdotal evidence suggests as short as 4’11” can use the …

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How much is a Rogue Echo bike and is it worth it?

How much is a Rogue Echo bike and is it worth it?

An airbike is an absolute WEAPON in a commercial or home gym environment and can help you build a formidable engine and push your work capacity through the roof! BUT you don’t need me to tell you that… What you want to know is how much it cost me to buy my Rogue Echo bike here in the UK, and whether the Rogue Echo is worth the money or not. I can certainly help you out with these questions (and more) – let’s get stuck in! At a glance… A fully loaded Rogue Echo Bike is c.£936 in the UK Full disclosure: I bought mine pre-Brexit so …

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The BEST parallettes in the UK

The BEST parallettes in the UK (2 choices!)

With the summer around the corner (or what passes for summer here in the UK!) I’m revisiting something I have never QUITE managed to pull off – a GARDEN gym! Yep – moving from the garage to the garden.  That is harder than it sounds with a climate as varied as it is here in the UK – the constant threat of rain means a permanent base outside can be… Challenging! Which brings me to Parallettes – a cheap, portable and viciously effective way to train if you are prepared to put the hard yards in to LEARN how to use them. They’re super easy to pick up to …

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THE "Bulldog Parallettes - Large" review

THE “Bulldog Parallettes – Large” review (10/10)

I’d had my eye on these for a few months before I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of the Bulldog Large Paralletes to review. Having mistakenly overlooked these as a training tool for YEARS I wanted to share my review with everyone. So what made me want to give them a go? Ultimately after some research I realised what an awesome tool they are to to amp up my GPP (general physical preparedness) days! Abs, triceps, obliques, deltoids – you name it, I have been working them with these the Bulldog large parallettes. Here’s my review: At a …

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My review of the small Bulldog Gear Parallettes

My Review of the Small Bulldog Parallettes (9/10)

I admit it – I find it easy to get overly excited by gym equipment… To the point where I ordered not one but TWO pairs of Bulldog Parallettes to review for the site! Let’s take a look at the smaller version today – I hope you enjoy the review, and if you’re on the fence choosing between the tall or short bars then maybe just do what I did and buy BOTH 🙂 Now jump in to find out why I think these are one of the best pairs of parallettes available in the UK… At a glance… Tall vs short parallettes is a personal decision …

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The 2 BEST weighted vests for 2021 (in the UK!)

The 2 BEST weighted vests for 2021 (in the UK!)

Looking to feed my gym equipment buying habit, I have been feverishly researching weighted vests (and I have since bought one, used it a ton and reviewed it here!) I love training with barbells – but sometimes it is good to have OPTIONS, and I found myself keen to do weighted exercises (mainly pull-ups initially) without a dip belt constantly digging in to me. So I’ve pulled together this blog post to share what I’ve learned about weight vests – and answer the most important question (of course!) – what is the best weight vest to buy in the UK? …

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Wearing a weighted vest ALL DAY: I tried it!

Wearing a weighted vest ALL DAY: I tried it!

Having bought a Bulldog weighted vest recently I’ve been looking for different ways to incorporate it in to my training. Mainly just to play with the latest toy, but also to see just how versatile a weighted vest like that really is. One recurring topic across Reddit and various other fitness forums is around the benefits of wearing a weighted vest all day. Should you do it? Shouldn’t you? And, for me right now, perhaps the most important question – does it help us lose weight? Well let us find out now! At a glance… Wearing a weight vest all …

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Bulldog Gear Weighted Vest Review

Bulldog Gear 20kg Weight Vest Review: AWESOME(ish)

As we entered a new year I was keen to add some new challenges to my agenda – mainly in two areas I have generally been pretty inconsistent in training: running, and calisthenics. And what better way to try and train them BOTH than by adding a nice, shiny (metaphorically in this case!) bit of kit to the home gym. A Bulldog Gear 20kg weighted vest has found its way in to my online basket and has burned a premium priced, vest-shaped hole in my bank account. This is my review of the 20kg weight vest – and not to …

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Weighted vest vs dip belt

Weighted vest vs dip belt: one CLEAR winner

Should I buy a weighted vest or a dip belt? A question almost as impactful and timeless as ‘what is the meaning of life’… Maybe I have over-sold this… 🙂 In all seriousness when deciding whether a weighted vest or a dip belt is the best option for you it’s worth remembering that BOTH are excellent tools – and the right one for ME may not be the right one for YOU.  That said, for a general trainee interested in looking jacked and being pretty fit overall I think there is ONE clear winner. At a glance… A weighted vest …

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