Barbell Medicine nutrition coaching: 7 month review

Barbell Medicine nutrition coaching: 7 month review

Nutrition has always interested me – with “abs built in the kitchen” it always felt like it has the opportunity to be the silver bullet to build a better frame. Over the years I’ve spend countless hours reading and researching nutrition – coming at it from bodybuilding, strength training, general fitness and cycling angles it is amazing how the topic twists and turns. Even with this fairly robust base knowledge I always felt there was MORE to learn. So a few years ago I decided to try out a nutrition coach to see what difference this could make to my gains. I chose to use Barbell Medicine at …

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bulldog Gear Curve Runner 2.0 Review

My Bulldog Gear Curve Runner 2.0 Review

Running is something I am late to the party with. It’s just never captured my imagination as much as weightlifting, cycling or other sports. Recently though it’s caught my attention as an awesome way to work on something completely novel to me. Running outside is a freeing experience, but trying to do it all-year-round here in the UK can be tough – particularly with the level of severe ice we’ve had the past couple of winters making the pavements treacherous for several weeks at a time. Enter the Bulldog Gear Curve Runner 2.0 – I’ve been looking to add more cardio options to my …

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The BEST shoes for deadlifting

BEST shoes for deadlifting: A ONE horse race?

Truth be told deadlifts are probably my all time favourite gym lift. As the heaviest lift for almost everyone it’s probably my ego that enjoys it… Even putting the ego-mania to one side the deadlift is a fantastic exercise which recruits an absolute ton of muscle all through the body. All with the most natural range of motion of all: Simply picking something up from the floor. I’m sure you love deadlifts too – but the real question is do you need deadlift shoes to improve your lift, and if so which are the best deadlift shoes available? As ever the answer is complex. …

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ATX Power Rack Review

ATX Power Rack Review: 4 years with a PRX-830

I’ve owned my ATX power rack since February 2017 so it’s fair to say I’ve had plenty of time to get to know it!  Having seen and tried to respond to a number of posts on various fitness forums about the ATX brand and their products which are not well known online I thought I would pull together this review to help anyone considering buying an ATX power rack and frantically Googling for reviews or experiences. At a glance… ATX PRX-830 is a high quality four post power rack which undercuts Rogue on pricing Features include numbered uprights, swing in safeties and monolift J hooks Plenty …

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Best way to heat a garage gym or workshop

The BEST way to heat a garage gym or workshop

Deep in the British winter I am now in full blown “must heat the garage” mode. Every time I step in to my garage gym I am reminded just how cold it can get in the UK… Global warming obviously not materialising in my postcode at the moment. There are a few easy and cheap solutions to heat your garage gym, and even more complicated and expensive ones! Let’s run through all the options you can pick from when trying to heat your garage. At a glance… For most people insulating your garage gym or wearing more clothes will be enough to keep them warm For the …

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Budget massage gun review

Reviewed: My budget massage gun from Amazon UK

So you want to try a Theragun or Hyperice Hypervolt, but aren’t too sure you want to spend upwards of £300? Me either.  Still, I was desperate to get my hands on these percussive massage/torture(!) devices out in real life so I picked up a budget massage gun here in the UK (*ad) for the tidy sum of £69.99. I’ve been using it for 11 months now. Are the branded alternatives worth almost TRIPLE the price? I’ve pulled together this review to help you decide if you can get by with a budget massage gun (like mine) here in the UK, or if you should dig a little deeper …

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Best Air Bikes in the UK

The 2 best air bikes in 2021 (available in the UK!)

2020 was a weird year as we were (and still are) stuck in the COVID-19 pandemic. With a bunch of lockdown restrictions (that are, frankly, hard to keep track of!) many including myself have turned to doing all our cardio in our home gyms instead of out and about. One of the coolest ways to get a varied cardio workout at home is by using an air bike. Intervals, steady state, upper body or lower body – a fan bike has you covered. So what is the best fan bike to buy here in the UK in 2021? EDIT: I have refreshed this post on 1st …

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The Bulldog Bar 1.0 Reviewed

The Bulldog Bar 1.0 Review: The perfect barbell?

The Bulldog Bar has intrigued me for a while. There isn’t much first hand experience published out there on this barbell so I thought I’d throw my money down and take the plunge so I could pull a review together to help anyone else looking for a decent barbell in the UK. Fortunately I’ve got a couple of other barbells in the garage gym so we can do some comparisons versus the competition to help us decide: Which is the best barbell available in the UK? So let’s take a look at what I’ve found out so far. At a glance… The Bulldog Bar is my pick is …

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UK’s BEST wall mounted pull up bars: 3 Reviews

Pull ups are a sure-fire way to build a huge back and can really build that V-shaped upper body taper. So knowing that, you want a pull-up bar, but you’re not sure which one? Well you’re in the right place!  A wall mounted pull up bar is a great way to get your chin and pull ups in without taking up valuable floor space. You can also hang rings for ring work or dips to make them even more versatile. Note: If you’ve landed here you are clearly an enthusiast and will already be well versed in the pitfalls of door mounted pull up bars which are …

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Free standing punching bags: 10 best reviewed

10 best free standing punching bags: REVIEWED!

If you’re involved in combat sports (or maybe you just like to let off some steam after a tough day in the office!) you will have looked at adding a punching bag to your home gym. As is becoming all too common the internet is unfortunately awash with poor quality products at jacked up prices – so today we’re taking a deep dive to find the best free standing punching bags available to suit all budgets. Let’s jump right in. And don’t worry – we won’t pull any punches… At a glance… The Century BOB is the best punch bag for martial art trainees Century’s Fight Simulator is the best …

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