Kettlebells USA Paradigm Pro Elite Precision Review
As I’ve progressed in my kettlebell training I’ve found myself moving away from cast-iron kettlebells and toward competition steel kettlebells. I have no interest in competing, but I’m finding the consistent size of competition-style kettlebells is allowing me to more easily transition between kettlebells of different weights. I’ve been working with two Paradigm Pro Elite Kettlebells from Kettlebells USA for several months, and I’m ready to document my thoughts on them. Are they worth investing in for your home gym? Read on!
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DIY gymnastic ring / TRX mount
A while back I went through a bodyweight training phase and during that time I decided to buy a pair of gymnastic rings. I initially hung the rings from a doorway-mounted pull up bar but wasn’t satisfied with that setup because it didn’t offer enough height. I decided to mount the rings from my ceiling instead, using some wood and hardware from Home Depot.
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Vulcan Absolute Powerlifting Bar Review
I recently upgraded my home gym with an Absolute Powerlifting bar and a set of black bumper plates from Vulcan Strength Training Systems. I still train regularly with kettlebells but I’m finding that adding old-school compound lifts to my regimen has done wonders to help my overall strength and daily energy levels. I’ve already written about my thoughts on the bumper plates, now it’s time to give the barbell the same treatment.
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Vulcan Black Bumper Plates Review
As any long term Fitness Test Lab reader knows, I train regularly with kettlebells and I like them a lot. However, for reasons I’ve covered separately I’ve decided to add barbell training to the mix to keep things interesting. My home gym has been upgraded with the addition of a set of Vulcan Strength black bumper plates, a Vulcan Strength Absolute Powerlifting bar, and a pair of squat stands. What follows is a review of the Vulcan black bumper plates. Continue reading Vulcan Black Bumper Plates Review