Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Odds & Ends

In the past couple of days, I have ordered a few more random items to throw in my bag.

Captains of Crush Gripper - Trainer

This is the 100# version of the grip trainer, I have been playing with the past couple of months.  A fun toy and Valentine's Day present from my wife.

JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Mini

I was capturing video of the 2020 Open Workouts and occasionally capture a 1RM here and there.  For $15, I wanted to try a small stand, rather than perching on plates and the rig.  My gym is having an In-House comp and I would like to capture some video.

Fitness Barbell Pad

This $10 beauty is going to save me a lot of frustration.  At my incredibly well equipped 9000 square foot Crossfit gym, we have easily 30 barbells, 30 abmats, 20 Concept 2 Rowers, 4 Rogue Echo Bikes, 1 Rogue Air Assault Runner, 1 Concept 2 Ski Erg, 2 GHD, Reverse Hyper, Rhino Belt Squat, 2 Bandbell Bars, 2 Hypervolt percussion massagers, thousands of pounds of plates, but only 2 barbell pads.

Normally, I would say who needs a barbell pad??  However, the programming the past month has included an accessory movement that has been amazing for glute activation and I believe has specifically helped my squat and frequent lower back pain.  The Hip Thruster is a great accessory movement, but places a line contact on the hips.  As a result me and my classmates scramble for the 2 barbell pads, then start folding yoga mats and finally grab sweatshirts to cushion the interface between the hips and the barbell.

By tomorrow, no later than 9:00 PM, Amazon claims that I will have my very own barbell pad!  I was surprised at the vast array of offerings from $5 pads I am used to seeing at gyms the last 30 years, to the $10 pads made with high density foam which I ordered, to a $50 Hip Thrust Pad with multi-layered well technology to distribute the load while relieving pressure to the pelvis.  I am no one to shy away from unitaskers, but this was over the top even for me.

2POOD Straight Weighlifting Belt

I have been eyeing these despite my being perfectly satisfied with my leather belt and nylon belt.  For a mere $60, I could give this a whirl.  For my 42" waist across my belly button, a Large belt (38.5-42.5 inches) should fit perfect and leave room if I lose weight.  I like "The Ranch" and "Operator" the best.  Not pulling the trigger yet.

No Bull Project - Dark Grey Gum Trainers (9.5)

These seem expensive at $129, but I want to give No Bull a shot.  At least they offer free shipping on orders over $99 and they have a good return policy.  They also have retail stores in New York, Boston and Miami.

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