Tako Grip

A few months ago we received a shipment from Tako Grip of chalk, sticky tape and grip glue. Traditionally their clients have been pole vaulters, lacrosse players, and hockey players. Their product has also been a strong benefit to those within gymnastics. 
Athlete JoJo Mascis 

Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Tako Grip was created out of necessity. Elite pole vaulter and founder Michael Seaman had been searching for the perfect grip for years. As an athlete, he had trouble accepting that trainers tape is the accepted grip tape for many sports, and has been for ages. For decades it's been the only option, and still does not provide a solid grip by itself. Athletes have always tried to manipulate trainers tape to give it more grip - whether using sticky spray, chalk, lighter fluid or super glue everyone has their own favorite combination. Tako Grip was founded with one product, Tako Grip: Sports Grip Tape. 

 There are so many uses for a grip tape, but here are a few sport specific examples:
  • Bat, stick, and pole wraps
  • Pole vaulting grip tape
  • Fishing Rods
  • Baseball bat wrap
  • Golf club grips
  • Water ski and boating equipment
  • Snow ski equipment
  • Racquetball, Lacrosse, Tennis grips
  • Bicycle handlebars
Tako Grip asked us to mess around with the product and attempt to locate any other good uses for the sticky tape. And boy did we ever!! 

There are three different areas we used the product. Crossfit advantages, tactical, and a local high school pole vaulting/Crossfit athlete. 


There are some definite advantages to using Tako Grip within the Crossfit community. We messed around and use them on rings, pull-up bar, kettle bell, and barbell. 

Man what a difference!! After you put this tape on whatever piece of equipment you're using it doesn't move or slide at all! It's excellent for deadlifts (placing it on our barbell with half inch separation, see photo). It also does well in maintaining grip while doing thrusters. 

The one item that I love using this on the most is the Kettlebell, with an unbelievable grip you get with using the tape. You don't have to concentrate on the KB movement at all, because it doesn't slide around.  The KB stays in place all the way through the movement.

This tape is fantastic and will for sure be something we will continue to apply to our equipment in the future. 

As for Tako's chalk. It's also a great product! We have used it many times! One of our training partners said it is much nicer the a chalk block because it covers your had much faster when you're in the middle of your workout. And when you're going for time every second matters. (Jason Khalipa should score some Tako Grip, might be what puts him over Dr. Froning this year) :)


I placed some of the stick tape on both of my rifles and on one of my hand guns. A few days later we did some training in the rain. What a difference the tape made. NO slippage at all. I even placed some of the tape around my magazine well. It makes for a secure grip, and on those days when it's raining you usually struggle with maintaining a strong grip.

Pole Vault / Crossfit 

I got to spend some time with Pole Vault / Crossfit Athlete JoJo Mascis. He is preparing to go to state competition. He played cornerback this year for his high school football team as well. 

He told me how that he has been crossfitting in his high school gym now for about a year and a half. He has the opportunity to train with Nick Hobby, one of the owners of Crossfit Excel in Manteca, Ca. 

JoJo told me that as a pole vaulter you have to have a strong core and Crossfit has been such a game changer for him. He also believes it enhances the fast twitch muscles. 

JoJo had basic sports tape on his pole prior to putting Tako Tape on. He also used the glue that Tako provided us. WODville was present when he first put the tape on. JoJo was blown away by the initial grip he had and he was very excited to give it a test run!  

I talked to JoJo a week later after he had some time to use the Tako Tape and glue. He told me, "I've never felt so safe flying in the air. I know that Tako Tape is the solution on my hand slipping down my pole. Ever since I've put on Tako Tape, I haven't slipped at all. This is by far the best thing I've used to help me for pole vaulting!"

Bam! There you have it. This future NCAA athlete is a Tako fan, and we here at WODville are as well! 

Tako Grip scores big with us! Whether you're a CrossFit athlete, tactical operator, pole vaulter, lacrosse player, or hockey player we have a product for you! 

If you can think of any other good uses for this let us know! Tako Grip,  thank you for such a great product that every athlete needs to have in their gym bag! 

         Twitter @takogrip


WODville has a new preperformance / pre-workout drink for you. The product is called Honey Badger Performance Energy. It's sweetened with Stevia and it tastes excellent!
So let's address the issue right away Crossfit/Paleo peeps.
Next is the taste. This product tastes very good. It does not have a bitter aftertaste at all, it actually has a sweet taste and easy to drink. As our readers know, I'm not one that likes the pre-workout that gives you the heavy heartbeat and skin crawling. This product wakes you up, makes you alert, and prepares you for a workout. It is an excellent product for Crossfitters. It does not give you the feeling that your heart is going to explode out of your chest.
We strongly encourage you to give Honey Badger a shot

before your next workout. One of the awesome things is that they sell it in three different servings: you can get it in the canister with 40 servings, a canister with seven servings, or individual packets.

They also have an awesome shirt that you can order with the Honey Badger Logo on the front. And come on, what a cool name!! HONEY BADGER!
Twitter @honeybadgerbev


14.1 at Crossfit 209

As for 14.1, that workout was nasty. For me specifically because double unders have always been a nuisance. I understand that double unders are a great cardio workout, but for someone who has never gotten the rhythm of double unders (after attempting to perfect the movement) it was a bit frustrating. My score was 174. After looking at the finer details I discovered that I could've used a 65 pound bar being that I'm 43 years old and a master. But it's not like I'm going to be competing in the CrossFit Games anytime soon, so 75 pounds will do.  

On the other hand, Heidi did an excellent job and scored 220, and she felt as if she could have done better. Heidi is getting stronger and fast every year. I believe she could be a Games competitor if she continues to progress.
Me, Vince, and Heidi


As for our experience, we are doing our open workouts at CrossFit 209 this year. The staff/trainers and clients are fantastic. Curt Johnson a Games competitor did my counting, and I got to count for him. What an honor to be able to be a part of watching him compete in the open. He scored 256 and at the time was seventh in the world. Kurt competed last year in the games and finished in the top 10. I strongly believe he will do better this year, he is a true firebreather.

Heidi was able to have Amie Mascara count for her. Amie and her hubby Matt are "regulars" at 209 and good friends of WODVILLE.

I've already said it in a prior review, but we absolutely love training with Vince Carter. He is a great motivator and helps to keep you on task when you hit that wall. Coach Xavier "X" Casillas and a few other trainers were in house this week. All of the trainers were actively working the room and motivating their clients!

14.1 for me was so-so, Heidi enjoyed it! But as for our experience at 209 and getting to compete in the open, we had a blast!
N S P Nutrition

WODville readers I am very excited to bring you the next product. RSP Nutrition is up next. Recently, we received 3 full-size containers of Quadra Lean, ReGen, and Fast Fuel. However, Before I get into the explanation and benefits of each product, let me start off by saying we have received nothing less than phenomenal customer service from RSP. After agreeing to write a review for RSP, we received the product in the mail 48 hours later. I contacted our RSP Rep and spent 15 minutes talking with him on the phone regarding the use of the supplements. Everything on the product is self-explanatory, but as an involved Crossfitter I wanted to get the scoop. He was fantastic in explaining how and when to use the product. It should also be known that Heidi and I did not use any other supplements while using RSP!

Quadra Lean is a 100% stimulant free weight-loss supplement formulated to promote weight-loss, lasting fullness, and energy/metabolism. This is a new product for RSP and, I'll be honest, I had ambitions of eating clean when I started the supplement. I did not eat as clean as I should have, but I still lost 7 pounds over that period of time. I took three pills in the morning and three pills mid-afternoon.

As most of our readers know I'm in law enforcement and often fall into that trap of eating lunch and experiencing 2 O'Clock Blues. I would take my three afternoon supplement pills right around 2:30 PM, and have been able to finish the day with good energy. Heidi and I both worked out at 5:30 PM. I feel that the product provided additional energy, as well as the other obvious benefits that the product provides listed below will be an assistance to my general health.

-CLA(Conjugated Linoleic Acid) (Clarinol®):
-Supports the Breakdown of body fat. *
-Helps reduce the number of fat cells in the body. *

-Helps convert fat into usable energy for the body. * -Supports increased metabolism. *

-Raspberry Keytones:
-Decreases the absorbtion of fat. *
-Supports thermogenesis in the brown adipose tissue. (bad fat) *

-Garcinia Cambogia:
-Supports appetite control & mood enhancement.
me sporting the product we reviewed
-Limits enzyme production that turn carbohydrates to fat.

RSP also has a pre-workout. Let me start by saying; Heidi has traditionally never used a pre-workout. She does not like the way it makes her feel and every other product has given her the jitters. She used the product one day after having a long and stressful day in the office and has now used FAST FUEL at least a dozen times and absolutely loves the product!

Personally, I have never experienced the jitters by using this product. I have taken other pre-workouts that made my heart feel like it was getting ready to explode, but this is an excellent product. The best way for me to explain what I feel is at the point that I am breathing fire, I can now continue to push and fight through that wall!

Product description from the website:

Designed to build lean muscle and promote a lean athletic physique.*

Contains Agmatine Sulfate, Arginie AKG and Arginie HCL for maximum Nitric Oxide production.*

The only concentrated pre-workout supplement with a full BCAA profile, Beta Alanine and Glutamine.*

Intense Energy and Focus with no crash.*

Great taste and solubility.*

ReGen Is the last product that we reviewed (And I'm saving the best for last!). This product is something that I absolutely love! The flavor/taste is excellent and is designed for endurance and recovery. Instead of drinking water while working out I fill up my protein cup with a scoop of ReGen. I'll sip on this throughout the one hour Crossfit workout and whatever is remaining at the end of the work out I will finish after.

As I said, we did not take any other supplements other than the supplements provided by RSP. At the age of 43 I deal with soreness a lot and muscle recovery has become a priority for me. While using ReGen, I have not experienced any soreness whatsoever.

The taste of the two previously mentioned supplements are excellent. They don't have that gritty supplement taste a lot of products have today.

Info on ReGen:

Advanced BCAA Endurance & Recovery Formula_N.O matrix of Citrulline Malate, Agmatine Sulfate & Norvaline allows to maintain good blood (pump) and helps with absorption of electrolytes (Sodium Chloride & Sodium Bicarbonate along with Potassium Chloride) which are important for replenishment.

Engineered to be the most bioavailable BCAA product on the market Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) & BioPerine (black pepper extract) are key auxiliary ingredients in the absorption and maximum utilization of leucine, isoleucine and valine.

Amazing Taste & Solubility for Maximum Replenishment ReGen features Instantized BCAA´s that mix easily and do not settle to the bottom of the shaker bottle.
Danny Morales

RSP has other product and if the three items we got our hands on are any indication, you will not be disappointed !

We have had an excellent experience with RSP and look forward to using the product in the future! WODville would like to think our RSP Rep Danny Morales a CrossFit/WODville athlete for introducing us to this product!

RSP is top notch and I strongly recommend it to any CrossFit athlete looking to get the edge! We look forward to reviewing more products for RSP in the future and we are proud to have our names attached with theirs!

I LOVE our RED shirts made by FLOC
FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY This is our second run of reviews For Love of Country and Heidi and I are big fans of their product and their artwork. I received their ‘I Am A Sheepdog’ shirt and Heidi received their ladies ‘Remember Everyone Deployed’ shirt. Both shirts, as usual, are fantastic and are that soft, stretchy material that us Crossfitters have become accustomed to. To my tactical readers, FLOC has a great line of tactical artwork and apparel.
These shirts wash and wear well. For my fellow Sheepdogers out there, this is a must-purchase shirt and is great to wear on training days.
Heidi and I sporting our FLOC gear!
the side of the mens RED shirt
Heidi and I both have R E D shirts now, which stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed”. As I did in our last review, I will state that I strongly endorse them and encourage you to log on and purchase your patriotic gear. This is a great tribute to the men and women that are over-seas fighting for our freedom! Thank God for those that sacrifice their all for our freedom. That is what For Love Of Country is all about.
Their artwork is hanging in my office
If you have not read our last review, one of the awesome features of their product is all of their designs and artwork of one of the owners: Mindy Lowry. She is a gifted artist and has a fine eye for designing tactical artwork. The designs are just transferred onto the T-shirt. These custom designs for the tactical community are an awesome feature. 

FLOC also has a great line of patches coming out!!

FLOC keep the great art and apparel coming! FLOC scores a big A+ !!!


I sported my Sheepdog shirt during the Super Bowl.