Thursday, November 20, 2014


As most of our readers know, we have done a few reviews now for Brute Force. And if you've read our prior reviews, you know how we feel about this veteran owned company. Customer service is fantastic and a few months back we received their Axle/ Fat Bar from them to review. In four years of CrossFitting, we have never used a fat bar. Since then we have used this awesome piece of equipment for overhead lunges, deadlifts, and overhead squats.

I strongly believe that it has improved and increased our hand, finger, and forearm strength.

I'm not going to spend a ton of time talking about the different workouts that you can do with this piece of equipment because that can be looked up online all over the place. As for the benefits, this is something that should be added to every CrossFit gym. And for those that are cross training, this product is especially excellent for lifting heavy. Once again we were not disappointed with the product we received from Brute Force. This product, over the last couple of months, has been dropped, kicked, and thrown around our gym and has held up extremely well. 

If you have not trained with a fat bar, now is the time! Log onto Brute Force Strength’s website and order one or 10 today. Also, its only $99!!!

From the Brute Force Website 

The first of it's kind from Brute Force Steel- this axle is made with the same standards of quality you've come to expect from Brute Force. With a total length of 5', you'll need less room in your training space. Bar is powder-coated for a sleek finish and enhanced grip. 

 Our fat-bars bars come with a set of the Brute Force Universal Collars made from high strength velcro and webbing. These collars can be used with virtually any barbell. If you've never trained with a fat-bar, you are missing out! 

 •Made in the USA like all Brute Force branded gear 
•5 feet in length 1.5" diameter 
•15 lbs 
•Universal Collars are included with every bar 
•Tested at 700 lbs
•Weights not included



Monday, November 17, 2014



I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to bring our next company to the WODville community. A true Jack of All Trades, Pure Strength exploded onto the scene about a year and a half ago and is truly taking the CrossFit community by storm. Designed by Crossfitters, for CrossFitters. Owner Chris Brown has done a phenomenal job in just a short period of time to get a great company/ organization off the ground, servicing the CrossFit community in the process!


Pure Strength creates, manufactures and sells almost all aspects of CrossFit hardware such as barbells, kettle bells, squat racks and much more (imagine a CrossFit Walmart). Owner Chris Brown has teamed up with head trainer John McGriff and Brian Richter to form a winning combination! I'll get it out of the way right now and let you know that their customer service is second to none. Since the moment they came on board with us, their communication has been superior!

Thx Brandon for helping build the rack
For those of you that are gym/ box owners, you need to stop and take a serious look at what Pure Strength has to offer. From our experience their quality control is superior. You might be able to get specific pieces of equipment cheaper from another vendor but you are truly going to get what you pay for. Six months down the road when your equipment is falling apart you might wish that you paid a little extra for quality that is superior, and that is what you get with Pure Strength, its also made in the USA!

Pure Strength has teamed up with WODville to be our primary video review sponsor. So you will see Pure Strength custom squat rack at the back of every video review we produce.

I think it also should be known that Chris Brown is also a CrossFit box owner himself so he knows what he's talking about when addressing the needs of a CrossFit location.

The other thing that I want to address in our first review of Pure Strength is the implications this has for the CrossFitter that does it out of their garage. This slim squat rack/ pull-up bar that we have assembled in our home gym is a fantastic piece of equipment.

This Slim-Gym Rig is super sturdy with fantastic quality; its a wall mount rig that allowed you to maintain all the space in your garage because it only takes up 1' x 4'. Also, connected to it is a single pull-up bar that extends further away from the wall to give you the ability to Kip in your pull-ups.

I have seen many home gym squat racks as well as even those in CrossFit gyms and this piece of equipment is second to none and ranks right up there with anything you will get inside of a gym or Crossfit location.

So as you can see you can either go with the generic no-name equipment that will fall apart or you can pay an arm and a leg by going to the big boys so that you can have a specific name on your equipment. OR… you can make a wise choice and go with a company that builds a phenomenal product and can make your garage gym or your CrossFit box stand out with a sturdy superior product.

Extra Credit to the crew at PURE STRENGTH !!!!


S.W.O.R.D. Drink

Last month we received some samples of the new SWORD drink. It is a powder-based supplement that helps hydrate you with three key ingredients: water, sodium electrolytes, and carbohydrates. I'm not going to even begin to attempt to dive into the scientific way of how this product works. If you go on their website and click about it will give you the scientific proof and evidence behind what this product will do for you.

First off, it tastes a whole lot better than the hydration tablets that you purchase at the running stores or Walmart. The taste is excellent and, over the last few weeks, I have drunk it before and during workouts.

As for the effect, we have done a couple of Metcon (45 plus minute) WODs. I truly can say I Felt fresh and maintained a strong energy throughout the workout.

But it also seems that it carries over after your workout less tired/ exhaustion faster recovery (and the nights that I used the product, I slept like a rock).

During the longer workouts I have been known to cramp up, but over the last two weeks of use I have not experienced this at all!

As I'm also involved in the tactical community, Ive taken to taking this on days tasked with very intensive physical training and tactical maneuvers. What I do is take two packets of SWORD, drinking one about two hours into the training and another closer to the end of the day when I walked through the door at home. I was very much refreshed and energized and was able to have quality time with the family without feeling tired at all.

Both flavors are excellent in taste and I would recommend either one of them.

SWORD scores big with us and we will definitely continue to stock this supplement in our cabinet. A+ product. Excellent job. SWORD keeps a good price and I look forward to future products from this awesome company

Thursday, November 6, 2014


This review will be a little different from the usual review we have written in the past. A few months ago, we received a shipment from Blauer uniforms in which I received a pair of their new tactical boots, tactical pants, and a T-shirt. Our agreement with Blauer was to do a few CrossFit style workouts in their boots and test run their pants, and simply stated, I have not been disappointed in the least!
First off, let’s talk pants: the 8823 Tactical Pants w/ Stretch Nylon to be more specific. Well constructed, strong stitching and awesome design. I love the clean lines of the side pockets and the stretching the waistband for movement. I've worn them a few times in way of working out as well as a couple times in a tactical environment. Every time, the pants have done extremely well and wear very comfortably. I 100% guarantee you will not be disappointed with these pants whether for CrossFit or in the tactical environment.
As for the shoes, these boots are truly one of a kind. I love the shoestring design because it has its own mechanism that tightens the shoestring down and distributes the comfort feel and fit across the top of the boot. I have worn these boots (Clash LT 6" Boot) on multiple occasions and find them very comfortable. I've also worn them while running a couple of miles included in my Crossfit work out. I performed Burpees, box jumps, and double unders while wearing these boots and one thing I did not expect was while doing back squats the support and comfort I got from the boot. These boots have now replaced my under armor boots that I have worn over the last year.

So let me be perfectly clear: whether you're looking for a pair of boots for patrol or you're a tactical operator looking for a pair of boots that are going to be flexible but durable, this is the boot for you. 

I have worn Blauer's pants and boots in the past. Their equipment in the past has been excellent and they continue with that reputation with these boots as well. The Clash LTs are extremely lightweight and they breathe very well. According to their website it only weighs 18 ounces. 
Reiterated, I absolutely love their BOA lacing system similar to that of what you would find on like a snow shoe or boot. The part that I love is that I'm able to get them on and off quickly and they are extremely comfortable.

As for the pants, I plan on buying a couple of pairs so that I can wear them on patrol. 

Their tactical pants are very comfortable with a combination of nylon/polyester and a small amount of the spandex material which has it a little give that you're looking for in a tactical environment. The pants come in multiple sizes.

I have been and will continue to be impressed with anything that comes from Blauer as long as it maintains the same great quality that they have shown me over the years and the new stuff that I have just reviewed. If you're a tactical officer this is some great gear. Especially if you're looking to be flexible and mobile, these boots and pants are great for physical training and or a regular tactical environment.

A+ Blauer.