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Assault Bike by LifeCORE Fitness

I am so unbelievably pumped and excited to bring this next piece of equipment to our readers. Just a few months ago, we received the Assault Air Bike at our doorstep. Within a few hours, I had that thing put together and ready for the evening WOD. I have visited other CrossFit gyms that sang the praises of the Assault Bike. I remember when we visited Paris, France and got a tour of the CrossFit Louvre. The owner had told me that he had just done a squat / Air Assault Bike workout. He went on to tell me that it was one of the best workouts for the legs. So that evening I did a workout of:
10 squats at 95 pounds
10 cal assault bike
10 Rounds for time

This crushed my legs to say the least. I walked around for two days looking like a drunken fool. That's how I knew right away that this was an awesome piece of equipment. Since then, Heidi and I have included the Assault Bike in a ton of our workouts. It is also an item that is regularly used for warm-up as well. I have used rowers since starting CrossFit four years ago, but in my personal opinion, if you were to ask me which one would you choose I would pick the Assault Bike over a rower.

Two items that they sell in the accessories department is the water bottle holder and the awesome wind screen. The wind screen is great to have if your in a cold location during the winter months. Its a great $40 investment.

Click here for all Assault Bike accessories
easy to use display
This product is well built, has a full digital display on it, and you can sync it with the Bluetooth heart rate monitor.

The people at LifeCORE Fitness have truly hit a homerun with this piece of equipment and understand it is more than just a wind bike.

You will not be disappointed in the least with this product, for there is not one negative thing that I could say about it. If you're looking for something to add to your home gym or your local BOX, this is the product! Assault Bike scores an amazing A+.

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Three weeks ago, we received a shipment from Before I go any further, let me start by saying that we have been CrossFitting for well over four years and I have done a ton of Olympic lifting during that period of time. In that time, I have only used the elastic wraps which provide some support, but absolutely nowhere near the support that Tough Wraps provide. The elastic wrap material allows you to slam them on your hands quickly but the material of these things are made out make sure there is no give and provide superior support to your wrists. I have worn them during push press overhead squats and snatches and I am completely blown away by the support that they provide. The amazing feeling is that it is almost like a platform underneath your lift which just allows you to concentrate on pushing through with the arms and shoulders.
They have a variety of different patterns for those of you that like to have your reps with a little flare to them. The thumb wrap and string design allows you to send down your reps very quick. And to top it off, their logo is red, white and blue, sporting a patriotic panache which, as you knows; I absolutely love anything with the American flag in it!
I'll let you know right now you will not be disappointed with the Tough Wraps product. They're high-quality (strong and firm) material prevents any give while throwing heavyweight up over your head. We here at WODville give them solid marks all around! And for what it matters, this will be my primary wrist wrap from now on.
From Tuff Wraps Web Site:
TuffWraps have taken the “old school” wrist wrap design and kicked it up a notch! We have created a newer and easier way to use wrist wraps.
How are TuffWraps different?

  • We have over 40 years experience in Industrial Sewing.
  • Designed to provide superior wrist support.
  • A special fabric blend has been chosen to provide optimal, structure and function to its design.
  • Offers a thumb loop design for quick application.
  • Reinforced Stitching .
  • TuffWraps1Durable, washable cloth wraps.
  • Twist to tighten and/or loosen to desired support.
  • Comfortable to use throughout any workout.
  • Used by all types of athletes in the fitness industry
  • Made in the USA.
TuffWrap your way to a stronger you….Simply loop, wrap, twist and DO WORK!

Fitness Sanctum WODmaster 22lb Weight Vest

Fitness Sanctum WODmaster 22lbs Weight Vest

A few weeks ago we received the WODmaster 20lb Weight Vest, sent to us by Fitness Sanctum. Fitness Sanctum is a new distributor of CrossFit equipment, apparel and accessories, and, from everything that we can see, they're doing it right.
In the past, I've used basic weighted vests that fit more simply like an actual vest. Those prior vests would bounce and slide all over the place if you were trying to do any other movements other than pull-ups or your running. So when they asked us to do a review on this product I was a little skeptical but was willing to give it a shot nonetheless.
I've now worn this product for five workouts and, during those workouts, it was performing movements such as box jumps, burpees, running and other related movements that normally would've caused the best vests to bounce around and be annoying and uncomfortable as if it were an augmentation to my core. Simply put, this product is fantastic. The way that the weight is distributed across your back and chest area, strapping down firmly around your sides and over your shoulders, creates a firm fit and allows you to use it while doing a variety of different and dynamic movements with extra resistance.

Fitness Sanctum has been excellent to work with and they have many other CrossFit style items that you can purchase to add some spice your training. Fitness Sanctum has the widest range of functional fitness products out there. From the "traditional" crossfit equipment to the newer products.   They are a one-stop shop for functional fitness, they offer quality workout apparel, workout gear, fitness accessories, weights, kettlebells, sports-specific training devices, push sleds and mobility gear. So you can truly outfit your box or garage gym from one location. And if you are questioning about the product they offer they stand behind their gear with a 365 day return policy! Bam that's awesome!  They also offer super competitive shipping rates!!
Now you may say adding 22 pounds to your body isn't that big of a deal.. Let me assure you, good sir or madam, you couldn't be less correct. Man, does this kick my butt. I've used it for a 10 minute WOD of burpees and box-jumps as well as during a much longer WOD with running, pull ups and air squats, and both times, the drain was real.

So far our exposure with Fitness Sanctum has been excellent and fantastic communication. The pricing on their site is extremely competitive so for those of you that are box owners and for those of you who are also building your own home Box, it’s a great place to check out as well.
If this vest is any indication of the other products that they have on their site, you will not be disappointed with the rest. Fitness Sanctum scores a strong A+ with us.
This is our first review! Keep an eye out! our next review with Fitness Sanctum we will be doing a 5 minute WOD contest for a specific product from their website!!! This will be awesome!!!   
From their website:
 Don’t limit your challenges---challenge your limits!
Fitness Sanctum is much more than just your one-stop shop to get the most out of your WODs---and look great while doing it. Sure, we’ve got everything you need,---from the hottest workout apparel, to fitness gear that helps you get that little extra from your workouts, and training equipment to help you get that edge on the field or on the court. But we’re much more than that.
We’re about creating a community, if not a sanctuary for, those who not only seek to make fitness a priority in their lives, but to continuously improve and push past their limits…real and perceived. We’re about giving those who relentlessly push past barriers in order to continuously create, meet and exceed new goals, the support they need to become accomplished.



Extreme Valor Apparel

Extreme Valor Apparel
Up next on our agenda is Extreme Valor Apparel. Traditionally, there has always been a fun rivalry between firemen and police officers. As a police officer, I have a great respect for my brothers that drive the big red truck. From time to time we enjoy razzing one another but I want to get right to it; whether its going into a house with a guy with a gun or going into a house that's engulfed in flames, we both put our lives on the line to protect others.

With all that being said, I want to take the time to introduce our readers to Extreme Valor Apparel. Let me start off by saying that some of their designs are absolutely awesome! There are new SEAL shirts that they are in the process of rolling out and they have one of the best designs I've seen in a long time.
Recently I received a pair of their shorts and a shirt in the mail, and yes my law-enforcement brothers razzed me for wearing my fire workout gear, but this is some awesome stuff.
The shorts are flexible, comfortable and aren't restricting during any movements that I have used them in, i.e. squats, Burpees, box jumps. I also love the full-size pocket that is on the side which gives you the ability to put your wallet or cell phone or both in the shorts.
The shirt that I received has an awesome graphic on it as you can see below and is soft, stretchy, movable and of excellent quality.
For all my firefighter buddies out there, you need to be ordering early and often from these guys. But the cool part of their apparel and gear is that they also make stuff in support of all first responders and our military personnel. It is very apparent that they are extremely patriotic,  which scores big with us. A lot of their product has red, white and blue/ American flag colors on it, and they have other products that pay tribute to 9/11 and other areas of support to our military.
Any company that shows loyalty and allegiance to their country gaines my respect and support.
To our friends at Extreme Valor Apparel, keep the awesome designs coming, because you score a major A+ from us, log onto their website at:


Athlete Brad Hatfield

Crossfitter Brad Hatfield

 This week I was given the opportunity to sit down and talk with the collegiate athlete, Brad Hatfield, who just finished his senior year at the University of Sioux Falls. Brad is in the process of preparing for combines with the dream of playing professional football. There are a couple of things that are very intriguing about this young man; first and foremost is his strong faith, the second being his passion for the sport and his fitness.

Brad went to high school at Manteca High School and, as a Manteca Buffalo, he was a Valley Oak All-League Kicker and San Joaquin All-Region kicker. He converted 52 of 53 PAT's (Points After Touchdowns) and had a field goal of over 45 yards. He recorded 38 touch backs his senior year and also started as wide-out and cornerback. On top of this, He has been successful in kicking on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons and who knows we might be seeing him take on Sundays and Monday nights as well.

After that, he went on to play two seasons of junior college football at San Joaquin Delta College where he earned the title of NorCal Allstate and recieved All-Conference honors. Brad told me that after high school he began training "traditional style" which he explained was going to the gym and doing basic lifting all the time.  He stated that he was getting stronger but was losing flexibility, something that is especially needed on the football field. 

About three years ago he was introduced to Crossfit by Trainer Vince Carter. Vince is one of the owners and trainers at CrossFit 209 in Stockton, California. (See our article on Vince and 209 here VINCE CARTER REVIEW )

Brad trained with Vince a short time while he was an athlete at San Joaquin Delta College. It definitely gave Brad a taste of CrossFit and sparked his interest. Brad then ran into his buddy's Booie and Jarred Daniels who had already become big Crossfitters by the time he came home from school.

Brad said it wasn't only Booie and Jarred that have had a major impact on his life, but that their parents, Rodney and Teresa Daniels, played a vital role as well. He advised that Rodney and Teresa have been like second parents to him and have had a major impact on his physical training as well as on his bond with Christ.

I asked Brad what he thought the difference between traditional weight room training and CrossFit training was and his answer was very simple. While he was on the traditional route he was getting strong but he was noticing that it was affecting his flexibility, while CrossFit brought functional strength to the table.

Brad was very adamant about the fact that CrossFit has truly changed his mindset about fitness and believes that it has truly prepared him to play at the next level. He told me that whether or not he ever does play at the next level, CrossFit will be an active part of his life in the future.

Since he's been home from Christmas break he has been working out with Booie and Jarred at Alpha and Omega CrossFit. We here at WODville very much look forward to visiting Alpha and Omega and doing a review of their Box in the near future.
Brad is an awesome kid and we hope that he fulfills his dream of playing at the next level, but whatever this young man sets his mind to he will be successful. He has his priorities in line with his faith in God and has goals and aspirations to be successful in whatever he sets his mind to.

For those critics out there who think that our sport is simply a fad, here's another great testimony of an athlete that strongly attributes his success to the CrossFit gym and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank you, Brad, for the time that you provided WODville.

WOD Welder

WOD Welder

I'm pumped to bring the readers of WODville our next product; WOD Welder. WOD Welder made contact with us a few months ago. We have done other hand care items in the past, and those products did well for us, but WOD Welder brings an additional flair with their product with an excellent cream and soap on top of their hand care.

We received a couple of their hand care kits as well as a couple of bars of their natural Paleo bar soap.

First off, their hand care is a thicker, heavier roll on balm. I have used it for a couple of cuts and it expedited and increased the healing process. There are a couple of other areas that I used the hand care for and that is after I got a tattoo about a month ago. I never went and got the regular ointment that I normally use, I just used WOD Welder balm on the tattoo and it went through the healing process to clean appearance process much faster than any tattoo that I have ever had in the past! I'm also one that shaves his head a couple times a week and I now use the Handcare on the top of my head. It honestly has cut down on any razor burns or bumps drastically. I absolutely love this product.

I also use the hand cream daily in the morning after showering and it has an awesome smell. I often complain that at the age of 43 I'm getting old man hands. I strongly believe that the hand cream is addressing that drastically as well.

The last thing I want to talk about is the Paleo soap bar. It is truly no exaggeration when I tell you this this, it is by far the best bar of soap I have ever used. It keeps your skin feeling clean and firm. They also smell super. After this bar of soap expires I will be purchasing more in the future. I have been using the same bar for little over a month now and it is just about done. For $10 a month, this is a great bar of soap is invest. The special coconut oil mixture with peppermint and eucalyptus essentials makes for an awesome bar of soap.

To the crew at WOD Welder you have a fantastic product and we are excited to be on board with you guys. Keep the awesome products coming!
 I very much look forward to products they come out with in the future. You will not be disappointed!

Born Primitive - Snatch Shorts

Born Primitive

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Born Primitive is the next company that we want to bring to our reader. I have been crossfitting now for 4+ years and on those days that I’m pushing heavy Cleans or Snatches, I dread it because I know that my waist is going to hurt for a day or two. I love the two movements, but at the age of 43 it wears on you a little bit.

That's where Born Primitives Snatch Shorts come into play; they’re a custom compression short fitted with flexible pad over the pelvic bone to protect lifters.

Let me just start by saying it's an excellently thought out product. The padding is just the right amount to give you that little extra cushion of protection. I've used it 5 to 6 times now in the process of workouts involving snatches and cleans. This piece of equipment has not been a disappointment at all!

Owners Bear Handlon, Matt Handlon, and Mike Handlon have done an excellent job in coming up with a great product. But it doesn't stop there, they have some awesome apparel as well on their site

For those of you that are Olympic lifters or CrossFit athletes, this piece of equipment is definitely something to add to your gym bag. If I am going to go heavy with my Cleans or Snatches, these shorts will be worn from now on! They are also coming out with a women's version shortly!

The other thing I noticed while using the shorts is that I'm able to train longer. Instead of doing a simple 5 x 5 snatch or clean you're able to push longer.

The $40 is an inexpensive investment into what you're going to get in return. These Snatch Shorts get a solid A from us and I encourage you to logon and order yourself a pair.

Product Description
The Snatch Shorts fill a desperate need in the Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit communities. For too long, many lifters have had to suffer through Snatch because of the severe pain that can occur when the bar strikes the tip of the pubic bone during the transition portion of the lift. Up until now, nothing has existed to address this common issue. Many times, lifters will choose to incorrectly bounce the bar off of their quadriceps in order to avoid the painful bar strike in the pubic region. Other lifters become timid when the weight becomes heavy because of the inevitable pain they know they are about to experience.

You cannot expect to PR your snatch if you have ANY reservations as you walk up to the bar! Enter- Snatch Shorts.

Our shorts have been designed and fine-tuned by avid Olympic lifters to protect your pubic region. The flexible pad maintains a low-profile to ensure maximum mobility while offering maximum protection. Snatch Shorts will add to a lifter’s confidence because he/she will no longer have any reservations or fear. Snatch Shorts are also great for coaches to use with less experienced lifters when trying to teach the proper bar path because it provides an aiming point for the athlete at the lift’s transition. These shorts can also serve as your regular compression shorts for any other exercises you might have to complete later in your workout, which is an important feature for all of our CrossFitters out there. Next time you have to snatch, grab yourself a pair of Snatch Shorts and PR WITHOUT THE PAIN!

Product specifications: 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex

Color: Black

Sizing guide (by waist size in inches):
Small: 31 or less
Medium: 32-34
Large: 35-37
XL: 38 or higher
Shipping: Will ship worldwide, tracked and insured!

Royal Sports LTD

Royal Sports LTD
Royal Sports Supplements is up next for our readers. As most of you know this is one of the big boys when it comes to bodybuilding supplements and they have recently started to market and push into the CrossFit community.

Recently, we received 3 of their products in the mail. As for customer service, from the time that we agreed to write a review to the time that we receive the product was within a few days. Even though they are a big company, their customer service has been excellent as far as communicating with us regarding any questions or concerns that we might have.

The 3 items that we test drove were the Ultra Clean 100 (which is their whey protein), Charge (which is their BCAA) and lastly BURN (which is their advanced thermogenic fat burner).
As for the Ultra Clean 100 Whey I was not disappointed at all, in way of the taste it had a good consistency and didn't have any of that after bitter taste. It is gluten-free and contains no yeast, wheat, or preservatives etc. We tested the vanilla, but it comes in other flavors such as chocolate cupcake, cinnamon bun and ice cream sandwich.

From their website regarding the Ultra Clean


Royal Sport Ultra Clean 100™ is only 100 calories and is formulated with 100% Whey—a fast-digesting, nutritious form of protein compared to other sources. This kind of protein is perfect for anyone looking to maintain or replenish his or her protein intake quickly. It is also optimal for those who want the flexibility of taking their protein any time of day, without the need for a heavy, slow digesting, protein based meal. In fact, each scoop of Royal Sport Ultra Clean 100™ contains as much protein as four egg whites!
Royal Sport Ultra Clean 100™ is 100 calories, packs 20 grams of protein, and contains very low amounts of fat and carbs. On top of its high protein, low fat/carb formula, Royal Sport Ultra Clean 100™ is as the name suggests, ULTRA CLEAN—meaning it is gluten free, has no fillers, preservatives, or additional unwanted ingredients. Anyone looking for a high-performance protein will find Royal Sport Ultra Clean 100™ is a valuable supplement to support his or her fitness goals.

The second product that I test ran was there a CHARGE which is their BCAA/SAA. This is their combined BCAA, SAA, electrolytes, glutamine based recovery complex. Which addresses protein saturation, muscle repair, and enhanced recovery. I've had very little soreness after using this product over the last month and a half.

From Royal Sports web site

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) are the building blocks of protein. However, the emergence of Silk Amino Acids (SAA’s) has sparked the battle for the so-called “Amino Throne.” Eliminating the need to choose one over the other, Royal Sport Charge brings both amino complexes together, along with Electrolytes and a Glutamine-based recovery blend.
Charge contains ZERO stimulants, mixes instantly, and is available in 3 royally delicious flavors: Fruit Punch, Blood Orange, and Strawberry Kiwi.
Royal Sport Charge provides 9g of total amino acids. Comprising of 4g of BCAA’s in a proven 2:1:1 ratio, and 5g of SAA’s, Royal Sport Charge harnesses the strength, recovery, and muscle-preserving attributes that both complexes provide.
Charge also contains 5G of additional amino acids alanine, glycine, serine and threonine in a specific sequence. These aminos, called silk amino acids (SAA) are currently being studied for delivering extraordinary results above and beyond that of traditional BCAA’s.

And for me personally I've saved the best for last and that is their product referred to as BURN. It is an advanced thermo genic. It’s designed to improve your tone and mood as well as increase energy output from your metabolism. They advertised a burner without jitters, and most of the time that I have ever used a burner or anything equivalent to that, it always follows with jitters. I have used about 3/4 of the bottle so far, of 90 capsules. I have not experienced jitters one time. But I will tell you what I have experienced.

My work week starts at 4am Monday. I hate mornings and it usually takes me a few hours to get going! Coffee rarely seems to help with that process. I started taking one of the burners right as I got up, within 15 to 20 minutes I become much more alert! By the time that I have showered, got dressed and had a little bit of quiet time; I am ready to run out the door.

That has never been the case in the past. I normally will take the second burner around 1pm to 2pm. This gives me the energy, fuel, and focus for my work out that takes place at 5:30pm. I am one of the bigger CrossFit athletes in the group that I work out with: but since starting this product I have been able to sustain excellent times in the longer style WODs with times close to or better than my cardio Crossfitters. If you have read my reviews in the past, I am not one that takes a lot of pre-workout. This has been an excellent product to help keep me energized and ready to go for my workout.


From Royal Sports website


Royal Sport Burn was specifically designed as a highly effective alternative to yohimbe-based fat burners, which often make users jittery. Instead, Burn features synephrine, a powerful stimulant alternative to yohimbe. When used in conjunction with caffeine, synephrine can help aid weight loss by promoting a decrease in body fat, increasing metabolic rate, AND helping to curb appetite Burn also includes a mood support blend, including compounds to help to take the edge off dieting, making those Royal results a little bit easier.*
SYNEPHRINE - When used alongside of caffeine, synephrine can help to aid weight loss by stimulating thermogenesis, the process in which the body burns fat. It can also help to increase basometabolic rate, and decrease appetite.
CAFFEINE ANHYDROUS - Caffeine anhydrous has been used as a proven ingredient to increase the breakdown of fatty acids, increase metabolism, and increase energy.
PYRIDOXAL 5-PHOSPHATE - Also known as Vitamin B6, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate in involved with the conversion of lipids and carbohydrates into energy.
CRANBERRY & DANDELION - Promotes urinary support to help relieve bloating, and promote a toned physique.
5-HTP, COCOA SEED, & HOLY BASIL LEAF - By controlling stress and cortisol levels, these ingredients can help the body accelerate the fat loss process. 5-HTP and cocoa seed can also help suppress appetite.

Royal Sport LTD has other products that we have not tried, but if those products are in the indication of the products that we have tried you will not be disappointed. I give Royal Sport a solid A and strongly recommend their product to anybody in the future. We here at WODville are truly excited to support and help endorse their product and look forward to reviewing more of their products in the future.