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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!
http://www.wodwelder.com/

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 www.bornprimitive.com.


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.



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From their website regarding the Ultra Clean
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NOT ALL PROTEIN IS CREATED EQUAL

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!
A SUPERIOR FORMULA
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.


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From Royal Sports web site
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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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.

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From Royal Sports website
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RESULTS WITHOUT THE JITTERS

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.




www.royalsportltd.com



My paleo journal

I will be tracking my paleo detox this month. If you're looking to try paleo in a realistic way, join in. Here is the link, which is now available on the top tab of wodville, under wodville kitchen!

Hope to hear about your paleo adventure! 


http://wodvillekitchen.blogspot.com/2014/12/monday-december-8th.html

VSXUS promocode included!!!!


Last month Heidi and I received a package in the mail that very much excited us. We often get deliveries, but this one was a little extra special. We are big fans of the WODGERS 1.0 shirt. So naturally when we got our WODGERS 2.0 in the mail, Heidi and I did the happy dance. This is our third review that we have done for VSXUS. This SoCal based Crossfit Apparel Company has some awesome stuff since they’ve managed to keep it simple with well designed T-shirts, Crossfit shorts, SoxBox custom socks and hats.

Over the last few years we have become good friends with owner Christian Martinez, and we’ve got to give mad kudos to him on awesome products produced. Extremely soft and superbly comfortable, the latest by VSXUS are examples of truly great products.
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for that special CrossFit or Crossfit Dodger fan, then boy, do they have the product for you! By the way, they do have many more designs for all CrossFitters. They have also recently opened a Crossfit location: CROSSFIT DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA.

 
 
 
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Original SWAT

Original SWAT

Over the last few months, I have been wearing Original SWAT boots as my patrol boots in my various tactical environments. I’ve worn Original SWATs before, many years ago, but it has been a while since I've had their gear guarding my feet. First off, both the tans (tactical boots) and blacks (patrol) are extremely comfortable. They have been great for ankle support and, to this day, still have yet to let me down in terms of durability. The tan tactical pair that I've been wearing have done Physical training in way of running and CrossFit style workouts. I have also done some rucksack training while wearing the boots as well. To say I love them would be an understatement.

I have worn some boots that, at the end of your shift, leave your feet feeling beat up and wanting to do all but work. This is simply not the case with either pair of the Original SWATs that I received. Both are sturdy, but also have that comfortable tennis shoe feel that I enjoy.

There is no question that I absolutely love the direction that Original SWAT is going in. Their customer service, public relations, and marketing are second to none because they truly stand behind their product! I have been following them for some time via social media and have come to know that they have a great marketing and social media strategy.

They are also strong supporters of law-enforcement and first responders! If you have never looked at Original SWAT or it has been a long time since you've seen Original SWAT, it is time to check them out! You will not be disappointed; they are a first class product!
 
The H.A.W.K. 9” Side-Zip combines their latest Flex-Lite Support System build technology with performance features like no other tactical boot. Designed to deliver performance and durability first, this boot takes every measure to ensure technical lightweight standards are met. Operate confidently no matter how specialized the needs of your next call may be.

Details

  • Leather / durable nylon mesh upper
  • YKK® side-zipper in durable Vision pattern for easy on and off fit with hook and loop tab-stay closure
  • Meets the EN 20347 standard for occupational footwear with fuel oil resistance and SRC rated slip resistance
  • Gusseted tongue to keep dirt and debris out
  • Durable polymer speed laces eyelets
  • Tactical performance non-slip laces
  • Flex-Lite Support System build technology
  • Moisture-wicking lining with AEGIS antimicrobial protection
  • Removable custom fit EVA insole
  • TPU heel stabilizer for custom fit and stability
  • Lightweight molded dual density EVA midsole with shock absorption zone for comfort and fatigue control
  • Exclusive airport-friendly Flex-Lite molded nylon stability board with torsional support ridges for the ultimate in lightweight, flexible support and performance
  • Custom-molded thermoplastic heel counter and toe box for instant comfort and lateral support
  • Stitched toe for durability and extended service life
  • Tec Tuff abrasion-resistant toe and heel panel protection
  • H.A.W.K. outsole: lightweight, arch ladder grips, toe grips for climbing, oil resistant, non-marking rubber, exceeds the ASTM F489-96 safety standard for slip resistance
  • 31 oz. (879 g)


SWAT T


SWAT T

As you have read of late, we have started diving into writing some tactical reviews. So we are going to tackle a tactical product for ya, SWAT T. This is a Tourniquet, but not just any tourniquet.

 Its small and easy to keep on your person. For our First Responders you can keep this in a side pocket or in your vest.  It also can serve as pressure dressing or elastic bandage. As a tactical operator this is an item that I keep on my person. It is quickly accessible as I keep it stored behind my soft plate.

After receiving a shipment of SWAT T, Our team medic did training for us and it was amazing how simple the process was to apply and use the SWAT T.  This product could truly save someone’s life or even my own.

They come in two colors: tactical black and rescue orange. The awesome part of this product is that they keep the directions and instructions on the tourniquet itself. Telling you what you need to do in order to use it for what kind of injury you're dealing with. On their website they referred to it as being unique in multipurpose dressing and that it is. The process is simple you stretch, you wrap, and tuck!


Most of the websites sell the product for under $15. It is easy to store and to keep on your person and easy to open package and apply tourniquet quickly. I encourage you to log onto their website and find a vendor that you can purchase from.

Excellent product and truly is an item that could save your life. SUPER PRODUCT

 
 

2 POOD

A few years ago when we started WODville.com, there were a handful of companies that I was truly excited about reaching out to and writing reviews for. There is no question that 2pood was one of those companies.

To say the least, when it comes to design, function and appearance, (we all know that this is one of the main reasons you by some of your gear) 2Pood has hit it out of the park. Most of my CrossFit shorts only have one small side pocket; enough to maybe hold my cell phone but not keep it secure while running or needing to run into town. The new digital camo pair (Pendleton 1) that I received in the mail, which has three different pockets on it, is AWESOME! See the photos below. The Pendleton 1 (Ruck) Shorts could very well be one of my favorite pairs of shorts that I own, and that is saying a lot coming from a guy who probably owns about 30 pair of CrossFit shorts.

So this last go-around, Heidi received a couple pairs of shorts and I received a couple pairs. To say that we are fans of 2Pood gear would definitely be an understatement. The pair that I reviewed a year and a half ago is still one of my favorite pairs to wear while working out.

We also received one of their new weight belts that I have used 5 to 6 times over the last two weeks. Specifically, it is the Devil Dog Metcon Training Belt that was a limited edition belt they came out with. I love the design and how they implemented their logo in the front of the belt, it's firm and doesn't slide up and down your back as you are doing your back squats, snatches and other movements etc.
 
Heidi got 2poods Podium Dusk shorts and loves them. She wears them from time to time to work out but absolutely loves to wear them casually as well. She likes the give on the sides and how she has full range of movement while doing squats or burpees.

2pood also offers pants, compression shirts, hoodies and other CrossFit items. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for that special CrossFitter, I guarantee you can fill that Christmas gift from their website.

They also have wrist wraps, coffee mugs, knee braces, kneepads, compression socks, hats, protein shakers, backpacks, beanies, and headbands. I strongly encourage you to log onto their website and check out all the extra stuff they have.

But let's not lose sight of what they specialize in and that is the sweet action shorts that will turn heads in any box or gym you walk into. As everyone knows by now, we are patriotic in a big way. It only takes you a few moments on their website to realized 2Pood is as well, and for that, we here at WODville absolutely love this company and their gear.

www.2pood.com