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CLENCH FITNESS


Hey WODville Peeps! We’ve got a new company to bring to you and that is our new friends at Clench Fitness. They are a resistance band company, but they don’t just sell the resistant band. They sell a handle and anchor strap that makes for an excellent resistant band experience. They are the full package!





We have now used the system a dozen times for our primary work out. I quickly discovered that it forces you to keep the full body tight. I was sore the next day after doing Thrusters. 

                                          CLENCH FITNESS






The awesome part of this product is you can create so many different workouts with different ranges of motions. For those of you that use resistant bands for strictly mobility this is a great product. The materials are high-quality from the bands themselves, to the handles, and lastly the anchor strap.






First, I want to highlight the handles. they sell for $15 each. They provide an additional amount of versatility to your resistant band training. The handles are an awesome attachment, which allows you to implement almost any movement within your workout. 

The great part of the handles is that when you’re in the middle of your workout and you’re sweating heavily the regular resistant bands will slide around not giving you a firm grip, these handles change it for you completely. You are able to simply concentrate on your workout with good form. 

In the way of durability, I was sold when I saw the video of the handles holding 150 pound weights being raised on a tractor. These handles are strong and heavy duty. 

The handles are also designed to store your resistance bands.


The resistance bands themselves are a high-end quality product. Having been in Crossfitter for seven or eight years we have used plenty of resistant bands. These bands are made to take a beating. Whether you’re going to use them for rehab, speed training, warm up, strength, or flexibility these resistance bands won’t let you down!


The last thing that I want to point out about their products is there clinch anchor strap. The Anchor strap allows you to wrap it around any structure i.e. squat rack or any other stable product in your house or hotel room.It creates a firm grip on the product allowing the resistant band to strictly do their job in your work out.

I love the slogan on Clench's website, whether you’re at work, at home, in the gym, or on the road, in the middle of nowhere, Clench has your back.

In a few weeks we will be going on vacation and the clutch handles and resistant bands will be in my suitcase!
Clench has also recently released 2 new resistance bands 
- Orange (5-15 lb) great for lighter weight mobility exercises
- Green (75-150 lb) very popular for assisted pull ups and leg exercises.  


We here at WODville are now big supporters of Clench Fitness we give this product an A+, five star rating, 10 out of 10. They hit out of the park with this product! 

Clench Workouts

10 push press
10 squats 
7 rounds 

321 go!

Thin Blue Line USA

We have a new company that we want to introduce to the WODville readers too. Thin Blue Line USA is an awesome company that supports first responders. They have a ton of swag/apparel for the law-enforcement and fire fighter community. 


Recently, we received a few items from them that I have now worn multiple times in the last couple of weeks. They have a pair of socks that have the thin blue line that run up the back of the calf. Around the top of the socket has “THIN BLUE LINE USA” in white. Really cool design! And if you need to know they’re very soft as well 😉

I also received a black compression shirt which displays the United States of America with the American flag. Both products are excellent, high-end quality, and awesome design. 

They also sent me some silicone thin blue line wristbands that I handed out to my law enforcement friends at church on Sunday. 
As most of you know being a retired police officer it means a lot when you see others sporting something with the thin blue line on it and showing their support to those that put their life on the line daily (whether it is fireman or a police officer).

First Responders are always grateful for those who take a moment to say thank you.
Today most of our media is selling a false narrative about law enforcement. It is great to have a company that provides us a product that will show our support to our awesome first responders. Part of the proceeds go to the families of fallen heroes.   

Companies like the Thin Blue Line USA give us the ability to show those that are still doing the job the support they rightfully deserve. 

Thin Blue Line USA scores an A+ excellent product! Great company!!









HYLETE circuit cross-training shoe

HYLETE Circuit 
Cross-Training Shoe


Up Next is a company that is not new to the WODville readers. It’s also a company that we absolutely love. HYLETE! We have never received anything from them that we were disappointed in it when it comes to quality, performance, and appearance.


                            


In this review we are going to talk about their cross-training shoe. Absolutely amazing product. The design is excellent there’s parts of it that remind me of the original Nanos that everybody loved before reebok started jacking with the design.
Though I’ve only had them for about a month the durability appears to be excellent. I am very rough on my gear and these are going to hold up very well from what I can see. Its high abrasion resistance is created by combining ultra-durable heat welded TPU, eliminating the need for stitching, with ventilated ripstop nylon, protecting against tears and rips. Lightweight Vibram outsoles offer the best stability and traction during side movements and high impact activity.
The part that I absolutely love about the shoes is that they are designed to be custom depending on your work out. they ship them with three different souls 0mm, 4mm, and 6mm. 


Lift, train, and run in one shoe. The circuit cross-training shoe includes 3 interchangeable insoles tuned to optimize stability/energy transfer while lifting, all around versatility while training, or high impact absorption while running; allowing you to change your training discipline without changing your shoe.
The obvious 0mm is for weightlifting, and the other two are designed for training or running.

They also ship the shoes with a second set of shoe strings so that you can sport gray shoe strings or black shoestrings depending on your preference.

This shoe has an excellent toe box. It is a wider toe box but firmly grips all the way around your foot for a comfortable feel.

Hylete will soon be releasing other colors. This shoe scores an A+. 10 out of 10! 


Order yours today!! HYLETE


JerkFit 2.0


JerkFit.

Way back in October 2014, we brought on JerkFit and introduced our readers to their WODies and Nubs. ( Review of WODies and Nubs ). To date that review is one of our most highly read reviews.

Recently we contacted JerkFit as we noticed that they had expanded into other fitness products. A few weeks ago, I received JerkFit’s weight belt, reversible knee sleeves, and speed jump rope.





Omega Speed Rope
So I definitely have a method to my madness with this review. I’m going to start off with the product that traditionally I have struggled with, and that is double-unders. I have continually struggled with maintaining a high number of continual double-unders.

I pulled the JerkFit Omega Speed Rope out of its wrapping and noticed the high quality right away. It has a nice caring case that you can place your rope in, and it gives you a very long rope with two handles. The explanation on how to measure out your rope length is simple and easy to understand. The handles themselves spend quickly and freely from the handle to the connection in which the rope is attached.

I was able to have the speed rope ready within 2 minutes of pulling it from the packaging and the length is custom to your height and skill level. 

I immediately walked into our garage gym and was able to knock out 25 unbroken double-unders. That’s saying a lot for this big dude that traditionally hates them!

You can purchase different color handles and rope from their website. Of course, most of you know that I am extremely patriotic, so I got my blue handles and red robe 😊.

JerkFit’s Omega Speed Rope is an excellent product! It now serves as my primary speed rope in my gym bag!

The next two products that I’m going to talk to you about are items that I use multiple times a week. First, let’s chat about JerkFit’s Reversible Knee Sleeves.

Reversible Knee Sleeves

Over my many years of lifting, I’ve gone through easily a couple of dozen different sleeves. I personally am a fan of the thicker heavier duty sleeve for lifting, but also like to wear a lighter sleeve for basic movements during a workout.

These sleeves are absolutely superior. The stitching is strong and heavy duty. I do have full range of motion when wearing these sleeves. A few days ago, we concluded the Memorial Day Murph workout. I even worn them during air squats. My knees stayed warm and I felt like I was able to remain active without any pain.

It should also be known that at the age of 46 my knees have taken a beating over the years, with JerkFit’s knee sleeves I feel very confident with the protection of my knees.

The firm support and compression of the sleeves allow me to squat any movement with confidence. They are made with a high-quality 5mm thick neoprene. One of the cool features is that it is reversible from black to red.

One of the other areas that I love wearing the knee sleeves is during lunges and burpee‘s, they give you a little extra knee support as your knee pounds against the ground, and it keeps your joints warm which reduces injury.  For me mentally, I greatly appreciate the extra strength and support around the knees when lifting heavy.

You can feel confident in raising the bar with these sleeves around your knees.

After getting these in the mail, Heidi wore them on a squat day. She traditionally has not worn knee sleeves. As soon as we got home she ordered her own pair of JerkFit sleeves.  

Weight Belt

The last item I want to throw your way is JerkFit’s weight belt. Like the sleeves I’ve gone through easily a couple of dozen weight belts over the years.

I am a big fan of using the weight belt even when lifting moderate weight, it strongly helps keep your spine in line and keeps your form square. This belt is made with a heavy-duty neoprene like material, it’s extremely comfortable, and fits to the contour of your back.

I quit using the heavy leather belts years ago and appreciate the light weight belts. JerkFit’s weight belt is excellent and lightweight. A few of the things that I love about this belt is how it overlaps so that you can pull the belt down further and it provides a second layer of velcro for a double secure hold. This is an awesome feature as most of the light weight belts don’t have this second secure hold. It absolutely drives me crazy after you get done with the squat and you come up and your belt is folded over this velcro prevents that from happening.

We enjoyed getting to hang out with the
JerkFit crew at Crossfit West Regionals. 
To date we have reviewed now 5 items from JerkFit. Every single item is of high quality and you will not be disappointed in any of their products! JerkFit GREAT job with all three of the new items! Rope, sleeves and belt A+!!!





JerkFit Website



Next Wave Athletics

Next Wave Athletics 
We here at WODville want to take a moment to write a
review on the new box/gym that we have been attending and have recently joined. Next Wave Athletics is up for review. Heidi and I have been working out at this location for the last three weeks. They are an A+, five-star, rating 10 out of 10! So far, we are loving our experience at Next Wave.

As most of you know, one of my major pet peeves is when you go to a CrossFit location and the trainer‘s aren’t really there to train, but to stare at their phone. That doesn’t happen at Next Wave. 

And the gym is CLEAN!!! You can drop to the ground and know that the floor hasn’t had someone’s dog come flop around on it.


The owners are fully engaging. You will find them often working out with their clients as they are always looking for areas to improve the CrossFit experience. From the moment we walked into the door owners Oleg Boyarko and John Toma were extremely welcoming.

Every trainer that we have worked out with are excellent! They pay attention to your form and make sure that you don’t get sloppy when you get tired. They continue to push you and motivate you in a positive way and they are all Motivators.

So far, we have trained with Paula Santos, Charles Torres, and Firefighter Blake Heidrich. All three of them are very educated and understand all CrossFit movements. We have trained with some amazing trainers and I will hold these three trainers up with any of the ones we have trained with in the past. They are a hard working crew that loves what they do.


Next Wave also offer other classes as in Yoga, Shred Boot Camp, and Barbell Club.

From the moment Heidi and I walked into this location we felt at home! Our time so far at Next Wave has taken us back to our beginning days of when we were heavily active in CrossFit and has brought back the fun and exciting parts that we loved.


If you are in North San Diego, I strongly encourage you to come check out this CrossFit location and if you live in the area There is a new CrossFit home awaiting you, Next Wave Athletics.

FIRST TACTICAL BACKPACK


I'm pretty excited to bring this next product to the WODville readers; whether you're in the tactical or Crossfit community, I've got a great backpack for you at a phenomenal price. 


First Tactical has produced a great one day backpack that I have been using every day as my primary backpack to and from work and have had multiple people inquire about the backpack. For starters, it is a clean, good-looking backpack. 

For me, it immediately receives an A+ when it comes to appearance. Beyond that, let's talk about some of the other sweet benefits this pack provides. The mollies on the front are not the thick, bulky, old-school style; but rather sleek as you can see in the photos. It is very easy to slide other pouches on and off using this system.

I currently carry a 15" laptop and my it slides in and out of the laptop area of the backpack easily there is plenty of space inside for additional carry. One of the features that I like is that the front pouch zips on both sides, allowing you to keep them separated. The straps and stitching are very sturdy and heavy duty. Though I've only been using it for a short time I do not doubt in the least that this bag will last a very long time. My only issue is keeping it hidden from my 15-year-old son who loves tactical equipment and now wants one for school. 


I'm sure a majority of you reading this are similar to me in that when you pick up an item and look at it, you're able to do a quick assessment and determine whether something is a solid product or not. This backpack is an excellent piece of equipment in every aspect and I cannot think of one area that you will be disappointed in. Especially when it comes to the appearance, structure, durability and functionality of this backpack.


First Tactical once again scores high marks with WODville. For those of you in the tactical community or CrossFit community looking for a great backpack this is the product. Log onto their website and see the other awesome stuff they have for sale.  We here at WODville are now big fans of First Tactical and will be looking forward to purchasing and wearing their products in the future.



FIRST TACTICAL BOOTS

Months ago now, we received a few items in the mail from First Tactical. I had noticed them coming on the scene while searching tactical gear and accessories a few months ago. Then, while at a law-enforcement training, I noticed another agency wearing their shirts, pants and shoes; so of course I had to see what the buzz is all about. 
 

Over the next month or so, you'll see a few reviews from us regarding First Tactical. Today, though, I want to talk about their boots. I've been wearing them now for about a month and I will be up front with you, I have zero complaints. They are very much a boot but have the comfort of a tennis shoe. The one part that I love most about the shoes is the wide toe-box seeing as many tactical boots are created narrow and very uncomfortable. Because of this, after a 10 to 15 hour shift your feet are toast, but not is such the case with First Tactical boots. 



As for appearance, they're very sleek and modern looking and have a couple of cool features. One is the back pull-tab: traditionally, your pants will get caught on the tab that you use to pull the boot on. With these boots, there is a bungee like material which allows it to sit firm against the boot, this prevents your pants from riding up above that hook. 


I work in the central valley of California where it is very hot, but these boots breathe very well, allowing your feet to remain comfortable throughout the shift! I also tend to be rough on my equipment, especially the equipment which I am reviewing. Though I've only been wearing them for a month, they are holding up very well; the zipper is strong, firm and durable.

I have not yet attempted to polish the boots, but the leather appears to be of high quality and be a slick, smooth surface for those of you that do consistently polish your boots. On top of this, I've had to spray mud off of them multiple times and they hold up very well. Another feature that I absolutely love about these shoes is how white they are they are, not a typical patrol boot. 


Let me wrap up by saying this: you will not be disappointed in these boots whatsoever, they receive very high marks from us here at WODville and are definitely a boot that I would purchase in the future. As for my impressions with First Tactical, they definitely score an A+. Heidi will be reviewing a pair of boots and pants soon and I will be writing a review on their backpack. So far, all the products are scoring very high with us.




LALO TACTICAL

LALO TACTICAL 

Today, we have a new shoe company to bring to you. We have heard your complaints over the last year about the change in the Reebok Nano's and how the new Nike Cross-Trainers are falling apart. With that being said, we have the ultimate solution for you. Welcome to LALO Tactical.

They make an amazing tactical boot as well as a cross training / Crossfit shoe. So Crossfitters, here's you a product that you will not be disappointed in. Their shoes are built well and are very durable.

I love them because they have a wide toe box, they’re firm around the instep and ae comfortable to wear around town. I own about four pairs of Nanos, New Balance and Nikes, but none of these shoes have been out of my closet all summer. My shoe of choice is the Bugs made by LALO Tactical! 
 
They get a 100% endorsement from us, you will not be disappointed and I can almost guarantee that your Reebok's and Nikes will find their way to the back of your closet after sporting these kicks. 

For those of you in the tactical community, their tactical boot is designed for all kinds of weather including intense rain. It also has the small connector on the back which allows you to attach fins for our friends that spend even more time in the water. It's an awesome looking boot and even more practical than its appearance.


I currently wear the tactical boot on patrol here in the central valley of California,  A+ rating from WODville. 



Their story..

Why LALO?

At LALO Tactical, we honor those who choose a path of purpose, a path of hard work, grit and determination.

Our company was founded to serve the needs of Special Forces Operators. Our award-winning designers and developers have been creating innovative footwear for some of the world’s most popular brands for over 30 years.

We use top tier materials to create some of the best and hardest working tactical boots and athletic footwear for those that rise to the toughest occasions.

Our Mantra

We believe that a professional athlete and a Special Forces Operator have much in common, both extraordinary individuals who never ring the bell.

Companies have been collaborating with professional athletes for years in an effort to make specialized performance footwear. At LALO, we not only listen carefully to our professional athletes, we listen to our Operators on the front lines.

Our Products
The LALO Shadow, our ultimate Special Forces tactical boot, features a unique patent including a drainage system, a composite forefoot plate, a fast-dry component and the lightest weight materials on the market.

The LALO Tactical Athletic line is a direct result of briefings we received from our Special Forces Operators. The need was to build a lightweight, packable, breathable shoe they could cross train and run in – a shoe they could count on, whether training or deployed. Our tactical athletic designs put an emphasis on noise reduction, support and game day performance; gear that hits the mark time after time.

LALO was created for the best of the best but why shouldn’t every day athletes, busy parents and weekend warriors also benefit? Every pair of shoes we create is for the end user who refuses to settle for the status quo.

Whether your path leads you to a career in the military, competing in an adventure race, cross training, tackling an urban athletic workout, or running a 5K, we’ve got the shoe for you.
What path will you choose?

http://www.lalotactical.com










221B Tactical





A few months ago, I received an unbelievable piece of equipment in the mail from 221B Tactical. They sent me an item that, for all my brothers in police, fire and military, goes underneath your tactical vest. Simply put, the Max-Dri Vest is an invaluable piece of equipment.



When I first read the benefits listed on their website, I was skeptical regarding the promised technology. However, upon its arrival and wearing it over the last few months, I have come to truly love this product. I work in the Central Valley of California and over the last couple months we have had 100° weather consistently. This product actually delivers on what it says it will!  I can honestly say that the amount I sweat each shift drops by about 70% while I am using this.

Obviously, I have not worn it in the cold environments as of yet, but for $70 it is so worth the purchase. You wear your undershirt with this item on top and then put your ballistic vest over the top of that. What the Max-Dri Vest does is it creates an airflow between your undershirt/skin and your vest. It is truly money well spent.
As for a way to even further bolster the effects of the vest, I discovered over the last week that if you use Cool Cop’s Air Hose in conjunction with the Maxx-Dri Vest, it creates a fully functional Cop Conditioning Unit. Putting the two of these items together is truly a grand slam. This would work for police, fire or anybody that works in the hot environment in and out of a vehicle. Wearing the Maxx-Dri Vest creates ventilation whether you're in or out of the car, but when you get inside the car and place the cool cop air hose from your air conditioning down your vest while wearing the Maxx-Dri Vest it allows the air to flow throughout the upper torso uninhibited. In the past, when I've used the cool cop it only blows cold air in the front and your back is still sweaty and wet, but with this dispersal vest, that’s no longer the case.


I give Maxx-Dri Vest an A+ all the way and wish that I would've had this 15 years ago when I first came into the law enforcement. 

You really don't notice it or feel it while you're working, it only weighs a total of 8 ounces. You can get it in white or black and if you log onto their website it will tell you what size to order for your regular shirt size. Another note, one of the guys that I work with has suffered from rashes caused by heat and sweat. This summer he has not experienced any rash as a result of wearing this product.

http://www.221btactical.com is the website and I strongly encourage you to log on and order yours immediately. You will not be disappointed !!





Ladies review of Born Primitive

Ladies review of Born Primitive


Discount code : wodville15 for 15% off

Today I get to review a couple items from Born Primitive. Definitely a company that focuses on the functionality of their products. I got to wear and workout in the capris and the snatch shorts.


I loved the capri design! They have a great cut with a low enough waistline to sit just below the hips, but high enough for "no show" squats. Great combo!! The camouflage is a nice subtle print, but my favorite part is the logo down the leg. I don't know why more companies don't do that, it is such a cool look. These are my go-to pants, durable and wash great. They stay put for a run, a squat, double unders and even at the heaviest sweat point are not see through.






Next is the ladies snatch shorts. Definitely a functional part of the wardrobe! If you have ever hit yourself with a bar doing a snatch, you will be an instant appreciator of these shorts, they do what they are supposed to do for sure. Like the capris they have great logo placement, and the perfect waistline cut.  For those who love shorts, they will be your favorite. I wish the padding was removable so that after snatch you could just wear them as shorts, but I am sure there is great reasoning for that with the durability and placement. I have used them and love them, and hopefully they will eventually make them in a capri. (hint hint ;) Until then I will happily rock these on snatch days.



Both of these (and a ton more) can be found at 

STUD BAR


STUD BAR
 
Up next is an awesome piece of equipment that we have had in our gym for the last 3+ months. The piece of equipment that I am referring to is the Stud Bar.

There are a couple of things that right off the bat I would like to point out. They haven't just made one size fits all and hope that works for you. They make three different sizes; they have their small size that is designed for an 8 foot ceiling, they have their standard size that is made for a 9 foot ceiling and then they have their large size which is made for a 10 foot ceiling. It is an excellently constructed piece of equipment. I have done a ton of pull-ups and other related movements with this piece of equipment and it is extremely durable.

The material used is 12 gauge steel and has a 600 pound weight capacity. It stretches 48 inches, wide allowing for wide grips.

For most of you that know me know that I'm not the most mechanically inclined. As a matter fact, there are times that when I'm putting equipment or things together I get frustrated and tools begin flying across the garage

From start to finish, it took me about 15 minutes to completely install this piece of equipment. In my opinion the 1.25" diameter bar that is used for the actual part of doing the pull-up is the perfect size.

Let me just be clear with my feelings about this product; it’s superior, durable and well constructed. As for their website, you can purchase it for $140 to give you instruction on how to put together a gives you a variety of different exercises that you can do.

So as you can tell, Stud Bar gets a solid A+ with us and anything that they produce in the future is something that we will support as long as they maintain their same high standard of quality!

https://www.facebook.com/studbarpullupbar

https://twitter.com/StudBar


 
From their web Site:

·         If you are serious about pull ups, chin ups, or kipping pull ups, you need a sturdy, fixed-mount pullup bar.
·        
Stud Bar is a gym-quality pull up bar made from welded 14 gauge steel with triangular gussets for added strength. 600 LB. weight capacity.



·         The bar is 1 1/4″ diameter for a comfortable grip.

·         Stud Bar comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate different ceiling heights.

·         Our mounting holes center on your existing ceiling or wall studs at 48 inches for easy mounting. (Grade 8 wood mounting hardware included).

·         Stud Bar’s 48″ width allows for wide grip pull ups.

·         Add gymnastic rings or fitness bands for added exercise options and you can turn your ceiling into a gym.

·         Hammertone powder coated finish. Lifetime warranty.