Review Of Rogue Ohio Power Bar And Echo Bumper Plates

In the process of putting together a home gym, I didn’t want to buy everything from Titan. In hindsight, that was probably for the best. My issues with Titan are still a factor, but that wasn’t the only issue. Another was that because Titan is out of stock on things so often, buying bumper plates from them, at least as a set, wasn’t really an option. You can’t buy what they won’t sell.

Plus, I hadn’t heard good things about Titan’s bars, so I decided to not play around and turned to Rogue.

I picked up the Rogue Ohio Power Bar (45 lbs model) first, then later picked up a 260 lbs set of bumper plates.

So, let’s get into my thoughts. Continue reading “Review Of Rogue Ohio Power Bar And Echo Bumper Plates”

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Now On YouTube!

For some time, I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a YouTube channel. There are a lot of great ones out there, but nothing that really seemed to touch on the things I was passionate about sharing with the world.

There were some great strength training channels, some great conditioning channels, some great fighting channels, and some great firearms channels, but nothing that really hit all the turf I wanted to see hit.

So, I made my own. Continue reading “Now On YouTube!”

First Impressions Of Titan Yoke And Bench

Now that I’m back in the gym and can tell that I’m not revisiting past injuries, I decided it was time to revisit my home gym setup. The reason was simple. There are times when I want to workout but can’t really leave the house to lift.

That meant I needed a setup here, and I needed one that would fit what I was already doing.

After doing a bit of research while working around schedules to hit the commercial gym, I settled on a couple of items to start with rebuilding the gym.

I looked to Titan Fitness to see what they had to offer, and while they have similar products to industry giant Rogue–which makes sense considering Titan has basically ripped off Rogue’s designs–but have them at roughly half the cost.

Yeah, it was a no-brainer.

I selected two items to start with from them, the Titan T-3 Yoke and their 1,000 lbs capacity bench.

Pardon the mess. It’s been a hell of a weekend.

Here are my initial thoughts on both products. Continue reading “First Impressions Of Titan Yoke And Bench”

8-Week ‘Starting Strength’ Program Review

One of the recurring themes here at By Spear And Axe has always been the subject of strength. Yes, I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of it. Part of the reason for that is that for so much of my life, I didn’t have any. I was the proverbial 98-pound weakling growing up (though I weighed less than 98 lbs for much of that time).

As a result, I dealt with some variations of what I can only describe as hell because of it. I lacked the strength to do anything about it and, frankly, my requests for help in learning how to fight were rebuffed by my parents. I was kind of hosed.

However, as soon as I could get into a weight room, I did. The allure of iron was strong, and I spent a lot of time in the gym.

I didn’t have a damn clue what I was doing, but I spent a lot of time in the gym. I only wish someone back then had given me a copy of Mark Rippetoe’s book, “Starting Strength.” Continue reading “8-Week ‘Starting Strength’ Program Review”

An Apology

OK, folks, let me be blunt here. I’ve dropped the ball.

Horribly.

I can give you a lot of reasons for this, but mostly it’s been a case of I spend so much time writing about stuff that I’m kind of burned out when it comes to writing stuff for me. For better or worse, this site constitutes just that. It’s for me.

Well, it’s for me and it’s for you. However, I know what my readership is like, but I also know that I don’t really get paid for this at this moment. While I do like to help people, paying the bills comes first.

Regardless, however, I promised to write more and I failed.

For that, I’m sorry. I truly am.

So, with that in mind, what has gone on since last I wrote here? Well, a lot. For one thing, I kept injuring myself with my lifting until I pretty much just stopped.

Then I started back. (More on that tomorrow)

I’ve been educating myself, of course, and I hope to share more of what I’ve learned here, of course. Provided it can be a benefit.

However, I’ve also been doing some thinking on things like balancing one’s inner warrior with the requirements of the real world. Like it or not, we can’t spend all our time being badasses, much less working to be badasses. We have to have lives.

Again, all that is for further discussions in the future.

For now, just let me say that I’m sorry. I hope to continue writing here at the site and use it as a repository for stuff that I can’t write at Bearing Arms or PJ Media for whatever reason.

What I won’t say is that I will post on any particular schedule just yet. I’m going to try to hit something once per week, but I’m not about to make a promise I’m not sure I can keep.

In the meantime, I appreciate your patience.