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Published on December 7, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Gym Dog Sled

Building a gym dog sled is not particularly hard if you or your friend knows how to cut steel and weld. A good dog sled will cost you about $200-300 plus shipping. Building it yourself should cost between $50 and $100, or possibly up to $150 if there is a minimum order quantity for the steel, say 3 meters per piece, but you’ll end up with lots of spare steel (maybe to build another 1 or 2 sleds). Read on to see how I built mine in an hour of steel shopping and an afternoon of building (as a true beginner at building), with my friend’s help.
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Published on May 21, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Power Lung Trainer

I have the Power Lung Trainer model, it’s the second most difficult of the 4 Power Lung models. I have been using it for about 4 weeks so far, and it has been great, so it’s time to review it.

The research all stacks up for resisted breathing training, so this review will be a personal case study. If you want the scientific research results, you can read that here instead – Increasing Lung Capacity.
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Published on April 25, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Basketball Shoes

Adding inches to your vertical jump instantly sounds too good to be true. Well actually, it’s not.

It’s definitely hard to distinguish the effective from the ineffective though, so that’s what we will do in this article. Read on to learn what doesn’t work, and then what does.
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Published on April 19, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment

I built this rope climb for $21, plus an hour of shopping and half an hour of set-up. It’s a sturdy rope climb that can be easily hung from a tree, roof beam or something similar. In this article I explain how to build it. Note: I am in Thailand, so the materials could cost more where you live.

Rope climbs are great for your back and arm muscles and having your own rope can be good practice for Army rope climbs, or the rope climb in the Spartan Race.
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Published on April 6, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Asthma Injaler

By training your lung strength and endurance, you can reduce your asthma symptoms and decrease your reliance on medications. With 8% of Olympians having asthma, clearly it doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love. In this article we look at various training methods for improving the lung performance of asthma sufferers.
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Published on March 20, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Thick Grip

Is your grip strength holding you back from heavier deadlifts or do you simply want bigger forearms? One technique that claims to improve grip strength and forearm size is using thicker grips that fit on a barbell or dumbbell. In this article we look at the science behind thicker grips, and whether they work.
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Published on March 11, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment

Following are 10 awesome gyms that should motivate you and give you inspiration, at least they do for me. Scroll down for 10 gyms, 16 photos and 10 descriptions.
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Published on January 12, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment

This article starts with 7 upper body exercises that you can do with exercise bands. At the end of the article are recommendations for certain bands and accessories that will improve your exercise band workout further. Let’s start with biceps.
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Published on January 4, 2013 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Beurer BG51 XXL Diagnostic Scale

Bioimpedance Scales sometimes get a bad rap from people who don’t trust their accuracy. So I tested an average $100 scale, the Beurer BG51 XXL Diagnostic Scale, before eating breakfast, after breakfast and then after urinating. Read on to see how accurate it was.
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Published on December 25, 2012 by Daniel Brady in Equipment
Doorway Pull-Up Bar

There are relatively few doorway chin-up bars on the market, but this article goes through the best ones. They are very reasonably priced, and very useful for arm and back strength, so read on to see them.
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