Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Competition Ring Straps

One of the biggest complaints that people have about dealing with gymnastics rings is the ability to set them up and adjust them to different heights quickly. You often spend a lot of time making small adjustments to ensure the rings are level. After supplying rings for the 2011 CrossFit Games Regional Competition all over the world, and adjusting them for each heat, Rogue realized that they could make things much more efficient for the 2011 CrossFit Games Final.
The Rogue Fitness Competition Straps come in 8 foot and 6 foot versions and allows for set up of your gymnastics rings in seconds without worrying about keeping them level. Setting them up is as easy as throwing the straps over the bar and clipping the carabiner into one of of the divisions that is sewn into the straps every 3 inches.

Having the straps held static also eliminates the possibility that the buckle will slide down to interfere with an athlete during a workout. Both the athletes and the judges at the CrossFit games loved the new system.

Whether you are in a situation where you have to set up your rings every day, often change the height of your rings to accommodate different exercises, such as dips, muscle ups and pushups, or have a busy gym where every athlete is a different height, you will love the ability to make precise adjustments quickly anytime you need them.

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Adidas PowerLift Trainers

The new shoe from Adidas, one of the original names in weightlifting shoes. The years of experience and expertise of Adidas has been brought to a more affordable shoe aimed at the Powerlifting market. However, the shoe also does well when being used for the Olympic lifts. The Adidas PowerLift Trainer has an EVA wedge in the heal for a very moderate 0.6 inch heal raise that is perfect for both Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. The toe of the shoe is a little more flexible than some, which makes it perfect for CrossFit workouts that involve movements like box jumps and double unders in addition to lifting movements.

Add to that that these shoes are some of the cheapest on the market and are available in 4 different colors and you will have a tough time figuring out why you have not bought these yet.

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High bar back squat or low bar back squat?

There are several differences between the high bar back squat and the low bar back squat. Each type of squat has it’s supporters.

The high bar back squat is often advocated by Olympic weightlifters because the more upright position is closer to that of a front squat or overhead squat. However, the movement does have some disadvantages.  A large portion of the weight is sitting on the lifters spine and it does not bring in as much of the posterior chain as a low bar back squat.

A low bar back squat, where the bar sits just below the spine of the scapula, has 3 main differences from the high bar back squat. 1. By placing the weight lower on the back, the lever arm between the load and the hips is shortened, often allowing the athlete to lift more weight. 2. The weight sits on the shoulder muscles (deltoids and infraspinatus) rather than directly on the bones of the spine, 3. The more horizontal position of the back brings more of the posterior chain into the lift. For these reasons, the low bar position is often favored by people who use the movement as part of a strength building program to support CrossFit or other sports. However, as stated above, the more horizontal position in the bottom of the squat does not as directly correlate with the more upright squats of the Olympic lifters in competition.

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The Frog

We are always in search of something that we can take out of the hands of overseas suppliers and into the hands of someone local.  We are danger close to doing just that.

We have been talking back and forth with our facebook crew and with Chris Spealler to design an American made jump rope.  May sound like something small and inconsequential but it isn’t for a guy named Animal.

Animal is a local molder and basically one of those guys that can figure out how to make anything.  We have worked out how to mold the names and all kinds of cool stuff into the handle but we were scratching our head on what some of the parts were.  Then he found the arm, it is off a remote control car.  When I was a kid I had the Frog.  That was one of the coolest things in the world at the time and maybe still now.  As a side note I purchased it at Slater’s Hardware Store in Lancaster Ohio.  That hardware store has survived the economic down turn in large part due to their insane cool stuff factor.  They have rockets, huge airplanes and all kinds of cool stuff.  Steve makes 550LB Atlas stones and big ass logs as well.

I have diverted from the jump rope a bit so back to my point, we can make anything we want in the US.  We have been doing it for years which is a distinct advantage.

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Industrial Revolution 2.0

My buddy Matt stopped over the other day to ask me what we were doing here. At first I didn’t know what to tell them then I thought about it and came up with what I thought best explains Rogue Fitness.

I told Matt to go back and ask his dad what his favorite tools were, you know the ones that were fifty years old and held a permanent spot in his tool box. Matt’s dad is a retired Iron Worker, he drove past my house in an old Chevy step side every day for 35 years. He built just about every building in Columbus Ohio which is something to be very proud of.
What I am trying to say is that the guy knows tools and I am certain does not need a fancy hammer to pound a nail in or a crazy wrench to tighten a bolt. I told Matt we have gone back and made that wrench and that simple hammer.  We are not reinventing the wheel we are building it the same way that has worked for hundreds of years.

There was a time when we made things in the United States and we were damn proud of them. We designed, cast, forged, machined and polished steel. When I started this business I couldn’t understand why we could not cast American Made Kettlebells, how is this possible. Well apparently it is possible because the fine people in Rhode Island are making them by the hundreds for us.

It is high time for all of us to begin building and inventing again, time to make things with your hands. I am tired of the excuses, look at the talented people around you and figure out how to make things happen. It is time for a second Industrial Revolution. Is there a factory in your home town that used to make something, where did all those skilled folks go? These people can sew shoes or build skyscrapers but for now they are doing nothing.

Time to be entrepreneurial and make something, go find a journeyman.

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Fight Gone Bad Fundraiser

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Rogue Fitness is one of the sponsors for Fight Gone Bad IV, checkout the site: http://www.fgb4.org/

We put together a package that includes:

1) Rogue SPX Squat/Press Stands – The toughest stands out there for the price

2) Dynamax Medicine Balls – Choose the size for both med balls in the package

3) Rogue Men’s and Women’s Bars – Bars with power and olympic weightlifting knurling marks

Much more, check out the Rogue FGB package!

We offer The ROGUE Bar in all of our equipment packages, read more about the meanest bar out there:


The Original ROGUE Bar:
1) 28.4MM Polished steel shaft that is bright zinc coated then finished with a black zinc for the perfect feel that has made this bar famous
2) Olympic knurl with Olympic & Powerlifting knurl marks – no center knurl
3) Bronze Bushings and Snap ring in end of sleeve design
4) GUARANTEED FOR LIFE AGAINST BENDING AND/OR SLEEVES FALLLING OFF!!!!!!

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Rogue Wedding

From Testimonials

Bill and Caity are officially married as of 1Aug09!

Checkout some of these great gear exclusives:

1) Sorinex GHD – The Sorinex GHD was used in the GHD situp and HSPU workout at the 2009 CrossFit Games

2) Rogue Exclusive Bars - Get the classic black zinc and chrome collar bars that are made in the USA

3) Rogue Rings with MARPAT Straps – The rings were used in the final affiliate cup and individual competition.  There is no comparison!

4) Rogue Wood Plyoboxes – You can see the burnt Rogue wood plyoboxes all over the place at the Games site

5) Dynamax Medicine Balls – These med balls were used in the wall ball comps, we offer free shipping!!

6) Equipment Packages – We offer the best equipment packages on the market and we ship them direct from our factory store

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Rogue Sponsored Athlete – Jason Khalipa

From CrossFit Games 2009

Jason put some work in this past weekend, came back from a 72/75 position in the run from hell to 5th overall. Read more about his journey here: Khalipa – CrossFit Journal Article

1) Sorinex GHD – The Sorinex GHD was used in the GHD situp and HSPU workout

2) Men’s 28.5MM Training Bars – These bars were used throughout the competition

3) Rogue Rings with MARPAT Straps – The rings were used in the final affiliate cup and individual competition

4) Rogue Wood Plyoboxes – You can see the burnt Rogue wood plyoboxes all over the place

5) Dynamax Medicine Balls – These med balls were used in the wall ball comps

We also supplied the Kraiburg Bumper Plates, dumbbells, metal plates, spring collars and much more!!

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Rogue Freight Team Leader

From Rogue Service

Brett Mcclannan is the Rogue Freight Team Leader

We take a great deal of pride in how we pack out your gear. We custom build all pallets to accomodate bumpers, bars, kettlebells and much more. We stand behind our products and getting them to you in a timely manner.

We have also begun turning large orders around in 48 hours, that is our goal and we don’t mess around with our goals!

If you are nice to Brett he may show you how to cut the sleeves off of your shirt!

Checkout the CrossFit Games gear that we carry:

1) Sorinex GHD – The Sorinex GHD was used in the GHD situp and HSPU workout

2) Men’s 28.5MM Training Bars – These bars were used throughout the competition

3) Rogue Rings with MARPAT Straps – The rings were used in the final affiliate cup and individual competition

4) Rogue Wood Plyoboxes – You can see the burnt Rogue wood plyoboxes all over the place

5) Dynamax Medicine Balls – These med balls were used in the wall ball comps

We also supplied the Kraiburg Bumper Plates, dumbbells, metal plates, spring collars and much more!!

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CrossFit Games 2009


What a crazy weekend, here are a few pictures from the 2009 CrossFit Games. Rogue Equipment got put to the test!

1) Sorinex GHD – The Sorinex GHD was used in the GHD situp and HSPU workout

2) Men’s 28.5MM Training Bars – These bars were used throughout the competition

3) Rogue Rings with MARPAT Straps – The rings were used in the final affiliate cup and individual competition

4) Rogue Wood Plyoboxes – You can see the burnt Rogue wood plyoboxes all over the place

5) Dynamax Medicine Balls – These med balls were used in the wall ball comps

We also supplied the Kraiburg Bumper Plates, dumbbells, metal plates, spring collars and much more!!

Congrats to the winners Mikko Salo and Tanya Wagner!

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