People often ask about how we got into manufacturing and selling athletic equipment. For some it started with CrossFit and gearheads on the CrossFit message board.
In November of 2007 I came across this post. I responded with two product ideas: One was a sturdy glute ham developer that shipped unassembled to save on cost. The second was a wood plyo box with tapered sides that also shipped unassembled. Kris told me later that he had no idea about how to get a GHD made, but had a wood shop in the garage. He went to the store, bought some plywood, made a jig and built his first 20″ plyo box complete with predrilled screw holes and labeled sides to make assembly easy. He shipped that box to me and I put them on my website.
Here is a picture of the original box, that is still in use at my gym.
His boxes were a hit and I introduced him to Bill Henniger who started carrying his boxes as well. Eventually he ended up providing all of the Made in the U.S.A, CNC cut wood products manufactured by Rogue Fitness including, the Rogue Games Boxes, our extremely popular Rogue Wood Rings and of course, his original product, the Rogue Wood Plyo Boxes.
Rogue Fitness has recently taken the great opportunity of acquiring Nebula Fitness.
We have purchased twenty-plus years worth of engineering by Tom Eilerman that spans the entire professional fitness industry. Nebula has had a great reputation for designing and building the highest quality, heavy-duty, low maintenance equipment. This reputation aptly resembles the Rogue Fitness philosophy of providing high grade equipment that will stand up to any abuse you can throw at it.
Rogue Fitness will gradually incorporate Nebula designs into our catalog and begin building many with the approach to quality manufacturing, durability and simplicity that everyone is accustomed to. We are starting that process with items that have been requested by The Ohio State University and that fit best with our existing product lines.
As we fold the Nebula brand into Rogue Fitness, any equipment designs we manufacture will resemble Rogue caliber craftsmanship. This catalog addition is a big step for our team and we are excited to expand our American-Made lineup. As a result, this will mean more jobs for Columbus, Ohio and there’s nothing more exciting for us than that!
Learning all of the details necessary to fabricate these new products with the same signature quality and precision Rogue Fitness has always valued will take time. There may be some products that are not mission critical initially, but we assure you we will be reviewing all opportunities over the coming months.
All warranties, replacement parts and issues with equipment purchased previous to this acquisition will not be handled by Rogue Fitness. For all equipment purchased or ordered prior to May 31, 2012, please contact Rae Crowther Co. at www.raecrowther.com or 1-800-841-5050. Any and all items manufactured by Rogue Fitness will carry a Rogue Fitness warranty.
Existing Nebula customer FAQ’s:
Who do I contact for parts or service requests on my Nebula Fitness gear?
For all equipment purchased or ordered prior to May 31, 2012, please contact Rae Crowther Co. at www.raecrowther.com or 1-800-841-5050.
How do I order Nebula Fitness gear?
Rogue Fitness will be incorporating and rolling out Nebula Fitness design variants as it folds Nebula Fitness into its operations. Please check www.roguefitness.com often for updates, and subscribe to Rogue’s email newsletter.
I ordered Nebula Fitness equipment, is my order still in process?
Rae Crowther Co., the former owner of Nebula Fitness and maker of quality fitness equipment since 1932, will fulfill all pending Nebula Fitness orders submitted prior to May 31, 2012. Please contact Rae Crowther Co. at www.raecrowther.com or 1-800-841-5050.
Will you be making the Nebula ____________?
Rogue Fitness will be rolling out various items and variants as it folds Nebula Fitness into its operations, but can not guarantee if or when specific items will be available. Please check www.roguefitness.com often for updates, and subscribe to Rogue’s email newsletter.
A nod to Arnold himself, Rogue manufactured a monster set of steel and wood jerk boxes, with a laser-cut “Austrian Oak”, for Steve Slater’s 440 lb. log. Ten of the strongest men on the planet approached it as a test to find the number one.
The international list of competitors included: Haftor Bjornsson, Terry Hollands, Mike Jenkins, Mikhail Koklyaev, Travis Ortmayer, Derek Poundstone, Michael Burke, Zydrunas Savickas, Laurence Shahlaei, and Brian Shaw – last year’s Strongman champion.
Click through to see a few shots of the set up in action.
With only 4 days between the announcement of each workout and the deadline for your score submission, you need to make sure that you have everything you need to complete the workouts on hand. Many of the items that you will need to make sure that are prepared for anything that they can throw at you are available right here.
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We’ve been getting a lot of questions on the versatility of the Y-Series. The Rogue Yoke is one of the most versatile tools, inside or outside of your gym. Primarily for strongman training: the yoke carry, zercher carry, and the sled push are possible with either version. Fat-grip pull ups (3″ diameter) are an option for the 92″ and 110″ versions – (Y-2 or Y-3). The base is sturdy, so there is minimal sway for pull-ups or ring-based movements. The 3″ cross bar is good for throwing a set of gymnastics rings over for ring work. It is an asset for a range of movements and lifts.
We posted this to answer general questions that we receive:
The benefit of the Rogue Yoke is versatility and not only as a strongman training implement. The included J-cups are there for racked squats and presses. The 92″ and 110″ uprights allow for our modular attachments. If you have any further questions about the Y-Series, email us – [email protected].
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Congratulations to our winner, “Rumpel Stiltskin”, for the great addition to our Super Bowl menu, today! We chose this great recipe out of the 38 submitted to our page. Haven’t we heard of…? Anyhow, our lucky winner receives a set of these:
Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes. Yield: 10 cupcakes.
For the cake:
•1/2 cup hot sauce (I recommend a hot sauce that is typically used for Buffalo chicken. Frank’s is the classic choice. I used Bella’s Medium Wing Sauce.)
•1/4 cup unsalted butter
•1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
•1 cup brown sugar
•1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sour cream
•1 cup flour
•1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
For the blue cheese buttercream frosting:
•2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
•1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
•2 cups powdered sugar
To make the cupcakes:
1.Preheat oven to 350 F.
2.In a medium-sized saucepan on medium-high heat, heat hot sauce and butter until butter is melted.
3.Add the blue cheese and mix periodically until blue cheese is melted.
4.Remove from heat and mix in the sugar.
5.In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg.
6.Once the hot sauce mixture is cool enough to touch, mix the sour cream mixture into the hot sauce mixture.
7.In another small bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda.
8.Fold the flour mixture into the hot sauce mixture.
9.Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
10.Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
To make the blue cheese buttercream frosting:
1.Mix blue cheese on high speed until smooth.
2.Add the unsalted butter and mix on high speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).
3.Slowly mix in the powdered sugar until fully combined.
4.Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.
The Buffalo Chicken Drummette on Top of the Buffalo Chicken Super Bowl Cupcakes
**Just before serving, top the cupcakes with buffalo chicken wings or buffalo chicken drummettes. Imagine the frosting as a sweet blue cheese dip and dig in!**
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The next addition to the Grip World will pull you beyond your limits. This is coming soon to the store. Grip strength can be the most frustrating weakness for an athlete. Fortunately, this is where you will see the quickest gains. We’ve been testing this pinch grip killer in the Rogue HQ gym and it is tough! Practice pulls and weighted walks using kettlebells. When you master grip strength, it opens a door to personal records. Olympic lifting, powerlifting, strongman and gymnastics all benefit from a stronger grip. We have all of the tools that can help.
Even the best equipment in the world will do nothing for you if you don’t know how to use it.
We have scoured the web to find the books that are really worth your time, so you don’t have to. We have several of the best books on: Getting strong, gaining muscle, strongman training and mastering hand strength available here.
Add variety to your lifts to maximize strength gains!
The Rogue MG-1 Bar helps avoid accommodation and allows a lifter to set new records. This is a must-have bar to rotate through your maximum exertion (ME) or dynamic exertion (DE) waves. The only multi-grip bar with olympic sleeves, the MG-1 weighs bar weighs over 20LBS more than any other multi grip bar on the market. This bar is the tool of choice for power lifters and other athletes who need to train a neutral grip for increased explosive strength. The neutral grip is also easier on the shoulders. Whether power is your specialty or you specialize in general physical preparedness, the multi-grip bar is one of the quickest ways to bust plateaus with improved muscle recruitment.
Use the MG-1 for: bench press, floor press, lockouts, JM press, shoulder press. Add chains, bands or change your grip width and you have one very powerful weapon in your bar arsenal with a ton of uses.
All of your excuses for not getting stronger have just gone away!
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Inspired by the 2009 CrossFit Games, no one makes a set of parallettes better than Rogue signature parallettes. These can support any weight and will not shift under pressure. Feel free to test your limits with explosive swing throughs or weighted handstand pushups. These are also perfect for everyone’s favorite exercise: The L-Sit.
Rogue Parallettes are hand fabricated in-house from 11 Gauge steel tube, 1.5″ Steel Tube and powder coated using a rough textured black coating similar to ROGUE Rings and Racks. The unique pass-through design allows multiple units to be connected in a row with standard pipe. You can choose an independent set or add a cross member for locked in adjustment. Unlike PVC parallettes that weaken over time and fail at the joints, these will last a lifetime.