My Porn

I’m pretty certain those of the internet age all come home from their day of work or school and plop in front of our computer and get straight to our “porn.” I know I do.

We all have something we’re into. Some of us like it unique and rare. Some of us like it strange or dorky. Some of us want it to be earth shattering. Some of us like it hard and bound. Some of us like it filled with toys and electronics. Some of us like it social and group orientated. Some of us like outfits and costumes. And for some people it’s all about the taste of it.

Me……..I dig new fitness equipment!

What did you think I was talking about? Some collect antiques which are unique and rare. Some collect comic books which is strange and dorky (I have some, I admit). Some of us doomsday people want to know exactly when the next earthquake is going to hit and how bad it’s going to be. Some read a lot of books and everyone knows the hardcovers are best. Some like gadgets and the latest TV innovation (I ain’t upgrading till 4D pink-ray crystal technology comes along!). Some are addicted to Facebook and YouTube. Some of you are all about the latest runway fashion. And some of you are into recipes, even though you may only ever cook 1/1000th of what you read.

As a good man, TC Luoma wrote a few years back in this epic article: “So if you’re married, I contend that the amount [of sex] you’re getting is inversely related to the number of cookbooks your wife has in the cupboard.”

YIKES! She’s not even into meat anymore!

Back to my porn…

I’m all about bodyweight training. I’m all for dumbbells, barbell, traditional bodybuilding, powerlifting and just about anything else that works. But a few things have come along and changed the fitness industry forever:

Some for the better: The TRX for example

Some for the worse:

Sure, the BOSU can be useful but more often than not I see it being used incorrectly

So you have to know where to look for the most innovative, effective and worthwhile equipment. Let me get one thing clear first:

Weight or resistance training has one, and only one function: to make you stronger 

The fact that you getting stronger just so happens to cause the symptom of making you look healthier and sexy (fuller, denser, shaply muscles) is only that: a symptom. In fact, the second your body adapts to the strength level you’re currently working with it will also stop creating more positive shape! Want more shape and want to look better? It usually means making a better exercise selection and making it more difficult be that load increases, speed increases or decreases, range of motion increases or decreases or complexity variations to the exercise.

So it would stand to reason the most likely place to see what the equipment of the future will look like would in the strength industry.

My Porn

Sorinex – the originator of the Land Mine, these guys have built some of the most unique and incredible equipment on the planet. Check out this power rack (the one staple every gym should have; except they guys went ALL out on their design as seen in the videos). Check out this unique piece of equipment (man, if I only had the space for it. But when I upgrade to the Base Camp it does come as an attachment there too! Or how about this big boy (oh hell yea, imagine the grunting and lunking and could be had!!)

Elite FTS – best known, equipment wise for The Prowler these guys have an incredible site aimed at getting stronger (including fantastic articles, videos and seminars). All their equipment is top notch and I happen to own a few unique pieces and will be picking up a lot more in the future. Plus they have some badass t-shirts which I’m gonna have to snag soon for me and my gal.

Marc St. Jules & Stabilizer Training – a relative unknown in the industry, Marc St. Jules has some interesting training equipment and some very interesting training methods. He fits in the hybrid trainer category (one who takes traditional strength and conditioning training as well as “new school/functional” methods and combines them into one) along the lines of Nick Tuminnello, JC Santana or Scott Abel and these coaches are the ones I turn to most for information. He’s also out on Vancouver Island so I’m hoping one day soon to get out there on a “vacation.” Check out this top-of-the-line rack system called the Dream Machine or this multi-user rack called the King Cage or this unique balance platform aptly named Stability Spring. See more here. And watch this video as it so very much changed me as a trainer when I first saw it.

Lifeline USA – These guys make some incredible equipment I very much look forward to torturing my clients with in the future! You think the ab wheel was tough, look at this! Suck at pull ups and don’t have access to an assist machine set up like I do then check this out. Most people suck at push ups (especially the ones that think they’re awesome and can rep 50+ at a time) but those that are good at them, make it harder by adding this.

Other noteables:

New York Barbells (wait till I get one of these)

Rogers Athletics

MoveStrongFit

Rae Crowther

There are probably a dozen more but I’ll spare you for now.

Do I dare ask what your “porn” is?

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