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The purpose of this page is to provide fair and balanced reviews of gear that I have used in my physical training. My definition of “gear” includes not just equipment and clothing, but also food, books and all the other things a person needs in order to stay motivated and in movement. When I can, I always try to save someone from spending more money when they can get comparable or better quality gear for less money. There are also times when it is really important to make a good investment with money rather than cut corners and settle for something cheap. My reviews will be posted in order of the date they were written, so be sure to scroll through them or use the SEARCH box (upper left) to browse or find reviews.


Any tactical or military fitness course is going to require you to perform plenty of push-ups. The Perfect Push-Up is a tool that will help anyone get the most out of their push-up regimen. I have owned and used both the basic as well as the portable set. I keep one at home and keep the other one with me when I go to work or wherever I go. The Perfect Push-Up was developed by Navy SEAL Alden Mills, who himself has an incredible life story. Anyway, this product is simply effective. You’ll get mre of a workout during your push-ups, and your stats will improve. On eof the most imprtant things I loike about this prooduct, is that it is affordable. I dropped about $22 to get the portable set (my favorite). In addition, this is a durable product. I have put both sets through heavy use, and they are as strong and as intact as they day I bought them. Personally, this is essential gear for me from now on. The portability, effectiveness and durability can’t be beat! You can check out more info on the Perfect Push-ups at the Perfect Fitness website HERE.


I have used the V-Max 50 lb weighted long vest for ruck runs on a weekly basis, and at times daily basis, for more than two years. Running outside year-round in Minnesota means exposing gear to sun, humidity, rain, snow and freezing cold, all the while putting stress on the materials and construction of gear through application in physical training. My V-Max vest has withstood it all, and today looks and works as well as the first day I got it. As a matter of fact, the weighted vest was key to my success in dumping 30 lbs of weight when I decided to make that change in my life. I like the 50 lb long vest because it has enough capacity to carry the maximum amount of weight that I ever look to run with, and has the mesh chest pocket for stowing a cell phone or small flashlight. All in all a great piece of gear for ruck run training. You can look at V-Max vests or varying sizes, capacities and designs at WEIGHTVEST.COM, click HERE.

I have been doing suspension strap training for over a year now. What I like about suspension strap training is that it is a totally portable set-up that gives you a wide variety of resistance training (gravity, your bodyweight and your angle of incline) options. As a matter of fact, most of my suspension training exercises involve whole body movement, whether slow or explosive. On this last point, suspension training can also be a little easier on the joints than movements involving impact – and here I am especially thinking about knees. Anyway, I initially learned suspension strap training techniques with a TRX set at my local YMCA. TRX is a very good product and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. That said, I couldn’t afford to buy my own. Then one day I was walking through Menard’s (of all places) and they had RIP:60 sets on clearance for $55. I looked it over, determined it looked a lot like a TRX set, and brought it home. My RIP:60 set has become a mainstay of my training regimen during the work week. During lunch, I can change and go to a local parking lot and get in a total beat-down workout and be back at my desk within the hour. It is an understatement to say I am very happy with the price, durability and utility of the RIP:60 product. I wish I had bought three or four more to hand out to friends. In terms of comparison to the TRX, I personally would say they are very comparable. They have some differences in design of the loops at the ends of the strap. RIP:60 has a large nylon encased loop with a movable hard plastic handle. This allows a lot of different set-ups for both hands and feet. If somebody sends me a TRX, I’ll do a more detailed comparison. For now, I can tell you that a RIP:60 is a solid buy and a very valuable addition to your workout gear. You can check out the RIP:60 Suspension Trainer and linked products HERE.


Anyone who writes a running shoe review without having covered at least 300 miles in those shoes is not giving you quality information. Here in Saint paul, Minnesota (USA) I have a unique and rigorous environment for testing running shoes in that within a year I am wearing running shoes repeatedly in pouring rain, 90+ F heat, snow, slush, and -20 F and lower temps. For my environment, I need shoes with high-standard workmanship and materials that will not break down when worn repeatedly in highly adverse conditions. Now that I have clocked well more than 300 miles ona pair of UK Gear PT-1000 shoes, I am ready to weigh in on their quality. These shoes were specifically designed and constructed for utilization in military physical training. Quick dry fabric, heavy stitching and sturdy construction are a couple of the exceptional features of this shoe. I can attest that this shoe is everything it was deisgned to be. This is a high standard shoe that makes it through heat, freeze, rain, slush, snow and everything else that a tough Minnesota year can throw at you in your training. It’s a comfortable and stable shoe whether running in a sport sock or even thicker wool socks. I really don’t have a singloe criticism of this shoe. So, bottom line, awesome durable running shoe! Check it out at the UK Gear website HERE.

Posted February 9, 2011 by Tom & Nicki Delaney

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