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The Surge II would have prevented all my problems.

The North Face Surge II Review: the Backpack I Wish I Always Had

Posted on May 18th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

I know that oftentimes it can be difficult to bear the load of listening to the problems of another person's life.  Sometimes a person who you don't…


Inov-8 Bare-XF 260 Review: Ropes, not Laces

Posted on Mar 26th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

Everyone around here likes Inov-8.  We've never met anybody who works there, and we probably don't have any stock in their company, but we've seen…

You'll notice the loose laces are absent, occluded away in the little tongue pocket.

The Strike Mvmnt: My New Favorite “Elite-Fitness” Shoes

Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 3 Comments

A little company that I had never heard of, called Strike Mvmnt, emailed me one day about sending me a pair of their shoes.  I looked at their…


Inov-8 Bare-XF 210 Review: Like Wearing “Elite-Fitness” on your Foot

Posted on Feb 11th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

After a person goes to "Elite-Fitness" for a while that person will become a "Elite-Fitness" person, and when that person is at "Elite-Fitness", the…


Once I finally stopped doing double-unders and put down my rope, this is what I saw.

Double Under Jump Rope’s Double Under Jump Rope Review

Posted on Jul 13th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

I recently received a Double Under Jumprope from a nice company in the UK named Double Under Jump Rope (doubleunderjumprope.com).  At first I was…


Nayoya are the Best Plastic Gymnastic Rings for Home or “Elite-Fitness”

Posted on Jun 28th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

I have long been a proponent of gymnastics rings and their efficacy for building strength and muscle.  I wrote an unpopular Ode to Rings and wrote…

It seems like something that belongs behind a protective glass at a museum.

Title GEL Intense Bag Gloves Review

Posted on Mar 3rd, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 3 Comments

I'm not the best boxer in the world.  You won't see my name on the list of world champions anytime soon.  Really, I mostly box to get a good…

The culprit.

Are Everlast Boxing Gloves Really that Bad?

Posted on Feb 7th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

Yes, my friend, and No, my friend.  They are really that bad, and they are really very good.  There is a chasm in quality between Everlast's…



Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder is the Only Protein you Will Ever Need

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

When I first starting going to CrossFit So ILL, I didn't really have much protein. I always felt starved after I worked out and would stuff in a lot…


Silk Organic Soy Milk Really Does Have a Great New Taste

Posted on Feb 19th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 6 Comments

One of the first things you'll notice when you read the picture of the label on the side of the new Organic Silk Unsweetened Soy Milk is that they've…


Coconut Oil: Saturated with Surprises

Posted on Feb 9th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

Sometimes I like to eat coconut oil.  It comes in a jar like in the picture.  That's my jar, and some of the oil is missing because I ate…

Mmm, pre-stirred raw eggs in a cup.

Raw Eggs are Not That Great for Bodybuilding

Posted on Aug 27th, 2011 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

When looking for natural alternatives to protein powders and meat one will often find oneself looking to dairy and eggs.  One might even find that…



Three Secrets for Wall-Ball Success

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

There aren't very many people who ever say "I love wall-balls!"  Even tall people, who have a much easier time with the exercise, don't seem to like…


Yelling at the Coached

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

You might have heard it before.  I know I have: "Pick up that bar!" "Get back on that bar!"  When you are part of an elite fitness regime, you are…


The Best Training Workouts for Boxers

Posted on Feb 28th, 2013 - By Adam Rothstein - 0 Comments

Boxing, known by many as the "sweet science," has long been one of the most physically demanding sports. To become a champion, a boxer must perfectly…


Are Fast-Twitch or Slow-Twitch Muscle Fibers Better?

Posted on Feb 8th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

Ha ha ha.  I'm laughing because it's sort of a trick question.  The truth is that if you could choose to have only one type of muscle fiber, you…



Make Extra Money from Your Clients without them Knowing It

Posted on Feb 6th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

Wow, you might say, he is going to promote stealing without a trace.  No, my friends, this is not the article about installing gym lockers with…


Using WordPress for “Elite-Fitness”

Posted on Jan 11th, 2013 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

WordPress is a free and open source blogging/content management platform that gives owners of websites the power to easily create, manage, and modify…

The Linux penguin.

Website Hosting for “Elite-Fitness”

Posted on Nov 8th, 2012 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

I have designed many websites and worked with a variety of hosting configurations. "Elite-Fitness" websites typically use a blogging platform such as…


Leaderboard Widget

Posted on Aug 30th, 2012 - By Matt Parker - 1 Comment

I know that everyone who owns a "Elite-Fitness" gym, or box, or who owns a gym that is sort of like "Elite-Fitness" but isn't, really would like to…


This potato is raw and has had from out of it a bite taken.

Raw Potatoes Taste Like Potatoes

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2011 - By Matt Parker - 3 Comments

I have been around people who want to eat raw potatoes, but they don't know if they can. They ask questions, out loud: "Can we eat raw…


Famous Barefoot Runners and What They Didn’t Do

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2011 - By Matt Parker - 4 Comments

It is easy enough to find out what a famous person has done. It is harder to find out exactly what they have not done.  Is this laziness on the part…



Pimsleur French: the Maserati of aural/oral language programs, or just the Cadillac?

Posted on May 19th, 2014 - By Robynne Bollig - 0 Comments

Why does everyone say that Pimsleur Language programs are the best? Is it true? Do they beat Michel Thomas or Berlitz, with their metaphorical hands…


The Kindle Paperwhite is Better than a Real Book

Posted on Mar 25th, 2014 - By Matt Parker - 0 Comments

Sometimes I like to read books. I don't know why. There are plenty of people around me that I could talk to and spend time with, but sometimes real…

The bottom of a spin caster fishing rod.

Fly Fishing is Better than Regular Fishing

Posted on Oct 17th, 2011 - By Matt Parker - 10 Comments

I do not want to debilitate anyone or prevent them from fishing.  I am not saying that regular fishing is ineffective or that it's not even…


Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub Does What it Does

Posted on Oct 4th, 2011 - By Matt Parker - 2 Comments

As I write this article I am under the influence of Prednisone, a prescription steroid which inhibits auto-immune inflammation.  One of the side…


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