I have a buddy at work, Tim Barnes, who is a treasure of information about all things related to health and fitness. Tim is one of those rare people who just has a natural interest in all sorts of things, but he is really committed to eating right and keeping fit. And luckily, Tim is willing to share what he has learned about staying healthy with me and others at work.
Tim is a devoted cross-fit athlete and was practicing cross-fit before it was cool to do cross-fit. I told Tim the other day that I wanted to work out every day but just couldn’t find the 45 minutes a day necessary for a good run or bike ride. Tim said I didn’t need to spend 45 minutes doing aerobic exercise if I was willing to endure about 12 minutes of pain in the form of a Tabata session. Well I am hooked on Tabata, though most days about five minutes into it I think I am going to hurl. Getting a great work out in a little over ten minutes makes fitness seem like a fair bargain. It is just impossible for me to look at myself in the mirror and with a straight face say “Sorry, I just can’t find 12 minutes to work out!”
I am planning on adding some strength exercises and needed to get some equipment and naturally wanted to buy American built gear. Tim pointed me to a great cross-fit site that makes it easy to pick out American made cross-fit and lifting equipment. The Rogue Fitness site has lots of great equipment and the gear that is made by members of our extended American family has a nice little Made in the USA tag next to it.
There is some great American made cross-fit gear for sale at Rogue Fitness such as Dynamax Medicine balls, Rogue Parallettes, and the Rouge bar.
Another great site I have found for Made in the USA lifting equipment is IRONCOMPANY.COM. If you click on the USA category at the site, you are presented with a wide range of equipment that is all made on these shores. At this site you can buy U.S. Made bars, plates, and barbells from such companies as Body Solid, GP Industries, Hampton, Iron Grip, Iron Company, Ivanko and York Barbell.
Now I am not saying that you will necessarily get fitter quicker if you work out with fitness and lifting equipment made by members of our extended American family. But who knows, it just might happen. Regardless, at least while you are straining and huffing and puffing you can concentrate on the fact that the Americans who made the equipment you are using will be in far better economic shape as a result of your purchase of the gear they made.