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Information is Power. NeosTrack is Giant’s first GPS computer to offer
both navigation and training functions. Compatible with all training
accessories, including power meters, heartrate straps, speed/cadence sensors,
and smart trainers, .

GIANT NEOSTRACK GPS

I am new to the Giant company with my essential cycling computers being Garmin and Hammerhead. The Giant NeosTrack was made in collaboration with Bryton which has been on my radar for the past year. The NeosTrack GPS is a good all-around computer which has all the standard cycling metrics with a GPS and tracking ability. The Unit has a 2.6-inch screen with 5 buttons. The setup and pairing require a slight learning curve but once you are setup the unit worked flawlessly. The buttons could have been more responsive, and I prefer the Touch screen at this point in my training. NeosTrack connects Bluetooth, Ant+ and WiFi with all cycling accessories with a 6 page and 8 field data screen customization ability. The battery life is impressive as I was able to get over 30 hours plus. The synchronization of Strava or TrainingPeaks training data was simple and stream less with the WLAN over-the-air software updates. The mounting system needs a higher security as I feel there was some movement with bumps in terrain. Overall, the Giants NeosTrack is a good all-around cycling computer with all the cycling dynamics, superior battery life and connectivity for a very affordable price.  

THE FEATURES

  • Display all the standard metrics as well as L/R
    power, normalized power and TSS
  • Auto Sync to NeosTrack app, TrainingPeaks and
    STRAVA
  • 33 hr battery life
  • ANT+, Bluetooth and WiFi with WLAN over-the-air
    software updates
  • 5 button operation with 2.6-inch Anti-glare screen
    weighs only 79 grams
  • Turn-by-turn navigation through the “Plan Trip”
    screen in the NeosTrack app

THE PROS  

  • Affordable at $189
  • Effortless connects with standard Bluetooth, Ant+
    with Over the Air firmware updates
  • Superior battery life at 30 plus hours
  • Easy to read anti-=glare 2.6-inch screen
  • Comparable to Garmin 520 and Wahoo Bolt

THE CONS

  • No color touchscreen
  • Lacks stable front mounting system
  • No text notifications or general alerts

THE BOTTOM LINE

Overall, the Giant NeosTrack is a good all-around cycling computer with all the cycling dynamics, superior battery life and connectivity for a very affordable price

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There are a several events that I look forward to each year… The Consumer Electronics Show, The Arnold Health and Fitness Expo in Columbus Ohio and Euro/InterBike (Heard it was cancelled this year…Hopefully in 2020). So here is my Favorite Gadget List for the 2019 CES as I experience innovative Health and Fitness technology for the new year.

Smarter, tougher and more powerful than ever. Here comes PowerWatch 2. Back with more features and more energy.

Designed to fit your lifestyle, HeartGuide is first FDA cleared, clinically accurate, wearable blood pressure monitor. Now, track your heart data and learn how your behaviors impact your heart health. HeartGuide from Omron—the #1 physician and pharmacist recommended blood pressure monitor brand. Be informed. Be proactive. Be healthier.

6 Weights. One Place. KettlebellConnect’s bullet stacking system features a rotating weight-selection core that locks in and out of weighted plates. This allows the kettlebell to add or drop weight in seconds, saving you time and space.

Leave your phone and your worries behind with vívoactive 3 Music. Built for the active lifestyle, this GPS smartwatch connects with Verizon to let you keep your peace of mind, download songs on the go and text right from your wrist.

For the first time, an analog watch gives you the opportunity to take an ECG anytime and anywhere. With its 12-month battery life, and electrocardiogram on demand, Move ECG means you’ll never miss an AFib episode. In addition, this soon-to-be FDA-cleared device is a water-resistant activity tracker that gives you extra motivation to move more with automatic walk, run, and swim tracking plus an altimeter for stair climbing.

 

A wearable sensor that tracks skin pH levels. … The My Skin Track pH is a small, flexible patch-like sensor that picks up trace amounts of sweat from your pores and promises an accurate

Jabra Elite 85h is engineered for the best wireless calls and music – wherever you are – featuring our revolutionary SmartSound technology

Halo Sport 2 with Integrated Bluetooth audio for an entirely wireless experience, Improved sound quality in line with high-end headphones and Updated Primers to make Neuropriming as easy as possible

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The Xpro 10 – the perfect pedal for road cyclists, from
enthusiasts to competitive athletes. The body of this pedal has been reinforced
thanks to a new design and a more durable carbon material.

TIME XPRO 10

It has been 5+ years that I’ve considered switching from my essential Look Kéo pedals. Recently I was able to give the Time XPro 10 pedals a nice journey into the Zwift and virtual world. Years ago, I demoed the Xpresso line but never made the switch and stayed with my Core Look pedal system. The Time XPro 10 are a true blend of performance, security and biomechanics in the same motion. There is a very large platform with 725 mm with a 5° angular and 2.5 mm lateral float. As a Chiropractor, I appreciate a “Float” of this system because it allows for a more dialed in natural movement of the hips, knees and feet while pedaling. The Q Factor system gives the rider a biomechanical customization depending how specific you want the movement of the lower extremities and has three positions of clip intention. The XPro 10 are extremely lightweight at 113 grams and have an impressive low stack height of 13.5 mm. This low stack height gives the rider mazimum transfer of power from the foot to the pedal then wheel and pavement. The IcLic system is one of the smoothest and quickest that I’ve seen in years without any hesitation it just clicks in and works. The pedals are reasonably priced for around $200. The Time Xpro 10 pedals are an impressively designed pedal that maximizes your power, improves biomechanics and the safety to the rider with effortless engagement and release for a very affordable price.

THE FEATURES

  • Large Area platform at 725 mm surface
  • Light weight at 113 grams
  • IcLic System with pre-opened pedal engagement
  • Carbon Body and
    Blade with steel spindle
  • Angular Float
    5-degree with 2.5mm lateral movement
  • 15-degree entry
    and release angle
  • 3 available Angular
    tension Positions of Clip

THE PROS  

  • Light weight with low stack weight 13.5 mm
  • Quick and precise Click in pedal engagement
    system
  • Large platform for excellent power transfer
  • Q Factor adjustment for biomechanical efficiency
    and less stress on joints

THE CONS

  • None

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Time Xpro 10 pedals are an impressively designed pedal that maximizes your power, improves biomechanics and the safety to the rider with effortless engagement and release for a very affordable price

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The KICKR CORE is the latest in Wahoo’s line of smart indoor bike
trainers. It delivers a realistic, accurate, and quiet indoor training
experience by using the proven flywheel technology and advanced algorithms of
Wahoo’s legendary indoor bike trainers. The KICKR CORE indoor trainer is built
with the durability to withstand all of your indoor training sessions and no
other brand of smart trainers has more apps and software training options,
including Zwift and Trainer Road.

WAHOO FITNESS CORE
SMART TRAINER

My second demo for the beginning of 2019 is the Wahoo Fitness
KICKR Core at the K&G Bike Center in Kettering Ohio. The accuracy and
technology for the Wahoo Fitness products is unmatched in many ways with the
upgrade in the KICKR CORE has several additional benefits and features. The
CORE has up to 1,800 watts capability (just fine for us mere mortals) with the
power accuracy of +/- 2%. The maximum elevation incline of 16 degrees which
simulates and adjusts to a true climbing experience. Wahoo products have a visual
confirmation connection and transmission via LED lights with for Bluetooth and
Ant+ connectivity with a smart devices and fitness products. My increased Virtual
training (Upgraded to Apple TV with Zwift and FulGaz) is leading more to the
Direct Drive experience which reduces the wear and cost on your tires. The
overall design with steel construction (total weight is 40 lbs) shows the
long-standing durability, stability with safety with years of use at home and or
commercial gym. The 12-pound flywheel is innovative with proven technology for
a true Road feeling with automatically controlled resistance with all your
favorite apps and software. The Wahoo Core measures speed, distance and power
it is easily connected with Wahoo cadence devices for complete cycling metrics
and heart rate while using your favorite app. Wahoo Core is of course
compatible with all Fitness and Training Apps which include this with
Sufferfest, Rouvy, TrainerRoad, Fulgaz and many more. The overall smart trainer
experiences are very quiet with near silent performance even while fully
engaging in a higher wattage peddling. Best part about the KICKR Core is the
very affordable price that only $899. The Wahoo Fitness KICKR Core is an
advancement in technology for virtual training that gives you long-standing
durability and accuracy for a very affordable price.

THE FEATURES

  • KICKR Headwind and Climb Compatible to deliver
    innovative indoor training experience.
  • Enhanced power accuracy to provide accurate
    power measurement +/- 2% and generate up to 1800 Watts
  • Maximum percent grade adjusts to simulate up to
    a 16-degree incline
  • LED Visual light confirmation that KICKR CORE is
    powered, connected and transmitting via Bluetooth and / or ANT+
  • ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities allow it to
    connect to both smartphones and GPS devices simultaneously or separately
  • Robust steel construction ensures the KICKR CORE
    stays in place while you crank out the watts and stands up to years of heavy
    use
  • Innovative and proven technology emulates the
    power and inertia experienced during outdoor riding
  • Measures Speed, Distance and power metrics on
    your indoor ride
  • Works with popular training apps such as Zwift,
    Sufferfest and TrainerRoad
  • Total Weight 40 lbs (12 lbs Flywheel)

THE PROS  

  • Reasonably priced for $899
  • Near Quiet experience
  • Works with all Fitness and cycling metric devices (Cadence and Heart Rate)
  • Excellent design for impressive durability and stability
  • Superior power accuracy and controlled resistance
  • Simple to set-up, pair and update firmware with LED indicator lights
  • Direct-drive design saves your tires for the road

THE CONS

  • Needs cadence sensor for the full cycling experience
  • Cassette not included in purchase

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Wahoo Fitness KICKR Core is an advancement in technology
for virtual training that gives you long-standing durability and accuracy for a
very affordable price.

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Rarely do I get to talk with a local Ohio health care provider and Entrepreneur at the same time, but I was excited for a very personal and passionate conversation regarding the PhysioSaddle. The PhysioSaddle which was created by Shane Page, Physical Therapist and board-certified sports specialist in 2017 with 7 years’ experience treating orthopedic and sports injuries in the Springboro Ohio area. The “Physio” is the Physiology of the body in perfect function as a “Optimally” performing cycling saddle.

While in his doctorate college at Dayton University, he created the saddle that was specifically designed with the anatomy and physiology educational concepts at that time. Time and time again I see how many cycling saddles that have a very good mechanical design but never the true anatomy form and biomechanical function as Shane conceptualized while he actually rode his bike to school while in College.  PhysioSaddle design brings together form, function and performance at the same time. The Ischial Tuberosities of the pelvis or SITS Bones are nested in an open concept oval design (This is the first that I have seen) on the wings of the saddle that cause no pressure or injury to the SITS bones.  Over time, the disadvantage to having constant pressure on the origin insertion of the hamstring muscle (consists of three muscles the Biceps Femoris, the Semitendinosus and the Semimembranosus) of the typical saddle can show thru aches, pains, sores and inflammation.  Additionally, the PhysioSaddle disperses the body weight of the cyclist and in central region of the spine, sacrum and Sacro-Iliac joints which allows for optimal anterior tilt of the Pelvis. This Anterior forward tilt gives athlete the ideal biomechanical engagement of the hips to optimize power output/watts within the pelvis and legs.

The true passion of Shane’s vision has been shown during our conversation thru PhysioSaddle by his company Edge Cycling LLC as he and business partner John Massengale, want to bring a simplified anatomy is King design that not only reduces the pressure on the lower undersurface of the body but maximizes blood flow, joint biomechanics and athletic performance at the same time. He also wanted to bring a very affordable saddle which retails for only $150 which is an excellent price for all the benefits and features the PhysioSaddle has. While maintaining a very busy physical therapy practice, he has worked diligently to bring this concept to the road for the masses. While the first run Prototypes and orders have been processing in the beginning of the Fall Season, Shane and the PhysioSaddle are ready to be fully engaged in the cycling market to become an integral part of the cyclist comfort and performance for 2019.

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A Smart Trainer for All Rider Types. No matter your training category,
the H2 is the perfect addition to any athlete’s toolbox. From weekend warriors
to pro-podium chasers, mountain bikers to triathletes, this smart direct drive
trainer is versatile enough to push any training regimen to the edge.

CYCLEOPS H2 SMART
TRAINER

About twice a year I travel a little north in Ohio to one of three excellent bike shops called K&G Bike Shop owned and operated by Justin. Every year I get to demo several of the top new trainers that have come out for late or beginning of the upcoming year. This year I was able to demo younger brother of my favorite of last year called the Cycleops H2. This direct drive trailer is massively built at 47 lbs and incredibly durable and accurate all at the same time. The H2 is from Cycleops Wisconsin headquarters and has several updated features that make this one of my Top Products for early 2019. There is no need for extra external sensors as the H2 has integrated speed, cadence and power data technology. The maximum Wattage capacity is over 2000 (maybe 800 for me). It has Bluetooth, Ant+ and FE-C standard connectivity with an incredibly accuracy rate of +/- 2% with seamless synchronization and OTA firmware updates. Direct Drive trainers are quite simple to setup, remove the wheel and set in place on cassette and lock it on. The H2 leg footprint is huge which adds to the superior sturdiness and safety of the unit.  The Direct Drive eliminate tire wear for long-term winter and virtual training miles which have become an standard part of my training over the last year. The Cycleops H2 comes with a hefty price at around $1199 which is comparable to some of the other models but is well worth the long-term Fitness investment. The H2 give you a true road like experience with elevation and descents and is certified Zwift and of course Rouvy. Overall the H2 hammer by Cyclops has advanced accuracy, superior dependability and sturdiness that will last you thousands of any fitness app miles and is well worth the higher ticket price.

THE FEATURES

  • Seamlessly connects to virtual training
    apps with dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth standards
  • Noise level at 20 mph is 64 decibels, quiet enough to ride in a library
  • PowerTuned using PowerTap technology for up to +/- 2% accurate power readings.
  • Compatible with a wide variety of devices and virtual training application, including Rouvy, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Sufferfest and many more.
  • 20 lb. precision balanced flywheel provides quiet, vibration free and true-to-the-road riding experience
  • Fast response electromagnetic resistance ensures most responsive resistance and maximum power available
  • Robust design is capable of handling up to 2000 watts at 20 mph and can simulate up to a 20% climbing grade
  • Headless mode (powered on, not paired to any apps) lets you ride with a progressive resistance curve that matches the Fluid2
  • Internally integrated speed, cadence and power data eliminates the need for extra external sensors
  • LED indicator lights communicate connectivity and more
  • Direct drive design directly connects the bicycle to the resistance unit, eliminating tire wear 
  • Internal cooling technology ensures accurate ride data even during the hardest of workouts
  • Folding legs provide widest footprint of direct drive indoor bicycle trainers on the market for added stability and easy storage
  • Over the air (OTA) firmware updates via Bluetooth ensures the H2 is up to date with all the latest features
  • Weighs in at 47 lb. (21.3 kg).

THE PROS  

  • Simple to setup, pair, synchronize and update firmware
  • Works with all the top Fitness technology Apps
  • Highly response flywheel for all changes in elevation up to 20 degrees for the true road like feel
  • Advanced power tuned technology with integrated speed and cadence
  • Long lasting resistance without wear and tear on your wheel
  • Quite with minimal noise or vibration

THE CONS

  • Pricy at $1199, but is well worth the long-term
    Fitness investment

THE BOTTOM LINE

Overall the H2 hammer by Cyclops has advanced accuracy,
superior dependability and sturdiness that will last you thousands of any
fitness app miles and is well worth the higher ticket price.

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Long recognized as delivering one of the toughest workouts around, Nordic skiing develops both strength and endurance and exercises the legs as well as the arms and core. The SkiErg can be used for both double pole and classic alternating arm technique.

CONCEPT2 SKIERG

Last week I was given the opportunity to demo several Concept2 products at CrossFit Conjugate. The most surprising one of all what is the SkiErg. I guess I under estimated the fitness level of the ski athletes as my demo completely in unequivocally gave me the work out like I’ve never had before. The SkiErg workout for both upper and lower body regions was quite impressive. High strength drive cords allow for consistent and reliable tension at all times without the chain issues. Concept2 reported the cords are stronger than steel and because of the reduced weight allowing for smooth and highly responsive movement.  There are 10 levels of varying degrees of intensities in the Spiral Damper which will keep you consistently increasing your strength and fitness levels. The Ergonomic Strapless Handles are surprisingly quite comfortable, secure and this is due to the superior anatomical design for thousands and thousands of repetitions without any stress and perspiration on the hands. There are Multiple levels of very arm movements created by lateral or single movement during your workout. SkiErg comes with the advanced PM5 monitor which gives the most up-to-date cross county training data that comes with Bluetooth and Ant+ compatibility for all your heart rate devices and fitness Apps. Concept2 products just work as the SkiErg has minimal setup for long lasting durability of the quality materials for both home and/or commercial use that will last years to come. Your cost $770 and another $180 with the floor attachment. You can either mount to the wall (equipment included) or purchase the Floor Stand which that is my preference. Even with that morning CrossFit workout, the different muscles that were used in the SkiErg was nothing I’ve experienced before, and I got to realize how fit the Cross-Country Ski professional are.  The Concept2 SkiErg is a superior overall upper and lower body fitness workout that is a durable, reasonably priced and guarantees lasting performance

THE FEATURES

  • Build strength and
    endurance using the poling motions integral to both techniques of Nordic skiing
  • PM5
    Performance Monitor provides immediate, accurate performance data during and
    after your ski
  • Mounts
    to a wall (hardware included); Optional Floor Stand (sold separately) makes the
    SkiErg free standing and easily moveable
  • Lightweight,
    high strength drive cords for a smooth feel and long life; Ergonomic strapless
    handles
  • Flywheel responds to your effort on every pull;
    Control the feel of each pull by adjusting airflow to the flywheel
  • Reliable quality is
    backed by Concept2’s renowned customer support team, a limited 2-year and
    5-year warranty
  • Fly Wheel has 10 levels of easily adjusted air resistance

THE PROS  

  • Reasonably priced at $770 plus $180 with Floor Stand
  • High quality durability, minimal maintenance and lasting performance
  • Smooth consistent and continuous flywheel air resistance from a no maintenance belt or chains
  • Simple setup, PM5 pairs and easily synchronizes with ErgData, Heart rate technology and Fitness Apps
  • Comfortable strapless handle design with high strength drive cords
  • SkiErg: 46 lb with Floor stand 35 lb.

THE CONS

  • None

THE BOTTOM LINE

The
Concept2 SkiErg is a superior overall upper and lower body fitness workout that
is a durable, reasonably priced and guarantees lasting performance

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Fully machined and
assembled in Columbus, OH, the 29MM Rogue Ohio Power Bar features a 205,000 PSI
steel shaft (200,000 PSI for Stainless), single powerlifting knurl marks, and
center knurling. The bar’s knurl pattern is deep and coarse without being sharp
or abrasive, and the 29MM shaft diameter and high tensile strength result in
little to no flex or whip. This makes the Ohio Power Bar a perfectly honed
workhorse for the bench, squat, and deadlift.

ROGUE OHIO POWER BAR

Over several decades of weight training, I’ve used multiple
bars over the years but with my recent upgrades in equipment in my Home Gym, I purchased
the flag ship of Rogue called the Ohio power bar. This bar is crafted in the Rogue
headquarters in Columbus Ohio and features a 205,000-psi steel shaft that
delivers superior strength, rigidity with minimal whip or flex. The bar has
single powerlifting marks with deep curling pattern for a consistent and
reliable grab without scratching or any abrasiveness to your hands. The bushing
sleeves have a consistent spin as the design maintains excellent stability
through all types of weight training. I purchased the black zinc design which
was affordably priced around $285. Zinc has a F-Scale rating for quality and
durability through the Rogue Work Hardening process. While the stainless steel
is more resistant, I preferred the zinc and black design over the stainless
steel. There are four versions to choose which includes zinc, bare steel,
stainless steel in the Cerakote. There is 16.4 inches of plate loading
capability, 28.5 diameter and the bar weighs 45 pounds. As with all Rogue
products that I have purchased, the quality and lasting durability is superior and
has a lifetime warranty against bending. The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is an
essential weight training equipment in your home or fitness gym that guarantees
quality, durability and consistency through all types of types of weight
training for an affordable price.

THE FEATURES

  • Steel shaft boasts a tensile strength of 205,000 PSI (200,000 PSI for Stainless), delivering superior rigidity and virtually zero whip/flex
  • Single powerlifting marks and a center knurl, each featuring a deep, coarse pattern that produces a reliable grip / stick without being sharp or abrasive
  • Bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen
  • Machined in Columbus on new Haas machines (built in the USA) and fine-tuned and personally tested by the Rogue team
  • 4 versions: The Zinc option (black shaft, bright sleeves) provides excellent corrosion resistance, the Bare Steel creates a classic look and natural feel, and the Stainless Steel variation (with Chrome sleeves) strikes a balance between the two or Advanced ceramic-based coating called Cerakote.
  • Loadable Sleeve length 16.4″, 28.5 diameter, bar weighs 45 lbs
  • Moderate to Average Knurling
  • Lifetime warranty against bending

THE PROS  

  • Affordably priced at $285(Black Zinc)
  • Made in Rogue Head Quarters in Columbus Ohio
  • Ideal for Weightlifting, Olympic Weightlifting,
    Powerlifting or CrossFit
  • Superior Durability, Craftmanship from Quality
    materials
  • Consistent Sleeve spin, reliable grip with no
    maintenance required    

THE CONS

  • None

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is an
essential weight training equipment in your home or fitness gym that guarantees
quality, durability and consistency through all types of types of weight
training for an affordable price

VISIT ROGUE FITNESS TO PURCHASE

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