Monday, February 9, 2015

FITNESS EXERCISE Bosu, YogaHands, Hula Hoop, Rope Trainer, Powerblock, and Weight Vest

Want to workout and support American manufacturing at the same time?  These fitness items are all Made in the USA! 

BOSU Balance Trainer: Whether you are looking to tone and strengthen, improve core strength, lose weight, or simply get healthy and fit; the BOSU® Balance Trainer is easy to use, fun, and effective. Any exercise performed on the ground may be moved onto the BOSU® Balance Trainer to amplify the challenge and increase results. Use the BOSU® Balance Trainer, dome or platform side down...the options and exercise progressions are endless, and help to enhance mobility, strength, balance, and overall fitness levels. Anybody can use it, regardless of age or fitness level.  A Made in the USA logo is on the BOSU.


Expand-Your-Hand Bands to Kiss Elbow Pains Goodbye: 
Prevent, eliminate or reduce the pain associated with tennis elbow, golf elbow and related overuse and muscle imbalance injuries - authentic IronMind Expand-Your-Hand Bands are fun to use and amazingly effective. From the world leader in grip strength and hand health, this 10-pack includes two complete sets of five latex-free bands - each band is a different strength and is color coded for quick identification. Keep one set at home and one at work, ready to use. Besides their physical benefits, IronMind Expand-Your-Hand Bands are terrific stress reducers too, so keep one in your pocket or purse - instead of grinding your teeth and raising your blood pressure, do a few relaxing reps and make something good come from an otherwise unpleasant situation.



YogaHands - Hand Exerciser & Stretcher: 
Helps to Alleviate and Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Hand Pain and Arthritis
YogaHands is the natural solution for hand and wrist pain. Its patented design provides hand therapy
in just minutes. Lightweight and compact, you can bring YogaHands anywhere you go. Use them whenever you have a spare moment or as soon as you feel your hands cramping up. We developed YogaHands with the same genius design and know-how that made its companion product, YogaToes, a global success. Our hands fight a wholly different battle than our feet and we developed YogaHands around that. Yes, construction workers and builders are tough on their hands. But, the repeated hand motions of office workers and musicians can bring about as much injury and pain. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the cause of nearly HALF of all missed work time - across the board. Frequent, repetitive use of the hands (texting, gardening, typing, etc.) produces tension, fatigue, cramps, and swelling. Stretching and conditioning the hands releases tension in fingers, the palm and wrists.

With articulating wedges, YogaHands provide custom stretching and exercise. From athletic trainers to artists, from dentists to deejays, they all love our product. YogaHands are made in the U.S.A. of sturdy yet lightweight material. Each pair comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and a Lifetime Warranty. *Place the pointed ends of the wedges between your fingers (leaving the thumb out). *Push each of the wedges towards the palm until the desired stretch is felt. *Start with several minutes each day and work up to longer as you feel comfortable.

Weighted Hula Hoop for Exercise and Fitness - 1.5 and 2.0 lbs: 

Canyon Hoops are made in the USA and we have shipped over 70000 of our hoops worldwide. Canyon Weighted Exercise Hoops have been designed to combine the ideal size and weight to help you lose weight, trim your waist line, build stamina, and improve your overall fitness level while being easy and fun to use. The larger size and weight make these hoops easy to initiate and maintain the hooping rotation. but are not so heavy that they cause bruising or are harmful. One piece construction, no frustration or broken nails putting 6 to eight hoop pieces together only to fall apart or pinch during use. No amount of normal use will cause the hoop to kink, crack, bend, or crush. To get an idea of the size of the hoop, use a tape measure and measure from the floor up 38 or 42 inches. As a general rule your hoop should fit from your belly button to the middle of your chest. Want this same great hoop as a collapsible hoop visit



WOSS ROPE Trainer: Most versatile ROPE Trainer on the market, 
The Rope and Webbing are USA made products of the highest quality. This trainer works a little like TRX® suspension cables. No Cam buckles sliding over your arms! This system is fully adjustable through the handles on the rope. No shiny boxes here. No DVDs to collect dust.

This Trainer is perfect for the action-outdoor type (can easily be used indoors as well). No Cam Buckle to jam should you drop the Trainer in the mud or the sand on a beach. This WOSS ROPE Trainer System comes with 17ft of Rope and a separate Door Anchor. 

This fully adjustable Trainer has two workout Handles with built-in 1-1/2" wide Foot Loops, and a separate Door Anchor. Use it indoors or outdoors, at home or on the road.  Thanks to the ingenious (and simple) Prusik knot, length adjustments are as simple as sliding the knot up and down the rope. Once one loads the knot (perform an exercise) the knot locks onto the Rope without slipping.
No cam buckles sliding over your arms! To attach the Handles simply loop them around the rope twice as shown in the illustration and the accompanying instructions - attached in seconds!


WOSS Trainer ELITE Suspension Trainer: The four main components, top-adjustable center strap, split anywhere-anchor, length-adjustable door anchor and double-loop strap make this WOSS ELITE 1-Inch suspension trainer a platinum suspension trainer using US military webbing of the highest quality–made in USA. Having the cam buckles at the top of the trainer allows the user to easily set up the trainer's length by just looking at the handles while lengthening/shortening the straps. No need to raise the handles to adjust the trainer by the cam buckles and guess the height. This frees up the lower part of the cam buckles which results in no rubbing over ones arm. Using cords to attach the handles rotates the center strap 90 degree and lays the strap flat over one's upper arms when doing push-ups and not on its knife edge as with that of competition. 

The anchors that come standard with the ELITE allow this trainer to be practically attached anywhere. Anchors included: One 8-Feet split anywhere-anchor cam buckle strap, a 2-Feet double-loop strap and our length-adjustable padded 2.5-Feet door anchor–the only of it's kind on the market. All utilize D-rings for easy attachment-doors, branches, rafters, bars (at the gym), even smooth posts in the park are no problem for this system. Having a strap (Equalizing loop) between the cam buckles allows for an equalization of the height of the handles if they are not adjusted evenly. No shiny boxes here. No DVDs to collect dust. Just what you need-First Class Equipment-Made in USA.





PowerBlock Dumbell Sets: Powerblock is an innovative dumbell solution manufactured in America. These modern weightlifting tools allow you to fit a wide variety of weights into one dumbell. This is the only dumbbell system that can expand to meet your strength needs, PowerBlock dumbbells are the most versatile and effective exercise tool ever developed for strength training. PowerBlocks work intuitively. Rather than requiring you to buy a room full of dumbbells, PowerBlocks act just like a weight stack at the gym, with a weight handle that fits inside the first
weight, which fits inside the second, which fits inside the third, etc. When you want to change weights, you simply move the weight selector pin into the appropriate slot and you're set. As you lift the core, all the weights above the selector pin are lifted at the same time, turning your dumbbell from one weight to another. Not only is the system remarkably easy to use, but it's also cost- and space-efficient, as a single pair of dumbbells can do the work of dozens.



Weight Vest: 
An extremely high quality line of weight vests.  If you need a weight vest for Crossfit®, or training for football, basketball, soccer or running, V-Force, V-Max, and BOX weight vests have a solution custom-made just for you. You can be 100% certain your weight vest will last a lifetime, that's why they give you a true Lifetime Warranty.

Plus, you never have to worry about fit or function. There is a 30-Day money-back guarantee from the manufacturer!  If you want to support American workers these weight vests are made in Idaho, USA and are designed and constructed with over 25 years of experience. You want a weight vest that will last, one that is not moldy or dusty or has insect nests inside like imported vests. Weightvest.com uses only the best materials available so your vest is secure and durable for a lifetime of use.

Cat Dancer is Made in USA

The Cat Dancer is one of the best cat toys I've ever come across.  It's very inexpensive and every cat I have ever seen will be interested in playing with the Cat Dancer.  The Cat Dancer isn't a toy you'll throw to your cat and it'll just stare at it after a few moments.  You'll hold one end of the Cat Dancer and without using up much energy the other side of the toy will bounce around like a fly.  The toy is so simplistic and perfect and it's MADE IN AMERICA! 
"Cat Dancer is the original interactive cat toy. Spring steel wire and rolled cardboard create an irresistible lure for cats and great fun for cat lovers. Home-tested by over 8 million cats."







K'Nex Toys are Made in America

K’Nex manufactures their awesome toys in Hatfield, PA.  They received a visit from President Barack Obama so he could highlight American manufacturing.  As he says in the speech, they manufacture over 3,000 pieces per minute and every box around the world is stamped "Made in America." 




K’Nex toys are a little bit like Lego’s.  K’Nex toys encourage building and creativity and provide hours of fun and endless combinations from toddlers to adults.
Bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, try some K’Nex!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Squatty Potty solves your poopy problem!

Do you even know that you have a pooping problem?  Millions of people around the world squat while using the bathroom instead of sitting on the toilet seat with your feet on the ground.  Squatting "can help with straining issues such as hemorrhoids, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, bloating and IBS." The current market leader in bathroom squatting solutions is an American manufactured product featured on Shark Tank called "Squatty Potty." 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chord Buddy as seen on Shark Tank is American made

The guitar can be a tough instrument to learn but so many people want to play it.  If you find yourself in this position you should give the American made "Chord Buddy" a try.  Chord Buddy is a unique tool that helps people learn the guitar by simply pressing a button.  The Chord Buddy is attached to the guitar over the strings and instead of fighting the pain of the fingers on strings, you simply press a button.  As you become more comfortable with the guitar you can slowly remove buttons thereby exposing the strings and playing in a traditional method.

Travis Perry, the inventor of Chord Buddy appeared on Shark Tank and wowed the panel.  He received 4 good offers, and ended up taking a deal with Robert Herjavec who wants to be a rock star but had a tough time learning guitar before meeting Travis.

As is typical, Kevin O'Leary argued on behalf of Chinese manufacturing (he's certainly not wonderful).  Mark Cuban argued on behalf of social responsibility and the virtues of American made.  Travis wasn't about to sell out, he's only interested in producing his chord buddy in America.  They currently employ 15 people in the lower Alabama area which Travis affectionately refers to as "LA."

If you are trying to learn the guitar, the Chord Buddy is a must have... and it's made in the USA!  You can purchase the "Chord Buddy" on Amazon here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spirit Hoods made in LA (Shark Tank)

Spirit Hoods are faux fur fashion accessories to cover your head with warmth and animal patterns.  The faux fur designs are unique as they flow down to waist height.  Spirit Hoods were featured on Shark Tank however the sharks thought that the Spirit Hood was a fad.  Maybe it is, but that's not what caught our eye.  We were happy to see that these interesting head coverings were made in Los Angeles.

Spirit Hoods are proud to be made of faux fur, as they are a socially responsible company who likes American made and preserving the natural life in our environment.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Golf Balls Made in America for 2014 Bridgestone, Callaway, Titleist

Callaway, Bridgestone, and Titleist are the brands to look for in 2014 if you want to play a golf ball made in America.

Manufactured in America:
  • Bridgestone Balls 13 models: B Series, e Series, & Lady Precept
  • Callaway Balls (some Supersoft made overseas)
  • Many Titleist balls (some are Chinese and Thailand)
  • Taylormade assembles some balls made of foreign parts in America.  
Titleist let us down for the first time in 2014 when boxes of Titleist balls hit the market with "Made in China" and "Made in Thailand" on them. Until this year every Titleist ball ever made was the result of US manufacturing. Bridgestone currently makes most of their balls in America, including all of their high end golf balls.  Both companies are headquar tered in Asia.  Titleist is now owned by Fila of South Korea and Bridgestone is headquartered in Japan.  Both companies are publicly owned.  

Callaway was founded and headquartered in the United States.  They are a publicly traded company and are producing all of their balls in the USA with the exception of a portion of their Supersoft ball. 

Bridgestone Golf 

In 2014 Bridgestone started an ad campaign promoting their increase in American production.  A commercial with David Feherty shows off the Covington, Georgia facility.  Bridgestone has produced balls in Georgia under the Precept and Bridgestone brands since the 1990s.

As of 2014, expansion at the plant in Georgia is complete.  This has allowed Bridgestone to move production of all of their premium models (13 models: B Series, e Series, & Lady Precept).  Prior generation models or product made prior to this transition might be foreign made.  Check the side of the box to ensure you're purchasing American!

The increase in production at the Covington plant comes as they celebrate an important milestone. In 2013, Bridgestone Golf completed manufacturing of the company’s 50 millionth dozen of golf balls. Since 1990, when Bridgestone began production of its golf balls in the United States under the Precept brand name, the company has produced more than 600 million golf balls at its Covington facility. If one were to line up 600 million golf balls side-by-side, the line of balls would cover 15,782 miles, stretching from Covington, Georgia to Tokyo, Japan and back.

Bridgestone has tried to carve out a niche in the ball fitting category however the process is rather easy.  Their best balls are the B series balls, and if you can't afford them, try the e series.



CALLAWAY GOLF BALLS

Callaway has brought much of their foreign production back to America this year after cutting 200 American manufacturing jobs in 2010.  They have sold their Chicopee, Massachusetts factory to a real estate management company but continue to rent from that company.  Callaway has plans to maintain the 150+ manufacturing jobs in Chicopee for at least the next 5 years.  This year Callaway has their largest American product line yet.  

The new Speed Regime golf ball is great, but I'm biased as I think that about everything that's American made.  It's super easy to choose which Speed Regime ball is right for you.

Speed Regime 1: Driver clubhead speed below 90. (drives less than 240 yards)
Speed Regime 2: Driver clubhead speed 90-105 (drives 240-280)
Speed Regime 3: Driver clubhead speed over 105 (drives past 280)

The new Supersoft ball is an awesome, softer feeling ball.  It's for anyone of any speed, even though it's only a 38 compression.  It is highly recommended for seniors, ladies, and juniors.




Buy Titleist balls 
Please read the side of the box to ensure you are buying made in the USA. Titleist balls sold in America are now manufactured at 3 Massachussets ball plants: Fairhaven, North Darthmouth, and New Bedford.  Additionally they are made in Thailand and China.



Taylor Made Penta TP5 Cover and assembly in US
The 2013 version of Penta is "Lethal"



Taylor Made produces some of their lineup in America.  But they don't have any balls that are completely American made. It's important that you read the box carefully to determine if you are supporting American manufacturing and keeping more tax dollars and spending in the states!

As you can see in the above picture the Taylormade Penta TP5 has a urethane cover made in America and the ball is assembled in America.  4 of the 5 layers of the ball are made in South Korea.


There are websites claiming to be selling other brands of golf balls made in the USA. I have heavily researched every box, site, and golf product in the industry and find no reason to believe they are other balls being manufactured in the USA.

Check out our article about golf clubs made in America.