Thursday, 23 November 2017

Angelika Rainer first female D15 with A Line Above the Sky

Yesterday at the drytooling crag Tomorrow’s World in the Dolomites Angelika Rainer repeated A Line Above the Sky. With this ascent the climber from the South Tyrol has become the first woman in the world to climb D15 and, in doing so, she has equalled the maximum difficulty ever climbed by her male counterparts.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Stefano Ghisolfi climbs One Slap, his third 9b

At the crag Laghel close to Arco, Italy, Stefano Ghisolfi has repeated One Slap, the 9b freed by Adam Ondra a week ago. This is Ghisolfi’s third 9b sports climb.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Piazza Pulita in Sardinia, a new crag dedicated to Oskar Piazza

In the beautiful canyon of Gutturu Cardaxius on the south west coast of Sardinia, Piazza Pulita is a new crag dedicated to Oskar Piazza. It currently hosts 26 climbs from 5a to 7b.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Peter Moser frees old Roberto Bassi project at Celva

Sport climbing past and present: Peter Moser talks about his February 2017 first ascent of 'Progetto Bassi', an old project bolted by Roberto Bassi years ago at the historic Italian crag Celva.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Review: Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout by EBN

The Rx Review: Reporting on Fitness and CrossFit News, John Michael Bric

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This week we take a moment to review the Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout supplement by EBN Sports Nutrition.

Item: Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout
$54 USD (450 grams)

Retailer: EBN Sports Nutrition

The current supplement market is flooded with hundreds of different pre-workout products. Many of which claim to offer the best performance enhancement solutions, when all they really do is provide you with some generic amino acids and caffeine.

My point it, finding ‘the right’ pre-workout formula can be a complete raffle these days.

One of the many products i’ve tested in recent months is the Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout by EBN Sports Nutrition. Unlike many other items on the market, Herculin Extreme has a small point of difference. By using specific ingredient blends, it aims to provide three targeted areas of improvement. They are:

  • HEAT Activator Matrix – This blend is designed to induce serious thermogenic properties and boost your energy levels. It contains taurine, green tea extract, and N-Acetyl Tyrosine.
  • Anabolic Activator Matrix – This blend contains testosterone boosting ingredients such as tri-creatine citrate as well as Carnosyn and different chain amino-acids.
  • Vascular Igniter Matrix – This comes with magnesium phosphate, L-arginine AKG, Citrulline Malate and other ingredients which aim to enhance the levels of nitric oxide.

The Rx Review has put the pre-workout formula to the test over the past few months. Here are our thoughts on the supplement and whether we think it’s a product worth purchasing:

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The Good

Point of Difference: As mentioned earlier, too many supplements these days offer the bare minimum for athletes. They often only include the ‘standard’ ingredients offered by rival brands, and not much more. Herculin Extreme, however, does have a point of difference using specific blends to target certain areas of improvement (outlined above).

Weight Loss Focus As Well: The Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout formula also targets weight loss. Specific ingredients assist the body to rapidly convert stored fat energy into adenosine triphosphate, which both elevates free energy levels and melts away body fat percentage at the same time.

It Works: The aim of all pre-workouts should be to provide energy and prepare the body for working out. During my time using the Herculin Extreme formula I certainly noticed increased levels of energy as soon as five minutes after taking it. Keep in mind, i’m not a big coffee drinker, so it may have been the caffeine working. However, I did experience noticeable increases in my energy levels.

Trusted Brand: EBN Sports Nutrition is a trusted brand in the supplement market. This specific product is also used by the U.S Military as well as several professional sporting athletes, including NFL star quarterback Phillip Rivers.

No Stomach Issues or Side Effects: I had no stomach issues or side effects taking the pre-workout formula.

No Banned Substances: The Herculean Extreme Pre-Workout blend by EBN Sports Nutrition is free from banned substances. This makes it ideal for any CrossFit Games aspiring athlete, or professional competitor in any other leading sport.

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The Bad

Effectiveness: While I did experience noticeable increased levels of angry while using the Herculin Extreme blend, I didn’t notice too many other benefits. My endurance and performance levels didn’t improve noticeably and I didn’t experience much improvement in my ‘pump’ or ‘vascularity’.

Blends and Fillers: The Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout formula is made up of several proprietary blends. Personally i’m not a big fan of proprietary blends as you never know exactly how much of each ingredient you’re actually getting. They also leave you guessing which ingredients are properly dosed and which ones aren’t.

Taste and Flavour: I tested the ‘Cool Ice‘ flavour of the Herculin Extreme. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it too much. But that being said, I have spoken to several other people who have had the product and have no issues with the flavour.

Price: A 15 oz (450 gram) container of Herculin Extreme sells for $54 USD. Each tub contains 23 servings meaning a tub is around a month’s supply. Compared to some other pre-workout supplements on the market, it is one of the more expensive products.


Overall, I have no real complaints with the Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout Blend. But at the same time, i’m far from calling it my favourite pre-workout supplement.

While I did experience increased levels of energy, I didn’t notice too much apart from that. In addition, I didn’t notice an real improvement in my overall performance, or weight loss, during my time using it.

Ingredient wise, the product gets a tick, even if there are several prop blends. In addition, I also like the fact it comes from a trusted brand and is thoroughly tested to ensure it’s safe for use by professional athletes.

But the question begs, is it a product I would buy again? Probably not for its current selling price. But if it were given to me as a present, or I found it for a cheaper price, i’d have no problem using it again.

Review: Herculin Extreme Pre-Workout by EBN

The tallest Campus Board in the world

The video of Jeremy Bonder training on the extremely high Campus Board located in the Karma climbing wall at Fontainebleau in France.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Gabriele Moroni repeats perfect Valle Bavona highball

The video of Italian climber Gabriele Moroni repeating the 8A highball boulder problem ‘Grande gigante gentile’ at Sonlerto in Valle Bavona, Switzerland.