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SizeUp Apparel. An honest review.

Last week I received an email from sizeupapparel.com asking for a product review. I usually get some of these but when I answer them noticing that I live in Spain, they always apologize telling me that they only ship to the US, Canada…

As you know, I live in Spain and sometimes it is difficult to find companies from the other side of the world that ships to my country. This time was different, and here´s the good news: they ship worldwide!

While they sent my order, I did some search on the company to be able to offer you some valuable information. It´s a company based in Michigan, USA founded in 2011 by Chase Campbell, a 19-year-old entrepreneur. I think that´s really cool, isn´t it? You can read more about it here.

We all love to buy new clothes. It gives us extra motivation. There are numerous companies that are coming up with new clothing and new fabrics almost every day so, it becomes difficult for us to choose the correct brand of clothing. And I’m going to tell you this, SizeUpApparel really deserves that you give it a chance.

I thought the shipping time would be the first thing I would write down on the list of cons, but I was totally wrong. Not only that, the shipping is very fast. I received my order in just three days. I usually buy online from big brands like Nike or Adidas, who ship their products to Spain from Netherlands and Germany, respectively, and the shipments take 5-7 days minimum. So, this was another great and positive surprise.

I got 3 items: a training hoodie, a tank top, and a pair of joggers.

The clothes are also unusually affordable. For tanks, shoppers can pay as little as $19.99. At other brands, the same shoppers might pay closer to $50. Joggers go for as little as $29.99. Plus, they look really good.

Good quality of the fabrics, they feel soft and they also are great for an intense workout. And here´s an example: Yesterday was chest and shoulder day so, I recorded a short video doing some exercises… Chest press, flyes, lateral raises…

The hoodie and the joggers fit perfect, and the comfort level is amazing. I also did some leg exercises to test the joggets to the fullest: they stay tight at the waist, and you can move comfortably up and down doing squats or lunges.

From my personal perspective, SizeUp clothing meets expectations and can be compared to other major brands. Without a doubt, I will become a regular customer. The decision is yours, but I would consider them the next time I go to buy clothes for training.

If you find something you like, I have a surprise for you. use the code CHAPE20 and you will get a 20% discount.

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Pull Up Mate Review

Pull Up Mate Review

I was very happy when the PullUpMate guys asked me for a review of their product. I looked at their website and I found their products very interesting for those who love calisthenics and bodyweight exercises in general.

I was looking forward to trying out my Pull Up Mate freestanding pull up bar and dip station. Now, the truth is that I am so delighted that I’m not only going to do this review, but to teach you how to do a lot of exercises using this wonderful tool in future posts. I think this will give you an idea of how much I like it and how much I would recommend it for your home gyms.

But first things first. I think a good review begins with the unpacking. Everyone loves to see a new product come out of its box, right?

My package includes the Pull Up Mate, the Close-Grip Dip Kit and a storage bag. The box contains:

  • 1 Top frame
  • 4 Vertical tubes
  • 2 Base feet
  • 2 Brace
Pull Up Mate Content
  • 10 Locking pins
Pull Up Mate Locking Pins
  • 2 Close Grip Dip Bars
  • 1 Storage bag
Pull Up Mate Storage Bag
  • 1 User manual
Pull Up Mate User Manual

The Pull Up Mate has been designed to be assembled and dismantled easily. You can simply store it in its bag when not in use and brought out only when required. I have put myself to the test, and it only takes 2 minutes and 30 seconds to assemble the whole thing. With some more practice, I´m sure I will do it faster.

You can also take it outside. Unfortunately, it´s rainy season here in Galicia and I will have to wait until summer to take my Pull Up Mate to the backyard.  

The Pull Up Mate can be used in different ways and positions:

Fully extended

Pull Up Mate Review

Mid-height

Pull Up Mate Mid Height

Low-height

Pull Up Mate Low Height

flipped over…

Pull Up Mate Flipped

This multiplies the number of exercises you can perform with this versatile piece of equipment.

The maximum weight of the user (as it is advised in the user manual) should be no more than 110 kg (242lbs). I weight 68 kgs, I am a lightweight, I know. For my weight, I find the Pull Up Mate very stable, I don´t know for a person of 100 kgs. But how many of you weigh 100 kgs?

More specifications:

  • Full Extended Height     2.0m
  • Base Dimensions             117cm x 113cm
  • Standard Inner bar dimensions (gap between bars)        60cm
  • Gap between bars with Close Grip Dip Adapter 53cm

Who would I recommend this product for?

Calisthenics practitioners, of course.

People who like to workout at home. The Pull Up Mate allows you to do a huge range of exercises.

Fitness beginners, as this product allows you to perform a large number of exercise variations with your bodyweight safely, as you improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, and technique.

Expert fitness practitioners because, from time to time, it’s good to forget how much weight you lift in the bench press and let your imagination fly, trying new exercises you´re not used to and avoid boredom.

Who is not this product for?

People near 110 kgs. Better safe than sorry!

People who do not mind doing the exercises with a bad technique, meaning: people who only care about how much weight they lift, no matter what. You´re not going to enjoy just doing bodyweight exercises and the risk of injury due to a bad technique will still be there.

How much does the Pull Up Mate, Dip Kit & storage bag cost?

$219.95 /149,95€ (Free shipping)

I think it´s a fair price for a great product that will bring you hours of fun and sweat.

Get yours now:

Pull Up Mate USA

Pull Up Mate UK

Pull Up Mate Germany

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Pull Up Mate Italy

Pull Up Mate Poland

Pull Up Mate UAE

And now, a few exercises:

Pull Ups

  1. Grab the Pull Up Mate Top Frame with the palms facing forward. Your hands at a distance wider than your shoulder width.
  2. Extend both arms as you inhale. This is your starting position.
  3. Exhale, contract your lats, and pull your torso up by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. The forearms should do not work.
  4. Inhale and slowly back to the starting position when your arms are extended and your lats stretched.
  5. Repeat.

Rear Delt Row

  1. Set the Pull Up Mate at a medium height.
  2. Grab the top frame with the palms facing forward. Your hands at a distance wider than your shoulder width and your body in an angle to the ground. You should be almost parallel to the top frame with your arms fully extended. This is your starting position. Inhale.
  3. Exhale, pull your torso towards the bar, squeezing the rear delts and flaring the elbows out and away from your body. Tip: Your torso and your arms should resemble the letter T. Do not your biceps to do the work. Focus on targeting the rear delts; the arms should only act as hooks.
  4. Slowly go back to the initial position as you inhale.
  5. Repeat

Triceps dips

  1. Adjust the Pull Up Mate at the lower height.
  2. Grab the top frame with the palms facing backward. Your hands at your shoulder width and your arms fully extended.
  3. Inhale and slowly lower yourself downward until there is a 90 degree angle formed between the upper arm and forearm. Tip: Your elbows should stay close to your body. This helps to better focus on triceps involvement.
  4. Exhale and push up using your triceps to bring your body back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat.

As I said, I will explain how to do more exercises in future posts.