So many times I’ve seen somebody kick over a chalk bucket at the gym and spill the chalk all over the place. I’ve done it myself. It’s frustrating. Here’s an idea that really helps prevent that from happening (shout out to CrossFit Flagstaff for thinking of this and implementing it). Add some ballast in the […] Read more

Bumper plate repair kits are now available here! After many months of continuous use, the latest repair kit design is outperforming my expectations. The kit components are holding up well in the gym, in fact they are outliving the bumper plates on which they’ve been installed. Several of the prototypes have been reused a second […] Read more

The Bumper Plate Repair Kit will soon be available! Most of the components for a pilot run of 100 kits have arrived at my shop and are ready to pack and ship. I hired a machine shop to make the repair plates and as soon as I get them they will be available for purchase. […] Read more

In March 2012 I noticed Lisa’s frustration with the damage done in workouts to the center bushings in the rubber bumper plates. I thought I could fix the problem so I made some aluminum plates to sandwich the bushing from each side, essentially becoming a new bushing to slide on the bar. She posted pictures […] Read more

Thanks for visiting and thank you for your interest in the bumper plate repair kit. I am currently building a shop and tooling up for an initial production run for beta testing. In the meantime feel free to contact me here. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted. Don’t throw out your damaged bumper […] Read more

Joel Barnett, a trainer at CrossFit Flagstaff sent some positive feedback in the midst of working the bugs out of the bumper plate repair kit. Thanks for writing on my board, Joel! Steve- I used one of the Bumper Plate Repair Kits yesterday to fix a plate at the gym. I couldn’t believe how easy […] Read more

Thanks to Lifeworx Fitness for ordering a sample bumper plate repair kit! This is the first prototype to leave Flagstaff and the first step toward proving this thing to be a useful product. Thank you for being a guinea pig […] Read more

The rubber bumper plates at CFF are starting to have some problems with the metal bushings that slide onto the barbell ends. High intensity and heavy use in the gym is taking its toll on them. The weights are frequently dropped from overhead, which in time, loosens up the center bushing on the plate and […] Read more

I learned about high intensity workouts at CrossFit Flagstaff (CFF) in Flagstaff, AZ where I’ve been a member since 2010. The Gym is tucked away in a business park in the center of town. It was started in a garage by Mike and Lisa Ray and has grown over the years to a sizable membership. […] Read more

Welcome to, where I share ideas that I have at the gym about the gear and equipment that I use, the problems that I experience, and the solutions that I come up with. Since I started doing the CrossFit workouts, I have been amazed by the minimal amount of gear required to get the […] Read more