Equipment Reviews


We here at TOPP1 are pretty hard on our equipment and as a results we would like to air our views on equipment we have tried and tested.

Please do not get us wrong, we are not here to complain about equipment or suppliers. We are going to be as candid as we possibly can for all equipment we have tested, used, and in most cases continue to use.

If you are a supplier and would like us to test your equipment, then please contact us in the first instance.

Item Description TOPP1 Rating
Jordan Rubber Kettlebells Recommended. Well, what can I say? Its a kettlebell - ultimately good tool. What makes this better is that it is entirely coated in Rubber allowing people to store it in a damp garage within reach of a Scottish Sea environment without the worry of it rusting. Nice. I would give it a 10/10 but sometimes the rubber blisters your hand a little, but its a case of between the devil and the deep blue sea. 9/10
Jordan Metal Kettlebells Again brilliant, its a kettlebell. The older styled ones were a bit big with the diametre of the handles but the newer models are smooth and just right it the handle department. The paint someimes chips though. 9/10
Lifeline Jungle Gym Recommended. This is an excellent piece of equipment. It provides a whole body workout similar to what you could gain from Olympic Parallel Rings. This is a real must for any Martial Artists or Strength and Conditioning Individual. The beauty about this is its size and portability. I often carry this with me to work to use in my lunch hour and on my holidays, just to fit in an extra workout. I often combine this with my Kettlebell routine to benefit from bodyweight and kettlebell weight. 10/10
Lifeline Power Wheel Again another nice piece of equipment. In my classes I often refer to it lovingly as The Wheel of Doom. You may be mistaken and think you use this purely in your hands to roll forward and back to work the abs. Why dont you come along and try out some of its other uses. 9/10
Lifeline Weighted Jump Rope Nice and heavy, gives you a good workout for your upper body too. This model is a bit firm though and on cold days it tends to want to remain curled up (hey, dont we all?). If you are good you can still do some stunts. 8/10
Lifeline Heavy Weighted Jump Rope Oh man! Recommended! This is even better than the normal weighted version.Its a little heavier, but doesnt curl up. If you are good you can still do some stunts. 10/10
Lifeline Power Punch This is quite a good piece of equipment to improve your punching power. It can also be used for pushups and a few other exercises. It comes with an addon so you can loop it over a door and do pull ups. 7/10
Fairtex Chest Guard These are pretty good. Since we use them for full contact Wing Chun blows they offer just the right amount of protection while allowing a certain amount of body conditioning. They are pretty flexible too allowing you to get back up quite easily after being knocked down, without rolling about on your back like a unlucky tortoise. However, after 3 years of continual bombardment with fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet they do get a bit on the thin side. 8/10
Fairtex Shin/Foot Guards These again are pretty good. Since we use them for full contact Wing Chun blows they offer just the right amount of protection while allowing a certain amount of shin conditioning. These too after a while get a bit on the thin side. 9/10


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