Friday, August 18, 2017

Product Review: The Yoak

Product Details:
  • Materials: Aircraft Grade Aluminum + Premium Birch Ply or Burnt Walnut.
  • Portable Design for ease of travel and storage
  • Length: 46.5” - Height: 9.5” - Width: 1.5”
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs
  • Loading Capacity: 400LB (250LB dynamic suspended)
  • Weights and Bands not included
  • Applications: Rehab, Prehab, Stability, Strength, Balance, Flexibility, Endurance Trainin
Designed around the concept of strength symmetry and pendular movement, the Composite Yoak™ gives athletes a dynamic new tool equally equipped for suspension training, bar/squat, and parallette mode. Each Yoak measures just under 4 feet in length and is manufactured in Ontario, Canada—using aircraft-grade aluminum + your choice of a natural birch or burnt walnut. The result is a highly durable but lightweight and maneuverable system for pushing, pulling, squatting, yoke walking, and more.

Fully portable and weighing just 5.5 LBS unloaded, the Yoak still boasts a total load capacity of 400 LBS (250 LBS dynamic suspended)—making it a great option for athletes who are on-the-go a lot or for gyms that are short on space. The unit’s proprietary C-Notch™ limits compression and creates room for the cervical spine when loading the device for squats/lunges/yoke walks, and the patent-pending curved bar shape and hand-holds improve ergonomics for those with tight shoulders/biceps or upper backs, enabling better scapular retraction and depression.

My Review: 8.0/10
The Composite Yoak is a multipurpose piece of equipment. You can suspend weights from the bar (not included) and rest it on the back of your neck for yoke-walks, lunges, and squats.  The bar has multiple placement holes for you to add weights or change your grip position. This also allows people with various body types to be able to use the bar comfortably.

The Yoak measures approximately four feet long and 5.5 pounds. It is like a weight bar, but it is designed to have a multitude of uses. It has a C-shape so that it can rest on the back of the neck comfortably. It is light enough and small enough to transport and use almost anywhere, so you don’t have to neglect your workout routine just because you may be traveling.

The design makes it easy to attach weights to the device to customize your workout, and you can also use it for suspension exercises such as pull-ups, dips, and push-ups by attaching the optional slings and rings. You can add weight plates, kettlebells, or loading pins to the slings to intensify your workout.  My main problem with this product is I view it as a luxury item.  I still believe that if you are building a garage/home gym you should start out with several smaller standard items (kettlebells, wall balls, sandbags, dumbbells, gymnastic rings, door pull up bar) before looking to get some of the more higher end items.

The Yoak is one of the most fun, and also versatile pieces of training equipment I have ever used. You can only really appreciate the Yoak once it's in your hands (or on your shoulders). The instability makes the workout SO much harder and you'll see that you get strong FAST. After doing every movement they've recommended on their website (beside parallette exercises since you need 2 yoaks), along with many others, I can confidently say that if you're looking to add chaos training to your regimen, as well as increased strength in otherwise unstable positions, The Yoak is a great tool to use; albeit at a high price.

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