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Ready, Set, JUMP!

General | Jul 14th, 2014

If you are not a great jump-roper, then one of the most tedious moves to master that are so often thrown into CrossFit workouts are double-unders. With the crossfit games right around the corner, CrossFitters that have not perfected their double-unders are going to want to do so as they watch the pros do it with ease. A fellow CrossFitter had tested out the Harbinger HumanX Competition Speed Rope right after recovering from an injury and this is what she had to say:

unnamed-8“First, I have to qualify the fact that I am still attempting to learn how to do double-unders.  My consecutive record was 6 before I injured my achilles tendon and needed to take a break and stick to singles.  Just when I was ready to attempt double-unders again, I got the Speed Rope. After not even attempting doubles for 6 weeks, in my first attempt I hit 4 consecutive doubles.  I felt like there was a weighted effect to the rope which enabled me to rotate it more quickly and smoothly compared to the rope I had used previously.  Due to the ease of rotating the rope, I did not feel the need to jump as high and I hope this will help me avoid another achilles injury. For the cross fitting beginner, doing your first double-under or Muscle-up is like reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro…and, once you’ve accomplished it, you want everyone to see you do it and celebrate with you. I love this rope and I’m confident it will help me master double-unders.”

To purchase a HumanX Speed Rope and to check out our other Harbinger products visit:

Let us know if you’re excited about the CrossFit Games starting July 25th: @Modells @HumanXGear



HumanX AbX Mat

General | Jul 2nd, 2014

Two of our avid office CrossFitters took the time to test out the HumanX by Harbinger AbX mat compared to other brands and decided HumanX is the way to go:

“If you ever want to encourage your ‘inner scientist’ to come out and play, just put 2 products side-by-side and do a field test. If someone could of just handed me a white lab coat, I think that would’ve been appropriate. My workout involved 4 sets of Handstand Push-ups, and 75 sit-ups. At each set, I alternated from using the Ab mat that almost every CrossFit gym in America uses, and Harbinger’s new HumanX ab mat.  I strongly preferred the Harbinger for the sit-ups. Its narrower profile helped make my hip joints a little tighter and spring me up quicker. Thank you Harbinger for helping me get that ab workout over with more quickly.” – David

“At the gym, I use the ab mats for ab work as well as for head cushioning during Handstand Push-ups. The mats at the gym are very soft and cushiony and it’s hard to know if they were soft out of the box or if they softened through heavy use. By comparison, the AbX felt very firm and so I was not sure I would like it.  However, once I tried it, the firmness offered greater support to my lower back while doing 3 sets of 50 sit-ups. One thing I didn’t realize until using AbX, was how much the other gym mats slipped during the course of 50 reps. The AbX mat stayed in place throughout the sets so I did not need to make adjustments to my position, nor did I get “rug burn” on my lower back. In spite of its firmness, the AbX still provided enough cushioning to support my head during Handstand Push-ups. I’ve been taking the AbX to the gym every time and several of my fellow CrossFitters are now talking about picking up their own AbX mats as well.” – Kristin

Check out our assortment of HumanX by Harbinger products at

Let us know what you think, @HumanXGear @Modells


Panini World Cup Festival

General | Jun 23rd, 2014

The energy surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup is unreal! Show your World Cup spirit and join us on Thursday, June 26 from 11 am – 3 pm at our Panini World Cup Festival. There will be Panini sticker trading and all kinds of interactive soccer activities. Perfect your sticker collection and watch US vs. Germany with everyone in attendance!

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General, Sports | Jun 17th, 2014

The United States opened their 2014 FIFA World Cup hopes with a 2-1 win over Ghana yesterday night. Ghana had been responsible for Team USA’s last two World Cup eliminations. In case you missed it, here’s Clint Dempsey’s goal that came just under 30 seconds into the match!

Be sure to gear up for the United States’ next match on Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. against Portugal. Pick up your favorite U.S. apparel at Modell’s Sporting Goods in-store or online:

Let the Games Begin!

Sports | Jun 11th, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to begin on Thursday! In 2010, USA won its group for the first time since 1930 and was eventually eliminated in the round of 16. Pick up your USA gear at Modell’s Sporting Goods and cheer on the team in Brazil.

Head over to Modell’s World Cup Headquarters here:

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