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Compare Olympic barbells, power bars, CrossFit bars, Junior bars and more

Welcome to the Olympic and Powerlifting Barbell Review. If you’re in the market for a quality barbell, or you’re looking to learn the basics of barbell construction, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a man, woman, or youngster; or whether you’re looking for an Olympic bar, power bar, CrossFit bar, or just a general purpose bar, you will find information on a large selection of the bars currently on the market. With any luck, this article will help you find the perfect bar for you and your garage gym.

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How to repair/fix/upgrade your Spud Econo Lat & Tricep Pulley system

About a year back I published a positive review for the Spud Inc Econo Lat & Tricep Pulley. I praised it for its ease of use, versatility, and low price. I even went so far as to refer to it as one of the best garage gym accessories on the market for under $100.

Well you will be happy to know that my opinion of the Spud Econo Pulley has not changed. It’s still just as functional, convenient, and almost as affordable as the day I published my original review. As a matter of fact my own Spud pulley gets used multiple times each week, and I cannot think of any other gym accessory that’s not only this inexpensive, but also used so frequently.

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New training gear and equipment early 2017

This is one of my ‘just in case you missed it’ articles where I highlight a handful of the more notable new training releases of the past couple months. If you’ve recently stumbled across a new strength training product that you found especially interesting and useful for a garage gym and it’s not listed here, feel free to share it in the comments. Enjoy!

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Cerakote California Bar Full Review

Last spring I published a full review of the California Bar; American Barbell’s flagship WOD bar. If you happened to read that review then you already know that I discovered it to be a great mid-range WOD bar with a long list of pros. I found the overall quality, reliability, and performance to be outstanding for such a reasonably priced WOD bar, and I had absolutely no problem giving it a favorable review.

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Vulcan Absolute Comp Plates versus the new KG Training Plates

Athletes who focus their training around the two explosive Olympic lifts have a tendency to buy higher performance, more dependable training equipment than athletes who don’t Olympic lift at all; items like whippy, 28 mm bearing bars, competition-style bumper plates, and $200+ shoes. They buy this expensive equipment not just because of the edge that it can give to performance, but also because premium equipment is expected to last longer than the cheap stuff. But is this necessary?

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Bar Review - the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar

This is a review of the new Stainless Steel Ohio Bar from Rogue Fitness. In this article I’ll go over the SS Ohio’s technical specs, the benefits of stainless steel, knurl pattern, sleeve rotation, and whip. I’ll also compare the SS Ohio to the American Barbell SS bars, comment on comparisons to other SS bars, and finally I’ll talk about how the new SS Ohio Bar compares to the classic Ohio Bars. As always, if I miss anything important or if you have a question regarding the review, leave a comment below.

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Old Saint Rogue - Christmas Gift Ideas 2016

Welcome to my 2016 Christmas gift ideas list. Every year I try to come up with a handful of products that may help you find the perfect gift for the gym rat in your life. Even if you don’t think that any of the suggestions I make are perfect for your friend or loved one, hopefully something will at least spark an idea, and perhaps point you in the right direction.

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Kettlebell Showdown - Vulcan vs Kettlebell Kings

You have a lot of options when shopping for new kettlebells. You can run down to Wal-Mart or Dick’s Sporting Goods and buy some inexpensive, plastic-coated kettlebells that’ll hold you over for a little while; you can order some half-decent scrap iron kettlebells from an online fitness outlet or CrossFit shop; or you can spend a little bit more and buy some real kettlebells – and by real I mean kettlebells that are made of high quality materials, accurate to claimed weight, ergonomic & well-balanced, and durable enough to never crack, dent, or fall apart.

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Gym Equipment Black Friday / Cyber Monday

Every holiday season I keep a list of all the important Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, and this is that list. As information on those sales becomes available, I will update this article. So check back!

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Vulcan Absolute Power Bar review - Garage Gyms

This is an in-depth review of the Vulcan Absolute Power Bar, one of two powerlifting bars offered by Vulcan Strength.

The Absolute is a relatively new addition to the bar market. It’s a dashing, high strength, IPF-spec’d bar that has all of the standard features that you’d expect from a premium powerlifting bar – strong, 29 mm shaft; black oxide finish over a moderately-aggressive knurl; grooved bare steel sleeves; and a 4″ passive center knurl – while also bearing a couple of unique features as well.

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Rogue Fitness IPF Certified Powerlifting Equipment

I received an email from Rogue Fitness a couple days ago announcing that three Rogue powerlifting products are now approved and certified by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF); making them legal equipment for sanctioned powerlifting meets. The three products are the 20 kg Rogue Ohio Power Bar, the new Calibrated Kilogram Steel Discs, and the Kilogram Competition Collars.

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