In the last couple months, I’ve been asked about the American Barbell Stainless Steel WOD Bar more that I’ve been asked about any other bar. Why? Because the price for this bar is just stupid low. Stainless steel bars are never sold for $299, and people want to know whether this bar is legit or not.
If you’re serious about working out at home, then you’re going to want some form of power rack or squat rack in your gym in order to get the most out of those workouts. You’ll need somewhere to rack the bar for overheard presses and heavy squats, and you’ll also want something with spotters for your bench press and back squat so you can safely go heavy when alone. You absolutely need a pull-up bar, and that’s already built into a power rack. So, call it a power rack, power cage, or squat rack; call it whatever you want just so long as you own one.
If you’ve read any of my other articles or shopping guides regarding bumper plates, you’ve seen that one of the brands that I’m a big fan of is the OFW bumper plates by Fringesport. I really do like these bumpers. I like them because they are offered at an extremely good price, and I like them because for the same or less money you’d spend somewhere else, you’re getting a more innovative, much more durable bumper plate.
I recently added a Vulcan Bravo V-Hammer squat stand to my garage gym, and since I’m obviously incapable of acquiring any new equipment without telling you what I think about it (it’s just what I do), here is my short and sweet review of the V-Hammer Bravo. Try not to get too excited. 😉
First off, let me apologize to those of you who been patiently waiting to read this Rogue Euro review. I feel pretty bad about having announced the Euro and XF review a couple months ago only to not get them completed in a timely manner. I won’t get too into it, but suffice it to say that I had an injury that prohibited me from thoroughly testing bars, and since I don’t write fiction there was simply nothing that I could do about it other than let things heal. So again, sorry for the delay, and thanks for your patience.
This is a review for none other than the fourth Vulcan bar that I’ve reviewed here at Garage Gyms; the Vulcan Standard Olympic Bushing Bar. I previously reviewed the Elite, the One, and the Black Bearing, and I think that it’s safe to say that the Elite and this Standard are my favorites. Granted, these two are the more expensive of the four so it’s not totally surprising that it worked out that way, but it is what it is.
As you know, the strength training and CrossFit industry is booming. There never seems to be a shortage of new equipment, apparel, and shoes to check out. There’s training gear options galore!
Occasionally I like to take a look at all the new gear out there and find products that I think are worth making people aware of. You know, on the off chance they didn’t already know of them. Some of them are the newest versions of already popular product lines, others are just alternatives to existing products. It’s nothing complicated. I show you the product, flap my gums about it for a sec, then link to it so you can research it yourself if it appeals to you.
There is a great variety of specialty weightlifting bars on the market to supplement your workouts with. Maybe you’ve already seen some weird looking bar at one of the gyms and wondered what it was called, what it was for, or where you could get one. I’m going to give you a brief tour of many of these specialty bars right here, right now. From logs to axles and traps bars and multi-grips, let’s get you up to speed on some of these specialty bars.
So far I feel that I have bars, bumpers, and racks pretty well covered on this site. I’m certain you can find something useful here if you’re shopping for one of these core home gym pieces. What I haven’t covered very well to date are change plates. Since it’s likely that just about every lifter will ultimately find themselves in the market for change plates in some form, I felt that it was about time to give them a little attention.
I think that we can all agree that Eleiko makes some pretty awesome gear. They are actually one of he most desired brands of weightlifting equipment out there; which makes sense considering they are also one of the best. Unfortunately, most of their wares aren’t exactly easy on the wallet, meaning it’s not what people are generally buying for their garage gyms.
Well, not everything that Eleiko sells will set you back three mortgage payments. There are a couple of product lines that still offer everything that you expect from Eleiko in terms of quality and performance, but at prices a normal budget will allow. The bumper plates I’m going to review in this article are from one of those very lines; the XF line.
Here are a few of the reviews and articles that I currently have in the works. These are not listed in the order that they’ll be published, and some of them are still a good while out, but they are coming, and I’m very excited about all of these.