In need of some new bumper plates for your garage gym or affiliate? Whether you’re just getting started and buying your very first bumper plates set, looking for an upgrade to your existing weights, or you just need access to more weights than you currently own, this post should help. I have scoured the net for the best prices on sets for standard black bumpers, training bumpers, and competition bumpers from reputable vendors. I have considered bumper plates sets from all the major manufacturers and found what I believe to be the best prices on bumper plate sets.
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 want somewhere to rack the bar for the shoulder press and heavy squats, and you’ll also want something with spotter arms for your bench press and back squat so you can safely go heavy when alone. You definitely 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.
This is a review for the newest adaptation of the Again Faster Team Bar, the 2.0. Just a heads up, I have no hands-on experience with the previous Team Bars, so there won’t be any comparisons between the original bar or version 1.2. Consider this a stand alone review for the 2.0.
We’re only three full months into 2015, but there has already been a lot of really cool new releases in the strength training, Olympic weightlifting, and CrossFit world; especially in terms of bumpers and weights. Whenever a good 6-10 cool new pieces of equipment pile up, I like to do a quick post that highlights them just in case anyone missed their release. Most of this stuff is serious equipment, but I tend to add fun things too.
If you’re looking to add a GHD to your garage gym, that’s awesome – the GHD is an amazing piece of equipment to have in your arsenal. Having one opens the door to many important exercises that are difficult to replicate without one.
If you’re setting up your own garage gym, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll end up in the market for a flat utility bench. You can spend up to $400 on a well-constructed, non-adjustable utility bench, but this isn’t the piece of equipment that really requires you to go all out and spend a small fortune. One of the better and more affordable options out there is the Rogue utility bench, and it just so happens to be the one I ended up with.
I’ve been seeing chatter about Rogue Fitness adding some competition-style kilogram change plates for many months now, and it looks like they are finally available for sale. How exciting!
Rogue has already done a great job in offering affordable and professional Olympic WL equipment. They sell competition/training bumper plates, high-end Olympic WL bearing bars and affordable training bars, technique plates, and even lifting platforms, but they have been missing change plates and 2.5 kg pro collars. With one of the last pieces of the Olympic puzzle now available, is it true that Rogue also plans to seek IWF-certification?
For the last three years or so I’ve had a Rogue R4 power rack in my garage gym (many of you have no doubt seen my glowing review for the R4), and in that time I haven’t had a single issue, problem, or complaint with or about the R4. It has served me well. I even purchased many accessories for it; all of which work wonderfully and get used regularly. However, despite my respect for the R4, I’ve replaced it with the smaller Rogue R3 Power Rack.
Aside from pricing, one of the biggest factors that people consider when shopping for basic bumper plates is how durable the lighter, 10-pound plates are. Anyone who has been around bumpers for any length of time knows that those 10’s are the first discs to end up in the trash due to warping and/or steel inserts popping out. People want to know that whatever brand they end up with is going to include 10-pound bumpers (and to a lesser extent, the 15-pound plates) that can withstand some decent abuse before turning into a taco shell.
Well maybe Olympic collars aren’t the most important piece of equipment ever, but I didn’t want a boring title for a kinda boring article. =)
This is a simple guide to pretty much all of your Olympic collar options, and there are many! Other than to mention that I cover both the basic 50 mm (~2″) collars and professional, weighted Olympic collars (no 1″ collars covered), this guide really doesn’t need much of an introduction.
There are a lot of different barbells out there. There are bars intended for the Olympic lifts; bars for powerlifting; and even bars simply for learning and practicing technique. But what about Crossfit barbells?