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Change Plate and Fractional Plate Buyers Guide

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 [...]

Women's Olympic Barbell Review and Shopping Guide

Welcome to the Women's Olympic Barbell Guide. This article is more or less an extension of my original Barbell Guide, only the focus here is on women's 15 kg barbells instead of what is mostly 20 kg bars in the original. The original guide has a very thorough opening section that explains the basics of barbell construction [...]

GHD Review - GHD at the CrossFit Games

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. In this article, I'll talk about what those exercises are and why [...]

Olympic collar buying guide

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 [...]

Comprehensive Guide to the Rogue Bars

Are you looking for a little help figuring out what the difference between all of the Rogue bars is without needing to make a spreadsheet and have 15 browser tabs open? If so, then you've come to the right place. Rogue Fitness has one of the most extensive collections of branded barbells around. It can be daunting trying to figure out which bar is [...]

Why Crossfit rows, and why Crossfit uses the Concept 2 Rower

You may have wondered to yourself why Crossfit utilizes the rower rather than a climber, treadmill, spin bike, or really any other piece of cardio equipment out there. I mean, when you go to a commercial gym you see almost everything but rowers. Maybe the gym has a couple off in the corner, but they definitely do not [...]

The MG1 Multi-Grip Swiss Barbell - The best specialty bar

Are you looking for a way to add some variation to your lifts? Are you hitting plateaus and want a way to break up the routine? I found an inexpensive way to to mix up my bench press, shoulder press, rows, deadlifts, and even arm workouts. It's the MG-1 Multi-Grip bar, and I believe this bar is [...]

Bumper plates sets comparison and shopping guide

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kettlebell shopping guide and reviews

Have you decided to incorporate kettlebells into your workouts? Thanks in large part to Crossfit, kettlebells are very popular these days. Of course it's not just Crossfit that made kettlebells popular. The kettlebell has been a great tool for improving full body strength (with an emphasis on the legs, lower back, shoulders, and core) for [...]