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Rep Fitness FID Adjustable Bench Full Review

This is an in-depth review of the Rep Fitness Adjustable Bench; one of the few adjustable benches that manages to pull off flat, incline, and decline without costing a fortune. It has a wide range of settings, comfortable pads, and a strong, heavy-gauge steel frame. It's not a commercial bench, but it's solid, versatile, and priced attractively [...]

Vulcan Professional Olympic Bearing Bar Review

This is a review for the Vulcan Professional Olympic Bar, one of the most competitively priced high-performance Oly bars on the market. Priced at only $599, the Pro boasts a ton of premium features including high tensile and yield ratings, great whip, smooth spin, and a beautiful, industrial chrome finish. While it should be obvious [...]


The Thompson Fat Pad Review

Donnie Thompson Fat Pad Review

The Thompson Fat Pad is a replacement pad for flat utility benches and commercial benching stations. It was developed by legendary powerlifter and equipment guru, Donnie Thompson, in an effort to overhaul the simple, narrow pads typically found on benches. Essentially, Donnie wanted to create a pad that maximized power in the bench press while simultaneously [...]

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The E-Maxx Bar (aka "the SuperQuake") is a member of Bandbell's Bamboo Bar family of bars - a line of hand-made specialty barbells designed around the principle of Oscillating Kinetic Energy (OKE). The SuperQuake has the same hardened ash & composite resin shaft as the original Bamboo and Earthquake Bar, but because it's over 6" longer and has [...]

Rogue Curl Bar - full product review

The Rogue EZ Curl Bar - easily one of the most well-received and sought-after pieces of training equipment released in the last year. An instant success; just about every batch made available since its initial release has sold out the same day (it took me over three months to catch one in stock and place [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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; [...]

Review for Rogue's Competition Olympic Kilo Collars

I recently purchased a pair of Rogue's new Olympic Competition Collars and have been using them for about a month now. I thought I'd spend a few minutes going over some of the finer points of these collars while also giving you my opinion of them - you know, just in case you have these on your radar. To give [...]