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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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! Vulcan will have a lot of stuff on sale for Black Friday. Examples include (most include free shipping as well): [...]

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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; [...]

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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. I [...]

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DIY Lat Machine for Garage Gyms

This is a simple and brief DIY guide on how to convert your anchored power rack into a lat tower using the Spud Inc Econo Pulley and some basic rack components. This conversion is simple to set up, allows you access to heavy lat pulls, pulldowns, cable rows, and face-pulls (to name a few), and is much [...]

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Vulcan Bars - A Comprehensive Guide to the Extensive Collection

With the increasing popularity of Vulcan Strength's bars and the seemingly endless expansion of their barbell collection, it seemed about time for a comprehensive buyer's guide. Questions, comments, and your own feedback is welcome in the comments section following the article, as your opinions are just as important as mine - if not more so. In [...]

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