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Welcome to Garage-Gyms, your one stop resource for all things home and garage gyms. Here you’ll find tons of comprehensive, unbiased reviews including dozens of bar reviews, pricing guides for the most commonly purchased pieces of garage gym equipment, a large community taking part in productive discussion, inspiration & ideas for your gym, and so much more.

With decades of training experience and five years experience managing this site, I think you’ll find lots of useful and impartial information within these pages. Feel free to contribute with a comment or ask me a question directly. If you’d like to support the site, I welcome you to visit the Garage Gyms Store. Thanks, and enjoy the site!


A Guide to Buying Steel Powerlifting Plates/Discs

With bumper plate options more than covered across the Internet (here included), I figured it was time to tackle the options for standard weight plates, coated plates, and powerlifting discs. In this guide I’ll cover multiple styles, numerous brands, and offer up enough product examples for you to be able to evaluate any brand or style of plate you happen to stumble upon in your quest for iron.

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Competition Bumper Plate Comparison - Rogue, Rep, and Vulcan

This will be a fairly short post meant only to show the few subtle differences between three major brands of competition-style bumper plates; the Rep Fitness Competition Bumper, the Vulcan Absolute Competition Bumper, and the Rogue Fitness Trainer 2.0 Bumper.

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Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack System Review

This is a review for the Force USA MyRack Modular Power Rack. This comprehensive and rather lengthy review will cover not only the centerpiece of the MyRack system; the power rack itself; but also the complete line of accessories and attachments currently available for it. Fear not, for a table of contents can be found following the intro.

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Comprehensive Rep Fitness FB-5000 Competition Flat Bench Review

This is a comprehensive review of the new Rep Fitness FB-5000 Competition Flat Bench; a relatively new bench that offers virtually unlimited load capacity on a lightweight, low-profile, foot-drive-friendly frame – and for a very attractive price.

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This is a review of the Powertec WorkBench Levergym System;  a multi-use, plate-loaded gym station designed to give a home gym owner with limited floor space and limited funds access to a large variety of machine-based resistance exercises. It features both a low and high pulley system, adjustable pressing arms, and an adjustable, detachable bench. Other accessories that allow you to expand the unit even further are also available.

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Full review of the Iron Company 5150 Olympic Hybrid Bearing Bar

This is a review of the Iron Company 5150 Olympic Weightlifting Bar; a new 20 kg, 28 mm, multi-purpose bar that has many premium features, a fair price, and specifications that rival some of today’s most popular mid-range Olympic and WOD bars.

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Review for the Rep Fitness Rubber-Coated Hex Dumbbells with fixed-diameter handles

This is a review of the Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells by Rep Fitness, a new and improved version of that classic garage gym dumbbell that we all know and love; mostly because it is what most of us can afford.

In this article I am going to discuss what makes the Rep version of this implement different from the hex dumbbells of old. I’ll be discussing features, pricing, and all the pros and cons of this redesigned product. I’m also going to compare them to Vulcan’s Pro Hex Dumbbells; another clever twist on this tried-and-true product.

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New S&C Equipment Spring 2018 - bars, plates, and more

There have been a lot of new equipment releases this spring, and a great number of them are definitely worth sharing. Of course, there always seem to be more new products than I can fit into a single post, but I am going to share some of the more interesting releases with you. You know, just in case you missed them.

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Vulcan Stainless Steel Absolute Power Bare Review

This is the long-awaited review for Vulcan Strength’s new Stainless Steel Absolute Power Bar; the ridiculously strong, pleasantly aggressive, oxidation resistant beast that is literally 100% stainless steel – so long as you don’t count the end caps.

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Garage Gyms Flags now available at the Garage Gyms Store

For the most part I try to keep the Garage Gyms Store pretty low key here on the main site. That is, I am not trying to cover this site with advertisements for my own products because I don’t want to distract from the content that really matters; all the equipment guides, product reviews, and other helpful articles. The quality and value of my content has always been my number one priority, and offering products has not and will not ever change that.

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Should You Pay For Shipping on Heavy Gym Equipment

This article goes into an unnecessary amount of detail about the pros & cons of both paying for your shipping, and receiving “free shipping” on those heavy equipment products (power racks, large plate sets, benches, bars, packages, etc.) It is intended for those new to buying strength equipment, or anyone who thinks free shipping is actually free.

You veteran garage gym owners may find the bulk of this article to be old news and maybe kind of boring – which is a good thing. So feel free to skip this one.

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This is a comprehensive review for the Strength Shop Bastard Power Bar, a mid-range bar that can be purchased both in the USA and in most of Europe from one of Strength Shop’s many domains. The Bastard Power Bar retails for US$275 but it can be found on sale fairly regularly (at least that is my experience with the USA store anyway).

The Bastard Power Bar lacks much in the way of unbiased feedback and reviews. There is only one review on the Strength Shop USA website, and the reviews that can be found on the European domains all seem to be the same reviews. Hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on this product, and answer any questions you may have about it.

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Comprehensive Change Plate Review - Rep Fitness Rubber-Coated Kilo

This is a review of Rep Fitness’ new rubber-coated Kilogram Change Plates. While not the most complicated of products to review, the lower pricing and high level of interest in these plates made them worth checking out more thoroughly.

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Quick Look at the Arm Blaster - Review

I want to take a look at the Arm Blaster, a strength training accessory that has made quite a comeback as of late.

The Arm Blaster is a piece of curved aluminum about 24″ long and 4″ high that is designed to be worn around the neck when performing bicep curls. The Blaster keeps your arms in a fixed position against your trunk, with the claim being that this promotes proper form while also isolating the biceps. The idea, of course, is to “maximize the strength-building benefits of bicep curls”, and to give you that massive pump.

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Black Oxide Vulcan Absolute Power Bar 2.0 Review

Vulcan Strength recently upgraded their incredibly popular Absolute Power Bar to version 2.0. This is pretty exciting news because the Absolute was one hell of a power bar already, especially considering the strength of the steel relative to the price to your door. To discover that it could be made better without being more expensive was a pleasant surprise.

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Rogue New Cerakote Athlete Bars

Rogue has introduced five new Cerakote Athlete Bars; one Ohio Power Bar, two Ohio Bars, and two Bella Bars. They feature colorways specific to the very athlete they represent, and they include some artwork as well. Despite there being only one Ohio Power Bar (the ‘Thor’ Edition), there are two versions; a 20 kg and a 45-lb option. The athletes represented are:

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