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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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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 update this article. So check back!

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A Comprehensive Knurling Guide for Power, Olympic, WOD and Multi-Purpose Bars

This article is a work in progress. Normally I wouldn’t publish an incomplete article, but its completion is dependent on my readers knowing of its existence and contributing to it. 

I have been writing articles and equipment reviews for this site for well over five years now, and in that time I’ve been asked hundreds if not thousands of questions about bars, plates, racks and stands, the reputations of various vendors, and so much more – but there is one particular question that I can always count on getting over and over again, and that’s some variation of the following:

“What is the knurl of bar X like, and how does the knurl of bar X compare to the knurl of the bar Y?”

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2018 Gift ideas for Strength Athletes, Weightlifters, and Gym Rats

It is time for my new, 2018 holiday gift guide, my gift of sorts to those looking to hook up the gym rat in their life. I’ll start small and move up in price as we go along. Let’s see how much you love the person you’re shopping for. I’m kidding! unless you’re shopping for me! ;)

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Bumper plates sets comparison and shopping guide

Are you in need of some new bumper plates for your garage gym, CrossFit gym, or Olympic training center but you don’t know which brand or even which type of bumpers to buy?  Well you have come to the right place!

Whether you are just getting started and buying your very first bumper plate set, looking for an upgrade to your existing bumpers, or you just need access to more weights in light of all your new gains, I can help. I have scoured the net for the best brands & set prices for basic black bumper plates, training bumpers, and competition WL discs. I’ve considered bumpers from all the major manufacturers and found what I believe to be the best prices on the most durable bumpers on the market. Let’s get started!

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Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Power Bar Review

The Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Bar is a power bar much like any other mid-range power bar. It has a very strong and rigid 29 mm shaft with a fairly aggressive knurl, a center knurl, and bronze bushings.

What makes the PowerSpeed Bar different is the total absence of knurling on the outermost section of the shaft; a feature that I will discuss in some detail below (though I’m certain you already know what that’s about.)

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Vulcan Prime 3x3 Flat Utility Bench Review

The Prime 3×3 Utility Bench is a relatively new Vulcan bench; it was released alongside the Prime Adjustable Bench only a couple months ago. I finally picked up the flat version of the Prime for a review, and this is that review.

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Weight Bench Ultimate Review & Shopping Guide - 2018 Edition

It has been five years since the publication of my original weight bench shopping guide, and although I’ve managed to keep that article updated and current I thought it was time to start over. So here is version two.

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American Barbell Power Bar Review & Comparison - Grizzly, Elite, and Mammoth

In this article; this bar review of sorts; I will be talking about American Barbell’s three major power bars – the Mammoth, the Elite, and the Grizzly. I’ll go over all of the specifications for each bar, discuss the pros and cons of each, and talk about comparable competitor’s bars.

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American Barbell Announcements and Random Discussion Review

I’ve been getting a good number of questions about American Barbell lately; namely about their Urethane Bumper Plates and an issue regarding rust on American Barbell bar sleeves. I wanted to tackle these two questions as well as just make you aware of an opportunity to get a blemished AB bar for a bit less cash. This should be a quick read.

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Rogue Cerakote Matt Chan Bar Review

The new Matt Chan Bar is here; an updated yet still true-to-form version of what is typically considered to be Rogue’s most unique and versatile multi-purpose bar, and incidentally the bar that has always been one of my personal favorites over the years. The new Chan Bar is stronger, it’s more resilient, and it’s flashier, but is it still a standout in Rogue’s bar line-up?

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Review of Rogue's new Weight Releasers

On a whim I picked up Rogue’s new Weight Releasers; a more refined adaptation of the old school, eccentric loading, powerlifting accessory. I’m not exactly sure what compelled me to buy them. I wasn’t exactly in the market for them, but buy them I most certainly did.

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Rubber-coated handled dumbbells - Rep Fitness versus Vulcan Strength

About a year ago, Vulcan released a new version of the black rubber-coated hex dumbbell; an innovative new dumbbell that abandoned the partially knurled steel handle found on the vast majority of hex dumbbells, and replaced it with a textured, highly tactile, rubber-coated handle.

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Full Comprehensive Review of the Rep Fitness PR-5000 Power Rack

After a couple of months of thinking to myself that I really need to review the PR-5000; Rep Fitness’ biggest and most nicely-equipped power rack; I finally stopped procrastinating and pulled the trigger on one. Well wouldn’t you know it – now that I have one I kind of wish that I had done it sooner!

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Review of the Wall Control Modular, Metal Pegboard System

I started my garage gym about seven years ago; the very day that I moved into my current house in fact. I can clearly remember placing my very first equipment order for a bar, power rack, and a set of bumper plates from Rogue immediately after closing on the house. I was so enthusiastic about leaving my global gym and having my own garage gym that I actually ordered all that equipment weeks before my move-in date just so I’d have it all on the day I received my keys. Oh yes, I was ready.

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Full Review of the Rep Fitness Bar and Bumper Plate Tree

I decided to throw a couple pieces of storage equipment into the Garage Gyms review mix, and I wanted to start with the Rep Fitness Bar & Bumper Plate Tree; a very popular vertical weight tree that I have gotten a surprising number of inquiries and questions about over the last couple months.

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Rogue’s Socket Pull-Up Bar is a replacement pull-up bar for Rogue power racks and squat stands. It’s meant to replace the straight, powder-coated pull-up bars that comes standard with all power racks.

So why would anyone want or need to replace one straight pull-up bar with another? That’s what I’m going to talk about in this review.

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