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Rogue Calibrated Steel Plates Review

I bought something like 230 kilograms of the Rogue Calibrated Steel Plates back during the 2017 Black Friday sale, and aside from realizing almost immediately that I didn't order quite enough weight I have been completely happy with this purchase. I wanted to take a couple minutes and write a short review on these plates [...]

Barbell Review Table of Contents - Garage Gyms

It was recommended to me that I keep a running list of all my barbell reviews, and even go so far as to perhaps comment on which bars were kept in the gym and which weren't. Well I thought that was a fantastic idea, so here is a list of all the barbell reviews found [...]

SABO GoodLift Powerlifting Shoes Review

This is a full review of SABO's newest lifting kicks; the GoodLift Powerlifting Shoes. The GoodLifts are designed primary for the deadlift but are also perfectly good shoes to wear when bench pressing, and for squats if you prefer to squat in shoes without a raised heel. These are flat, offered in two different colors, [...]

Vulcan Strength Pro Hex Rubber-Coated Dumbbell Review

You probably wouldn't think that there was a whole that could be done to improve upon the rubber hex dumbbell short of just lowering the cost, right? That is to say, assuming that you select a reputable brand (one that permanently affixes the heads to the handles) they are a very affordable and durable dumbbell [...]

Thompson Fat Pad versus Titan Hefty Bench Pad

I've been a big fan of the Thompson Fat Pad since the very first time I benched on one. It's wider, longer, thicker, denser, and more supportive than any other bench pad I've ever seen or used. In addition to all that it has a unique, heavy-duty "grabber" vinyl cover that prevents any slipping or [...]

Garage Gyms Review - Custom Pioneer Power Belt

I recently ordered and received a fancy 10 mm powerlifting belt from Pioneer (aka General Leathercraft). I've been wanting to do more with the Garage Gyms branding for a while now and I figured putting the site name across my favorite power belt was a great place to start. Now that I have it in my hands, [...]

Rogue Stainless Steel Ohio Power Bar Review

I absolutely love the Ohio Powerlifting line; both the Ohio Power Bars and the Ohio Deadlift Bar. I have both of these beasts in raw, unfinished steel, and both of them are on my 'never sell these bars' list. The natural feeling of the raw steel combined with the deep, aggressive knurl makes for two incredible training [...]

Rogue Monolift Attachment Quick Review

A month or two ago on Craigslist I stumbled upon somebody selling the Infinity/Monster Lite Rogue Monolift Attachment; the version that's compatible with my rack. I wasn't really in the market for a Monolift and I wouldn't go so far as to say I needed a Monolift, but they were in perfect condition and being [...]

American Barbell Stainless Steel Elite Power Bar Review

This is a full review of the Elite Power Bar by American Barbell. This bar is one of only two semi-affordable, IPF-spec, stainless steel power bars currently on the market. In this review I will not only cover the specifications and features of the Elite, I will also compare it to that other semi-affordable, IPF-spec, [...]

Eleiko NxG Performance Weightlifting Bar Review

This is an in-depth review of the new Eleiko NxG Performance Weightlifting Bar. This bar is offered as premium, less expensive alternative to the Eleiko IWF Training and Competition weightlifting bars for the sole purpose of training the Olympic lifts. The Performance WL Bar is functionally no different than its more expensive big brothers. It [...]

Garage Gyms Old Reviews Revisited Volume I

I get asked fairly often whether or not I still like a particular piece of equipment reviewed in the past, or whether or not that piece of equipment is still a good buy. Well I thought it might be fun to go back and revisit some of my old reviews and see exactly where these [...]

Cerakote Bella Bar 2.0 Review

In this review I'll mostly be covering the Cerakote Bella Bar 2.0 because that's the bar that I have in front of me, but since both the Bella and the Ohio are unchanged save for the "new" Cerakote finish options, you can safely apply anything relating to the Bella's Cerakote finish to the Ohio Bar [...]

Review of the Vulcan Soft Cube foam plyo box

In this review I'll be looking at the new Vulcan Soft Cube, a premium version of the soft plyo box. Soft plyo boxes are the same size and shape of a wood plyo box, but rather than being plywood they are made of a heavy-duty, firm foam, and are then wrapped in a durable vinyl [...]


Vulcan EZ Curl Bar Full Review

Vulcan Curl Bar Review

When I heard that Vulcan Strength was going to offer an EZ curl bar, I was intrigued. When I finally saw the specifications and the very low $139 price tag of that curl bar, I knew that I had to get my hands on one and check it out. So I did, and this is my [...]

Full review of the IronMaster Super Bench

The IronMaster Super Bench has been a fairly popular adjustable economy bench over the years. Used mostly in home and garage gyms, it's one of the few decent alternatives to commercial-grade adjustable benches for beginner to intermediate lifters. It's versatile, strong, relatively affordable, and for the average lifter the pros tend to outweigh the cons. [...]