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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. So now that I own weight releasers I've [...]

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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. These rubber-grip handles not only offer a far superior grip to [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. Why is [...]

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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 [...]

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Review of the Rep Fitness Wide Pad for the FB-5000 Competition Bench

As popular as the new Rep FB-5000 Competition Bench is and as many questions as I get on both the frame and the pads, it seemed negligent of me to not get the new 14" Rep Wide Pad in front of me for a review as well. So I did, and this is that review. [...]

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Iron Company's Forged Passion Leather Powerlifting Belt Review

Iron Company was kind enough to send to me a custom-sized and custom dated Forged Passion Power Belt to check out. This is a review for that belt. The 13 mm, Forged Passion Belt is a made-to-order leather powerlifting belt. It's assembled in the USA using two thick layers of premium sole leather rather than multiple [...]

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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. There are other brands obviously; some of which are low-quality, some that are comparable to [...]

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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 [...]

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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. The FB-5000 was designed to be used in conjunction with the thick, grippy vinyl pads; pads like the [...]

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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. [...]

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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. On paper this bar is definitely promising; offering us versatility, durability, and a [...]

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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 [...]

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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. One only has to look at the images of this bar to see that it's a beautiful [...]

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