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Buddy Capps Starting Strength Bar Review

This is a review of the new 20 kg Starting Strength Bar; a bar developed and manufactured by Buddy Capps of Irving, Texas.  As many of you know, Buddy Capps of Capps Welding is the creator of the infamous Texas Power Bar;  a bar still considered to be the gold standard in the power bar [...]

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This is a review for the most up-to-date version of the 20kg men's Wonder Bar V2 by Fringe Sport, a bar that has been heavily refined over the years while still maintaining it's sub $200 price point; a price that even includes the shipping, mind you. Like all other products that they sell, Fringe Sport is [...]

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Vulcan Urethane Prime Bumper Plates & Dumbbells Review

With urethane bumper plates being as popular as they are in the garage gym market, and urethane dumbbells being the most desired dumbbell option in the commercial market, it's no surprise that Vulcan Strength has decided to get in on the urethane game by releasing both the Prime Urethane Dumbbells and Prime Urethane Bumper Plates. [...]

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Rep Fitness AB-5000 Adjustable FID Bench Review

This is a preliminary review of the Rep Fitness  AB-5000 'Zero-Gap' Adjustable Bench. It is extremely thorough and should answer most questions, but it is not complete. The reason I don't consider this review complete is because I just haven't had the bench for very long. A week just isn't enough time with a product [...]

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So who's hungry? For reasons that I'll never understand donuts seem to be extremely popular among strength and conditioning athletes.  How this trend started I'll never know, but I definitely see a ton of donuts on Instagram; and I pretty much only follow people in the strength community. Now personally, I try to avoid being [...]

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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; [...]

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Vulcan Prime 3x3 Flat Utility Bench Review

The Prime 3x3 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. Before we get started, here is a quick rundown of the Prime's specifications: [...]

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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. I'm also going to go [...]

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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, [...]

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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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