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Buddy Capps - Branch Warren Texas Body Building Bar Review

This is an extensive review of the Texas Body Building Bar; Texas Power Bar’s newest bar, and the result of a collaboration with pro bodybuilder and Texas native, Branch Warren. The Texas Body Building Bar has been a terribly fun bar for me to review. I have thoroughly enjoyed training with it for the last [...]

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Rogue Ohio Power Bar Review - E-Coat Edition

Rogue recently added yet another finish option for the 45-pound version of the Ohio Power Bar. That’s right, now in addition to bare steel, stainless steel, black zinc, and Cerakote you can pick up the OPB with Rogue’s black E-Coat finish. You know, just on the off chance you thought there was a shortage of [...]

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Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX Review

Comprehensive Review of the Rep Fitness Deep Knurl Power Bar EX

This is a review for the Rep Fitness Deep Knurl Power Bar EX, a high-tensile strength, fully-stainless steel, aggressively-knurled powerlifting bar. Many of you may be wondering what took me so long to get around to this review. The Rep Deep Knurl has been available for a couple of months now, and those of you [...]

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Compare Olympic barbells, power bars, CrossFit bars, Junior bars and more

Welcome to the Garage Gym’s Olympic Barbell Review and Shopping Guide. If you happen to be in the market for a quality weightlifting bar, power bar, WOD bar, or a general-purpose bar, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re interested in learning the basics of barbell construction, then again, you’ve come to the [...]

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Fringe Sport Hybrid Bearing Bar Comprehensive Review

This is a review for the Fringe Sport 20 kg Hybrid Bar, a high-tensile strength, multi-purpose barbell that readers have suggested I review a surprising amount of times since its release. Well I finally snatched one up, and here is that review. The Hybrid Bar is a 28.5 mm, dual-marked bar intended to offer a [...]

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Buddy Capps / Texas Power Bars Texas Deadlift Bar Review

I previously reviewed the Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar back June of 2019, and I gave it  a very positive review with zero hesitation. It is an amazing training implement put out by an impressive company. Texas Power Bars (Capps Welding) is a highly experienced, reputable, and knowledgeable company that’s been in the business since [...]

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Vulcan 1-Basic Safety Squat Bar Comprehensive Review

This is a quick review of the Vulcan Strength 1-Basic Safety Squat Bar (SSB); an affordable yet fully-functional alternative to pretty much every other safety squat bar on the market. Being offered for the low price of $209, the Vulcan 1-Basic Safety Squat Bar sports a 700-lb max capacity, true 50 mm sleeves (no axle [...]

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Fringe Sport Lone Star Power Bar Comprehensive Review

It’s been so long since I have reviewed a Fringe Sport product. I don’t know why that is, as I really do miss reading Peter’s extremely random product descriptions and trying to decipher and extract all the pertinent details from them, but I don’t have to miss it anymore because I am back with a [...]

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Rep Fitness Stainless Steel EZ Curl Bar Review

This is an evaluation and review of the two new Stainless Steel Curl Bars by Rep Fitness. I purchased both the 30-lb, 55″, standard-length EZ curl bar, and the 35-lb, 72″, Rackable EZ Curl Bar; both in stainless steel (chrome versions are also available.) I wanted to pick up the rackable variant because rackable curl bars [...]

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Vulcan Prime Hex Trap Bar - a Comprehensive Review

A few months back I was looking to pick up a new trap bar for the gym. I wanted something basic, but not something cheap. I was willing to put some money into this new hex bar, but I wasn’t trying to see how many [mostly-unnecessary] bells & whistles I could cram into it and [...]

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Vulcan Absolute Stainless Steel Olympic WL Bar Comprehensive Review

This is a review for the Vulcan Absolute Stainless Steel Olympic Bar, easily one of the most impressive and attractive high-performance Olympic weightlifting bars on the market – and I don’t mean just among the few other stainless steel Olympic bars out there. Priced at around $700; no small sum to be sure; the Absolute [...]

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Trap Bar / Hex Bar Comprehensive Shopping Guide

I get asked time and time and time again about the various trap bar options out there, so I figured that it was finally time to put something together for those of you who who happen to be in the market. Here it is! My [long overdue] hex and trap bar shopping guide. I hope [...]

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Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar Review

It’s finally here! My review of the Buddy Capps Texas Deadlift Bar! This review took a little longer to finish than I had originally planned.  I tend to do so many barbell reviews that when a couple of non-barbell review opportunities came up (the Body Solid Leg Curl / Leg Extension and the Rep Fitness [...]

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Vulcan Power Bars Review and Comparison Piece

Vulcan Strength currently offers three different power bars; the Elite Power Bar,  the Vulcan Absolute Power Bar,  and the Stainless Steel Absolute Power Bar.  All three of these power bars are what I would consider to be premium pieces of equipment, and while they certainly do have their share of similarities (as the majority of [...]

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Win a Chicago Bar from Body Solid

It’s almost time for the second annual Garage Gym Competition. For those of you who don’t know, the Garage Gym Competition is a virtual powerlifting meet organized by Mr. Joe Gray of Gray Matter Lifting. Last year’s Garage Gym Competition was very successful, so the list of sponsors has grown significantly, and the quantity and quality [...]

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