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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 [...]

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The new Rogue Pyrros Olympic Weightlifting Bar

Did you notice the release of the new Rogue Pyrros Bar a couple of days ago? The Pyrros is yet another addition to Rogue's constantly expanding list of true 28mm Olympic WL bars; bar number six in the current Olympic bar line-up (in case you're wondering.) It will make its home alongside the Rogue Euro, both [...]

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Stainless Steel Barbells and Rust

Stainless steel barbells and rust - prevention, maintenance, removal

Is there truly a benefit to having a stainless steel barbell over a bare steel bar? Is stainless steel really rust-proof or does it just take longer to rust? Why am I paying all this extra cash for stainless if I still have to "maintain" my stainless steel bar? If you've asked yourself any or [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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Quick and Easy Rust Removal for Bare Steel Barbells

Anyone who owns a bare steel bar probably already knows that it takes regular oilings and brushing to keep these raw bars free of rust. We all know it, but not everyone does it; or at least not as often as they should. If you are one who tends to neglect this minor chore long [...]

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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 [...]

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Power Bar Review & Shopping Guide

In an effort to control the length and size of my original barbell buyers guide, I've decided to create a separate guide for powerlifting bars. In this way I can cover a larger variety of bars and offer more information about each individual bar. If you would like a refresher course on the basics of [...]

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Comprehensive Guide to Eleiko NxG Barbells

Eleiko recently announced the NxG Collection; the newest generation of world-class Eleiko barbells. This extensive guide is my attempt to consolidate all there is to know about both the NxG Collection, and the entire Eleiko barbell line-up. In this guide I will go over the changes and upgrades have been made to the Eleiko barbell [...]

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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 [...]

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Vulcan Professional Olympic Bearing Bar - Garage Gyms Review

This is a review for the Vulcan Professional Olympic Bar, one of the most competitively priced high-performance Oly bars on the market. Priced at only $599, the Pro boasts a ton of premium features including high tensile and yield ratings, great whip, smooth spin, and a beautiful, industrial chrome finish. While it should be obvious [...]

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The E-Maxx Bar (aka "the SuperQuake") is a member of Bandbell's Bamboo Bar family of bars - a line of hand-made specialty barbells designed around the principle of Oscillating Kinetic Energy (OKE). The SuperQuake has the same hardened ash & composite resin shaft as the original Bamboo and Earthquake Bar, but because it's over 6" longer and has [...]

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Cerakote California Bar Full Review

Last spring I published a full review of the California Bar; American Barbell's flagship WOD bar. If you happened to read that review then you already know that I discovered it to be a great mid-range WOD bar with a long list of pros. I found the overall quality, reliability, and performance to be outstanding for such a reasonably priced [...]

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Bar Review - the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar

This is a review of the new Rogue Fitness Stainless Steel Ohio Bar. In this comprehensive review I'll go over the Stainless Steel Ohio's technical specs, the benefits of stainless steel, knurl pattern, sleeve rotation, and elasticity. I'll also compare the SS Ohio to the American Barbell SS bars, comment on comparisons to other stainless bars, and finally [...]

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