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Everything you need to build a powerlifting-style garage gym

If your programming is centered around the bench press, squat, and deadlift and you have been chasing bigger and bigger numbers in these three lifts training session after training session, then regardless of whether you ever intend to compete or not you are basically a powerlifter. Well how'd you like to train at home rather [...]

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 [...]

Global Gym Memberships versus a Garage Gym - the Numbers

I tend to believe that; if given the option; most serious and resolute strength athletes would prefer to have a gym right there in their own garage rather than have to pay monthly rent at a commercial gym or a CrossFit box. Even those lifters who do not necessarily disfavor the global gym as a [...]

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, [...]

Welcome to 2018 - see upcoming events and new equipment releases

We survived another year, and there's nothing wrong with that. Welcome to 2018! Have you resolved to do anything different or special this year? Did you set any training or diet goals? Maybe work or relationship goals? I wish you luck in all cases! So what's new, and what's happening in the near future? Take [...]


This is volume II of the Equipment Reviews Revisited series. In case you missed volume I and don't know what these articles are about, let me fill you in... In this article I will take two previously reviewed pieces of equipment and briefly reevaluate them. I'll discuss how each product has held up over time, what [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Guide to Buying Steel Powerlifting Plates/Discs

With bumper plate options more than covered across the Internet (here included), I figured it was time to tackle the options for standard weight plates, coated plates, and powerlifting discs. In this guide I'll cover multiple styles, numerous brands, and offer up enough product examples for you to be able to evaluate any brand or [...]

Garage Gym Lighting Ideas - Brighten up Your Gym

Is your garage gym too dark and gloomy at night? or during the winter when you don't dare open that garage door and let what little warmth there is out? Can you see the hash marks on your barbell when you lay down to bench inside your power rack? Can you spot rubber hex dumbbells [...]

2017 Gift ideas for CrossFitters, Weightlifters, and Strength Athletes

Welcome back! Looking for the perfect gift for the garage gym athlete in your life, or maybe a gift idea for yourself? I’ve got a ton of gift ideas for CrossFitters, weightlifters, powerlifters, fitness enthusiasts, and strength athletes of all types. From big gifts that’ll ensure your gift is the best gift, to smaller, more affordable [...]

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, [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]