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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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Rep Fitness FB-4000 Comp Lite Flat Bench Review

This is a quick review of the Rep Fitness FB-4000; a lightweight version of Rep’s infamous FB-5000 Competition Bench. In this review I get straight to the point about the FB-4000. I’ll go over the specifications and features, discuss any of those features that warrant discussion, and then I’ll dive right into a comparison between [...]

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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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This is a review for the Rep Fitness HR-5000; a heavy-duty, space-saving, fully-loaded and competitively priced beast of a power rack. And it’s a half rack! the perfect type of rack for a home or garage gym. Why do I think half racks are the perfect rack for a garage gym? Because half racks offer all [...]

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Body Solid GLCE365 Leg Curl / Leg Extension Machine Comprehensive Review

I love leg curls. Not only do I love leg curls but my programming prescribes them on a fairly regular basis; a couple times a weeks sometimes (Hybrid Performance Powerlifting; for any of you wondering.) To put that another way, I want and need to be able to do leg curls in my garage gym. [...]

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Choosing a Tricep / AB Cable Attachment

Between Rogue, Spud Inc, and all the smaller equipment manufacturers, there appears to be no shortage of tricep straps, ropes, and grips to choose from. There are products made from actual rope, leather, nylon, and even plastic. There is also no shortage of ways to add a pulley system to your garage gym these days. [...]

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About the time I was wrapping up my review for the Rep Fitness AB-5000 Zero Gap Bench back in December, Rep released the ever-so-popular FB-5000 Competition Bench in all the same colors that the AB-5000 was being offered in. In addition to there now being five color choices rather than just the one, there were [...]

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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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Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack Review

This is a comprehensive review of the Rogue Monster Half Rack; the bigger, beefier, more intimidating, and more expensive big brother of the Rogue HR-2 Half Rack; Rogue’s only other half rack (surprisingly). I’ve had the single-station variant of the Monster Half Rack in my gym for about two months now. I’ve had a lot [...]

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There has never been a better time to be in the market for an adjustable bench. For the first time ever we, as small gym owners, actually have multiple options when it comes to finding an affordable, durable, feature-heavy adjustable bench.  No longer are we forced to choose between the cheap budget benches from the [...]

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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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