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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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A Comprehensive Knurling Guide for Power, Olympic, WOD and Multi-Purpose Bars

This article is a work in progress. Normally I wouldn't publish an incomplete article, but its completion is dependent on my readers knowing of its existence and contributing to it.  I have been writing articles and equipment reviews for this site for well over five years now, and in that time I've been asked hundreds [...]

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2018 Gift ideas for Strength Athletes, Weightlifters, and Gym Rats

It is time for my new, 2018 holiday gift guide, my gift of sorts to those looking to hook up the gym rat in their life. I'll start small and move up in price as we go along. Let's see how much you love the person you're shopping for. I'm kidding! unless you're shopping for [...]

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Bumper plates sets comparison and shopping guide

Are you in need of some new bumper plates for your garage gym, CrossFit gym, or Olympic training center but you don't know which brand or even which type of bumpers to buy?  Well you have come to the right place! Whether you are just getting started and buying your very first bumper plate set, [...]

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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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Weight Bench Ultimate Review & Shopping Guide - 2018 Edition

It has been five years since the publication of my original weight bench shopping guide, and although I've managed to keep that article updated and current I thought it was time to start over. So here is version two. Flat Utility Benches Adjustable Incline Benches Flat Utility Benches Every gym should have a flat utility [...]

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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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American Barbell Announcements and Random Discussion Review

I've been getting a good number of questions about American Barbell lately; namely about their Urethane Bumper Plates and an issue regarding rust on American Barbell bar sleeves. I wanted to tackle these two questions as well as just make you aware of an opportunity to get a blemished AB bar for a bit less [...]

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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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