Edge Fitness Slim Football Bar Review

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If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of specialty bars. The very first specialty bar I purchased was a football bar so I could give my shoulders a break from straight bar work and so I could also add some variety to my training. There are a lot of good options out there when it comes to picking a football/swiss...

Rogue Flat Utility Bench Review

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The Rogue flat bench is one of the most popular benches on the market for anyone with a home gym. It's reasonably priced, it's easily portable, it's well built, and it works just fine... Wait... just fine, you ask? Yes, in my opinion, it works just fine. I've owned this bench for over two years now, and it that time it has served...

American Barbell California Bar Review

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Is it just me or did Cerakote bars become all the rage seemingly overnight? In the increasingly competitive equipment space, if you're not innovating or at least keeping pace with the innovators, you're putting yourself behind the proverbial 8-ball. The company behind the Cerakote frenzy? American Barbell. Since introducing Cerakote on barbells, companies like Rogue Fitness, Fringe Sport, and Wright Equipment have all...

Rep Fitness Bench Review | FB-5000

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Oh, what's that? You need a new flat bench? Well, that's good because this Rep Fitness bench is rocking the flat bench world. Yep, this bench is completely awesome. Not only does it offer one of the best designs around, but it has one of the best values of any bench you'll find. I've been using the Rogue Flat Utility Bench for the past...

Rogue R3 Power Rack Review

Rogue R3 Power Rack Review
Picking a power rack... it's overwhelming, right? There are just a ton of options out there, which I elaborate on in The Ultimate Guide to Building a Powerlifting Home Gym. When I was first in the market for a rack, I did an exhaustive amount of research trying to find the perfect balance between price, performance, and footprint. I got googly-eyed looking at...

Fringe Sport Competition Bumper Plate Review

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Looking for some new competition bumper plates? Don’t want to pay typical competition bumper plate prices? Fringe Sport just may be the answer. Over the last couple of years, particularly the last 12 months or so, Fringe Sport has been introducing some nice products at great prices. From specific-purpose barbells like their weightlifting bar and power bar (reviews here and here) to these...

American Barbell Urethane Bumper Plate Review

American Barbell Urethane Plates
(Deep movie trailer guy voice) "In a world where rubber dominates the bumper plate arena, a West Coast company revolutionizes the game with a different type of product..." I'm listening... "...one that offers sex appeal, impressive performance, and downright amazing stamina..." Sounds exciting, go on... "...and leaves you feeling as if you're king of the world..." Yes, uh huh? Asking for a friend... "... as...

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar Review

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Vulcan Strength is perennially underrated in the gym equipment space. Located in my hometown of Charlotte, NC, they're a veteran-owned company who has been around since 2009. In that time, they've built a reputation for creating high-quality pieces, especially barbells and plates. Their recent releases of the new Stainless Steel Power Bar and the updated Absolute Power Bar demonstrate their commitment...

Intek Functional Trap Bar Review

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I love this bar. No, like I REALLY love this bar. I'm actually a huge fan of trap bars in general for a number of reasons. I find the movement to be very natural, from the neutral grip to the efficient lockout. Because the load can generally be heavier on a trap bar, I find it benefits overall leg strength as...

Titan Fitness Deadlift Jack Review

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The deadlift jack is a nice-to-have product that makes loading and unloading a bar much easier. It's not necessary by any means, but if you're deadlifting often, it does make a noticeable difference. While there are a few different options out there in terms of the style of deadlift jack, the "full" deadlift jack seen here is the easiest to use....

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