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...

Fringe Sport Competition Bumper Plate Review

Fringe Sport Competition Bumper Plates Garage Gym Lab
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 Grizzly Power Bar Review

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Picture this for a second... The year is 1996. You're at home making some dinner and watching TV when a commercial comes on. A woman is chiseling away at a statue of a muscular, long-haired man. She places a buttered piece of bread on the pedestal that he's so eloquently leaning against when BAM... Fabio, in all his glory, busts through...

Vulcan Stainless Steel Power Bar Review

Vulcan Stainless Steel Power Bar End Cap
You can officially add Vulcan to the stainless steel power bar club, joining companies like American Barbell, Rogue Fitness, Ivanko, and Rep Fitness, among others. And boy did they enter with a bang. Their recent release of the stainless steel power bar attracted quite a lot of attention, and rightfully so. This bar has some unique qualities that the majority of...

Moving Over Boundaries Limitless Grip Review

Moving Over Boundaries Limitless Grip
You know what sucks? Slippery benches. You know what I'm talking about, right? You take your time getting set up under the bar. Your shoulders are down and back, your upper back is set, you have a tight arch... you're ready to move some weight. But then something terrible happens. You unrack the bar, maybe hit a couple reps, and then you start...

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Powerlifting Gym at Home

Squats, and bench, and deadlifts, oh my! Whether you're a competitive powerlifter, an aspiring powerlifter, or just someone who wants to build total body strength centered around the main three lifts, having the right equipment is paramount if you want to make real progress. A great way to do that? Build a powerlifting gym at home. The problem that arises for powerlifting-minded people...

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar Review

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar End Cap Garage Gym Lab
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...

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...

Inzer Lever Belt Review

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"You get what you pay for." I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy buyer's remorse. When I make a purchase, I hope to extract enough value from it to justify the price tag. The level of remorse is magnified of course when the price tag is higher, the psychological attachment is stronger, the perceived benefit is greater, etc... Does...

Fringe Sport Power Bar Review

Fringe Sport Power Bar End Cap
The Fringe Sport Power Bar is a relative newcomer on the power bar scene, but I've got a feeling this bar will be around for a while. Priced below $300, this offering from Fringe Sport represents a nice value when compared to some of the other power bars out there that are more expensive. While you're not going to get some...

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