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Since 2017, Garage Gym Lab has been the place to read reviews, find equipment, and get inspired to build the home gym of your dreams. GGL has hundreds of articles, helpful tools, and great resources to help you along the way.

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Reviews

The most detailed reviews in the business, each with a focus on helping you make informed decisions.

Exxentric kBox4 Review

I've owned and used a lot of pieces of exercise equipment in my time. Of all those pieces, the Exxentric kBox is one of the products I've been most excited to try. This is a tool...

Trueform Trainer Review

I have a confession... I've never been a big runner. I've always found it to be a bit boring, the thought of running in the elements never excited me, my form was suspect, and the idea...

Kleva Adroit Landmine Review

When it comes to strength training, mobility training, etc... the landmine is one of the most useful tools out there. It's an especially useful tool in the home gym space given that it's small, extremely...

Gripedo Trainer Review

Have you ever played with that toy 'Bop It' where you twist it, pull it, bop it, etc...? It's a fun and challenging game if you haven't tried it. The Gripedo, pronounced Grip-Eee-Doh, like a torpedo,...

Best of 2021

See the best gym equipment for 2021 so you can buy with confidence.

20 Best Barbells to Buy in 2021

Barbells are one of the most important pieces of equipment in any gym. With a barbell and some quality weight plates, you can perform hundreds of exercises to build muscle and get stronger. I...

12 Best Weight Plates to Buy in 2021

Weight Plates are an essential piece of gym equipment for anyone looking to strength train. I consider them to be one of the 'core four': a power rack, a barbell, some weight plates, and...

13 Best Weight Benches to Buy in 2021

A weight bench is one of the most important pieces of gym equipment that most lifters can own. I consider it to be one of the 'core four': a power rack, a barbell, some...

Advice

Insightful articles including buying guides, equipment benefits, tips & strategies, and much more.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym (2021 Update)

**2021 Update - As the world begins to return to a new normal in light of COVID-19, home gyms are still experiencing unprecedented growth. I believe the home gym movement is just beginning. If...

10 Must-Use Craigslist Tips for Finding Used Gym Equipment

Let's be honest for a second... Buying gym equipment isn't cheap. It can actually be pretty freakin' expensive. But it doesn't have to be. I'm a HUGE advocate for sourcing gym equipment in the used marketplace. Places like...

The Universal Barbell Score – A New Review System

I've been reviewing barbells for a long time now - I have a real passion for it. Of all the products I review, barbells are at the very top. I am beyond grateful to have...

Inspiration

Step into real home gyms around the world to find inspiration, get ideas, and read stories of actual home gym owners.

Step into Shawn Donaldson's Basement Gym

Meet Shawn. Shawn is a former collegiate offensive lineman at Kent State and now a father, husband, high school teacher, curator of morninglifter.com, and a podcast host. Shawn is one of the most consistent guys I...

Step into This Navy Veteran's Incredible Garage Gym: Illuminati Iron

Meet Joe. Joe is a veteran U.S. Navy Officer and current Certified Personal Trainer living in San Diego, CA. I first learned of Joe and Illuminati Iron on Instagram, where he posts some great motivational content...

Step into Robbey's Amazing Garage Gym

Meet Robbey. Robbey is a performance coach with an awesome garage gym. His space is equipped with quality gear from some of the biggest names in the industry and, believe it or not, he can...