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

LUXIAOJUN Mastery Power Bar Review

The Mastery Power Bar is my second barbell from the young, up-and-coming company LUXIAOJUN. My first barbell from them, which I reviewed here, was the E1 Training Bar - a quality budget-friendly multipurpose bar. Since using...

REP Urethane Equalizers Review

When Rep Fitness first dropped their iron Equalizer plates a couple years of ago, I was pumped. I've always been a fan of these shooter-style plates with the cutouts, and the Rep design on these...

Gungnir Allrounder Barbell Review

When you look at the Allrounder Bar from Gungnir, one of two thoughts is likely to pop into your head: 1.) Wow, this is amazing! 2.) Umm, this is solving a problem that doesn't exist. While either,...

Gymway USA Cross Training Bar 2.0 Review

Chances are, as of the date of this article, you've never heard of Gymway USA. Chances also are, you may have actually used a barbell made by them without even knowing it. This Taiwanese manufacturer has...


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

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym (2020 Update)

**April 2020 Update: With the COVID-19 response, many people have been displaced from their gyms, bringing into question how they will train. With as much uncertainty as there is surrounding the virus, there may...


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...