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Reviews

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

Wall Control – The Ultimate Home Gym Organizer

Does your gym have accessories, attachments, and other odds & ends that don't really have a "home?" It's ok if they don't - mine didn't for a long time. I had my things "neatly" organized in...

Fat Gripz Review

So, you want juicy forearms, biceps that pop, and a grip so strong you'll bring anyone to their knees... Well, I've got just what the doctor ordered: Fat Gripz. Fat Gripz are very simple attachments that...

REP PR-1100 Power Rack Review

The REP PR-1100 is the most value-packed power rack that REP Fitness offers. This rack comes in multiple colors, it offers a multi-grip pull-up bar as standard, and it doesn't need to be bolted to...

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...

Best of 2022

See the best gym equipment for 2022 so you can buy with confidence.

13 Best Bumper Plates to Buy in 2022

Bumper plates are some of the most common types of weight plates that you can buy. They're versatile, they're quiet, they're durable, and they look great. Weight plates are an essential piece of gym...

8 Best Safety Squat Bars to Buy in 2022

The safety squat bar is my favorite specialty bar. It offers several benefits, including strength, injury prevention, rehab, general comfort, and more. Despite the name, there are a lot more ways to use a safety...

10 Best Trap Bars to Buy in 2022

The trap bar is one of the most versatile specialty bars that you can own. It offers several benefits, including athletic performance, injury recovery, injury prevention, engraining proper technique, etc... In addition to these benefits,...

11 Best Dumbbells to Buy in 2022

Dumbbells are some of the most versatile tools in any gym. Whether you're looking to build muscle, get strong, or boost your conditioning, dumbbells are at your service. I don't consider them to be a...

Advice

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

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym (2022 Update)

**2022 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...