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Reviews

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

Element 26 Weightlifting Belt Review (2022)

Quick Overview The Element 26 Self-Locking Weightlifting Belt is a nylon belt with a quick-lock buckle that makes adjustments fast and easy. It's ideal for CrossFit, general fitness,...

Hydrow Rower Review (2022): A Beautiful Rowing Experience

Quick Overview The Hydrow is a beautifully designed connected rower with unique features. Instead of air or water, it uses quiet and smooth magnetic resistance. The open-water, instructor-led...

REP Open Trap Bar Review (2022)

Quick Overview The REP Open Trap Bar is a feature-rich trap bar with great specs at an attractive price. This is a heavy-duty, rackable trap bar with a...

REP Safety Squat Bar Review (2022)

Quick Overview The REP Safety Squat Bar is a well-balanced bar with great specs and several unique features. This bar includes fully knurled steel handles, premium finishes, and...

Best of 2022

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

10 Best Lifting Straps to Buy in 2022

Too Busy for the Full Read? The Gymreapers Lifting Straps are our top pick for most people because of their build quality, comfort,...

11 Best Weightlifting Belts to Buy in 2022

Too Busy for the Full Read? The Rogue USA Nylon Belt is our top pick for most people because of its versatility, build...

8 Best Workout Sandbags to Buy in 2022

Too Busy for the Full Read? The REP Sandbag is my top pick because of its versatility, materials, and price. Moreover, it's available...

10 Best Curl Bars to Buy in 2022

Too Busy for the Full Read? The REP Curl Bar is my top pick because of its design, finish options, and price. Moreover,...

Advice

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

16 Types of Barbells To Elevate Your Training (2022)

Did you know that there are dozens of different types of barbells? From traditional Olympic barbells to niche specialty bars, there's no shortage of tools to help you reach your...

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym (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...

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...

Inspiration

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

Step Into This Competitive Powerlifter’s Compact Home Gym

Meet Brian. Brian is an accountant from Arkansas who has transformed half of his two-car garage into a beautiful powerlifting home gym. As an award-winning powerlifter...

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...

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...