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Reviews

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

Xebex XT3 Sled Review

The Xebex XT3 is a piece that caught my eye possibly more than any other equipment this year. When I first saw this sled on pre-sale, I had high hopes immediately. It directly addresses one of...

Titan Fitness Fan Bike Review

The Titan Fitness Fan Bike is one of the better value air bikes currently on the market. It's built very similarly to the once most popular Assault AirBike. It uses a similar drive train, similar...

REP AB-4100 Adjustable Bench Review

Another day, another new bench from REP Fitness. Did I need it? Debatable. Did I want it? You better believe it! The AB-4100 is REP's latest adjustable bench offering, and it's one that just may hit a sweet spot...

Bells of Steel SS3 Safety Squat Bar Review

It's getting worse... ...My addiction to safety squat bars, that is. I simply can't contain myself - I need them in my life - all of them if possible. With five in my possession and plenty of...

Best of 2022

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

7 Best Air Bikes to Buy in 2022

If you're looking to take your conditioning up a notch, adding an air bike to your home gym is a great option. Air bikes are compact, affordable, and highly effective at improving endurance, losing body...

11 Best Home Gym Storage Solutions in 2022

If you're looking for gym storage ideas, you're in the right place. Storage is one of the most underrated aspects of creating an efficient, organized, and functional home gym. Home gym storage can be distilled into...

11 Best Barbell Collars to Buy in 2022

If you own a barbell and plates, you absolutely need barbell collars. Collars are an essential tool in any gym because they keep plates securely positioned on a barbell. Collars not only improve safety when...

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...

Advice

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

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 beginning. If you're looking to...

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 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 in multiple weight classes, Brian takes his training seriously, and...

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...