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Reviews

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

Gungnir Curler Review (2022)

I've tested and reviewed dozens of EZ curl bars. Nothing out there can match the innovation of the Gungnir Curler. You may have already heard of Gungnir and their integrated SlideLock collar system. If you haven't,...

GORUCK Sandbag Review (2022)

I spent the first 18 years of my life on the beautiful coast of South Carolina. In my free time, there was a good chance you'd find me surfing, golfing, or playing soccer. One afternoon after...

Rogue Curl Bar Review (2022)

Ever since I released the Preacher Pad, I've become borderline obsessed with curling. Don't get me wrong, I've always enjoyed a good biceps pump, but these days even moreso. In my quest to find the best...

Exxentric kPulley Go Review (2022)

Flywheels have become a hot topic in the world of fitness. This relatively "new" workout device has revolutionized eccentric training by making it safer and easier. I've been training with flywheels since 2020 with the Exxentric...

Best of 2022

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

8 Best Workout Sandbags to Buy in 2022

Workout sandbags are versatile, affordable, and space-friendly training tools.  They're useful for nearly every population - CrossFit, Strongman, Powerlifting, and more.  Sandbags are great for building strength, improving conditioning, and challenging stability. With numerous variations, shapes, and...

10 Best Curl Bars to Buy in 2022

A curl bar is a unique specialty barbell built to train your biceps at multiple angles. Designed with strategically placed bends, an EZ curl bar is more comfortable than a traditional straight Olympic barbell for...

8 Best Folding Squat Racks to Buy in 2022

Finding space in your home gym for a full-size squat rack can be difficult. However, a good folding squat rack can be a great solution because it's compact, durable, and affordable. On top of...

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...

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 fitness goals. Whether you're looking to...

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...

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...