The Ultimate Guide to Building a Powerlifting Gym at Home

Squats, and bench, and deadlifts, oh my! Whether you're a competitive powerlifter, an aspiring powerlifter, or just someone who wants to build total body strength centered around the main three lifts, having the right equipment is paramount if you want to make real progress. A great way to do that? Build a powerlifting gym at home. The problem that arises for powerlifting-minded people...

Vulcan Stainless Steel Power Bar Review

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You can officially add Vulcan to the stainless steel power bar club, joining companies like American Barbell, Rogue Fitness, Ivanko, and Rep Fitness, among others. And boy did they enter with a bang. Their recent release of the stainless steel power bar attracted quite a lot of attention, and rightfully so. This bar has some unique qualities that the majority of...

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar Review

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Vulcan Strength is perennially underrated in the gym equipment space. Located in my hometown of Charlotte, NC, they're a veteran-owned company who has been around since 2009. In that time, they've built a reputation for creating high-quality pieces, especially barbells and plates. Their recent releases of the new Stainless Steel Power Bar and the updated Absolute Power Bar demonstrate their commitment...

Edge Fitness Slim Football Bar Review

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If you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of specialty bars. The very first specialty bar I purchased was a football bar so I could give my shoulders a break from straight bar work and so I could also add some variety to my training. There are a lot of good options out there when it comes to picking a football/swiss...

Rogue R3 Power Rack Review

Rogue R3 Power Rack Review
Picking a power rack... it's overwhelming, right? There are just a ton of options out there, which I elaborate on in The Ultimate Guide to Building a Powerlifting Home Gym. When I was first in the market for a rack, I did an exhaustive amount of research trying to find the perfect balance between price, performance, and footprint. I got googly-eyed looking at...

American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar Review

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Picture this for a second... The year is 1996. You're at home making some dinner and watching TV when a commercial comes on. A woman is chiseling away at a statue of a muscular, long-haired man. She places a buttered piece of bread on the pedestal that he's so eloquently leaning against when BAM... Fabio, in all his glory, busts through...

Introducing the Universal Barbell Score – A New Review System

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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 met as many people as I have in the strength community through my reviews, social media, etc... I receive messages every day from people telling...

Rogue Ohio Power Bar Review

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True of False: The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the best value power bar currently on the market. While there are some really nice power bars being introduced, some of which provide excellent value, it's hard to argue that the Rogue Ohio Power Bar doesn't at least belong in the conversation. It's well made, it has great specs, it looks awesome,...

Rogue Fitness Flat Utility Bench Review

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The Rogue flat bench is one of the most popular benches on the market for anyone with a home gym. It's reasonably priced, it's easily portable, it's well built, and it works just fine... Wait... just fine, you ask? Yes, in my opinion, it works just fine. I've owned this bench for over two years now, and it that time it has served...

American Barbell California Bar Review

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Is it just me or did Cerakote bars become all the rage seemingly overnight? In the increasingly competitive equipment space, if you're not innovating or at least keeping pace with the innovators, you're putting yourself behind the proverbial 8-ball. The company behind the Cerakote frenzy? American Barbell. Since introducing Cerakote on barbells, companies like Rogue Fitness, Fringe Sport, and Wright Equipment have all...

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