EliteFTS Safety Squat Bar Review

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EliteFTS Safety Squat Bar with American Flag in background
When it comes to buying a safety squat bar, there’s really only about a handful of options that are worth your money. The EliteFTS SSB is one of those options, and it’s arguably the best and most popular safety squat bar on the market. When selecting an SSB, the most important factors to consider are general construction (duh), balance/camber angles, padding...

Titan Fitness Deadlift Jack Review

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Titan Fitness Deadlift Jack Cover Garage Gym Lab
The deadlift jack is a nice-to-have product that makes loading and unloading a bar much easier. It's not necessary by any means, but if you're deadlifting often, it does make a noticeable difference. While there are a few different options out there in terms of the style of deadlift jack, the "full" deadlift jack seen here is the easiest to use....

Edge Fitness Slim Football Bar Review

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Edge Fitness Football Bar with American Flag
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...

REP Urethane Equalizers Review

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Rep Urethane Equalizer Plates being held in hands - Garage Gym Lab
When Rep Fitness first dropped their iron Equalizer plates a couple years of ago, I was pumped. I've always been a fan of these shooter-style plates with the cutouts, and the Rep design on these specific plates drew my eye immediately. Upon receiving those plates, however, I was a bit disappointed because they didn't have the tolerances I was expecting... meaning...

Sanddune Stepper Review

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Sanddune Stepper Cover Image Garage Gym Lab
I've used a lot of equipment - some great, some not so great. In the equipment space, you see a lot of the same types of products, where construction, design qualities, and overall execution are the primary physical differentiators. Every once in a while though, you'll see a truly unique piece being introduced to the market. Unfortunately, more often than not they're a little...

Gungnir Allrounder Barbell Review

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Gungnir Allrounder - End Cap In Garage Gym
When you look at the Allrounder Bar from Gungnir, one of two thoughts is likely to pop into your head: 1.) Wow, this is amazing! 2.) Umm, this is solving a problem that doesn't exist. While either, or even both, could be true depending on the person and the situation, one thing I think everyone can agree on when looking at this...

American Barbell Urethane Bumper Plate Review

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American Barbell Urethane Plates
(Deep movie trailer guy voice) "In a world where rubber dominates the bumper plate arena, a West Coast company revolutionizes the game with a different type of product..." I'm listening... "...one that offers sex appeal, impressive performance, and downright amazing stamina..." Sounds exciting, go on... "...and leaves you feeling as if you're king of the world..." Yes, uh huh? Asking for a friend... "... as...

StrongArm Sport Calibrated Plates Review

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StrongArm Sport Calibrates Plate - Cover - Garage Gym Lab
You can go ahead and add StrongArm Sport to the list of quality up-and-coming equipment manufacturers. This Canadian based company was started by Mike Armstrong, one of the strongest and most well known Canadian powerlifters in the history of the sport. He has been competing and refereeing powerlifting meets since 1985. In that time, he has lifted in over 60...

Fringe Sport Weightlifting Bar Review

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Fringe Sport Weightlifting Bar End Cap
Fringe Sport is beginning to really make a push into the barbell scene with more specificity in terms of lifting styles. They've recently launched the weightlifting bar, the hybrid bar, and the power bar, and they are doing so at very reasonable prices. In this review, I'll be taking a look at the weightlifting bar, which comes in at under...

Quick Review: Rep Fitness 9-Bar Vertical Storage

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Rep Fitness 9-Bar Holder
We all want our gyms to look nice and organized, right? I know I do. One of the easiest ways to add some organization to your life is through barbell storage. There are two ways to go about it: vertical or horizontal. While I prefer horizontal wall-mounted systems for straight bars, I like vertical systems the best for specialty bars. This is...

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