Vulcan Absolute Power Bar Review

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Vulcan Absolute Power Bar End Cap Garage Gym Lab
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...

Gymway USA Cross Training Bar 2.0 Review

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Chances are, as of the date of this article, you've never heard of Gymway USA. Chances also are, you may have actually used a barbell made by them without even knowing it. This Taiwanese manufacturer has been making barbells for other well-known companies to private label for over 30 years. I own a couple of these bars myself and, while I can't...

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...

Kabuki Strength Power Bar Review

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Kabuki Power Bar - End Cap Garage Gym Lab
You've seen it, right? Chris Duffin gnawing away at a competing power bar... Not literally, as in Chris himself, but rather his ever-so-awesome Kabuki Strength power bar. In case you missed it, you can catch the video below, but the cliff notes are a follows: Chris puts the Kabuki power bar on the lathe. Chris turns on the lathe. Chris firmly presses...

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...

Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Bar Review

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Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Bar Garage Gym Lab
After what felt like an eternity, the aggressive Rep Fitness PowerSpeed bar has arrived! If you got a taste of the Rep stainless steel power bar (review here), you know what I'm talking about. That bar, which released in 2017 offers more of a medium cut. That is, it's not very aggressive. It's a really nice bar, no doubt, but it...

Rogue Stainless Steel Ohio Power Bar Review

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The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is one of, if not the most popular power bar ever created. I've been a user of this bar for several years in the black zinc variety. It was actually the first bar I ever purchased. I recently decided to upgrade to the stainless steel version for two reasons. Firstly, I've come to really appreciate stainless...

Rogue Ohio Power Bar Review

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This is a review of the black zinc version of this bar. If you'd like to read the review of the stainless steel version, please click here. 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,...

LUXIAOJUN E1 Training Bar Review

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As one of the most decorated Olympic weightlifters of all time, Lu Xiaojun needs very little introduction. His success on the platform is well documented, and he's a household name within the sport. Recently, Lu launched a gym equipment company with an international presence. The initial offerings of bars, plates, a squat stand, and other weightlifting-related gear are all available in the...

Fringe Sport Lone Star Power Bar Review

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Fringe Sport Lone Star Power Bar - Cover - Garage Gym Lab
Fringe Sport recently dropped the mic with their triple release of the new Lone Star Power Bar, the Longhorn Buffalo Bar, and the CeraColt Olympic Bar. Looking at their full barbell lineup, I think they may have just added three new starters to the roster. I've owned the original Fringe Sport Power Bar for over a year - this new bar...

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