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...

Sanddune Stepper Review

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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...

Fringe Sport Lone Star Power Bar Review

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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...

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...

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...

Pioneer Belts Review

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Have you ever looked at a product and said to yourself "damn, this thing is just well made." Pretty cool feeling, right? In the gym equipment space, there are some companies who really excel at craftsmanship. American Barbell with barbells and Sorinex with power racks to name a couple. Pioneer belts fall firmly in this category, and I would go so far as to...

Intek Functional Trap Bar Review

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Intek Functional Trap Bar with Intek Bravo Bumpers
Update: Intek has redesigned this bar and renamed it the ModF bar. You can read my updated review here I love this bar. No, like I REALLY love this bar. I'm actually a huge fan of trap bars in general for a number of reasons. I find the movement to be very natural, from the neutral grip to the efficient lockout. Because the...

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...

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...

Vulcan Urethane Bumper Plates Review

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Vulcan Strength, as I've mentioned before, is perennially underrated in the gym equipment space. They make some of my favorite gear, including my #1 pick for a power bar under $350. Recently they've launched their new urethane bumper plates, and overall I'm very impressed. As urethane continues to become more and more popular, it's nice to see some additional options out there,...

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