Body-Solid R300 Rower Review

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Body Solid R300 Rower - Cover - Garage Gym Lab
Let's play a quick game of word association... When you read the word below, what's the first thing that comes to your mind... 'Rower.' If you thought 'Concept 2', you're likely in the majority. By the way, 'brutal' is another that popped into my mind. Back to Concept 2 though - they've been dominating the rower scene for decades. You'll find their rowers in...

American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar Review

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American Barbell Grizzly Power Bar End Cap Garage Gym Lab
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...

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....

Rogue Fitness Flat Utility Bench Review

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Rogue Flat Bench Cover Photo Garage Gym Lab
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...

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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Stainless Rogue Fitness Ohio Power Bar - Cover - Garage Gym Lab
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...

Titan Fitness Safety Squat Bar v2 Review

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Titan Fitness Safety Squat Bar v2 - Cover Photo - Garage Gym Lab
The Titan Fitness v2 Safety Squat Bar is a monumental improvement over Titan's first version, which was widely considered to be an all-around terrible bar. The camber angles were completely wrong, the yoke was too wide, it had a lot of whip, etc... Thankfully, Titan ditched it all together and brought to market a safety squat bar that many people...

Rep Fitness Bench Review | FB-5000

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Rep Fitness FB-5000 Garage Gym Lab
Oh, what's that? You need a new flat bench? Well, that's good because this Rep Fitness bench is rocking the flat bench world. Yep, this bench is completely awesome. Not only does it offer one of the best designs around, but it has one of the best values of any bench you'll find. I've been using the Rogue Flat Utility Bench for the past...

Squatmax-MD Belt Squat Review

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Squatmax Belt Squat
Warning: This review may trigger some readers. Why is that? Well, because it seems belt squats are a bit controversial these days. You've got lever-based belt squats, you've got pulley-based belt squats, and you've got the Squatmax-MD belt squat. Users of each are vying for the right to say their belt squat reigns supreme over the other. In the seven years prior to owning my...

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Powerlifting Gym at Home

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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...

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