Rep Fitness Dumbbells – Comprehensive Buying Guide

Rep Fitness Dumbbells - Cover - Garage Gym Lab
If you're in the market for some fixed dumbbells in your home gym or facility, Rep Fitness is a great company to consider. Generally speaking, I'm a big fan of Rep Fitness because of their quality, their prices, and their innovative approach to equipment overall. When it comes to dumbbells, Rep Fitness has three distinct offerings, each of which has pros...

2019 Black Friday Gym Deals

2019 Black Friday Gym Deals - Garage Gym Lab
BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE! *Updated 12/2/19 @ 9:50 am* There is simply no better time to shop for gym equipment than on Black Friday. As 2019 deals are announced, I'll be posting them below and highlighting some of my favorites in the 'GGL's Top Picks' section.  Until those deals are announced, you can see some of the 2018 offerings below to give you...

5 Awesome Benefits of the Trap Bar

The trap bar, or as some call it, the hex bar, is one of my favorite specialty bars for building strength and explosive power while also minimizing injury risk (when compared to a straight bar). The trap bar is the first specialty bar I ever used at a local YMCA, and it's one that I come back to frequently in...

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Budget Home Gym (2020 Update)

**April 2020 Update: With the COVID-19 response, many people have been displaced from their gyms, bringing into question how they will train. With as much uncertainty as there is surrounding the virus, there may not be a better time to invest in a home gym. Similarly, with as much volatility and uncertainty surrounding the economy, building a home gym...

5 Awesome Benefits of the Swiss Bar

Rogue Fitness Swiss Bar - Garage Gym Lab
The Swiss bar, sometimes referred to as the football bar or multi-grip bar, is a very popular piece of equipment for building strength. Not only does the Swiss bar help you get strong, but it also improves training variety and it's great for those with shoulder/upper extremity issues. The Swiss bar was actually the first specialty bar I purchased for my...

Building a Complete Rogue Home Gym

I'm seeing it more and more... Folks are one-stop shopping when it comes to building a home gym. Hey, I did it too when I first started mine... a full-on Rogue home gym. Rack, bar, bench, and plates - all purchased from Rogue Fitness. Of course I've expanded my lineup since then, but Rogue makes it very easy to outfit an entire home...

3 Easy Ways to Increase the Life of Your Barbell

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This is a guest post by Daniel Walter, co-founder/owner of Bar Shield USA and expert on barbell maintenance. #1 - Bar Storage Where are your barbells stored? Are they in a climate-controlled gym or a gym that is continually exposed to the elements? Depending on the climate that you live in, this could pose an immediate threat to your barbell(s). Climate-controlled gyms...

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...

10 Must-Use Craigslist Tips for Finding Used Gym Equipment

10 Must-Use Craigslist Tips for Finding Used Gym Equipment
Let's be honest for a second... Buying gym equipment isn't cheap. It can actually be pretty freakin' expensive. But it doesn't have to be. I'm a HUGE advocate for sourcing gym equipment in the used marketplace. Places like Craigslist, Facebook, OfferUp, LetGo, etc... can be gold mines when it comes to finding quality pieces to outfit your gym. You'd be surprised, for example,...

5 Awesome Benefits of the Safety Squat Bar

EliteFTS SS Yoke Bar in EliteFTS Gym
The safety squat bar is an amazing piece of equipment that produces massive benefits in terms of strength gains, injury prevention, and upper extremity preservation. It's a very versatile implement that has carry over to many different training modalities, including powerlifting, strongman, bodybuilding, etc.. Now, I'm a big fan of specialty bars in general. I use them with regularity to round...

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LUXIAOJUN Mastery Power Bar Review

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