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...

The Top 8 Benefits of a Home Gym

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Will it all be worth it? You can't help wondering sometimes as you assess your current gym situation. Let me guess... You're tired of the obnoxious amounts of people jockeying for the opportunity to use a piece of equipment. You're tired of having to ask, or even being asked, "hey, can I work in with you?" You're sick of seeing that...

Winter is Here – 5 Ways to Stay Warm in Your Garage Gym

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Winter is here, folks. 'Tis the season for ice cold barbells, chapped lips, and shrinkage... of capillaries... because it's so cold... nevermind. It's not particularly easy to go out and train in the frigid cold when you're so close to the warm comforts of your own home. But not training isn't the way we do things around here, and fortunately for us, there are...

2019 Black Friday Gym Deals

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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...

13 Best Weight Benches to Buy in 2021

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A weight bench is one of the most important pieces of gym equipment that most lifters can own. I consider it to be one of the 'core four': a power rack, a barbell, some plates, and a weight bench... especially for the home gym. Benches can range in price, features, quality, etc... which can be a challenge when narrowing down...

5 Awesome Benefits of the Safety Squat Bar

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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...

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...

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 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...

Rep Fitness Dumbbells – Comprehensive Buying Guide

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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...

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