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Best Exercise Equipment Memorial Day Sales

On Memorial Day, we honor those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our country. In the fitness world, many gyms, like CrossFit boxes, do workouts specifically commemorating fallen men and women.Over the weekend, several companies, like FringeSport, Titan and Fitbit, will offer some of the best exercise equipment Memorial Day sales. Included below are some of my favorite products from these brands as well as items to check out if you’re looking for a deal. Read more

Best Tube Resistance Bands for 2021

After using resistance bands from all of the major manufacturers in various settings with various workouts over the course of two months, we've determined that the X-Over Bands by FitCord are one of the best tube resistance bands available. Read more

The Best Adjustable Dumbbells for 2021

Adjustable dumbbells are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym. Over the past eight years, I’ve acquired and reviewed 17 of the most popular options and believe the Powerblock Elite Series are the best adjustable dumbbells for most people. There is no one better suited to give an opinion on the best adjustable dumbbells than me, Coop. I have used and reviewed more gym equipment, including adjustable dumbbells, than anyone in the world. As I write this, I’m currently staring at eight sets of adjustable dumbbells, which don’t include all of the others I currently have in my garage gym or my training studio. It’s not enough to just own them, though, as I actually use them for the bench, rows, curls, and more every day and get feedback from the home gym community the world over. In addition to that, I recommend the dumbbells that are actually the best adjustable dumbbells for most people, not the ones that make Garage Gym Reviews the most money, as you’ll see elsewhere. I am confident in that and you can be confident that when you choose our recommendations, you’ll be satisfied with your weight training when you use them. RELATED: My picks for the best kettlebells Read more

The Best Air Bike for 2021

After researching 18 air bikes, using 11 of them, and legitimately testing 8 of them, we've determined that the Rogue Echo Bike has dethroned the previous victor, the Schwinn Airdyne Pro as the best air bike for most people. Factoring in price, warranty, performance, durability, and ease of use, the Rogue Echo Bike offers the best performance and least amount of maintenance among all its competitors including the ever-popular Assault Bike. Read more

The Best Budget Home Gym Equipment for 2021

Just about everyone loves the idea of walking out of your garage door or into your basement or even into a bedroom and having a place where you can hone your physical and mental abilities. Unfortunately, many people have the idea that a home gym or garage gym has to be expensive; we’re here to crush that notion. Here is the best budget home gym equipment for those on a budget so you can start training at home on your time without breaking the bank. Read more

The Best Bumper Plates for 2021

After researching over 70 bumper plates and using 32 of them, we've determined that the best bumper plates for most people are the FringeSport Bumper Plates. The best competition bumper plates for most people are the Rogue Black Training Bumper Plates. Taking into consideration rubber used, durability, noise, appearance, price, warranty, and availability, these bumper plates will work well for any home gym, commercial gym, or CrossFit Affiliate. Read more

The Best CrossFit Equipment for a Home Gym in 2021

CrossFit requires constantly varied movements performed at a high-intensity. Therefore, a home gym designed for CrossFit will require varied pieces of home gym equipment made of high-quality (due to the intensity and work required.) These are the pieces of equipment and our suggestions for each to build the ultimate CrossFit home gym. Read more

The Best CrossFit Shoes for 2021

After wearing and testing nearly every current shoe designed for general training and CrossFit type workouts, we've determined that the best training shoes for 2021 are the Reebok Nano 7 Weaves. Although this is a fierce debate and our runner-up could easily hold the top spot depending on preferences, we find that overall, the Reebok Nano 7 Weaves are the best shoes for training. Read more

The Best Ellipticals for Your Home Gym

For a great cardio workout that’s easy on the joints, the elliptical machine tops the list. Running on pavement or even the best treadmill can be problematic for many people because of the pounding it creates on knees and hips. Using an elliptical trainer forces the body into more of a gliding pattern as opposed to picking up the feet and putting them down on a hard surface.I personally tested some of the best ellipticals on the market to determine which could work best for you, based on your needs. While these are often large and expensive machines, they do offer significant benefits for those looking for a low-impact workout at home. Read more

The Best Gymnastic Grips for CrossFit for 2021

After researching nearly 25 Gymnastic Grips and legitimately testing 8 of them over the course of 35 workouts, we've determined that the best Gymnastic Grips for CrossFit currently available are the Leather 3-Finger Gymnastic Grips by Victory Grips. Read more

The Best Home Gym Flooring for 2021

The foundation of every home gym is quite literally what’s on the floor. I bought and tested the best home gym flooring options (as well as some obscure mats) to determine what works best for most people. The thing is, no two home gyms are alike. Some people lift weights in the garage, some do yoga in the living room, some turn an upstairs bedroom into a high-intensity cardio studio.There are a number of different options for the DIY home gym fanatic. I’ll break down the best gym floor mats, tiles and even vinyl planks so you can determine what works best for your workout space. Read more

The Best Home Gyms on the Market

In the last year, an overwhelming number of people finally realized what I’ve known for a long time: working out at home rules (thanks, COVID). More than ever, exercise enthusiasts are building gyms right in their own houses. The best home gyms around have barbells, exercise bikes, dumbbells and more.If you’re looking for a home gym, specifically, for your home gym, there’s a lot on the market. A “home gym” could refer to an all-in-one squat rack, a cable cross machine, an interactive screen and any other piece of equipment that essentially works the majority of your muscle groups. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the multitude of options available, so I put together the list of the pieces I like best. Read more

The Best Kettlebells for Your Home Workout

When it comes to blending strength and conditioning, the kettlebell might be the most versatile piece of equipment there is. We recommend some of the best adjustable dumbbells and best Olympic barbells, but nothing quite compares to swinging a kettlebell. The tricky part about the search for the best kettlebell is that many of them look and feel the same. However, there are differences, be it price, coating, durability, different weight increments, or the width of the handle. I have personally tested dozens of bells and can verify that the Rogue Fitness E-Coat is the best option for most people. However, your needs for your home gym may be specific, so read on to find the different kettlebells I like and why. Read more

The Best Olympic Barbell Collars for 2021

After researching over 87 barbell clamps, using 46 of them, and legitimately testing 32 of them by using them for workouts like squats, bench press, deadlift, and snatches, as well as dropping them, throwing them, and seeing the max weight they can hold–we believe the Rogue USA Aluminum Collars are the best barbell collars for most people. However, they aren't the only collars worth considering. Read more

The Best Olympic Barbells for 2021

After researching over 150 barbells and using nearly 85 of them, we've determined that the Rogue Bar 2.0 is the best multi-purpose Olympic Barbell and the Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the best powerlifting bar for most people for 2021. Factoring in price, warranty, performance, and availability, these bars stand out amongst the rest. We'd rather not have the same company hold both of the top spots, but it's hard to argue against the value these bars provide. Read more

The Best Powerlifting Barbell for 2021

After researching over 50 power bars and legitimately testing 11 of them, we've determined that the Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the best power bar for most people. Considering the price, tensile strength, warranty, performance, knurling, availability, general consensus, and durability, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar offers the best quality for the price of any powerlifting barbell currently on the market. Read more

The Best Rowing Machine for 2021

After researching more than 65 rowing machines, using 13 of them, and legitimately testing five of them, I’ve pulled together a list of the best rowing machines on the market today. I took into account durability, performance, warranty, price and availability when assessing each item. Although the Concept 2 Model D Rower came out on top, there are still some great picks here depending on what you’re looking for. Read on to learn more about each one, find out exactly how I tested these, and also what to look for when buying a rower.  Read more

The Best Safety Squat Bar for 2021

After researching 14 Safety Squat Bars and testing 7 of them during training sessions featuring squats (regular, box, and front,) good mornings, lunges, JM Presses, and more, we think that the Titan Safety Squat Bar V2 is the best Safety Squat Bar for most people. Our previous pick was the EliteFTS SS Yoke Bar; although we still love the SS Yoke, version two of the Titan SSB is almost identical at a much lower price, especially when shipping is considered. It features heavy-duty steel, removable handles, thick padding, and chrome plating. There isn't a warranty which is unfortunate, but we doubt you'll ever need to use it. Read more

The Best Squat Racks for 2021

The squat rack is the centerpiece of just about every home and garage gym in the world. As such, it should be versatile, durable, useful, and fit the space it will be used in. I have tested countless of today’s best options, putting them through heavy squats, bench presses, pull-ups (when applicable) and a number of other exercises. Based upon my use, experience, and community input, I’ve compiled the best power rack, half rack, squat stand, and fold-away squat rack for most people—including recommendations for various budgets. Read more

The Best Trap Bars for 2021 [Buying Guide]

After researching and using nearly 30 trap bars, we've determined that there is still much to be desired in a trap bar we'd recommend for most people. Despite this, currently, for 2021, our Top Pick for the best trap/hex bar is the Rogue TB-1 Trap Bar. It offers the best value among the trap bars currently on the market, although there's still much room for improvement. This said, many would be just fine choosing one of our more budget-friendly recommendations. Read more

The Best Treadmills for a Home Gym

Last year brought an onslaught of at-home workout demands. Consumers ran themselves ragged online in search of the best treadmills and fitness equipment. I have personally unboxed, assembled, researched and tested countless running machines to bring you the best of what 2021 has to offer. Whether you’re new to exercise or a seasoned runner, there is a treadmill on the market for you. For each of our nine machines below, I’ll let you know what I liked and what you should be aware of before you run head first toward such a sizable purchase.  Read more

The Best Weight Benches for 2021

After researching more than 100 weight benches, using more than 50 of them, and legitimately testing 23 of them for bench press, dumbbell work, and other movements, I’ve determined that the REP Fitness FB-5000 Competition Flat Bench is the best flat utility bench for most people, and the REP Fitness AB-5200 Adjustable Bench is the best adjustable bench for most people.It is rare for the same company to take two of the top spots, but these are the best weight benches for 2021 on a value basis for those training in a home gym.There are four necessary pieces of home gym equipment: a barbell, squat rack, weight plates, and a weight bench. These are the essentials and because of this, each one of these categories has thousands of different options to choose from. For weight benches, in particular, there are adjustable benches, FID Benches, flat utility benches, and then a myriad of unique benches for certain movements. In order to distill all of the options that I’ve tested and reviewed over the years, this bench guide is here to give you my recommendations for the best weight benches at every price point and strength level.  Read more

The Best Weighted Vests for 2021

Weighted Vests are one of the best value pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym. They’re relatively affordable compared to barbells, racks, and plates yet can be used for a wide variety of movements. After researching more than 50 weight vests and evaluating 19, we believe the Rogue Plate Carrier is the best weight vest for most people. It’s a minimalist vest that does everything you want right and leaves out the rest. If you want to go heavier than 40 LB, our runner-up the Kensui EZ Vest may suit you better. Read more

The Best Weightlifting Belts for 2021

After many years of researching, testing, reviewing, and speaking with lifters about weight belts, we decided to compile the best weightlifting belts from over 75 currently on the market. For most trainees, the 8.5MM or 10MM Thick Pioneer Cut Belt is the best weightlifting belt on the market. For CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting Athletes, the Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt is the best option we’ve used, unless you’re wanting a leather competition Oly belt, in which case we’d recommend the Rogue Oly Ohio Lifting Belt. For competitive Powerlifters, the SBD 13MM Lever Belt is the best lever belt for powerlifting that is easy to use, extremely stiff, and made of high-end materials. Read more