Best of Roundups

Best Tube Resistance Bands for 2020

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 the best available. Read more

The Best Air Bike for 2020

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 2020

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 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 2020

After researching over 70 bumper plates, 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 2020

CrossFit requires constantly varied movements performed at a high-intensity. Therefore, a home gym designed for CrossFit will require varied pieces of 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 2020

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 2017 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 Gymnastic Grips for CrossFit for 2020

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 Olympic Barbell Collars for 2020

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 2020

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 2020. 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 2020

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 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 2020

After researching over 65 rowing machines, using 13 of them, and legitimately testing 5 of them, we've determined that the Concept 2 Model D Rower is the best rowing machine for most people. Factoring in durability, performance, warranty, price, and availability, the Concept 2 Model D Rower offers the best value and is the generally agreed upon option for those seeking a rowing machine that will last. Read more

The Best Safety Squat Bar for 2020

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 2020 [Buying Guide]

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.Based upon our use, experience, and community input, we've compiled the best power rack, half rack, squat stand, and fold-away squat rack for most people—including recommendations for various budgets.Here are our picks for each category for 2019. Read more

The Best Trap Bars for 2020 [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 2019, 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 Weight Benches for 2020

After researching over 100 weight benches, using over 50 of them, and legitimately testing 23 of them for bench press, dumbbell work, and other movements, we'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 2020 on a value basis for those training in a home gym. Read more

The Best Weightlifting Belts for 2020

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