In-Depth Reviews

Exxentric kBox4 Flywheel Training Review

The kBox4 from Exxentric is a revolutionary piece of training equipment that is unlike anything we've tested before. Not only is the flywheel system employed by the kBox4 effective, but the build quality and precision of the machine is unparalleled. Read more

8th Day Performance Adjustable Plyo Box Review

The Elev8 Adjustable Plyometric Box from 8th Day Performance is one of the best overall plyo boxes available today. Combining lightweight materials in a unique and versatile design, 8th Day Performance has created a plyometric box that should become the new standard for home and commercial gyms. However, despite it having a great design, there are some deficiencies that should be addressed. Read more

Acme Sledgeworks Triad In-Depth Review

The Triads from Acme Sledgeworks are a triangle-shaped "dumbbell" that can be used in a similar fashion as dumbbells and kettlebells with some unique advantages. We love the use of unconventional equipment to increase engagement and interest and training and the Triads hit the nail on the head in this area. Read more

Adidas Adipower vs. Nike Romaleos 2 Weightlifting Shoes Review

The Adidas Adipowers and Nike Romaleos 2 are the most popular weightlifting shoes currently available. So, we put them head to head to figure out which is the best. Read more

Adidas CrazyTrain BOOST Elite Review

The Adidas CrazyTrain Boost Elites surprised us during our testing, bringing to the table a complete training shoe great for running with exceptional comfort. Although Boost technology decreases stability, the benefits of Boost outweigh the negatives. We are pleased to recommend the CrazyTrain Boost Elites to trainees with a running bias. Read more

Adidas Leistung Weightlifting Shoes Review

The Adidas Leistung Weightlifting Shoes are Adidas latest weightlifting shoes that feature a BOA dial and many unique features. Read more

Altra HIIT XT Training Shoes Review

The Altra HIIT XT Training Shoes are the biggest surprise training shoe to be released in 2017. Not only are the Altra HIIT XT's comfortable, but they're also durable and stable. After putting the HIIT XT's through many different workouts, we can confidently recommend them to anyone looking for a great training shoe for CrossFit-type workouts. Read more

American Barbell Cerakote Mammoth Bar In Depth Review

The Mammoth Power Bar from American Barbell is one of the best power bars currently on the market. With a Stainless Steel shaft and Cerakote sprayed over the top, this bar will resist corrosion longer than every bar you own. We highly recommend it. Read more

American Barbell Gold Standard Bar In-Depth Review

The American Barbell Gold Standard Bar is a great option for anyone looking to purchase a versatile barbell. The Gold Standard Bar has a flashy gold finish, yet durable zinc coat, as well as being produced in the United States, and meets IWF standards. This barbell should not go overlooked when looking to purchase a barbell for any home or commercial gym. Read more

American Barbell Stainless Bearing Bar In-Depth Review

The American Barbell Stainless Bearing Bar is one of the best Olympic barbells on the market today. With an innovative needle bearing design, stainless steel shaft, and great price point, this is one of the best barbells currently being made in the US. Read more

American Barbell T-Grip Bar In-Depth Review

After putting the T-Grip Bar by American Barbell through nearly every exercise you can think of including pressing, pulling, curls and more over the course of two months, we believe that the T-Grip Bar is one of the best multi-grip bars available. That said, this is definitely a bar in which you get what you pay for, and the cost may very well be prohibitive for many looking to purchase a multi-grip specialty bar. Read more

American Barbell Training Bar In-Depth Review

The American Barbell Training Bar is one of the best general training barbells currently on the market. It has great knurling and a high tensile strength at a good price. We highly recommend this bar. Read more

American Barbell Urethane Bumper Plates Review

American Barbell is by and large making some of the best training equipment available, and the Urethane Pro Series Bumper Plates are no exception. Utilizing urethane instead of the traditional rubber creates an ultra-durable, low bounce plate, with vibrant colors. These are the best competition bumper plates we've had the opportunity to review to date. Read more

Angles90 Grips In-Depth Review: Cheap, Effective Pulling Handles

Angles90 are a simple, yet highly effective set of handles that is purported to increase the range of motion and require more body tension during various pulling workouts. After using Angles90 for nearly two months for all sorts of movements like deadlifts, shrugs, rows, pull-ups, and more, we can confidently recommend to anyone that wants to vary their grip for different bar based pulling (and some extension) movements. Read more

Armaid In-Depth Review

The Armaid is an arm roller that is popular among rock climbers and starting to be used more by people who train. In our testing, it is not only easy to use, but extremely effective. If you deal with tendinitis or other overuse injuries in the forearms, then we highly recommend the device. Read more

Armored Fitness XPO Trainer Sled Review

The XPO Trainer Sled from Armored Fitness is an innovative sled that combines a resistance motor with wheels to allow for a nearly silent operation and an absolutely brutal workout. After putting it through various workouts including sprints, intervals, and longer distance pushes, we feel confident recommending the XPO Trainer to anyone wanting a compact, quiet, and effective sled. Read more

BAMF Hammer Review: Thor's Hammer for Fitness

The BAMF Hammer is a great option for anybody looking to add some variety to the routine by increasing overall strength and flexibility. Being hand-made in the U.S. the hammer will humble all who dare to pick it up. It also looks really cool and can make anyone feel like Thor. Read more

BandBell Earthquake Bar Review: Is The Bamboo Barbell Worth It?

The Bandbell Bamboo Earthquake Bar is a specialty barbell designed to work the stabilizers through a term they’ve coined “Oscillating Kinetic Energy,” also known as OKE. Although there is some gimmicky marketing, this is one of the most humbling bars we’ve ever used (specifically on the bench press) and has held up to a lot of use over the 5 years we’ve had it. We do recommend it, albeit after other specialty bars like a trap bar and safety squat bar. Read more

Barbell Logic Online Coaching In-Depth Review

Barbell Logic, formerly Starting Strength Online Coaching is an online coaching program that utilizes Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength Book as a basis for its programming. After testing the programming over 90 days, I not only hit lifetime bests in every lift, I greatly enjoyed the entire experience. We highly recommend SSOC to any trainee, especially garage gym owners, looking to increase strength. Read more

Barbell Shrugged Diesel Dad Training Program Review

Diesel Dad is a training program created by Barbell Shrugged designed for busy dads that want to make the most of their time in the garage gym. I’ve been testing the program over the past month as a busy father myself. The focused-approach that gets you in and out of the gym while still getting results is a great combo and a program we would recommend for those short on time. Read more

Beast Sensor Review: Strength Training Wearable Device

The Beast Sensor is a complicated and advanced accelerometer built into a module that can be attached to a provided wristband, or if so inclined can be magnetically attached to say a weight stack in a lat pull down or a barbell. In our opinion, the accuracy still needs some work, but it has potential. Read more

Believe Gear Liberty Cerakote Barbell In-Depth Review

The Believe Gear Liberty Barbell is a 20KG Cerakote Barbell painted to look like the American Flag. Although it's one of the coolest looking barbells we've seen, it's also a great performer that with 190K Tensile Strength Steel, Bronze Bushings, and 100% of the profits being donated to the Old Glory Project. Read more

Bells of Steel Trap Bar 2.0 Review: Unique Features, Great Value

The Bells of Steel Trap Bar 2.0 is one of many trap bars on the market, however, it is one of the only with rotating Olympic sleeves and happens to be at a pretty good price point. After using the bar over the course of three months for trap bar deadlifts, shrugs, and carries we can recommend the Bells of Steel Trap Bar 2.0 to anyone wanting a budget-priced trap bar that is superior to all at its price point (and some above.) Read more

BenchBlokz Review

BenchBlokz are a product that creates a way to simulate board presses using a hard foam that takes up less space than typical wooden boards. Although an extremely simple product, they are definitely an idea that makes you step back and say, "why didn't I think of that?"a Read more

Bowflex HVT In-Depth Review

The Bowflex HVT is the best machine from Bowflex we have ever used. After putting it through multiple workouts including ones designed for cardio, strength training, as well as both, we can confidently recommend the HVT to users wanting a versatile piece of equipment that takes up little space. Read more

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells Review (2021)

The Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are arguably the most popular adjustable dumbbells in the world. They’re quick to change, available everywhere, have a decent max weight, and are priced extremely affordably. Although I prefer other adjustables above these for various reasons, if you’re on a budget, the 552’s are a tremendous value, although not without some quirks. Read more

Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell Review

The Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell is an adjustable kettlebell that goes from 8LB to 40LB using a quick dial. After using the kettlebell for swings, Turkish getups, goblet squats, jerks, lunges, and farmers carries, I must say, it’s a good design. It’s from Bowflex, so it uses a lot of plastic and isn’t great for hard use, but if you’re looking for a compact kettlebell with low max weight, I recommend it and put it on my list of the best kettlebells on the market. Read more

Bowflex VeloCore Review: Innovative Leaning Bike 2021

About a month ago, I was watching TV and an advertisement for the new Bowflex VeloCore popped on screen. I was fascinated to see a bike trying to compete with Peloton but with an added layer of intrigue: it can lean while you’re riding. Right away, I knew I had to order it and try it out for all you fine folks in the Garage Gym Review community. I love the core engagement you get when using the lean mode on this bike. It’s such a unique and fun feature that separates the VeloCore from other exercise bikes for a home gym.  In this Bowflex VeloCore review, you can expect to see my opinion on what really matters – durability, overall value, and the leaning feature. I put this bike through my standardized tests to help you decide if this is worth your money.  Read more

Brute Belt In-Depth Review

The Brute Belt is a unique dip belt that is both durable and easy to use. We're big fans, although there are some things that need to be improved. Read more

Brute Force Sandbag Review

Brute Force are making some of the best sandbags on the market. Combining heavy-duty materials with well thought out designs, these sandbags can take a beating and keep on performing. Read more

Buddy Capps Texas All American Bar In-Depth Review

The Texas All American Bar the first general-purpose barbell produced by Buddy Capps, the company behind the legendary Texas Power Bar. Utilizing a similar construction and material list as the Texas Power Bar, the All American Barbell features a more passive knurl to allow things like barbell cycling. Although the Texas All American Bar isn't the best bar we've reviewed, the price, features, and quality make it a bar that we can easily recommend. Read more

Chalk Monster In-Depth Review

Chalk Monster is a company producing chalk that features 100% Magnesium Carbonate. It's priced well, not easily breakable, and comes with cool, unique branding. We recommend it if you're unsatisfied with other standard options. Read more

ChopFit Chopper In-Depth Review

The ChopFit Chopper is an iron club of sorts that has been fashioned into the shape of a hatchet. It's a cool looking, Instagram-worthy piece of workout equipment that also comes with an app. Although we think it's too light and there are better ways to spend money on fitness equipment, if you're looking at following a simple, HIIT-based workout program, this could be an engaging option. Read more

Clench Fitness Bands & Handle Review

Clench Fitness has created a Band Handle that allows trainees to use bands without having to hold them in their hands. It's a unique idea that's done well and is perfectly suited for the home gym owner. They also create bands, however, any standard band will work in the handle. Read more

Concept 2 BikeErg In-Depth Review

The Concept 2 BikeErg is just as good as the Concept 2 Rower and Skierg; to put it plainly, nobody is creating conditioning equipment with the attention to detail, quality, or performance of Concept 2. The BikeErg is a shining example of what a company can do when they focus on quality over quantity of products. Read more

Concept 2 Model D Rower In-Depth Review

The Concept 2 Model D Rower is far and away the best rowing machine we've ever reviewed. In fact, it's one of the best pieces of fitness equipment we've ever used. This is also pretty much a unanimous opinion by anyone who's used a Concept 2 product. Yes, the Model D is an expensive piece of cardio equipment at nearly $1,000 shipped, but with the combination of an outstanding workout, extreme durability, and very high resale value if you decide to sell it, this is as safe of a recommendation for us to make as we ever have. Read more

Concept 2 SkiErg In-Depth Review

Concept 2 has produced some of the most durable pieces of equipment and the Concept 2 SkiErg is no exception. The SkiErg takes the quality of the Concept 2 Rower, but for a different sport, Nordic Skiing. We highly recommend the Concept 2 SkiErg for anyone looking for a long-lasting, highly effective piece of conditioning equipment. Read more

Crain's Okie Deadlift Bar In-Depth Review

Crain's Okie Deadlift Bar is one of the most legendary barbells ever made. Unfortunately, despite new methods and manufacturing abilities, the Okie Deadlift Bar is still made the exact same way as it was in the 70's. It's a beautiful piece of nostalgia, but it's certainly been passed by the myriad of Deadlift Bar options available today. Read more

Crossover Symmetry In-Depth Review

Crossover Symmetry is a rotator cuff/scapular activation and strength program designed to improve overhead performance and increase strength and mobility. Through testing of the program over the course of a year, we can confidently say that Crossover Symmetry met and exceeded our expectations and we recommend it to everyone who desires healthier shoulders and better performance. Read more

CrossRope Jump Rope Review

The CrossRope Jump Ropes are the best option for weighted jump ropes currently available. After testing all of the various cable weights and handles in various workouts from double unders to speed skips, we are confident in recommending these ropes. Read more

Dominion Starting Strength Leather Weightlifting Belt Review: Minimal, Effective, Great Looking Belt

Dominion Strength has teamed up with Mark Rippetoe and the guys at Starting Strength to create an exclusive belt for their new affiliate gyms. The Starting Strength Single Ply Weightlifting Belt from Dominion Strength uses a 7MM thick piece of top grain sole bend leather combined with a seamless roller buckle to create a simple, yet long-lasting weightlifting belt that performs as well as it looks. Although we'd suggest the 10MM thick belt we've reviewed previously, this is a great option for those that like a thinner belt. Read more

Dominion Strength Powerlifting Belt In-Depth Review

The Dominion Strength Powerlifting Belt is a 3" belt most often used for deadlifting that is made in the USA and utilizes 10mm leather and a single prong roller. After reading Mark Rippetoe's article on the use of a thinner belt in the deadlift, and using the Dominion Strength Belt over the course of two months, we highly recommend the belt to anyone who desires a top quality power belt at a great price. Read more

Echelon Stride Review

Released in 2020, the Echelon Stride is one of the newest interactive running machines on the market. There are a few reasons that it made my list of the best treadmills, namely because of its foldability and portability. I like its compact size for people in tight spaces, and I also like that although imperfect, it at least makes an attempt at imitating higher-end treadmills through its connectivity with an interactive app.I conducted an in-depth Echelon Stride review to look at the way the Stride performs, its key features as well as some important things you need to know before you buy. My Favorite Things:Incredibly easy to assemble (just a few short steps)Compact size is great for small spacesVery easy to usePriced under $1,500Uses Echelon United for programmingMy Callouts: Basic console – you need your own tablet or device to stream the appSuper short one-year warrantySmall treadmill means a small running deckWeaker motor at just 1.75 chp Read more

Edge Fitness Systems Standing Back Extension Review

The Standing Back Extension from Edge Fitness Systems is a new spin on an old design proposed by legendary strongman Paul Anderson. Not only is this piece a game changer regarding training the posterior chain, but it is also sure to become a mainstay and stand alongside staples such as the GHR, Reverse Hyper, and Belt Squat Machine. Read more

Eleiko Öppen Deadlift Bar Review: The Best Trap Bar Currently Available

The Eleiko Öppen Deadlift Bar is a trap bar that utilizes an open-ended concept, barbell handles, and a built-in jack to create the best trap bar we have tested. Although expensive, the Öppen Deadlift Bar is an extremely useful and innovative specialty bar that we recommend to anyone with a desire for the best and doesn't mind paying for it. Read more

EnergyFit SKI-ROW Review: Concept 2 Alternative That Misses The Mark

The EnergyFit SKI-ROW is a combination of both a  rowing and skiing machine in one (semi) compact unit. The biggest consideration should be how it compares to the Concept 2 Model D Rower and Concept 2 SkiErg and after comparing the two, Concept 2’s machines are vastly superior. Although we like the novel idea of the SKI-ROW, we do think there are some issues that need to be addressed before we can fully recommend it. Read more

Exxentric kPulley2 Flywheel Training Device Review

The Exxentric kPulley2 is a flywheel training machine that is deceivingly simple in its operation, but brutal in its application. Although there are other flywheel machines available, Exxentric is by far the leader and the kPulley2 can add a ton of variety to any home gym, if you’re willing to spend the money. Read more

Fat Gripz In-Depth Review

Fat Gripz are barbell attachments that increase the grip diameter, essentially turning any solid bar into an axle bar. They're incredibly tough, useful, and surprisingly cheap. We highly recommend them. Read more

Fitbit Charge 4 Review: Wearable, Affordable Fitness Tracking

For under $130, the Fitbit Charge 4 is a reasonably priced fitness tracker that sports a sleek design. With new features like on-board GPS and Spotify control, the Charge 4 is definitely an upgrade from the Charge 3, which was released in 2019. In my opinion, this is the best fitness tracker for most people. In this Fitbit Charge 4 review, I’ll give you the ins and outs on all the features, ease of operation, and if it is worth your money. As with any equipment I review, I put the product to the test to give you all the positives and negatives in order for you to make the best buying decision for you.My Favorite Things:Built-in GPS24/7 heart rate trackingSleep tracking capabilitiesWater resistant up to 5 ATM/50 metersUnder $130My Callouts:Narrow screen at under an inch wideBattery drains quickly with use of GPS Grayscale display Read more

Fitbit Inspire 2 Review: A Lot of Bang for Your Buck

For as long as I can remember, Fitbit has been a brand synonymous with fitness trackers. They have continued to put out quality products at a fairly reasonable price for the past few years. The Fitbit Inspire 2 fits the bill for a quality, reasonably priced fitness tracker that has all the basics. The Inspire 2 is an upgrade from the Inspire because of the addition of active zone minutes, swim tracking, and double the battery life. In this Fitbit Inspire 2 review, I’ll break down all the features you’re dying to know about and give you the overall pros and cons of this fitness tracker. I’ll test the compatible app, durability, battery charge, and exercise tracking features to give you a clear picture of the Inspire 2. I pride myself on giving honest, in-depth reviews that help my Garage Gym Review family make the best buying decisions. My Favorite Things:Under $10020+ exercise modesDaily move remindersWater resistant up to 5 ATM/50 metersUp to 10 days of battery lifeMy CalloutsNo built-in GPSNarrow touchscreenLack of altimeterFor more, check out my list of the best fitness trackers on the market today. Read more

Fitbit Ionic In-Depth Review

The Fitbit Ionic is one of the best activity tracking smart watches available on the market today. With Fitbit's encouragement to accomplish fitness goals, an exercise tracker to understand just how fit you are, and multiple day battery life, the Fitbit Ionic should not go overlooked when looking for an activity tracking smart watch. Read more

Flex Wheeler's Back Widow Attachment Review - Worth the Cost?

Flex Wheeler's Back Widow is one of the most versatile cable machine attachments ever created. It's great as a "back blaster" for lat pulldowns and rows, but works just as well for curls and tricep work. In addition to that, it doubles as a deadlift jack and also works as a landmine. Honestly, unless you're conscious of all it does, you'll forget just how often you can use it. It is expensive and we do recommend it, but only to those that will use it's various capabilities and don't want to take up space with a ton of different attachments. Read more

Force USA MyRack In-Depth Review

The Force USA MyRack is not only one of the most customizable racks available, but it's also one of the most feature-filled for those on a budget. After training in the MyRack over 30 days and testing (literally) every accessory they make, we can confidently recommend it to anyone looking for a budget squat rack. Read more

FORM Lifting Collar Review

The FORM Lifting Collar is a collar that is a velocity tracker for the major barbell lifts. Through our testing, although we like the idea, it's not as accurate as we'd like to see. If you're an early-adopter then this is a good option, but expect issues. Read more

Fray Fitness Functional Trainer Review: Cheap, Great Value Cable Machine

The Fray Fitness Functional Trainer is one of the best home gym cable machines available. Although it states it is "commercial-quality," we disagree, but that does not mean it's not a good machine. It is one of the cheapest functional trainers you can get with 200 LB weight stacks. If you have a home gym and want to add a cable machine on a budget, this is a good option. Read more

Fringe Sport Bomba Bar V3 Review 2021: A Blacked-Out Beauty for Olympic Weightlifters

There are a ton of barbells out there in the fitness world. (I should know: I’ve tested nearly 100 of them.) Having trouble choosing one for your home gym? Have no fear, Coop from Garage Gym Reviews is here! I’m adding to my collection of barbell reviews with this Fringe Sport Bomba Barbell Review, diving into all of the pros and cons of this blacked-out needle bearing bar. Read more

Fringe Sport Comp Flat Bench Review 2021: A Big Bench for Big Weights

If you don’t have a weight bench in your garage gym, do you even really have a garage gym? I kid—any home gym is a good gym. In all seriousness, though, a weight bench is a staple piece of home gym equipment for people all over the world. Bench press is one of the big three lifts, after all. If you don’t yet have a bench or you’re on the hunt for a new one, you’ve come to the right place: Keep reading for my Fringe Sport Comp Flat Bench review.Why You Should Trust UsI’ve tested all of the best weight benches currently available. I’ve also tested my fair share of not-so-great weight benches. So, I know what to look for in a good weight bench for a home gym and I can tease out all of the pros and cons of different benches from different brands. Read more

FringeSport Bumper Plates In-Depth Review

FringeSport has produced some of the best bumper plates available on the market with their Contrast Bumper Plates. With its ultra-durable virgin rubber, raised contrast lettering, and the best warranty offered for bumper plates, the FringeSport Contrast Bumper Plates are the bumper plates we recommend when looking to purchase a new set for any home or commercial gym.   Read more

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell In-Depth Review

The Hybrid Barbell is Fringe Sport's answer to the ever popular Rogue Fitness Chan Bar. Featuring some unique specs at a great price, the FringeSport Hybrid Barbell is an excellent value for those wanting a jack of all trades barbell. Read more

FringeSport Lone Star Power Bar Review: Quality, USA Made Barbell

If the Rogue Ohio Power Bar and Texas Power Bar had a baby, it would be the FringeSport Lone Star Power Bar. Featuring a high-quality knurl, high tensile strength, lifetime warranty, and being made in the USA of US-sourced steel, the FringeSport Lone Star Bar is a beast. Read more

FringeSport Longhorn Buffalo Bar Review: A Budget-Friendly Duffalo Bar

The Longhorn Buffalo Bar from FringeSport takes many of the features that have made the Kabuki Strength Duffalo Bar popular and packaged them in a more budget-friendly version. After testing the bar and comparing it to both the Duffalo Bar and some of the older, cheaper buffalo bars, we can confidently recommend the Longhorn. We specifically recommend it to anyone that has been eyeing the Duffalo Bar, but doesn't mind fewer features in favor of a more budget-friendly price. Read more

FringeSport MilSpec Bumper Plates Review: Durable and Military Approved (2021)

If you like throwing your weight down like any good meathead should, you’re probably pretty familiar with bumper plates. I’ve been testing all kinds of bumper plates over the years, such as the Rogue Fitness US MIL Spec Crumb Bumper Plates, American Barbell Urethane Bumper Plates, and REP Fitness Sport Bumper Plates. I’ve been impressed with the FringeSport Bumper Plates in the past so I was eager to deliver a FringeSport MilSpec Bumper Plates review. There are a lot of particulars I look for when reviewing a bumper plate—it’s about more than just bounce or aesthetics. I also look at the  warranty, price, material, and scale on the Shore Durometer.Why You Should Trust UsI’ve tested over 70 different bumper plates and have even written an article about the best bumper plates. (I also wrote one on the best weight plates overall if you’re more of an iron-slinging dude.) You can trust that I dropped these suckers from various heights, did a bunch of lifts, and maybe even licked one or two of ‘em. Just kidding, I only sniffed them. They smell like rubber in case you were wondering. Clearly I was. Read more

Garmin Forerunner 245 Review (2021): A Smartwatch for Runners

The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a cardio junkie’s dream come true. It has built-in GPS, tracks a variety of metrics such as your VO2 Max, and gives tips on your running form. We had several people test this tracker, including an avid runner.As always, I’ll give my honest opinion and all the details with my in-depth Garmin Forerunner 245 review. When testing fitness trackers, I look for things like overall value, activity tracking options, different metrics, and the benefits of the companion app. Our testers used this tracker to run trails, do strength training, cycle, and for daily walks. Using the Forerunner 245 for a variety of activities is important for my assessment process in order to understand where this tracker shines.  My Favorite Things:GPS-enabled watchGarmin Coach Training ProgramsShows your current amount of energy dubbed the “body battery”Incident detection and assistance featuresMy Callouts:Wristband might be uncomfortableHas no music storage without upgrading to the Garmin Forerunner 245 music edition1-year limited warranty for an almost $300 tracker Read more

Genesis Deadlift Jack In-Depth Review

The Genesis Deadlift Jack has upped the game by providing a lightweight and very durable deadlift jack that will take up almost zero space in any commercial or home gym. At a pretty great price, the Genesis Jack should rank near the top of any deadlift jack list. Read more

Get RXd Xebex Air Bike Review

The Xebex Air Bike from Get RXd is a bike very similar to the Assault Air Bike, but at a much better price. After testing and comparing the Xebex Air Bike over 3 months, we recommend the bike for someone that wants a chain-driven air bike at a good price. Read more

Get RXd Xebex Rower Review

The Xebex Rower from Get RXd is an outstanding competitor to the reigning champ, the Concept 2 Model D Rower. Featuring commercial-grade components in a lower priced platform is what makes the Xebex Rower standout. If you're not wanting the Concept 2 Model D, then we suggest the Xebex Rower. Read more

Ghost Strong Combo Rack HD In-Depth Review: Best Combo Rack in the World?

The Ghost Strong Combo Rack HD is one of the most high-quality, custom squat racks on the market. Designed specifically for powerlifting, not only is the function of this rack extremely high, but so is it's good looks. If you want one of the best squat racks and don't mind paying for it, this is a hard rack to beat (although there are some things we would like to see improved.) Read more

GORUCK Sandbags Review: Train for Life (2021)

Like plenty of fitness enthusiasts, I’m all about training for life. I’m not a professional athlete (I know many of you are shocked by that revelation) and I’m not training for a marathon or Ironman. I want to train in a way that will be useful in real life applications (such as when I fell through my attic and caught myself in a dip). The GORUCK Sandbag hits the nail on the head for a product that makes me feel like I’m functionally training for life. Sandbags make a great addition to home gyms, and the GORUCK bags in particular are very durable and extremely high quality.In this GORUCK Sandbag review, I’ll let you know my thoughts on the ordering process, the aesthetics, and everything in between. At Garage Gym Reviews, I care about giving honest, in-depth reviews on products you want to learn more about. Read more

Gripedo Trainer In-Depth Review: Versatile Landmine Tool

The Gripedo Trainer is an incredibly versatile grip building tools that is a swiss army knife of sorts. Thanks to its unique design and ability to be used in multiple ways, we recommend the Gripedo Trainer to anyone looking for a piece of equipment to increase training versatility with minimum space, although we would like to see the price decreased. Read more

Gungnir Allrounder Barbell Review: Built-In Barbell Collars

The Gungnir Allrounder is an Olympic barbell that plays to its Norwegian creator's innovative prowess. Featuring built-in titanium clips known as "Slidelocks", this barbell runs the gambit of evolutionary gym-tech. Coming in at 216,000 PSI tensile strength built into the hard chrome-coated shaft with precise knurling, the Allrounder bar is innovative and of high-quality–albeit at a high price tag that will be hard to swallow for most people. Read more

GymNext Flex Timer Review: Bluetooth Controlled Gym Timer

The GymNext Flex Timer is a gym timer controlled by your phone via Bluetooth. We found that we preferred using our phone instead of the remote we often lost and liked the ease of programming via the app. If you're wanting a gym timer for your Garage Gym or Commercial Gym, this is a great option. Read more

HawkGrips IASTM Tools In-Depth Review

HawkGrips are IASTM tools that are made of stainless steel and some of the best available. They're high-quality, incredibly useful, and beautiful. We highly recommend them to practitioners and people that like nice bodywork tools. Read more

Hylete Apparel Review: Is the Price Worth It?

Hylete came on the scene a few years ago offering well fitting shorts and shirts with sweat-wicking material that were CRAZY comfortable. The quest is, is the price worth it? Read more

HyperIce Hypervolt In-Depth Review

The Hypervolt Hyperice is the best price point option for massage guns available on the market today. The device is equipped with multiple attachments that are user-friendly to interchange, a long-lasting battery, three different speed options, and most importantly the quietest motor we've used. The Hypervolt is the best portable massage gun currently available. Read more

Hyperwear Hyper Rope Battle Rope Review: In-Depth Review (2021)

Anyone who’s ever used a battle rope knows how quickly it can jack your heart rate up and leave you feeling winded. Even the fittest people I know can get their behinds whooped by a battle rope. You might normally see these long and heavy ropes in use at the gym, but they’re also an excellent choice for a home workout. Like most home gym equipment products, there are tons of battle ropes to choose from, spanning a wide range of budgets. Choosing one can get tricky, as you always want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. In our Hyperwear Hyper Rope battle rope review, I take a look at the patent-pending design of this unique piece of workout equipment. Is the Hyper Rope one of the best battle ropes? Let’s find out.RELATED: Read My Hyperwear Hyper Vest Elite Weighted Vest Review Why You Should Trust Us I’ve tested many a battle rope in my day. I’ve used budget options that fray within days of use and high-end ropes that don’t show a single sign of wear after years. From traditional battle ropes like the Onnit Battle Ropes to niche fitness rope products like the Inertia Wave, I understand what materials, construction, anchoring systems, and designs make a good battle rope.  Read more

Hyperwear Hyper Vest Elite Weight Vest: Breathable With a Snug Fit (2021)

While a weighted vest is certainly not a necessity for a good home gym setup, having one at your disposal can be the cherry on top of a lot of workouts. Weight vests are extraordinarily beneficial for people who are just starting to build their home gym, as well as people who have small spaces, because you can wear a weighted vest to make any basic bodyweight exercise more challenging. Why You Should Trust UsI’ve tested most of the best weighted vests on the market. The Hyperwear Hyper Vest Elite Weighted Vest is different than most—it’s unique in the build and the way it fits. In this Hyperwear Hyper Vest Elite review, I dive into my thoughts on the vest, from my favorite features to its downfalls compared to my other top picks.   Read more

Hyperwear Sandbell PRO Review: In-Depth Review (2021)

After testing dozens of sandbags from top brands including Rogue, REP Fitness, Onnit, Brute Force, and more, I’ve come to realize what makes a good sandbag and what, quite frankly, makes for a lousy one. Once I got my hands on the Hyperwear Sandbell PRO, I realized what I was holding wasn’t like any other sandbag I’d used before. RELATED: Read My Hyperwear Hyper Vest Elite Weighted Vest Review Why You Should Trust Us I spent a lot of time with the Hyperwear Sandbell PRO. I chucked it, slammed it, dropped it, dragged it, and did essentially anything you could think to do with a sandbag. I used it for squats, deadlifts, presses, crawls, throws, lunges, and more. Between my use of the product and my expertise in fitness equipment manufacturing and textiles, I can make a solid recommendation for who should buy the Hyperwear Sandbell PRO and who should choose a different product.  Read more

Immortal Combat Equipment War Wagon In-Depth Review

The War Wagon from Immortal Combat Equipment is a new option to maximize grip strength as well as increasing overall strength endurance. The War Wagon is a versatile and extremely durable piece of equipment that is a great option for anyone looking to increase their GPP. Read more

Inertia Wave In-Depth Review: The Battle Ropes Alternative

Inertia Wave is designed as a lighter, more portable battle ropes alternative. We've tested and reviewed a pair over the past three months both in house and by others and although we initially were extremely skeptical, we do think it's a great replacement for the ever-popular and overly-bulky battle ropes. If you're low on space, enjoy portability, and want a great conditioning tool, the Inertia Wave is a serious option to consider. Read more

Invest Pro Weight Vest Review

The Invest Pro Weight Vest is one of the best weighted vests on the market. Featuring a locked-in feel with easy adjustments, the Invest Weight Vest is a great option for those looking for a budget-friendly alternative to the 5.11 Tactical Plate Carrier. Read more

Iron Neck Home In-Depth Review

The Iron Neck Home is one of the best tools currently available to train the neck. We rated the Iron Neck Pro very high in our testing, however, it's out of the price range for most people. The Iron Neck Home takes many of the features of the Pro Version and packages it at a better price point. This is the Iron Neck we'd suggest for most people. Read more

Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells Review: The Lifter's Choice Dumbbells

If you’re looking to add a set of adjustable dumbbells to your home gym that look and feel like traditional dumbbells, then the Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells are probably the best adjustable dumbbells for you. There are certainly other adjustable dumbbells we prefer for various purposes, such as Powerblocks, however, the ability to go very heavy and have the look and feel of fixed dumbbells is unique to Ironmasters. After testing and reviewing Ironmasters over the past couple of years, we do recommend them, although certainly with some caveats. Read more

Kabuki Kratos Flywheel Review: Horizontal and Vertical Pulling in One Unit (2021)

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re probably pretty familiar with the brand Kabuki Strength. In the past few years, they’ve put out some of my favorite products including the versatile Trap Bar, Transformer Bar V4, and New Generation Power Bar. Kabuki recently released a flywheel, and I’ve been itching to try it.In this Kabuki Kratos Flywheel review, I’ll walk you through what’s included, unique aspects of this product, and my final thoughts. As always, I’ll give you all the details you need to make a smart buying decision for you. For those of you who aren’t familiar with flywheel training, it can be an effective way to build strength within your body’s connective tissue. It can also increase overall power, muscle hypertrophy, and force. Essentially, it’s useful for eccentric overload training where the muscle is stretched during both the lifting and lowering of your reps. The resistance is inertia driven, which means it is all based on how much force the user puts into the movement with the flywheel.  Read more

Kabuki Strength Duffalo Bar In-Depth Review

The Kabuki Strength Duffalo Bar is a new take on an old specialty bar, the Buffalo Bar. After using the Duffalo Bar over two years and hundreds of workouts, we believe the Duffalo Bar is one of the best specialty bars currently available. Read more

Kabuki Strength Iron Plates Review: Economical Option, But Not The Best

The Kabuki Strength Iron Plates are the latest USA-Made weight plate to be released. After training with them for a couple of months and comparing them to the other options available, we feel these are a good, economical plate, but not Kabuki's finest. There are certainly flaws, but the price (when shipping isn't factored) makes them understandable for the value offered. We do recommend them if you're excepting something budget-friendly and understand the downsides. Read more

Kabuki Strength Kadillac Bar Review: The Cadillac of Multi-Grip Bars

The Kabuki Strength Kadillac Bar is the best multi-grip bar we've reviewed. It features high attention to detail on areas that matter, a camber angle borrowed from the ever-popular Duffalo Bar, and a fit and finish that is top-notch. If you want the best and can stomach the price tag, we recommend the Kadillac. Read more

Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar Review (Plus 2-Year Update)

The Kabuki Strength New Generation Power Bar is the best power bar we've tested to date. Everything from the knurling to the tensile strength of the steel is superior to other power bars we've reviewed including our previous favorite, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar. If you're looking for the best bar for powerlifting specific training and are willing to spend money to get it, this is the bar we recommend. Read more

Kabuki Strength ShouldeRok In-Depth Review

The ShouldeRok from Kabuki Strength and Chris Duffin is a loadable mace that can be used for swings as well as some other movements. After using the ShouldeRok for over 2 years, we still confidently recommend the ShouldeRok for increasing shoulder mobility and strength. Read more

Kabuki Strength Tactical ShouldeRok Review

The Tactical ShouldeRok from Kabuki Strength and Chris Duffin combines everything we loved about the original, along with some new, unique features that allow us to say it is superior to the original. However, for most people, the extra cost of the Tactical ShouldeRok over the original will not be worth it. This said, if you are only going to purchase one, we suggest the Tactical ShouldeRok. Read more

Kabuki Strength Transformer Bar V4 Review: The Ultimate Safety Squat Bar

The Kabuki Strength Transformer Bar V4 is the most versatile safety squat bar currently available. After using the previous versions and finding a lot of shortcomings, Chris Duffin and the Kabuki Team have taken the criticism and made a bar that is not only incredibly versatile, but equally easy to use. If you want the best safety squat bar currently made and don't mind paying for it, this is it. No question. Read more

Kabuki Strength Trap Bar Review: Most Versatile Hex Bar on the Market

The Kabuki Strength Trap Bar is the latest specialty bar from powerlifter and engineering mastermind, Chris Duffin. It combines an open-end design with a built-in deadlift jack, swappable handles, and amazing attention to detail. This is the most versatile trap bar we've used and we recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind spending extra for the quality. Read more

Kensui EZ-VEST Weighted Vest Review: The Plate-Loadable Weight Vest

The Kensui EZ-VEST is a weighted vest that utilizes Olympic weight plates instead of vest plates to allow incremental loading on bodyweight movements as well as a tremendously high max load of 225 LB. After testing the PRO and MAX models for pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, dips, box jumps, and other movements over the past two months, we highly recommend the EZ-VEST. It’s quite different from traditional weight vests and it’s not great for every movement/workout (running wasn’t great,) but it excels in areas where most weight vests don’t. Read more

Ki-RO Core Trainer Harness In-Depth Review

The Ki-RO Core Trainer is an innovative training harness designed to provide resistance from pretty much any direction you can think of. With all its adjustments, this harness truly feels custom-built for you. Read more

Klokov Equipment 20 KG Weightlifting Barbell Review

After putting the Klokov 20 KG Weightlifting Bar by Klokov Equipment through a combined 23 workouts including clean and jerks, snatches, squats, and deadlifts, we believe that the Klokov Bar is an economically priced version of the Eleiko Training Bar and can compete with the Rogue Euro Olympic WL Bar. The Klokov Bar features many of the same characteristics of IWF Certified weightlifting bars at a slightly reduced cost. Read more

Lalo Tactical Bloodbird In-Depth Review

Lalo is a company making shoes for Special Ops Members that also work for the general population. The Lalo Bloodbird shoes work great for general training and although unique, are a quality shoe. Read more

Lalo Tactical Zodiac Recon In-Depth Review

Lalo is a company who is making shoes for Special Forces Operation Members that also work for the general population. The Zodiac Recon Shoes are a highly cushioned running shoe that are great for just about any environment. Read more

LPG Muscle Grip Freak Review

The Grip Freak from LPG Muscle is a wrist roller on steroids. Although we like it, for the price, there are better options. Read more

LPG Muscle Tri-Bells Review

The LPG Muscle Tri-Bells are a tricep extension cable attachment that provide a unique handle for tricep exercises. Read more

Marc Pro In-Depth Review

The Marc Pro is a muscle conditioning device that stimulates your muscles to improve their performance and recover from muscle breakdown. Through months of use, we found that we felt more recovered after using the device. However, we do recognize that this could be a placebo effect. Read more

Marrs-Bar Safety Squat Bar Review: A Unique Specialty Bar for Squatting

The Marrs-Bar is a safety squat bar with a unique camber and harness system that makes it feel different from any other specialty barbell I've ever used. The Marrs-Bar is a very expensive bar, but after using it for back squats, front squats, good mornings, lunges, and other exercise movements, I will say that it's replaced the SSB in my training. I do think it's a bit too expensive to recommend for most people, but, based solely on how it feels and performs, I think it's a fantastic bar. Read more

MAXPRO SmartConnect Home Gym Review: Portable and Versatile (2021)

I’m someone with a multitude of large, bulky machines packed tightly into my garage gym. Space saving options have always intrigued me, but there are few genuinely good alternatives to the traditional cable machine or home gym. This brings us to the MAXPRO SmartConnect that I’ve been testing over the past 5 months. It’s a portable cable machine that weighs under 10 pounds, can produce resistance up to 300 LB and can go wherever I do.In this MAXPRO SmartConnect home gym review, I’ll let you know why I think this could be a solid buy for you if you’re tight on space or travel frequently. I know the amount of options out there can be dizzying, and I’m here to give you my honest opinion and all the facts you need to know before making a big purchase. Read more

Micro Gainz Fractional Plates Review: Made in USA Change Plates

Micro Gainz are highly accurate fractional weight plates that are made in the USA. They're high-quality, slim, attractive, and well priced. If you're following some sort of linear progression like Starting Strength and want to add weight to bar slowly, these are a great option. Read more

MostFit Core Hammer and SYN Rings Review

The MostFit Core Hammer is one of the most fun training tools we've used for some time. It's not only fun but also effective as well. The SYN Rings are a unique idea for adding instability training into your programming. However, there are some shortcomings we address in our Suggest Improvements section. Read more

Mutt Bars Weighted Exercise Bars Review

Barbells and dumbbells are most often seen in home gyms, but Mutt Bars are similar in that they’re weighted exercise, but combine the functionality of a multi-grip specialty bar with fixed weight. Although I don’t think they’re a perfect replacement for incrementally loadable Olympic bars, they are a ton of fun and offer a unique way to do presses, curls, rows and other movements. Read more

MX Select Adjustable Dumbbells Review: Selectorized and Compact Dumbbells

The MX Select Adjustable Dumbbells are available in 35, 55, and now 85 LB dumbbell increments and were one of the original, quick-change adjustable dumbbells. After using them over the past two months and comparing them to the dozens of competitors we have on hand, we have mixed feelings. On one hand, we like the compactness and fit and finish, but on the other hand, there are more modern options that have improved on the design. Read more

NÜOBELL Adjustable Dumbbells Review: The Quickest Adjustable Home Gym Dumbbells

The NÜOBELL Adjustable Dumbbells are the quickest adjusting dumbbells we've ever tested or reviewed (and we've used a lot of them.) There are many great adjustable dumbbells on the market with more being created every day, but there's no doubt that these stand out among most. Despite the ease of adjustment and relatively high weight increments (80 LB) we don't feel like these are better than Powerblocks or Ironmasters for most people. Read more

Nexus Performance Tracker Review

Nexus is a revolutionary new technology that allows for (nearly) complete tracking of performance during CrossFit workouts. Utilizing the Push Band 2.0 with a new app designed specifically for CrossFit, this could be revolutionary for both CrossFit Competitions and training. Read more

Nike Free Metcon 4 Review: Versatile Training Shoes (2021)

It’s no secret that I love a quality pair of sneakers. I even made an entire video on the best training shoes for 2021 with my friend Kate Meier, who is a certified CrossFit L1 trainer and CrossFit box owner. She is also a senior editor here at Garage Gym Reviews and did a deep dive into the Nike Free Metcon 4s for us.  In this Nike Free Metcon 4 review, I’ll tell you the details on these cross training shoes including the price, warranty, durability, and what they’re best used for. There are tons of sneakers out there and I want to help you find the best fit for your specific needs. Why You Should Trust UsBesides testing and trying some of the best CrossFit shoes on the market, I’ve worn tons of fan favorites including the Position Weightlifting Eastwood Shoes, Reebok JJ 2 Training Shoes, Reebok Nano, and Altra HIIT XT Training Shoes. I even wrote an article about how to figure out what kind of shoes you need to wear based on the training you do! I might be a little biased, but I think I’m a very trustworthy person to talk to you about different athletic shoes. Read more

Nike Metcon 1 vs. Nike Metcon 2

The Nike Metcons are some of the most popular CrossFit shoes available. With the release of the Nike Metcon 2's, many are asking what the differences are. Here's what we see. Read more

Nike Metcon 3 Shoes Review

The Nike Metcon 3 Training Shoes are some of the most popular CrossFit training shoes on the market, and for good reason. These are some of the best training shoes available; they also look great as well. Read more

Nike Metcon 4 In-Depth Review

The Nike Metcon 4 training shoes build on the popularity of the Metcon 3's with minimal changes. The Nike Metcon 4 is essentially the same shoe as the previous iteration with a different upper; because of this, we believe the Nike Metcon 4's are still an excellent shoe for CrossFit and general fitness training. Read more

Nike Nike Free X Metcon In-Depth Review!

Nike, by and large produces some of the best training shoes when it comes to versatility and durability. The Nike Free X Metcon only add to Nike's long track record of quality shoes that are sure to last in the most grueling of moments. With a lightweight feel and strong sole support, Nike Free X Metcons are a great price point option when searching for a training shoe that meets a variety of needs. Read more

Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoes Review

The Nike Romaleos 3 Weightlifting Shoes are Nike's latest weightlifting shoe release. They are light and high-tech, however, this comes at the cost of durability. Although we like the Romaleos 3, we do not expect them to hold up to long-term use, especially when compared to some of the best training shoes we've seen. Read more

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review

Commercial treadmills are what you would typically see in big box gyms, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t live in your garage as well. As I found in reviewing the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, these machines can be an incredibly valuable (and expensive) asset in your fitness equipment arsenal. After testing some of the best treadmills, I truly believe that this is one of the best motorized options available – as long as you want interactive programming, a tech-friendly machine, and are willing to pay for it. NordicTrack has three treadmills in its commercial line, with the 1750 as the most affordable. In this NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill review, I’ll dive into what it’s like to assemble it, run on it and use it with iFit.My Favorite Things:Interactive iFit subscription is free for a year with purchaseTreadmill with incline and decline trainingFoldable to save spaceRun that feels similar to road runningOptions to turn running belt cushioning on/offMy Callouts: Requires an electrical outletBig footprint, heavy and not the easiest to movePrice is around $2,000, which is mid-rangeWarranty is 10 years frame, 2 years parts, 1 year labor Read more

NordicTrack S22i Review: An Advanced Indoor Cycle Bike

Since 1974, NordicTrack has created innovative exercise equipment for the home gym crowd. The NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is one of the most technologically-advanced bikes that the company has put out. In the past year, the S22i has received a facelift to include faster Wi-Fi connectivity, improved HD graphics, and enhanced automatic trainer control. The S22i impresses with expansive interactive programing, adjustability, and an inertia-enhanced flywheel to create a smooth riding, quality exercise bike. The NordicTrack S15i, the brand’s other indoor cycle bike in this line, has similar features to the S22i but has a smaller screen and fewer resistance levels. When I test exercise bikes, I consider the footprint, assembly, durability, and overall workout experience. In this NordicTrack S22i review, I’ll give you all the information on what I liked and what you should know if you’re considering buying it. My Favorite Things22” rotating HD touchscreenFree year membership to iFit24 digital resistance levels Offers incline and decline training My CalloutsNot easy to move solo (203 pounds and bulky)Pricey at around $2,000Time-consuming assembly with many partsPaid subscription required to use iFit Read more

Oak Club James Hook J-Cup Review: Best Sandwich J-Cup We've Tested

The Oak Club Mfg James Hook is the most over the top sandwich j-cup we've ever tested and reviewed. It's massive, uses a unique Mag Pin to prevent swaying, uses a gigantic, slanted piece of UHMW plastic and is expensive. We think it's completely unnecessary, which is one reason we like it. If you have the money to spend on a special set of j-cups, these are a great option. However, these are not for most people due to the price point. Read more

Onnit Kettlebells Review: Are They Worth The Premium?

The Onnit Kettlebells are like the most popular product the company sells. After using and reviewing nearly every kettlebell Onnit makes, including their character versions like the Star Wars collaboration, we are confident in the quality and durability of the Onnit Kettlebells. They’re not the best value as there are other companies offering similar kettlebells at lower prices, but overall, we recommend Onnit Kettlebells and put them on our list of the best kettlebells. Read more

Onnit Steel Clubs In-Depth Review

Indian Clubs have been around for hundreds of years. Onnit has taken the idea of Indian clubs and made them steel instead of wood, creating the Onnit Steel Clubs. With its extremely durable single piece steel construction and great price point, Onnit Steel Clubs would be a great addition to any home or commercial gym. Read more

OSO Elite Barbell Collars Review

OSO Barbell Collars, now manufactured by Rogue Fitness, are by and large the best barbell collars being made. The hold tight, are extremely durable, and look as good as they perform. We highly recommend any OSO Barbell Collar. Read more

Pepin Adjustable Dumbbells Review: Tremendous Loadable Dumbbell

The Pepin Adjustable Dumbbells are a good value adjustable dumbbell set that hits the mark in a lot of areas. The knurling is great, the machining is precise and consistent, the chrome plating is quality, and the plates are fantastic. We initially didn't recommend them due to a potential safety issue. However, despite the Pepin's not being recommended to be dropped, they've improved the design and we feel confident enough in the updated design to now recommend them. Read more

PerformaSleep Mattress Review: A Mattress for Athletes

The PerformaSleep Mattress is designed for the serious athlete with unique cooling and comfort features that make for a truly comfortable sleeping experience. After using the bed for over a year, we are confident in recommending the mattress. Read more

Pioneer Cut Powerlifting Belt Review: High Quality Custom Power Belts

Pioneer Belts made by General Leathercraft Mfg. are some of the highest quality weightlifting belts on the market. The Pioneer Cut Powerlifting Belt is a unique spin on a traditional single prong power belt that allows for 1/2" size increments instead of the standard 1". Combine this innovative feature along with some of the highest-quality materials available and a seemingly infinite amount of customization options and you have one of the best power belts available. Read more

Position P2.0 Blue Suede Shoes Review

Position USA is making some great training shoes using old school methods. The Blue Suede P2.0's are their latest version and aren't just a good looking shoe, they also perform well! Read more

Position Weightlifting Eastwood Shoes Review

The Position Eastwood Weightlifting Shoes are a high-end, handmade weightlifting shoe with a wood heel that perform as good as they look. Read more

Pound Pad Review: Weightlifting Noise Reduction

Pound Pad makes a simple product that does one thing extremely well, reducing the noise of dropping weights. Combining high-quality foam with a durable shell, Pound Pad's are the best option currently available for reducing the noise associated with dropping barbells. Read more

PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells Review (Plus Comparisons to All Competitors)

PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells are, by and large, the best adjustable dumbbells best currently available. The rectangular profile is a bit unusual, but it only inhibits a few movements and for what it lacks in that area, makes up for it in durability and value. After testing, quite literally, every make and model of adjustable dumbbell, we believe that Powerblocks are, for most people, the best. Read more

Prime Fitness Prodigy Racks Review: Most Versatile Squat Rack Available

The Prime Fitness Prodigy Racks pack the most versatility and functionality in a squat rack of any we've tested. If you were to combine a squat rack and functional trainer into one unit, you'd have the Prodigy Rack from Prime Fitness. After testing the plate-loaded version of the Prodigy Rack, we can confidently recommend the racks to those that want a highly versatile rack in a small amount of space and don't mind the premium price tag. Read more

Prime RO-T8 Handles Family In-Depth Review

The Prime Fitness RO-T8 Handles and other attachments are some of the most engineered cable attachments ever created. After using the entire RO-T8 family over the course of 45 days, we can confidently give a high recommendation for anyone doing cable work. Not only are they incredibly versatile, but they are also comfortable and easy to use. Read more

ProForm Pro 9000 Treadmill In-Depth Review

Finding the best treadmill for your home gym can be tough. If you have limited space, the search becomes even more difficult, especially if you want a commercial-grade treadmill without all of the bulk. Enter: The ProForm Pro 9000 treadmill, a commercial-home-hybrid treadmill that doesn’t skimp on power. It even folds to create more floor space when you’re not using it. After testing more than a dozen treadmills from true commercial treadmills to budget treadmills, I’ve determined that the ProForm Pro 9000 is one of the top treadmills to get if you need one of the best cardio machines that stores with a relatively small footprint. My Favorite Things:22-inch HD display and quality graphicsBuilt-in workouts and handsfree incline/speed adjustmentsFoldable for easy storageMy Callouts: WiFi connectivity is mediocre at bestCustomer reviews complain of tech problemsQuality control seems inconsistent Read more

PRx Incline Folding Bench Review: Unique but Expensive 2021

I’m a big fan of the PRx brand. I love a good success story, and who doesn’t love to see a company that was once on Shark Tank make killer products? I’ve tested quite a few pieces of gym equipment from PRx that I’ve enjoyed including their Profile Squat Rack, Competition Kettlebells, Fractional Plates, Strength Wraps, and Talon Barbell Collars. The PRx Incline Bench was heavily anticipated (and in the works for years!) so I knew I had to immediately make a review for my GGR fam. There were lots of things to like and some things I wasn’t crazy about. Stick around to find out my final thoughts on price, overall workout experience, and adjustability.  Read more

PRx Performance Profile Squat Rack + Bench In-Depth Review

The PRx Performance Profile Pro Squat Rack is the best space saving squat rack currently available. We've used and tested many of the various options including the popular fold-away racks and undoubtedly, the Profile Squat Racks from PRx Performance are not only extremely sturdy, but also the most convenient. Read more

PureTorque Ab Trainer Review: The Best Core Training Device I've Used

PureTorque is an abdominal training device that when hooked up to a cable machine or band can, in my opinion, provide one of the most effective trunk/core training workouts available. It is rather pricey and the movement can be somewhat replicated with an exercise ball, but, if you can afford it, it's an extremely functional piece of training equipment that has become a staple in my training. Read more

Rapid Reboot Recovery System In-Depth Review

The Rapid Reboot Recovery System is a great option for anyone looking for an advanced recovery system. By offering two different modes of compression, ability to adjust the pressure of each compression, and multiple time options, the Rapid Reboot System is one of the best compression boot systems on the market today. Read more

Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 Shoes Review

The Reebok Nano 6.0 CrossFit Training Shoes are some of the best CrossFit shoes we've tested yet. Read more

Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 Review

The Reebok Nano series is one of the most well-loved training shoes series available. Designed specifically for CrossFit, the Reebok Nano 7 is the next iteration of CrossFit specific shoes, however, unlike the previous iterations, this one falls flat. Read more

Reebok JJ 2 Training Shoes Review

The JJ 2 Training Shoes from Reebok are a great pair of training shoes for those looking to train for sports in a similar manner as JJ Watt, the person the shoe is named after. Although they aren't as versatile as the Reebok Nano Series, they are still an excellent pair of trainers. Read more

Reebok Legacy Lifters Review

The Reebok Legacy Lifters are the best weightlifting shoe Reebok has ever made and one of the best currently available. This is not a CrossFit lifter, this is a true weightlifting shoe and we think you'll like it as much as we did. Read more

Reebok Nano 7 Weave In-Depth Review

The Reebok Nano 7 Weaves are one of the best trainers available today. The original Nano 7's were a great idea but were so stiff, they never ended up breaking in. The Weaves are broken-in out of the box, look decent, and provide everything a CrossFit athlete or someone who trains in multiple domains would want. Read more

Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX Review: The Fully Stainless Barbell

The Rep Deep Knurl Power Bar EX is the best barbell Rep Fitness has released to date. It's fully stainless, from end cap to end cap, has an incredible knurl similar to more expensive bars, and hits the details in every area. If you want a top-shelf barbell at a pretty fair price, then we don't hesitate in recommending the Power Bar EX. Read more

Rep Fitness 3-in-1 Soft Plyo Box Review: Best Value Safe Plyo-Box

The Rep Fitness 3-in-1 Soft Plyo Box is a wooden-framed plyo box that is wrapped in foam and then secured with a vinyl cover. There are a plethora of plyo-boxes available today including foam, wood, resin, and others. This is by far the best value plyo-box available for a safe plyo-box that doesn't break the bank. We highly recommend this plyo-box to anyone in the market, garage gym owner or commercial gym owner. Read more

Rep Fitness AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench In-Depth Review

The Rep Fitness AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench is, put simply, one of the best adjustable benches for the money on the market. Featuring a variety of unique features including a wider pad, sliding seat, stainless steel wear guards, a variety of angles, and just an overall high-end fit and finish, this bench is one of our favorites that we've ever tested. Read more

REP Fitness AB-5200 Adjustable Bench In-Depth Review - Best Value Incline Bench?

The REP AB-5200 FI Adjustable Bench is one of the best incline benches we've ever reviewed. Not only is it feature-packed with a laser-cut ladder style system, grippy vinyl, and a stand-up feature, but it offers all of this in at an excellent price point compared to the competition. It is a big, heavy bench and is still pretty more expensive than some prefer, but for those that want a high-end adjustable bench at a price most can swallow, this is an excellent option for your home gym. Read more

Rep Fitness Adjustable & Flat Bench REVIEW!

The Rep Fitness Adjustable Bench is one of the best value benches currently available. The Rep Fitness Flat Bench is also a great option at a great price for those looking for a capable bench with a large weight capacity. Read more

Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates Review

Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are some of the best value competition bumper plates available on the market today. By creating a bumper plate with a double steel insert, having durable virgin rubber, and Rep Fitness's great price point, these competition bumper plates will be an awesome addition to any home or commercial gym. Read more

Rep Fitness Equalizer Iron Plates In-Depth Review

The Rep Fitness Equalizer Iron Plates are some of the best value weight plates currently available. Featuring a machined center hole, sandblasted and then machined surface, and symmetrical grip holes, these plates are a great value. If you're in the market for a good steel plate at a low price, these are one of the best options currently available. Read more

REP Fitness FB-5000 Competition Flat Bench In-Depth Review (Plus 2-Year Update)

The REP Fitness FB-5000 Flat Bench is by quite a large margin, the best value flat bench currently available to home gym owners. It features an intelligent design, great padding, grippy vinyl, and other standout features at an excellent price point. Whether your max bench press is 135 LB or 500 LB, you'll have a hard time finding a better value weight bench. Read more

Rep Fitness Gladiator Olympic Bearing Bar Review

The Rep Fitness Gladiator Bar is a bearing Olympic barbell that performs well and is priced even better. If you're looking for a bar specifically for Olympic Weightlifting and don't want to spend an arm and a leg, this is a great option. Read more

Rep Fitness HR-5000 Half Rack Review: High-End, Feature-Filled Squat Rack

The Rep Fitness HR-5000 Half Rack is the best squat rack Rep Fitness has released and is a foretaste of things to come. Featuring a number of features seen on high-end racks, the Rep HR-5000 is a legitimate contender to the Rogue Monster and Sorinex XL Racks at a lower price thanks to it being imported among other things. If you want a deluxe rack at a slightly lower price, this is a great option. Read more

REP Fitness Monolift Attachment Review: Needs Improvement

After using the REP Fitness Monolift Attachment for over a month for squatting, benching, and other movements in my garage gym, I do think they’re a decent option. I think they could be improved if they are made lighter and the top arm length is reduced for better rack clearance, but the overall design and pricepoint is attractive. We recommend them if you understand the downsides and prefer the look to Rogue. Otherwise, we suggest one of the alternative options. Read more

Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Bar In-Depth Review

The Rep Fitness PowerSpeed Bar is a unique take on a powerlifting barbell that stops the knurling short to allow for "rapid re-centering" of the bar in a rack. Although overall, it's a good barbell, spec wise, we did not find the shortened knurling to be of a big benefit at heavier weights and there were other minor qualms we had with the bar listed in further detail in our review. Read more

REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack Review: Incredible Value Squat Rack

The REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack is a modular squat rack designed to compete with the best squat racks in the industry, but, at a more affordable price. We’ve tested and reviewed the REP PR-4000 and compared it to the PR-5000 as well as competitors’ racks like the Rogue Monster Lite Series. If you’re in the market for a full-featured home gym power rack and don’t want to pay the additional cost of made in the USA racks, then the PR-4000 is an incredible value and one we’d recommend. Read more

Rep Fitness Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells In-Depth Review

The Rep Fitness Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells are some of the best value dumbbells currently available. Combining high-quality rubber heads with a straight handle not typically seen with this price of dumbbell, we highly recommend these for people looking to outfit their facility or garage gym with dumbbells. Read more

Rep Fitness Soft Foam Plyo Box In-Depth Review

The Rep Fitness Soft Foam Plyo Boxes are one of the best priced, soft-sided plyo-box sets available. With a soft, yet durable foam, heavy-duty vinyl, and highly tip-resistant feature, these Plyo Boxes should not go overlooked. Combining lightweight and bold contrast lettering, Rep Fitness Plyo Boxes are a great value, although they do have their shortcomings. Read more

REP Fitness Sport Bumper Plates Review: Durable, But Expensive

The REP Sport Bumper Plates are designed to be a durable black bumper plate that can be used both outdoors and indoors. After using them in my home gym for the past month and comparing them to the many others on the market, we feel they are a solid, but not the best value available option. The design has some unique details and they’re marketed as being ‘ultra-durable,’ however, they’re warrantied the same as REP’s other plates and they’re a bit more expensive than the competition. If you like the design and colors, we recommend them. However, time will tell on their durability. Read more

REP ISO Arms Review: Budget-Friendly Adjustable Jammer Rack Attachment

The REP ISO Arms are an adjustable jammer arm squat rack attachment focused on high functionality at a lower price than competitors. After using them for the past four months, we feel they offer the best value for home gym owners with a power rack, which is the typical value proposition for REP Fitness. We do recommend them, but feel the adjustment feature could be improved. Read more

REP Omni Rack Review: Flat Foot Modular Power Rack

The REP Omni Rack is a flat-footed power rack version of the almighty PR-5000 V2. Its ability to sit on a home gym floor unbolted, yet still sturdy while also offering the potential to go from a half rack to full rack is unique. We recommend the Omni Rack just as we recommend the PR-5000. However, the two squat racks are extremely similar–for most people, we feel the PR-5000 V2 is a better option for reasons explained in our review. Read more

REP PR-5000 Power Rack Review: Better Than Rogue Monster Series?

The REP PR-5000 V2 Power Rack is the most complete piece of equipment that REP Fitness has released to date. The PR-5000 Squat Rack uses the familiar 3”x3” uprights with 1” holes and is designed to rival the Rogue Monster Series and Sorinex XL Series of racks at a more affordable price point. If you're looking to outfit your home gym with a new rack and want high-end quality with infinite expandability that is priced lower than competitors (and don't mind an imported rack) then we recommend the PR-5000 V2. Read more

REP SR-4000 Squat Rack Review: Ultra Stable Squat Stand

REP Fitness has been doing a complete redesign of their power racks and the REP SR-4000 Squat Rack is exactly that. Based on REP’s best-selling rack, the 4000 Series Squat Rack improves in nearly every area and is by far the sturdiest squat stand we’ve tested. There are drawbacks to the design related to the size of its footprint, but if you’re looking for a somewhat budget-friendly squat stand, this is a tremendous option. Read more

Revolution Balance Boards Review

Revolution Balance Boards is currently making the best value balance boards on the market. They offer a wide-range of different board styles focused on different audiences. The Revolution FIT Balance Board is one we received for review. After a month of various usage, we can confidently recommend Revolution Balance Boards for anyone looking to improve their balance in a fun way. Read more

Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 In-Depth Review

The Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 is one of the best glute-ham developers currently available. Featuring a frame made of 2x3 steel along with heavy-duty pads and rollers, although expensive, the Abram GHD 2.0 is made to last. Read more

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0 Review: The Ultimate Starting Strength Barbell

The Rogue B&R Bar 2.0 is one of the most well-liked barbells on the market. The B&R Bar 2.0 is a collaboration between Mike Burgener of CrossFit Weightlifting and Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength with Rogue Fitness in an effort to create a barbell that could perform well for both powerlifting and weightlifting. We recommend the Rogue B&R Bar 2.0 to anyone who focuses on the squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press, and does the occasional power clean and power snatch. This truly is one of the best value barbells on the market despite the Ohio Power Bar being an even better value. Read more

Rogue Bella Bar Review 2021: Where Durability Meets Versatility

Lifting weights used to be largely a male-dominated activity. That’s no longer true. Fitness platforms like CrossFit have introduced hundreds of thousands of women, teenagers and even kids to the barbell, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The more people we have committed to health and fitness, the better.But, we need to get the right equipment into the right hands. Literally. So when looking at the Rogue Bella Bar 2.0, which has a smaller grip than the barbells I use, I needed to turn to the very people who use it. That’s why I partnered up with Garage Gym Reviews senior editor and CrossFit gym owner Kate Meier for this Rogue Bella Bar review. Another staff writer here, Amanda Capritto, is a certified personal trainer and CrossFit L1 trainer. She also tested the Bella. The Bella Bar 2.0 is undoubtedly one of the most popular 15kg barbells on the market. You can find it in many CrossFit gyms and garage gyms alike. It’s built for people with smaller hands, which is why it’s often marketed as a women’s bar. Kate and Amanda are here to vouch for why this bar just might be a great addition to your home gym equipment.My Favorite Things: Versatile enough for weightlifting, powerlifting, CrossFit and general purpose workDual knurl marks15kg and 25mm grip ideal for small hands190,000 PSI tensile strengthCoating options for more durabilityMade in the USAMy Callouts: Black zinc coating fadesKnurling may be passive for someNo center knurlPrice starts around $225 Read more

Rogue Calibrated Steel Powerlifting Plates Review (Plus 2-Year Update)

The Rogue Calibrated Steel Powerlifting Plates are not only some of the best competition powerlifting plates currently available, but they're also the best value. With their precise plate weight, IPF approval, and exact diameter and thickness, the Rogue Calibrated Steel Powerlifting Plates are the best option available. Read more

Rogue Cerakote Barbells In-Depth Review

The Rogue Cerakote Barbells may look cool, but the corrosion resistance provided by the Cerakote coating is actually a very effective innovation in barbells. Although Rogue isn't the first to add Cerakote to barbells, they are doing it at a better value than just about everyone else. Read more

Rogue Deep Dish Plates Review: USA Made, Historically Accurate Weight Plates

The Rogue Deep Dish Plates are the first made in America cast iron weight plate that Rogue Fitness has released. Harkening back to York Milled Plates, the Rogue Deep Dish Plates are accurate, priced extremely well, and look as good as they perform on a barbell for squats, deadlift, bench, and any other movement you’d like to perform. If you like the aesthetics, they’re one of the best value iron plates available. Read more

Rogue DT Tempering Roller Review: Body Tempering Device for the Masses

The Rogue DT Tempering Roller is a body tempering roller device that is made in collaboration between Rogue Fitness and Donnie Thompson. Although Body Tempering has yet to prove its claims via independent studies, many, including myself, have enjoyed the perceived benefits of the mobility/recovery method. The Rogue DT Tempering Rollers are one of the most viable options for the masses to experience body tempering due to their quality and price. If you want to try Body Tempering, these are the devices we recommend. Read more

Rogue Dumbbell Bumpers In-Depth Review

The Rogue Dumbbell Bumper Plates are a cool innovation for strength training. As with anything made by Rogue Fitness, they are very well done and can be just as effective in training. If you do a lot of dynamic dumbbell work and want to easily interchange weight, these are a great option. However, they are not designed to be dropped overhead. Read more

Rogue Echo Bar 2.0 Review: Cheapest Rogue Fitness Barbell

The Rogue Echo Bar 2.0 is the lowest-priced barbell that Rogue Fitness sells. Despite its low price the Echo Bar is still made in the USA, uses high tensile strength steel, has a fantastic medium knurl, with bronze bushings in the sleeves. Its only real downside versus other Rogue barbells is its minimal 1-year warranty instead of a lifetime warranty. We recommend it if you don’t plan to ever need the bar warrantied. Read more

Rogue Echo Bike Review

The Rogue Echo Bike is Rogue Fitness' first foray into conditioning equipment. The Echo Bike combines features of both the Schwinn Airdyne Pro and Assault AirBike to create the best value air bike currently on the market. Read more

Rogue Echo Bike vs. Assault Air Bike: The Superior Home Gym Air Bike

The Rogue Echo Bike and Assault Air Bike are two of the most popular air bikes on the market today. We've used both extensively in our home gym and commercial gym over the past three years. Although either is a good choice over the older style air bikes, the Rogue Echo Bike and its belt-driven system is our recommended choice for most home gym owners. Read more

Rogue Fitness RML-90SLIM Rack Review: A Budget Friendly, Compact Squat Rack

The Rogue RML-90SLIM Rack is the most compact and best-priced squat rack that Rogue Fitness makes. It’s an extremely simple rack that is designed for the budget-conscious and space-restrained, yet offers most of the functionality of a standard squat stand with a pull-up bar while sitting only 16” from the wall. After testing and reviewing the RML-90SLIM, we recommend it highly and actually think it’s one of the best squat racks from Rogue to date. Read more

Rogue Flat Utility Bench 2.0 In-Depth Review

The Rogue Flat Utility 2.0 Bench is one of, if not the best flat bench available on the market. Rogue has kept the design simple, but yet effective in durability and stability. With its lifetime warranty and structure that can handle just about anything you throw at it, the Rogue Flat Utility 2.0 Bench will be a great addition to any home or commercial gym. Read more

Rogue Kettlebells Review: Better Than The Rest

After using Rogue Kettlebells for over 5 years including the Powder Coat version and new E-Coat version as well as practically every competitor on the market, I believe the new Rogue E-Coat Kettlebells are the best kettlebells on the market for most people. They are made in the USA, use a superior finish to powder coat, have a tight weight tolerance warranty, and come in every weight increment desired all at one of the most affordable prices available. Read more

Rogue LT-1 50 Cal Trolley + Lever Arm Kit In-Depth Review

The Rogue LT-1 50 Cal Trolley + Lever Arm Kit is Rogue Fitness' adjustable lever arm system. After taking the Trolley and Lever Arm Kit through various workouts and testing all of the stated features, we are confident in giving it a high recommendation. It's costly, but does increase the versatility of your squat rack dramatically; it's also incredibly over-built and refined. Read more

Rogue Matt Chan Bar Review: Cerakote + Stainless Steel Barbell

The Matt Chan Bar from Rogue Fitness is the most unique barbell the company currently makes. It’s stainless steel, yet coated in Cerakote. It’s great for CrossFit, yet works well for powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. It’s beautiful and mean looking all at the same time. I am a huge fan of the Matt Chan Bar and feel it’s one of the most underrated barbell currently on the market. Read more

Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0 In-Depth Review

The Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0 is the best flat weight bench that Rogue Fitness sells, but not the one we most recommend. We believe this bench is incredibly sturdy, overbuilt, and strong, however, we do believe there are better value options available. We do recommend the Monster Utility Bench 2.0, but only to those with deep pockets and a desire for things that are Made in the USA and top of the line. Read more

Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar Review: Best Value Deadlift Bar Available

The Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is the best value deadlift bar currently available. Not only is it one of the cheapest true deadlift bars on the market, but it's also one of the best. Combining great attention to detail, a consistent and aggressive knurl, and a slinky 27MM shaft, the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is the deadlift bar we most often recommend to those wanting to add a dedicated barbell for deadlifting to their gym. Read more

Rogue Ohio Power Bar Review

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is our pick for the best powerlifting barbell for most people. Rogue has taken this already outstanding bar and exchanged the zinc coated shaft with stainless steel creating a barbell that could only be improved a couple of ways as detailed in our review. Read more

Rogue Ohio Power Bar vs Texas Power Bar: Best Power Bar Showdown

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar and Buddy Capps Texas Power Bar are the two most popular powerlifting barbells currently on the market. There's a lot of debate on which one is the best, so we're going to break down the differences and share which one we prefer. Read more

Rogue Ohio Power Bar vs. Rogue Ohio Bar Review: Rogue Fitness Best Home Gym Barbell

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar and Rogue Ohio Bar are two of the most popular barbells Rogue Fitness sells and also likely two of the most popular in the world. We get asked often what the differences are between the two and who should pick which. In this comparison review, we answer that question… Read more

Rogue Plate Carrier Review: USA Made Minimalist Weight Vest

The Rogue Plate Carrier is a simple, yet well-thought-out weight vest designed to make bodyweight movements more difficult. The 5.11 Tactical Weight Vest is our previous favorite weight vest, however, Rogue’s Plate Carrier strips unnecessary components from the competition to make one of the best weighted vests we’ve ever tested. Read more

Rogue R-3 Power Rack Review

The Rogue R-3 Power Rack is by far one of the best squat racks available in terms of both quality and value. When rounding out a home gym with a rack, the Rogue R-3 Power Rack should be near the top of anyone and everyones list. Read more

Rogue Resin Plyo Box Review: Durable, Safe, and Reasonably Priced Plyo Box

The Rogue Resin Plyo Box is a new take on traditional stackable plyo boxes from Rogue Fitness that utilizes 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic (think water bottles, plastic bags, yogurt cups, etc) that is compression-molded and made into boxes to jump on. In our testing, we observed that the Resin Plyo Boxes are stable, grippy, and, most importantly, don’t leave lifetime scars on your shins when a jump is missed. Read more

Rogue Rhino Belt Squat In-Depth Review

The Rogue Rhino Belt Squat is Rogue Fitness' first foray into belt squats and in typical Rogue fashion, they went all out. Rogue partnered with Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell to create an affordable cable-based belt squat that in our testing, is the best value belt squat we've tested. We highly recommend the Rogue Rhino Belt Squat to anyone wanting a belt squat with a lot of variety at a surprisingly affordable price (compared to a lot of the competition.) Read more

Rogue SB-1 Safety Squat Bar In-Depth Review

The Rogue SB-1 Safety Squat Bar is one of the most popular specialty bars available. Although there are improvements we would like to see made, The Rogue SSB is a stout bar that can handle whatever weight you throw at it. Read more

Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand Review

The Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand is one of the best squat stands available. It's stout, has many accessories available, and is priced really well. We highly recommend the SML-2 for anyone that wants a squat stand that doesn't take up a ton of space. Read more

Rogue Thompson Fatbells In-Depth Review

The Rogue Thompson Fatbells are a collaboration between Rogue Fitness and Donnie Thompson that are designed to essentially replace both kettlebells and dumbbells. We find, after using them over two years, that they are a great addition to training, but not a replacement for kettlebells. Read more

Rogue US MIL Spec Crumb Bumper Plates Review: Improved Hi-Temps

The Rogue US MIL Spec Crumb Bumper Plates were designed initially for the ACFT Army Fitness Test and have since been offered to the public. I’ve been using a set in my garage gym for the past two months both inside and outside for squats, clean and jerks, snatches, deadlifts, and more and they still look like new. Although crumb rubber bumpers have their quirks, these are among the best available. Read more

Rogue Westside Scout Hyper Review: Foldable Home Gym Reverse Hyper

The Westside Barbell Scout Hyper by Rogue Fitness is a foldable reverse hyper created and patented by powerlifting legend Louie Simmons. Veering quite dramatically from the direction of most Rogue Fitness equipment, the Scout Hyper neither made in the USA or an ‘over-built’ product. Despite these differences from typical Rogue Fitness Equipment, the Scout Hyper is a decent, budget-friendly hyper that saves both space and cash. Read more

Rogue Z Hyper Reverse Hyper Review: Overbuilt and Oversized

The Rogue Z-Hyper is Rogue Fitness premiere reverse hyper designed to be as sturdy and stable as possible. After using and reviewing the Z-Hyper and comparing it to other options, we think for most people that the Rogue RH-2 or Rogue Westside Scout Hyper is a better option for a home gym. However, if you plan to upgrade to the Rogue Donkey someday, the Z-Hyper is a good option. Read more

Roll Recovery R8 In-Depth Review

Roll Recovery is making awesome recovery tools and the R8 is the most notable. If you want to roll out your hamstrings, calves, or arms, the R8 is an incredible device. Read more

Run Rocket Sprint Resistance Trainer In-Depth Review

The Run Rocket is a Sprint Resistance Trainer that allows you to add resistance to forward movement such as sprints, sled drags, broad jumps, and more. After using and testing the Run Rocket over 60 days with athletes of all levels, we can confidently say the Run Rocket is effective at increasing sprint speed, jump height, and more. We give a high recommendation. Read more

SBD Powerlifting Belt In-Depth Review

SBD Apparel is making some of the best powerlifting gear available and their lever Belt is no exception. The SBD Belt is unique in its function, appearance, and quality. Although pricey, if you want one of the best powerlifting belts that money can buy, then the SBD Belt is a great option. Read more

Schwinn Airdyne Pro Review: Best Air Bike Yet?

The Schwinn Airdyne Pro is the best air bike currently available. We've tested and reviewed all of the major offerings and chose the AD Pro as our top pick. The belt drive system combined with the overall build quality make the AD Pro superior to the rest. Read more

Schwinn IC4 Review: A Quality Indoor Cycle Bike

In recent years, Peloton has made waves for its interactive programming and very expensive bike. At half the cost, the Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike offers an alternative for those wanting app connectivity, durability, and a great value. Similar to some of the best rowing machines or best treadmills, I believe this piece of equipment could be a solid cardio addition to your home or garage gym.If you know me, you know that I already believe the Schwinn Airdyne Pro is the best air bike around. I’m glad to see they have released the Schwinn IC4, which is an upgrade from the brand’s first iteration, the IC3 bike. With the IC4, you get magnetic resistance instead of the friction pads of the IC3 and technology to connect with apps like Peloton and Zwift.I started Garage Gym Reviews to give people my honest opinion and the facts they need to find the best home exercise equipment. I personally test each piece of equipment and take into account the footprint, durability, adjustability, and overall workout experience. In this Schwinn IC4 review, I’ll give you the lowdown on app connectivity, assembly, and how this bike rode for me.My Favorite Things:Under $1,000106 pounds and easy to moveCompatible with both Peloton and Zwift appsSmooth and quiet ride100 micro-adjustable resistance levelsIncluded device/tablet holderMy Callouts:Lack of built-in workoutsMetrics may differ between connected apps and LCD screenParts not clearly labeled for assembly Read more

Snake Bite Grips In-Depth Review: Better than Fat Gripz?

Snake Bite Grips are an attachment that increases the diameter of a barbell or dumbbell to create thick grip. They're very similar to Fat Gripz, but with a unique, laser-etched snakeskin knurling pattern that feels as good as it looks. We do prefer these to Fat Gripz, but still recommend Fat Gripz for most due to a lower price point. Read more

Sole E25 Elliptical Review: Durability on a Budget

When I’m looking to get some heart-healthy cardio in, the last thing I want to do is cause unnecessary pain for my joints. Ellipticals generally provide less impact than running on even the best treadmill. I decided to hunt for an elliptical that could deliver a lower-impact workout for an affordable price. Enter the Sole E25.The E25 is under $1,000 and is the base model of six elliptical trainers offered by Sole. In this Sole Fitness E25 elliptical review, I’ll give you the lowdown on the footprint, features, and overall value. There’s a reason this machine made my collection of the best ellipticals on the market. I rigorously test each product to give you honest information you need to know to make your best purchasing decision. Read more

Sole F63 Treadmill Review: Simple Technology and Budget Friendly

As you might know, I absolutely love finding budget home gym equipment. I was on the hunt for a reasonably priced treadmill when I ran across the Sole F63 for under $1,000. I immediately knew I had to test it out. The Sole F63 is the base model treadmill out of the six in the Sole family, with all of them being pretty well-regarded by customers.In this Sole F63 review, I’ll give you the rundown on assembly, ergonomics, and my opinion on overall value. I rigorously test all the equipment that comes through my garage gym to help the community make the best buying decisions on things like treadmills, barbells, and dumbbells. Read more

Sorinex Base Camp Squat Rack In-Depth Review

The Sorinex Base Camp Squat Rack is, put simply, one of the best squat racks we've ever tested. Combining exhaustive attention to the details, endless customization, incredible build quality, and an indescribable "cool" factor, the Sorinex Base Camp Squat Rack and Uber Package is quite possibly the best squat rack being made today. Read more

Sorinex Belt Squat In-Depth Review

The Sorinex Belt Squat Machine is one of the premier belt squats currently on the market. It's undoubtedly one of the largest belt squat machines, but if you have the space and money, it's an outstandingly versatile machine. Squats, push-ups, upperback work, and more can all be performed on this piece of equipment Read more

Sorinex Bulldog Pad Review: Versatile & Compact Chest Supported Row

The Sorinex Bulldog Pad is a compact and versatile chest supported row that attaches to a squat rack upright. Although turned off initially by the price, after using the Bulldog Pad, I've come to absolutely love it and use it nearly every training session. If you can afford it and have a squat rack it would work with, I highly recommend it. However, for most home gym owners, it's a luxury. Read more

Sorinex Glute Ham Roller In-Depth Review

After using the Sorinex Glute Ham Roller extensively over two months, we can confidently conclude that this is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment for the amount of space it takes up that's currently available. Not only is it incredibly versatile, but it's also extremely space efficient and economically priced. Simply put, we're big fans. Read more

Sorinex J*Squat Belt Squat Review: Compact, Intelligent Belt Squat

The Sorinex J*Squat is a belt squat that attaches to Jammer Arms allowing the trainee to squat, march, deadlift, row, and do other movements otherwise not possible with Jammer Arms alone. After using them for over 6 months, Danny Tran of Infamous Strength gives his Sorinex J*Squat Review by saying, “if you already have a set of adjustable jammer arms and are extremely limited on space, this belt squat may be the best option for you.” However, it is a lever arm style of belt squat, so there are limiting factors inherent. Read more

Sorinex OFF GRID Squat Rack Review -The Budget Friendly Sorinex Rack

The Sorinex OFF GRID Rack is the least expensive and also least feature-filled squat rack they’ve likely ever made. It’s a novel idea made as a “wartime” solution for those low on funds and space to get back to training. Although I do think there are better options available, I love the cause behind the rack which gives 100% of profits to Coaches vs. COVID-19 Fund and thinks it’s a cool piece of equipment for those that want a minimalist option. Read more

Sorinex Pistol Grips Review: Fun and Useful Grip Tool

Sorinex is producing some of the best racks and rigs on the market, but in addition to the big items, they're also coming out with some seriously impressive attachments. Items like their Adjustable Jammer Arms and Indexing Chin Bar are extremely versatile and now they can add another item to their list of innovation: Sorinex Pistol Grips. The Pistol Grips from Sorinex are definitely "cool", but more than that, they're a versatile tool for anyone from the operator to the office worker for increasing grip and pulling strength. Read more

Sorinex XL Rack In-Depth Review

Sorinex is making some of the best home gym equipment available and the Sorinex XL Rack is no exception. Although pricey, it's one of the best racks available and competes directly with Rogue Fitness' premiere Monster Line. After using a Sorinex XL Rack over the past 6 months, we can confidently give a high recommendation to anyone wanting a great squat rack with all the bells and whistles and aren't too concerned with price. Read more

Squatmax-MD Belt Squat In-Depth Review

The Squatmax-MD Belt Squat utilizes free weight and a unique pin and guide rod system to allow for vertical squatting. After testing the Squatmax-MD and comparing it to a cable-based belt squat (the Rogue Rhino) and lever-arm belt squat (Titan Belt Squat, Pitshark, and Wenning Belt Squat) we can confidently recommend the Squatmax-MD. It takes longer to set up and doesn't have the versatility of cable-based systems, but for squatting, the Squatmax-MD is hard to beat. Read more

Stick Mobility In-Depth Review

Stick Mobility offer amazing tools that can allow lifters to add strategic resistance to some traditional “mobility” movements. Made out of specially formulated PVC, these sticks are made to push and pull against as you perform movements and generate muscular tension. Read more

StrongArm Sport Combo Rack Review: Best Budget-Priced Combo Rack

The StrongArm Sport Combo Rack is the best budget-priced combo rack currently available (it's also the only one.) Overall, with price being considered, we think it's a rack worth taking a look at if you're on a budget and have to have a combo rack. This said, there are some things we'd like to see improved and foresee there being quite a bit of competition at this price point in the near future. Read more

Synergee Games Cerakote Barbell Review: Budget Friendly Cerakote CrossFit Bar

The Synergee Games Cerakote Bar is very much a more budget-friendly Rogue Cerakote Ohio Bar. It's not made in the USA and uses some different components like a thinner shaft and bearings instead of bushings, but for the price point, this is a great alternative for those wanting a cool looking CrossFit Barbell. Read more

Teeter FitSpine Inversion Tables Review: X1, X3, and LX9 Best Inversion Tables

Teeter is the creator of the best-selling inversion table of all time. The Teeter FitSpine X1, X3, and LX9 Inversion Tables are their latest offerings that improve upon the original EP models, but at a similar price point. After using Teeter Inversion Tables and Gravity Boots over the past decade and testing the latest FitSpine series for review, I feel that Teeter's are the best inversion tables on the market and although the FitSpine offers minor improvements over the previous versions, you can't go wrong with any of their models. Read more

The Definitive Rogue Ohio Bar Review

The Rogue Ohio Bar is one of the most popular barbells in the world, and for good reason. The Ohio Bar is a high-quality barbell with high tensile strength, refined knurl, consistent spin, and at a great price. We highly recommend the Ohio Bar. Read more

The Iron Neck In-Depth Review

The Iron Neck is one of the best tools currently available to train the neck. Ditching the large and costly machines, of old, The Iron Neck provides a versatile piece of equipment that provides an equally effective workout in a much smaller, cheaper, and more portable package. Read more

The Strength Co "The Captain" Squat Stands Review

The Strength Co is a former gym that decided to transition to selling equipment due to the COVID-19 Pandemic shutting down gyms. The Strenth Co "The Captain" Squat Stands is a basic squat rack designed to be affordable, long-lasting, and made in the USA. This is not the best squat rack in the world and I do think there are better options, even at lower prices. However, I love the ingenuity and am excited to see is to come. To be honest, their story is starting off a lot like Rogue Fitness did. Read more

The Yoak Review

The Yoak is one of the most fun, and also versatile pieces of training equipment I have ever used. After doing every movement they've recommended on their website, along with many others, I can confidently say that if you're looking to add chaos training to your regimen, as well as increased strength in otherwise unstable positions, The Yoak is a great tool to use; albeit at a high price. Read more

TimTam Percussion Massager In-Depth Review

The TimTam Percussion Massager combines frequency, amplitude, and torque into a handheld unit that provides deep tissue massage to relieve pain and soreness. We loved using the TimTam and found it to be very effective, although a bit pricey, despite being one of the cheapest options available. Read more

Titan Fan Bike Review: A Budget-Friendly and Feature Filled Air Bike

The Titan Fan Bike is the most complete piece of cardio equipment Titan Fitness has released to date. To be frank, it’s essentially a tricked-out Assault Air Bike. Nearly every part of it from the color to the monitor reminds me of the ever-popular Assault Air Bike even down to the less than desirable chain drive. It also borrows elements from the Rogue Echo Bike. Although I prefer the Echo Bike, the Titan Fan Bike is one of the best options we’ve tested for budget home gym owners. Read more

Titan Fitness Lat Tower Review: Best Value Selectorized Lat Pulldown

The Titan Lat Tower is the best value lat pulldown for most home gym owners that we’ve ever reviewed. Everything from the packaging to the performance of the machine makes us feel like the machine is worth much more than their asking price. If you’re looking to add a lat pulldown to your garage gym, we suggest the Lat Tower from Titan Fitness. It’s our favorite piece of equipment they make and I now own two I liked them so much. Read more

Titan Fitness T-3 vs. Rogue Fitness R-3 Power Rack Review Showdown

The Rogue R-3 Power Rack is one of the best selling squat racks of all time...and for good reason. The Titan T-3 Power Rack is a rack that takes many of the same features as the R-3 at a vastly lower price-point. We put them against each other to see which is the best value. Read more

Titan Seated Leg Curl / Extension Machine Review: Compact Plate-Loaded Leg Machine

The Titan Leg Curl / Extension Machine is a compact, plate-loaded machine that doubles as a seated leg curl and leg extension machine perfect for home gyms. The price point, features, and quality are all a step above what Titan Fitness typically offers and I recommend it if you have the space and want to pack some muscle on your quads and hammies. Read more

Tonal Smart Home Gym Review (2021)

The Tonal Smart Home Gym is the most pleasantly surprising piece of gym equipment I’ve reviewed in recent memory. Despite loving barbells as much as I do, Tonal has made me a complete believer that smart home gyms are the future for many trainees. Not only is the hardware impressive, but the software in concert has made this something we would certainly recommend to those wanting an all in one unit for their home gym. Read more

Torque Endless Rope Trainer Review: Versatile Home Gym Rope Pulley System

The Torque Endless Rope Trainer turns a typically difficult movement to do in a home gym, into something convenient with no setup time. I love doing rope pulls for both back/bicep hypertrophy as well as conditioning work, but it’s cumbersome to set up. The Torque Endless Rope Trainer is extremely well done, very compact, and a piece of equipment I will use every week. It is a bit spendy, but it’s well done. Read more

Torque Fitness TANK Sled In-Depth Review

The TANK Sled from Torque Fitness is the best all surface sled on the market today. Featuring magnetic resistance, heavy duty wheels, and an overbuilt body, there is no sled that can compare to the TANK. There are some things we'd like to see improved including a lower price, but we can confidently recommend the TANK to home gym owners, but especially strength coaches and commercial gym owners. Read more

Torque TANK M1 Push Sled Review: The Ultimate Home Gym Sled

The Torque Fitness TANK M1 Push Sled is a weight sled that uses magnetic resistance instead of weight plates and friction. It’s designed specifically for home gyms and after using it for a few weeks and comparing it to other sleds on the market we’ve reviewed, we highly recommend the M1 if you can afford it. It’s extremely well designed and built, provides an outstanding conditioning workout, and takes up little space. We are big fans of the TANK M1. Read more

TrueForm Runner Treadmill Review

The TrueForm Runner is a non-motorized treadmill designed to teach proper running form. Although recently, there have been more companies marketing non-motorized treadmills, in our research and testing, the TrueForm Runner is the best non-motorized treadmill available. Read more

TrueForm Trainer Treadmill Review: Budget-Friendly Curved Treadmill

The TrueForm Trainer Treadmill is a more budget-friendly version of the ever-popular TrueForm Runner non-motorized treadmill. After using the Trainer for a few months for sprints and long-distance runs while comparing it side by side to others on the market, I believe it’s a better choice for most home gym owners over the Runner due to its superior price point, yet similar design. However, The Trainer is not the bomb-proof construction that TrueForm is known for, hence the lower price. Read more

Tsunami Barbell In-Depth Review

The Tsunami Barbell is one of the most unique barbells currently being manufactured. Rather than being rigid like most bars, the Tsunami Bar is manufactured with the intention to be as whippy as possible. Based upon our testing as well as published studies, we believe the Tsunami Bar does what it claims: increase force production. Read more

Uncommon Breed Weighted Vest In-Depth Review

The Uncommon Weighted Vest is one of the best weighted vests for the money that stays tight to the body during training, has an accurate weight, and is quite durable. Read more

VersaSpot Dumbbell Spotter System: J-Hooks for Your Dumbbells

The VersaSpot Dumbbell Spotter System is essentially a J-Hook System for your dumbbells. This allows you to press out of the rack without having to start the press from your chest. It works extremely well, protects your dumbbells and is easy to adjust. If you do a lot of heavy dumbbell presses, we recommend the system. Read more

Vulcan Absolute Kettlebells Review

Vulcan Absolute Competition Kettlebells are some of the best kettlebells available for the price. They're casted extremely well and have a very competitive price. We definitely give our recommendation. Read more

Vulcan Absolute Power Bar V2 In-Depth Review

The Vulcan Absolute Powerlifting Bar V2.0 is one of the strongest barbells currently being made. It's comparable to the best on the market including the Rogue Ohio Power Bar and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a Powerlifting-specific barbell. Read more

Vulcan Standard Olympic Bushing Barbell Review

The Vulcan Standard Olympic Bushing Barbell is a great value barbell that is made for those who want a bar that can accomplish a lot. Read more

Vulcan Strength Alpha Bumper Plates Review: Extremely Durable Bumpers

The Vulcan Strength Alpha Bumper Plates are some of the most durable bumper plates currently made. They feature a unique, speckled design, claim to be quieter and more durable than competitors, and are available at a great price. Although I don't think they're that much quieter than competitors, I do think they're great bumper plates with a fantastic warranty, can be used outside, and look great. We recommend them highly.  Read more

Whoop Strap 3.0 Review (2021): A Recovery Tool for Serious Athletes

There’s something to be said for a small device on your wrist that can tell you if you’re getting enough sleep, taking enough vitamins and avoiding overtraining. Fitness trackers definitely have a place in helping people reach their goals–and they can actually give some really good insight into your overall health.I’ve used the Whoop Strap 2.0 in the past and am now doing an in-depth Whoop Strap 3.0 review because this really isn’t your run-of-the-mill wearable. For starters, it doesn’t have a watch face and it doesn’t count steps. But, it does provide some useful tools if you really want to dive into how your body responds to training. And the Whoop has some big-name fans, like two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir and pro-wrestler Seth Rollins. I don’t think this is the right device for most people, but for a very niche crowd of people who take their training seriously, the Whoop is pretty awesome.Why You Should Trust UsPersonally, I and other people at Garage Gym Reviews have tested dozens of these kinds of devices, including the Fitbit Charge 4, the Fitbit Inspire 2, and the Garmin Forerunner 245. Senior editor and CrossFit gym owner Kate Meier also tested the Whoop 3.0 (along with many other fitness trackers) to give her insight.We both wore the Whoop for weeks at a time, around the clock, to get a good sense of how it performs. Kate used it for weightlifting sessions as well as CrossFit WODs. She slept in it, coached in it, worked out in it, and took her dog for very many walks in it. Together, we got a good sense of what it’s like to lean on the Whoop for the info you need to maximize your training efforts.  Read more

X-Mark Chisel Bearing EZ-Curl Bar Review

Although the X-Mark Chisel EZ-Curl Bar isn't the absolute best curl bar available, it is one of the best under $100, which is really as much as you should spend on a piece of equipment that will get little use. The sleeve spin, combined with overall construction quality allow me to recommend the Chisel, although not necessarily over their other offerings. Read more

XD Kevlar Fitness Equipment In-Depth Review

XD Kevlar Fitness Equipment is currently making some of the best medicine balls and sandbags in the industry. Combining high-quality materials such as Kevlar with well thought out designs, we recommend XD Medicine Balls to anyone who wants equipment that lasts. Read more

Xebex AirPlus Performance Bike In-Depth Review

The Xebex AirPlus Performance Bike takes the traditional Schwinn Airdyne/Assault AirBike style bike and ups the versatility by adding magnetic resistance. Although skeptical at first, we've come to greatly enjoy the added difficulty of magnetic resistance in addition to the air. For this reason, we recommend the AirPlus for those that want extra resistance. Read more

XPO Trainer Sled 2.0 Review: Best Home Gym Weight Sled?

The XPO Trainer Sled is quite possibly the best weight sled for most home gym owners. Thanks to its magnetic resistance, it makes much less noise than a traditional sled, which, therefore makes much fewer complaints from neighbors. The XPO Trainer Sled 2.0 builds upon the previous version with minor improvements that make it an even easier recommendation. Read more