Flat Utility Bench Comparison

These flat utility benches are meant for use either with dumbbells or with a separate rack/cage. The advantage of such a bench over a weight bench with an attached rack is the ability to move the bench out to do dumbbell work or to get the bench out of the way to do squats and other exercises with the rack.

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Olympic vs Standard Weights


So you're not sure what to go with, Olympic or Standard weights. Here's everything you need to know.

Standard weights are often found in home gyms. What you'll see right away is Olympic bars are thicker on the ends. But that's actually just one of many differences.

By | 2017-11-05T09:05:19+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Categories: Equipment Guides|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Barbell Weight Plates – A Comparison of Iron and Rubber Models


Our weight plates make up a large chunk of our sales. We could list many more styles of weight plates than this on our site. But we don't. We have listed only the most popular styles, determined through years of trial and error and listening to what our customers want.

By | 2017-06-05T22:02:03+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Categories: Equipment Guides, Most Popular|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Comparing the Best Olympic Weightlifting Bars


Olympic weightlifting bars are used frequently at olympic lifting gyms, Crossfit boxes, the Olympic Games or anywhere that lifters may be doing the olympic lifts (snatch or clean-and-jerk). They are made to be springly at high loads to facilitate explosiveness, prevent a high shock load for the lifter, and absorb the shock of being dropped. The tensile strength (PSI) tends to be lower than powerlifting bars so that it isn't too stiff, but newer manufacturing methods are resulting in some very high tensile strength bars that remain springy.