Heavy snatch with a rogue olympic WL barbell
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Best Olympic Weightlifting Barbell

Let’s look at who makes the best Olympic weightlifting barbell. What’s an Olympic weightlifting barbell (also sometimes called an Oly bar)? It’s a tough barbell used for lifting big weights. But, more importantly it has the qualities you need for the Olympic lifts: the snatch, and clean and jerk. What exactly does that mean? That’s what we’ll explain next. First, let’s look at an example. Shown here is someone you might recognize (Rich Froning) using the Rogue Olympic WL Bar to perform a “snatch”. The snatch is one of the two lifts used in Olympic competition – but I’m betting you already know all about that. Here’s all the Olympic weightlifting barbells we are going to review in this article: [Read more …]

PR-4000 Power Rack used for squats
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Rep Fitness Power Racks

Let’s look at power racks for your garage gym. A good power rack is a garage gym essential – because it let’s you lift heavy weight safely. As a bonus, the best power racks let you do a whole lot of other exercises too. Shown above is the PR-4000 Squat Rack from Rep Fitness as an example. It is an exceptionally well built product, and has all the essential features we look for in the best squat stand or rack for a garage gym. Better still, it has a lot of options for expansion – which is part of the fun of customizing your power rack. We’re going to highlight products from Rep Fitness. They make high quality gear – [Read more …]

The Rogue Boneyard Bar Review - Boneyard bars get a special custom endcap. All are made in the USA, by Rogue Fitness.
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Rogue Boneyard Bar Review

We’re going to talk about one of the best kept secrets in quality gym equipment: the Rogue Fitness Boneyard Bars. Let me tell you how I got a great Rogue Fitness bearing bar for weightlifting – at a $270 discount. First of all, what is a boneyard bar? Boneyard bars are seconds quality Olympic barbells manufactured by Rogue Fitness that have simple cosmetic issues. Consequently, these bars are brand new, made in the USA, function just fine, but are available at a sizable discount. Before you search on craigslist, reddit, or fb marketplace for months at a time for the right thing – why not get a great bar brand new right from the source? Sure, a used barbell for [Read more …]

The American Barbell Power Bar has a shaft made from precision grade alloy steel
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Best Powerlifting Barbell

Rogue Fitness now has the Kabuki Strength Duffalo Bar available. This specially curved bar reduces stress on the shoulders, biceps, and back, while enabling scapular retraction and superior joint centration. Let’s look at who makes the best powerlifting barbell. What’s a powerlifting barbell (Also called a power bar or power barbell)? It’s a tough, stiff Olympic sized barbell used for lifting big weight – think heavy squats, heavy deadlifts, and big bench presses. Shown here is the Rogue Ohio Power Bar – it is our top pick for best power bar. These bars are big so they can hold a lot of weight, but they also have some very important differences as compared to the type of Olympic barbell you [Read more …]

boneyard WL bar and a Rogue Ohio Cerakote bar - side by side
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Guide to the Rogue Cerakote Colors Olympic Barbells

Did you know that Rogue Olympic barbells are available with Cerakote – a thin-film ceramic coating that offers amazing durability, protection, and a choice of colors and patterns? Cerakote is also popular in the gun industry – because of the range of custom colors that can be used, but also because of the amazing durability of this thin-film coating. Here’s the barbells we are going to review in this article. Before you buy Need help understanding the lingo for Olympic barbells? Check out our barbell guide. Make sure you get the right barbell for the training you intend to do. Why Cerakote for a barbell?? Cerakote has a number of advantages over traditional coatings. Cerakote is resistant to wear, abrasion, [Read more …]

A Rogue Olympic weightlifting barbell - loaded with Rogue training bumper plates
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Starting Your Own Garage Gym – The Olympic Barbell

American Barbell is having a big sale on blemished barbells – get a great barbell for a great price. Expect some minor cosmetic issues – but great savings too! We’re going to talk about what is probably the most essential piece of gear for a great garage gym – the Olympic weightlifting barbell. We’ll provide examples of Rogue barbells – because we think Rogue Fitness makes the best barbells for your home or garage gym (or your CrossFit box!) Here’s the barbells we’ll be reviewing. Be sure to read through to understand the specific strengths of each model. Rogue Olympic WL Bar 20kg men’s bearing bar – Made in the USA with 215K tensile strength steel. Needle bearings for ultimate [Read more …]