Gym Closed? Work out at home for under $100!

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Last updated on April 8th, 2022 at 03:59 pmEveryone should have the ability to work out at home. That simple idea is why I built GymCrafter. With recent events (This article is being written in mid-March, 2020, right at the beginning of a shelter in place order where I live in Illinois), people who previously … Read more

Is Titan Fitness worth your money? An honest review.

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Last updated on May 21st, 2022 at 06:29 pmIf you’ve done any research at all into buying gear for your home gym, you’ve almost certainly come across Titan Fitness. You’ve also probably come across a variety of strongly held opinions about them. Very few other companies in the fitness industry are as polarizing as Titan … Read more

Should you buy weight plates in lbs or kilos?

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Last updated on March 3rd, 2021 at 12:58 pmWeight plates are something we should only have to buy once. If we buy right the first time, they typically won’t wear out. That means there are a few decisions we need to make when buying weight for our home gyms. Steel, coated, or bumper plates? How … Read more

How to buy the best weight bench for your home gym

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Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:39 pmWhen I was building my garage gym, I searched on Google for “what makes a great weight bench for a home gym”. The only results that came back were site after site listing their “best benches of 20xx”. There was no good advice. There was no one … Read more

How to Buy the Perfect Barbell For Your Home Gym

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Last updated on November 13th, 2021 at 06:44 pmEven if you limit your search to Amazon and a few quality barbell manufacturers, there are easily over 100 different barbells to choose from. When putting together a home gym, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Especially considering it’s one … Read more

What is Barbell Whip?

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Last updated on August 29th, 2022 at 11:37 amI thought buying a barbell was going to be easy. It’s a metal rod that holds weight, how hard could it be? Apparently a lot harder than I thought. Did I want a 28mm or 28.5mm shaft? Did I want bearings or bushings? What kind of knurling … Read more

How to Hang a Heavy Bag in Your Home Gym

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Last updated on January 3rd, 2023 at 07:24 pmThe knock at my door was unexpected. It was my neighbor. “Hey, we’re moving, and we have to be out fast. If there’s anything over in my garage, you see that you might want, let me know. We’d rather not have to move most of it.” The … Read more

Gymnastic Rings or TRX, Which is Right For You?

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Last updated on April 22nd, 2022 at 02:27 pmWhen Jocko Willink, Seal team commander and all around badass, was asked to list the equipment people should buy for their home gym, he said, “If there’s one thing that you could have, if there was one piece of equipment, it would probably be smart to go … Read more

Choosing the Best Barbell for Your Home Gym

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Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 06:33 pmHere, I’ll be covering the Olympic straight bar (also sometimes known as a power lifting barbell). This traditional straight barbell is usually the very first bar people add to their gym. It’s the king of the weight training barbells. You’ll most likely use it more than any … Read more