Picking the right size motor for your treadmill

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Last updated on January 2nd, 2023 at 12:40 pmWhile all treadmills look similar to each other, some key differences will help you determine which treadmill is right for you. Deck height, deck cushion, belt width, platform length, and motor size are just a few. Some of those differences will determine how well the treadmill performs. … Read more

Do you really need a treadmill mat?

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Last updated on January 2nd, 2023 at 05:53 pmI had finally decided on my treadmill. After way too much research and time at the store trying them out, I ended up going with the first one the guy at the store showed me after asking me about my needs. I’m naturally skeptical of salespeople, so … Read more

Is BowFlex the best option for an all in one home gym?

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Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:28 pmI’ve owned two Bowflex home gyms in my life. Their late-night infomercials featuring super-fit models training for “20 minutes a day, three days a week” hooked me. Twice! While I don’t still own either of those machines, I do look back on them and wish I’d used … Read more

Why and how to mix bumper plates with iron plates

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Last updated on February 27th, 2021 at 06:06 pmBuilding a home gym can get expensive. And it can get that way fast! So finding places to save money without sacrificing functionality becomes important to those of us on a budget. One of the best ways to stay on budget and still get a functional gym … Read more

Do you really need an Olympic lifting platform?

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Last updated on October 31st, 2022 at 02:18 pmWhen I was planning my full gym build-out, one of the first things that went on my list was a weightlifting platform. It seemed like every gym I looked at online had a platform. I honestly didn’t even know why I might need one (or not). I … Read more

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?

Kilos v Lbs

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