David KieslingonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)That should be fine. Anything like that. I should add that you might be able to feel the hem of the cloth even through 3/4" rubber, so unless you're layering plywood and rubber on top of it you might want to cut the hems off. I noticed this when I folded a drop cloth to put under some rubber for extra thickness because I got one plywood sheet that was 1/32" thicker than the rest.
mjmaconPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI got an Ethos in April, so far so good. It is quite solid, but have had some difficulty finding accessories. I just got a set of REP Plate Horns that I thought would fit 3x3 1" but the hole spacing is off about 1/4" (I see someone posted that the REP PR-5000 is actually 2.95'. I also have some Rogue Monster storage pins and they work great (but they are more pricey). The REP J-Cups for the PR-5000 fit fine and are a huge upgrade over the Ethos ones, I also got a Vulcan landmine that works well, but is placed a little higher on the upright than I would like because the bottom holes are not usable. Will probably upgrade the safety spotter arms at some point.
AnuragonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Hi David, I have a wooden floor and was wondering if you recommend any specific drop cloth. Also I found this on homedepot (https://www.homedepot.com/p/CoverGrip-3-5-ft-x-12-ft-Safety-Drop-Cloth-351208/206033436), would you recommend this? Also really appreciate all the detailed writeup. Was really helpful now that I am setting up my home gym. Thank you.
Leonid NilvaonIronmaster fixed their Super Bench!Sounds like they created the leg attachment for the Pro as well.. There's also a new hybrid pad that's wider in the shoulder area.. I got one on my (non-pro) bench it works well
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI try to concentrate on US brands, because those are the large majority of the readers here and I'm not familiar with outside brands. From a quick look I would guess it's something close to 2x2 with 1" holes, but in a metric size.
Steveon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonHi David Great comparison and review!!! I am looking at the Rogue one and I have hard time estimating the folding on the 41.5... how much space (from the wall) it takes if fold in? My issue is that my wall it small and i fear I would hit the perpendicular wall when I rack the bar on the 20.5 but the folding issue of the 41.5 may also be a. Issue
David KieslingonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListSorry to hear about that. I don't know about that specific case, but in general I guess it depends on the wording they use. Any company with marketing sense would prominently show a made in the USA notice on their product pages if they could, especially nowadays when everyone is looking for it.
jackonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListAmerican Barbell - Made in China I made a purchase from the above company after I was assured that the items were not made in China. However, when I received the products( 2 sets of dumbbells and one adjustable bench - over $1,300), they were proudly made in China. The reply I received is that they "own" their Chinese factory and therefore they did not purchase anything from the Chinese. They did not want to take back the product without a 20% restocking fee, even though I agreed to pay shipping both ways (they actually just stopped replying to me). Please keep this in mind when considering your purchase, as I felt completely defrauded.
Dresdin ArchibaldonA Guide to IWF-Certified Olympic Weightlifting BarsThe IWF Certified training bars are not used on the main platform and warm-up room in the big IWF events but they can be used in the Training Hall. At the Olympic and Youth Games there must be competition bars in all three places. So, there are two levels of certification and calibration, "Competition" and "Training", which are used in their respective places. Non-IWF certified bars may use these same designations in their marketing but in fact they are not certified for IWF meets and may or may not be calibrated to a certain tolerance. They are meant for at-home or gym training and also for non-IWF competition, as defined by the rules.
David KieslingonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Glue sounds messy and might not work. Attach your plywood sheets together with mending plates, then screw the outside edges of the rubber around the perimeter of the area to the plywood with the screws recessed into the rubber far enough. You can also use a different kind of mending plate for the rubber.More herehttps://www.tworepcave.com/10631/garage-gym-chatter-alans-trick-and-some-equipment-that-isnt-sold-out/
johnonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Would you recommend gluing the rubber mats to the plywood? I just layed mine on top of a short (berber) carpet, but the interlocking mats (3/8" thick) separate over time. Now I am thinking of putting plywood over the carpet, then putting the mats on top of the plywood. But, I am not sure of this would stop the mats from separating over time. That's why I was wondering if glueing would keep them in place better.
JPGConPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI've got 1" holes. Ordered Dip bars and J hooks that are 0.84" diameter. Thoughts? I didn't notice the weird diameter at the time I ordered. You wrote that if the hole is bigger, the accessory could dangle a bit. If it's a significant difference, I could create some plastic sleeves (though they would only be 2mm thick on each side - might break...). But it might crack under the bodyweight...
ElliotonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListWill the Titan T-2 dip bars fit on a Rep Fitness PR-1000? The T-2 is 50x50 mm while the PR-1000 is 2"x2", so the Titan attachments may be very slightly too narrow. However, I've heard anecdotally that people have fit T-2 accessories on their Rep 1000 series racks without issue.
GuestonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHey David, Any firsthand experience from you or your followers if Rep's Flip-Down Safeties (30") fit on Rogue's RML-390C with 30" depth? The numbers certainly seem like they should work out. https://www.repfitness.com/strength-equipment/rack-attachments/pr-4000-attachments/rep-pr-4000-flip-down-safeties
Sheila BrownonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListThanking for this site!..ever since the COVID out break..and the culprit of the spread, I've been more than ever trying to buy things NOT made in CHINA. Almost impossible. Please look into a group called Made in America on FB to post your list. It's a great site for like minded Americans. Thanks Again!
Mannyon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonThank you for the great information on your blog. You stated that the Rouge RML is "40.5″ deep doesn’t fold in neatly to the wall and will overlap unless you fold them one in and one out, which takes up more wall space." My question is how much actual wall space will it take if you fold them both to one side ? I love the Rogue product and would like to know if it will fit within my "wall space" parameters.
JOrdanonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListAlso FYI, regarding Rep HR-5000 it states 3x3" 11 gauge steel with 1" diameter holes on entire upright, increasing compatibility for attachments (exact tube steel dims are 2.95" x 2.95"). Which would explain why their 5000 series J cups claim to only fit the PR-5000.
Marshall MusseronTroy Weight Plates ComparisonDave is spot on about the better Troy brand plates. I had a couple arrive that were not quite to spec (almost ok) and he (Adamant) had new ones on the way as soon as he received the email! Very very nice
JerryonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI bought the Ethos power rack from Dick's. it's awesome! I had to buy the accessories all over the place do to lack of availability. I have found most if not all of the 3X3 1" holes will work with most brands. Rogue Monster for the most part.
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListThanks for sharing! That jives with what another reader said about the ForceUSA pegs being smaller than 5/8". That must be their hole size, and their pegs must be around 1/2" or 9/16". Usually it's about a 1/16" difference in peg vs hole size to fit easily. Do you have any ForceUSA attachment pegs you can measure, or did you buy the rack without any of their attachments?
Brennan AndreonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHello, Just wanted to let you know that the ForceUSA Myrack hole sizing is 1/2” not 5/8” as you have stated. I bought the BOS 5/8” j hooks thinking they would fit but they do not. Do you know if any other companies make the 1/2” hole sizing? Looking for lever arms. Thanks, Brennan
JimonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListDoes anybody know the spacing on the Rogue Monster Monolift attachment holes...I have an EliteFTS 3x3 that has 1" holes but they are spaced at 3" while Rogue is 2" spacing...If the holes are 12" apart they'll fit both racks...Thanks
SamonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)David, thanks for the writeup. Need some advice based on your experience please. I have a home gym setup using large 1/4" rubber mats over short carpet (not industrial short, but shorter than the traditional fluffy residential carpets). I mostly do single arm weights, body-weight exercises, jump squats, etc. (no overhead olympic drops), but want a bit more stable surface. Would adding a 1/4 or 1/2" plywood be sufficient for a sub-layer, since my rubber is only 1/4" thick? I need it mostly for surface stability (less give than the carpet).
StephenonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListYeah. I ordered cheap calipers on Amazon to measure the difference between the two pegs, but I can tell you that just using a tape measure, the hole size on the MyRack is exactly 5/8" so the pegs on the MyRack accessories are smaller than 5/8". However, there is a clear size difference with the BoS pegs and the holes on the MyRack. I'll know exact measurements when the calipers come in, but, at the moment, it looks like the BoS pegs are larger than 5/8".
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListLooks like there's an issue that some manufacturers go by the hole size and others go by the peg size. I'm not sure how to resolve this as far as the chart goes. I just measured my Titan rack holes and the pegs are under 11/16" while the holes are over 11/16". so this is going to be a nightmare to try to sort out.
StephenonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHello David, Unfortunately, they do not fit. I have the Force USA rack and ordered a set of J-cups from Bells of Steel. The posts on the Bells of Steel cups are slightly larger than 5/8" so they will not fit in the holes of the MyRack. Everything else appears to fit. Surprisingly, the BoS cups are not as tight against the post (I put one up using the 1" side holes to test fit). I can only assume BoS are not as tight with their tolerances as Force USA is.
David KieslingonRogue 2.0 Bar vs Ohio BarI see you're right! I will get it updated. I wonder why they did it only on the cerakote one. The newer ecoat one has bronze.
David KieslingonNoisy Grooves on Barbell Sleeves: One SolutionYes, anything with a rounded-edge steel insert will glide over it smoothly. Pics don't always do them justice, but I think any kind of bumper with an insert rather than the large machined center will have rounded edges.
David KieslingonNoisy Grooves on Barbell Sleeves: One SolutionI think that must be it. The squared off edges in the holes of comp plates must be hitting the grooves instead of gliding over them. I'll have to update this post shortly to warn of that.
JJYonNoisy Grooves on Barbell Sleeves: One SolutionI use competition plates with stainless steel inserts, but I still notice lot of noise when inserting and removing weights from the grooved sleeves. Is it different in case of regular bumper plates due to rounded angles on the inserts compared to the comp plates?
JayonRogue 2.0 Bar vs Ohio BarThe Ohio cerakote bar does come with composite bushings not the bronze found on all other Ohio bars. Thought that might be worth noting.
BrendanonThe Best Adjustable Dumbbells – Ironmaster vs PowerBlock vs BowflexThanks for the info. I was leaning toward Ironmaster up to 120 lbs for a bit, but kept getting turned off by the time it takes load them. In my case, I like to be able to move up 5 lbs or so each set (pyramid'ing up weight and down reps) for progressive overload. Your mention of platemates magnetic plates was invaluable to my decision as I can buy two 1.25 lbs magnets and two 2.5 lbs magnets to avoid having to take apart weights just to load an extra 2.5 or 5 lbs. Thanks again.
JakeonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListIf you make an amended list, be sure to look into Arsenal Athletics/Arsenal Strongman. They're a new veteran owned equipment company with 100% American Made products. Their 10ft Mammoth Deadlift bar is SICK!
binyamonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListYou listed Adamant as selling USA made Troy equipment. Troy doesn’t make equipment in the USA. They “assemble” equipment in the USA. It comes in from China and they just put it together. I want USA made pro-style dumbbells, but it’s nearly impossible to find. Iron grip dumbbells SMELL!
Arthur GribenskonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI'm going to try to use a saw bit with some 3-in-1 oil to cut them out and then a dremel to grind away any burrs. It's 11 gauge steel, and quite a beast, so I figure as long as I space out the holes enough it should be fine. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for the advice!
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListThat makes sense to go with 1" holes for future use of the accessories on a new rack. I don't know much about how to make sure it stays structurally sound with all those holes. Laser cutting the holes turns out the best. Titan Fitness tried some kind of other cutting method on their first rack, and the steel was pushed in around the holes from the pressure of the tool.
Victor Non2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonThank you for the very informative site! So just quickly, I read that the Rogue stringer will fit the titan rack. So does that mean the Titan stringer will fit the Rogue rack? My Rogue wall mount rack is coming in, I don't want to use wood and I can't get my hands on a rogue stringer, but I can get a Titan stringer. Does anyone know? Thanks
Arthur GribenskonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHi David, first off, this guide is awesome! I just bought a dynabody rack that is a weird 3x2" (not the normal 2x3"), so per a friend's recommendation, I'm going to get accessories for a 3x3", and per your recommendation glue in some UHMW shims. There's only three large holes for these massive safety bars, and the j cups are soldered in, so on the other side of the rack, I was going to drill a bunch of holes that I can put moveable jcups and spotter arms into. My question is, would you recommend going with 1" holes or 5/8" holes? (or another size). I'm kind of on a budget, so I would think 5/8" accessories would be cheaper, but looking at your guide, it seems like there's more diversity in the 1" category and if I ever get a new rack, I would think whatever accessories I get now I'd more likely be able to use in the future with 1" pegs. Thanks in advance for your help!
BrianonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHi Dave, Thanks for the great post. Does American use westside hole spacing in its 3x3 uprights? My wife and I live in HI (limited stock and difficult shipping), so we’re trying to piece together a Rogue Monster Lite (3x3, 5/8” holes) and crossmembers to American Barbell 12’ uprights (3x3, 3/4” holes) to give us one tall end. Rogue is out of 12’ uprights. Rogue states they use westside, but I can’t find anything from American. Thanks for the help. Brian
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI believe the T-3 is 50x75mm. Too bad about the Rogue safety straps. I'll keep an eye out for others. I wouldn't try DIY on that. The thread and sewing pattern have to be right, and done with an industrial strength sewing machine on heavy strap material. Titan failed spectacularly on their first try a couple years ago.
IbraonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI plan on purchasing them when they are back in stock and I will let you know. I was able to retrofit the T-3 lat pulley to my Rogue R-6 using Rogue hardware. The hardware they sent was too large as you stated. Back to the levers, do you know if titan T-3 is 2x3, 50x75mm, or 50x90mm? Also, for the rogue safety straps, I can only find the 24" inch ones. I would need a 43" solution. https://www.roguefitness.com/infinity-strap-safety-system-2-0
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI've read the same thing about the Titan T-3 lever arms and some other Titan attachments. I have no explanation. The Titan attachment's brackets should be too small. I have used a Titan rack and verified the tubing size, and their attachments were totally snug. The peg should also be too big. I haven't taken a look at their 11/16" pegs though. If someone can take measurements to help us understand what's going on, I'll use it to update the info here. Rogue makes both safety straps and storage pins to fit the Infinity/R-series racks. https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-rigs-racks/accessories?compatibility%5B0%5D=infinityseries…
IbraonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHello. Thank you for this list. It has been extremely helpful. I do have a question. Do you know if the T-3 jammer arms will work on a Rogue R-6? I've read on reddit that people have used it on a rogue will success. Secondly, do you know if there are any safety straps that would work on the R-6? The ones Rogue sells has 24" and my rack would need a 43". Wiuld it be best to DIY? Lastly, have you heard of any 5/8 utility pins? I know they make 1" ones but really wanted to add some. Thank you! I appreciate your help.
JohanonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHey guys, I have the USA my rack - unfortunately there are no jammer/ lever arms. The article here mentions Bells of steel lever arms are compatible despite having a minor discrepancy. Has anyone tried this or is this likely to work? Thank you in advance?
MindyonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListCould you check into Papababe new power rack with lat pull down. I think it's super new. 2x2 with .8" holes. I was thinking about switching out. 1200 lb capacity. I didn't notice anything in your list for this one. Or should I stick with mine? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087JZ7RVS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_krcPEb3VCP1BN
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListRack extensions and cable crossovers have too specific sizing requirements all over that they're unlikely to fit any other rack. Those and other expensive attachments like lever arms are usually not made for 2x2 racks because those racks are meant for people trying to save money who are unlikely to spring for expensive extras.
Steven ByrononMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListREP Fitness does NOT make their products in the USA. I emailed them with that specific question as I was considering one of their weight benches and they responded on 04/22/2020 with this exact copied response... “All products are designed in america and manufactured overseas to keep our prices affordable--- “
MindyonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHello. First off I want to genuinely thank you for making this list. I've purchased so many extras to my power rack because of it and I never even knew about half the stuff sold for them. Wow. My question ... could recommend an extension to my power rack? 24" with extra arms for more plate storage. I see they have the single beams with 4 arms that curve on top. I have a Merax with the lat pull. Would anything fit? I guess its the same as the Valor BD-7. Same specs seems like. 2x2 with one inch holes. I would also love some adjustable lever arms!!! Like really bad. I almost bought the Titan ones but I see now that they wouldn't work (thanks to your list) unless I buy the glue things you linked at the top of the page. Bells of Steel was another website I found selling them. How about Cable crossovers? I think this would also be a decent add. I'm sorry , this is more than one question, lol. I've gone a bit crazy with building my own gym since all this COVID-19. My gym is pretty legit now,…