Number one on every olympic lifters list is going to be a high quality Olympic lifting barbell.
The Eleiko barbell offers the best grip ever. The smooth but firm contact with the grip area, the perfect flexibility and the soft sound from the stabilized rotation of the sleeves (which prevents wrist and arm injuries) all contribute to that special feeling you get when using an Eleiko bar.
Next Generation Pendlay Bar. Made from high nickel content, super strong steel allowing maximum flexibility without bending. Only company in the US to produce barbells from this material. Made by weightlifters, for weightlifters.
Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe have teamed up with industry leader York Barbell to provide the ultimate Olympic weightlifting/powerlifting bar that is perfect for CrossFit workouts. The B&R Bar by York Barbell is 29 mm and produced to their precise specifications.
Go ahead and spend a little money to get bumpers as they will last a lifetime.
The Muscle Driver Pendlay Black Econ V2 Bumper Plates 10lb (Pair) has a flawless surface area with a higher and more consistent durometer reading (firmer).
The Pendlay econ bumper plates are being used in more CrossFit boxes and garage gyms around the country.
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Check out the Chad Vaughn barbell @ FringeSport.com
Made for more than a decade at the Hi-Temp plant in Tuscumbia, Alabama, these ultra heavy-duty Hi Temp Olympic Rubber Bumpers remain the only American-made bumpers on the market.
The HG Bumpers deliver durability and quality at a budget price. The HG Bumper Plates are the standard IWF 450mm in diameter and have a thinner width so more weight can be loaded onto the bar. These bumpers have a dead bounce and are designed with durable stainless steel inserts and a distinctive smooth finish.
A weightlifting shoe we are seeing more and more of is the Adidas Power Perfect II Weightlift Shoe used as an all around weightlifting shoe.
This shoe does fit a little bit narrow so if you have a wide foot then go up a half size. These shoes have been known to last a long time so you will get value out of this shoe.
The Pendlay Weightlifting Shoes features real leather with heavy duty black nylon mesh throughout. We are finding the Men’s shoes fit 1/2 size down from you running / training shoe size.
One of the most challenging shoes to build for Beijing, the Nike Romaleos II weightlifting shoes are a lightweight, flexible workhorse that can withstand the unique punishment that weightlifters put on their footwear.
The Pendlay Elite Squat Stand is constructed with 2 x 3 x 11 gauge rectangle tubing with 17 possible latch locations. Solid construction allows for a very long life span.
The CFF Squat Stands can hold up to 750 lbs which is way more than most athletes will put on the bar.
Definitely a good rack for shoulder presses and any squats you may be doing.
Built in Columbus, Ohio, the S2 squat stand includes key innovations from the Infinity Series, including a unique upright/socket design, Westside hole spacing, 5/8” bolts and fasteners, and J-cups with protective UHMW plastic liners.
The Infinity Rack system has a length Customizable X 6 feet width and made with 2″ X 3″ 11 Gauge Steel. West Side Hole Pattern – 1″ through bench and clean pull zone then 2″ spacing above and below with Pull-up Bar height is adjustable – 8’, 7’ 6” or 7’
Video – Infinity Rig
Check out the Titan T-2 Series Squat Power Rack HERE:
The monster rack is now being used by the top professional, collegiate and high school athletic facilities in the world.
Standard Lock-Jaw Collar feature a patented locking mechanism designed to hold tight on repeated drops.
More secure than most traditional spring clips, these barbell collars are also easier to both lock-on and remove.
The Muscle Clamps are a staple of the functional fitness community due to their extreme ease of use. While more expensive than old school spring collars, they can be slipped on and off a bar in a split second. These are definitely a favorite of anyone who has used them.
The classic spring collar for your power and Olympic lifting needs. Under most loads, the spring secures the weights with little to no give after the weight is dropped.
The Pendlay Elite Jerk Blocks
are sold in pairs and are available in 19 colors, black hammertone is a stocked color.
Video – Pendlay Elite Jerk Blocks
Fully CNC machined, Wood Jerk Blocks deliver a level of craftsmanship and stability simply not achievable with traditional DIY jerk boxes. Stackable jerk boxes, or jerk blocks, are most often utilized in weight training as a way for athletes to focus on improving their jerk without having to clean the weight to the rack position on each rep.
Another set is the Monster blocks jerk boxes that have been getting good reviews.
We have had athletes ask “How to make DIY jerk blocks”. Check out this video on DIY jerk blocks
Wrist wraps offer the perfect amount of support for the Oly lifts, press and bench.
Rehband knee sleeves are used by top athletes ranging from CrossFit Games competitors to World’s Strongest Man strongmen.
Underwrap is used to help eliminate skin irritation caused by repeated taping and to secure cold packs and bandages. 2-3/4″ x 30 yd rolls.
Video – MuscleDriver Pulling Blocks Review
if you are going to lift heavy you are doing to need a good weightlifting belt.
is hand-crafted not to compete with the world of mass-produced, sporting-goods-store weightlifting belts, but to offer a stronger, longer-lasting alternative for customers serious about strength training and investing for the long haul.
There are several good belts out there that you will see athletes using in the gym. Some of them uses a single prong buckle design so it is easy to adjust. The belt is 10mm thick which offers the right amount of support but is not so stiff that you need an army to get it tight.
Another belt that is really high quality is the Eleiko weightlifting belt. Check out this video:
The first thing to give out on heavy sets is your grip. A good set of Spud Inc wrist straps will let you move heavier weight.
Set new PRs on your pulls, hang pulls, high pulls and other back and trap work.
If you want to lift heavy your going to have to put on some mass. Eat clean and lean animal protein first. Use protein supplements second. Here are a few recommendations.
The Stronger Faster Healthier Grass Fed Protein Recovery Powder formula re-energizes your cells by increasing your ATP levels (Adenosine Triphosphate – the energy powerhouse of the cell).
Within an hour after the workout, mix yourself up a dose of Recovery Formula.
It tastes good and goes down easy and you can add a little extra protein with some milk.
Taking BSN SYNTHA-6 Protein Powder immediately after training helps you do it all again—sooner, putting you on the fast track for achieving your training goals. Rich Froning (CrossFit Games winner) is now using BSN supplements.
A basic essential, Weight Lifting Powerlifting Gymnastics Chalk is made from the same magnesium carbonate formula that rock climbers trust when their lives depend on a firm grip. So when it comes to dealing with sweaty palms in the weight room, you’re in good hands.
Here are a few questions from the athletes at our gym.
Question: Is the York weight lifting belt a good value?
Question: Is there a way to build jerk boxes with a CNC cut and do it yourself? Yes; if you have access to a full shop you can do it. Otherwise you need to use a power saw.
Question: What is the best olympic weightlifting equipment company? You can’t go wrong with Elieko, Ivanko, FringeSport, MuscleDriver and Rogue Fitness.
Question: What is the crossfit rogue jerk boxes construction method? They use CNC cuts to create the jerk box.
Question: What is the best Rogue Fitness rig for your garage? Many athletes say the W4 is the best rig for a garage gym.
Question: Do you have any reviews for the MuscleDriver pulling blocks reviews? Yes; check out the video above.
Question: What is one piece of equipment no Olympic lifter can do without? A good pair of shoes and a great barbell with spin. A cheap barbell is not much good to a high speed lifter.
Question: what do you need to olympic lift in your garage gym? Check out the list above.
Question: Coach, Do you have any wood jerk block reviews? Check out the video below.
Question: What is the best weightlifting barbell for the value? Troy barbells are a good value for the dollar.
Question: Is Eleiko the best barbell? Many athletes and lifters say that Eleiko is the top barbell choice if money is no object.
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Question: Do you have any reviews for the CFF strong lifting belt? Check out reviews for the CFF weightlifting belt here.
Question: What are must have for a olympic garage gym? You must have a good barbell and bumper plates to start out in a garage gym.
Question: Where can I find Pendlay J-cups? You can get extra an pair of of Pendlay J-Latches for $49.00 for the Pendlay elite squat stand at MuscleDriver.com.
Question: What are the best olympic equipment companies and brands? Elieko, Ivanko, Pendlay are a few of the best olympic weightlifting companies.
Question: What are J latches for barbells? They are also known as J hooks that attach to a vertical rig to hold a barbell. you can buy J Hooks for 2.5″ Sq. Tube and 3 inch tubing.
Question: What is the main difference between the bella barbell vs burgener barbell? The Bella bar is a women’s barbell.
Question: What about the adidas power perfect 2 vs power lift trainers? Both are great shoes so I would try both on and see how it fits your foot first.
Question: Where can I find more info about CrossFit? Check out the CF main website here: