Update after Titan response: Received replacement. No liner. Immediately sent email on the email string with the open ticket from Titan. 6 days later, no response, and the big box with the replacement rack is taking up space in my garage gym.
I ordered the Rack Mount Neck Machine. I received it on June 4. I used it and did not notice that the UMHW liner was not placed on the attachment (as described in the product description on Titan's website for the stated purpose of protecting your rack). There are literally screws that jut out of the attachment, and my rack is now scratched quite a bit. Now i understand scratches will come from use, but I was not happy about ordering quite an expensive attachment that just scratched my expensive rack. Nevertheless, on June 4, I used the online request form to ask if Titan could send me some liner to place on the attachment. I followed up to the generic email they sent on June 16. I then called and spoke with someone named May on June 21, who promised me she would respond to that email chain with information as she learns it from her product support team. I left a negative review on June 21 on Titan's website. That review has not been posted (not shocking, as this appears to be a consistent complaint about Titan, and I have never seen any company with 4 and 5 star ratings on every single product on their website). And to this day, I have yet to hear from Titan about my relatively simply request (Request No. 932800). I am sure I will get the same generic boilerplate Titan comment to this review, but that wouldn't bode well for this terrible customer service. I wish I had returned the attachment for arriving in a faulty condition because frankly, regardless of how decent any product is, I would rather not give my money to companies that treat their customers this way. No more Titan for me, though I am sure Titan could really care less (as evidenced by their radio silence and their failure to post my honest review on their website).
Hello Jimmy, we sincerely apologize for the experience you had with this order. I looked into this and found that the replacement has been shipped and was delivered on 07/09/2021. In case you need further assistance, please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj.
Bought a plate loaded lat pull down…
Bought a plate loaded lat pull down from them recently. Arrived in a broken box. Put it together and found multiple damaged pulleys. Emailed their support team and was blown off by their product specialists for over a week before I called.
When I spoke with their support team over the phone, they told me to go to a hardware store and buy replacement pulleys. Then they suggested it’ll be a month before they would have another system to send me. I already had the equipment entirely built. They told me to take apart the pulleys off the new system when it arrives and mail them back the rest of the equipment. Honestly one of the craziest suggestions I’ve ever been given. They told me to call back in a couple weeks to see if they had a replacement equipment to send me. Why is it my job to fix their product.
After spending $400+ I expected better quality and service. I do not recommend anyone dealing with this. While the equipment appears pretty solid, I cannot do anything with it without those pulleys.
Hi Jason, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. I am not able to locate your order details due to having limited information. Please respond with your order number or email and we will get right on it! You can also email us at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
What happened to putting the customer first?
We were super excited to add the Series 2 power rack to our home gym, we received our shipment very quickly. However, after unpacking the entire rack, we noticed that the hardware to put it together was missing. No big deal, contacted customer service assuming they would overnight the MISSING parts. Wrong. Instead they tell me the parts have to be hand picked and that it could take up to 10 business days! This was on 3/22. I received an email providing a shipment link the very same day and was so excited. Wrong again! Went back to check the link today (3/25) and it says the same thing it did on 3/22. Hasn’t even made it to USPS yet. Needless to say we are beyond frustrated and the customer service is trash! So I guess we will stare at the multiple pieces of metal laying in our garage until they decide to actually ship the **MISSING** hardware!
Hi Paige! We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. I was able to locate your account and see that your order was delivered on April 12th. I am so sorry for the delay. We are working diligently to minimize our handling time for our part orders. We will definitely work to make it right for you. You should receive something from us soon. Thank you for your patience.
This company knows absolute zip about customer service and they package their crummy products poorly. My wife ordered a fly machine for $475 (for my birthday) and it basically came destroyed: parts missing, damaged, etc. it looked like they had thrown (almost) everything in a wimpy cardboard box, crossed their fingers, and prayed for the best. The return process involved me using three roles of packing tape to put back together all of their crap in a destroyed box. Of course, at this point, I haven’t yet received a refund. I’ll never buy anything from this shoddy company again and I encourage others to really think hard about doing business with a company that could clearly care less about their customers.
Hi Stephen, we sincerely apologize that this was your wife's experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. I am not able to locate her order details due to having limited information. Please respond with your order number or email and we will get right on it! You can also email us at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
I just don't understand. How do you lose multiple products, offer to refund them, then decline the refund without warning the customer? Sure, the product finally arrived a month late. How would I know if nothing updates and my emails don't get any decent responses? A warning to everyone, don't buy anything more than maybe the plates from this company. They will lose your products, and if they don't lose it, FedEx will do it for them.
Hi Felix, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. I am not able to locate your order details due to having limited information. Please respond with your order number or email and we will get right on it! You can also email us at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
Crooks and Con-Artists
I've bought a lot of equipment from Titan. Lately, it's gone downhill. On January 7 I ordered an EZ Curl bar, a leg extension/curl machine, and a shoulder press and deltoid raise machine.
EZ curl arrive broken. The bushings were knocked out of the sleeves. They said they'd send a replacement but it was backordered. The following day I received the shoulder press machine. It arrived missing a bushing in the press joint, so the arms can't be assembled. It was also missing the back rest cushion AND both arm cushions. Explain to me how this happens? The box arrived completely tattered and taped together, like someone else had returned it. Immediately contacted titan and forwarded pictures. They told me to return it, but I have to pay return shipping and buy my own box. This is an oversized machine that weighs 150 lbs. A box that size costs $100. The freight charge is at least as much. Not happening. I asked them to send the parts. They are backordered for months. I asked them to send a new machine, so I can mail this one back in the replacement box and have a functioning piece of equipment. They went radio silent.
After several more unanswered email attempts to resolve this disaster, I have now initiated a chargeback with my bank for the cost of the machine. I canceled the leg extension machine. So hopefully I actually get my refund. These thieves have $525 of my money for an unusable hunk of metal waste. They just lost at least $3500 worth of immediate business on the leg extension i had already purchased and the functional trainer that I was ready to check out with in my cart. Who knows how much future business they just flushed down the toilet.
Like others here, I left a negative review for the press on their website which was almost immediately removed by Titan. These people are crooks and con-artists. Buy at your own peril.
Hi Nate. I am very sorry this was your experience with us. I realize this review was left at the start of the year and you have made several purchases since then. If we were able to get everything resolved for you, I am more than happy your experience was changed. If there are still unresolved concerns, please reach out at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
Cancelled without consulting
I ordered an item "in stock" on 12/29. Called yesterday (1/12) and was told to try waiting a little longer due to part 1 of 2 being out of stock (but they had part 2 of 2), which I was okay with waiting. Woke up this morning to my order being cancelled completely without consulting me first! Not cool at all! Now, I no longer have "a place in line" for my order. This has left a very bad taste in my mouth with Titan Fitness. Now I have to watch the website in hopes of catching it when it's back in stock and place an order before others get to it. But...then again the same thing could happen where my order gets cancelled without consulting. I don't think I want to take that risk! NOT. COOL.
HI Nikki, I am very sorry that this was your experience with us. I am not able to locate your order information due to limited data but would love to help you! I realize this review was left a few months ago; If there are still unresolved concerns, please reach out at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience. Also, you can click the "notify me when this is in stock" button on any item page and you will receive an email once it's back in stock.
A company that’s not about the customer
Two separate orders with problems with the original delivered items. First one was “misplaced” according to them (how you misplace a 45lb barbell is beyond me) and was told they’d ship out another once it was available. Second order was a plyometric box in which the hardware wasn’t sent so that it could be assembled. Once I inquired about this, I was told they ship it out immediately. It’s been over 2 weeks and still no hardware. When I called again to speak to supervisor, I was told they would call me back within 24-48 hours; which is unacceptable to me. Still working on getting it overnighted to me so that it can be assembled for Christmas (although it was originally a birthday gift)
Hi Adam, We are very sorry that this was your experience with us. We are not able to locate your order information due to limited data but would love to help you! I realize this review was left a few months ago; If there are still unresolved concerns, please reach out at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
Ordered a 45lb bar from Titan, received 2 months later and it was defected. Quality control was horrible. Have you noticed the reviews on their items were all 5 stars? That’s because they pick and choose the good one and not the negative reviews. It’s funny I also left my own review but was not posted. Save you money and go Rogue instead.
Hi Lirain, We are very sorry that this was your experience with us. We are not able to locate your order information due to limited data but would love to help you! I realize this review was left a few months ago; If there are still unresolved concerns, please reach out at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience. Also, reviews should be automatically posted unless there is profanity which would need to be reviewed. I will have our IT team look into this.
I bought a barbell through the company, and I expected to receive it after a normal amount of time (2-3 weeks max). I ended up checking my order a week later because it hadn't shipped, and it said it was back ordered and it wasn't projected to ship for another 4 weeks. However, when I ordered it, there was no mention of a back order and it said it was fully in stock.
But no notification, no communication letting me know about the delay. I wrote to customer service, and they didn't even respond to my concern.
Don't trust their website!
Hi Bryce, We are very sorry that this was your experience with us. The holidays did present some difficult challenges with some of the areas you mentioned. We are spending time building and reinvesting in our technology so that mistakes like this do not happen. I realize this review was left a few months ago; If there are still unresolved concerns, please reach out at [email protected] and reference PBR team (Kaila) and we will review. Thanks for your patience.
Still no refund from Titan after 10…
Still no refund from Titan after 10 weeks, even after multiple emails and phone calls with Titan! Don't buy from Titan unless you fully intend on keeping the equipment, and pay extra close attention to the website product description. I recommend calling Titan before any purchase to clarify any questions. I purchased an X3 rack 24 inch extension, the assemble holes on the extension upright did not line up with the X3 rack. I then discovered after calling Titan this extensions kit is for the X3 bolt down only and not the X3 flatfoot. There are other companies to do business with, there goes all the saving from purchasing from Titan. Shop around!
Hi Tim, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I was able to locate your account information and can confirm that your full refund was issued with the return of the item. We apologize if our listing was not clear and the listing has been updated for clear expectations and fit of the item.
Terrible Customer Service
First of all I've written two reviews on their website, both of which got deleted which is unbelievable. I bought a pull up bar from their website and when it arrived it had the brackets but NO pull up bar. So I assumed they would just send me a bar but instead they said sorry please return it and we'll refund you and that's it. Then they went on to say they couldn't replace it because they didn't have any in stock but their website showed the same pull up bar for sale!! Such crap, and horrible customer service that they wouldn't even send me a bar that they forgot to check the box before sending. I won't be buying from them again.
Hi Rachel, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate your order details due to having limited information. Please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj so we can assist you further.
I'm sorry but I'm afraid the message you sent was incomplete. I'd appreciate if you could resend your response. Please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj so we can assist you further.
Shady business tactics
No issues with the items I've gotten, but they employ some really shady business tactics. First, they immediately charge your card when you place a backorder. They should wait to charge you payment method until the backordered items ship, like other companies. They also don't carry over the estimated delivery date to your Orders section, so you have no idea what that original estimated date was unless you took note of it. This is especially egregious since things go in and out of backorder and unavailable state. Items that they allowed me to purchase for backorder are now unavailable on the site, and I have no idea if that means I'm still going to get it around the original estimated date, or if they just took my money and now I have to wait months to get my item. It's just super shady to immediately charge the payment method for a backordered item and then not give ANY info on estimated delivery date once to order has been placed.
Hi Ty! I am glad you were able to receive your items with no issue. I sincerely apologize that our communication has not been best. We are currently building and re-investing in technology that will help with our communication and your online order maintenance.
Warranty Replacement Also Defective!
Ordered a combination heavy bag/speed bag stand. After a few months of use the speed bag stand became loose and wobbly so I requested a new part. That part came, but on the new part the heavy bag stand doesn't work! Upon a further warranty request they refused to send me another part even though the replacement part was also defective! Save your money and get a stand from somewhere else that might actually work as intended.
Hi Sam, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate your order details due to having limited information. Please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj so we can assist you further.
Stu Chuang Matthews
impossible to get items ordered or to reach a human, needed to issue chargeback
Placed a $300+ order. Wrote a week later for a tracking update. No response. Gave them the requested 5-7 business days before following up. Tried to find the phone number on their website but they had removed it, but I found it on Google cache. Called the number, was placed on hold automatically, left my number with the automated system for a callback and did not receive one. Tweeted at them, no reply. Had to submit a chargeback with my credit card company. Still no apology at the end of the day. If the company cared, the CEO would have written to me personally.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you had. In case you need to contact us, please feel free to visit our website and click on the Support pop up and an option to Call Us will generate. If you have any pending issues that we can look into for you, please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj so we can assist you further.
Great experience with Titan
Great experience with Titan. Christine who should get a promotion and raise, went the extra mile for me, a new customer after my fairly ordinary question on when a cable crossover machine would be back in stock. I was super impressed when I received immediate notification / reminder as soon as it wass in-stock and an easy way to pay via Paypal. The Cable Crossover machine Titan has is sturdy well-made & super easy to assemble. They are the only ones who have this item and a quality version that you won't have to spend 1,000's of dollars on. What did I do to receive such great service, I'm humbled. They are very Spiritual and friendly and that's what I like. In this age of profit-motive-hungry companies, they really seem to care and give personalized service. Thank you so much. You show that Titan-Strong is a person well developed in Spirit (Soul), the body, and the mind, the all important 3 sided Triangular Continuum that makes a Human being Noble. This makes my 2020 somewhat better and is 1 of the few things going well so far. God bless all of you. --Mike Sullivan from Southern California, U.S.A.; received my item on 5/20/20. Thanks again !! :)
Thank you Mickey! We are so happy you had a great experience with us. We can't wait to hear from you again.
Poor product. Bought a bench that is never flat. Always has a incline. Titan gave no cares. Customer service person was not helpful or willing to help. Horrible experience.
Hi, we sincerely apologize that this was your experience with us. I will be more than happy to look into your concern so we can make it right for you. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate your order details due to having limited information. Please reach out to us at [email protected] and reference PBR Marj so we can assist you further.
The worst part:
I ordered a Titan Fitness Wall V3 on April 6, 2020. The website indicated it was on backorder and would be shipped on April 21st which it was not. I sent an email around May 6th via their website and never got a response. I obtained a direct email address and sent another message on May 11th, indicating it was the 2nd message, that they took my money and where's my product. Within 2 hours I received a message the product had been shipped.
The OK part:
For the price, I pulled the trigger and purchased it. Then I read a bunch of nightmare reviews about parts not fitting and quality issues and thought about canceling my order. I watched a bunch of Youtube videos and lowered my expectations and decided to risk it. I'm kinda handy and could make it work if I wanted. When I received it I inspected it and it was a mish-mash of mostly acceptable parts. There were some gouges and scrapes on the bigger parts as if it had been returned.
The best part:
I got LUCKY! I got a good one... as in all the parts fit and nothing was missing. I tested each part out of the box before assembly. After about 5 minutes with my Dremmel sanding one of gliding parts, it was perfectly smooth and super quiet! Super easy to assemble. Out of 13 pulleys, I had to spray lubricant on 5 of them just as a precaution.
3 stars because they failed to ship in a reasonable time and the minor damage to the black paint.
I would recommend purchasing this ONLY if you are handy. It's not perfect out of the box, but you can easily make it perfect.
Thank you for the feedback Rob. We sincerely apologize that your experience was less than stellar! I am glad you were able to make it work; the next time you make a purchase, please let us know if your experience isn't great and we will make it right for you. Reference the PBR team (Kaila) and we will be sure to get right on it!
Building a Budget Home Gym from Titan Fitness
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Titan Fitness is known for making budget-friendly home gym equipment. However, wading through the vast amount of equipment they sell and determining which is worth buying and which isn’t can be difficult. We’ve used, arguably, more gear from Titan Fitness than anyone in the world (other than employees of the company) and are taking our experience as well as others to provide recommendations on the best equipment available from Titan.
Want to start an argument? Bring up one of these three topics at your next dinner with friends: religion, politics, or Titan Fitness vs Rogue Fitness. Seriously, one of the most asked questions we receive from people is whether they should go with Titan or Rogue for their budget garage gym build and people can be absolutely ruthless in arguing for their side.
To help weed through all of this random conjecture and the wide variety of equipment that Titan sells (to be honest, there are quite a few things we vehemently suggest avoiding) we’ve decided to compile this guide. We’ve gone through the various reviews we’ve done on Titan equipment, reviewed the equipment we had on hand, consulted with some users in the community, and researched various reviews on Titan’s website (although these aren’t super reliable because Titan screens their review section.) Here are our recommendations.
Who is Titan Fitness?
Titan Fitness is an exercise equipment manufacturer that produces medium-level quality equipment and machines at a lower price than most of its competition. Most of the Titan equipment can be compared to Rogue products in theory, but their overseas production, poorer customer service, and vaguely stated warranties mean that the quality is not the same as what you would find with the Rogue name. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that Titan Fitness has taken many of Rogue’s designs and made them overseas to offer at a lower price.
On the other hand, Titan Fitness products are considerably less expensive (honestly, many of them are half of what Rogue sells when shipping is considered) while maintaining quality standards that would suit a large percentage of home gyms around the world.
With that said, one of the key things that many people who are building a home gym must take into account is the price of the equipment. When you don’t have unlimited resources, something has to go. Whether it be quality, features, warranty, customer service, etc. a budget home gym cannot have it all.
Taking all of these things into account, we suggest Titan Fitness equipment for anyone looking to build an extremely functional home gym with all of the necessary features, but without breaking the bank. When you start receiving your Titan equipment, you immediately notice a difference between the quality of their products compared with other budget brands.
Titan is definitely a step above in certain aspects and depending on the piece of equipment. When you start your workouts and want accessories and safety options that don’t hold you back from working out the way you want, then you realize that Titan is a fair option.
The truth is, if you had unlimited resources then we would probably suggest a different brand like Rogue Fitness or Sorinex to build the perfect garage gym for your home. But since the vast majority of us have a limited budget, and some of us more than others, the Titan Fitness equipped home gym is a great combination of features and quality at an economical price. Titan is certainly not the only coming making gym equipment for the budget-minded home gym owner. Rep Fitness, Vulcan Strength, FringeSport, and others should also be considered.
Top Pick: Titan Blues City Olympic Barbell
Add style to your workout with the Titan Fitness™ Blues City Men’s Barbell. This Olympic barbell is Made in the USA and will feature a Cerakote shaft with zinc or black cerakote sleeves. With standard knurling and dual knurl marks, you can easily position yourself for snatches, deadlifts, bench press and more. There is no center knurling to help protect your neck and chest from abrasions. The overall bar length is 86.75” with a loadable sleeve length of 16.25”. The overall shaft length is 51.5” and will have knurl sections that are 16” wide. The sleeves contain bronze bushings for a consistent spin. The heavy duty cerakote shaft will have a tensile strength of 190,000 psi and will provide a good whip. MADE IN THE USA: These Titan Fitness Blues City Olympic Barbells are designed and manufactured in the USA and are backed by our 1 year warranty and 100% Satisfaction. They are built with the highest quality materials and workmanship to exceed your expectations. HEAVY DUTY DESIGN: The Blues City Men’s Barbell is constructed with Bronze Bushings inside of the sleeves for a consistent sleeve spin and a heavy duty steel shaft with a 190,000 PSI tensile strength with standard knurling. The shaft has a Cerakote for added flare and style. 16” KNURLING: The ends of the high tensile strength shaft will contain 16” wide standard knurling. Dual knurl marks allow you to position your hands properly for deadlifts, power cleans, bench press, and more. There is no center knurling to help protect your neck and chest from abrasions. CERAKOTE FINISH: The Blues City Barbells are Cerakoted to protect the shaft against scratches and corrosion. This coating is a thin film of ceramic that provides a hard durable finish and prevents oxidation allowing your Blues City Barbell to continue to look new with very little maintenance. DIMENSIONS: The overall length of the men’s Blues City Barbell is 86.75”. The loadable sleeve length will be 16.25” and the cerakote shaft will be 51.5” with a grip diameter of 28.5mm. The sleeves will accept 2” olympic plates. The overall weight of the bar will be 20 KG. FEATURES: - Made In The USA. - No center knurling. - Cerakote shaft to prevent corrosion and abrasions. - Dual knurl marks with standard knurling. - Sleeves with Bronze Bushings for consistent spins. - High tensile strength. - Provides a good whip. SPECIFICATIONS: - Weight: 20kg - Overall Length: 86.75” - Shaft Grip Diameter: 28.5mm - Overall Knurling Width: 16” - Tensile Strength: 190,000 PSI - Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.25 per sleeve - Shaft Length: 51.5” - Bushings/Bearings: Bronze Bushings - Knurl Type: Standard Knurling
A cursory glance at the specs and style of this bar is all that you will need to realize why it’s our top choice from Titan. This Olympic barbell comes with standard knurling and dual knurling marks that will help you position yourself for any lift.
The center of the bar is smooth with no knurling to protect your neck during cleans and front squats and the knurling is 16” wide on both sides. The barbell is 86.75” in total length with 16.25” of the loadable sleeve on both sides. The sleeves contain bronze bushings for consistent spin and the Cerakote shaft has a tensile strength of 190,000 PSI and will provide a decent whip.
These specs are perfect for just about any serious lifter and will accommodate beginners as well, but a couple of the features on this bar really make it stick out. First of all, the price is right. It retails at a little over $300, but you can sometimes find it for a little bit cheaper than that on the Titan website. This is a pretty outstanding price for a bar that’s made in the USA and is Cerakoted.
The lack of knurling in the center is great for those that plan to use the bar for CrossFit or any Olympic lifts high reps. As opposed to most of the Titan line, this barbell is manufactured and sourced in the USA which speaks to its quality and workmanship. This barbell is the best that Titan sells and we were surprised how good it was for the price.
Runner-Up: Titan Blue City Power Bar
Add style to your workout with the Titan Fitness™ Men’s Blues City Power Bar. This Olympic power barbell is Made in the USA and will feature a Black Oxide shaft with zinc sleeves. With aggressive knurling and power lifting knurl marks, you can easily position yourself for power lifting, back squats, front squats and more. The Blues City Power Bar will also have center knurling for added grip when performing front and back squats. The overall bar length is 86.25” with a loadable sleeve length of 16.125”. The overall shaft length is 51.5” and will have outer knurl sections that are 17” wide and the middle knurl being 5” wide. The Zinc sleeves contain bronze bushings for a consistent spin. The heavy-duty black oxide shaft will have a tensile strength of 200,000 psi giving you the least amount of whip. MADE IN THE USA: These Titan Fitness Blues City Power Barbells are designed and manufactured in the USA and are backed by our 1-year warranty and 100% Satisfaction. They are built with the highest quality materials and workmanship to exceed your expectations. HEAVY DUTY DESIGN: The Blues City Men’s Power Bar is constructed with Bronze Bushings inside of the Zinc sleeves for a consistent sleeve spin and a heavy-duty steel shaft with a 200,000 PSI tensile strength with aggressive knurling. The shaft has a Black Oxide coating for added flair and style. 17” OUTER KNURLING AND 5” CENTER KNURLING: The ends of the high tensile strength shaft will contain 17” wide standard knurling. Power Lifting knurl marks allow you to position your hands properly for deadlifts, power cleans, bench press, and more. The center knurling helps provide added grip for back and front squats. BLACK OXIDE FINISH: The Blues City Power Bars feature a Black Oxide coating to protect the shaft against scratches and corrosion. This oxide coating provides a durable finish and helps prevent corrosion allowing your Blues City Power Bar to continue to look new with very little maintenance. DIMENSIONS: The overall length of the men’s Blues City Power Bar is 86.25”. The loadable sleeve length will be 16.125” and the black oxide shaft will be 51.5” with a grip diameter of 28.5mm. The Zinc sleeves will accept 2” Olympic plates. The overall weight of the bar will be 20 KG. FEATURES: - Made In The USA. - Center knurling. - Oxide shaft to prevent corrosion and abrasions. - Power Lifting knurl marks with aggressive knurling. - Zinc sleeves with Bronze Bushings for consistent spins. - High tensile strength. - Provides little to no whip. SPECIFICATIONS: - Weight: 20kg - Overall Length: 86.25” - Shaft Grip Diameter: 28.5mm - Overall Outside Knurling Width: 17” - Center Knurling Width: 5” - Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSI - Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.125 per sleeve - Shaft Length: 51.5” - Shaft Color: Black Oxide - Sleeve Material: Zinc - Bushings/Bearings: Bronze Bushings - Knurl Type: Aggressive Knurling
The Titan Blues City Power Bar is, as the name suggests, a powerlifting bar rather than an Olympic lifting bar, and as such, has more aggressive knurling, powerlifting knurl marks, and a center knurling to grip the shirt during back squats.
Most of the other specs are quite similar to the Blues City Olympic Barbell except for the fact that the Blues City Power Bar should have less whip due to the higher tensile strength of the steel. The heavy-duty black oxide shaft has a 200,000 PSI tensile strength which will prevent the bar from whipping throughout the lift or permanently deforming.
The main difference between the top pick and this runner-up choice is a personal preference to what kind of training you do most often. If you’re planning to focus more on powerlifting where heavy lifts and few reps will be the norm, then the Blues City Power Barbell is Titan’s best option. It has a bit stronger steel, has a more aggressive knurl, and doesn’t provide much whip, all of which lend themselves to the squat, bench, and deadlift.
If you’re more interested in a more traditional workout regimen or are planning on doing mostly CrossFit workouts, then the top choice Blues City Olympic Bar should be your barbell of choice. At a similar price point, the only difference between these top two choices is the features.
Budget Pick: Titan Atlas Bar
Introducing The Atlas Bar by Titan Fitness. A customer suggested that Titan Fitness develop "the last barbell you will ever need", and that is exactly what we accomplished with the Atlas Bar. The result is a multipurpose barbell that you can use for all your lifts. The Atlas Bar is a 20 KG, 28.5MM bar with a medium knurl and dual knurl marks. Tested to 220,000 PSI, the Atlas Bar maintains a good whip for multiple reps, but can stand up to the load and abuse of powerlifting. The bearing and bushing sleeve assembly gives the bar a smooth consistent spin. The Atlas Bar might not be the only barbell you own, but it will be the only one you use. Features: - 20KG 28.5MM Olympic Weightlifting bar. - Medium knurl provides a full, not sharp pattern allowing the lifter to decide their ideal grip. - 220,000 PSI tensile strength gives the right amount of whip or flex to the bar for Olympic lifts. - Dual knurl marks allow you to use the Atlas Bar for multiple lifts on and off your Rack. Specifications: - Bar weight: 20KG (44 LB) - Bar Diameter: 28.5MM - Weight Capacity: 2000 LB - Knurl: medium - Center Knurl: No - Knurl Marks: Dual - Loadable sleeve length: - Bushing/Bearing: Combination - Tensile Strength: 220,000 PSI - Warranty: 1 year
The Titan Atlas Bar is really the only other choice we’d suggest other than the ones we’ve already recommended, and especially if you are working with a more limited budget. In terms of overall spending, your barbell is the one piece of equipment that you could splurge on when assembling a complete garage gym, so we’d suggest looking elsewhere for a bar.
For the sake of this article, we’re detailing all Titan Fitness equipment, but Rogue has vastly superior barbells. At the same time, this budget pick is a decent barbell for all types of lifting purposes including powerlifting and Crossfit.
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The Atlas Bar is also about half the price of the other options. The Atlas Bar has a listed medium knurl (in reality, it’s extremely passive), dual knurl marks, and has a 220,000 PSI tensile strength steel which is more than anyone reading this article will ever need.
It has a good whip for multiple reps but can also stand up to the heavyweight and abuse of powerlifters. For general training, this is a well-rounded and versatile barbell, and while it does not quite measure up to the first two choices, if you legitimately can’t spend more, then it’s worth considering.
Like the rest of the Titan line, it comes with a 1-year warranty, but unlike the Blues City line, it’s not manufactured and sourced in America. Remember, while this is a great budget pick, your barbell is the one piece of equipment that you will have daily contact with, so do your research and choose the bar that best suits your preferences. If it’s the Atlas Bar, even better because it’s a great bar for a great price.
Specialty Bar Option: Titan Multi-Grip Barbell V2
Specialty Bar Option
Add some versatility to your barbell workouts with this hybrid Titan Multi-Grip Barbell. The 3 different grips set at different widths allow you to work muscle groups from different angles while reducing stress on your shoulders and wrists!Our version 2 of this product now features welded end caps. Features:- Great hybrid bar to target specific muscle groups. - 1 set of angled grips (30 degrees) spaced at 10" apart.- 2 sets of neutral grips spaced at 20" and 28.5" apart.- Fits Olympic weight plates and rackable on standard Power Racks.- Knurled grips and a high quality powder coat for an unparalleled feel.Specifications:- Weight Capacity: 1900 LB- Bar Length: 82"- Distance Between Sleeves: 53.25"- Loadable Sleeve Length: 14"- Weight: 45 LB
The Multi-Grip V2 from Titan is a great specialty bar option, but this should not be your primary barbell unless you need the specialty grips for health and joint reasons. The great thing about the multi-grip V2 is that it gives you multiple grips at different widths. This versatility allows you to work stabilizing muscles and to give primary muscles a workout from angles that they are not accustomed to.
At the same time, the grips and angles are such that the pressure on your wrists and shoulders is greatly lessened which can help keep your joints and muscles injury-free. The temptation may be to make this your primary barbell, and this would be a mistake.
This is a great option if you have an extra $100 to spend on your garage gym and want to have the option of changing up some of your bigger lifts like bench press, military press, etc. But make sure this purchase is supplemental to whatever you choose as your main barbell; there’s a reason we call them specialty bars. If you have wrist or shoulder problems, this could also be an excellent way to continue a heavy lifting workout regimen while taking the stress and pressure off of your injured joints.
Top Pick: Titan X-3 Flat Foot Power Rack
The Titan X-3 Flat Foot Power Rack is the ultimate solution for lifters and athletes looking for a top of the line Power Rack, without having to bolt the rack to the floor!The heavy duty 11 gauge 3" x 3" uprights provide the ultimate support for max reps. Additionally, the flat foot design stabilizes the rack to the floor while allowing a walk through design. The double sided gusset plates lock the uprights in place to provide strength and support. (Pair of X-3 JHooks, pair of pipe/pin safeties and 1.25" & 2" pull up bars included.) Features:- 3" x 3" 11 gauge steel uprights.- Flat foot design keeps the 343 lbs rack stable without bolting to the floor.- Fat (2") and skinny (1.25") pull up bars included.- Walk through design.- Laser cut upright holes with Westside hole spacing.- Pair of UHMW padded X-3 J-Hooks included.
The Titan X-3 Flat Foot Power Rack is one of Titan’s best power racks and is unique in that it doesn’t need to be bolted down to the floor. This is important for portability and so that you don’t mess up your garage or home gym flooring. This is also an extremely versatile power rack that has the option to be extended either 10” or 24” which takes the inside depth of the already nice-sized rack to either 40” or 54”.
The bottom line is that the Titan X-3 has the quality (as we will discuss later), versatility, features, and size to be one of the best racks on the market. While its size and versatility are some of the main selling points of the X-3, the price is what sets it apart from not only the other Titan offerings but really most everything else on the market.
It has the features of a $1,000 to $2,000 power rack but it starts at a price point of just over $500 and can be extended to almost double its size for right around $900. Compare that to the similar Rogue RM-6 and the Sorinex XL and you will see very similar features (but a much higher standard of quality) for less than half the price.
The Titan X-3 is rated at 1,500 pounds with 3” x 3” 11-gauge steel uprights, similar to the more expensive Rogue and Sorinex offerings (although Titan’s are made overseas using imported steel.) As mentioned before, and because of its flat feet, the X-3 doesn’t need to be bolted to the floor and remains sturdy and unshakeable no matter how heavy the weight load.
With a 49” x 48” footprint, the X-3 is a perfect size for tighter fits and it even comes in a short (82”) or tall (92”) model depending on the height of your ceilings. Even if you have a larger space or move into one, there are 10” and 24” extension kits to add more uprights for additional lifting or plate storage and the portability of the rack makes moving it possible.
As far as accessories go, the Titan X-3 has great options and can use not only what Titan sells, but also what Rogue sells for their Monster Lite Racks. The X-3 comes with spotter arms, weight storage, multiple j-cups, upgraded pull-up bars, and has the option for a wide variety of other attachments. The X-3 uses Westside Hole Spacing through the bench and 2-inch spacing everywhere else making it easier to start the weight at the right height.
The only real downsides of the X-3 are the short 1-year warranty, lack of customer service, worst quality of powder-coat, welds, and the like as well as the fact that it was manufactured and sourced overseas. For some people, these negatives are enough to look elsewhere, but to get all of the features and quality offered by the X-3 at this price point, something has to give (believe it or not, you still generally get what you pay for.)
If you are creating a Titan home gym on a budget, this rack has almost everything that you could want at a great price.
Runner-Up: Titan T-3 Power Rack
The Titan T-3 Series Heavy Duty Power Rack is perfect for any professional or at home gym!Built using heavy 11ga (3.25mm) steel, this rack will not ever give way or back down. T-3 Power Racks use heavy duty 2"x 3" steel tubes– you'll most likely notice right away how every piece is heavy and solid. These power racks are the perfect fit for dips, bench press, curls, pull ups, and much more. The pre-drilled holes follow the popular "West Side" hold pattern, allowing you to move the bar up or down in 1" increments when using a bench. The weight holder attachments and J-hooks are included, and are easily installed. The 5/8" hardware also provides maximum security, even when the rack is completely maxed out. The bolt-together construction allows you to easily transport and fit the rack in to any room or basement!Features:- T-3 Series of Power Racks contain 2"x3" steel tubes - Capacity: 1000 lbs - 1" round steel j-hooks - Chin up bars: 1 1/4" & 2" diameter - Includes J-Hooks and weight holders
The runner-up Titan T-3 rack is perfect for small spaces and comes in depths of either 24” or 36” with a tall or short option for each depth. The price is right for each of these options as they range from under $400 up to around the $500 mark. This rack gives you the ability to lift heavy while maintaining safety and efficiency with multiple safeties and j cups and is equivalent to the much higher priced Rogue R-3 for considerably less money.
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In terms of quality, the T-3 doesn’t match the X-3 due to thinner posts, but a 1,100-pound rackable capacity and 4,400-pound total rack capacity is more than most everyone in the world could hope to need. The rack uses 1” westside spacing through the bench area and 2” everywhere else, includes a black powder coat, can be bolted to the ground, contains 2×3” tubing with 11-gauge steel, and now features 6” hole spacing on the sides.
The bottom line is that this is a great and simple power rack at an incredibly low price when compared to similar models. While this is the runner-up Titan rack for a garage gym, it could actually be considered the top choice if space is your biggest issue, and oftentimes in a garage gym, this is the case.
There isn’t much not to like for the price, but there are some downsides to this rack. The same issues that haunt a large majority of Titan products like customer service, poor shipping standards, overseas manufacturing, and some skimping on quality are most of the complaints that Titan customers have.
There have been a few reported cases of j-cups breaking (which is always scary to hear) as well. The T-3 is a good rack, that if you have the ability to bolt it to the ground or a platform will provide years of service.
Budget Pick: Titan T-3 Folding Rack
The Titan T-3 Series Folding Power Rack is ideal for anyone with limited space! Start bench pressing, squatting, pull ups, and other creative exercises within minutes after attaching the rack to your wall. Now includes our version 2 uprights featuring 6" side hole spacing throughout the entire uprights to add more T-3 accessories and versatility to your rack!The Titan T-3 Series Power Racks use 2" x 3" 11 gauge steel tubes with a 2" diameter pull up bar. Our pin and hinge system allows you to quickly remove the pull up bar and simply fold the rack up against the wall. Features: - Now includes our version 2 uprights featuring 6" side hole spacing.- T-3 Series Folding Power Racks use 2" x 3" 11 gauge steel tubes with a 2" diameter pull up bar.- Folds flats against wall to conserve as much space as possible. - Laser cut for a precise fit and a heavy powder coat for a durable finish.- 4 J-Hooks included!Specifications:- Material: 2" x 3" 11 Gauge steel. - Rackable Capacity: 1,100 LB. - Height: 82"- Width: 50"- Depth: 41"- Weight: 165 LB
The T-3 Folding Rack is in the same series as the power rack mentioned above and has some of the same features, hardware, and quality as the other T-3 series equipment. The main difference is that it adds in the ability to fold the rack away when not in use. When building a garage gym with limited space or a family who also uses the garage for other things, this feature can be huge. When folded it takes up very little space and it’s both easy to fold and easy to install allowing you to park your car in the garage if needed (yes, some people still do that, although we disagree.)
The fact that the T-3 Series Folding Power Rack can be folded when not in use is a huge advantage for a garage gym, but it may not be its biggest advantage. Coming in at close to $300, this is one of the best-priced fold-away racks on the market. This is the best-priced fold-away power rack on the market, and while it’s manufactured and sourced overseas, and shipping and customer service have been issued in the past for Titan Fitness, the price and the quality make this rack worth the risk.
Top Pick: Titan Hefty Bench V2
Our version 2 of our Hefty Bench features our new enhanced vinyl for a unparalleled support, feel, and grip.Fully utilize your bench for maximum power while also reducing your chances of injury with the Titan Hefty Bench. The added width and thickness gives your back and shoulders extra support for bench pressing.Features: - Extra wide 24" base ultimate stability and support. - Double sided gusset plates lock the bench top to the base.- Constructed of heavy duty 3" x 3" tubing. - Handle and wheels for easy movement and storage. - 15" Wide pad is perfect for safely hitting you max bench press.
Although there are many pieces of equipment that Titan makes that we think are just okay, the Titan Hefty Bench V2 is actually an excellent bench, regardless of price. The Hefty Bench V2 has been reworked to have plenty of cushions, an extremely sturdy design, and the ability to hold up to a rating of 1,200 pounds (although we’re sure it could handle more.) The bench’s extra-wide design is intended to be a clone of the Rogue Thompson Fat Pad from world-record powerlifter Donnie Thompson.
Although we prefer the version from Rogue, the Hefty Bench is a good alternative for the price. In addition to the pad, the height of the bench is the ideal 17” high, which is the standard of the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation.) This bench was designed with serious lifters in mind and it has all of the quality and features that you would expect from a serious weight bench.
A bench will be one of the most used pieces of equipment in many people’s home gym as it provides you with the ability to do lifts such as the bench press, incline, pullovers, rows, triceps extensions, curls, leg lowers, step-ups, etc. You will also spend as much time on your bench as you will almost any other piece of equipment in your gym so it’s vital that you are comfortable and that the bench is made of high-quality material. This bench is both, and at under $200 you can’t go wrong.
The Titan Hefty Bench is constructed of 3” x 3” tubing, has a thick 15” wide pad, and comes with a handle and wheels to increase portability and allow you to move the bench easily from one exercise to the next. The bottom line is that this is a bench made for lifters who will spend serious time on a serious piece of equipment, and at the price, it’s hard to beat.
Upgrade Pick: Titan FID Bench
Titan's Adjustable FID (Flat/Incline/Decline) Bench is the most affordable bench on the market! Offering many different angles from decline to incline, this adjustable bench is perfect for adding new variations into your routine without breaking the bank! Features: - 7 back positions, 4 seat positions. - Plastic endcaps prevent feet from scuffing gym floor. - Handle and wheels make moving bench around your gym effortless. - Included footroller gives you many more options for exercises while in the decline position including decline situps and dumbbell press. - Back Pad Dimensions: 36” x 11.75” x 2.25” - Seat Pad Dimensions: 15” x 15” x 2.25” Specifications: - Weight: 81 LB - Overall Length: 58.5” - Overall Width: 25.25” - Overall Height: 18.25” (Top of Pad when in flat position) - Capacity: 1500 LB - Color: Black - Material: 11 Gauge Steel
If you prefer an adjustable bench, then the Titan FID Bench is a good option. It’s actually a standard industry design that was made popular by Rep Fitness. The Hefty V2, while it’s extremely high in quality and comfort, is not as versatile as an adjustable bench. The FID bench has 7 back positions and 4 seat positions to allow you to get into position for any lift imaginable. From an upright shoulder press to a decline bench press and everything in between, this bench is very versatile.
Coming in at the same shipping weight, same price, same basic dimensions, and the same portability as the Titan Hefty V2, you can’t go wrong with either product. The main difference you are choosing between is the quality and padding of the flat bench to the versatility of the adjustable one.
For heavy lifters who spend a great deal of time on a bench with heavyweights, the flat bench is the better choice. For lifters who are more interested in higher reps and more flexibility but will spend less focused time on the bench, then this adjustable option is for you. They are both pretty good products, but they have their niche and it’s up to you to decide which features are more important.
Budget Pick: Titan Flat Bench
The Flat Bench by Titan Fitness is designed with enough integrity to handle your massive gains. Built at the perfect height for bench pressing and padded for long lasting comfort. Complete your home gym and your exercise routine!Features:- Meets requirements for Competition Bench- Rigid Steel Base- Comfortable Padding- Sleek Leather Finish- Wheels for Quick Workout Changes
The Titan Flat Bench is the budget-friendly version of the Titan Hefty V2. The main differences are the quality of construction, the width of the padding, and the thickness of the pad. This bench is rated for about 200 pounds less than the V2, but that does not affect the large majority of lifters. The Titan Flat Bench is also about $50 cheaper in price, but the quality difference and comfort are worth that extra money if you have it to spare. If you’re looking for a basic flat bench, this is your best budget option.
Gymnastic Rings and Pull Up Bar
Top Pick: Titan Wood Gymnastic Rings
These professional duty gymnastic rings by Titan are perfect for anyone that is looking for gym-quality rings without having to make a premium investment. Featuring a heavy duty, 15 foot strap with a buckle system for quick set up and adjustments, you can use these with a pull up bar or your power rack and start doing rings dips, pull ups, muscle ups, and more. Rated at over 600 lbs, you can be sure that these rings will be able to handle anything that you can possibly throw at them-- they make for the perfect addition to any gym and are built to last. Features: - Heavy duty, solid wood rings - Extra wide for comfortable grip - Straps and buckles included - Install and begin using in minutes Specifications: - Diameter: 9.25" - Inside diameter: 6.75" - Ring thickness: 1.25" - Strap length: 15ft - Strap Width: 1.5" - Weight: 4 lbs - Capacity: 600 lbs
Professional quality rings for an incredible price. At under $30, the Titan Wood Olympic Gymnastic Rings should be a staple in any home gym. Even if you have never used gymnastic rings before, they are easy to install and could add some much-needed variety to your workout. They weigh 15 pounds, are simple to install, and can be used on ceilings up to over 15 feet high…And did we mention they cost less than $30?The main issue to look at for Titan’s rings is they sometimes come rough-sanded.
You may have to break out the sander to smooth out the finish, but after enough chalk is used, they’ll end up feeling fine. Every garage gym should have gymnastic rings, and wooden rings are by far our favorite so long as they aren’t left outside.
Another Option: Titan Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar
Outfit your home gym with the ultimate pull up bar from Titan Fitness, and put away that old door mounted bar for good!Heavyweight steel construction ensures stability and solid feel just like in your favorite gym, with quality craftsmanship guaranteed to handle the demands of seasoned athletes and amateurs alike.Matte black powder coating keeps it from becoming slippery like chrome or glossy competitors, so you can finish your workout without delay. Unmatched fit and finish ensure countless years of hard use, even for the most demanding athlete.Features: - Capacity: 500 lbs - Can be installed vertically or horizontally- Versatile setup via mounting hardware (not included)- Can be mounted on wood 16" wood studs for custom widths at 16", 32" or 52" apart - Mount on concrete wall at any width up to 53" with supplied bar- Height: Can be adjusted based on ceiling height or athlete height- Purchase additional standard 1" steel tube (1.3" OD) and extra L brackets to make a multiple person pull up station.
The Titan Wall-Mounted Pull-Up Bar is one of the best value pull-up bars available. The main problem with this pull-up bar is that you likely don’t need it. If you are building a garage gym then you should also be purchasing a power rack that almost always comes with an included pullup bar with great quality and at a sufficient height.
If for some reason, you don’t already have a pullup bar then this option, for less than $70, has very little downside and is the best option for a pullup bar. In general, a pullup bar is more important than the Olympic gymnastic rings, but it’s ideal to have both. If you have not already made the purchase, consider a power rack with a pullup bar attached, but if that is not possible, this is the pullup bar for you.
Top Pick: Titan Elite Bumper Plates
Titan Elite Olympic Bumper Plates are the answer for competition bumper plates at the right price.A Durometer rating of 90 hits the sweet spot for minimal bounce and maximum durability. The plates stand up to high reps and intense workouts. The narrow plate thickness allows room for multiple plates per side. Reinforced steel collar make for a secure fit -- meaning decreased wear on your equipment. A must have for high intensity circuit training and Olympic lifting at home or for your box. Features:- (10 LB, 25 LB, 35 LB, 45 LB & 55 LB)- Color-coded lettering with 5 vibrant colors for easy identification.- Steel collar reinforces the plates for high rep use.- Raised plate lip makes picking up the plates easier.
The Titan Elite Olympic Bumper Plates come in 10, 25, 35, 45, and 55 pounds and you can buy either the 230-pound set (a pair of each weight except the 55) or the 340-pound set (a pair of each weight). With a Shore A Durometer rating of 90, it’s a great combination of minimum bounce with maximum durability. While the plates are all black, the writing on the weights is color-coded for easy identification even if you are used to the traditional plates, although we’ve found that the writing does wear off over time.
When purchasing weight plates, there are a few features that set good plates apart from others. For instance, these bumper plates are made out of rubber but with a steel collar that reinforces the plate for high rep use. The rubber makes them less likely to damage the floor and more likely to remain aesthetically pleasing.
At the same time, the steel collar helps to maintain the shape of the plate for as long as you are planning on using them while providing the necessary weight. These plates have a raised plate lip to make them easier to carry, a precise 50.6mm collar to help them hug the barbell and a 55-pound option that is not usually found in the larger, black bumper plates.
While many of you reading this article may be used to traditional iron plates that come in different sizes rather than just different diameters, you should keep an open mind on bumper plates. Being the same diameter, they absorb weight equally rather than the largest plate always taking the brunt of the force, they have some give but aren’t too bouncy, and they will look good for a long time. These bumper plates are a little pricey at around $600 for a full set, but they’re still much cheaper than many of the competitors.
We’ve used and abused our set of Titan Elite Bumpers and they still look great and weigh accurately after more than a year’s worth of use.
Runner-Up: Titan Olympic Rubber Bumper Plates
Titan Fitness bumper plates are excellent additions to any home gym. The 2" steel-lined center holes snugly fit Olympic size barbells and maintain their shape in between uses. These are economy bumper plates, perfect for use in a home gym, and are not intended to withstand being dropped or thrown on the floor. Please note that rubber bumper plates may have a sheen present on the finish from manufacturing, which can easily be removed with a mild dish soap. We also offer 60" and 86" Olympic bars, plate and barbell storage trees, and power racks to push them up from.Features: - Very low bounce - Extremely durable - Olympic barbell size - Also available in 10, 15, 25, 35, & 45 lb. sizes in black; singles or pairs - Quieter than steel plates
The Runner-Up plates are the Titan Rubber Bumper Plates which are the thicker style compared to our top pick; they’re also about $100 cheaper and come with fewer features. The first thing you will notice is that these weights don’t look as nice and don’t come with color-coded writing. These are strictly convenient and aesthetic features, but there is something to be said for a nice-looking plate set.
The next thing you’ll notice is that there is not a 55-pound option but there are 100 and 15-pound options that are not available in the elite set. This gives some versatility and makes it easier to load for certain exercises, but you could also add either option to the elite set if they were important to you.
The main difference is that this is an economy set that isn’t going to have near the amount of life in them as competition bumpers. For a budget home gym, however, they’re a viable option if going through Titan Fitness. Many of the same features that are found on the elite set such as the steel collar, good durometer rating (88), and rubber material are also found on this set. While the elite set is better and has some advantages, if you are looking for a more economical plate set, these bumper plates are over $100 cheaper without losing a great deal of quality.
Budget Pick: Titan Cast Iron Plates
Titan Cast Iron Olympic Weight Plates offer a a great price compared to the competition! The classic design and clang of steel plates is a staple for any home or commercial gym, simply a must have for any serious gym owner or work out fanatic! Titan offers Cast Iron Olympic Weight Plates in pairs of 2.5 LB, 5 LB, 10 LB, 25 LB, 35 LB, 45 LB, and a complete set of 245 LB. Features: - Now you can own the classic cast iron weight plate you've seen in every gym you've lifted in. - Fits standard Olympic barbell sleeves. - Durable silver hammered finish. - Comes in a set of 2. Specifications: - Weight: 35 LB each | 70 LB Total - Weight Tolerance: +/- 2% - Plate Diameter: 360 mm - Plate Thickness: 38 mm - Collar Opening: 50.5 mm (+/- 0.25 mm) - Material: Cast Iron
The Titan Cast Iron Olympic Weight Plates are the more traditional set that you find in most weight rooms across the country. A set includes a 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35, and 45-pound pair which gives additional versatility and combinations as compared to the bumper plate options.
The cast iron will last forever in terms of shape and usefulness but it will show wear and tear much more quickly than the rubber bumper plates. With cast iron, there is no bounce when dropped, but it’s much more likely to cause damage to the floor without proper padding or chip the iron on the plates. These plates fit any Olympic-sized barbell and provide the “clanging” of metal that most trainees have heard their entire lives.
On top of everything mentioned above, this plate set costs $200 less than the elite bumper plates, and $100 less than the standards. There were initially some issues with the first plates they released (they were the wrong outside diameter), but we’ve been assured they’ve since fixed this issue. If you’re looking for the best price option and the option that you’re probably the most familiar with, then the Titan Cast Iron Olympic Weight Plates are perfect for your home gym.
Top Pick: Titan Loadable Dumbbell Handles
If you’re looking to improve your muscle definition and increase your muscle mass throughout your entire body, then our dumbbell handles are for you! With these dumbbell handles, you’ll be able to get to work toning chest, ab, arm, pectoral, and back muscles. Incorporate them with lunges and squats in your fitness routine to target your hamstrings, quads, and glutes. You can even target your obliques by doing side bends and twists. They truly offer a total body workout. Finally, you can achieve the tight and toned body you’ve been hoping for. Perform bent-over rows, hammer curls, bicep curls, deadlifts, kickbacks, chest flys, skull crushers, and bench presses as you exercise with these dumbbells. These dumbbells will last you a while. This is a heavy-duty steel handle, lasting for years of use with proper care. Don’t let sweat be your enemy! The knurled handle will prevent the weights from slipping out of your hand while exercising. These dumbbell handles have 6.5” loadable sleeves, allowing for many different weight options. The sleeve diameter is 1.9”, perfect for Olympic lifting. They have a black matte finish, allowing them to match the most exercise products in your home or personal gym. Start improving your physique today by ordering these heavy-duty dumbbells by Titan Fitness. They’ll help you build muscle and get ripped! LOADABLE DUMBBELL HANDLES: This pair of dumbbell handles is the perfect addition to your free weights set. Load this handle up with however much weight you can handle and get the muscular arms you've been working hard for. The Titan branded end caps will help keeps your weights in place for a safer, more efficient workout. COMPATIBLE WITH OLYMPIC PLATES: Working to get that Olympic body? Then you need to gear yourself up with the best dumbbell handle in the business. These solid, knurled handles give you the grip you need to have precise control with every single rep. Add this dumbbell handle to enhance your growing set of Olympic training equipment! MADE FROM STRONG STURDY MATERIAL: These dumbbell handles are made to last. Each dumbbell features a high-quality steel construction, making them lightweight and easy to handle without sacrificing strength, toughness, and dependability for years to come. KNURLED HANDLE FOR FIRM GRIP: Don’t let sweaty palms stop you from getting the most out of your workout. The handles of these dumbbells have knurling for a better grip. With these handy grooves, you’ll be able to securely hold your weights as you lift. Strive to break your personal weightlifting records without worrying about sweaty hands thanks to these dumbbells by Titan Fitness. FREE WEIGHTS FOR STRENGTH TRAINING: Dumbbells allow you to target a wide range of muscle groups, giving you a full-body workout. Use these dumbbells to isolate your biceps, triceps, deltoids, glutes, hamstrings, abs, and more! With dumbbells, you can perform curls, rows, deadlifts, flys, kickbacks, and presses. FEATURES: - 6.5" of loadable sleeves allows for many different weight options. - 1.9" sleeve diameter. - Knurled handles for better grip. - Titan Branded endcaps. - Compatible with Olympic plates. - 28mm handle diameter. SPECIFICATIONS: - Weight: 12.1 LB Each | 24.2 LB Total - Overall Length: 20" - Handle Length: 5.75" - Quantity: 2
The Titan Loadable Dumbbell Handles are basically two options for dumbbells as mentioned above, you can either purchase a loadable pair and use the weight plates you have already purchased, or you can purchase a whole set of dumbbells. There are 3 huge differences in these options:
- Ease of Use
These differences are so big that none of the other features really matter at all as your decision will come down to these things. When it comes to the Loadable Olympic Dumbbell Handles, the price and the space-saving nature of the product almost make it a no-brainer. At a fraction of the cost, think $60 instead of $2,000, you can have every weight combination imaginable at the palm of your hand. On top of that, the Titan loadable dumbbell handles will perform similarly and feel similar to the barbell that you already purchased giving you the consistency of feel and performance.
If you stopped at that last paragraph, you would have to wonder why anyone would buy anything else. The problem with this purchase is such a big problem in general that some people give up the space and the cost for the convenience of the other set. When using loadable dumbbell handles there is just too much racking/unracking weight, sliding on or sliding off collars, and placing and removing weights every time you transition from one exercise to the next.
They’re also bulkier in use and are more limited in the movements you can do. Your dumbbell purchase comes down to a choice. Would you rather save thousands of dollars and a few square feet in space, or would you rather have the convenience of the Black Hex Dumbbells?
Upgrade Pick: Titan Black Rubber Hex Dumbbells
These rubber coated dumbbells from Titan are a great addition to any gym weather you are just starting out or a seasoned weight lifter. The handles are chrome plated and textures for a comfortable and strong grip that holds up to use and weather. With these dumbbells you can do a range of exercises that target your biceps and triceps, abdominals, deltoids, trapezius, back muscles, etc.Features:- Includes 2 rubber coated dumbbells - No assembly required - Strong, weather resistant finish - Easy grip handleSpecifications:- Material: Cast iron- Finish: Chrome plated handle, and rubber coated weights High Quality Design:Weights stay tight and do not detach, rubber coating will not damage floor or other surfaces Materials:Solid cast iron, chrome plated handle & rubber coated weightsVersatile: Designed for use with curls, lifts, squats, press, and moreSafe:Flat hexagonal surfaces will prevent rolling and knurled handle prevents slippingDurable:No maintenance required, long lasting finish prevents rust
To purchase a set of the Titan Black Hex Dumbbells that give you pairs from 5 – 25 pounds at 5-pound increments, it will cost you a little over $200. To purchase a set of these dumbbells that give you pairs from 5 – 100 pounds at 5-pound increments, it will cost you over $2,000. If you choose the latter option, then this will be by far your costliest home gym purchase and will take up by far the most space in your home gym. You could also purchase the first set and then mix and match other weight pairs only purchasing the ones you use the most.
On the flip side, to move from one weight to the next with this set of dumbbells involves nothing more than setting one pair down and picking the next pair up. There is no removing and replacing the collar, adding or taking away plates, and racking and unracking the weight you need. A set of dumbbells like this one allow you to keep your momentum going throughout the workout without having to worry about transition time, and this purchase will save you almost incalculable time.
We’ve used these exact dumbbells in our personal training gym for nearly two years and they still look as good as new. Something most people don’t realize is that pretty much all black rubber hex head dumbbells come from the same place, so you should be looking for the best price first, and warranty second.
Top Pick: Titan Adjustable Competition Style Kettlebell
This adjustable version of our popular Competition Style Kettlebell allows you to adjust your weight from 12 KG up to 32 KG. Simply loosen and remove the screw to adjust your weight, fix back in place, and you are ready to go. This unit features a 12 KG shell with 6 cast iron plates weighing 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, and 6 kg. Using different combinations of plates you can set the weight of this kettlebell to the following: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 32 kg. Features: - Adjustable weight from 12 KG - 32 KG with 6 cast iron plates. - Easy adjustment with included allen wrench. - Cast steel with non-welded handles for maximum durability. - Smooth finish for a great hand feel and grip while performing various exercises. - Using different combinations of plates you can set the weight of this kettlebell to the following: 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 32 kg. Specifications: - Handle Diameter: 35 mm | 1.38" - Handle Width: 190 mm | 7.48" - Total Diameter: 210 mm | 8.27" - Total Height: 290 mm | 11.42" - Color: Red - Shell Weight: 12 KG - Weight Discs: 2 KG, 2 KG, 3 KG, 3 KG, 4 KG, and 6 KG - Weight: 32 KG
The Titan Adjustable Competition Style Kettlebell weighs around 12 KG empty and comes with six cast iron plates that can give you around 20 different weight configurations and a max weight of 32KG (which is pretty impressive for its size.) The best thing about this adjustable kettlebell is that it looks like, feels like, and performs like a traditional kettlebell but gives you the versatility of the plate loadable option. The worst thing is that you need an Allen wrench just to change the weight.
With a price coming in at less than $150 and the fact that changing the weight of a kettlebell is not an everyday occurrence, this adjustable kettlebell is our top kettlebell pick. The issues with many adjustable options when it comes to weightlifting equipment are quality and ease of use. With the adjustable kettlebell, these issues are largely mitigated by two things. The first is that kettlebells are not an everyday piece of equipment for most workouts and the second is because the design of this adjustable set mirrors a competition kettlebell and the weights that are housed inside are made of tough cast iron.
Especially when creating a garage gym in a usually limited space, adjustable and loadable weightlifting equipment options, like the Titan seated leg curl/extension machine provide an advantage. The problem is usually that these same advantages come with equally negative disadvantages (see the loadable dumbbell review above).
The Titan Adjustable Competition Style Kettlebell has all of the positives of adjustability while mostly solving the lingering issues associated with this type of equipment. The main issue with this is that you’re going to have to use an Allen key every time you change weights. This is incredibly annoying and you’ll find yourself not changing the weights often during a workout. If you don’t mind this inconvenience, these are a good value. If you hate setting things up like we so often do, then we’d look elsewhere to standard kettlebells.
Upgrade Pick: Titan Cast Iron Kettlebell
This kettlebell is ideal for explosive exercises that work major muscles, build power, and burn body fat without needing a whole rack of them to get a great workout as many exercises only require just one, or a pair. With these kettlebells you can perform such exercises as the basic swing upwards through your legs, figure 8 swing around your legs, clean, clean & press, and more! The Kettlebells from Titan Fitness are gravity cast in a single piece leaving no weak spots or welds. Features: - Drop Cast Iron - One-piece design for strength - Flat base for easy storage - Extra-wide handle for easy grip Specifications: - Handle Width: 1.25" - Material: Cast-Iron - Finish: Natural - Weight: 50 lb - Color: Black Quality: Professional quality design, compact, solid; accurate weight Durability: Cast iron so won’t break open & material won’t tear Safe: Natural slip free texture, seamless and even finish will not hurt your hands. Practical: Standard-sized handle won’t hurt your wrists; flat bottom makes it easy to store & prevents rolling Versatile: Can be used for many exercises and to work out many muscle groups and body parts including biceps, shoulders, legs, and more
The Runner-Up kettlebell pick is the Titan Cast Iron Kettlebell. As opposed to our top pick, this kettlebell is not adjustable so you would have to purchase kettlebells in whatever weights you are most likely to use. Titan offers a few sets that will give you a good base that you could add on to as necessity and money allow, but if you were to purchase two kettlebells of 50 pounds or more then you have already gone over the price of the adjustable kettlebell.
The cast iron is both rugged and cast with a one-piece design (something you don’t often see with cheaper kettlebells), which allows it to withstand most of the abuse that will be placed on it. The kettlebells are advertised to flat bottoms so that they are easy to store and do not tip over, however, we’ve seen many that have rounded or uneven bottoms which cause them to tip over. If this happens, we suggest shooting Titan an email for a refund. They’re usually pretty good about taking care of our readers.
The grip is wide and ideal for almost any size hand and it also has the right amount of grip that will not hurt your hands or slip out of them. It’s aesthetically pleasing with a sleek black design that is made to be shown off in your gym.
Now, as expected for the price, there have been a few issues reported; mainly cosmetic, however. For instance, one reviewer had this to say: “The quality of my 55lb kettlebell is ok, it arrived in a very beat up box, which is worse than what I have previously received from Titan. There were a few cosmetic blemishes on the kettlebell itself on places where the powder coat/paint was applied sloppily.” The Titan Kettlebells are also not known for their weight accuracy. For most, this isn’t a big deal, but for those that like their equipment to weigh exactly what it says, we’d suggest looking elsewhere, such as Kettlebell Kings.
One reviewer had this to say regarding the weight accuracy of their 55 LB Kettlebell: “It weighed in at 53.5 lbs on my scale, so keep in mind the weight may not be entirely accurate when ordering heavier kettlebells.”If price and space were not an issue, then a set of these cast iron kettlebells would be our top pick.
However, to have the versatility provided by the adjustable kettlebell you would have to pay over a thousand dollars and these kettlebells would take up a large amount of space in your garage gym. These are okay on the quality scale but high up on the budget scale. If you want one of the best kettlebells and need them cheap, this is your best bet from Titan.
Budget Pick: Titan Plate Loadable Kettlebell Swing
Titan’s Plate Loadable Kettlebell Swing is a unique tool to add to your arsenal for those grueling kettlebell workouts, free up some gym space by replacing your kettlebell set with a one size fits all Kettlebell Swing! Features: - 1.3” diameter kettlebell shaped handle allows you to get a kettlebell style workout without taking up the footprint a set of kettlebells does! - Simply remove the kettlebell style handle and load the pin to the desired weight to begin targeting your shoulders, back, hips, glutes, and legs with various kettlebell style exercises. - Plate loadable, fits Olympic size plates. - 9 adjustable positions in 1” increments to secure plates to the pin. - 3.5” Rounded Base prevents the Kettlebell from getting caught on protruding surfaces such as stairs during use. Specifications: - Empty Weight: 8 LB - Overall Length: 19.3” - Weight Capacity: 500 LB - Powder coated Black
When building a garage gym space, price, and versatility are key components to your decision. The Plate Loadable Kettlebell Swing from Titan will allow you to do quite a few different kettlebell movements for the lowest price and the least space. All you have to do is purchase a $50 swing and use the weight plates that are already there. When you’re finished, just put the plates up and the swing is small enough to fit anywhere in your garage.
The downside to this option is that it’s a little awkward feeling and doesn’t have the feel of a kettlebell. It’s also a little shaky in the movement and takes quite a bit of time to load and unload.
While ease of use and the difficulty of loading and unloading this kettlebell swing are big disadvantages, there is another disadvantage that makes the adjustable kettlebell a much better option…quality. When you use this loadable kettlebell swing, it’s really not even a kettlebell. You can swing with it, do some deadlifts and carries, as well as Power Stairs (if you’re into Strongman movements), but other than that, you’re pretty limited.
The shakiness mentioned above and the overall lack of quality is difficult to overcome, especially when there is a slightly more expensive option (there is about a $100 difference in the two products) that is just simply better, (you could also make a DIY option pretty easily with galvanized pipe.)
The bottom line is that if you end up with the plate loadable kettlebell swing as opposed to the other two options reviewed above, it’s for one reason…price. If you know that kettlebells will not take a huge place in your workout routine and you want to use that money on a more useful product for what you do, then this $40 option may be just what you need.
You have already purchased the plates and you can easily store this out of the way and leave yourself more room for more important equipment. These two things make this loadable kettlebell swing a good, ultra-budget option for your garage gym.
Top Pick: Titan Power Weighted Drag Sled
Build explosive speed and strength with this weight sled from Titan Fitness. Designed for use with Olympic plates it's a great addition to any personal or professional gym. Forward facing drags are excellent for speed development, primarily targeting your posterior chain, and backward facing (facing toward sled) drags are a great way to build quadriceps strength. Features: - Use with Olympic plates - Includes leash / harness - Use on grass, carpet, or concrete - Little assembly required - Max capacity: 500 lb - Powder Coated finish Specifications: - Weight: 37 LBS - Width: 16" - Length: 24" - Leash / harness length: 10 ft.
The Titan Drag Sled comes complete with a leash and a harness to allow you to perform both forward and backward facing drags. The cost is less than $100 and you can use the Olympic weight plates you are using in the rest of your home gym. While not the most important piece of weightlifting equipment, the sled can add variety and versatility to your workout by allowing you to focus on major and stabilizing muscles in a different and effective way. There are definitely better sleds on the market, but these things get beat up rather quickly, so a budget option like this is usually your best bet.
Upgrade Pick: Titan Pro Sled System
The Titan Pro Sled System is an all-in-one sled training system. Our modular design allows the Pro Sled System to serve as a traditional push-pull sled or drag sled, with many add-ons available for other configurations. Fits 2" Olympic Plates. Get the most out of your training with the Titan Pro Sled System. Features: - Multi-function system translates to multiple workouts/exercises with one sled. - Works as a push, pull, or drag sled with the ability to offer much more! - Additional accessories transform the sled into a high/low push sled, wheel barrow, or lawn boy push sled (accessories sold separately). - UHMW plastic ski liners protect your sled - Can be used on grass, turf, concrete, or asphalt. - Two 1.9" diameter poles included - Fits 2" Olympic plates (bumper or steel plates) with plenty of clearance. Specifications: - Weight: 111 lb - Footprint: 24" x 40" - Skid width: 3" - Steel: 2"x3" 11 gauge and 1/4" plate steel - Plate tube height: 20" - Push Pole Height: 39.5" Main Sled: PROSLED - Titan Pro Sled System Accessories: - MSLEDARCH - Single Arch - MSLED2ARCH - Double Arch - MSLEDHIB - High Bar - MSLEDLOB - Low Bar - MSLEDDHA - Double Handle - MSLEDLAWN - Lawn Boy Handle - MSLEDWBA - Wheel Barrow - MSLEDRAIL - Wrap Around Rail - PROSLEDSH - Replacement Shoes
The Titan Pro Sled System is definitely an upgrade over the weighted drag sled, but it may not be enough of an upgrade to pay more than double the price. With the upright poles, the Pro Sled System acts as a push, pull, or drag sled and this sled can be used on almost any surface.
The main difference between the two sleds is that the Pro System has two upright poles that allow you to hold and push rather than strapping a harness on and pushing against it with your shoulders. This is a much more natural movement and it also helps to prevent injury as your joints are stabilized throughout the process. The harness, on the other hand, allows you to use more of your natural strength to pull even more weight.
While they are both excellent, the Pro Sled System does not give you enough to justify paying the extra especially when you could use that money to upgrade somewhere else.
Building A Budget Home Gym From Titan Fitness FAQs
What are the benefits of building a home gym from Titan Fitness?
For nearly any area, a home gym may be a good investment. They provide virtually limitless flexibility in terms of time, place, and training type to homes. A home gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you may use it anytime you want. You’re also only a few steps away from your next workout. You may also work out at your own speed with a home gym. Perhaps the most significant advantage of a Titan Fitness home gym is the virtually limitless customization of equipment and tools to meet your specific demands and training style. And, as your fitness improves, so can your home gym.
What are some must-have gym equipment?
Your home gym should include equipment that is tailored to your specific goals, space, and budget. Titan Fitness has everything you need to build a home gym that suits your objectives and training style. Begin with the fundamentals: resistance bands and dumbbells. If you want to bulk up, invest in a barbell, weight plates, and a bench. Incorporate kettlebells and jump rope into your high-intensity interval training. Multi-purpose equipment, such as a Titan power rack and attachments, may add variety to your exercises. Choosing the proper equipment to match your goals allows you to work out how you want when you want, and anywhere you want, all from the comfort of your own home.
How to build the right budget home gym for me?
Your home gym should be tailored to your unique needs. Do you want to gain muscle? Do you wish to increase your overall fitness level? Are you dedicated to developing a mind/body connection for your mental health? Titan Fitness provides excellent items at low costs that are sent free to your home to help you achieve any of your fitness objectives. There is no need to search around since you can rely on the longevity and quality of Titan goods. Everything you need for your home gym may be found in one location.
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