How We Review Products
At Garage Gym Revisited, we review home gym and related products regularly and understand how important it is to give accurate and honest assessments of these products.
You undoubtedly take your training very seriously and, considering how expensive many of these products are, it’s vital that you’re able to make the most informed choices.
This is why we hold ourselves to the highest standards when making our recommendations. We thought you would be interested to learn how we select the products you find in our reviews.
Here is everything we look for before we feature fitness products on our pages.
+ Discuss our own experiences with the products discussed
Nothing can beat first-hand exposure to and use of fitness products.
We understand that everyone’s personal opinions of and preferences for different pieces of equipment will vary. However, being able to tell our stories of using various pieces of equipment during a met con, ruck march, or competition, can help you to better visualize what it will be like to use during your fitness ventures.
Although we won’t be able to physically touch every product, you’ll know about every item we do get our hands on.
+ Extensively scour through user reviews
It would be easy for brands to cherry-pick their most popular (and most expensive!) products and send them to us for review for maximum grades.
That’s why when “the people have spoken”, we always listen!
We extensively scour positive and negative reviews about all products we recommend online.
We also often reach out to these customers to dig deeper, understand their experiences, and reflect them in our content.
+ Study the brand history
Like it or not, brands, just like people, develop reputations over time that ultimately define them. Brands and product lines that have stood up against the test of time have earned a positive reputation and the rewards that it reaps.
This is why before recommending a new product line or brand, we dig through their history and operations extensively to try and assess how it is likely to perform.
Here are just a few things we look into when considering a new product or brand:
- Brand & product line voluntary recall history
- Place of manufacture
- Brand affiliations
- Any name change to “hide” past negative reviews
- Any recent change of ownership / manufacturing processes
+ Scrutinize products specs & seek expert approval
Before a product is added to our pages, we carefully review the available data and specs provided by the manufacturer.
This is how we ensure that any product you find in our reviews lives up to generally accepted product standards.
+ Analyze the brand’s marketing claims
Believe it or not, fitness-related brands make a lot of rather bold claims about their products and expected use outcomes.
We review their marketing material and draw attention to any claims that might be a bit lofty, considering the equipment in question and realistic expectations.
+ Understand the product’s pricing & positioning strategy
There is fitness equipment for all budgets and objectives. We try to cover most of them in all of our reviews, so you will always find a budget option, a value option, and a premium option, amongst other options.