What’s up, everybody!
Obviously, the Holiday season is one of the best times to get great deals in general.
That’s part of why I created my Black Friday Holiday guide to help you guys get new equipment for your home or garage gyms.
One of the most well-known fitness equipment companies is Titan Fitness. They’re pretty great when it comes to lower-priced equipment that isn’t complete garbage like you see on Amazon or in stores such as Wal-Mart.
With that said, is Titan Fitness a good company? I’ll let you know the top 3 pros & cons of what I think and some other YouTubers that have something to say when it comes to their equipment.
Let’s get started!
If you prefer to watch, you can also check out my video here!
Pros Of Titan Fitness
First up, we’re going to go over the pros of Titan Fitness and why I think they’ve definitely got some things going for them. Not every little aspect of a company will be good or bad necessarily. That’s why it’s important to weigh the positives and the negatives to make good investment decisions.
Solid Prices + Free Shipping
One of the first things you’ll notice if you check out Titans’ website is that they actually offer Free Shipping all year round, no exceptions.
Shipping can be incredibly expensive on things like weights, power racks, and pretty much all equipment. That’s why this is a great deal and something you should definitely consider.
On top of that, Titan Fitness is considered one of the best budget options compared to places like Wal-Mart and Dicks Sporting Goods.
Unlike them, there’s a huge community of people online who have heard firsthand how great some of Titan’s deals have to offer.
If you want to see my top picks, runner-ups, and budget options that they sell, we’ll be going over all their main categories later in this article, so don’t miss out on that!
Of course, this doesn’t mean that everything they sell at lower prices is worth it. Other companies like Rep have more competitive pricing for a much higher value.
I’ll go over more of that later when we get to the cons of Titan Fitness.
Perfect For Outfitting A Home Gym
Suppose you’re interested in getting above-average equipment for your home gym and aren’t planning on squatting over 600 lbs in your lifetime. In that case, Titan Fitness is perfectly reasonable and works just fine for what you get.
In fact, if you built an entire garage gym using Titan Fitness equipment only for a couple of people to use, you’re going to get a ton of value.
If you’re planning on building a commercial-grade gym, there are definitely better options, which I’ll go over later.
In general, though, for people looking to build a garage gym in 2020 for the cheapest prices possible without being absolutely junk, Titan is the best you’re gonna get.
Let’s finish up with the warranty that Titan Fitness includes with all of their equipment!
1 Year Warranty On All Equipment
Titan Fitness offers a 1-year warranty on all equipment. It’s probably a great failsafe considering that some of their equipment might not survive general wear and tear.
From what I can tell, this warranty will cover almost everything you buy from Titan Fitness. This is definitely a plus considering some of the backlash they get for quality control and other issues I’ll be going over right now!
Cons Of Titan Fitness
Titan Fitness does have a lot of good things going for them.
If you have a small budget, they offer a ton of equipment at a much lower price than can be found almost anywhere.
Unfortunately, that means they have to cut some corners to offer so many budget products.
Let’s go over the main problems that people have with Titan Fitness now.
Quality Control Issues
I’ve seen many threads and forums going over all the problems they have with Titans equipment.
The majority of which is on Reddit. Which I think is the largest hangout of humanities worst I’ve ever seen.
The number of toxic individuals I’ve seen on Reddit is absolutely insane, and I try not to frequent their threads as much as I can.
Often, going to Reddit will tell you every little issue the population has with literally any topic, serious, or product in this case.
The majority of the threads I’ve read about Titans Quality control isn’t the best, unfortunately.
Often, the bolts they sent aren’t the right size, or they don’t send them all, and you’re stuck with half a rack, and the pullup bar isn’t welded properly.
Or worse, you get half of the bench, tell them they only sent half a bench, and they send you the half you already had, and all the bolts are wrong.
This is what happened to me when I bought their adjustable bench v1.
Also, just a side note, don’t buy anything from Titan Fitness that’s the first version of the product.
Just a precaution for you guys, they tend to do really good once they get feedback from the community, but the first time they seem to miss the mark.
Now moving on, while their quality control isn’t the best, their shipping is fast from what most people have reported.
Which is both good and bad, as I’ll explain now.
Customer Service & Shipping Problems
Titan Fitness is one of those companies where their customer service is sometimes great, and other times it’s just the absolute worst.
And remember how I said their fast and free shipping is positive?
Well, there are literally hundreds of testimonials stating all of the issues others have had. From their packaging being destroyed, pieces missing from the box, and other problems in general.
When I first bought from Titan Fitness, the box that my bench came in looked like it was completely destroyed and barely held together.
It was also impossible to put together! Half of the bench was missing, and all of the hardware was nowhere to be found.
After contacting customer service, they sent me the same half of the bench and only half of the hardware needed.
I talked to them one more time, and I finally received everything.
The best part is that after putting everything together, the bench itself is wobbly, and it’s almost impossible to adjust it correctly. I have to hit the bench a couple of times to make sure it locks into place, actually.
The funniest part about this is that their new version of this bench addresses all of these problems.
So as you can see, even I’ve had issues with their shipping, customer service, and quality control as well.
However, when you buy the right equipment, and they’re on their best A-game, Titan Fitness can make some things happen sometimes.
Maybe not every time, but it’s almost like their motto that I just made up, “Titan Fitness. It just works. Sometimes.”
Okay, all kidding aside, let’s go over the biggest issue people have with Titan.
Not Meant For Commercial Gyms
If you pay attention to the welds, the stability, and just how cheap everything is in general; Titan Fitness is just not commercial grade equipment.
Compared to higher quality gear from Rogue and Rep Fitness, Titan just isn’t in the market for commercial gyms.
They’re in the market for average gym goers that want the freedom a garage gym gives them.
This means it only needs to be stable enough to handle a couple of users multiples times per week for a couple of years.
They’re not meant to be used by tons of the strongest people in the world all day, every day.
The durability and quality just aren’t there, so many people tend to review Titan fitness poorly. This video by Alan Thrall goes over it perfectly .
If you’re just trying to get stronger, build some muscle, and you expect to train 2-4 days per week for a couple of years, it’s going to be just fine.
If you plan to compete in powerlifting and squat over 500 for reps, it isn’t going to be a good fit for you.
That’s all there is to it.
So do I think Titan fitness is a good company?
For the most part, yes.
They offer some good equipment for the price. Their shipping and customer service has some hits and misses, and for the average gym user, they’re going to be enough to outfit a home gym.
There’s also the issue people seem to have with where equipment is made. Titan Fitness has most of their products made in China which urks a lot of people for some reason so if that’s you, Titan might not be the company for you.
For everybody else wanting to get above-average budget equipment, they’re great for what they offer.
Suppose you want to open a commercial gym that tons of people use for decades. In that case, it’s just not a good idea, and you should be investing in rogue or Rep for higher quality equipment they offer.
It’s all about what your goals are, just like whether you’re trying to lose fat, build muscle, or get stronger.
Hopefully, this review of Titan Fitness helps you decide whether you want to invest in what they have to offer.
Now, let’s go over the best products that Titan has to offer and some more thoughts from Coop at Garage Gym Reviews!
Coop From Garage Gym Reviews Responds To Alan Thralls “I Hate Titan Fitness” Video
Coop is the owner and creator of Garage Gym Reviews which as the name suggests, means he reviews Garage Gym equipment.
Alan Thrall is the owner of Untamed Strength and he published a video 2 years ago where he basically went over how he hates Titan Fitness. He brought up some good points but this video by Coop responding to it, goes over a lot of the positives instead of all the negatives.
So definitely check it out and afterward I’ll go over my recommendations for the best equipment they have to offer!
Best Titan Fitness Products
Titan Blues City Olympic Barbell
This barbell has a couple of key features that make it the best Titan has to offer.
- Rated for 1,500 lbs, so you don’t have to worry about dying.
- It has a Cerakote Coating that helps protect against scratches and corrosion.
- It’s a hybrid bar built for Olympic lifts and power lifts alike.
This bar is solid for pretty much any lifter and especially for home gym settings.
Titan Blues City Power Bar
This bar is a little cheaper than their Olympic bar, but that doesn’t make it any less durable.
Their power bar is rated for 1,500 lbs and provides a decent amount of whip any flex on the bar.
As the name suggests, this bar is perfect for the Power Lifts, as in the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.
It has a center knurling for grip while squatting and a more aggressive diamond textured knurling as well.
Titan Olympic Power Bar
This is one of the best-priced bars on the market.
If you’re on a budget and only need a barbell rated for 1,000 lbs, this is the one you want.
This is also a hybrid bar, which means it works great for the power lifts, Olympic lifts, and anything else you can think of!
Titan Multi-Grip Barbell – v2
Multi-Grip or Football bars, as they’re sometimes called, have a ton of uses for people with shoulder issues.
Because the handles are neutral grip, it allows you to bench press and overhead press without externally rotating your shoulders.
This also makes it a great bar for training triceps and shoulders, especially.
If you’re a fan of tricep extensions and skull crushers, this bar will help maintain proper positioning.
This bar also has a super nice black powder-coating, which looks really nice and protects from scuffing and early rust.
On top of that, this bar’s unique construction means it has much more strength than a typical barbell.
It’s rated for 2,000 lbs, so the odds of it breaking down is incredibly low.
Titan Hex Trap Bar – v2
Titan’s Hex Trap Bar V2 is one of the best that you can get on the market.
And for the price, it is absolutely worth the investment.
One of the main benefits of this type of trap bar is doing the trap bar deadlift.
For some people, myself included, a Conventional Deadlift isn’t a great option for your structure.
Plus, compared to a regular Deadlift, the Trap Bar Deadlift is a much better muscle builder. Especially paired with a Romanian Deadlift variation.
One of the nice features about this bar is that it has raised handles, which many crappy trap bars don’t have.
This bar’s weight capacity is only 800 lbs, but for the average gym-goer, this will be plenty.
Only a small percentage of the population will ever get to that level of strength, so this isn’t a huge issue for the most part.
Bottom line, if you want a cheap Trap Bar that doesn’t suck and actually has good knurling that won’t destroy your hands, this is the bar for you.
Titan Safety Squat Bar – v2
Safety Bar Squats are one of my favorite variations of the Squat that you can do.
Because of how the bar is loaded, it tries to dump you forward and works your abs/mid-back like crazy.
My abs have never been sore from straight bar squatting, but using a squat safety bar has my abs sore once I get to heavier weights.
The other great thing is that you won’t be able to use as much weight as your regular Squat.
This means that the stronger you get at the Safety Bar Squat, the stronger your Squat will be, which is obviously always a good thing.
I originally bought the V1 version of this bar, and while it works, it definitely has some issues.
The shoulder pads and handles are spaced too wide and allow the bar to move around if you don’t have a ton of muscle.
For somebody smaller than me, like my female clients, they would have a really hard time keeping the bar in the right spot as it would move around.
The other issue is that the pads aren’t all one piece. They have three separate pieces on the bar and handles, which allows them to spin and aren’t the most comfortable.
All of this has been fixed in version 2, however. The handles are much closer together, which makes it much more stable on your shoulders and traps.
On top of that, the pads are one solid piece, so nothing moves around at all.
This bar is also rated for 1,500 lbs, so the durability is obviously there as well.
The other thing to consider is the price; it’s almost half the price of some of Rogue and Elitefts bars, which is a big deal considering the quality this bar brings.
Titan Fitness Benches
Best Bench –
Titan Hefty Bench – v2
Titans Hefty Bench V2 is, as the name suggests, pretty hefty.
It’s rated for 1,200 lbs, so unless you’re Benching over 1,000 lbs, this bench can most likely cover it.
This bench also has a handle and wheels to move it around your home gym easily.
You won’t get much better for the price than this, considering just how comfortable the cushion is and the durability it brings to the table.
Best Adjustable Bench –
Titan Adjustable FID Bench
If you’re interested in an adjustable bench, Titan has a couple of options.
I have the Incline Bench that Titan offers, and I absolutely do not recommend it.
It has serious design flaws and just isn’t a stable bench by any means.
Instead, I highly recommend the Single Post Adjustable FID Bench.
It’s much more durable while also allowing for easy incline and decline adjustments.
Many benches on Amazon are absolute junk for half the price, so definitely don’t consider them.
This bench and the one from Rep Fitness are the best you’re gonna get!
Budget Bench –
Titan Flat Bench
When you’re trying to build muscle, it’s important to shake up your fitness regimen. Typically, your muscles adapt to exercises and, after a while, your muscles plateau. An effective way to mix up your fitness routine is through a weight bench. A weight bench expands your horizons, allowing you to perform bench presses, incline presses, pullovers, rows, tricep extensions, and curls.
Titan’s best budget bench is this flat bench. It has a weight capacity of 1,000 lbs with a handle and wheels for mobility.
This is the best bench you’re going to get at this price point unless you check out Rep Fitness bench and decide you like it more.
This bench will easily outclass anything available on Amazon, so if you need a budget bench to complete your gym, this is the option for you.
Best Dumbbells –
Titan Black Rubber Hex Dumbbells
Titan’s dumbbells are sold in pairs, which is the only way that makes sense to me.
It’s hard to just buy one dumbbell and be useful for the most part.
They sell these in individual pairs as well as the following:
- 5-25 Lb Dumbbell Set
- 5-50 Lb Dumbbell Set
- 5-100 Lb Dumbbell Set
Having these options can definitely help you save money as opposed to buying them in pairs individually.
The cool thing about their pricing is that the heavier they are, the cheaper they are per lb.
So if you buy the 100 lb dumbbell pair, it’s only $1.45 per lb, whereas the 5 lb pair is 2.5 per lb.
Depending on what dumbbells you need, this could be a great way to save some money.
The main thing about these dumbbells is they’re basically the same as other hex dumbbells out there.
They’re hex-shaped, so they don’t roll away between sets, which is always a good thing.
Budget Dumbbells –
Titan Loadable 20-in Dumbbell Handles
Obviously, the cheapest dumbbell sets in the world just aren’t that budget-friendly. Plus, they take up a lot of space that just isn’t available to some people.
If this is something you’re interested in, Titan sells different loadable dumbbell handles depending on how much space you need.
The 15″ handles are way too short and the 36″ handles are way too long for what most people will use them for.
So the best middle ground Titan offers is these 20″ handles, and they come in a pair compared to others that are way more expensive.
The crazy thing is that these have a weight capacity of 500 lbs but actually getting weights thin enough and heavy enough to hit seems like a stretch.
But this is good because you know anything thing between 5-200 lbs these dumbbells will handle.
Definitely a solid product for a cheap price.
Best Kettlebells –
Titan Adjustable Competition Style Kettlebell
Suppose you’re interested in kettlebells and want the same functionality as a loadable dumbbell handle. In that case, Titan offers this unique competition style kettlebell.
The best part is that you can load it and tighten it with the included Allen wrench. Afterward, you can attach the bottom part of the bell, which looks like a regular kettlebell.
You can adjust the weight of this from 12-32 kg, or 25-70 lbs.
Runner Up Kettlebells –
Titan Competition Style Kettlebells
If you prefer more traditional kettlebells, Titan Fitness sells these from 8-40 kg or 18-88 lbs.
While they aren’t the most cost-effective, they get the job done and have all positive reviews.
Plus, with the free shipping they offer, these are the best deals you’re gonna get.
Budget Kettlebells –
Titan Plate Loadable Kettlebell Swing
Suppose you want the best budget option to replace all of your kettlebells and use your own Olympic weights. In that case, I recommend checking out titans plate Loadable Kettlebell Swing.
These load up just like their dumbbells using Olympic plates. And then even have a weight capacity of 500 lbs, which is crazy for Kettlebell movements.
Still, you buy a pair of these, and you’re going to save hundreds of dollars and tons of space as well.
This is the best offer you’re going to find out there, so definitely jump on it as soon as they’re back in stock!
Best Plates –
Titan Elite Bumper Plates
The best plates that Titan sells is their elite Bumper plates. They come in both colored and black styles depending on what you need.
The color bumpers look cooler for sure, but the black bumpers still have colored font staying the weight off each plate.
It really is up to you on what style you prefer, but the difference in pricing might not be worth it depending on what you like.
The great thing about these bumpers is that they feature a chrome plate steel disc that maintains its shape.
A lot of crappy Bumper plates are pure rubber with just a small steel ring the barbell fits onto.
These almost always break down relatively quickly as they’re cheaply made.
Instead, buying a set of these promises much more durable plates and better performance with the Olympic lifts.
The main reason is that they don’t bounce like crazy as cheaper bumpers do.
These are awesome for the standard power lifts and Olympic lifting, so if you plan on doing some power cleans and deadlifts, these are the plates you want to get.
Runner Up Plates –
Titan Economy Bumper Plates
If you want a cheaper Olympic plate option that gets the job done, these plates are perfect.
If you don’t plan on competing and just need some solid plates to do Olympic lifts, deadlifts, and more, these will get the job done.
Their 260 lb set is less than $2 per lb. You’ll never find a better deal than that. Just remember that you get what you pay for. Their durability varies depending on if you’re slamming down snatches and lots of people are using them.
For a small home gym with controlled lifts, you absolutely can’t go wrong.
Budget Plates –
Titan Cast Iron Plates
If you want the best budget plates available, these cast iron plates are what you want to get.
These are only around $1.7 per lb for their 245 lb set.
This is the best deal you can find, considering they offer free shipping on everything.
Plus, they’re cast iron plates, and nothing gets much more durable than these.
You can get these steel plates here to check out what they have to offer.
Titan Power Racks
Best Power Rack –
Titan X-3 Flat Foot Power Rack
The Titan X-3 is the best rack that Titan offers by far.
Unlike X-3: X-Men United, which is absolutely horrible.
The X-3 weighs 340+ lbs. so you don’t even need to bolt it down as it’s too heavy to topple over from regular use.
It’s also rated for 1,500 lbs and is made of heavy-duty steel, which will handle just about anything you throw at it.
The other thing it has going for it is the uprights are 3×3, which is the industry standard for most accessories and durability as well.
Titan also offers extensions to make it taller, as well as selling short and tall versions as well.
Bottom line, if you want the best rack Titan Fitness has to offer is the X-3.
Runner Up Power Rack –
Titan T-3 Series Power Rack
The T-3 Series Power Rack by Titan Fitness® is offered in 82 and 91-inch models to fit your gym needs. Featuring heavy-duty 2 x 3-inch 11-gauge square steel uprights with Westside hole spacing through the bench and clean pull zone, 2-inch spacing above and below, 6-inch side hole spacing throughout entire upright, a bolt-together design, and a powder-coated black finish.
The T-3 Series Power Rack by Titan is another awesome option, just a little cheaper than the X-3.
The main positive with this rack is you can pick the rack height, rack depth, and even add on optional weight plate holders.
The rack height comes in at 82-in and 91-in, depending on what you need for your specific garage gym.
The rack depth comes in at 24-in and 36-in so that you can minimize the footprint the rack comes in or makes it wider to give you more room while training.
The add on weight plate holders will also help with stability and save you more space than a separate setup.
All in all, it’s a solid rack that’s 2×3 heavy-duty 11-gauge steel, which is the industry standard.
Because it’s 2×3, though, you’ll miss out on some accessories that only fit 3×3 racks.
Another big key feature is that it has 2-inch spacing above and below the bench zone. The bench zone itself has Westside hole spacing that comes in around 1-inch for finer adjustments.
You can also get strap safeties if you want to keep your bar in great condition as well.
Budget Power Rack –
Titan T-3 Folding Rack
The T-3 Series Folding Space Saving Racks by Titan Fitness® give you the functionality of a power rack with a small footprint. Utilizing a pin and hinge system for efficient storage, when not in use easily fold your power rack into the closed position and stow away for later.
The T-3 Series Folding Rack is the best budget option that Titan offers.
This folding rack has an incredibly small footprint as you can fold it up for later use.
This rack is also offered in 82 and 91-in height variations while also allowing you to choose between 21 and 42-in rack depth.
The best part is that even though it’s a foldable rack, it still has all the same 11-gauge uprights and hole spacing as the standard X-3 model.
The only downside is having to attach it to your wall, but that shouldn’t be an issue for most people.
Considering how much Amazon racks go for and the fact that they’re mostly made of aluminum foil, this is one of the best racks for the price you can get.
Titan Storage Options
Best/Budget Storage Rack – Titan Wall Mounted
It’s kind of funny that the best weight Storage Rack that Titan has is also their cheapest.
This weight rack is mounted to your wall and has an angled design that leans against the wall.
This helps reduce the stress on your wall stud and increases the weight capacity as well, which is 800 lbs if you can believe it.
That means you literally have a one-stop solution for all of your weights and save space in your gym as well.
On top of that, this storage rack is incredibly cheap compared to the competition, so for the value, it’s worth it.
Runner Up Storage Rack –
Titan Horizontal Weight Plate Storage
I call this the runner up because it’s definitely more expensive but still works great for what it does.
It’s a standard horizontal Storage Rack that fits most bumper plates and larger iron cast plates as well.
You might need another smaller storage option for 10s, 5s, and 2.5s, but this works great if you have a lot of larger plates as well.
Titan Fitness Vs.
This is a pretty simple answer depending on your budget and what type of gym you’re outfitting.
If you have a small budget and you’re planning on building a home gym to train a couple of times per week, Titan Fitness is great.
If you have a much higher budget and want to build a commercial gym for tons of members, Rogue is the industry standard you should be getting.
They offer much higher quality at a premium price, so you know that your equipment will last forever.
They also have a much larger category than Titan Fitness, so you can check out their website here if you want to learn more.
Titan Fitness Vs. Rep Fitness
While Titan Fitness has some great budget options, the quality and pricing from Rep Fitness are incredibly competitive.
Not only do they have some of my favorite racks and benches on the market, but they offer some of the best add-ons for their equipment as well.
Pretty much all of their power racks can be customized for pretty much whatever you need.
You can add specialty pullup bars, different colors on your uprights and cross-members, built-in pulldown and belt squat systems, as well as iso lever arms that allow you to do machine-based alternatives for even more variety.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for what Rep Fitness has to offer.
Their plates are very cheap, and they’re constantly updating their catalog.
If you want a great medium ground between Titan and rogue with some of the best value you can get, Rep Fitness is the best in the business.
Check them out here to learn more!
And that’s it!
While I do think Titan is an above-average company, they do have some issues they still need to work out.
The shipping and customer service issues need to be addressed, and their quality control can use some work.
Depending on your budget and space available, they can be a really good choice to outfit your gym.
If you want to step up and get a higher value for your gym, check out Rep Fitness.
And if you want top of the line equipment for a premium price, Rogue Fitness is what you want to get.
I hope this helped you out and gave you an idea if Titan Fitness is worth your money, though.
I’m sure they’ll get better as time goes on, so definitely give them a shot if they sound right for you.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a happy holiday.
Until next time,