Where to Buy Barbells – This One! No, That One! Nope, Here We Go Again

The title may sound a bit juvenile, considering we all know the answer, “Where to buy barbells?” THE STORE or… ONLINE! Right you are to shout that out, but how much research on a bar did you do? Have you ever researched a product so much that when you’re ready to make a purchase you forgot where you were, or which online store had the best price?

I sometimes tend to be a bit of a research nut…okay, most the time, if not all the time. I will research a product until my wife thinks I am obsessed. I am, I am obsessed with wanting to be 100%, or at least as close to it, certain that is the product I want to spend my hard-earned cash on. And you should be too, unless of course you have it like that.

Now if you researched that much and went to so many websites that you forgot which store had the best prices, there are ways around that. You could dig through your PC History (yawn), you could Bookmark web pages as you visit them, or open a new tab or window for every web page you visit. Here we are going to go over a couple main staples of places of where to buy barbells. You may love them or hate them, or you may never of heard of them and this will give you something to research. Your Welcome!

Where to Buy

No more delay, let’s get started.

  • Dickssportinggoods.com
    • Ahh, got ya… You thought I was going to put Rogue Fitness or Body Solid Olympic Bar or something like that… Nope, when you figure a chain has thousands of physical store fronts across America and online shopping center, it’s not always obvious who sells a lot of barbells
  • Wal-Mart……
    • Come on man! Really?! Walmart? Yes, Wally world. They too sell weightlifting gear.
  • Amazon
    • Come on what DOESN’T Amazon sell. I’m sure they will be selling husbands and wives here in the next decade (cross your fingers they don’t, I have been factious before and it’s turned into reality)

OK, OK, OK. Let’s talk real places to buy now, although the above do offer budget friendly barbells, but usually quality suffers with the lower price.

Rogue Fitness

Rogue has steadily become an authority in barbells. And it is hard to argue with Rogue’s barbells as they are heavily reviewed, and reviewed well. They are found in many, if not every Crossfit box, as well as many garage gyms across America, Europe, and Australia.

Some of their flagship bars include:

  • Rouge Bar 2.0
  • Ohio Bar
    • Multiple variations
  • B&R Bar
  • Chan Bar

There are many others, including economical options starting around $195 (Echo Bar) all the way up to $769 (Rogue Russian Bar). Rogue offers many other bars, including Eleiko bars and specialty bars. The purpose for this section was Rogue bars only. Visit their site to view all options (which may take a while).

Fringe Sport

Fringe Sport may not have the exact variety that Rogue Fitness offers, but they offer a couple really nice barbells including:

  • Men’s 20kg and Women’s 15kg WonderBar V2
  • Bomba Barbell
  • Hybrid Barbell

Fringe Sport also offers other bars including Power Bars and Olympic Weightlifting Bars. Prices are very economical when compared to other companies. Definitely worth the look! And did I mention FREE SHIPPING on their bars?

GetRX’D

  • Space City Barbell
  • WOD Barbell
    • 2 Needle bearings and 2 bushings, give this bar the hybrid wanted for Crossfit workouts. Hence the name.
  • Rocket Bar
    • Bushing bar with dual marks for Olympic lifting and powerlifting
  • Stealth Bar
    • 8 Needles, 2 bushings

American Barbell

American Barbell is an outstanding company with very well reviewed customer service. Their prices may be a bit higher than some of their competition, but you’re paying for product quality and wonderful customer service. They have many options when it comes to equipment, and their barbells are no different. In fact, they have their barbells divided into 5 categories:

  1. Functional
    1. California Bar $335 (for giggles go to American Barbell, look up the American Barbell Training Bar and read the reviews, the second one down… the craziest barbell review I ever read)
  2. Olympic
    1. A few choices in this category including the Stainless Steel bar. Price ranges from $295 to $675.
    2. May be a bit pricey, but the quality is well worth it and they constantly have 5star reviews on their products
  3. Powerlifting
    1. Price range under this category is $250 to $550
    2. AB Mammoth Power Bar
      1. 29mm bar diameter
      2. Cerakote finish
      3. 210k tensile strength
      4. stainless steel
      5. bushing
  4. T-Grip
  5. Technique
  6. Specialty
    1. Hex Bar
    2. Camber Bar
    3. Safety Squat Bar

They have many great choices under each category. Bars with very nice specs and very well reviewed as well.

Vulcan Strength

Vulcan Strength offers barbells with similar specifications to every other company out there, what has them make my list is I enjoy their products. They have plenty of options when it comes to barbells including:

  • Training barbells
  • Olympic barbells
    • Vulcan Pro Bearing Olympic Barbells
      • 4 German needle bearings per sleeve
      • 225 K tensile strength (verified)
      • IWF specs
      • Chrome plated
  • Powerlifting barbells
    • Vulcan Powerlifting Barbell
      • 29 mm diameter
      • 196k PSI tensile strength
      • bright zinc
  • Techniques barbells

Their bushing bars use, I quote, “the Oilite Bushing, which is a trademarked product made only in the USA. It is made of a porous bronze material that holds oil. This is the benefit of the Oilite because as the bushing spins, it oils itself.

They also use Needle bearings or composite bushings and their bars are made in the U.S.A.!

Other Shopping Opportunities

There are many brands, types, and different specification built barbells. You could spend ages searching for the right one. Here are a couple other brands of barbells you might be interested in:

Body Solid Olympic Bar

  • Dicks
  • Academy
  • Target
  • BodySolid.com
  • Amazon

Titan Fitness

  • Titan.Fitness
  • Amazon

CAP Barbell

CAP barbell is a great starter barbell for anyone, and can be found in a flurry of places, including the following:

  • Capbarbell.com
  • Amazon
  • Walmart.com

Conclusion

As stated before, there are many brands, types, and different specification built barbells. You could spend ages searching for the right one, or you could go to countless gyms trying each different barbell out.

Figure out what you want your barbell for. Is it for powerlifting, Olympic style lifting, or both in a Crossfit type workout? Answer these questions first, then go research some of these barbells mentioned above and find your fit! Good luck!

Any thoughts? Do you have a particular company you enjoy shopping and possibly their barbells that you want to mention? Leave your comments below and let us know.

 

 

 

 

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Different types of Barbells – Ring the Bell and We’ll Serve Up the Bars

Long gone are the days of just going to the store buying a weightlifting bar and a set of 300 lb cast iron plates, going home and having yourself the same gym all your buddies had. Not anymore and not without the fitness industry’s advancement that has been made in the past 15 or so years, at least commercially to the masses. Now we have many companies competing to sell us their products, their weights, and their different types of barbells, telling us, whether truthfully or not, why theirs is the best or better. Nowadays we the consumer of the rubber and iron have to be educated in the products we believe we need to step our game up.

In being educated, we need to know what the product is, what its unique barbells-olympic-powerliftingspecifications are, and which product is going to best fit our needs and goals. Let us take a look at the different types of weightlifting bars, and some examples of each and the different specifications of each that are out there.

Olympic Weightlifting Bar

A 7 ft Olympic weightlifting bar is not just like every other weightlifting bar you see out there. So what makes an Olympic weightlifting bar, Olympic? The standard Olympic weightlifting bar has the following characteristics (as stated by the IWF):

  • 2″ or 50mm diameter outer ends (the loadable area of the Olympic weights a.k.a the ‘sleeve’)
  • 7.2 ft or 2.2m in length
  • Weights 20kg or 44 lbs
  • Grip section of 28mm or 1.1in in diameter
  • Grip section of 4.3 ft or 1.31 m

Now these are the exact measurements and specs needed to compete in the Olympics, but are we looking to do that? If you are great! But I am not and the purpose of this article is not based on those parameters. With that said, is every bar we see on the market, labeled Olympic Weightlifting Bar, a true, to the millimeter, to the ounce, sized bar? No, BUT, bars labeled Olympic bars are close enough for their intended purposes.

Another thing that makes an Olympic bar is its markings on the grip section of the bar. According to the IWF there should be 2 grip sections spaced 42 cm apart with a non-knurled 0.5 cm strip, 19.5 cm from the inner sleeve. This is slightly different from the powerlifting bar that we will mention in the next section.

A very important construction specification of an Olympic weightlifting bar is the rotation ability of the sleeves of the bar. Olympic bars are considered bearing bars, as little, multi shaped balls that fit between the bar and the sleeve or, between the outer and the inner sleeves reducing the amount of friction allowing for much more, and much smoother rotation of the sleeves during lifts. There are a few types of bearing bars including needle bearing, ball bearing and thrust bearing.

Generally speaking, the more bearings you have the better spin you will have. Ball bearing are the less expensive bearing, but perform just fine, especially for most ‘non-professional’ lifters. Needle bearing are self-explanatory, they are bearings in the shape of a needle verses a ball. They usually have a bushing within the same sleeve, giving exceptional smoothness of spin and making them more expensive.

Olympic bars bend but don’t break. They tend to have a bit more give than the upcoming Powerbar we are going to talk about. This is a good feature when you think of the purpose of these bars is to throw hundreds of pounds over your head, its good to have some give.

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So what makes a powerlifting bar different from an Olympic weightlifting bar? Let’s start with some basic specifications of a power bar below:

  • Length is typically 84″
  • Weight is 20kg or 45 lb. This is a pretty universal weight for any bar whether an Olympic bar or a powerlifting bar.
  • Diameter is slightly larger at 28.5 MM
  • Capacity can be around 1500 lb

As you can tell from above, the powerlifting bar is a longer and thicker bar than its Olympic cousin. The power bar is also more rigid than the Olympic bar which also allows it to have a high weight capacity of and around 1500 lb.
The powerlifting bars also have different markings on the grip section of the bar. On the power bar the markings are 32″ apart, where they are 36″ on the Olympic weightlifting bar. The knurling on a power bar is also different. There is a center knurling on power bars where its Olympic counterpart, usually does not.

Powerlifting bars are used more for the power lifts (squats, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press), therefore these bars do not demand that the sleeves to spin at will like they do on Olympic bars. Because this specification is not demanded, powerlifting bar sleeves are typically constructed with bushings rather than bearings. This in turn allows the MSRP on powerlifting bars to cheaper, sometimes much cheaper than Olympic bars.

Specialty Weightlifting Bars

To go along with Olympic weightlifting bars and powerlifting bars are an array of different types of barbells, specialty type weightlifting bars. They each have a designed purpose/function and can be a great asset to anyone’s gym and training regiment. Some of these bars include:

Multi grip – Diversify

 

 

Trap bar – More than just traps

 

 

 

Safety squat bar – For us older folk, but not really

 

 

 

 

 

Chambered bar – The oddball squat bar

 

 

 

 

 

Curl bar – For those cannon balls just below those boulders

 

 

These specialty bars and more will be covered in greater detail in an upcoming article.

Your Home Gym Needs a Bar – But Which One?

There are many types of barbells, but there are two main different types of olympic-weightlifter-lifting-weightsbarbells found in every gym, every garage. Olympic weightlifting barbells and powerlifting barbells, and which one is it you want? Are you wanting more Olympic style workouts or are you more of a Westside type lifter looking to max on the big compound lifts? Or better yet are you looking to do both and want something like a hybrid between both?!? Figure out want you want to do and go that route, there is a bar for that. Want to do both and have both an Olympic bar and a powerlifting bar? Great! Just have a nice pocket book and make it rain and watch them gains!

Let us know what you think about your preferences on bars below. Do you prefer one over the other, one brand verses the next? Let us know what you would like the next article to cover!