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CAP Barbell “The Beast” Bar | 7-Foot Olympic Barbell
Specs: 110, 000 Psi tensile strength Japanese cold rolled steel; 15 Inch loadable sleeve length; the shaft length (inside length between the sleeves) is 51; 5 inches; Handgrip Diameter 28; 5 millimeter; 5 YearConstruction: Built from solid cold rolled steel with a black phosphate finish; Used for training, this bar measures 2185 millimeter in length and weighs 20 kilogram (44 pounds); For commercial or home useFEATURES – The sleeves are designed with snap clips and the bar features medium depth diamond knurling for a secure grip when lifting heavy; Built to accommodate any 2 inch Olympic plates; No center knurlDURABLE: Original bar is made of steel, black oxide finish and polished steel sleeves; Color bars are ace coated in red, blue, purple or pink & have UV stable acrylic clear coat with metallic flake; Green and orange bar have same quality with matte finishTRUST: Trust experience; CAP has been a pioneer in the fitness industry for over 30 years and has locations worldwide; Chances are, if you have ever worked out before you have used a CAP product
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78 Reddit comments about CAP Barbell “The Beast” Bar | 7-Foot Olympic Barbell:

u/HPPD2 · 10 pointsr/Weakpots

Hah I knew it. Texas power bars kill my hands for any sort of volume. I bought my own bar and leave it in the gym just to deadlift with.

get this enjoy pulling for lots of volume without having to stop from your hands getting shredded. I seriously credit doing this as the major thing that got my deadlift to start moving again. the bar I'm always pulling with is the 86-PBCK, which is the same thing just with a center knurl to discourage the olyfags at my gym from using it.

u/BaggedMerc · 8 pointsr/homegym

Sounds like you're Powerlifting, and not Olympic lifting.

I prefer center knurling for squats, while others don't mind if it's missing. If you're Oly lifting you may not want it.

I would recommend a 1000LBS bar over a 500LBS bar. Not only for the weight rating (keep in mind static weight is not the same as dropped weight), but also for the fact its a higher quality steel.

Many lower end bars are 32mm diameter and much less comfortable. Also quality of bushings etc is well, lower.

EDIT: It seems as if you may be looking for "Bang for the buck", and nothing too fancy. If thats the case, I would highly recommend taking a look at the CAP OB-86B. Its on sale for $109 shipped. You will be very hard pressed to find something better for close to that price:

u/BGumbel · 6 pointsr/Weakpots

This "only" supports 800 lbs.

This will good enough until you decide on Texas vs Ohio power bar I don't think it has center knurling, but I'm sure you could find a similar one with it for the same money.

This only supports 300 lbs, but you can always rebuild the framing out of 4x4 wooden posts. I can tell you it doesn't collapse even when you have around 500 lbs on it.

Then you just need weights, Craigslist, or if you want new, walmart has them for a little less than 1$ a lb. Make sure your 45's are the right size, or you'll end up doing deficit deadlifts.

u/HomeGymOKC · 6 pointsr/homegym
u/Nodeal_reddit · 5 pointsr/homegym

This is a highly rated budget barbell. It looks like $99 is an all-time low. I linked to the price tracker, but here is the direct amazon link

u/vyvratit · 5 pointsr/homegym

I've heard a lot of good things about the OB-86B Barbell. It's cheap and adequate until you're in the 600 lb range.

I like that rack for the price.

u/Rhynegains · 5 pointsr/StrongCurves

I'm not sure which barbells have a limit below 300lb, I haven't seen one at least. Even the Dick's Sporting Goods cheap one that is terrible is 300lb. Are you sure buying the one you picked is a good idea? There's several on Amazon for decent prices with 500+ limits.


Here's one for $140ish.

Here's a 6ft bar for $65 with a 500lb capacity.

One for $110 with a 600lb capacity.

This one has a 250lb capacity for $31 but it seems like garbage. It's a standard and seems like it may last a year at most. I had a similar bar once and it did not last. Plus the weight of the bar itself is low.

Here's one for $70s for a 7ft Olympic.

And you could probably find some decent prices on Craigslist or FB Marketplace. I got a Matt Chan bar for like $100 through craigslist.


You could check out /r/homegym for more suggestions. A common one is the Dick's Sporting Goods 300lb set though I warn you that the bar isn't great. I bought two sets for the decent and cheap weights and gave one of the bars to a friend. I used the other for a year and now it is a beater bar. Good deal for a bar and weights for cheap.

u/OGluc1f3r · 4 pointsr/homegym
u/kmolch · 4 pointsr/homegym

While I agree that a cheap barbell isn't the way to go, I don't agree that a $250 Rogue bar is the bare minimum, as we often see in this sub. The low end Ohio Bar doesn't have much corrosion protection either, so depending on your lifting environment, you may have to buy a more expensive version to avoid rust. From what I understand, the CAP OB-86B gets the job done with regard to durability and weight tolerance. It has good reviews, and also been known to drop to $100 when on sale.

u/Eat-Sleep-Lift · 4 pointsr/homegym

You don't expect to lift more than 250lbs? You wholly underestimate your strength. You should be able to pull more than that on a deadlift before you max out on SL 5x5.

IF you really want to stick with lifting and not just a program but being dedicated to lifting regularly, then buy quality. Being thrifty doesn't mean buying cheap. It means getting the most out of what you spend, and good quality stuff will last you a lifetime.

Titan racks are great value, If you can't bolt the T-3 to the floor or a platform, look into getting the free standing T-3 Squat Stand with spotter arms. The T-2 cage isn't as heavy duty but still more than enough for most people.

There are other options but Titan's a good value.

As far as bars, get the CAP-OB86 which is a highly regarded barbell for it's price whihc regularly goes on sale for as low as 100 dollars.

As far as plates go, buy used if your local area has a good craigslist base. Get mostly 45s with a pair of 25s and 10s

Buy the Adidas flat bench which is a cheap but sturdy option to the more beefier $150+ dollar options

u/thejoefletch · 3 pointsr/homegym

> Nice buy.


> Are you planning on taking steel wool to the bars and cleaning them up? I'd like to see some pics if you do that.

I just bought a new bar before getting this haul. My old bar was pretty much the same as this one and I had issues with the bar being balanced; they're technically the cheap ones that come with a set. So I put a few bucks into a new one. So far well worth it.

I do not plan on cleaning them up too much. But steel wool is a good idea, but I have other plans for the bars. The list includes the following ideas.

  • New Farmer's Bars
  • Circus Dumbbell with Concrete ends
  • Dumbbell Row Handle like this so that I can load up over 100 pounds.
  • Weight tree, since I have my weights all over the floor of the garage!
u/bonehead5550123 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

This is the one I have at home right now. I got it about 7 months ago and it's been working great for me.

The absolute best bar I ever used was an Eleiko Weightlifting Competition bar. So nice. Extremely pricey though($1000+).

u/mels543 · 3 pointsr/homegym

lol didn't know it was a low quality bar. it was my fave and allowed me to lift the most on all lifts... just due to the diameter...I would actually wait until someone was done just to use that bar because I didn't like any of the other bars....

I am considering this bar
it has good reviews on forums and all over online... my needs are just a 28mm 45lb standard men's bar... for squat, deadlift, bench and press.... I'm a small female but have no need for a womens bar since i won't be doing snatches and jerks.... i doubt i will be going over 3 plates on deadlift... only deadlifting 200 lbs at the moment... so not that strong... genetic potential is probably like 280 max.... I just want a basic olympic bar with a 28mm diameter.... other than that not picky.

I've lifted with a mens bar all my gymlife and its fine... tried a womans bar once and don't have a need for one.

u/TheMadPeterson · 3 pointsr/homegym

If you want to save money, go the Craigslist route.

For new stuff?

The best "cheap" barbell is the CAP Barbell's OB-86B. Anything cheaper and you run the risk of getting a shitty, rusted out bar that will fall apart as soon as you put more than 100lbs on it.

As for weights? The cheapest are CAP's 300 lb Olympic weight sets. They weights are crappy, and you may have to file down the holes so it doesn't scrape you bar, but it's the cheapest you'll find brand new. Take the shitty bar that comes with it and sell it on Craigslist for like $50 (if it doesn't arrive already broken).

I've heard mixed things about the Titan rack, but it's probably the best of the budget racks. Supposedly, the quality is improving.

u/d5cf9 · 3 pointsr/homegym

>Is a cheap $300 300lbs Olympic Weight Set and $250 Power Rack a waste of money?

Absolutely not! I find this sub hilarious sometimes with people spending a small fortune at Rogue so they can deadlift 225lbs in their garage. I went even cheaper than you, I have these, a 300lb cast iron set, some more weights and a bench off kijiji and I'm just now upgrading my bar to this for Christmas. Unless you're planning to set some world records what you're looking at will most likely last longer than you do.

u/New_mom_and_dad · 3 pointsr/weightroom

This cap barbell is generally considered an all around decent bar and its cheap.

Peraonally i recommend the rogue ohip power bar for all purpose lifting.

For olympic lifts ive heard great things about the rouge ohio bar.

u/nmopqrs_io · 3 pointsr/homegym

I can't agree more with your gym sentiments. Walking through a sea of resting bitch faces at the gym just to see that two people were already waiting for the squat rack tended to ruin my somewhat fragile motivation.

I would recommend against the FT2, having an enforced straight up and down bar path will not help your form and will make your workout less effective for your core/stabilizing muscles. If you're thinking you want something safe for home workouts alone, you can still do that with a free weight barbell setup, spotter arms are wonderful thing.

I haven't tried that many options, but I can tell you what is working for me. I got the titan T3 squat rack and I love it. I highly recommend the spotter arms, I try for bench personal records all the time by myself and I've never had issues when I failed. This rack is stable enough for pull ups but you don't have to screw it to the floor to install. I did have to take off both the weight storage arms so that the plates on the storage arms didn't impede my bench press.

For the barbell I got the CAP OB-86B, it's reasonably priced and I'm not doing anything too fancy with the olympic lifts. I expect to get another, better bar and keep it as a beater bar eventually.

My plates are a mix, I recommend getting some bumper plates off craigslist or a local shop to get started then adding bumper and iron plates as needed. Another option is to get the $300 iron set from Dick's as a starting set, but from what I've heard the bar is fit only to trash/resell.

For bench I'd recommend getting something strong and adjustable. I got the flat Adidas bench and it's fine, though I now want an adjustable bench so I can do incline/decline.

Appropriate flooring, resistence bands, and dumbbells are also incredibly helpful.

u/platoprime · 3 pointsr/gifs

You are not misunderstanding me and the caps sleeves on the end of many weightlifting bars spin independently of the bar to avoid torque on the wrists.

>Q:how easily do the sleeves spin?

>A:Very smooth and spins longer than a not-so-cheap Rogue bar I have.


I could upload a video of my bar sleeves spinning if you still doubt me.

u/liquidarity · 2 pointsr/ultimate

A barbell, bumper plates, and a rack will break that couple-hundred bucks alone. You'll definitely need those. I suggest building your own plyo boxes if you can, the standard ones are surprisingly expensive.

u/tostilocos · 2 pointsr/homegym

This is cheaper and is regulation diameter:

I ordered one and am very happy with it.

u/rsguide707 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Currently just started working out again recently. I currently have

fitness reality squat rack/bench

CAP 7ft Olympic bar

powerblock elite dumbbels

CAP ez curl bar

Goal: I'm skinny being 6'2 and weighing 140lbs. My goal is to get calves and biceps. When I used to go to the gym all the time. I used to enjoy using their cables to do lat pull downs, standing pull downs etc.

So I'm stuck between a cable machine or maybe something that can workout my calves like a sitting calf raises matchine

u/-Knurdy- · 2 pointsr/homegym

T-3 squat rack? Yes. Their adjustable bench is fairly new, but just like every other product they sale, it's a clone of someone else's product, in this case it looks like a clone of an already fairly cheap cap barbell/fitness gear bench. Like I said it's fairly new to market so there's not really a consensus on wether or not it's worth having. Even if you do go with the bench ( how bad can it be? ), I'd avoid the barbell, even though it appears to have snap rings, I can't imagine them making a quality bar. Here's my next purchase : , 28mm, hard chrome coating and free shipping. Or if you're looking for more of a power bar, this one is fairly popular value choice:

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/homegym

At that price point, I'd go with Fitness Depot's crossbox squat stand:

A decent CAP barbell:

And, ideally, plates where ever has the best deal.

u/Jamieson22 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I am sure these will meet your needs quite well:

CAP Beast Bar - $140:

Xmark EZ Curl - $80:

u/3delta · 2 pointsr/homegym

Mmmm, this is again exactly why I made this post.

I was on the fence about the 31mm thickness as well.

Thanks for the input =)

I'm constantly changing my list and Im saving so much money and the quality of product is also staying where I want.

u/Jteague101 · 2 pointsr/homegym

That power rack is a really solid choice. It should be compatible with most of Rogue's accessories/attachments because it has the same dimensions as a certain Rogue rack. I would stay away from that bench and purchase a used one from a better brand (Body Solid, Parabody, Parabody Serious Steel, Body Masters, etc.) on craigslist for the same price or way cheaper. I'd also recommend purchasing all your plates used through craigslist for 50-60 cents/lb. The CAP OB-86B is a good choice for a barbell.

u/MadDuck- · 2 pointsr/homegym

That bar is pretty junky, but you're basically getting it for free with the weights. It'll get you started and you can upgrade that later if you get serious about it. It'll also give you a beater/landmine/superset bar in the future if you upgrade.

Chances are, if you got the $95 one you would probably end up wanting to upgrade it anyways.

this one is is a decent starter bar (they have one for $120 as a warehouse deal, which is how I bought mine). It has decent, but not great bushings and ribbed sleeves so the plates and clamps stay on better. The sleeves are also held on by a circlip instead of pinned like the cheaper ones. The bar isn't nearly as strong as some of the better and newer bars, but it's still pretty good and a lot better than those cheaper ones. The knurling isn't that aggressive, but it's much better than most cheap bars. It also has a black oxide finish on the bar.

Black oxide is one of my favorite finishes. Unlike Zink plated, chrome, or ceratoke the black oxide doesn't take away from the sharpness of the knurling. They dunk the bar in a bath of nitrates ect. and it creates a very thin (I believe only a few millionths of an inch) oxidized layer that does an ok job of warding off rust. It can still rust and it's not as durable as other finishes, but it'll feel very much like a bare steel, or stainless steel bar, which imo are the best feeling.

You should also check out titan fitness and maybe rep fitness. They might have comparable bars.

u/Nizidramaniiyt · 2 pointsr/homegym

As far as cheap bars goes, it's hard to beat the OB86B. It's a standard 7' bar, but I doubt that a 5' bar would fit in your rack. You might want to try to rearrange your rack to give you more width.

u/buyers-remorse · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have both the valor bd-7 power rack+dip handles as well as the FG pro utility bench. They're solid, budget pieces of equipment, offer good bang for your buck, and get the job done. Both the rack and bench are more lightweight than other options out there, but as long as you won't outgrow their weight capacities, they should be fine (I think 500 lbs for the rack and 600 lbs, weight and user combined, for the bench). Keep in mind, the lat pulldown gets in the way of incline benching inside the rack. If that's going to be a problem, you can elect to get just a rack without a lat pulldown and attach something like this for pulley work. There are definitely more luxurious options out there in terms of racks, like ones from Rogue (and they have the option of a bunch of cool attachments) but it all depends on your budget and goals. There are some flaws to the rack, like the storage pegs getting in the way of benching inside the rack when loaded with plates (I ended up removing the top pegs and am thinking about moving the pegs to the front by switching the front and back posts so I can actually store plates on the pegs). Overall, the rack gets the job done for me and I like having the option to do pulley work. Here's a thread on the bench that helped me decide on buying it. Definitely happy about it, especially at the price I got it for. Dick's always has 10% off when you sign-up for emails here. At the time, I was able to stack the 10% with a 20% off coupon to get the bench for $140.77 after tax and free in-store pick up.

I got a package that included the triceps rope and single handle here for $21 that are working fine if you want to save some money on attachments.

If you're interested in doing olympic lifts farther down the road, this barbell is generally considered the best bang for your buck barbell and comparable to more expensive options out there. It all depends on your needs, the Dick's set might work just fine.

Let me know if you have any questions.

u/scienceandmathteach · 2 pointsr/funny

I got 480 lbs of weight off craigslist for less than $100.

I paid about $130 for this bar.

u/thirdmanin · 2 pointsr/homegym

No need to drop $250 right now, this bar from CAP will suit your needs just fine. There's no better value out there right now.

u/Supernovav · 2 pointsr/homegym

How far are you from Calgary or Edmonton?

I'd highly recommend calling both stores getting quotes and seeing what they can do for you.

For $850 I'm sure you can get the squat stands with safeties. And at least a set of 405Lb.

I think this cap barbell - CAP OB86 is the go to starter for more people on the sub

If you want a full rack check out Bells of Steel u/kvgravy

u/escapistnet · 2 pointsr/homegym

If you're in the US you can get a decent beginner squat rack from Amazon or Walmart for $250-350. Building your own only to replace it will cost a lot more in the end and take an awful lot of time.

As for the bar, if you buy a decent one now you can keep it forever, or until you become a hulk. From what I can tell, the CAP OB-86B seems to generally be considered the best bang for your buck. It's currently available for $138 shipped at Amazon.

u/TheIronPotato · 2 pointsr/homegym

A great beginner bar for $200 or less is the CAP OB-86B. It's actually on sale right now on amazon for $109.

u/everygoodnamehasgone · 2 pointsr/Fitness

If you find a decent barbell let me know.

I want the American Barbell california bar, they ship to the UK but it doubles it's price and I can't really justify paying that much for shipping.

Rougue have a distribution center in Europe so the ohio bar is an option, might go this route.

Hell, I think even this is better than the crap that's easily available in the UK.

u/Yobby · 2 pointsr/homegym

If you're not looking to purchase second hand, I would recommend this rack:

It's probably the cheapest rack with acceptable gauge steel among the crap being sold in Canada right now and the configuration of it being a Rogue clone is superb. $550+tax.

If you don't plan on doing olympic lifts, I would recommend the CAP OB-86B. Great beginner bar and probably the only one worth getting in the price range. Placed in high regards among many home-gymers. Otherwise, drop $300+ for a higher end bar that will last you a long time. This bar will be good up til 500lbs.

u/talldean · 2 pointsr/homegym

For a rack and bench, I don't know, but the bar and bumpers, yup, I gotcha. If you're only using bumper weights, you might not need the stall mats.

I have this barbell. Works just fine. Doesn't have a center knurl, if that matters to ya.

I went with these bumper plates, which have held up well. $80 for a 45 lb, shipped; they were the cheapest I found, as well.

u/Kronen · 2 pointsr/homegym

Edit: missed the section about preferring a women's bar... My bad! The following is the general consensus of this board from previous posts...

The best budget bar is the cap ob-86b, especially if you can get it for south of 100 bucks.

u/SleepEatLift · 2 pointsr/homegym

It's silly to spend extra for a beater bar with the Rogue name. Just get a regular beater bar.

The Cap OB-86B on Amazon is pretty reputable at $140.

u/tarbender2 · 1 pointr/homegym

Looking for my first bar and I'm cheap as hell. Not doing olympics or crazy heavy deads or whatever, but I lift a lot and just want something to last.

With the amazon sale Cap beast is $97. Cap Boss is $108. Is this a reasonable option? Which one?

u/Tofinochris · 1 pointr/homegym

Here's the details on the stuff:

Power Rack. Had this about 6 weeks and I'm extremely happy with it. Looks fine, feels very sturdy, no feeling of tipping or instability even when I hang from the bar at front. Paint scratches when you move and insert the spotter bars but what do you want for $350 shipped. It's held 215 on multiple occasions with no issues. If you lift significantly heavier than this (300+) you may want to read reviews first, or invest in a less-starter rack, but for many/most people this will be fine forever. It's dead easy to assemble if you have a socket set and if you don't, great opportunity to get one, they're cheap! Assembly can be done mostly solo but the final bits really need a second person to hold stuff in place while bolts are inserted. Rack comes shipped in 2 or 3 (can't remember) boxes which are pretty unwieldy and heavy.

I went with this CAP barbell. This suits my needs very well with great knurling and came without bend, and I'm unlikely to put a bend in it with my sub-300 deadlifts. The barbell ships in a fun 7 foot cylindrical tube which caused the dude at the mail place to nearly topple over because he expected it to be light for some reason.

I also got this plate tree which holds 2x 45# bumpers, 2x 45# plates, and 2x 25#, 2x 10#, 4x 5#, and 2x 2.5#. Does the trick but paint scratches off the pegs like crazy but is easily cleaned up. Single box, about 30 pounds.

The bench is this one by Marcy. I wanted a simple bench and that's what I got. Great bench for the price and I haven't had any instability problems. Had this for a year and used up to 70# dumbbells and 215# barbell with it (I'm 215). Most weight total that's been on it was a 270# friend benching 185# for sets and he found it fine.

Assorted stuff: got these puzzle mats which do the trick for the right price and are stowable unlike a permanent mat. As I mentioned elsewhere the 45# bumpers are meant to mitigate any floor impact, and I'm not terribly concerned with keeping this floor perfect anyway (it's 10 year old laminate on top of concrete, and the "path" is linoleum). The plates were from a sale at the local FitnessDerp store (not its real name) and were 85 cents a pound -- I never saw any on Craigslist for less than that in the month I looked. Finally just some collars.

The cat in the picture highly recommends this crinkle tunnel.

u/adbdragonmaster1 · 1 pointr/homegym

Can someone tell me quick what's the difference between this bar and

Or are they the same?

u/thepiepan · 1 pointr/homegym is the CAP bar that everyone recommends, I wouldn't get that $62 one

u/Congenital-Optimist · 1 pointr/homegym

Get this one. Its both cheap and good. I know several who prefer it to their Rogue bar.

u/beowulf_71 · 1 pointr/homegym

The CAP bar is $166 with free shipping on amazon. As far as I could tell from many other threads, this was the best affordable bar to get. I got this as a second bar to do cleans, dead lifts, etc. Though I am reading the replies here and seeing a different CAP bar (which costs more, but doesnt hold as much weight.. and doesnt show on not sure it is a better bar).

I dont quite know why center knurling is needed.. and let it be known that I am just getting back in to weights, so if I can clean the bar alone I would be happy at this point!

u/dejtat · 1 pointr/homegym

I do.

Have you got your bar yet? If not, the OB86B is a little nicer:

u/RogueDragons · 1 pointr/homegym

This one is pretty decent. Sometimes it goes on sale for around $100 bucks

u/murphyreedus · 1 pointr/homegym

Or at least the $140 range.


u/jsabot · 1 pointr/homegym

This is what I have at home. Works fine.

u/BrikeSalville · 1 pointr/Fitness

I recently got the fit505 power rack for $230:

Might be sold out now. It looks identical to the AmStaff one, but I read a review saying that the Fit505 one was much better. Though they could in fact be identical, not sure. Anyways, I'm very happy with my fit505 power rack... but I've heard some bad things about AmStaff in general.

In terms of weights, you might be better off on Kijiji if you're near a big city. You can find used weights for 50 cents a pound (no tax).

Then maybe pick up one of these bars:

You'll also need a bench. Again, I would look on Kijiji and find a used bench. You can get an alright one for around $100 or a good one for around $200.

Your best deal is to buy a full used set from someone on Kijiji if you want the best value. I live near Toronto, and I've seen people selling a rack, bench, bar, weights, lat pulldown, few extras, etc. for around $700. Generally you can get things for about 1/3 of the retail price... so that's by far the best way to go if you're looking to get the best bang for your buck. But it takes patience, and you need a vehicle for transport.

u/snigles_in_your_area · 1 pointr/homegym

This one here? That seems like a good price.

u/Leaf_CrAzY · 1 pointr/homegym

If you're looking for a budget bar set a notifcation on camelcamelcamel for the Cap OB-86B
Well regarded as the best budget bar, routinely goes on sale for $100.

u/comps2 · 1 pointr/gainit

Never ever purchase a squat rack with a lat pulldown attachment.

I would invest more elsewhere and less into the barbell. The best budget barbell is definitely the cap-ob-86b. Nothing comes even close to it and it is comparable to $200+ barbells.

u/duffman13jws · 1 pointr/Fitness

Craigslist, LetGo, Facebook Marketplace, and OfferUp are the best places to look.

At a bare minimum you want a barbell, bench, and a rack/cage that you can bench, squat, and do pullups in.

As far as barbells go, buy new unless you know what you're looking for. You don't have to pay rogue money, but you can do ok with one of the following:

  • FringeSport WonderBar - good bar, can be had for $180 on sale
  • CAP OB-86B - this is the general go-to bar for an economy setup. Well reviewed basically everywhere.
  • Xmark Voodoo Bar - pretty great for the price
  • Titan 86" barbell - essentially the same thing as the CAP bar but cheaper. Some people think Titan quality is suspect though.

    Beyond that, I really recommend a cage just because there is more you can do with it, but something like the Titan T-2, Fitness Reality, or TDS that can be had around $300 new on amazon are good enough for all but the strongest people.
u/ThePercepta · 1 pointr/homegym

I can't say if it's the best or not, but I picked up strengthshop bastard power bar for $202 shipped from their black friday deal + 10% off coupon last night. I just looked and I guess it's out of stock now. They have the regular bastard bars for even cheaper if that works for you.

I know some recommend the CAP barbell that's rated 1000 lbs from amazon for a decent budget bar.

It really depends on your needs and what you plan to do with it. I personally prefer a power bar since I want the center knurling and I primarily train for powerlifting.

u/throwaway20131103 · 1 pointr/homegym

Are you sure you can't find room inside? It'd be a shame to keep expensive gear like that outside.

If I had to keep gear outside I'd probably go cheaper. Something like:

u/Toadkiller_Dog · 1 pointr/crossfit

The CAP O-86B retailing at $110 is a very well respected general purpose bar. It will last you a healthy amount of time until you decide to spring for a more expensive Oly or Powerlifting focused bar.

u/greens11 · 1 pointr/homegym

You can wait for the CAP barbell to go on sale for <$130. It's one of, if not the best budget bar around. Buy something else if you need it ASAP. But, if you can wait, I would personally setup a deal alert and buy when it goes on sale.

Link to bar

u/infamousdx · 1 pointr/homegym

FringeSport for bumpers and barbells.

CAP's OB-86B, OB-86PB, or OB-86PBCK are supposedly very good for the price.

I'd get 2 pairs of 5s and one pair of 2.5s.

u/ahthefloorislava · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm still just starting up with the home gym. So I don't yet have much. But here is what I have:
Power Rack: -- got this for $229 though it is backordered at the moment.

Bar: -- got for $165

3/4 inch Rubber mat from fitnessdepot for $50

I'm currently looking out for plates from kijiji and the likes. Hope this helps.

Edit: I also bought a 4' x 8' piece of plywood from home depot which I'll cut to size as the rubber mat and just lay it underneath the mat for additional cushioning

u/spitfire9107 · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/longdayes · 1 pointr/crossfit

Save your money and get this: CAP Barbell Olympic Bar, 2-Inch, 1000-Pound Capacity, 7-Feet Read the reviews. People like it better than the rogue, which you should know are inherently overpriced due to their partnership with crossfit

u/smittycw · 1 pointr/homegym

The reason most people don't like squat stands is that they take up the same space as a cage while not being as versitale, and for not much less money. That said if height is a problem you can find shorter cages, such as

Also, why the C-70 bar? It won't rack properly on any full size stand/rack. If price is a concern this bar is full size for quite a bit less

As far as space for everything, if you don't mind deadlifting in your power rack you will have plenty of space

u/Tritonis · 1 pointr/homegym

Where did you see it for 100$? Best I can find is amazon for 130:

u/deeetsss · 1 pointr/homegym

The standard recommendation here is usually this bar its the best bang for your buck bar. A lot of people start out with it and if you outgrow it it makes a great beater bar.

u/CuriousCursor · 1 pointr/Stronglifts5x5

I would recommend


Barbell for beginners

The knurling on this is pretty great. Been using this for more than a year.

Also lock jaws instead of clamps.

u/mikematthewk · 0 pointsr/Fitness

I plan on buying this barbell and don't know where to get plates. How much weight should I get and where should I get it. I want to ensure I have enough weight to be able to smoothly add more weight as I am a beginner that will follow a beginner program, it looks like most places sell 300 lb + bar so I assume I should get 300 lb total. Also most people recommend craigslist but I don't seem to find any deals there at the moment and I don't mind buying new at a reasonable price. I can't find any other places to get them. Any help would be nice.

u/gooberfaced · 0 pointsr/homegym

We've been very happy with this one from Amazon, but I haven't any idea of it's tensile strength.

u/SnatchAddict · 0 pointsr/homegym

I believe this is the gold standard for budget bars CAP Barbell OB-86B Olympic Bar (Original, 7 inches)

u/wilymexican · 0 pointsr/homegym

I've purchased both of these ~ $90 that can take those numbers. I've caught them on sale at different times. This handles <500 on dead lifts & rack pulls & still going strong. I like cap barbells. They work for my needs. Rogue bars are nice but I can't afford them.