Best strenght training bars according to redditors

We found 385 Reddit comments discussing the best strenght training bars. We ranked the 123 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/PickleTitWhore · 24 pointsr/gainit

I bought everything new.

Titan Power Rack + dip bars = $350

Tractor Supply Horse Stall Mat = $40

Body Solid 7ft Oly bar = $95

Cap Barbell clips = $8

I scored a full set of weights (2x45 lbs, 2x35 lbs, 2x25 lbs, 2x10 lbs, 2x5 lbs, and 2x2.5 lbs) for $150 from a local gym equipment supplier via Craigslist.

u/Dense_fordayz · 12 pointsr/Fitness

You could get more out of one of these, one of these and some of these. More compact and takes less putting together time.

u/jdef_pro_strongman · 11 pointsr/powerlifting

It's a Cap Barbell Mega Hex Bar. I like the thick handles and light knurling, and it's ridiculously cheap (less than a third the cost of Rogue). The only thing I don't like about it is the plates would hit the wood on an Oly platform.

I used a Rogue trap bar before and I didn't like it, but I think they updated the design since then. I would advise against sharp knurling on any handle that doesn't rotate, such as farmer's and trap bars. Since it doesn't rotate you don't need the extra friction, and if your grip starts to fail and your hand starts to open, it will grab your skin and take it with it.

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/butka · 9 pointsr/homegym

An unintended beauty I found with building a home gym is that because of budget restraints for most of us, you're often forced to boil down your routine into the basics early on. To me that's a wonderful thing. I've been a far more productive lifter focusing on more basic lifts and forgetting about all the ancillary isolation exercises. Granted, your lifting routine doesn't seem to get cute with the iso work. So I guess my point is, get what you need for the big lifts now. You can figure out alternatives to your complimentary lifts with what you have. For example, using different pull up grips, or using inexpensive bands as support in your pullups if you need to go high reps (in place of lat pulldowns) are possibilities.

In time, you'll get pieces here and there to add further variety. Many of these gyms you see here have evolved over time. Be patient, you'll be accumulating complimentary pieces in no time.

My advice is to put money in:

  • a decent rack that has a lot of supporting accessories (Titan is a good brand for this)

  • a sturdy bench (I like my Rep Fitness adjustable bench)

  • some horse stall mats - I personally think a platform may not be necessary unless you're doing olympic lifts, and dropping from up high. I've deadlifted 500+ on 3/4" horse stall mats alone, with no damage to the concrete beneath.

  • Dick's runs great deals for 300 lbs olympic weight sets (I've seen as low as $179). The bars that come with this are crap, but could last you 6 months if you're not going to heavy or beating on it until you get a good bar. Some people have been able to flip the bar immediately for money on Letgo or Craigslist.

  • Solid barbell... look for deals, I got this one for $80 after some weird instant rebate on Amazon last July. It was posted in this forum. There's plenty of good barbells out there, just a little research should land you a decent one.
  • Landmine - Best bang for the buck in my gym. I got one like this for ~$23 around the holidays. You can add a ton of variety to your workout. Just google 'landmine exercises'. You can put that cheap bar that came with the Dicks' set in there.
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/AZlifter23 · 8 pointsr/homegym

I will mix them in. The challenge is getting the clearance to get depth. I will use 35's or smaller and stand on my deadlift blocks. Since i usually do them as an accessory after some kind of real squat I don't worry too much about depth. This attachment makes doing belt squats so much easier! It's also cool for attaching your standard cable handles for rows etc.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 7 pointsr/homegym


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u/EmotionalEater · 7 pointsr/weightroom

This one is only $120. I have one and it's pretty sturdy. Paintjob is meh but it's perfectly functional and doesn't bend at all. At least not at 450 lbs.

u/geochz · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

I use one of the "bar tampons" that are usually by the squat racks. I bought this one and it works like a charm.

u/HomeGymOKC · 6 pointsr/homegym
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/MattAtUVA · 6 pointsr/homegym

I use the Cap Mega Trap Bar, and love it. I has longer sleeves than most trap bars, which helps for loading up bumper plates. It hits my quads a little more than normal barbell deadlifts, but there's almost no pressure on my lower back. Also I can trap bar deadlift about 20lbs more than a normal deadlift.

I don't know of any trap bars with handles that are inline with the loading sleeves, like a normal barbell. But, the perpendicular handles feel more natural to me, somewhat like dumbbell squats, but with my deadlift level of weight.

I don't know of any with adjustable handles. However, you can turn over the trap bar so the handles face downward, and, hence, you'll be starting about 2" lower.

u/Toadkiller_Dog · 6 pointsr/weightroom
u/ZannX · 6 pointsr/homegym

The rack is this one:

When I ordered it a week ago it was Prime eligible. Looks like it's not anymore... right now anyway.

I got a 300 lb olympic weight set from Dick's for $209.99 (local store). The stand is also from Dick's. Bought a few random weights (5-10 lbs, small ones) from Dick's while I was there.

The mats are these:

EZ curl bar:

Under the weight rack are a couple dumbbell handles that take olympic weights (and the reason I bought some misc smaller weights). I got them from Dick's as well.

Overall, I made a list of things I need and compared local (Dick's) vs. online. I perused Craig's list every now and then, but decided to get new for all of these.

u/LyleGately · 5 pointsr/fitnesscirclejerk

I don't trust anything that doesn't have center knurling.

This doesn't, shipping weight 19.25 pounds

This does, shipping weight 45 pounds.

My gym has both and I've picked them up one after another and couldn't really tell, but I'm so paranoid about it I just switch out for one with the knurling in the middle.

edit: Another example of a 7-foot PR buster. 32 pounds.

u/orangeisstupid · 5 pointsr/Fitness

In this order (more or less)

  1. Squat rack (or go for a full power rack)
  2. Adjustable bench
  3. Quality 7' barbell
  4. Weights, bumper or otherwise
  5. Caps
  6. More weights as needed
  7. Adjustable Dumbbells

    Get some horse stall mat as well to put down. Thick stuff (3/4" or thicker) - like this
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/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/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/BeardedAlbatross · 5 pointsr/homegym

Definitely. My wrists get wrecked with a regular Olympic bar.

The Titan bar was out of stock when I was in the market so I went with this one in black since it was on sale at the time. It rusts pretty quickly since I'm outdoors in Florida but man the knurling is serious business. Could grate Parmesan on that thing.

u/flownasty · 5 pointsr/homegym

Suh from Waterloo.

So when I was building my homegym I was also debating the fitness depot stuff - went to the actual store and jiggled/empty bar squatted out of that squat stand and a few of the racks. The squat stand was 'okay' at best. If you were set on fitnessdepot (for $$ reasons) I would pick this rack instead:

It felt surprisingly solid but sadly I cannot give you a real review since I didn't actually put weight onto it and obviously didn't use it for any length of time. However for the price it did seem usable. I am only 165 pounds though so you might want to give it a jiggle yourself.

Also I'd advise checking out the 2x3" hole spacings on their other racks. Some of the attachments like the lat-pulldown were surprisingly functional but they only fit certain racks.

The squat stand just wasn't as robust and I want to feel safe while I'm working out. The footprint of that rack versus the squat stand is also not that different which surprised me.

As for the hex bar, my neighbor has the exact same bar and it's only 'okay' as well. If I was buying one for my home gym I would probably get this one from Cap on

I don't really have a strong opinion of the hex bars but since you are taller you might want to go with the hex bar that has higher handles. The fitnessdepot hex bar does the job for us because:

  1. neighbor is 6'2" and handles are nice and high
  2. we have more bumper plates than iron plates and the sleeves are decently long

    So something to consider for yourself.

    Hope this helps
u/JORFICT · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

The women's bars are often 15kg instead of 20kg (so about 35#), and have a thinner bar diameter. Whether there's any reason for you to want one I can't say, I don't have one and probably wouldn't get one but that's just me. There was a big thread about women's bars about a week ago so you might check that out. [Link] (

I personally chose this [CAP barbell] ( for my home gym. I would have liked to get a nice Rogue bar but it was out of my price range and also my gym is on a back porch so theoretically it would be easy (although time-consuming) for someone to steal all of it. The one I linked is the center knurl version, they also have them without that so if you go with the CAP ones from Amazon be careful which one you get! The link should have a chart of all the CAP barbells so you can compare them.

It's not the nicest bar I've ever used, nor the worst, but for the price I have no complaints. I managed to find a second (crappier) bar on Craigslist, and we use that one for deadlifts.

We only got a single pair of 45lb bumpers and some 10s, because we have a set of regular iron Olympic plates so we can get up to the 200s just with all that, and so that is plenty for our purposes. I can't remember where we got the 45s from in the end. :(

ETA: Now I remember, we got the "one fit wonder" 45 bumper pair from fringesport. I don't remember why I got those particular ones (probably felt they were the most decent value for the $$ at the time), but I have no complaints about them and they are rather attractive.

u/code_guerilla · 4 pointsr/Fitness

Farmers walk handles are around 3 feet long. Kinda like these:

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/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/OGluc1f3r · 4 pointsr/homegym
u/joshharoldson · 4 pointsr/homegym

What he meant to say was the CAP OB-86PBCK when it is on sale (often around $120) from either Amazon or Walmart.

That DOES have center knurling and is a VERY solid value (1500lb capacity, alright knurling and finish). SOURCE: Search this sub and I own it.

u/NigNagNug · 4 pointsr/homegym

Perhaps the most affordable option is the CAP barbell OB-86PBCK, at less than $200.

u/abcdezyxwv · 3 pointsr/Fitness

These shits. If you use em, you're being a pussy. Plus, it puts the bar behind you, removes any proprioception you have regarding the bar, and encourages you to put the barbell way the fuck up on your neck since you're a newb that doesn't know better and now it doesn't hurt anymore.

u/GunGeekATX · 3 pointsr/Fitness

One of these and I weighed it on our shipping scale.

u/anrky420 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Thank you! I'm certain that the bench accommodates 7' standard bars as well. As a beginner, do I really need the Olympic sized bars? Would something like this be better in your opinion?

u/queerasshatrack · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have these. They're okay. Realistically plates bigger than 25s can't really fit on them for most exercises, but they can handle about 6 25s per handle. I can do snatches with 25s on without banging my wrist, but farmers carries with them annoy me because of how the plates bang into my legs. Spacers can fix that, moving the plate further down the handle, but that reduces the capacity (though 45s or 35s might actually fit on them for farmers carries) Palms out bilateral side press and bench press also get kind weird because of how long they are. I also wish the sleeve wasn't so smooth. The collars can kind of work their way slightly loose. It's not that common, I only notice it on dumbbell floor press, and I think it's the weird bridging motion I have to do wrestle them into position for that stresses them. I haven't noticed it on goblet squats (but I also don't goblet very heavy).

u/drdank12842 · 3 pointsr/Fitness something like that and then just get some olympic weights that way you can go heavy on compounds that can be done with dumbbells

u/balorina · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Like most things dumbells, eventually you out scale them.

That's where these kinds of things come into play

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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/peginus · 3 pointsr/homegym

Here's what the garage looked like last week.

The only decent gym in my area charges $50 per month and it's always packed, so I figured i'd try building a gym for the price of roughly a one year membership (~$600).

Here's the rundown:

  • Standard weights (220 lbs), dumbbells, ez bar and standard bar on CL - $100
  • Olympic weights (400 lbs), olympic bar and pair of 35 lb hex dumbbells on CL - $200
  • Olympic bar from Amazon - $70
  • Power Rack from Amazon - $200
  • Bench from Amazon - $100
  • Floor mats - $80
  • Weight stand from play it again sports - $25
  • 5 54x24 mirrors on CL - $40

    Total - $815

    I went a bit over my budget, but I might still end up selling some of those Olympic plates. I justified the extra I spent by telling myself I can always just sell most of this stuff on CL and still end up with a relatively minimal loss compared to what I originally bought the stuff for.

    I'm also probably going to buy a pair of dip handles and something to tag onto the side of the cage to hold the rest of the weights i've got stacked in the corner.
u/ackilleeus · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/SleepEatLift · 3 pointsr/homegym

If carries, I'd avoid longer 6' or 7' trap bars, especially rackable. Since you're using bumpers, you don't want anything with short sleeves either (Titan or other cheaper chrome or cap bars) since you'll quickly run out of sleeve space. You'd be happy with something in the middle. Here's my top picks for you:

u/surelytrolling · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Anyone know the functional difference between the hex bars with the raised handles, and those without?


u/daddyscientist · 3 pointsr/homegym

I bought this hex bar off of the recommendation of Cooper. I haven't received it yet but it looks nice, thick and heavy duty. I'll let you know how it works out when I get it.

u/LB54 · 3 pointsr/homegym

There's a "mega" trap bar on Amazon with iirc a longer sleeve length and a 1000 weight capacity for under $100. Haven't checked it in a while, price is usually around $92 with free shipping

Edit: price is up to $125 again, but the bar is 64" end to end with a sleeve length of 13" on each side compared to 56" of the Titan bar (so it says). This bar is also ~75lbs empty

I've had my eye on this for a while though haven't got it yet. I'll check CamelCamelCamel on this when I get home, shows the price fluctuations. If you have time to wait for the bar I'd choose this one, though Titan is not bad either. And I've personally had very good luck with Titan gear, always been great for me

u/DisenchantedSack · 3 pointsr/homegym

I'm curious about this too. What exactly is a rogue bar going to do that say this bar wouldn't ::

Body Solid Oly Power Bar 7 ft Black

u/leprechaun71 · 3 pointsr/homegym

Get the one with center knurl if you're powerlifting. It's a little more but the CK is worth it especially for back squats.

u/Boblaire · 3 pointsr/weightlifting

Try oiling the sleeves and see if that does anything.

As for the bar...

  1. I've used one of those cheap bars with the bolt at the end. Not good. Especially when you have re tighten them from time to time and hope the sleeve doesn't fall off.

  2. Waste of money if you're gonna dare to Sn or CJ with it. Passable to do strength lifts on.

  3. No, don't buy it.

    This seems to be the best option I could find on Amazon. I've never heard of them, who knows about the quality control and how long it will last but reviews seem ok. Only about 30$ more than your prior selection.

    We used to use CAP barbells as our general purpose barbells. No idea what model but it wasn't uncommon for them to get bent over time or spin poorly.


    probably the next step up but you could just pony up another 50$ and get something from Fringesport with excellent customer service and a return policy. They bought out AgainFaster a few years ago which was pretty popular in the CF community.

    Never heard of XMark. They have plenty of reviews though.
u/RemyGee · 3 pointsr/homegym

I bought this a few years ago and it's comparable to a Texas powerbar imho.

Cap Barbell Weight Lifting 2-Inch Solid Power Squat Olympic Bar

u/sin-eater82 · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have this bar:

The xmark chisel ez bar gets good reviews too. From what I can tell, it's basically the same bar but the sleeves have bearings (which aren't necessary at all, but maybe a nice upgrade for the $15-20 extra they charge.

I've used a lot of ez bars in many different gyms, and while it's not my absolute favorite that I've ever used, it's pretty good. And I've used a lot that I liked less. And I really like it for tricep work. And that really just comes down to my personal preference for the angles on the bar. Which are going to differ person to person. The construction is plenty good enough.

Without being able to handle the bars to see what angles you like best, I wouldn't pay over $100 for an ez bar personally.

I think with an ez bar you're going to see diminished returns fairly quickly over $100. If you wan't to pay the extra money at Rogue for American Made, that's one thing. But I have a tough time believing you're going to get much more out of an ez bar than what you'll get with one of the xmark ez bars.

u/06210311 · 3 pointsr/homegym

Kind of depends, really. Some bars take more weight, some are rackable, some have fat handles, some have dual height handles, they have different knurling.

If you're not looking to incorporate them permanently into your routine, go with something like the Titan or CAP varieties. They're cheap but will do what you need them to do. They won't load massive amounts, but it doesn't seem like that's what you need.

However, I would suggest using this as an opportunity to adjust your programming. Trap bars have multiple uses, even more so when you start looking at the open edge varieties, and they are safer and allow more development of strength and explosive movement than traditional deadlift.

u/fairlydecent · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I've used these at my gym:

  • Harbinger
  • Champion
  • Valeo - this one was the worst of the three

    I'm hip thrusting about 200-250 depending on how many reps and all of these have kept me from bruising.
u/Thundercruncher · 2 pointsr/homegym

Get a pad like this one and put the bar across your knees. It takes a few workouts to dial in the feeling but that works really well for me seated.

u/Jps821 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

assuming you mean this?

and why is that? i use one when i do squats and i do not see any harm done considering all it does is prevents the bar from chaffing my neck. i am new to doing squats so your answer would be greatly appreciated

u/tj_lightning · 2 pointsr/homegym

I bought this one for my daughter to work out with me.

CAP Barbell Standard 1" Chrome Bar, 7'

I believe the weight limit is 200 lbs. I’m not sure, but it’s in the item description.

u/vampborn · 2 pointsr/weightroom

They do exist, they are skinniner as you can imagine. It looks like this one on amazon is 7ft (84"), 20lb - . The weight capacity is 250lb, but people in the comments say they did 410lb with it no problem.

u/YNT · 2 pointsr/Fitness

It all depends on what bar you're using. I've seen some 45# bars sag with 315, I've seen some remain entirely straight with over 600 loaded up. There's a big difference between this and this.

Continue to get stronger. It's only a matter of time.

u/buzz_lightyear- · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I think that Rogue fitness has a lot of good quality stuff. You'll need an standard oly barbell, bench, squat rack/power cage, weights, collars for barbell and possibly a platform to deadlift on if you're wanting to do SL and not destroy your floor (not sure how much deadlifting is in SS since I don't do it). However, I will say this about Rogue: it can be quite expensive for someone on a budget. I would LOVE to have all Rogue equipment, but that's not a possibility for me in the near future and possibly not for you either depending on your finances (if you can afford it, def go with Rogue).

Otherwise, look into Craigslist in your area. Lots of people are trying to get rid of weights/racks all the time and usually at a pretty reasonable price. I think that what you should look for is someone who wants to sell between like $.50 and $.75 per lb of weight, obviously cheaper if you can get it! You should look for someone selling a set of probably around 300 lbs of oly plates (2 inch holes on the plates).

If you have the room, I'd suggest getting a power cage because they make lifting without a spotter (example: if your bf isn't home and you want to lift) a lot safer. You can fail your bench/squat and not have to worry about killing yourself, usually. Here is a decent cage for someone on a budget:

If you don't have room for something that tall, try going with this.

As for a bar on a budget, you can get one on Rogue for pretty cheap. I've heard good things about the men's economy bar.

or for something a bit cheaper.

Here is a good brand of collars.

Depending on your floor type, you may want to get some horse stall mats to put your rack on.

Good luck and happy lifting.

Edit: You will also need a bench...if you want to bench press at home. I personally do DB bench press because I feel like it activates the muscles better so I have kind of a cheapo bench. But here is one apparently rated for 500 lbs at an ok price. There are probably better ones out there but in the short term it could work alright.

Also, even if you don't do SL and do SS instead, SL is good at explaining the equipment and giving links to decent quality stuff.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/homegym

Agree with the above points. The bar I recommend for most people is this

It has a (allegedly) 1500 lb tolerance and is relatively cheap compared to other bars with similar tensile strength. They are also on Craigslist frequently.

If you are interested in IPF/USAPL Powerlifting, you may be better off investing in a specific bar they use.

u/binomine · 2 pointsr/homegym

Seems expensive for what you're getting.

For twice the price, Here, you can get a bar that will last you for a long, long while.

That bar in the link is good for 700 pounds, which is a pretty good deadlift.

That Apex bar is only good until about 250 pounds, which is a month or two of deadlifting. In fact, I wouldn't recommend it, unless you're planning on doing endurance exercises with low weights.

u/SlectionSocialSanity · 2 pointsr/homegym

That bar has a 700 lb weight capacity. This bar might be a better fit for you. Its $128 and has a 1,500 lb weight capacity.

u/adderallanalyst · 2 pointsr/Fitness

They look like this.

Since they don't fit in my bag I would guess I would have to strap them onto my back like a swordsman.

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/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/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/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/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/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/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/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/scienceandmathteach · 2 pointsr/funny

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

I paid about $130 for this bar.

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/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/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/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/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/Jamieson22 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I am sure these will meet your needs quite well:

CAP Beast Bar - $140:

Xmark EZ Curl - $80:

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/husker16 · 2 pointsr/homegym
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/tostilocos · 2 pointsr/homegym

I literally just bought the Titan Rack w/ dip bar - very happy with it and with free shipping you can't beat the price.

You can skip the spotter arms since the rack comes with safety pins - as long as you squat in the rack the pins will have your back.

I wouldn't get that bar from Dick's due to the low weight limit. I bought the $150 CAP bar from Amazon (

I sourced all of my weights from Craigslist as I didn't want to spend more than $1.25/lb for them and many places bumper weights go for $1.50-$1.75/lb. I spent $1.25/lb for a few bumper plates and < $1/lb for some steel weights.

I got four 4'x6'x3/4" horse mats from a local feed store for $40/each.

With weights and everything I'm in for $900 but I haven't gotten a bench yet.

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/WiderstandATCS · 2 pointsr/homegym

It's this guy right here.

u/PM_Trophies · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

I have pretty much a brand new weight bench with 40lb bar and weights totaling up to 185lbs (with bar weight added) that I want to sell, I'm just not using it. Had it about a year and might have used it 10 times at most. Only issue is with the pin that raises the bench up for incline presses, the dog chewed on the black ball part of it but it still works fine.

here's the bench I got off amazon

heres the bar:

the weights:

About $450 total from what I got off amazon. Make me an offer? I'll start at $380 and throw in the mats I also got:

u/IDLaw2016 · 2 pointsr/FulfillmentByAmazon

You bring up a great point, and I wish I could tell you that the "be-all, end-all" decisions regarding dimensions / weight / etc. were left to CubiScan. However, those measurements and weights affect so many things in the process from the time we receive an item until it goes out the door to a customer, that there is rarely a black and white answer for things. Also, there are items we as associates question every day as to why the system states an item is sortable v. nonsortable. I've also said several times in this forum that we stretch CubiScan's capabilities beyond what its manufacturer intended because, as of right now, it's the best thing we have. CubiScan was designed to capture dimensions and weights of boxed items -- hence its name -- and it does a great job at that. But, as you all are well aware, not every item comes to us boxed. I've suggested to a couple of folks in PMs that if they want more control over the dimensional measurements of their products, send them to us pre-boxed. But, that's a cost-benefit analysis thing -- am I paying more to have an item boxed than I would be in paying for "air" in a poly bag...more on that later. Let's look at some examples based upon your plastic totes comment...and some other things that pop up as well...I hope reddit let's me link to items on the AMZN site. These items are chosen based upon our experiences with them, so disregard the brand, etc. and consider the items themselves. Here we go...

  1. This item easily fits within the confines of one of our totes, but is it a sortable item? I draw your attention to the fact that this item weighs 99 pounds.

  2. This item can be physically folded several times, but would you want to receive a $500 item folded six or seven times and crammed into a small box to save on shipping?

  3. Let's assume this item doesn't come boxed from the manufacturer [in reality, it does], but rather, the manufacturer poly bags it UNFOLDED, with the bag being slightly larger than 3' X 5'. Our packers are not given time to fold items and are prompted by the system on which size box to select based upon items being packed. Do we measure the item as it is in-hand, or CubiScan it folded? How many folds?

  4. This item requires bubble wrapping to protect the item, but more importantly, the associates handling it. Bubble wrapping dramatically changes the dimensions of an item, but it must be taken into account because that is how the item will be shipped.

  5. Shouldn't these be sortable items? They can fit into a tote with causing damage to the item. They aren't.

  6. Sortable? Yes. Why? The way it's packaged.

  7. Sortable? No. Why? The way it's packaged.
u/nnorton00 · 2 pointsr/fitness30plus

How much do you want to spend? I'm not the best with kg, but in lbs its generally:

2x 1.25lb (optional depending on linear program)

2x 2.5lb

2x 5lb

2x 10lb

2x 15lb

2x 25lb

2x 35lb

2x 45lb

2x 55lb (optional depending on strength level)

You can get a cheap set of iron weights.

Or you could get a relatively inexpensive set of bumper plates. (Plus some change plates).

I'm a fan of Titan Fitness' equipment. Its great for home gym use and the price is right. I have their T-2 series power rack and their 2" Olympic Weight Plate Rack Tree. I also got lucky and bought a bunch of stuff from MDUSA before they closed. I have 415lbs of bumpers, change plates, and a couple nice Pendlay olympic bars. That being said I started off with an inexpensive bar off of Amazon.

Hope this helps, I'm happy to answer any other questions.

u/gh0stFACEkller · 2 pointsr/homegym

Thanks for the link. the site says they are very specific on fitting on only high quality bars. I'm getting this bar do you think they will fit?

u/DudeGuyMan42 · 2 pointsr/weightroom

Anyone have any experience with this bar? Really want a trap bar and can't afford a pricier one right now.

u/JoeMarron · 2 pointsr/gainit

Wow, great job man! 30 lbs in 3 months is crazy, doesn't look like your body fat changed that much. Your before looks very similar to what I look like now, plus I'm only an inch taller than you. I would be very pleased if I looked like you at 190. I plan to bulk to around 200 then recomp forever, I think I'll be happy enough with my physique to take it slow from then on.

If you want to do more lower body work you could always buy one of these. That's not as long as an olympic bar so you'll save space. I wouldn't worry about changing anything upper body related, what you have now is just as good as any barbell exercise. Keep up the good work man!

u/misterjolly1 · 2 pointsr/Weakpots

I bought this one a couple weeks ago. It's not the bestest bar in the world, but it's solid, and still showing up to me as on sale. If you're not looking for top-of-the-line type stuff, it's got my vote of approval.

u/wilymexican · 2 pointsr/homegym

Get rid of the titan hex bar & get this.
Just picked up the black one. Bought the zinc plated one before & flipped it. I regretted once I sold it. Can hold a lot more weight than most trap bars.

u/zo1d · 2 pointsr/Fitness

And there's this one with centre knurling for a similar price.

u/FrawgyG · 2 pointsr/homegym
u/DevilBomb76 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Landmine Single Eyelet Attachment

You could just wrap a chain or strap too, but there is an actual attachment to use carabiner accessories with a landmine.



u/disruptivebusiness · 2 pointsr/homegym
u/sexbucket · 1 pointr/gainit

Use one of these

Most gyms have them lying around

u/Hotblack_Desiato_ · 1 pointr/xxfitness
u/tohit · 1 pointr/homegym

I have the OB-86B, its nice, I just wish it had slightly more aggressive knurling. For the price its going for, I'd rather pick up the PB for $5 more

u/xtc46 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Get a good bar. I was doing OHP last night and the collar that prevents the weight from sliding into the center off the sleeve for the weights came off. Annoying as hell.

This One looks solid. Some of the cheaper ones flex. This one is rated at 1500lbs, which is well over anything I would ever do.

Edit: awesomely jealous btw. I have a small apartment and wish I could afford/fit a squat rack in.

u/brigboy · 1 pointr/leangains

How safe are adjustable dumbbells specifically Olympic ones? I'm only using generic Olympic collars...I can now put up to 6x10lb plates on each side, was just reading that their not as safe as sleeves but sleeves are pricey and inconvenient. Not a true concern yet as I'm not strong at the moment yet.

Given I'd only be using it for bench, shoulder press,rows and shrugs....nothing like chest pullovers, triceps overhead or hammer curls where the dumbbell is vertical....Still, when I kick up for shoulders or chest as well as perform the motion, I guess I'm really relying on those collars so the weight doesn't drop nor collapse on my face

This is what I have

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/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/Tritonis · 1 pointr/homegym

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

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/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/spitfire9107 · 1 pointr/Fitness
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/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/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/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/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/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/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/snigles_in_your_area · 1 pointr/homegym

This one here? That seems like a good price.

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/jsabot · 1 pointr/homegym

This is what I have at home. Works fine.

u/murphyreedus · 1 pointr/homegym

Or at least the $140 range.


u/RogueDragons · 1 pointr/homegym

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

u/dejtat · 1 pointr/homegym

I do.

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

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/Congenital-Optimist · 1 pointr/homegym

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

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

u/adbdragonmaster1 · 1 pointr/homegym

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

Or are they the same?

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/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/-Chemist- · 1 pointr/homegym

I got this Body Solid curl bar. Works great, feels solid, haven’t had any issues with it so far.

u/Pseudo_Stratified · 1 pointr/Fitness

I've always hated going to the gym fighting with other people for equipment and altering my exercises around what is available. I also let the distance from my house creep in as an excuse. It resulted in a lot of fuckarounditis and quitting for long periods of time. Best thing I have done was get some proper equipment for my garage. I am addicted now.

I had some weights, a bench, a short olympic bar, and two olympic dumbell bars I got off of classifieds awhile ago. The bar sucked since it was so small. I never got into using it for years. I decided to finally get a real bar and a power rack. I also supplemented my olympic weights a bit. It has made a HUGE difference in the quality of my workouts. The power rack allows me to push myself a lot without the use of a spotter.

Below is the equipment I got and can absolutely recommend all of it. The bar has the perfect amount of knurling to not rip your hands up. The weights are not works of art, but cheap and perfectly suitable.

PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack

Body Solid 7-Feet Olympic Bar

Cap Barbell Free Weights

Lockjaw Olympic Barbell Collar

My bench is kind of a shitty bench that came with all the other junk I purchased earlier. Not sure what would be good if I was in the market right now. You can modify the power rack to hold some of your plates, but a weight tree isn't expensive and laying weights on the floor isn't a problem at first. A pad is pretty much necessary for dead lifts and you can pick up 3/4 inch rubber horse stall mats at those farm feed store for about $45. Get on a program like SS and this is all you need until you decide to move to splits, giving you plenty of time to slowly add more equipment as you find it.

When I finish SS I will pickup the Ironmaster 75 lb Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System and I already ordered the Powerline PLA200X Lat Attachment, both of which get great reviews.

Overall you will save a ton of money on membership fees in the long run and it's really hard to make excuses to not workout. The equipment is a joy to use.

u/shadowjumbie · 1 pointr/Fitness

I use these.

Barbell Stands: Some people say free stands are not safe but after watching some videos and using them myself they seem to work great. They are very stable and can handle 300lbs per stand so that's 600lbs total. I've squatted 305lbs on them with no problems.

Olympic Weights: I bought them in store. I ended up getting two extra 45's and two 10's later on so now I have a total 400lbs. I also replace the bar with one of these The olympic bar that comes with the set has ridges on the sleeve that flake off metal when you put weight on the bar.

I also use an Ironmaster Super Bench with a barbell adapter spotting stand I got a few years ago for bench presses.

u/krissycole87 · 1 pointr/StrongCurves

Are you attending a gym, or working out at home? At my gym they have 15, 20, 35 & 45lb bars. I used the 15lb bars for a long time on a lot of exercises until I was ready to move up. Ask around at the gym to see if they have different sizes :)
edit: At my gym the 15lb bars are silver pic
The 20lb bars are curved (actually looks like they are called "curl bars") pic
The 35lb bars are black (sometimes called "womens" bar) pic
The 45lb bars are black but slightly longer and a tad wider than the 35lb pic

u/milest · 1 pointr/homegym

The grooves are meant to provide more friction for the plates. I have a bar with grooves in the sleeves as well.

The bar you wanted identified, may or may not be this one. The hex bolt holding the sleeve on is poor design. If the bolt comes loose, you will have a bad day.

u/IAmOptimuskline · 1 pointr/homegym

I got the BodySolid 6ft Black Bar myself. I have no complaints and it was under $100.

u/ColbertHuckabee2020 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I would strongly recommend something like this:

You can then also use the plates with something like this: (For legs, even /r/bodyweightfitness will tell you bars are useful for legs. With a bar at least you can deadlift, at least easier than with DBs -- if you try DL with DBs, don't smash your junk!)

Note that those are all "standard" (ie 1in) bars, vs "Olympic" (2in) bars. Standard are cheaper, but barbells for standard tend to only go up to ~250lbs (decent but not super heavy for legs stuff. You'll have to do volume if you max out at 250+). On the plus side, standard 1in dumbbells have "spin locks" which I find super useful for home gym things.

Going from 30lb-40lbs with those is just the cost of 10lbs worth of plates (which can often be found for $1-1.50 per pound), much less than the cost of a new set of 40lb DBs. Plus, bar if you want one.

Also, 1in plates and handles/bars are almost always, everywhere, for sale on craigslist, often for very cheap.

I have a similar set as the one on Amazon and bought plates as I needed them. I can currently load up 90# on each handle. (Can't do much with it - I use that weight for deadlift progression..)

That's a reasonable start to a home gym -- inexpensive, compact, versatile.

u/therealswimshady · 1 pointr/Fitness

If you're just looking for DB's I would go with something like this. They're adjustable and actually a pretty fair price for a set. They are 105 lbs total, so they go up to 52.5 lbs each. I would also get a barbell so you can do some compound stuff as well.



u/LennoxW · 1 pointr/Fitness

You don't have to use Olympic bars though? I've started training my nephew (under 35kg at 15 years old) and I've been having to use one of these sort of bars to get to weights he can lift at the moment

u/dofunatle · 1 pointr/Fitness

Hi guys, I have an idea about starting to lift at home with a really tight budget, I would like to ask for some advice.

I want to do the 5x5 stronglifts program, because it fits me perfectly, and I just want to get in good shape, besides right now I only want to lose weight (but keeping the few muscle I have).

I have thought, for now, to get the bar, 2 7.5 pound plates and 2 10 pound plates.

I need to pass on the bench for now, they cost $40 at Amazon, maybe in the first two months I'll have to improvise, but It doesn't worry me because 4 of the 5 exercises are standing up.

What I think I'll definitely need to get is a mat so the plates don't touch the floor..right?

I'll be really thankful if some of you guys could help me out.

The brand plates are CAP Barbell and the bar is this one:
Oh, and the two thingies so the plates don't move, that costs $4.99, so not that big of a deal.

u/Not4Reel · 1 pointr/homegym

I got one of these hex bars from Amazon and made me excited for leg day

u/Chron_X · 1 pointr/homegym

I have this one:

I maxed it out on Rogue echo bumpers at 360 pounds, and went back to standard barbell deadlifts exclusively. Im not sure what movements you'll be doing, but if it's hex bar deadlifts, you'll probably need to buy something else if you're near that weight range or inspiring to surpass it.

u/DrTommyNotMD · 1 pointr/Fitness

Is there an easy way to load a hex bar? It's such a struggle to put plates on and off of this even when I'm only loading like 250-275.

u/pyrosive · 1 pointr/homegym

This is the one that I have. It's going for $108 (so ~$40 more) but it has a 750lb capacity and high/low hand positions.
Just another option in case you want to spend a bit more

u/TheAssh0le · 1 pointr/homegym

I bought this one;

It's the same as the one you're looking at just a little heavier capacity. You get what you pay for with this one. The finish is tacky, the welds are ugly, and there's no rotating sleeves. However, it's 100% solid so far. It's half the price of the competition and does exactly what it's supposed to do with no signs of breaking, like ever.

Also, the trap bar deadlift is a much stronger lift than the barbell deadlift. 750# is definitely achievable with time.

u/delpiero24 · 1 pointr/homegym

Thanks! Iso stuff to start with, but eventually will get a rack and do everything in my home gym, so I want to buy with that vision in mind.

Thanks for the advice on the bench, the Rogue one is indeed pricey. I want adjustable for skull crushers, incline seated curls, and normal 90° seated curls (just as an example).

I was actually considering the CAP EZCurl bar, I'm glad you said that. WAY cheaper and seems to get the same job done.

You're correct, I don't need bumpers yet, but I do want a pair of 15lb plates to load the curl bar. The change plate set only has 10/5/2.5/1.25, so I don't see another way.

I've looked into those combo solutions for dumbbells but for some reason have a distaste for them! Just doesn't feel the same to me.

u/Jaxper · 1 pointr/homegym

Solid start. In addition to some of the other comments about potential substitutions, I'd recommend these on Amazon from personal use:

u/VegetableJunkie · 1 pointr/Fitness

Body Solid 7' bar - $100
Fitness Reality cage - $180

Get plates at your local sports store or Wal mart. I used a similar set up for 10+ years before the bushings in my barbell wore out.

u/ChuckHustle · 1 pointr/Fitness

I purchased this barbell for my home gym.

It's 45lbs, has a 600lbs limit and I haven't had any issues with it so far. My concern was the hex nuts on the collars coming loose during O-lifts, but I have not had to tighten them yet (3 weeks daily use).

I needed a bar to lift with while I outfit my gym over the next 6 months. This bar is exactly that.

u/eraserman · 1 pointr/homegym

Not a freaking tank, not yet anyway, however the cheapest bar/bumper plates I have found hover around $900 anyway, and that set gave me the most weight for the buck.

I kept looking around, this set from Amazon plus this bar will "only" set me back around $650 for 305 lbs of weight (260 lbs worth of bumper plates plus the bar)

u/spikeyfreak · 1 pointr/homegym

Unless you think you're going to be hitting 315+ soon, I wouldn't even spend $250 on a bar.

This one has served me fine up to 275:

u/crappyMangaka · 1 pointr/homegym

I over estimated most of the prices, but these are things I figured I would need in a home gym if I ever build one. If you take out a few, you can make it fit your budget.

Home gym Equipments
Adjustable dumbells: $100 (
Power Rack + Bench: $310 (
Olympic Barbell: $101 (
Weights: $264 (
Clips: $20 (
Weight Tree: $56 (
Mat: $44 (
Lat Pulldown/Leg Extensions/Leg Curls/Preacher curls/cable flys : $420 (
Decline Bench/Ab crunch: $40 (
dip accessory: $40 (
Hanging knee strap: $20 (
Ab/ decline Bench: $750 (
Treadmill: $3100 (
Seated Cable Row: $400 (

About $2629 without treadmill, and $5729 with treadmill. Another few hundred for some mirrors and paint.

u/Evolyst · 1 pointr/homegym

It's on sale again for $109.88 at Amazon and Walmart.

u/whoMe69 · 1 pointr/homegym
u/johnnybh · 1 pointr/homegym

This is the basics of my current set up. I recommend all these products (except titan bumpers as I don't own them but I assume they are similar quality to my no name bumpers).

Titan T-3 squat stand with dip bars and spotter arms

Titan plate storage

I bought my bumpers off craigslist but Titan has theres out now at a reasonable price.
I use 6x45lbs



Cap 2x45lbs 2x5lbs 2x2.5lbs iron plates

Cap OB-86PBck Barbell

Valor Fitness DA-6 Flat Bench

Cap spring collars

Total price- 1440.35 + shipping if necessary

Could always find plates or bumpers on craigslist for cheaper.

Pic of my setup-

u/sixout · 1 pointr/homegym

I started with about the same budget as you. This is what I did (minus the flooring because I'm in the garage and just threw down mats). 6 horse stall mats - 35 bucks a piece. $220 - Titan short rack, because of the clearance thing. I wish I would have gotten the taller one so I could OHP in it, but it's not a big deal. $269 Power tower, on sale still. $129 - Ironmaster dumbbells - best purchase ever. $499

Found 205lbs of rogue bumper plates, and a flat bench on craiglist for $300 Had another 175lbs of bumper plates previously. If you don't want bumper plates you can find metal plates for much cheaper on craigslist.

That had me at about $1600 after taxes. I also got a Xebex rower/decline bench/med ball from GetRXd on a special for $800 but that was bought because it was a great deal. Awesome rower btw.

If you want a good incline bench instead of flat, go with the ironmaster one. It's $299 I believe and very solid. Ironmaster dumbbells are way, way better than the Bowflex ones. They're solid metal. I toss them around and they're fine. They also don't rattle.

I also got the Cap bar from amazon for $160. Awesome 1000lb rated bar.

u/BarbarosaNervosa · 1 pointr/Fitness

In Starting Strength, Rippetoe gives instructions on his Lying Triceps Extension saying to hold an EZ bar on the in-most angle with the middle bend facing down. Based on his video, though, his bar is different than mine.

Should I be holding my bar in that middle area, or should I hold it (upside down from the above image) on the knurled area?

u/tnallen128 · 1 pointr/homegym

XMark makes a Voodoo Bar, and it’s currently on amazon with great reviews.

XMark VOODOO Commercial 7' Olympic Bar, 1500 lb Weight Capacity, 28 MM Grip, OB86 (Black Manganese Shaft or Hard Chrome)

u/AlmostNah · 1 pointr/homegym

FYI re: the landmine attachment you link to. This one appears identical apart from costing $20 less.

u/Docktor_V · 1 pointr/homegym

>Kind of depends, really. Some bars take more weight, some are rackable, some have fat handles, some have dual height handles, they have different knurling.
>If you're not looking to incorporate them permanently into your routine, go with something like the Titan or CAP varieties. They're cheap but will do what you need them to do. They won't load massive amounts, but it doesn't seem like that's what you need.
>However, I would suggest using this as an opportunity to adjust your programming. Trap bars have multiple uses, even more so when you start looking at the open edge varieties, and they are safer and allow more development of strength and explosive movement than traditional deadlift.

Great thx for the info. I tried one last time I went to the commercial gym and it really felt just like a squat. I'll definitely be looking into some other movements to program into my routine with a new bar.. thx again

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/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/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.