If you’re looking for a solid Olympic bar for your home gym, we’ve done the work for you and found a few great options. If you’re just starting out, or don’t plan on doing technical Olympic lifts, check out the first Olympic barbell we recommend. If you’re planning on moving some serious weight, or mixing in a little Olympic lifting, then the second Olympic bar is a great choice. Finally, if you’re serious about weight lifting or planning on doing a decent amount of Olympic lifts, check out the gold rated Olympic bar.
Troy Barbell 1200lb
This is your go-to starter bar for those not planning on doing a lot of Olympic lifting or moving over 400 lbs (yes it says 1000lb test but that’s misleading). This Olympic bar is great for any of the slow lifts like bench press, deadlifts, and squats. It can also be used for light weight high pace Olympic lifts, but if you’re moving any substantial amount of weight then the sleeves might not spin as well as you would like. Also, we wouldn’t recommend putting anything over 350-400lbs on the bar because you risk bending the bar permanently. However, this is a perfect Olympic bar to leave in a power rack, backup for more expensive bars, or for a beginning garage gym. A lot of Crossfit gyms like these bars because they have a 28.5mm thickness which is just about the Olympic standard of 28mm, and they are great for lightweight (95-155lbs), high-rep workouts with bumper plates For the price, you can’t really beat this deal. Click here to check it out.
Pendlay Nexgen Olympic Bar
The Pendlay Nexgen Olympic bar is the Olympic bar. It doesn’t matter how much weight you move or what you want to use it for, the Pendlay Nexgen gets our gold award for a reason: It’s the best. The Pendlay Nexgen bar comes in two varieties–bushing, and bearing bars. The bushing bar is perfect if you want to do a mix of Olympic lifting (like cleans) and power-lifting (like bench presses), while the bearing bar is the ultimate Olympic lifting bar. These are the same bars used by competitive power-lifters and Olympic lifters, so you know they’re high quality and extremely durable.
Both Olympic bars have a bright zinc coating that absorbs into the steel to reduce the risk of chipping, and a gel lubricant to prevent leaking. These Olympic bars are made to extremely strict weight and dimension standards to ensure your bar conforms to Olympic standards. Both bars also come with a lifetime guarantee and are made in the U.S.A. from the strongest steel available. If you want the best Olympic bar money can buy, you’ve found it.
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Pendlay Nexgen Bearing Bar:
All of these barbells are available at Rep Fitness