With weightlifting (as with all physically demanding activities), it is vitally important to equip yourself with the right tools for the job.  Failure to choose the right gear for your exercise routine may limit your results, promote poor form and, at worst, could even end up seeing you getting injured.

Bars: A World of Choices

A daunting array of bar designs exist which are each built to support a specific range of weights and exercises.  Some styles are more versatile than others, so make sure to think carefully about your goals in order to determine the best lifting equipment for the job in hand.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular varieties of bars on the market today.

Weightlifting bar:

This variety is designed for the sport of competitive weightlifting and as such, is optimised for the rapid, explosive range of motions required to safely and efficiently execute the clean and jerk and snatch lifting movements.  As such, this type of bar must be able to securely hold heavy loads, provide a suitable level of flexibility and withstand drops from the topmost locked position time after time.

Powerlifting bar:

These are typically much stiffer than weightlifting bars and often possess the ability to hold more plates and cope with higher loads.  This variety of bar is extremely versatile, making it the perfect choice for a wide range of weight training exercises.

EZ Curl bar:

This variety of bar is characterised by its distinctive curved shape which is designed to reduce stress on the wrists and forearms when performing exercises like biceps curls and upright rows.

Trap deadlift bar:

This style of bar consists of a diamond-shaped loop which is designed to encircle the lifter.  By using this variety of bar in activities like deadlifts and shrugs, it is possible to move the centre of gravity of the weights closer to the athlete, for safer lifting of heavier loads.

Once you are 100% certain of what you will be using a bar for, it is easy to work out which bar is right for you.