Which barbells and bumper plates are working well vs those that are failing to Get R Done.
Nothing worse than a barbell coming apart right before you are getting into a lifting session.
If you are looking for the best bumper plates and barbells check out the video below and notes on which ones work best.
Hi-Temp Bumper Plates are made in Tuscumbia, Alabama and often seen distributed through Rogue Fitness.
The Rogue HG bumper plates or Rogue Hi-Temp plates are great and will last forever.
We have been pounding the bumpers in our gym with no problems.
Even the 10 lb plates are holding up to repeated drops.
These plates place on smooth to all barbells without any hassle. They are my go to bumper in the garage gym.
For other bumper plates look at the Wright rubber bumper plates as the new 15 pound bumper plates are better.
Wright Rubber is made in the USA “Support us in building jobs for Americans” and ships from Christian’s Fitness Factory in Pennsylvania.
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The Pendlay 25 lb bumper plates hold up a lot better and do not crack at the middle.
For the competitive weightlifters Eleiko bumper plates will last 30 years at least. These plates just keep on going and take all of the wear and tear.
A question we get about every week is “Coach, what is the best barbell for crossfit?”. Read on…
We would not use this as the beater bar of the gym. The Eleiko is made very whippy pretty good spin. The knurling is not too sharp but not too slick.
The Wright HD barbell is a good all around barbell and will serve your gym well.
Rogue barbells are also very good. Here is a list of several barbells that Rogue Fitness offers.
The Rogue bar has been used in the past three CrossFit Games.
This weightlifting bar features Rogue’s trademark, dual knurl marks for both Olympic and powerlifting.
The bar is also detailed with a hybrid knurling pattern, and no center knurl. There is a new 2.0 version bar with black zinc and sleeves and retails for $255
Rogue Castro Bar
The Castro Bar is a polished 28.5 mm bar with no center knurling and both powerlifting and Olympic lifting knurling marks.
We are seeing this in more CrossFit gyms around the country.
This bar has the same great knurling that has made Rogue bars famous. It has a bare steel shaft and bare steel sleeves and retail priced at $262
This Bomba barbell is an American made 20kg olympic bar with a 28.5mm shaft that is perfect for functional fitness- the shaft is stiff enough for heavy deadlifts, squats, and presses, while thin and whippy enough for Olympic lifts.
The FringeSport Bomba barbell is making in roads at many gyms around the country.
It has a lower price point at $229 and you still get just as much as a $300 Rogue barbell and last just as long.
Rogue Beater Bar
As the name suggests, the Rogue Beater Bar is a budget-priced barbell made to handle regular high-rep abuse from multiple weightlifters of any skill level.
With a 31mm diameter, the Beater is thicker than most Rogue 20kg weight bars, but is still a highly dependable American-made bar backed by a One Year Guarantee Against Breaking and/or Collar Separation.
If you are starting a garage gym on the cheap then go with wright rubber and a Wright HD bar or Wright HD bar or equivalent equivalent ($150).
Here are a few more barbells that get great reviews.
York Olympic North American Bar – The Cadillac of barbells, York’s Elite Competition Barbells are made from the highest grade high-tensile steel available, and are purpose-built to have tremendous strength and flexibility. York Barbells feature needle bearings for smooth spin. These barbells are calibrated to be accurate within +00.1% and -0.05% of true. Sleeves are machined to a precise 1.975 inches to accommodate any 2″ Olympic plate. These gorgeous York Barbells are finished in a case hardened satin chrome. This is the last barbell you will ever buy.
If you are looking for the best bumper plate and barbell package check out multiple combinations from Rogue Fitness.
If looking for solid value on a budget then a great combination is the Rogue Beater Bar with the Rogue Hi-Temp bumpers.
Questions from athletes in our gym and readers online.
Question: Coach, I have heard that Eleiko is making a new CrossFit bar? Yessir; we just saw that Eleiko has the new XF bar (XF stands for CrossFit). I also talked with an Eleiko rep at a table he had set up at the recent National Pro Fitness League for CrossFit athletes. Eleiko is coming into the CrossFit market.
Question: What are the best York plates for powerlifting? The regular York metal plates are good for powerlifting. If you deadlift then make sure you have a rubber mat on the concrete floor.
Question: What kind of straps can I use for dead lifts in my garage gym? I am just trying to do some heavier shrugs and heavy dead lifts.
Answer: There are many different straps – check out these Power Weight Lifting straps.
Question: What about rogue vs rep bumper plates?
Answer: Rogue makes good plates but overpriced. There are many companies like Hi-temp, Fringe Sport and Rep fitness that are making just as good a products at less cost.
Question: What about American Barbell vs Rogue? American barbell has a great barbell that is getting a lot of good reviews.
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