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Types of Weightlifting Bars

Cambered Bar
Cambered Bar

The Cambered Bench Bar allows the lifter to use a greater range of motion, allowing the hands to go about an inch or two deeper than with a straight bar. Because most raw lifters are weakest in the low to mid-range of the bench press, this bar is great for developing that area.

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Curl Bar (aka EZ-Bar)
Curl Bar (aka EZ-Bar)

EZ Curl Bar. The EZ curl bar is often found on a preacher bench or racked in a barbell stand. It looks similar to a straight bar, but it has two ā€œVā€ shaped bends in the middle of it for hand placement.

Olympic Weightlifting Bar
Olympic Weightlifting Bar

olympic weight lifting workout bar. American Barbell offers a variety of top-quality American made bars, ranging from multi-use training bars, Olympic weightlifting bars, power bars, junior bars, technique bars and specialty bars.

Safety Squat (Yoke) Bars
Safety Squat (Yoke) Bars

While many specialty bars have this advantage, the Buffalo Bar is the only one that allows you to squat with the same technique and setup as with a normal bar. In other words, a squat done with a Buffalo Bar is the same as one done with a straight bar.

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Standard Bar
Standard Bar

Bar Weight: 45lb (but some with thicker grips can be 55lb). 2) Olympic Weightlifting Bar. There are special weightlifting bars designed for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting to enhance performance and reduce injuries. They look just like power bars, but are designed with slight differences due to the dynamic nature of the sport.

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Swiss Bar
Swiss Bar

Due to the challenging nature of this exercise I would recommend this bar for more advanced lifters. Bar Weight: 45 pounds. 6) Swiss Bar. The swiss bar is used for traditional upper body exercises such as pressing, rowing, curling, or triceps extensions with a neutral grip.

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Trap Bar
Trap Bar

Some of the trap/shrug bars you'll find won't have raised handles. With the raised handles on the bottom side, you can get better depth on your exercises. You can also load the bar with smaller weights like 25's and 10's if you want an even larger range of motion at the bottom of the exercise.