Barbell Knurling & other Characteristics of a great Barbell

Barbell Knurling

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Your hand grip is dependent on the Knurl of your bar. Passive, Normal, or Aggressive barbell Knurling should be used to assist with maintaining your grip during dynamic movement. Heavy weight with slow movement  = an Aggressive Knurl. Fast movement with light weight = a passive or normal Knurl.  Barbell knurling has to be a consideration when picking a barbell or even dumb bells for your home gym. In your gym, grip is the difference  between a successful lift and failed attempt.

Tensile Strength

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Your tensile strength is not simply a bar's potential energy capacity, but is kinetic energy capacity. You should find a bar that delivers a high capacity for increased weight couples with the dynamic movement of the Bar. The a good bar will have more than 150K pounds per square inch (PSI) of Tensile Strength. 

Whip

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The Whip of a Bar is important for returning the bar to a "Straight" state. Barbells are meant to bend. The whip of the barbell will ensure its returns to normal after loading and unloading of weight.  Keep I in mind, if your  sport or fitness activity falls within the powerlifting space, a bar that has too much whip will bend before the proper amount of force is delivered to the bar. meaning, your lift will be affected. 

Bushings vs Ball Bearings

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This barbell characteristic depends on the discipline. Weight-Lifting requires a Bearing that spins fast (Ball Bearing), while Power-lifting can be satisfied with a slower spin (Bushings). 

Length, Weight & Diameter

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Pay close attention to the dimensions of the bar you purchase online and reference your time at a conventional gym. This you enjoy a skinnier, thicker, or normal bar? 20 KG vs 15 KG (Men & Women)? The standard bar is usually 7 Feet Long, 28 mm, weighs between 15 & 20 Kilograms. A good measurement for an aggressive barbell is about 29 mm in diameter, 7 foot, and normal knurling which will provide grip strength for intermediate lifters .

Home Gym Barbells (Top Picks from Rogue Fitness)

Barbells for $500.00 or less. Rogue Echo Bar 2.0.

Rogue Echo Bar review 2.0.

Specs:

 
- Multi-purpose use

- Body Weight: 20KG

- Diameter: 28.5 

- Standard Knurl 

- 190K PSI tensile strength

- Sleeve: 16.40 

- Bushing Bearing  


Personally owning this bar, I can tell you it's as durable as advertised by Rogue. The knurl is aggressive enough to provide excellent grip during heavy lifts, but passive enough for faster dynamic weight-lifting movements. This bar is rugged and will withstand the elements associated with an uncontrolled climate like your garage. Oxidation rate of this bar is standard, but does not damage the structure of the Barbell due to weathering. 

Reommendations

This bar comes with most equipment packages from Rogue. For the price, this bar is recommended as the 1st barbell you purchase if you are on a budget. 

Rogue Ohio Bar for $300 or less. The rogue Ohio Bar. recommended bars for home gym set up

The Rogue Ohio Bar review

Specs:

 

- Multi-purpose use

- Body Weight: 20KG

- Diameter: 28.5 

- Standard Knurl 

- 190K PSI tensile strength

- Sleeve: 16.40 

- Bushing Bearing 


This bar is fantastic and will withstand the test of time and aggressive workouts. Regardless of which finish you choose, everything about this bar is complete and ready to facilitate whatever workout or weight you throw at it! See our video review below. 

Recommendations

Have at least one Rogue manufactured bar for your home gym. This product can be purchased with a maintenance kit to ensure prolong use through the life of the barbell. Don't forget, this comes with a Lifetime Warranty. 

Best Multi-Grip Bar for under $300.00

ROGUE MG-3 MULTI GRIP BAR REVIEW.

Specs:

 

  • Made in the USA
  • Multi neutral-grip / Swiss Bar / Football Bar design
  • Fully Welded
  • 2 Angled Handles spaced at 10”, 4 Vertical Handles spaced at 20” and 28.5”
  • Handle diameter: 1-1/4”
  • Sleeve diameter: 1.91” (compatible with most standard Oly plates and rackable in most standard power racks)
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 14”
  • Distance Between Collars: 52-3/4"
  • Unloaded Weight: 43LB
  • Black powder coat finish
  • Color: Black with Rogue logo in white

This MG Bar undergoes a quality control check before it is sent to the customer. Meaning, the welding, knurling, and finish will be of high standards (no rust, metal debris, & no scuff finish). 

Recommendations

If the price is no issue, obtain this bar for bar work that will support the recovery of injuries the shoulder, or for a closer grip bench press which focus on the squeeze. 

Olympic barbell for home gym use. recommended barbell for home gym use. home gym power bars.

ROGUE OHIO POWER BAR REVIEW

Specs:

  • Bar Weight 45lbs
  • Diameter 29 MM
  • Knurl - Powerlifting
  • Center Knurl included
  • Bar Length 86.52"
  • Bushing 
  • Tensile Strength 200K - 205K PSI
  • No Whip

(Per Rogue Fitness) "Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, the 29mm Rogue Ohio Power Bar features a 205,000 PSI steel shaft (200,000 PSI for Stainless), single powerlifting knurl marks, and center knurling. The bar’s knurl pattern is deep and coarse without being sharp or abrasive, and the 29mm shaft diameter and high tensile strength result in little to no flex or whip. This makes the Ohio Power Bar a perfectly honed workhorse for the bench, squat, and deadlift." 


This Bar is meant for heavy heavy weight that is not to be dropped on your gym floor. If powerlifting is your sport, there is no finer bar to obtain for your home gym. 


Recommendations

If this bar is to be used with an exceptional amount of weight, ensure your purchase a squat rack that will hold this weight. Compare this bar with American Barbell's Grizzly bar. 

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The Rogue Ohio Bar - Cerakote Review

Specs:

 

- Multi-purpose use

- Body Weight: 20KG

- Diameter: 28.5 

- Standard Knurl 

- 190K PSI tensile strength

- Sleeve: 16.40 

- Bushing Bearing 


This bar has all of the characteristics and durability of all Rogue Bars. The catch is, the Cerokote finish provides remarkable protection against abrasion, wear, and corrosion resistance over time. If you home gym is located in a hot, humid, muggy location, consider this bar as one of your selects for your home gym. Although it's price may frighten some, this bar comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY!!! Lastly, the bar can be customized with different colors and designs that fit your gym environment. 

Recommendations

Purchase this barbell if your home gym is located in an uncontrolled climate that is susceptible to corrosion due to weathering.