Typically, most barbells are 4-7 feet long. Barbells are great for exercises like squats, lunges, and deadlifts. However, it can be also used for isolation exercises like the preacher curl, wrist curl, barbell curl, and lying triceps extensions.
Types of Bars
Standard bars are the most popular option and can be used for traditional power and strength exercises, such as the shoulder press and squat. When heavily loaded, they tend to bend a bit. Shop Standard Bars
Deadlift bars can handle heavier loads and have a longer shaft. They’re typically coated with steel for a better grip. Compared to standard barbells, they’re slightly narrower in diameter. We recommend the OB-DL Deadlift Bar.
Olympic barbells are slightly more flexible. They work best for power cleans and other dynamic exercises. Shop Our Olympic Bar Collection.
Swiss bars are a piece of equipment is perfect for rowing, pressing and other movements targeting the delts and arms. It places less strain on the shoulder joints and allows for a multitude of neutral grips. View our OB-MULTI Swiss Bar.
The EZ bar is easier on the wrist than other types of barbells and can be used for arm exercises, such as bicep curls and skull crushers. It also allows for a wide variety of grips and feels more comfortable overall. We have two different EZ Curl Bars to pick from.
Specialty bars make it easier to work your muscles from different angles and bust through strength plateaus. Choosing one over another depends on your anatomy, fitness level, and workout goals. Beginners, for example, may use the hex bar to improve their deadlift and prevent back injuries. View Our Specialty Bar Collection.
What is Knurling?
Knurling is a pattern of straight and crossed lines (a crosshatched pattern) on a barbell. When gripping the knurled areas on a bar, it creates friction to allow the user to have more control and a better grip.
There are three types of knurling, and each one is more or less aggressive than the other.
- Hill - the least amount of friction, this is optimal for practicing and not using much weight.
- Mountain - the standard on most bars, these have points at the top to create better friction with your hand.
- Volcano - the most aggressive knurling, this is optimal for powerlifters and deadlift exercises. It also has an optimal grip due to the circular/crater point which creates more surface area, and thus more grip.
Lastly, powerlifting bars typically have center knurling to provide aid in the back squat exercise during competitions.