Barbell FAQs

Common Questions:

  • What is the difference between the chrome and stainless steel finish?
    • Stainless steel will be a higher grade of metal. It will be more resistant to rust than the chrome barbells and more aesthetically pleasing, while chrome is a plating that can potentially chip off if it was hit hard enough by another object. Stainless steel is the building material all the way through with no coating, meaning any time the bar gets damaged from hitting another solid metal object there is still stainless steel exposed so that will not accelerate the oxidation process.
  • What is the difference between the Gladiator MX and Gladiator WL?
    • The Gladiator WL has center knurling while the MX has no center knurling. The WL has medium knurling while the MX has mild knurling. The WL has a 28mm diameter shaft while the MX has 28.5mm shaft diameter. The MX will be better suited for higher rep, cross training style workouts because of the no center knurl and more mild knurling. 
  • Are your barbells compatible with other branded plates?
    • Our barbells are designed to work with any standard plates, featuring 2" diameter center holes.
  • What makes the Sabre multi-purpose?
    • The Sabre bar is an all-around multi-purpose bar ideally suited for power lifts, but can also be used for Olympic lifts. The dual knurling markings allow you to set up your hands for either power lifting or weight lifting. The fairly passive knurl won’t cut up your hands during high rep workouts. It can be purchased with or without center knurl and is rated up to 1,000 lbs.
  • What is the difference between bushing and bearing sleeves?
    • Both bushing and bearing sleeves produce sufficient sleeve rotation, but needle bearings allows for a faster, smoother, quieter spin and has a more reliable turnover for maximum loads, which is better for Olympic style lifts. While powerlifting, movements are slower and more strength related, so a bushing sleeve is more efficient.
  • What is the purpose of knurl markings on a barbell?
    • Knurl markings indicate the legal hand positions for a given movement. They can also be a helpful landmark for you to use so you can place your hands in the same spot every time for a given lift.
  • Which barbell is best for me?
    • This will largely depend on what type of training that you do and what your training goals are. If you are not sure how to decide, email us at [email protected] and one of our Customer Service Representatives will help match you with the best bar for you! 

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