Ironmaster OB86 Barbell Review

September 23rd, 2021|2 Comments

Intro This Ironmaster OB 86 bar has flown under the radar. Ironmaster is most known for their heavy-duty adjustable dumbbells. I thought i'd get my hands on the bar and determine whether people should be considering it. It's $239, which puts it in the price range of some fairly respectable "budget bars" that are better than the cheapo ~$115 bars that you [...]

J-Cup Protectors Review

September 14th, 2021|8 Comments

This is such a niche problem that I didn't expect anyone had created an off-the-shelf solution. Here's an example of what some of us have dealt with. My Titan X-3 squat stand's J-cups were only mostly protected with UHMW liners as shown above. The inside front lip is not protected at all. I can roll my bar right into the exposed steel [...]

Best Crossfit Barbells Under $350

September 9th, 2021|8 Comments

Introduction Crossfitters have different requirements than old-school lifters focused on the more narrow sports of olympic weightlifting, bodybuilding, powerlifting, or strength training. The thing is, Crossfitters need a good quality bar that's good for high-rep olympic lifting AND versatile enough for presses, deadlifts, and varying grip widths. It's tough to get a perfect bar that's good for all types of exercises. There [...]

Best Olympic Bar Under $250

August 26th, 2021|24 Comments

A few years back I wrote a guide on the best bar under $200. As you no doubt have seen everywhere, prices have gone up over time with inflation and other factors, leading to your options being severely limited with a $200 limit. To give you a better view of things, I've bumped the limit up to $250 and rewrote this with [...]

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