Bars and Weights
There is nothing more fundamental to strength training than the bar you use and the weights you put on them.
ER Canada will not sell you a $100 bar. They might look nice, but you might as well use a bar made from rolled up tin foil. They will bend much too easily, and are usually highly chromed and much too smooth and slippery. Does this mean you need a $1500 Eleiko bar? No, certainly not. A $485 Texas Power Bar is the best bar you can buy for the price, capable of very heavy loads, with the $275 Bells of Steel bar a close second, especially for smaller budgets. If you need an IPF Approved bar, the TITEX bar has been used extensively at UASPL Championships, including Blaine Sumner's 500 KG World Record. The heaviest squat EVER in the IPF.
For weights, our York and PFS brands are very accurate, a great choice for the cost conscious, and if you don't need calibrated kg plates. If you do want competition approved weight, Challenge is the best bet for tight budgets. A full set of these are about 1/3 the cost of Eleiko and just as accurate. For IPF Approved weights, TITEX is your choice, accurate and attractive in appearance.
Many bars and weights are available as combination sets at reduced prices.
Besides your basic straight Olympic bar we also offer a number of specialty bars:
- Texas Deadlift bar - designed to flex for a gradual pull off the floor.
- Texas Squat bar - thicker and stronger, capable of some really huge loads, 1200 lbs or more.
- Buffalo Bar - a curved bar, great for increased stability or those with shoulder impingement.
- Camber bar - dropped sides, moving the center of gravity lower
- Trap/Hex bar - moves the weight directly to your sides, great for deadlifting in a straighter up and down path.
- Swiss bar - perpendicular handles allow for gripping at 90 degrees rather than inline to the bar.