There is nothing more fundamental to strength training than the bar you use and the weights you put on them.
StrongArm Sport will not sell you a $75 bar. They may look great, 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, our own $240 StrongArm power bar is 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 Bells of Steel brands are very accurate, a great choice for the cost conscious, and don't need calibrated kg plates. If you do want competition approved weight, Titan's TITEX line is your best bet. They are the LOWEST cost IPF Approved weights you can buy, accurate and attractive in appearance. Many bars and weights are available as combination sets at reduced prices. Specialty Bars 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.
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.
Here is Blaine Sumner squatting 1102 lbs with a Titex bar and weights, on an ER rack. All StrongArm products! (If the spotters were not in the way, you'd see yours truly at the Jury table)