I’m putting together a home garage gym, UK based, and I’m looking for any advice/recommendations people have regarding which barbell to get.
I’m looking for an entry-level Olympic barbell, used primarily for basic lifts (squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press, row etc.) and variations of those. I don’t intend to do much weightlifting, but would like it to be able to handle some power cleans for example, if I want to do some.
I’ve got a budget in mind of £100 - £150, which I realise won’t get anything amazing, but then the heaviest I’m lifting right now is only about 140kg for deadlift.
What I’m struggling with is there seem to be a lot of bars that fall in that range (and cheaper) but with pretty different stats…
I know Strength Shop is well rated, and their 2028 bar is £120 and rated up to 250kgs. Their 2029 bar is then £150, with a rating of 260kgs. Is the extra price just for the 1mm thickness added?
When I’ve generally searched online I’ve then also seen Wolverson Fitness recommended a few times, and they have a garage bar for £120 (although their site doesn’t say a lot about it) or otherwise a GT bar for £110, which is rated to about 700kgs (1500lbs).
You do then get a bunch of other bars on Amazon/ebay etc which then seem to be a chunk less but also with high weight ratings. There’s a bunch of bodymax bars rated 300+ for anywhere between £60-£90. There’s one that’s rated to approx. 700kgs for £90, which supposedly has an RRP of nearly double that?
Basically I’m getting lost a bit between all the options and would appreciate anyone who has actually experience using any of these (or similar alternatives).
Thanks in advance