The science of a good bar is well worth the investment. In fact, purchasing a good bar can not only add years of training to your program without buying a new bar, but can also provide a safe and productive experience vs. the bare minimum.
A good bar can put you over the hump.
Recently, we got to try out Troy’s new VTX Bar (GOB-1800) and compare it to the best bar we have been working with: the Pendlay HD 20 KG Training Bar.
To compare bars in general, check out this article we had a couple of years ago, explaining specific details of different kinds of bars and what you are getting when you purchase one.
To start out, kick the bar, when weight is on it, to watch it spin and see how much it oscillates (bounces, wobbles, etc.). A really stiff bar will not really budge – which usually means you feel ALL of the weight as it hits you. A really wobbly bar can be unsafe when using really heavy weights in squats or deadlift and can allow athletes to perform with poor form. So really, you want something in between.
This bar could not stop surprising.
First of all, it’s a really slick looking bar with it’s oxidized finish, making it stand out from the others on the platform. When compared to the Pendlay bar, this bar felt fetter in your hands, spun smoother, whipped more – but not too much, and was overall more comfortable. As I snatched, cleaned, deadlifted, squatted and pressed, I was motivated by the spring and intensity in my lifting.
In fact, we were so impressed, we decided to pull out a secret weapon – a higher-dollar Eleiko bar that was used in the most recent Pan American games in Toronto.
Honestly, even for training purposes in Olympic weightlifting, our team preferred the Troy bar!
Truly, this is the bar that we are recommendin at any level. It’s a new bar on the market and will not be a secret weapon for long.