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Rogue Ohio power bar vs Camber bar

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jul 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Rogue Ohio power bar vs Camber bar

This is a comparison of the Rogue Ohio bar and the Camber bar including pros, cons, and alternatives. Follow the links for more details

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Overview and review of the Rogue Camber bar

This overview of the  camber bar was originally published in my comprehensive guide on which Rogue barbell to buy. If you are currently considering to buy a Rogue barbell it is worth a read to get input on the latest models. I update the guide on a yearly basis depending on Rogue's new releases. 

 
 
 
Price 295$
 

Overview of the Rogue Camber bar

 
The camber bar is another variation of the specialty bars of Rogue. It is very similar to the safety bar with a few differences. The first is that the hands can be placed lower on the frame. This helps even more with athletes suffering from a shoulder injury. The other difference is that the weight swings more during the movement. This helps with bigger core activation. While the safety bar lets you squat more weight deeper the camber bar actively works on balance.
 
The camber bar comes in at a weight of 85lb. The shafts fit regular clips and plates. The camber bar comes fully welded. Pay special attention to quality when you buy specialty bars. The production process is usually less mechanized than for barbells. You need a good welding job to be safe. Yes, you can get these bars a lot cheaper from craigslist. However, you might end up with a terrible welding job.
 

Pros of the Camber bar

 
The camber bar is unusual and will challenge your athletes. Not a lot of people have ever seen, nevermind used a camber bar in the real world. Combining the camber bar and safety bar is especially useful for strongmen who have to get used to moving weights at different angles and positions. If you want to use this as a cheaper replacement for a Yoke carry be cautious  You can not put this bar down in the middle of the walk.
 

Cons of the Camber bar

 
This bar already weighs 85lb unloaded. It is also very cumbersome and awkward to store. This is a tool for big gyms with lots of floor space. If you are already constrained for space this is not the bar to get. It is also more challenging than the safety bar. If you are a beginner deciding between a safety and camber bar, go for the safety bar
 

Conclusion

The rogue camber bar is a good tool especially for strongman training.Alternatives can be the Rogue safety bar or a Rhino hip belt squat to take tension off the shoulders and wrists.

 
 

Overview and Review of the Rogue Ohio Power bar

This overview of the  Ohio power bar was originally published in my comprehensive guide on which Rogue barbell to buy. If you are currently considering to buy a Rogue barbell it is worth a read to get input on the latest models. I update the guide on a yearly basis depending on Rogue's new releases. 
 
Price: 325$/425$
 

Overview of the Rogue Ohio Power bar

 
The rogue Ohio power bar is one of the IPF approved barbells from rogue. To be used in competitions barbells have been tested and approved by the association you want to compete in. The IPF is one of the most respected and well-known federations in the world. This means that you can simulate powerlifting competition standards in your own gym. If you are a powerlifting gym intending to hold a competition at a national or international you should have at least one IPF approved barbell. Three might be even better depending on how many athletes are invited.
 
The Rogue Ohio Power bar comes in two versions. One in Zinc and the other in stainless steel. The zinc version withstands 200K PSI tensile strength while the other withstands 205K tensile strength. The bar weighs 20kg and has a diameter of 29mm. The loadable sleeve length is 16.875. The sleeves are attached to the shaft with bushing. The Ohio power bar has no whip and aggressive knurling. 
 
The Ohio power bar is described as one of the best options for powerlifting on a budget. The 325$ option brings it very close to the bread and butter Ohio bar. If you don't want any intricate designs and you are focused on powerlifting, this is the bar to get. You might want to toss up between the westside barbell and the Ohio bar. If you compare like for like (in this case zinc for zinc) you get a stiffer bar with less aggressive knurling from the westside barbell and a less stiff barbell with more aggressive knurling with the Ohio power bar
 
 

Pros of the Ohio power bar

 
The Rogue Ohio power bar is a good value for money bar for someone who wants to start a home gym with powerlifting focus. If you can spare a couple of extra dollars compared to the Ohio bar it will be worth your while. The other options to consider are the deadlift bar, thor bar and westside bar if you do not care that much for overhead lifts.
 

Cons of the Ohio power bar

 
The Rogue Ohio power bar has not been designed to be dropped continuously from overhead. While you can do it the lack of whip will show more wear and tear on the bushing and the bar itself. It will also behave suboptimally during clean and jerks and snatches if the main focus of your training or gym is weightlifting. If you want to invest while on a budget into a solid weightlifting barbell goes for the training bar instead.
 

Conclusion

If you are focused on powerlifting and do not want to pay for a Rogue westside or Thor barbell, the rogue Ohio power bar is the way to go. 

 
 

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