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Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Sep 21, 2019, 6:43:35 AM

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Which barbell to get from TITAN fitness

This is an overview of the barbells you most likely will want from TITAN. They are sorted in descending order by price and you see their price, dimensions and alternatives in one place. Hope it helps you to make the right choice for your needs. Prices are subject to change and can be influenced by promotions or the fluctuating price of materials which go into production.

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Index

 
This is the index of this post and the bars are sorted descending in price from highest to lowest. There are all of the TITAN bars covered in this post:
 
 

Quick reference

 
You are looking for an all-purpose barbell at a reasonable price
 
You want some color in your life
 
You are into strongman competitions
 
 

Blues City Cerakote

Price $295

 

Overview of the Blues city Olympic barbell

 
This is the top of the line barbell from TITAN you will get a great barbell with all of the necessary knurlings to do powerlifting or weightlifting. You can decide between colors and the cerakote finish give this bar a good look, while still being up for high standards. Here the specifications and features of the Blues City
 
Available colors: 
 
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Bronze 
  • Red
 
Bar details 
  • Made In The USA.
  • No center knurling.
  •  Cerakote shaft to prevent corrosion and abrasions.
  • Dual knurl marks with standard knurling.
  • Zinc sleeves with Bronze Bushings for consistent spins.
  • High tensile strength.
  • Provides a good whip.
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Overall Length: 86.75”
  • Shaft Grip Diameter: 28.5mm
  • Overall Knurling Width: 16”
  • Tensile Strength: 190,000 PSI
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.25 per sleeve
  • Knurl Type: Standard Knurling
  

Pros of the Blues City barbell 

 
For a cerakote bar, this is a very good price. Compared to other TITAN barbells the price might be a little high for you, especially if you don’t care that much about the color of your barbell. 
 

Cons of the Blues City barbell

 
If you are buying in bulk this might not be the option for you as the costs will multiply out. If you want to simulate closer what happens in competition this bar is neither IPF nor IWF approved. For this, you would have to go with Eleiko or Rogue bars. 
 

Alternatives to the Blues CIty 

 
Alternatives to the TITAN Blues City are 
 
 
The Titan Atlas bar is a great option from TITAN to save money when you buy in bulk while still providing great service to your clients. The Atlas bar is the all-around workhorse out of the TITAN portfolio. 
 
The Rogue Pyrros bar has been co-designed by Rogue and three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Pyrros Dimas. It has recently been approved by the IWF to be used at official competitions. 
 
The Rogue Ohio power bar is the powerlifting adaptation of the Rogue Ohio bar. This barbell has recently been approved by the IPF to be officially used in their competitions. 
 

Summary for the Blues City bar 

 
If you want a stylish cerakote bar on a budget this is the one to get. If you are buying in multiples or you are preparing for a professional competition you might want to go with different options.
 
 

Blues City power bar

Price $260

 

Overview of the Blues City power bar 

 
The blues city power bar is especially geared towards powerlifters and their needs. This is achieved by less whip in the bar, higher PSI strength, and more aggressive knurling. This provides better grip and less movement in the bar which can get challenging especially on very heavy squats and bench presses. There is a case to be made that whip actually helps the deadlift as it shortens the distance the weight has to be pulled especially for sumo deadlifts. The TITAN power barbell comes in black. The features and specifications of this barbell are: 
 
Barbell details 
  • Made In The USA with 100% US sourced materials.
  • Center knurling.
  • Oxide shaft to prevent corrosion and abrasions.
  • Power Lifting knurl marks with aggressive knurling.
  • Zinc sleeves with Bronze Bushings for consistent spins.
  • High tensile strength.
  • Provides little to no whip.
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Overall Length: 86.25”
  • Shaft Grip Diameter: 28.5mm
  • Overall Outside Knurling Width: 17”
  • Center Knurling Width: 5”
  • Tensile Strength: 200,000 PSI
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 16.125 per sleeve
  • Shaft Length: 51.5”
  • Shaft Color: Black Oxide
  • Sleeve Material: Zinc
  • Bushings/Bearings: Bronze Bushings
  • Knurl Type: Aggressive Knurling
 
A good option for powerlifters who want something special at a reasonable price. 
 

Pros of the power bar 

 
This bar comes with center knurling, aggressive knurling, and stiff steel. It will hold chalk better than other TITAN models and therefore give the little edge for your powerlifting. Compared to the market it also comes at a reasonable price. 
 

Cons of the power bar 

 
If you want to use it for multiple people who are not that dedicated to training, they might complain that this bar is too aggressive on their hands. Experienced weightlifters will prefer a bar with whip to use the momentum to get more weight over their heads. 
 

Alternatives to the TITAN power bar 

 
You can have a look at the following alternatives to the TITAN power bar: 
 
Alternatives to the TITAN Blues City are 
 
 
The Titan Atlas bar is a great option from TITAN to save money when you buy in bulk while still providing great service to your clients. The Atlas bar is the all-around workhorse out of the TITAN portfolio. 
 
The Rogue Pyrros bar has been co-designed by Rogue and three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Pyrros Dimas. It has recently been approved by the IWF to be used at official competitions. 
 
The Rogue Ohio power bar is the powerlifting adaptation of the Rogue Ohio bar. This barbell has recently been approved by the IPF to be officially used in their competitions.
 

Summary for the TITAN power bar 

 
This is a good budget option for the ambitious home powerlifter on a budget. If you are buying multiples you might want to go to the Atlas bar. If you are planning a professional competition look into the Rogue and Eleiko portfolio to use approved barbells. 
 

TItan Bombshell

Women's Olympic bar

Price $252

 

Overview of the TITAN women’s Olympic barbell

 
The women’s Olympic barbell from TITAN weighs 15kg with a tensile strength of 190.000. The barbell has been built to the specifications of women’s barbells which are a bit lighter and smaller than their male counterparts. These are the specifications and features of the TITAN bombshell bar: 
 
Available colors 
 
  • Pink 
  • Purple 
  • Red 
 
Barbell details 
 
  • Made In The USA
  • No center knurling
  • Cerakote shaft to prevent corrosion and abrasions
  • Dual knurl marks with standard knurling
  • Zinc sleeves with Bronze Bushings for consistent spins
  • High tensile strength
  • Provides a good whip
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Overall Length: 79.5”
  • Shaft Grip Diameter: 25mm
  • Overall Knurling Width: 16.5”
  • Tensile Strength: 190,000 PSI
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 11.75 per sleeve
  • Shaft Length: 51.75”
  • Shaft Color: Cerakote Red
  • Sleeve Material: Zinc
  • Bushings/Bearings: Bronze Bushings
  • Knurl Type: Standard Knurling
 
A solid barbell available in popping colors for women who like that. 
 

Pros of the Women’s Olympic barbell 

 
As with most of the TITAN portfolio, the price is attractive compared to other options in the market. Apart from that you can get the color purple and pink only with these bars in the TITAN line up. 
 

Cons of the TITAN Women’s bar 

 
The TITAN bar is not IWF approved, so if you wanted to do competitions with it the records placed would not count. If you are buying in bulk for a gym a lower cost bar might also be a better option.
 

Alternatives to the women’s Olympic barbell

 
Alternatives to the TITAN Bombshell bar are 
 
 
The Titan Atlas bar is a great option from TITAN to save money when you buy in bulk while still providing great service to your clients. The Atlas bar is the all-around workhorse out of the TITAN portfolio. 
 
The Rogue Pyrros bar has been co-designed by Rogue and three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Pyrros Dimas. It has recently been approved by the IWF to be used at official competitions. 
 
The Rogue Ohio power bar is the powerlifting adaptation of the Rogue Ohio bar. This barbell has recently been approved by the IPF to be officially used in their competitions.
 

Summary of the women’s Olympic barbell

 
Solid option for female home warriors who want color in their lifting and want to save some money. 
 
 

Hex trap bar

Price $213

 

Overview of the hex trap bar 

 
A hex trap bar is a great option to introduce beginners to the deadlift or to have a multi-purpose tool to do farmers walks. Lifting the weight from inside the frame while making it less strenuous on your lower back limiting injury risk. The specifications and features of the hex trap bar are: 
 
Bar details
 
  • Dual handle design
  • Raised set of handles stands 7.5" from the floor for a raised starting position when lifting. 
  • Frame measure 49" across so you can easily rack the bar on your power rack safety system. 
  • Solid 48mm weight posts for maximum capacity and long term durability. Tested at 810 LB over a 24 hours period. 
  • Overall Length: 87.5" 
  • Hexagon Frame Length: 49"
  • Handle Spread: 25" 
  • Handle Diameter: 1.25"
  • Handle Length: 24.5"
  • Weight Post Length: 15.75"
  • Weight Post Diameter: 48 mm
  • Weight: 60 LB
 
Good tool when you have lower back problems or beginners. 
 

Pros of the Hex bar 

 
A hex bar lets you develop about the same muscle groups as the straight bar for the deadlift with a lesser risk of lower back injuries. It can also be used for farmers walks in Strongman classes. 
 

Cons of the Hex bar 

 
Hex bars are usually hard to store and intimidating to beginners. Because of their higher weight and big frame beginners usually don’t like to set them up. Apart from the farmers walks and deadlifts the applications of the hex bar are quite limited. 
 

Alternatives to the hex bar 

 
The Titan Atlas bar is a great option from TITAN to save money when you buy in bulk while still providing great service to your clients. The Atlas bar is the all-around workhorse out of the TITAN portfolio. 
 
For only about $100 more you can get a yoke. Most people who consider a hex bar already own a barbell. You might as well consider a yoke as it gives you a lot more options for only slightly more money. 
 
If you are already looking into strongman equipment, you might want to have a look at a log bar. These are great to develop overall body strength and have been a staple of strongman competitions for years. 
 

Summary of the hex bar 

 
The hex bar is a great tool to get athletes used to the deadlift or lower injury risk for people who are not into powerlifting but want to reap the benefits of the deadlift. 

Safety Squat bar $199

 

Overview of the Safety squat bar

 
A safety squat bar is a good tool to help with the development of your lower back strength. Strongman like it as a bar to prepare for the squat events in strongman competitions where the weight usually sits a bit lower from the bar based on the contraption they are using. If you want to take your squat to the next öevel and make it easier on your lower back, a safety bar is a good alternative to a straight barbell. Here are the features and specifications for the TITAN safety Squat bar:
 
Safety squat bar details
  • Shoulder and arm pads for a comfortable lift
  • 5" drop keeps the weight plates lower for a stabilized center of gravity and better balance
  • 6" hand grips for control when needed.
  • Extra thick pad comes in one piece to prevent sliding on the bar while squatting.
  • Capacity: 1500 LB
  • Weight: 61 LB
  • Overall length: 90.5”
  • Handle Spacing: 12.75”
  • Shoulder Pad Spacing: 8"
  • Bar Diameter: 1.5”
  • Loadable Sleeve Length: 16”
  • Camber Drop: 5”
  • Handle Angle: 22 Degrees 
 
This is a good edition for dedicated athletes or gyms who want to specialize into tailoring to strongmen.
 

Pros of the Safety squat bar

 
It is an extra tool in your belt to get stronger and bring up your lower back strength. It is easier to hold on to bigger weights and less taxing on the back. Some also like it to do good mornings with. TITAN also has a pretty good deal on this compared to the competition in the market.
 

Cons of the Safety squat bar

 
The cons of the safety squat bar are its single-purpose use, that it is cumbersome and that you buy it from TITAN. You can only use it for squats, not for bench pressing, Olympic lifting or powerlifting. TITAN is also known to cut corners on welding and finish of their products which is important for safety bars, as they are usually assembled by hand. 
 

Alternatives to the Safety Squat bar

 
Alternatives to the safety squat bar are:
 
 
The TITAN Bison bar is curved to ease the strain on your back when you are squatting. This bar can also be used for bench presses as well as squats. The downside is that it does not have as big as a capacity and might be a little tight for very big athletes. 
 
The camber bar works with a very similar concept as the safety bar but without the handles in front. This makes the camber usually a little less expensive and a good choice in combination with handles for very deep squats. 
 
The TITAN log bar is a great addition to your setup if you want to go for strongman competitions. For a proper strongman gym, you will want to have a log bar, safety bar, farmer's walk bars and some tires to flip.
 

Summary for the TITAN Safety bar

 
The TITAN safety bar is a low-cost Safety bar compared to other options in the market. With the savings, you might even be able to pick up another strongman item. The downside is that the finish might be not up to par. 
 

The atlas bar

Price $172

 

Overview of the Atlas bar 

 
The Atlas bar is the all-purpose, middle of the road bar from TITAN for all your needs. Only available in steel color this is a nice piece of equipment at a very reasonable price for all purposes. If you want to weightlift and powerlift and don’t care about competitions or fancy colors, this is the one for you. The features and specifications of the Atlas bar are: 
 
Atlas bar details: 
  • 20KG 28.5MM Olympic Weightlifting bar.
  • Medium knurl provides a full, not sharp pattern allowing the lifter to decide their ideal grip.
  • 220,000 PSI tensile strength gives the right amount of whip or flex to the bar for Olympic lifts. 
  • Dual knurl marks allow you to use the Atlas Bar for multiple lifts on and off your Rack. 
  • Bar weight: 20KG (44 LB)
  • Bar Diameter: 28.5MM
  • Knurl: medium
  • Center Knurl: No
  • Knurl Marks: Dual
  • Bushing/Bearing: Combination
  • Tensile Strength: 220,000 PSI
  • Warranty: 1 year
 
This is a solid first bar to start your home gym or to buy in bulk for commercial purposes. 
 

Pros of the Atlas bar 

 
As with all TITAN equipment, it has a price advantage when compared to their direct competition. That this bar also has partly bearing is especially attractive at this price point. The 220K tensile strength and whip round off the picture. A solid choice for starters and equipping gyms. 
 

Cons of the Atlas bar 

 
TITAN is known for cutting corners on their finishes. This doesn’t make the equipment less usable but at times optically inferior. As this is a budget bar which does the job very well, I doubt that will be a problem unless you open a gym in LA or NY for the rich and famous. If you want to hold official IPF or IWF lifting competitions the Atlas bar is not approved.
 

Alternatives to the Atlas bar 

 
 
The blues city bar is the alternative from TITAN which will give you the choice of color with the Cerakote coating. This is a type of coating technique which has been adapted from the weapons industry. 
 
The bombshell bar is the female version of the blues city. It also has more whip and would be the choice for Olympic
weightlifters. 
 
The Rogue Ohio bar is the alternative from TITAN’s direct competitor which is built for the same purpose in Columbus, Ohio. 
 

Summary for the Atlas bar 

 
The Atlas bar is a solid choice if you want to buy your first proper barbell to start your gym on a budget. Also, if you want to outfit a gym for the first time, this can be a good bulk buy as these barbells will last you longer than the York ones. 
 
 

Strongman Log bar

Price $159

 

Overview of the Strongman log bar 

 
The Strongman log bar is a staple of Strongman Training. The pinnacle of this lifting practice is the Austrian oak competitions at the Arnold. This exercise will challenge your balance and all body strength. The log also loads competition plates, which often can be a problem with these bars. The features and specifications of the log bar are:
 
TITAN log bar details: 
  • Now fits Competition Plates,
  • welded end caps
  • 1.65" knurled handles
  • Neutral hand grips at 26" on center.
  •  Fully welded seams for great fit and finish.
  • 14.25" loadable sleeves
  • Weight: 75 LB
  • Overall length: 75.5"
  • Sleeve diameter: 1.9"
  • Log diameter: 10"
  • Loadable sleeve length: 14.25"
 
Good tool to press big weights overhead. 
 

Pros of the log bar 

 
The neutral grip position puts less stress on your wrists for the bench press and the overhead press. It will also teach you better to deal with cumbersome objects to lift them up. The price is also attractive compared to barbells and other competitors. 
 

Cons of the log bar 

 
A log bar can be quite intimidating for beginners as they are heavier and harder to handle than a barbell. They can sometimes be a pain to fit the plates you already have in your gym. As this piece of equipment has a lot of welding to be done and TITAN is known to cut not so the best job on these you might want to opt for a piece of equipment which needs less welding or is from a different vendor. 
 

Alternatives to the log bar 

 
 
The Atlas bar is TITAN’s all-purpose bar at a reasonable price. There are no welds on this bar which eliminates the risk of getting poor quality. It will also not be as intimidating for beginners as a log bar. 
 
If you still want a log bar you can invest a little more and go for the Rogue Log bar. You will pay more but there are usually no complaints on the Rogue finish. 
 
The hex bar from TITAN is an option too. This will enable you to do deadlifts in a safe and practice farmers walks for a better grip and the carriers which are a part of Strongman competitions. 
 

Summary of the log bar 

 
A good budget option, but you might want to look somewhere else because of the many welds. 
 

Multi-grip Camber bar

Price $156

 

Overview of the TITAN Multi-grip Camber bar

 
A camber bar is a great option to bring your bench press to the next level. It is especially interesting when you have been training for years and have wrist pain or if you want to follow the west side method. The camber bar will enable you to use different variations of hand positioning easily on the bench press to let you work the chest muscles from different angles. This technique is often used by experienced powerlifters and strongman to either push through plateaus or to make sure that they can tackle the same weight from various leverage points. The features and specifics of the TITAN Camber bar are:
 
Camber bar details:
  • 2" Camber for greater range of motion
  • Multiple grips points to target different muscle groups
  • Knurling for a secure grip
  • black powder coat
  • Fits Olympic weight plates
  • Overall Width: 82"
  • Sleeve to Sleeve: 54"
  • Sleeve Length: 13.75"
  • Sleeve Diameter: 49.55 mm | 1.95"
  • Grip Width's: 10" / 20" / 28.5"
  • Grip Diameter: 1.25"
  • Weight: 47 LB
This is a good addition to the existing barbell line up in a commercial gym or as a additional bar for the experienced lifter at home.
 

Pros of the Multi-grip camber bar

 
This is a good tool to throw something new at your constant gym class members in your commercial gym. Experienced lifters might appreciate giving their shoulders a break from the straight bar bench press which can be taxing on the shoulder joints, especially at very high weights. Strongman competitors will see the benefit of variety in grip set up to be prepared for unforeseen bench press variations in competition. 
 

Cons of the Multi-grip camber bar

 
The camber bar is probably not the best idea for beginners as they are confused enough to find the right setup for themselves on a straight barbell. Knuckle down on this one first. The benefits will also be marginal for beginners who are just starting out and can also be achieved with EZ bars and other equipment which is readily available in most commercial gyms. As with the Safety and log bar, the camber bar needs a lot of welds to be finished. Unfortunately, this is an area where TITAN has been reported more than once to be behind the competition when it comes to the finish of their product. Your equipment will still be functional, but more prone to wear and tear and look less aesthetically pleasing. 
 

Alternatives to the Multi-grip camber bar

 
 
If you want to mix things up a little for the bench press you can also use a log bar. This will make the weight feel different and also put less strain on the wrists than a straight bar. 
 
The Bison bar has a slight curve but is still very similar to a straight bar. This bar can be used for squats and bench presses to put less stress on the wrists or the back. 
 
The Rogue Multi-grip bar is a higher-priced alternative to the multi-grip camber bar from TITAN. Ordering from Rogue makes it less likely that the welds and finish will be of inferior quality, but you will pay a price for this security. This is based on averages, you can still be lucky or unlucky with your purchase from either vendor.
 

Summary for the multi-grip camber bar

 
A nice gift for a special occasion or someone who already has a gym. A great addition for a commercial gym to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. Not necessarily your first buy. 
 
 

The atlas bar women

Price $151

 

Overview of the ATLAS bar for women

 
The Atlas bar is the bread and butter bar from TITAN for all purposes. This is the version for ladies which weighs 15kg. This 25MM bar has 220.000 tensile strength and is build to help you with your Olympic lifts or powerlifting efforts. The features and specifics of this bar are: 
 
Bar details: 
  • 15KG 25MM Olympic Weightlifting bar.
  • Medium knurl provides a full, not sharp pattern allowing the lifter to decide their ideal grip.
  • 220,000 PSI tensile strength gives the right amount of whip or flex to the bar for Olympic lifts.
  • Dual knurl marks allow you to use the Atlas Bar for multiple lifts on and off your Rack. 
  • Bar weight: 15KG 
  • Bar Diameter: 25MM
  • Knurl: medium
  • Center Knurl: No
  • Knurl Marks: Dual
  • Loadable sleeve length: 14"
  • Bushing/Bearing: Combination
  • Tensile Strength: 220,000 PSI
  • Warranty: 1 year
 
All in all a solid beginner bar for a solid price for women. 
 

Pros of the Atlas bar for women 

 
The bearing bushing combination will help you to have almost the spin of a bearing bar at a fraction of the costs. Compared to other models in the market you save about half on your purchase. 
 

Cons of the Atlas women bar 

 
The atlas woman bar gives you no choice in color. It is also not approved for IPF or IWF competitions. If you want to add a little color to your training or simulate competition, this is not the bar for you. 
 

Alternatives to the Atlas women bar 

 
Alternatives to the Atlas women bar are
 
 
The bombshell bar from Titan would give you a bar with which you have a choice of color. Especially when you are building your own home gym, this might be of interest. 
 
The Rogue Ohio power bar was approved by the IPF to be used in their competitions. If you want to powerlift like the pros, this is a good option for you. 
 
The Rogue Pyrros bar has recently been IWF approved. If you want one of the best bars for weightlifting, this is your stop. 
 

Summary for the TITAN Atlas bar 

 
A good option for you when you are on a budget and don’t care about color or certifications. 
 
 

EZ Load Hex bar

Price $143

 

Overview of the EZ load hex bar 

 
The EZ load hex bar is a great tool for experienced athletes who want to train their grip or rehab patients who want to get into the deadlift to reap its benefits. The EZ bar is raised from the floor which makes it easier to load plates. You stand inside the frame to lift the weight which makes it less taxing on your back. The features and specifics are: 
 
EZ hex bar details: 
  • raised plate holders for easy loading
  • 2" Tubing for EZ Load Hex Bar Frame
  • 3 different grip diameters, 1", 1.5", and 2" Just rotate to change grips!
  • Knurled Handles.
  • 10" of loadable sleeve length
  • Fits 2" Olympic Plates.
  • Weight plates holders at 10" off the ground. 
  • Weight: 54 LB
  • Length: 66.33"
  • Width: 30.9"
  • Height: 10"
  • Sleeve length: 10"
 
A great bar to experiment and develop different types of strength. 
 

Pros of the EZ hex bar 

 
The EZ hex bar is an innovative concept you do not find in every gym. Different options to train your grip can be especially interesting for Strongman athletes. Additionally, also the easy load option, as they usually have to get a lot of plates on their bar. Beginners will struggle less and still get the benefits of a hex bar
 

Cons of the EZ hex bar 

 
There are moving parts which means that it is more prone to break after heavy use. This means gym environments with 100s of reps a day by inexperienced lifters or very, very big guys and ladies. As TITAN is known for shortcuts on their welding and finish this is something to be mindful about with this item. 
 

Alternatives to the TITAN  EZ hex bar 

 
 
The Titan hex bar would be an option with fewer moving parts which makes it more robust and less prone to quality issues. 
 
The Rogue trap bar would be an alternative which costs more and has no options for different grips. In return, the finish of Rogue is usually more consistent in quality. 
 
If you want an easy to load trap bar with an inbuilt jacking system and different grips go for the Trap bar from Kabuki strength. This will be top-notch engineering which comes with a price tag to reflect the craftsmanship going into this bar. 
 

Summary for the EZ hex bar 

 
A great addition for your arsenal, but probably get a normal hex bar first.
 
 

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