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Barbell on a budget [Article, Video]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 10, 2020 8:03:35 AM

Basement gym on a budget

Barbell on a budget

A good source to build your gym on a budget is TITAN fitness. This article will walk you through the details.
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Barbell on a budget

If you want to get a barbell on a budget the best sources are Craigslist, Facebook, and eBay if you have the time and a hand for striking a bargain. YOu have to be a savvy negotiator, patient and also willing to take it on the chin if the merchandise does not live up to its hype. I am personally not great at this as I prefer to buy new equipment. If you want to know how to do up used barbells and root through the internet you can learn one or two tricks from Coop at Garage Gym reviews. If you want something new at a reasonable price tag you can turn to TITAN Fitness. 
You can buy a good barbell from the following sources:
  • Rogue Fitness
  • Kabuki Strength
  • Eleiko
  • Titan Fitness
The list can be made longer than this, but this will suffice for the sake of argument. Rogue Fitness has good stock, good quality, and a brand name to go with it. There is also a wide array of barbells you can choose from. However, they are also pricy in the sense that quality control, producing in the United States, warranties and reliable stock and shipping have their price. It is not the source to get the cheapest basement, but beginners who have no clue where to go will get their money's worth out of it without buying trash. Rogue equipment usually gets very positive feedback. Some exceptions were the Slinger, the first release of the lat pull down, and ropes. When Rogue brings out something new, wait for the V2 of it is not pressing. Rogue usually does some minor fixes in the V2 which have a big impact on usability. If you are undecided between an original or a V2, go for the V2. The only cost slightly more, but the improvements are usually more than worth the money. 
Next on the list is Kabuki strength. Kabuki Strength is run by powerlifter Chris Duffin. All of his bars and equipment are a little lower in stock compared to big names like Rogue and TITAN. You likely have to wait a little more to get your delivery. In return, it is a lot more likely that your equipment was made to order and not just repackaged or taken from a heap of equipment that has been in the warehouse for x amount of months. The highest acclaimed product from Kabuki that I know of is the Duffalo bar. TITAN has a clone of this bar which is called the Bison at a 5th of the cost. The quality is poor and here you see the strength of Kabuki. If it is oddly shaped and produced in lower numbers, Kabuki is the way to go. 
Eleiko has been the leading brand in barbells for decades until it was challenged by newcomers like TITAN, Rogue, and Kabuki Strength. Especially in the world of Olympic barbells, Eleiko is seen as the gold standard. The Olympics are officially equipped with Eleiko plates and barbells. Eleiko has recently made a move to discontinue their affiliate program and removed prices from their web page. They want you to talk to a sales rep and not just order yourself. This is good when you want to build an entire gym for the first time and have no clue. That is also great if you have the change to afford the best in the business. It is not so great for a home warrior who has to explain his/her budget to their spouse. If you want to outfit your facility to train the nex Olympians and need an experienced strength team to help go with Eleiko. Otherwise, go with Rogue or TITAN.
There is a wide arrange of barbells available from TITAN. A full line up of the barbell would be:
TItan is a great in-between option as it is not as much money as with Rogue, but the quality is in the same range. Especially for the bars which do not need a lot of welding are made from a straight piece of metal. 
All-purpose barbell on a budget 
The all-purpose barbell of choice on a budget would the ATlas bar from Titan.
Olympic barbell on a budget 
Pick the Olympic model from TITAN.


TItan is a great choice to be gentle on your purse while still getting good equipment. If you are a powerlifter looking for special equipment beyond the basics, pay Kabuki Strength a visit. Olympic weightlifters who want to fit out a gold medal-worthy facility can start at Eleiko. If you want great quality on everything and now your prices upfront, go with Rogue. 

Topics: Kettlebell, Rogue, Powerlifting, Crossfit, Barbell, Plates, Bench, Dumbbell, Rack