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So you want a good barbell, but you're conflicted as to what type to get.
The two main types of bars are power bars (also called powerlifting bars) and olympic weightlifting bars. Just so you know what we're referring to, weightlifting bars might also be called oly bars or olympic bars. Just to confuse things, "olympic bar" might mean anything. When someone says it, maybe they mean a weightlifting bar, or maybe they mean any bar with 2" diameter ends that will take olympic weights. Who knows. It depends on the context.
You're convinced you need a good 7ft bar and not a cheapo bar like one included in a basic 300 lb olympic weight set, but you balk at seeing people send a week's salary on one. You want it as a tool for weight lifting that will last a long time, but you don't want to regret blowing the extra $200 unnecessarily.
If that's you, read on.
You can spend $700 on a new bar if you really want to. And you might discover why it's so good once you start using it. The reality is it only makes sense for competitive athletes who want to be lifting on the same bar they have at the meet.
For bars strictly under $200, I've narrowed it down to this short list.