Best Olympic Bar Under $200

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.

Comparing the Best Olympic Weightlifting Bars


Olympic weightlifting bars are used frequently at olympic lifting gyms, Crossfit boxes, the Olympic Games or anywhere that lifters may be doing the olympic lifts (snatch or clean-and-jerk). They are made to be springly at high loads to facilitate explosiveness, prevent a high shock load for the lifter, and absorb the shock of being dropped. The tensile strength (PSI) tends to be lower than powerlifting bars so that it isn't too stiff, but newer manufacturing methods are resulting in some very high tensile strength bars that remain springy.