Troy Barbell Guide

Troy Barbell Guide

The Breakdown

Popular types of bars

  • Standard

  • Olympic Weightlifting Bar

  • Powerlifting Bar

  • EZ Curl Bar

The Standard Bar

A standard Barbell is the one that you probably see in most commercial gyms. The standard barbell can be used for all weightlifting including deadlifting, squatting, benching, etc… A standard barbell is more than likely going to have a less aggressive knurl and no center knurling as well as a standard weight (45 lbs.) and size (7 ft.). A standard barbell is most likely not going to have any special bushings or bearings.

VTX Men's Training Bar


  • Shaft finish: Oxide (Patina)

  • Sleeve finish: Hard chrome

  • Knurling: Fine

  • Bushings: Bronze

  • Sleeves attached: Dual Snap ring

  • Center Knurling: None

  • Weight: 44lbs (20kgs)

The Olympic Weightlifting Bar

The Olympic Weightlifting bar is going to be standardized based on Olympic weightlifting regulations. Olympic weightlifting includes lifts like the “clean and jerk” and “snatch”. In order to do these lifts without risk of injury the barbell needs to meet specific whip, knurling, rotation, and grip requirements. A good Olympic bar should have an increased whip meaning the bar should be able to bend slightly without breaking in half. The bar should have a less aggressive but medium knurl so that when the bar is spinning in the hands it is not tearing the skin. The sleeves should have bushings that have a controlled stop and the grip should be marked wider in regulation with the Olympic standard lifts.

Men's and Women's Cerakote Olympic Bar


  • Made in the U.S.A & lab tested yield strength of 213,300 P.S.I

  • Maintenance free

  • Shaft finish: Cerakote Rust-resistant

  • Sleeve finish: Bright Zinc

  • Knurling: Medium Dual Grip w/no center knurling

  • Bushings: Bronze, Self-lubricating

  • Weight: Men's 45lbs, Women's 35lbs

The Troy Blackwing Bar


  • Made in the U.S.A & lab tested yield strength of 213,300 P.S.I.

  • Maintenance free

  • Shaft Finish: Black Oxide

  • Sleeve Finish: Bright zinc

  • Knurling: Medium Dual Grip w/ no center knurling

  • Bushings: Bronze, Self-lubricating

  • Weight: 45lbs (20.41kgs)

The Powerlifting Bar

A Powerlifting bar is going to need to be able to withstand much more weight than your average barbell, this means the bar is going to have a less flexible whip and a way higher tensile strength. A higher tensile strength means the bar will have little to no bend and will also be able to withstand a ton of weight. You may be thinking this is not a good thing because we mentioned how a flexible whip is important to have in the Olympic bar, but for powerlifting since you are not snatching or cleaning the bar, it is essential for the bar to not bounce or bend to prevent injury while doing standard lifts like deadlifting, squats, and bench because you are typically lifting much more weight. The knurling on the powerlifting bars are usually quite a bit more aggressive and intense because of the amount of weight being lifted and how important it is to maintain grip on the bar.

The Troy Power Bar


  • Made in the U.S.A & lab tested yield strength of 202,800 P.S.I.

  • It sports a very aggressive knurl pattern and bronze, oil impregnated bushings for a smooth, maintenance free spin.
  • Shaft Finish: Bright Zinc

  • Sleeve Finish: Bright zinc

  • Knurling: Very Aggressive CENTER knurl

  • Dual knurl marks - For Powerlifting or Olympic Lifting

  • Bushings: Bronze, Self-lubricating

The EZ Curl Bar

The EZ Curl bar is made for specifically bicep and triceps curls. The curl of the bar minimizes wrist and elbow pain, as well as shoulder pain while performing various lifts. A good EZ Curl bar should be no more than 10 lbs. and have medium knurling.

Commercial Olympic Curl Bar


  • Bar length: 47 in.

  • Knurling: Deep Diamond Knurling

  • Sleeve Attached: Roll Pin

  • Product Weight: 17.2 lbs.

  • Shaft Diameter: 27mm

  • Shaft Finish: Chrome or Black

Now that you have an understanding of barbells and which one might be best for you, don’t hesitate to email for more information or visit our website for a quote.