If you are into powerlifting, then one of the most essential equipment to use is the barbell. Even if you just use a simple barbell, you could already complete a major part of your weight training. There are many other equipment that can be used for your weight lifting routine but the barbell should be the center of any effective lifting program.
The specialty bars below are specialty barbells that can be used for different skills of different athletes.
If you have a shoulder injury or poor shoulder flexibility, then the buffalo bar is for you. This type of barbell is similar to a regular straight one but has a slight curve. Since the bar rests down the shoulders, stress is taken off it, and it also allows the hands to grip lower than on a traditional bar.
The cambered squat bat is for those who want a different squat experience. You will need great skill and perfect technique to use this bar. With a U-shaped cambered squat bar, pressure will be taken off your shoulders and is a great way to change the way your perform squats. New muscle groups are activated using this bar but it should not be used by beginners.
If you want to find tune your bench press and refine lower and mid sections of the lift, then the cambered bench bar is for you. The middle section of the bar is straight but with cambered ends. In each press, the athlete can dip down to a lower point with this bar.
The safety squat bar is like a buffalo bar in the sense that it is ideal for those with shoulder injury and flexibility issues. This cambered bar is reinforced with padding around the neck and shoulders. It is known for its versatility and help train the lower body and back muscles. It improves both the deadlift and the squat. It also requires a lot of concentration, skill, and control if you are to use it properly.
A great way to train deadlifts is with the use of a trap of hex bar. The design of this bar allows lifters to stand inside the weight instead of behind it. You back will be relieved using this bar for deadlift.
Football -bars and swiss bars are multi-grip bars meaning they have varied grips but you still get the same benefits as using a straight bar. You can find many 90 degree angle grips on a football bar. You can find other angled grips on a Swiss bar. These bars can help an athlete perform lifts with a more neutral wrist. This relieves shoulder stress.
A thicker version of the standard straight barbell is the axle bar or fat bar. In order to hold the bar stead, you need a greater grip. The benefits of using this bar is that is increases your grip strength and your forearm muscles.
With the use of these specialty barbells, you will be more successful in your powerlifting training.