If you've ever taken a body pump class, which combines free weights and aerobic steps to music to work multiple muscle groups, then you likely understand how useful this bar can be. You can use it much like you would a free weight bar, but without the need to keep multiple sets of plates in your house.
The workout bar is idea for benchpress, tricep extensions, lunges, squats, and more. As a 5'3", 120 lb female, the 15 pound bar is perfect for multi-rep toning (versus a heavier bar, which might be good for 8-10 rep sets). It rolls underneath the base of my couch for easy access and storage.
I selected this bar over others, including the branded Body Bar, for a couple of reasons First, the caps on the end ensure that if you have multiple, you can tell which one is which. On the Body Bar, the colored bands on the ends often come off and it's nearly impossible to tell between similar weights, like a 15lb vs 25lb, without picking up the bars. Second, the fact that the end is a little larger than the bar ensures that you can get your fingers underneath it easily, making it easier to pick up and use. Third, since the ends are square, if you're storing it horizontally as I am under my couch, it prevents the bar from rolling off.
Unlike other reviewers, I had no issues with the padding or the bar being dirty. Mine arrived VERY well packed (in fact, I thought the size of the box and added padding might have been a little TOO much) and inside a sealed plastic bag. I'll definitely be buying more of these in other weights.