How to choose strength training equipment
• To choose the best weight bars for your ability, think about your ultimate training goals and current level of fitness. If you’re just starting out, a lighter bar will be a better choice until you have built some level of strength.
• Apart from weight, look at the knurling or cross-hatched pattern on the bar. This provides grip, and may be positioned at different areas of the bar depending on the brand.
• Weight bars are available in a range of finishes, including stainless steel, chrome or zinc.
• Another area of the bar to pay attention to is the area you will place the weights, called the sleeves. These may be connected with snap rings or bolts. Snap rings tend to be more durable..