The barbell is one powerlifting equipment that is very important. Even if you just use a simple barbell, you could already complete a major part of your weight training. While there are other equipment that can be use for your weight lifting routine, any effective lifting program will necessarily center on the barbell.
Here are some specialty bars that can be used for different skills and different athlete.
The buffalo bar is ideal for athletes that have a shoulder injury or poor shoulder flexibility. Its slight curve distinguishes it from the regular straight barbell but they are almost the same. This type of barbell takes the stress off the shoulder joints because the bar rests down the shoulders and allows the hands to grip lower than on a traditional bar.
The cambered squat bat is for those who want a different squat experience. Using this bat requires skill and perfect technique. This bar is U-shaped which takes pressure off the shoulders and will change the way your perform squats. This bar is not for beginners but with experienced athletes, this bar gives variety and help activate new muscle groups.
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. This bar has a straight middle section but its ends are cambered. So the athlete can dip down to a lower point in each press.
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 is a cambered bar reinforced with padding around the neck and shoulders. This is a very versatile bar that can help train the lower body and back muscles. Your deadlift and squat can be improved using this bar. To use it properly, you need concentration, skill, and control.
A great way to train deadlifts is with the use of a trap of hex bar. This bar is designed so that lifters can stand inside the weight and not behind it. It makes deadlift easier on your back.
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. Football bars are straight bars with multiple 90 degree angle grips. You can find other angled grips on a Swiss bar. With these bars, lifters can perform lifts with a more neutral wrist. This helps relieve shoulder stress.
Similar to a standard straight barbell, the axle bar or far bar has a thicker bar. This will require a greater grip if you want a steady bar. It increases grip strength and forearm muscles and adds a new dimension to your powerlifting routine.
With the use of these specialty barbells, you will be more successful in your powerlifting training.