One of the biggest decisions a home gym owner can make is what type of barbell they’d like to use on a regular basis. For many lifters, a barbell is a barbell in the gym setting, but for those who are building out their own space, it’s a good idea to spend some time researching all of the available barbell options out there before sinking money into something that won’t stand the test of time, or fit your needs.

Rogue Fitness is one of the more prominent lifting equipment companies based in the United States that offer a wide variety of barbells. Their barbells have continued to grow in popularity for a couple reasons.

First, they offer barbells for all levels of athletes and sports, so finding the perfect fit is pretty feasible and easy, even for the true beginner. Second, their barbells are often associated with durability and multiple models offer lifetime warranties from bending. Third, they provide easy-to-read and understand classifications for each barbell, which is extremely important when searching. Lastly, they’re competitively priced for what each barbell is marketed to offer.

Below, we’ve grouped popular Rogue Fitness barbells in separate categories based off of their specifications and ideal usages. Can these barbells work interchangeably? Yes, but below are some of our top picks for specific categories.

The Best Rogue Fitness Barbells

Best Powerlifting Barbell
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar

A great barbell for powerlifting that has "no whip" and aggressive knurling for squats and deadlifts.

Best Oly Barbell
Rogue Olympic WL Bar
Rogue Olympic WL Bar
Rogue Olympic WL Bar

This bar matches all of the IWF's approved barbell dimensions and comes with smooth moving bearings for quick rotation.

Best All-Around Bar
The Ohio Bar
The Ohio Bar
The Ohio Bar

A durable barbell that is cost efficient, versatile, and comes with a lifetime warranty to bending.

Best Women’s Barbell
Bella Bar 2.0
Bella Bar 2.0
Bella Bar 2.0

This barbell is perfect for women seeking a versatile and durable for their workouts.

Best Priced Barbell
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
Rogue Ohio Power Bar
A great barbell for powerlifting that has "no whip" and aggressive knurling for squats and deadlifts.
Best Deadlift Bar
Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

This barbell has aggressive knurling and great whip for maximizing leverage in deadlifts.

Best CrossFit Barbell
Rogue 28mm Training Bar
Rogue 28mm Training Bar
Rogue 28mm Training Bar

This barbell is ideal for anyone performing compound and Olympic movements all in one workout.

Best Durable Barbell
Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote
Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote
Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote

A versatile barbell with exceptional tensile strength and a cerakote finish for durability and heavy lifting.

Best Barbell for Price
Rogue Echo 2.0
Rogue Echo 2.0
Rogue Echo 2.0
This barbell is extremely durable and comes at a very competitive price compared to the large market.

    What Makes Up a Rogue Fitness Barbell?

    Before diving into our specific barbell categories, it’s a good idea to learn about what specifications are worth looking at when shopping for your perfect barbell. In this round-up, we’ll go over five major barbell characteristics and these will all shift in importance based off your sport and needs.

    Tensile Strength

    Tensile strength is a dynamic test for a barbell’s strength that is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Imagine this as how much force and poundage it would take to physically pull the bar apart. The higher end bars will have a much higher tensile strength rating and anything over 180,000 PSI tends to be classified as relatively very strong.

    For the average gym-goers, weightlifter, and powerlifter, a tensile strength of that level will fair just fine and the chance of the bar bending/breaking is relatively small barring any manufacturing defects.

    Knurling

    Another important construction characteristic is the knurling used on the bar. For Rogue Fitness, they rate their knurling simply with classifications like “aggressive” and “standard”. Powerlifters will generally want a barbell with a little more aggressive knurling for gripping purposes, while the recreational lifter will be fine with using standard knurling.

    Plus, an aggressive knurling can be rough on the hands for those who don’t necessarily need a strong and sharper knurl. A bar’s knurling should be based off of one’s strength sport and need.

    Rogue Fitness Barbell Knurling
    Rogue Fitness Barbell Knurling: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Additionally, the way a barbell’s knurling is patterned will make a big difference in terms of performance. Some bars have bands to mark their sides for things like powerlifting, while other bars lack a middle knurling to avoid scratching the neck in movements like the clean & jerk and front squat.

    Whip

    Whip is an interesting barbell classification and is often overlooked by the newer athlete. A barbell with a bit more whip will have a couple performance differences than a bar with none. Rogue Fitness makes it easy to figure out what their bars offer by breaking them into “good whip”, “great whip”, and “no whip” categories.

    Weightlifters and powerlifters can both benefit with a bar with some whip to it, as it will be a bit more advantageous in Oly movements and heavier deadlifts (the longer time each side of the barbell will spend on the ground). Although, a stiffer bar will benefit those who are moving extremely heavy weight (whip can cause mis-grooves in movements like the squat), or compete with stiff bars.

    The F-Scale

    The F-Scale is an extremely important characteristic Rogue Fitness uses to classify their barbell’s durability. This is a system and rating scale they use to divide their barbells into categories based off their resistance to durability issues when being dropped.

    Their scale ranges from F1 (least resistant) to F8-R (most resistant) and each bar will be slightly different based of their material and finish. Rogue Fitness has also developed a patent pending process classified as Rogue Work Hardening (RWH), which is a proprietary means of making their barbells last longer when being repeatedly dropped. F-Scale ratings with an “R” symbolize the treatment with Rogue Work Hardening.

    Oxidation Rate

    The oxidation rate of a barbell is based on the type of steel and finish used. This is basically how fast the barbell will show signs of decreased durability over time without regular upkeep. Rogue Fitness rates their bars on a scale of long-term resistance and has grouped different materials/finishes onto a scale of oxidation.

    Rogue Fitness Oxidation Scale
    Rogue Fitness Oxidation Scale

    What Other Coaches Have Said About Rogue Fitness Barbells

    Chase Wright: Co-Owner Prospect Heights CrossFit

    At our gym, we have two B&R Barbells (a barbell inspired by strength coaches Mike Burgener and Mark Rippetoe) and a Froning Bar, the rest are beater bars.

    The B&R barbell and the Rogue Olympic WL Barbells all have their own feeling. The Rogue Olympic WL Bar has an ease of spin that makes the bar snap into place very easily. While the B&R barbell has better whip at lighter weights, which is an excellent training tool for newer lifters. The Olympic WL Bar has a slightly more aggressive knurling than the B&R, but that’s really up to a lifter’s preference at the end of the day.

    Barbells In Prospect Heights
    Barbells In Prospect Heights

    As for the other bars we use I can say that they definitely take a beating (including the Froning Bar), and the spin somewhat fades fast and they need constant maintenance if you want them in great condition. So far, the Olympic WL Bars have been great, although, I have my lifters brush them after every session and I keep them greased for consistency.

    Manny Prieto: USAPL Coach & Powerlifter

    I use the Rogue Ohio Power Bar for training and Squats & Science [my gym] used it for their meet in March. I like this barbell a lot. The aggressive knurling really helps keep the bar on my back during squat and in my hands during deadlifts. I used to have to chalk my back all the time when squatting with commercial gym bars, but haven’t needed to with the Rogue Ohio Power Bar.

    Adam Kant: Owner of Intrepid Gym

    The Rogue Barbells (Ohio Power Bars) were the first barbells I bought [when starting the gym]. I bought them without knowing the market too well and Rogue Fitness is very proud about their bars and they looked well-made. They are stiff with little flex and the sleeves barely spin. They’re not ideal for weightlifting or HIIT workouts, and most of the attendees in my gym don’t like them for that.

    They have however held up really well and the knurling is precise. I have weighed them to check their accuracy, and they do weigh 45 lbs on the dot, as some other bars are a little lighter.

    Author’s Note: Most of the barbells below come in men’s and women’s editions, sans the separate “Best Barbells for Women” category!

    Best Barbell for Powerlifting

    Rogue Ohio Power Bar: Image courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Rogue Ohio Power Bar

    Our favorite powerlifting bar is the Rogue Ohio Power Bar. This bar is a great choice for powerlifters for multiple reasons and is a common bar used in meets, especially in the USAPL. For those who compete in the USAPL, then a stiff bar is required, which makes the Rogue Ohio Power Bar’s lack of whip a perfect fit. Additionally, this bar comes in 45 lb and 20kg options.

    • Bar has “no whip” rating, which makes it a good option for those who compete on stiff bars often.
    • The options offered contain both an F2 (stainless steel) and F8-R (black zinc & bare steel), so the bar will serve most lifters a long time.
    • It has an “aggressive” knurling rating and each option offers either 200k or 205k tensile strength.
    Rogue Ohio Power Bar
    Rogue Ohio Power Bar
    Rogue Ohio Power Bar
    A great barbell for powerlifting that has "no whip" and aggressive knurling for squats and deadlifts.

    Best Barbell for Weightlifting

    Rogue Olympic WL Bar: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Rogue Olympic WL Bar

    To no surprise, our top pick is the Rogue Olympic WL Bar. This barbell is great for weightlifters specifically for a couple reasons. First, it has smooth moving bearings to accommodate for fast rotations under the bar. Second, the dimensions and knurling are marked similar to what the IWF requires for competition for both men and women’s bars. Lastly, the barbell has an F6-R rating, so it’s one of the most resistant to being dropped.

    • IWF approved measurements, so this barbell will closely emulate competition settings.
    • Tensile strength of 215k and Rogue Work Hardening construction. 
    • Great whip, 28mm diameter, and standard knurling. 
    Rogue Olympic WL Bar
    Rogue Olympic WL Bar
    Rogue Olympic WL Bar

    This bar, while not yet approved for IWF competition, parallels the IWF's competition bar requirements and comes with smooth moving bearings for quick rotation.

    Best All-Around Barbell

    The Ohio Bar: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    The Ohio Bar

    The best all-around barbell is The Ohio Bar. If you’re someone who’s a recreational strength athlete, a gym owner, or someone who’s not fully dedicated to one strength sport, then this barbell will be a good bet. It promises a lot of great construction features that can assist both powerlifting, weightlifting, functional fitness, and general barbell training.

    • Tensile strength of 190k and a “good whip” rating, which will assist multiple exercises.
    • Four different finishes that all have different F-Scale ratings, so you can decide what works best in your specific setting. 
    • Decently priced compared to other barbells, and lifelong bending warranty. 
    The Ohio Bar
    The Ohio Bar
    The Ohio Bar
    A durable barbell that is cost efficient, versatile, and comes with a lifetime warranty to bending.

    Best Barbell for Women

    Rogue Bella Bar 2.0: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Bella Bar 2.0

    The Bella Bar 2.0 earns our top spot for barbells designed specifically for women. This barbell makes our top pick because it contains all of the construction features of Rogue’s top barbells, but all of the dimensions designed for women athletes who compete, or lift recreationally and prefer a 35 lb bar over the normal 45lb/20kg barbell.

    • Standard knurling with an F6-R Scale rating, and a “good whip” classification.
    • Bar weight of 35 lbs and 25mm diameter, so it matches most recreational competitive weightlifting environments.
    Bella Bar 2.0
    Bella Bar 2.0
    Bella Bar 2.0
    This barbell is perfect for women seeking a versatile and durable for their workouts.

    Best Barbell for Deadlifts

    Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

    We have to start our best deadlift section with the specialized Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar. This barbell is designed specifically for deadlifts, so anyone who competes in federations that use deadlift bars, or just simply enjoy training on them, then this barbell is a good bet. It’s designed with increased whip to prolong the period where plates are on the floor to allow more force to be produced, thus making it deadlift specialized.

    • The barbell has a “great whip” rating and aggressive knurling to ensure grip is great.
    • Tensile Strength of 190k and a 27mm diameter to ensure all hand sizes can pull on it.
    Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
    Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
    Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar
    This barbell has aggressive knurling and great whip for maximizing leverage in deadlifts.

    Best Barbell for CrossFit

    Rogue 28mm Training Bar — Cerakote: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    Rogue 28mm Training Bar

    In our opinion, the Rogue 28mm Training Bar is one of the better bars Rogue makes if you’re looking for CrossFit style workouts. This barbell shadows a Rogue WL Bar, but comes at a decreased price and has an F8-R Scale rating cerakote coating, which makes it an extremely durable option. If you’re someone who is training Olympic movements, and may compete one day, then this bar is a good option.

    • Standard knurling with a “good whip” rating to provide versatility in workouts.
    • Similarly sized to IWF approved bars, but at a much more cost efficient price. 
    Rogue 28mm Training Bar
    Rogue 28mm Training Bar
    Rogue 28mm Training Bar
    This barbell is ideal for anyone performing compound and Olympic movements all in one workout.

    Best Barbell for Durability

    Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote: Photo courtesy Roguefitness.com

    The Ohio Bar — Cerakote

    Our top pick for durability is The Ohio Bar that has the Cerakote finish. Cerakote is a metal finish that is often used when creating things like weaponry that need to not only last, but stand the test of time and be tough in all conditions. The Cerakote finish allows this bar to last an extremely long time, and that’s with minimal upkeep (although, we always recommend taking good care of your barbell). 

    • Cerakote finish that earns this bar an F8-R Scale rating and is resistant to corrosion.
    • Lifetime warranty against bending, so any damage caused by heavy lifting or dropping overhead should be covered, but the warranty doesn’t cover misuse/negligence. 
    Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote
    Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote
    Rogue Ohio Bar — Cerakote
    A versatile barbell with exceptional tensile strength and a cerakote finish for durability and heavy lifting.

    Best Rogue Fitness Barbell for the Price

    When it comes to price, Rogue Fitness as a whole does a pretty good job at being competitive with other companies on the market. They tend to strike a balance between some of the higher end bars from companies like Eleiko and Uesaka, and then some of the lower commercial barbells you find in big box gyms. What we like about Rogue Fitness and their barbell prices is how descriptive they are with each product.

    Every barbell’s page has ample details about its construction, which can then help you decide if the barbell is worth it for your needs and wants. For example, if you have a home gym and train ALL of the time and slam bars, then The Ohio Bar — Cerakote is a decent option for the price, and conversely, if you train rarely, then something like The Ohio Bar — Bare Steel will fit your needs well.

    What we’re trying to say is that Rogue Fitness does an adequate job at trying to provide variety for what you might invest in. Below, we’ve included our top four barbells for the money that we felt were fair for what the barbells have to offer.

    Wrapping Up

    Rogue Fitness may not be everyone’s go-to when it comes to barbells, but there’s no denying they make an exceptional effort to deliver variety and descriptive information about their bars. With barbells offering lifetime warranties to bending, and utilizing the best practices for durability, then it’s easy to see why more strength-focused gyms are turning to their equipment.

    Feature image(s) from Roguefitness.com.