High-quality barbells are a foundational piece of equipment in many professional, commercial, and home gyms across Canada. These versatile pieces of equipment are used in many classic weightlifting and strength training exercises, including Olympic lifting (snatch/clean and jerk).
Whether your training routine leans heavily into squats, deadlifts, presses, curls, or any other barbell exercise, a premium set of barbells will elevate your home gym space. Trusted by athletes and bodybuilders for decades to meet their training needs, barbell weightlifting and strength training exercises will take your fitness to the next level.
Chrome barbells can be plated using traditional chrome plating or a hard chrome plating. If the barbell doesn't say it's hard chrome, then it probably isn't. There are some key differences between them so it's important to be informed when deciding on a barbell.
Traditional Chrome Plating
Traditional chrome plating, often referred to simply as chrome, is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium metal which produces a glossy chrome finish. The chrome over time can chip and flake away. It also does not resist corrosion as easily as hard chrome plating. Also, small errors in cleaning and preparing the substrate material can cause the chrome plating to chip and flake off sooner than expected. Most of these issues are preventable with hard chrome plating.
Hard Chrome Plating
Hard chrome plating is the process of electroplating a thick layer of chromium metal which produces more of a matt finish that resembles stainless steel. It is superior to traditional chrome plating in that it resists corrosion better, resists friction, and even resists scuffing and/or scoring. Its strength and durability make it an ideal choice for barbells that will experience the wear and tear of regular use in a home gym.
When it comes to barbell finish coatings, the key factors to consider are corrosion resistance, durability, and costs. Here's a breakdown of the various coatings available on the market.
Bare steel bars offer a nice grip with a natural feel. However, bare steel is more likely to rust so will need more regular maintenance. We've set up this guide to barbell maintenance to help you take care of your bars in the long term.
Black oxide bars offer more oxidation protection than bare steel and do not require as much maintenance as bare steel.
Zinc finish protects the barbell even more from rust than the steel and black oxide finish . However, they can quickly lose their sheen, so more regular maintenance is required to keep them looking their best.
Hard chrome finish bars are the most expensive finish, but offers the best protection from rusting. Depending on the quality, chrome finish bars can feel slightly slippery compared to bare steel. However, the higher-end barbells tend to have excellent knurling to compensate for this.
Cerakote is a fairly recent invention by the firearm industry to prevent guns from rust and soon after was used on barbells. It’s a great option because it provides nearly perfect resistance to oxidation (rust). It is also an extremely tough coating, but it can chip off with metal to metal contact. Cerakote is a coating that slightly changes the feel of the strength of the knurling. Cerakote is generally more expensive than any of the aforementioned coatings, but not as expensive as the next...
Stainless steel offers a similar, some say even better, feeling to the barbell than bare steel. Oxidation protection is very similar to the chrome finish. Stainless steel is usually found on the most high-end weight lifting bars.
When all factors are considered, your best options for a barbell finish is hard chrome and Cerakote. They ofter very good production against corrosion, are extremely durable, and fall within a reasonable price point.
All MAXUM fitness barbells come in either hard chrome or Cerakote.
Barbells are a critical piece of equipment used in a wide variety of strength training and weightlifting exercises. Barbells are frequently used for classic Olympic lifting exercises (snatch/clean and jerk), but can also be incorporated into very specific exercises designed to isolate muscle groups and develop targeted strength and power. Some of the other common exercises weight plates are used for include squats, presses, deadlifts, and curls.
When you purchase any MAXUM Squat/Power Rack, Functional Trainer, or Smith Machine, you will receive up to 20% off barbells and other select pieces of equipment, and on all purchases over $500 we offer free Canada-wide shipping!
Absolutely! You can always contact MAXUM directly if you have additional questions you would like answered about our barbells, or any other equipment we offer. We pride ourselves in our customer care and experience throughout the purchase process and beyond. Your satisfaction is our number one priority. We will do everything possible to help you on your fitness journey, as we strive to be the top provider of home gym equipment in the GTA, Southern Ontario, and across Canada.