One Bar To Rule Them AllReviewed by tom on July 09, 2014
This is my day to day use for everything bar (non oly lifts). Paired with a power rack this is a fantastic bar. I use it for deads, bench, press, squats etc... The knurling is fantastic for these types of lifts and find myself only really needing chalk for DLs. I'm very happy I spend some extra bucks on a quality power bar over some of the beater bars I've used in the past 20+ years for these types of lifts.
I wouldn't recommend the bar for oly / explosive movement lifts as you'll most likely shred your hands which is a good thing as it increases this bars ability to be good at what it was designed for. You also won't see much whip with the bar. For perspective on oly lifts I use an Eleiko Sports Training bar.
5 stars for this beast.
Incredible Quality, VERY Aggressive KnurlingReviewed by John on April 08, 2014
The quality is amazing on this bar, and it is well worth the investment.
My hands will take a few weeks to get used to the aggressive knurling on the bar, but that's a good thing!
The Rogue Westide Power Bar - A GREAT POWERLIFTING BAR!Reviewed by Merc on December 17, 2013
I recently needed to replace a 20+-year-old 20kg barbell. After a great deal of research and a few product inquiries with the Rogue Fitness Team, I decided to go with the Rogue Westside Power Bar.
For the past 2 weeks, I have been using the Rogue Westside Power Bar for the big 3-power lift or core exercises (squats, dead lifts and bench press) with the Rogue Competitive Bumper Plates. The Westside Bar is a very solidly built power bar. It has good spin/rotation, the knurl is deep, which is great for bench pressing and dead lifts and the "Westside" bulldog logo looks great.
I wanted a great power-lifting bar that will not "flex" under pressure. At 205K tensile strength, with a lifetime warranty, the Westside Power Bar was the winner. I have been very pleased with the performance and look of the Westside Power Bar - so if you are looking for an outstanding power bar, I think the Westside Power Bar is as great one to consider - I trust that you will not be disappointed.
Good barReviewed by CYM on October 28, 2013
This bar does not have a lot of reviews, so hopefully this helps. After looking at a lot of different bars, I finally chose this one and am very happy with my choice. It is a nice looking bar overall and has a good grip. Grip is a little rough, but not painful where you can only hold it for 1 or 2 reps. I have the rogue bar and really like that bar and its knurling (grippy, but not rough). After using the westside bar, the rogue knurling feel like a fine knurling. I was considering the texas power bar that everyone seems to rave about, but I was concerned with how rough the knurling is on that bar and also I wanted a 29 mm bar (texas bar is 28.5 mm I think). The center knurl on this bar grips your back with squats and the bar does not move. I can squat fine with the rogue bar that doesn't have center knurling, but this bar just holds on to your back. Only downside is that this is a pricey bar. Unfortunately there are not a lot of power bars that are 29 mm in size. The B and R bar is, but I didn't want an uncoated bar and it had a lot of bad reviews in terms of quality control. I think if rogue made their power bar 29 mm to distinguish it from its regular rogue bar, along with its center knurl, it would be a killer bar to own since I really like their bar. 29 mm to me seems to be easier to hold on your back for squats and gripping for bench. Deadlifts may be harder due to the lack of whip and increased grip diameter, but that is why I have the rogue bar for that an Olympic lifts.
Comparable to Eleiko & TPB QualityReviewed by Joe on August 04, 2013
I have worked in the gym business for 10+ years and have used many barbells from different manufacturers. In our club we have York, Elieko, Texas Power Bars, etc..etc... I was looking for an affordable bar for my gym at home, but needed one that matched the standards of the USAPL & International Powerlifting Federation organizations. ( Eleiko's will run you $1,300+ )This bar fit the bill in every way. The knurling is aggressive. It is not as deep as the old TPB, but slightly more aggressive then a Eleiko Power Bar. It feels great in your hands and back. The bar is also VERY stiff which is important for heavy squats and benches. There is barely any whip over 500lbs+ which feels great. I cannot wait till we start training with gear this year when we will have lifters in the 600lb+, 700lb+, 800lb+ clubs to try it out. It is a little tougher to deadlift with because of the lack of flexibility in the bar, but if you compete in powerlifting this will only make you better on the platform. I do not recommend using this bar for anything but powerlifting. This is exactly what the bar is designed for. Hence, “Westside Barbell” / “Louie Simmons”. We will be ordering a couple more now for our Commercial Gym, & CrossFit Affiliate.
Get itReviewed by Thomas on February 27, 2013
This bar has an awesome knurl and grips very well to the hands. Combine this with a Rogue bar for the oly stuff and you will be set. I love the fact that the nicest bar I have ever used is in my basement!
Excellent barReviewed by Matt on January 26, 2012
This bar is an excellent all-around bar for training the SQ, BP, DL, and OHP. It's stiff and doesn't really flex plus it has a nice deep knurling. It's got a nice finish, it's easy to maintain, and has quickly become a favorite amongst the variety of bars we have at our facility.