Recommended Barbell And Weight Plates

You need a barbell to be able to lift weights. Which barbell and weights are appropriate for a home gym though?

  • Recommended Barbell: XMark VooDoo. This is a very good value for money full sized barbell. 28mm shaft, 2” sleeves with chrome coating, good tensile strength and corrosion resistant coating are just some features. It’s 7’ long and weighs 20kg./44lbs. which is the standard for barbells. Buy it on Amazon (Affiliate link)
  • Recommended Weight plates: Cap Grip Plates. Weight plates are simple; they just need to be heavy and fit on your barbell.Cap Barbell Grip Plates are cheap and tick all the boxes of what you want from weight plates. They are bare cast iron, have 2” inner holes (which works with the barbell above) and are available in all the weights you need. Buy it on Amazon (Affiliate link)

Why I Chose the XMark VooDoo barbell

This barbell has all the right specs for the right price. Actually, it has all the right specs for a very good price. Check out the features of this bar;

  • 7’ length
  • 28mm thick shaft
  • 185k PSI tensile strength
  • 1500 lbs. load limit
  • 2” Sleeves
  • Chrome coating on sleeves
  • Black manganese phosphate coating on shaft
  • Brass bushings
  • 20kg./44 lbs.
  • IWF and IPF medium fine knurling

This bar has medium ‘whip’ which is how much the bar bends under load. This is not a permanent bend but just a little flex. This is perfect for general gym purposes. And since a home gym owners usually want to buy only one bar, that’s a great choice.  

Now click here to check out the price on Amazon (affiliate link) When you see the price you can see why this barbell is such a good deal.


Why I Chose the Cap Grip Plates

Weight plates have to fit on the barbell, be available in plenty of different weights and be strong. The Cap grip plates are good quality for a very friendly price. They are some of the cheapest weight plates per lbs.

They don’t have too many features but hey, they’re weight plates, they’re pretty simple pieces of equipment.

  • Solid cast iron
  • Black enamel finish that keeps the plates from corroding.
  • Three grip holes that makes the plates easier to handle.
  • 2” Inner diameter hole

Not a lot of features but all the features you really need. They are also the cheapest plates per lbs. Check the current price on Amazon.


Alternative plates

The only extra feature you might want is a rubber coating on the outside. XMark offers a great starter set with 225 lbs. of plates in different weights.

  • 2×2.5 lbs. 4×5 lbs. 4×10 lbs. 2×35 lbs. 2x 45 lbs. in one set
  • Rubber coated
  • 2” inner hole
  • Grip holes to make handling easier
  • Reliable brand
  • One year warranty for home use. (excludes cosmetic damage)

This is a great starting set with a decent amount of weight of high quality plates. If you need more weight, it’s easy to add extra 45 lbs. plates. Find this set by clicking here. (Amazon affiliate link)