In my first Specialty Bar Car Show, you got to see the elitefts Power Bar, axle bars, trap bars, deadlift bars, Swiss bars, Duffalo Bar, and the elitefts Rackable Cambered Squat Bar.

In today’s show, you’re going to learn about the Tsunami Bar, Bandbell Bar, and — one of my all-time favorites — Safety Squat Bars.

You know, I don’t think people realize that bars are like tools. There’s a different tool for each job, and there’s a different bar for each lift. Plus, specialty bars are a great way to keep your workout interesting and fun and will also build up your strength in a different way. There’s no duplicating that.

Tsunami Bar (0:55) and Bandbell Bar (1:35)

Case in point: A lot of people think these two bars are the same thing. They’re not. The Tsunami Bar is made from composites, not plastic. It’s got grips that make sure you don’t bend the bar. The Tsunami Bar is used to develop speed and stability.

The Bandbell Bar is made from bamboo and some type of composite. I recommend looping bands around the end and putting a kettlebell or weight plate on it. You can adjust how much “whip” or “flop,” or whatever you want to call it depending on where you loop the band and weight. The Bandbell tends to make everything shake and controls the entire range of motion. This will get a lot of blood flow in the joints and is very therapeutic and builds up stabilizing muscles. People who use this tend to see their lifts go up.

Safety Squat Bars (3:39)

By now I hope you know I LOVE Safety Squat Bars. They’re like the elitefts Rackable Cambered Squat Bar and the Spider Bar, and I love ‘em. We now have scientific research to prove how awesome they are. I mean actual legit studies, not just anecdotal stuff. Some of these babies are adjustable, which means you can change the angle and all sorts of stuff — and some are good for travel, too.

These bars make you use your upper back a lot more and increase the strength back there, which translates into a bigger squat, bench press, and so on. It’ll also make you squat more upright. It’s a godsend for beat-up shoulders. Seriously, they can be used for any exercises and can help you avoid too much strain and pain.

In Part 3, I’ll show you even more specialty bars. Don’t miss it, because you can’t duplicate a specialty bar car show like mine.

C.J. Murphy's Specialty Bar Car Show #1