Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar
A favorite among many CrossFit enthusiasts, the Rogue Ohio bar is a versatile barbell with excellent knurling, whip, and spin.
- Excellent Knurling.
- Strong 190,000 PSI Tensile Strength.
- Excellent balance.
- Quality Composite Bushings.
- Lifetime Warranty.
- Easy safety clip assembly for quick routine maintenance.
- Cerakote version provides superior rust resistance on the shaft of the bar, even if it rubs off the collars fairly easily.
- A bit pricey.
- Cerakote finish wears off sleeves fairly quickly.
- 28.5MM Diameter shaft is great for various types of lifts.
- It’s close in functionality to the cheaper Rogue 2.0 bar.
The Rogue Ohio Bar is one of Rogue Fitness’ most popular products and an iconic bar within the CrossFit world. Designed and manufactured at the company’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters, this 20KG bar features a 190,000 PSI steel tensile strength shaft along with dual knurl marks.
The ease of spin found on the Rogue Ohio Bar is owed largely to its high-quality bushings which provide excellent feedback for CrossFit type movements. I primarily use the all-purpose bar for repetitive CrossFit favorites. I will note that the whip on the bar isn’t going to provide the type of support you’d want for heavier clean and jerks and other similar movements, with that being said, for the average person who’s not powering through incredibly heavy movements, it’s still better than the typical gym bar and sufficient for most type of lists at medium weights.
The spin on the bar does exactly what it sets out to accomplish, reducing inertia caused by my weights. In response to the excellent spin, I feel less stress on my wrists and shoulders compared to the cheaper bars I have used in the past and the old worn down bars at my local gym. The reduction in unnecessary force is largely responsible for my ability to set new personal records during my lifts. I also suffer from a constant shoulder strain and this bar has helped with my shoulder pain, reducing it to the point that my rehab efforts have been paying off in spades.
Upon further examination of the bar’s knurling, Rogue has nearly perfectly machined the grip points on the bar providing for excellent termination points. This means the knurling provides a smooth transition from smooth steel to grippy feedback. Rub your hand over the entire bar and it almost feels like the knurling isn’t there, grip down, however, and you quickly realize it’s surprisingly grippy for repetitive weight exercises and even some medium lifts in the 200 to 400-pound range.
As noted, I really love the Rogue Ohio Bar for a variety of activities including Olympic lifts at lighter weights. The shafts 28.5mm diameter feels great in the hand whether I’m lifting repetitive lower weights or attempting to set a new PR at heavier weights. Throw in medium knurling and the grip on the bar is second-to-none when it comes to choosing an Olympic-style barbell. Not only does the knurling offer a decent grip, but it also feels surprisingly comfortable thanks to the Cerakote finish I chose for my bar. Sure, I’m not going to recommend it over a Power Bar when it comes to heavy lifts that need more grip but for the average home or garage gym owner, it’s likely all you’ll need.
Rogue produces the Ohio Bar in various builds including Stainless Steel, Cerakote, Black Zinc, and more. The bar is also produced in a multitude of colors which makes it an attractive set piece for any gym.
One aspect that really drew me to Rogue’s lineup of bars in the company’s easy to remove snap ring end caps. I work out in a garage gym and that means I need to constantly clear my barbells to remove particulates and to avoid rusting caused by humidity. I purchased a snap ring tool from my local DIY store for around $30 and it’s an investment I highly recommend. I currently use the Rogue Barbell Cleaning Kit which I recently reviewed.
The sleeve and bar shaft on my Rogue Ohio Bar are all-black, although the company does offer some a chrome sleeve option if you prefer a contract between the two areas of your bar. The sleeves also offer 16.40-inches of loadable space, providing for plenty of weight, even for more advanced users and anyone using a thicker Mil-Spec bumper plate option.
The Black Oxide bar starts at $295 and Cerakote finishes will add another $30 to the cost. If you’re looking for steel variants, Rogue also offers a stainless steel option for $350. Throw in shipping and handling and you’re going to pay right around $400 for your new Rogue Ohio Bar.
Because we know it matters the steel is manufactured right here in the USA, where the bar is machined, assembled, and shipped, right from Columbus, Ohio, hence the name of the bar.
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose barbell, I highly recommend the Rogue Ohio Bar.