Olympic weightlifting, power lifts, CrossFit, personal training, general gym use .. all these disciplines require a specific type of barbell. On our website you will find barbells for all those disciplines, and more! How do you know exactly which barbell suits you and your needs best? In this blog we explain the difference between all our barbells, so you easily pick the right one ;)


The most common barbell you encounter in all types of gyms is the 20 kilos men barbell. In our assortment you will also find a 15 kilo ladies barbell, a 16 kilo compact barbell, a 10 kilo youth barbell and a 3 kilo technique barbell.

Features to consider when buying a barbell

Sleeves, whip, knurling ... all terms that are important when buying a barbell, but may not sound familiar to you yet. Below we explain what all these terms mean and what effect they have on the function of the barbell.

Whip of the Bar

The "whip of the bar" is a term used to determine how much a barbell can bend during lifts. Because the current barbells are made with a little "elasticity", it can happen that the barbell bends when a lot of weight is lifted.

The bending can ensure that you can generate momentum, making certain lifts (such as a clean & jerk) easier. This can also be advantageous in the case of deadlifts, since the disks will then leave the platform one by one during the lift.

With squat and bench press it is generally better to use a stiffer rod to have more control over the barbell.

The 'whip' normally occurs from a weight of 150 kg on a men's barbell, and 100 kg on a ladies barbell. The thickness of the plates on the barbell also affects. For example, instead of two plates of 10 kilos and 1 of 5 kilos, use one plate of 25kg.

Barbell sleeves

The sleeves is the part at the end of the bar and forms the part of the barbell that determines how much spin the bar will have. In the sleeves there are brass cans (bushing - which are relatively stiffer) or needle bearings (bearing - which are relatively smoother).

Bushing is placed between the shaft and the sleeve. They offer low friction and are made of coppor to guarantee a long life.

Bearing offers a faster, smoother and softer spin. They are made of high quality small bearings that roll into the cover.

Our competition barbells have bearing, while for example the Lifemaxx Olympic bar (LMX32) is equipped with bushing. This is an important aspect when choosing a barbell. Barbells with bearing and needle bearing offer a smoother spin and are therefore ideally suited for movements such as the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Barbells with bushing can be used for squats, deadlifts, bench presses and other movements that's don't require to much barbell spin.

Load capacity

The load is determined on the basis of the length of the sleeve (common for most IPF or IWF-approved barbells), which can be longer on dumbbells manufactured for niche powerlifting federations.

Barbells made for Olympic weightlifting require less length than, for example, barbells made for powerlifting. This is because the total load potential is much smaller (less than 270 kg for Clean and Jerk).

The barbell finish

The finish on a barbell has a number of purposes. It contributes to the "feel" of the barbell in the hands, helps (or impedes) the grip and can help protect against rust. Bare steel barbells provide a good grip with a natural feel. However, bare steel is more likely to rust, so requires more regular maintenance. The black coated barbells offer more oxidation protection than bare steel and do not require as much maintenance as bare steel.


Knurling is the pattern of diagonal grooves that you see on the barbell. These small diamond shapes 'dig' in the hands making it easier to hold the barbell (with a lot of weight). The width and depth of these grooves determine the grip.

We have barbells with double knurl mark, single knurl mark, center knurl and no center knurl. See the specifics for each bar below! 

For dedicated Olympic weightlifters, look for single knurl marks. For dedicated powerlifters, look for single knurl marks. For everyone else, don't worry about this so much ;)

Barbell PSI

The barbell has two types of power: static power and dynamic power. Static strength is how much weight you can put on the barbell while the barbell is hanging in the rack, without it bending permanently. Dynamic power is the PSI (pounds per square inch) that a barbell can handle. We use a PSI of 205000 for most of our barbells (LMX30, LMX32.04, LMX34, LMX38, LMX43 and LMX44), which is  the 'best category' (see table below, source 'The Art of Manliness')

<150,000 PSI = Ehh
150,000-175,000 PSI = Good
175,000-200,000 PSI = Better
> 200,000 PSI = Best

Our barbells

Now that you have a better idea of ​​the different functions you need to look out for when looking for a barbell, we go the different types of barbells we offer. When you are looking for a barbell, the goal is the most important thing.

Suitable for CrossFit and other forms of functional fitness / intensive training:

Lifemaxx Olympic comp bar 50mm 220cm (spring steel)
LMX30 - €298,50 

  • Spring steel
  • length: 220cm
  • diameter grip: 28.5 mm
  • double knurl mark (double ridge marking)
  • no center knurl
  • bearing
  • inside size: 131cm
  • PSI: 205,000


Lifemaxx Olympic comp bar women 50mm 200cm (spring steel)
LMX38 - €268,50

  • Spring steel
  • length: 201cm
  • weight: 15kg
  • diameter grip: 2,5cm
  • double knurl mark 
  • no center knurl
  • bearing
  • inside size: 131cm
  • PSI: 205000

This barbell can be used as official competition barbell.

Crossmaxx® Olympic comp bar 50mm, 220cm 20kg (black/chrome)
LMX34 - €298,50 

  • Black/chrome
  • length: 220cm
  • diameter grip: 28mm
  • double knurl mark 
  • no center knurl
  • needle bearing - 4 needle bearings per sleeve
  • maximum load 2000LBS/ 907KG
  • PSI: 205000
  • Made of spring steel

This bar can be used as official competition barbell.

Crossmaxx® Olympic comp bar 50mm, 200cm 15kg (black/chrome)
LMX44 - €268,50 

  • Black/chrome
  • length: 201cm
  • diameter grip: 25mm
  • double knurl mark 
  • no center knurl
  • needle bearing - 4 needle bearings per sleeve
  • maximum load 1200LBS/ 544KG
  • PSI: 205000
  • Made of spring steel

This bar can be used as official competition barbell.

Crossmaxx® Olympic compact competition bar 50mm 70"
LMX43 - now in sale. Was €239,50 now €155,67 

  • Black/chrome
  • length: 178cm
  • inside size: 110cm
  • diameter grip: 28,5mm
  • double knurl mark 
  • no center knurl
  • needle bearing - 4 needle bearings per sleeve
  • maximum load 2000LBS/ 907KG
  • PSI: 205000
  • Made of spring steel

This is the perfect Thruster bar!

Junior and axle bars:


Crossmaxx® Olympic Junior bar 50mm, 10kg (black/chrome)
LMX32.04 - €169,50

  • length: 170cm
  • diameter grip: 25mm
  • length sleeve (loading): 17cm
  • length handle: 132cm
  • double knurl mark
  • no center knurl
  • brass bushing
  • maximum load 1200LBS/ 544KG
  • PSI: 205000

This barbell is made of spring steel making it suitable for CrossFit, weightlifting and other intensive training. The Crossmaxx Olympic Junior bar is an ideal bar for CrossFit kids!

Crossmaxx® Axle bar, 20kg
LMX40 - €139,50

  • diameter grip 50mm
  • diameter sleeves 50mm
  • maximum load 675KG
  • color black

This robust Crossmaxx Axle barbell is ideal for Strongman exercises to improve strength, grip and fitness.

Olympic barbell, suitable for intensive use in the gym, but not for CrossFit/weightlifting

Lifemaxx olympic bar, 20kg
LMX31.01 €169,- 

  • diameter grip: 29,5 mm
  • inside size: 131 cm
  • single knurl mark 
  • with center knurl 
  • copper bushing
  • brushed steel
  • up to a maximum of 315KG

This barbell is suitable for use in the gym for exercises such as bench press, squat and deadlift. This barbell is not suitable to be dropped repeatedly and therefore not suitable for CrossFit and other forms of functional fitness.

Barbells for group lessons and fixed barbells:

Lifemaxx body pump bar, 2kg
LMX 1131 - starting at €21,50 

  • length bar: 1400mm
  • weight bar: 2kg
  • suitable for ⌀30mm LMX1132 body pump discs
  • grip is rubber coated

This barbell is suitable for Body pump and ClubJoy Power, but also for PT and Small Group trainings. This barbell is not suitable for lifting a lot of weight.



Lifemaxx fixed barbells, 10-50 kg  
LMX74.E, LMX74.S. LMX77 and LMX78
Starting at €60,80 

In our assortment you will also find several fixed barbells, including 'straight' and 'EZ' These are barbells of which the weight can not be adjusted.

  • The barbells are very durable due to the polyurethane coating. We also have rubber barbells.
  • High quality grip with fine knurling.
  • Length of the grip: 95cm
  • Available from 10 up to and including 40kg (5kg in increments)
  • Higher weights are possible in consultation!

These professional polyurethane barbells are suitable for intensive commercial use in, for example, the gym.

Questions? Feel free to contact us!

Now you know exactly of which parts a barbell is made and which barbells are suitable for which purposes. Do you have any questions about our barbells? Please feel free contact us, we are happy to help you!


Above prices do not include VAT!