I stumbled upon this cap barbell weighted workout bar the other day while browsing on Amazon, and was pretty happy that these things existed! What a great idea for home workouts and a great addition to a home exercise equipment collection.

cap weighted bar squts
The Cap Barbell Weighted Bar is great for adding resistance to squat exercises.

Personally, I love barbell work but always thought I’d be limited to having to find a gym in order to be able to use this kind of equipment. Now that I’ve discovered that these weighted workout bars exist, I’m thrilled that something like this can be easily used for home barbell workouts!

What is a Cap Barbell?

I did a bit of digging because I wasn’t sure about the exact name for these bars.

I thought they may have been called “cap barbells” since they have look like they have two caps on each end.

sculpted workout bar
Weighted workout bar from Fitness Republic

So what is a cap barbell? Apparently (after much confusion on my end) the phrase “cap barbell” does not refer to a type of barbell, but it is actually a popular U.S. brand that manufactures all kinds of weights (including dumbells, barbells, kettlebells, you name it).

Weighted Workout Bar

After I finished figuring out the name for the piece of equipment I was actually looking for (“Weighted workout bar“),  I jumped on to Amazon to do a bit more research.

There are a few companies that make weighted workout bars, which are often covered in a soft foam or padding to allow for a more comfortable grip.

These workout bars resemble a barbell and are designed to be used at home or independently without the use of weight plates.

barbell set
Traditional barbell and weights – chunky and difficult to store at home!

The weighted bars are great for home barbell workouts, and I actually came across them when looking for something to use for the home workouts in The Butt Bible (one of my favorite workout programs).

The Butt Bible

Who Will Enjoy the Weighted Workout Bar

I think that anyone who likes to do barbell style workouts at home, but doesn’t have room for a traditional barbell and plate set will really enjoy and benefit from a weighted workout bar.

Sure, they are nowhere near as heavy as a regular barbell, but they are a good substitute if you just want to add a little bit of extra resistance to your usual workout.

Pros of Weighted Workout Bars
  • Compact & easy to store
  • Fixed weight sizes – no fiddling around with adjustable weight plates
  • Foam/padded bar for increased comfort
  • Inexpensive compared to traditional barbell and plate sets
  • Versatile – can be used for many different exercises

    cap weighted bar situps
    Cap Barbell Weighted Bar used in crunches and upper body toning.
Cons of Weighted Workout Bars
  • Can roll, and be difficult to pick up (depending on the design)
  • Fixed sizes so you may need multiple bars
  • Foam covering may tear on lower quality products
  • Maximum weight is only 36 lb

What Sizes are Available?

Weighted workout bars come in a range of weights depending on brand, but anywhere between 4 – 36 lb versions are readily available.

The bars themselves can also range slightly in length according to the brand, however they are usually around 48″ to 50″ long.

A Few of the Brands Available

Cap Barbell Weighted Workout Bar

 cap weighted bar end

Available from: Amazon.com

Price Range:  $21.99 – $59.99

Sizes: 

  • 5 lb, 8 lb, 10 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 20 lb (Approx. 4ft length)

Features:

  • Manufacturer offers 30 day warrantycap weighted bar
  • Made of solid steel – sturdy enough to support body weight
  • Black end caps, square so bar will not roll

Cons:

  • Foam is not durable, several users have reported tears and wear
  • Contains phthalate chemicals known to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm

 

 

Body-Solid Tools Padded Weighted Bar

body solid bar 18lb

Available from: Amazon.com

Price Range: $24.99 – $85

Sizes:

  • 4 lb, 6 lb, 9 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 18 lb, 24 lb, 30 lb (Approx. 4ft length)
  • 36 lb (Approx. 6ft length)

Features:

  • Weights inside the bar are padded by sand
  • Color coded rubber end caps
  • Durable rubber padding

Cons:

  • Weights inside the bar are padded by sand and can shift – though can easily be fixed by adding more sand

 

Body Sport Exercise Weight Bars

body sport bars

Available from: Amazon.com

Price Range: $22.89 – $82.99

 

Sizes:

  • 1 lb, 4 lb, 6 lb, 9 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 18 lb, 24 lb (Approx. 4ft length)
  • 30 lb  (Approx. 5ft length)

Features:

  • Latex-free product
  • Rubber end stops to protect floors
  • Solid bar, no shifting weight

Cons: 

  • Identification stickers may peel off

 

Fitness Republic Sculpting Workout Bar

scultping bar end

Available from: Amazon.com

Price Range: $33.99 – $54.98

Sizes: 

  • 6 lb, 8lb, 10 lb, 12 lb, 14 lb (Approx. 4 ft length)scultping bar

Features:

  • 12 month manufacturer warranty
  • Color coded endcaps
  • Quality neoprene padding is very durable and does not show signs of wear

 

scultping bar combo
The combo pack gives you 4 different weighted bars

 

Champion Barbell Reactor Workout Bar

champion reactor bar

Available from: Amazon.com

Price Range: $18.84 – 56.99

Sizes:

  • 4 lb, 6 lb, 9 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 18 lb (Approx. 4ft length)

Features:

  • Rubber coated foam covers bars for easy grip while exercising
  • Color coded sizes for easy identification

Cons:

  • Some users have reported that the foam can tear/split easily
  • A few people reported the product has a strong smell initially

 

J/FIT Weighted Bar

jfit bar

Available from: Amazon.com

Price range: $34.51 – $77.95

Sizes:

  • 10 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 18 lb, 20 lb, 25 lb (Approx. 4ft length)

Features:

  • Anti-roll octagonal color coded end caps
  • One piece solid steel encased in high quality easy to grip rubber
  • Includes exercise chart

How To Choose a Weighted Bar

There are many different brands of weighted bar out there, so how do you know which ones are good and which one you should purchase?

I suggest first picking a weight that you’d like to start with, and then investigating different products from there.

What Weight Should I Start With?

body solid bar lunges
Body-Solid Weighted Bar can be a great way to add resistance to butt- building lunges.

This depends on the particular exercise you are doing as well as your personal fitness level.

If you have access to dumbbells or a gym, it could be worth testing your strength with any available weights to get a feel for how much weight you find challenging for different exercises.

You can then make your bar selection based on this.

My Recommendation

Weighted bars are an excellent addition to any home exercise equipment, and can make for a good barbell substitute if you just want a little bit of extra resistance.

 

scultping bar press
A weighted bar like the Fitness Republic Sculpting Bar can bring an extra challenge to your workout.

Of course, if you’re really wanting a challenge then there’s no substitute for the real thing – you may want to get yourself to a gym if you are wanting access to barbell weights that are more than 36 lb.

My picks after reviewing all these products are:

Amazon’s pricing tends to change so it is worth checking a few different manufacturer’s prices to get the best deal. Another key feature to look for is other user’s reviews, as each product generally differs slightly in its features and quality.

All I know is, I’m very happy because this means I can stop using the old broomstick in place of a barbell, and actually something more suited for working out!

Have you heard of, or tried these kind of weighted workout bars before? What did you think?

Cap Barbell Weighted Workout Bar
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8 thoughts on “Cap Barbell Weighted Workout Bar

  • May 15, 2015 at 3:30 am
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    Hi Jolie
    Very nice review and informative. Is the bars available in kilograms as well?

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    • May 18, 2015 at 4:42 am
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      Hi CT, thanks for your comment.
      As far as I can tell, these may be quoted in kilograms depending on the country they are made in (or marketed for). However, it’s easy to do the conversion: just divide pounds by 2.2 to give the equivalent weight in kilograms! E.g. 20 pounds = 20 / 2.2 = 9 kilograms.

      Hope this helps!

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  • May 15, 2015 at 3:30 am
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    hi Jolie
    I use weighted bars at the gym all the time. Not necessarily for my butt but rather for my abs. I think they work quite well and I like the variety in weight they offer. However, if I were to use them to work on my butt I am thinking that I would need a heavier one for squats or lunges. More like 30-40 pounds. I find most of them comfortable to put on your shoulders but the quality does vary as you point out

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    • May 18, 2015 at 4:38 am
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      They are great because they are so versatile – there are so many exercises that can benefit from the addition of a weighted bar.

      I know what you mean in terms of squats and lunges – most people can usually handle more than 30+ pounds. However, I do think these weighted bars are a great ‘gateway’ to those heavier weights.

      You can also get some serious butt burn from using these bars with exercises like one legged glute bridges and hip thrusts – and these are some of the best exercises for glutes that you can get.

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  • May 15, 2015 at 7:26 am
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    Very well thought out site. You’ve obviously done your research on cap barbells. I think they’re a great idea and would make a good gift.

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    • May 18, 2015 at 4:34 am
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      Hi K, thanks for your comment – I do hope this helps anyone who is looking to buy a padded weighted bar and isn’t sure which product to go for. Cheers!

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  • May 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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    Hi,
    I use one of these bars at the gym, absolutely love it. We use it for one of the “bootcamp” classes and it`s easier than a regular bar to use, I think.
    Thinking of getting one at home as well,

    Great article thanks!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 4:33 am
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      Thanks Vicky, yes the padding on them does make them a lot more comfortable and easier than a regular bar!

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