EP.102 | How OFTEN to Maintain Your Barbells

We're going to continue hammering this home with the spring and summer coming up!

When it comes to barbell service frequency there are various factors that come into play.  Among these many factors, perhaps the most important is climate.  There are plenty of other components to consider (we'll mention these later), however the climate in which you live can wreck havoc on your precious fleet of bars.


Do you live somewhere filled with heat and humidity or in the middle of the desert?  Is your gym climate-controlled or exposed to the elements?  This is not to be taken lightly!

Please do not make the mistake of thinking that it won't happen to you... because it will.  Unfortunately, we've witnessed bar after bar fall victim to rust.  Maybe you don't care whether your bar rusts, but many people do.

Below is your treatment plan for your fleet.  These are general guidelines to follow based on what climate you live in so you can increase the longevity of your equipment.

Humidity + Salt + Outdoor Elements = More Maintenance.  


More Humid
If you have the time & resources, aim for 3 times per month.  Salt and humid make for a killer one-two punch!  Don't wait around, get started right away!

Less Humid
For dryer environments aim for 1-2 times per month.

*Some barbell finishes such as stainless steel and cerakote hold up much better against the elements, thus needing less maintenance.


Perform maintenance on the internal components of the sleeves as needed!  Some bars are used much more often than others, thus they will most likely need more attention.

If you insist on a number, aim for once every 1-2 months!

>Check out #bartiptuesday episode #98 HERE to learn how to restore your spin!


Spot-checks are an effective way to ensure that you are taking care of your fleet.  See a bar caked in chalk or one that isn't spinning smoothly?  Spend the few minutes and get it back into working order!

A bar a day keeps the rust away!!


Tools at the Ready 

Bar Shield Maintenance Kit


50-60 services in ONE bottle

The safe & effective way to keep the rust away. 

Brush it down. Lube it up. Wipe it down. Keep Lifting.