EP.88 | Why Do My Barbell Collars Suck?
What type of barbell collars do you have experience using? What type of athlete are you? Are you a weightlifter? Are you a Crossfitter? Are you a garage gym warrior? What's your budget? Do you even care about what collars you are using?
Well, depending on what category of fitness you subscribe to, the type of collars you use can make quite the difference. Allow us to elaborate...
Starting off with....
Squat. Bench. Deadlift. The Big Three. As most of you know, the sport of powerlifting contains three lifts. Not a whole lot of dropping going on, other than the bar riding down your leg after completing a deadlift.
Which collars are going to be the best for Powerlifting? If we had to choose just one, we'd go with the Proloc Collar. Why? See below.
---> Highly Durable Plastic
---> Reliable/Consistent Lock
---> Compatible with most barbells / easy-to-use
$42 per pair
When the Olympic lifts are thrown into the equation, things change a bit due to the dropping from overhead. Here are a few things to consider...
Make sure the plates/discs are loaded flush to the collars. Doing so will help ensure that there aren't any unnecessary forces on the shaft or sleeves.
Sounds silly, but make sure the bar is evenly loaded as well as loaded correctly! Dropping unbalanced bars could threaten the integrity of the steel over time. Uneven drops go hand in hand with this.
That being said... our go-to preference are OSO Barbell Collars. Here's why.
---> Made from 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum... Durable
---> Extremely consistent/reliable... very secure hold on bar
---> Easy-to-use with a single lever to lock/unlock/adjust
$49.95 per pair (yes, we order custom Bar Shield collars)
CF / Functional Fitness
See above! The main difference here is the HIGH VOLUME of drops that bars sustain on a daily basis in gyms around the world.
We are obligated to recommend the OSO Collar here as well because of the reasons MENTIONED ABOVE. Through 10+ years of testing and experiencing various types of collars, these are without a doubt the most reliable collars we've used.
On a separate note...
That being said, the OSO and Proloc collars have a higher price tag. If you are buying collars for a gym with 20, 30 or 40 bars, buying these may not be feasible.
There are other less expensive options such as the spring and HG collars. At Rogue these go for $9.50 and $36.50 per pair for example. The drawbacks of these two types are that they are susceptible to breaking and do not hold a consistent lock on the bar.
Keep these in mind while making your decision! Although the two mentioned above may sport a higher price, they will last well into the future.