Titan Fitness is a good brand for budget-minded fitness enthusiasts. Its products are mostly made in China but their quality is pretty decent and suitable for most of us who need something basic to keep ourselves going every day.
We have tried a lot of products from Titan Fitness and we never received anything that really disappointed us. So, it is safe to say that if you can’t afford a Rogue or REP bar, you can go with any barbell from Titan Fitness such as the Titan Fitness Economy Olympic Bar or the Titan Regular Bar that we are going to review here.
You might also want to check out our detailed list of best affordable barbells for more options.
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Quick Review Summary
Titan Regular multipurpose bar is one of the most affordable barbells. Although being a low-cost product, it still meets our expectations. We recommend it for beginners, casual trainers, and those who do not want to train with more than 200lbs.
- Highly affordable
- Has decent knurl marks
- Has decent spin and rotation
- Imperfect finishing
- Poor shipping and packaging
We are giving this a rating of 4 out of 5.0.
Now on to our full review.
Features and specifications of Titan regular multipurpose bar
- Total Length- 86”
- Loadable sleeves length- 16”
- Material- Cold-rolled steel with a tensile strength of 1.65,000 PSI and chrome finish
- Bar weight- 45lbs
- Bar’s weight load capacity- 1000lbs
- Has dual knurl marks and center knurling
- Features brass bushings for spin
- Suitable for beginners, intermediates, and casual trainers
- Comes with a standard 1-year warranty
It is a powerlifting bar
Olympic weightlifting, which is generally called weightlifting, consists of snatch and clean and jerk movements. Powerlifting, however, involves most of the exercises that we do at home such as bench press, squats, and deadlifts. That's why it is important to buy a powerlifting barbell unless you exclusively want to practice weightlifting.
Olympic barbells have a single set of knurl marks
Many of them have central knurl marks but some may not have them because, after all, Olympic barbells aren’t designed to be used for squatting. Further, Olympic barbells have an excellent spin and a decent amount of flex. This helps weightlifters train safely and comfortably.
Powerlifting barbells have dual knurl marks so you can get narrower grips for certain exercise
They are quite rigid and have a bare minimum spin, so the weights do not wobble or give you any unnecessary momentum that can affect your stability and balance. Powerlifting barbells are the ones that we use the most because our fitness routine usually consists of squats and bench exercises.
With dual sets of knurl marks The Titan Fitness Regular multipurpose barbell is designed to be used for almost all major exercises that most home gym owners do to improve their stamina and strength. The central knurl marks help prevent the barbell from sliding down the neck while squatting. It has bushings that do provide some spin but not as much as you can get from Olympic barbells with bearings.
Medium knurling marks is just enough for light to moderate level training
The Titan Regular barbell features standard knurling that the manufacturer uses on almost all its affordable range of barbells. The marks are medium i.e. they do not really dig into your hands. But, it is still good enough for people who are not going to lift beyond 150-200 lbs. If you want to train harder, you might have to use gloves. Or maybe you can think of buying a better quality barbell that we have listed in our article on ‘Best Mid Range $200-500 Olympic Barbells’.
Although it has a weight-bearing capacity of 1000lbs, we do not advise you to use it for lifting more than 200-300lbs
It has a tensile strength of 1,65,000, which is on the lower side and not recommended for heavy weights.
Most barbells have a tensile strength of 1,20,000-2,30,000 PSI. As expected, the cheaper ones usually have a 1,20,000 PSI. They are only meant for beginners and may not last beyond a year. They could bend when loaded with even a decent amount of weight.
We do not usually recommend those barbells because they are not at all reliable. Instead, you should just spend $50-$70 more and get a good quality product with tensile strength greater than 1,50,000 PSI such as this Titan Regular bar.
This barbell can hold just enough weight to challenge someone who has recently started weight training. You won’t be able to outgrow it any time soon. And then, when you are ready or when this barbell has started to show signs of wear and tear, you can replace it with a better product such as Rogue Echo Bar 2.0.
Sleeves and spin are exactly what you can expect from an affordable powerlifting barbell
Many buyers have stated that the sleeves have a classic slow and controlled spin, as needed in powerlifting moves. But, the spin could have been better and smoother.
To be honest, we don’t expect it to spin like a Rogue barbell because, after all, it is a less than $150 barbell.
But, if you are into powerlifting, you don’t really need a good spin. You just need a smooth spin, so your joints do not suffer due to jerks.
Talking about sleeves; they are smooth and have a shiny chrome finish. They do not have any texture, so you will have to use barbell collars to prevent the plates from wobbling or slipping off. We have tested and reviewed some of the best barbell collars for you, just in case you need.
Irrespective of the manufacturer’s claim, the Titan Fitness Regular barb is not rust-proof. So, if you live in a hot and humid climate, this bar may not last beyond a few years.
The finish isn’t perfect but who cares!
As you can see in our Titan Regular bar review video, the overall finish of this product is rather poor. You can feel the imperfections in your hands while using it. We couldn’t see any splinters but we suggest that you must wipe it down with a clean cloth to get rid of any metal shreds.
The finishing imperfection doesn’t really affect the functioning of the bar. Just that, it might not feel so good on your hands. But, that’s OK. You get what you pay for.
Packaging and Shipping issues are common with Titan Fitness
Not just us; more than 90% of buyers have agreed that the company needs to improve its packaging and shipping. The products are often not bubble-wrapped and the cardboards are rather thin. The packaging gets almost damaged during shipping and, very often, buyers receive severely beaten packages, and even scratches on the products.
We are giving this a rating of 4 out of 5.0.
Titan Fitness Regular barbell is one of the best budget barbells for beginners and casual trainers. With decent use and a no-throw training system, it should last for a couple of years.
If you are looking for weight plates that you can use with this barbell, do check out the Fringe Sport bumper plates that are one of the best bumper plates for home and commercial use.
You might also want to buy a set of fractional weight plates, so you can gradually take up your weightlifting game. Microgainz Fractional Weight Plates is our top pick.
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