Jim Schmitz on the Lifts

IronMind Bars: Used by the World’s Strongest Men

The Buffalo Bar®: A Bar Fit for Paul Anderson

Designed to accommodate the kinds of weights Paul Anderson squatted in his prime—with ease, the IronMind Buffalo Bar is 92" long overall, which means you don’t have to be a yoga star to get under it for squats, good mornings, lunges, Hise shrugs, and all the other get-big-and-strong movements you do with a heavy bar on your shoulders.

PaulAnderson2019-Web In 1953—when 500-lb. squats were rarer than hen’s teeth—Paul Anderson broke the 700-lb. barrier in a performance that rocked the strength world. Anderson would go on to squat hundreds of pounds more, win an Olympic gold medal in weightlifting, and leave as his legacy The Paul Anderson Youth Home. Photo reproduced with permission from Paul Anderson: The Mightiest Minister by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D.
 
S-Cubed Bar™: Straight, Strong, Stiff

An extra-long, extra-strong, extra-stiff bar for things like squats and deadlifts—good for 1,500-pound quarter squats if you can do them and WSM-level deadlifts.

Apollon’s Axle™... Grip, Strongman Star

Not just the original--it debuted in 1994--but the best known and most widely used thick bar in top-tier strongman and grip competitions, the one that has more world records set on it than all the others combined. While the Apollon's Axle excels in strongman and grip, it's also perfect for anyone interested in functional strength.

Tuf-Cloth™
 

If you want to keep your natural-finish IronMind bars nice and shiny, wipe them down as needed with one of these Tuf-Cloths, to help prevent rust. 

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