An off-shoot, or complimentary bar, to the Multi-Grip Swiss Bar, the American Press Bar was designed specifically for the bench press (as opposed to the log press).
This differs from the Multi-grip Swiss Bar (or Econo-Log) because it is not specifically designed to simulate a log press. Because of this, the handles are not as long, so it does not offer the wrist stability needed when doing log presses. The variety of parallel and angled grips makes this a great bar for overhead presses, benches, triceps extensions, rowing, and just about anything you can imagine.
The grips vary from handle to handle—the outer handles are thinner and the inner ones get progressively thicker. These three grips are based on the most popular grips used in the bench press. These grips are (from the inside out):
- Pinkies on or near the smooth
- An extended-thumb away from the smooth
- Middle-finger on the smooth
- The fourth grip is a close, angled grip perfect for triceps extensions (facing either way) or curling and semi-pronated reverse curls.
Remember, there are times in which you want to back off of your normal movement patterns (such as your competition bench grip) while working those muscles in order to give the body a break. For heavy benchers, a parallel grip may provide the break that their shoulder need.
American Press Bar Features:
- Wide enough to fit in most racks
- Bar weighs 35 pounds
- The inside angled handles are 8" apart on center
- The three nuetral grip handles are 17", 24", and 30" apart
- 5" of rackable space between bar collar and grip rectangle
- Grip rectangle block measures 40" across - fits racks spaced 40-45" across
NOTE: Spring Collars do not fit or work with any specialty bar. We recommend any collar that screws down onto the bar such as PROLOCs.