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Benefits of Barbell Clamps | Buy and Bring Your Own!

Sep 10, 2018

Benefits of Barbell Clamps - Dark Iron Fitness Barbell ClampsThere are many benefits of barbell clamps.

Furthermore, there are many styles of barbell clamps.

So, when it really comes down to it, what should you be using?

Well…

For the most part, your commercial gym will have suitable barbell clamps to use.

But, the thing with most gyms is that the clamps are constantly in use on several types of equipment.

So, this means that there will be times where the clamps are in use on the barbells for bench, military press, and the EZ-curl bar.

Where does this leave you?

Well, it leaves you stuck with no barbell clamps!

This is why I believe you should always have a set of clamps in your arsenal for use solely by you (or those with you).

Furthermore, those who work out at home or have home gyms, all of you need a good set of clamps.

So, what are the benefits of barbell clamps?

First, let’s discuss the types of clamps that are on the market.

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Benefits of Barbell Clamps: Types of Barbell Clamps

There are a few different types of clamps out there you can purchase.

Some are more complicated than others.

A few are more durable.

The different features all have several pros and cons.

Maybe some lock better than others or are easier to adjust.

Some slide on and off quickly, while others need more pressure to add or remove.

There are clamps that are susceptible to breaking open, while others protect against that.

The list goes on… It really depends on what you’re looking for as far as convenience, quality, price, etc.

 

Standard Spring Clamps

These are one of the most common types of clamps that you’ll regularly see.

It is basically just a curled loop of metal that springs open when the handle is clamped.

Some are all metal, while others will have a rubber grip for comfort.

Regardless, these are time-tested clamps that are very popular, but definitely, have some flaws.

For one, these are known to get “sticky” and sometimes even rusty, making them hard to put on and take off.

Usually, these will be standard clamps in commercial gyms that don’t necessarily have a focus on weightlifting and powerlifting.

You’ll notice that a lot of commercial gyms tend to lean towards machines, cardio, classes, and general fitness more so than emphasizing the weight room.

This will, for the most part, result in a lack of high-quality weightlifting accessories.

But, that’s why we have so many other barbell clamps to choose from!

 

Lockjaw Clamps

These hexagonal barbell collars are very popular and for good reason.

Unlike the standard spring clamps, these are put onto the barbell, then you press a tab down to grip the barbell.

Most of these clamps use solid nylon frames or heavy-duty plastics.

This allows the clamps to fight against rust and moisture issues.

So, you can imagine how much easier these clamps are to use compared to your classic spring collars.

 

Power Clamps

Power clamps are similar to lockjaw clamps but are normally a solid, round design.

For the securing of the clamps, you will have a turnkey knob that twists to lock a screw in place.

Most of the time, these power clamps will be made with metal, but are much more heavy-duty compared to spring clamps.

Also, the tightening of the screw adds extra security to the clamp.

 

Hex Screw Clamps

Hex screw clamps are a great way for guaranteed secureness.

Some will have the hex key attached, while others will not.

So, the downside to a hex screw clamp is that it can potentially be a hassle to change your weights.

However, for those who are lifting in competitions with set weights or anything similar, these hex screw clamps could be one of the best ways to keep the weight stable.

Just don’t lose your hex key!

 

Spring Lock Clamps

Spring lock clampsBenefits of Barbell Clamps - Dark Iron Fitness Barbell Clamps, like the ones we make at Dark Iron Fitness, take the best aspects of every barbell collar that came before.

Made from high-impact molded polyester, these barbell clamps are rugged and meant to last.

You won’t have any problems of keeping the weights locked in place and ready for bodybuilding and powerlifting.

With spring lock clamps, you have an indicator twist lock that springs shut when turned to the left or right and easily slides off when unlocked in the center.

The round, smooth shape allows for the clamp to be put on and taken off easily between sets.

Plus, if you go with our version of the spring lock clamps, you are eligible for our lifetime warranty!

 

The Benefits of Barbell Clamps: Owning Your Own Pair

So, now that we have discussed the different styles and benefits of barbell clamps, let’s talk about why owning a pair is important.

Like I said earlier, you won’t always have access to barbell clamps (or ones suitable for your degree of lifting).

It is smart to choose your barbell clamps based on the type of lifting you do, how often you expect to change weights between sets, and whether or not you plan on dropping the weight down hard or not.

Furthermore, your outside conditions can play a role in the type of clamps you buy.

There are actually many people who run their workouts outside, so having metal clamps that can rust easily will be counterproductive.

Also, you have to factor in the ease of adding and removal of the clamps.

If you are under time constraints, a hex screw clamp probably isn’t the best idea.

Or, if you are someone who has arthritis or hand pain, you may prefer something easier to attach like lockjaw clamps or spring lock clamps — standard spring clamps are truly a pain to squeeze on and off.

The choice is really up to you!

You have to discover the benefits of barbell clamps in relation to your lifestyle.

But, having a pair of clamps on hand and in your gym bag will always be useful.

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SPRING LOCKING BARBELL CLAMPS

These clamps take a beating and come back for more. They're made of extremely high-impact, molded polyester— not like cheap plastic lockjaw-style clamps. Clamps slide on and tighten all in one motion, easily managed with one hand. Spring-loaded locking system provides added security while allowing for quick release.

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