All weight plates here have iron or steel cores, including rubber coated plates and easy-grip plates. See our Bumper Plates for solid rubber plates meant for dropping when doing olympic lifts / Crossfit®.
These bars are lighter weight but have the same inside shaft length as other weightlifting bars (about 52"), with only the sleeves cut short to about 10". They are meant for training the movements for beginner lifters, with only one or two plates on the bar.
We don't recommend you use any of the aluminum bars on a rack. They can get damaged more easily than steel when set down hard. Anything not clearly marked here as aluminum in the description is steel.
These bars have a thinner 25mm shaft (other bars are 28-32mm). Women especially prefer these types of bars because they typically have smaller hands, and the smaller shaft allows them to get a better grip. They work great for kids too, or anyone with smaller hands.
This type of bar may be called a trap bar, hex bar, or shrug bar. It's used for deadlifts or shrugs. This specialized bar gives the ability to keep your hands at your sides and nearly eliminating the risk of hitting your legs. This makes the lifts less technical to perform, allowing you to increase the weight substantially and reduce the risk of a back injury due to poor form.