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Rogue Joins the List of IPF-Approved Equipment for Powerlifting

Rogue Fitness IPF Certified Powerlifting Equipment

I received an email from Rogue Fitness a couple of days ago announcing that three Rogue powerlifting products are now approved and certified by the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation); making them legal equipment for IPF sanctioned powerlifting meets. The three products include the 20kg Rogue Ohio Power Bar, the Kilogram Competition Collars, and of course the Calibrated Kilogram Steel Discs, and .

As I understand it, being certified by both the IPF and the IWF has always been a big goal for Rogue Fitness. I find it pretty cool that one of those goals is now realized and official. I’d say that congratulations are definitely in order to Bill and everyone over there at Rogue.

Of course this is good news for American Powerlifting as well because Rogue equipment is actually super affordable when compared to the other equipment on the IPF equipment list. This is especially true of the 20 kg Ohio Power Bar; being that it’s only a $325 power bar – and a very good bar at that. Compare that $325 to the price of a power bar from the likes of Ivanko, Pallini, and Uesaka; all bars that sell for about twice as much (more in some cases.)

If you already own an Ohio Power Bar, you should be aware that this certification does not include the 45-pound variation. Even if you own the pound version of the Ohio though, rest assured that it uses the same 205k steel for the shaft, has the same aggressive knurl, and is built to the same high standards. You may not be able to take it to a meet, but you’ve still got a great power bar – and you paid even less for yours than the $325 that is asked for the kilogram version.

Rogue Fitness 20 kg Ohio Power Bar is now IPF Approved Rogue Fitness Calibrated Steel KG Plates are now IPF Approved Rogue Competition Kilogram Collars are now IPF Approved

So go set a world record using Rogue equipment – it’s legal now.


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  • sean September 1, 2016, 7:48 pm

    If you had to chose one of the Rogue Bone Yard Bars, which one would you chose?
    -Rogue Boneyard Ohio Bar 1.2 – Bright Zinc Shaft w / Black Zinc Sleeves -$225
    -Rogue Boneyard Ohio Bar 1.2 – Bright Shaft w / Bright Zinc Sleeves – $225
    -Rogue Boneyard Ohio Bar 1.2 – Raw Shaft w / Parkerized Sleeves – $225
    -Rogue Boneyard Rogue Bar 2.0 – Bright Zinc Shaft w / Bright Zinc Sleeves -$225

    Or would you spend the extra $30 for the THE ROGUE BAR 2.0?
    I’m nof going to even ask about the raw steel option for $195 because that thing will rust up quick.

    • jburgeson September 1, 2016, 11:27 pm

      I like the Rogue Bar 2.0 over the Ohio Bars simply because of the composite bushings in the Rogue Bar – the rest of the bar basically the same. In this case the Rogue Bar is even better still because it has no black zinc, so the $30 off is just more of a bonus (I do not care for black zinc myself, but this may be a non-issue for you.)

      The only issue I even have with Boneyard bars is the lack of warranty, but it’s highly unlikely that it ever matters, and if the bar didn’t perform out of the box Rogue will still make it right. I’ve yet to feel a bar with that double knurl track so I don’t know how much impact that has on grip, but I mean the knurl on these bars is pretty mild to begin with so probably doesn’t make much difference beyond how it looks.

      • sean September 2, 2016, 10:09 am

        Thanks! Yeah I may go with the Rogue Bar 2.0. It looks like its either going to be that or the OneBasic Vulcan Bar. I think the Chrome on the one basic might be nice.

        If you had to chose between the One Basic and the RB 2.0 which would you chose for crossfit/olylifting? But then at $255 I might think about spending $25 extra for the Vulcan Standard 28.5 MM OLY bar (hard to beat the free shipping).

        Love that the market has different price point for so many bars these days but it almost makes the decision tougher because there are so many different bars and choices these days.

        • jburgeson September 2, 2016, 10:16 am

          It can be overwhelming – almost too many options. To make this a little easier to understand, let me say that when it comes to bushings I like them in this order: oil impregnated/sintered bushings, composite bushings, cast bronze bushings, everything else. I like the Rogue Bar 2.0 over the Ohio because it has composite rather than cast bronze, but I like the Standard not only because it has oil-impregnated bronze, but also because it has no black zinc. Not everyone cares about the black. Matter of fact, some people think it looks cool. Knurl isn’t much different among any of these in my opinion – all of them are pretty moderate. Personally I’d still favor the Standard – the free shipping offsets some of the price difference anyway. Bright zinc on the Standard is still preferable to the chrome on the One simply becuase the Standard is a tighter bar.

  • sean September 1, 2016, 10:57 pm


    You know what I was just thinking? I think you should have a podcast man. You have so much knowledge about gym equipment/bars/racks and have a lot of knowledge and tips I think if you had your own podcast or youtube channel it would be pretty popular, especially amongst the crossfit/oly lifting/power lifting communities. Not sure if its something you’d want to do but I’d definitely would be a regular listener/viewer.

    • jburgeson September 1, 2016, 11:31 pm

      Yeah but then my goofy ass would have to be on a camera! But yeah, I have thought about it. It could happen, and I feel better knowing I’ll have at least one fan haha

      • sean September 2, 2016, 10:15 am

        Haha well you’d definitely have more then one. Quite a few guys from my old box are using your site as purchasing guide to help build out their home gyms.

        We’re all starting to get married and having kids and pretty much everyone is building out their garage gyms and saving some $ and working out of the garage instead of paying for a box membership is the way to go. Plus it way easier on the schedule to workout in the garage at at 4:30-5 in the morning then going to the gym after after work and getting stuck in traffic.

  • alanliev78 September 19, 2017, 7:32 pm

    my PL bar is a Pallini and if im an Eleiko exclusive lover for oly Weightlifting bars, for power im ready for try all brand withouth “bad pré-judgement”…I hope rogue bar is like Pallini… I hate whippy bar for powerlifting even deadlift and i but Pallini because i learn that POWER ELEIKO BAR ARE MADE IN SAME STEEL THAN THEIR OLY BARS…just thicker shaft change 29mm vs 28mm… results Eleiko is too whippy. in squat impossible to feel difference between 28 or 29….its same SPRING STEEL !!!.sad because baresteel carbon finish of Eleiko give best grip than ZN black oxyd of Pallini.

  • Andre L. Tosch Jr April 10, 2018, 11:40 am

    I’m looking at the vulcan III squat rack, do you know anything about them? I’m a truck driver looking to get into powerlifting so I’m looking for a rack that is light, strong and can be broken down and stuffed inside the cab of my truck..

    • jburgeson April 10, 2018, 1:16 pm

      Well it would technically break down to a base and two uprights, which I suppose for transport purposes is easier than independent squat stands, but if you had to break the base down too I can see that getting old really fast. If you go with a 2″x3″ unit like that the weight would be manageable – at least more so than a 3″x3″ unit. I guess the key is to make sure the length of the uprights would fit.

      Aside from what you’re trying to do with it, yes Vulcan makes good, strong racks and stands. I just don’t know that I’d say they are light (in that they are any lighter than any other stand made with the same gauge steel).

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