Are you looking for a way to add some variation to your lifts? Are you hitting some plateaus and needing to break up the routine? For an inexpensive way to mix up your bench press, overhead press, rows, deadlifts, and even arm workouts, consider a Swiss bar like Rogue’s MG-1 Multi-Grip Bar. The MG-1 Bar may very well be the best, most versatile specialty bar option on the market, and it’s easily one of the least costly ways to add a new dimension to a stale workout.
Last updated December 2017 – brought current with price and specification adjustments
As you can see the MG-1 is Rogue’s version of the Swiss Bar. I was originally interested in a Swiss bar because I wanted to add some variety to my chest routine. I wanted a bar that could help me bust out of my own plateau; a bar that would allow me to train explosiveness and lift more weight, but with a neutral grip and less stress on my shoulders. This bar does all that and a lot more.
The MG-1 Swiss Bar is surprisingly versatile. I knew when I bought one that it would have other uses besides a bench press bar, I just didn’t realize how many. I can mix up so many different exercises with it; shoulder press, military press, skull crushers, hammer curls, JM presses, lockouts, floor presses, stiff leg deads, close-grip bench and my absolute favorite secondary use for this bar – the bent-over barbell row. Try to find another specialty bar as versatile as the Swiss bar. You won’t find this many ways to use an EZ curl bar or trap bar unless you just start making exercises up.
The MG-1 weighs 39 pounds, has 1.91″ sleeves that utilize the 2″ Olympic plates that you already own, and will work with many Olympic collars, but works best with Strongman/axle collars. The MG-1 Bar is completely welded, made in the USA, and has 3 different handle widths (5½”, 13½”, and 21½” apart). It’s 82″ long and will rack in your standard power rack or squat rack. It sells for $275; about as much as a decent, mid-range Olympic barbell.
Remember that this is still a barbell. You can use this bar with your chains and resistance bands as well. Like I said, this bar is extremely versatile and you’ll be wondering where it has been your whole life.
If you have tendinitis or carpal tunnel you’re already imagining how much more comfortable your lifts would be with this bar. This is a must for anyone who has any pain associated with wrist rotation; especially when a load is applied. That goes for both pulling and pressing. I hyper-extended one of my wrists years ago and underhand grips were hell; so painful. Had I known about this then, I would have had to deal with a lot less pain while I worked out.
Check this bar out. Rogue isn’t the only company that makes a Swiss bar, I just happen to like Rogue. Buy it from whoever you want, just get one! I will say this though, Rogue is one of the few Swiss Bar makers that knurls the handles. Plus they offer other variations like the MG-2 and MG-3 that may be better suited to you and your training needs. Also, there is no lead time so you’ll have at in no time.
Do you already own this bar? Comment and let us know what you like about it. What’s your favorite exercise with it?