View Full Version : is the Swiss bar crucial for your bench training?

09-21-2011, 02:45 AM

I been considering the idea of purchasing the Swiss bar and bring it with me to the gym at least 2 days per month. It seems this bar places greater emphasis on tricep training according to Dave's answer to the question in mind. However my tricep power isn't limited since I have DB/BB/body weight movements I do on a regular basis. Neither do I have any serious shoulder issues. Would it be ideal to still buy a Swiss bar to see what I can gain from it? It's quite a big investment @ $300. I want to hear first hand experience with this bar and see if its truly worth the investment.

09-21-2011, 04:49 AM
What other equipment are you thinking about getting if you dont get the swiss bar?

Do you have a SSB? Various bands?

Brian C
09-21-2011, 11:44 AM
Neutral grip db press work well also. For me actually better. I like the swiss bar, but to invest and drag it to the gym, id rather invest in other equipment.

09-21-2011, 01:06 PM
It's a nice bar to have, but I would spend my money elsewhere first.

Travis Bell
09-21-2011, 01:17 PM
I use the football bar (what the swiss bar was designed after) probably 3 times a year. Definitely not crucial

09-21-2011, 01:28 PM
Nick, no SSB. I have my own bands from mini's up to strong bands & chains which I store at the gym in a safe place.

looks like I'll keep my $300 and save it for something else. thanks guys

09-21-2011, 07:23 PM
I was really weak with it, so I figured it was a weakness and used it quite a bit. It didn't help my bench at all. I just got better with the swiss bar. I think it's been used more for pull ups by putting on the top of a power rack.

09-21-2011, 08:45 PM
So many great thing to do with an SSB...