Gymnastics Bars can be a great addition to your home gym setup, but you need to make sure you have a set that will be suitable for your child’s age and ability and fits your budget. In this article, I will run through the best bars available to buy online and highlight which features to look out for based on my 20 years of experience as a coach.
The 5-In-1 is by far and away from the best choice for sturdiness and strength and overall quality. Tumbl Trak is a very reputable manufacturer, and its products are found in many professional gym facilities worldwide.
Because this option has two bars, it gives you greater choice in how it is set up and which skills can be practiced. It can be used as:
- Single High Bar
- Double Bars
- Uneven / A Bars
- Parallel Bars
- Or it can be used to place mats or Air Products up against it, for example a climbing wall
It could also be used to attach Rings from the bar.
No other home practice bar that I’ve seen offers this much choice. Because of its ample size, more than one child can use it at the same time without colliding. The advertised max weight is 125Ibs, though some reviewers claim it will comfortably hold even more than that.
More advanced skills such as Undershoots and Circle can be practiced on the Tumble Track 5-In-1 making it suitable for advanced gymnasts putting in those extra hours of training. The adjustable knobs mean that the bar heights can be adjusted down for younger children as well.
The FB Sport Gymnastics Bar is a close runner-up in terms of overall quality to the 5-In-1 however it comes only as one single bar as opposed to the two bars on the 5-In-1 system. If you only need the single bar at a very reasonable $300, then the FB could be for you.
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The six-point base and rubber feet add stability but the safety feature that I really like is the double lock on the height adjuster. This gives you added protection when moving the bars up or down the 13 different height levels. If one lock fails, you have the backup of a second lock. This is a feature that I haven’t seen on other home gymnastics bars.
This bar is ideal for gymnasts working between levels 1 – 4 and under 140Ibs.
At around $70-$85 this option for a home gymnastics bar is great if you are on a smaller budget.
As you can see, the design is different as it has rails running parallel to the bar at both the front and back. This is designed to stop the bar from toppling forwards or backward when in use. The bar itself is made from steel so differs from the wooden bar found on Women’s A-Bars in the gym. This makes it suitable for younger gymnasts just starting to learn gymnastics but not so great for competitive gymnasts looking to replicate the feel of a traditional bar in their own home.
My Quality Life recommends this bar for children aged 3 to 7 years and under 150Ibs. The height of the bar can be adjusted between four different settings so there is a good amount of growth to be had with this bar. The folding design of the ground rails is super handy for storage and will mean you can pack it away more easily than other bars when not in use.
The reviews on Amazon are extremely positive, with an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 from over 500 reviewers.
This is a great bar for older and younger gymnasts alike and is another option with super high ratings on Amazon (4.8 from over 800 reviews). There are a few different options in terms of color and design, but all fall in the range of $140-$180 on Amazon.
The standout feature of the Shiwei Bar is the fiberglass bar itself which is stronger than many of the wooden or metal alternatives on the market.
The bar will hold a massive 330Ibs in weight which is double some of its competitors!
This makes it suitable for children up to the early teens, unlike some bars which will not hold the weight of older children.
An additional crossbar frame that runs across the floor in the center adds stability and reduces wobble. A double locking system on the knobs is similar to the FB bar and provides added safety.
Best Alternative – DGS Junior Bar Pro
The guys at DGS (www.gymsupply.com) have been supplying equipment since the early 90s so are very experienced at designing and manufacturing durable and sturdy equipment.
The Junior Pro Bar retails at around $600 so is not cheap, but it does provide strength and quality not found in cheaper bars.
DGS also offers several packages that include mats, pads or both. Most bars will not include a mat as standard so the combo packages offer some good savings. DGS also has an excellent reputation for great customer service.
Z Athletic offers a wide range of bar and mat colors as well as two different size options. It is reasonably sturdy for children up to and around the 10 or 11 years old age range.
Check out the latest price on Amazon.
Deciding factors when purchasing a bar
When deciding which bar to use or purchase, these are the factors I would consider (obviously budget is important too).
- Maximum load weight.
- Minimum / maximum bar height.
- Sturdiness / liklehood of wobble – This can be really hard to judge on photos or descriptions alone. Hopefully this article has helped as we have only recommended bars that we know are sturdy or have multiple reviews backing that up. Heavy bars tend to be more sturdy as they are less likely to tilt or topple over.
- Bar material – Female gymnasts use wooden bars wheras male gymnasts use metal bars to train and compete. Fibre glass bars can work at home as they are strong. Plastic bars can be suitable for youger / beginner gymnasts but not older, more advanced ones.
- Quality of the adjuster knobs – double adjusters on the height provides extra safety.
- Storage – can it be stored easily? If you are lucky enough to have space to leave it setup that is ideal, but if not, a foldable bar would be better.
A home bar will keep children active and motivated to practice at home. Be sure to check the area and ceiling height where your bar will be set up and check if your bar comes with a landing mat. Many won’t and you will need to purchase one separately. I would recommend a mat that is at least 20cm thick to protect your child from injury if they fall from the bar. It will also help protect their joints when landing. Also, check out our article on the best beams for home practice.