Quality bars (like those from Rogue) are definitely superior to the ones that come with beginner sets. If you're just starting out, though, you won't notice much difference. I love my Rogue Power Bar, but most of my initial strength gains were with a cheap Cap barbell. It did the job just fine.
Originally Posted by Geeknik
I highly recomend a power rack. Yeah, they're expensive and take up a lot of room, but they allow you to safely squat and bench press alone. You can also do chinups in them. If price is an issue, look on websites like Craigslist. I got mine from there for about half of what it was worth.
There's a lot of equipment to buy if you want to train with barbells at home, and it can get expensive. The results are worth it, though.
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