Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar. Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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Trap bars (aka hex bars) have become increasingly popular in recent years. Not only does every major mfr. sell one, but most have gone to great lengths to improve on them.

And that’s where the Rep Fitness open trap bar comes in. After over two years of research and development, Rep has introduced what is, quite possibly, the most fully featured trap bar on the market.

But “fully featured” doesn’t always mean it’s worth your money. So to save you the effort, I bought one and have used it in my training two to three days a week for the last seven months.

TLDR Review (The Short Version)

The Rep Fitness open trap bar is a rackable trap bar with an opening on one side and multiple handle options. As opposed to a standard trap bar which limits you to only 3-5 exercises, the Rep open trap bar allows an almost unlimited number of movements. It’s very well-built and looks sharp too.

What I like most about this bar is all the small details. I’ve owned quite a few trap bars; each has at least one thing I don’t like. It almost seems like Rep’s been looking over my shoulder and taking notes!

The feature I use most is the built-in floor jack. Loading trap bars has always been a pain in the ass. Not so with this one. Lift it up on the jack, load the weight, and easily lower it to the floor. I absolutely love this feature!

Rep Fitness open trap bar
My well-used Rep open trap bar on my very dirty gym floor.

From the shape of the bar itself to the laser-cut details found in multiple places, Rep has put a ton of thought into this barbell. It has extraordinary balance, ergonomics, and a solid fit and finish.

The versatility that Rep built into this bar is on another level. From the ability to rack it to multiple handle options to a frame that is comfortable in hand no matter where you grab it, this bar has very few weaknesses.

One of those weaknesses is its size. This thing is huge! If you don’t have a decent amount of room to use and store it, this bar may not be well-suited to your particular garage gym.

Another small nitpick I have is the knurling on the handles. It’s a little overly aggressive, in my opinion. But that’s me. I can imagine quite a few people liking this grippier knurl pattern.

Overall, this is my favorite trap bar on the market (and I’ve tried every open trap bar there is, from the very pricey Kabuki strength model to the least expensive Chinese import on Amazon).

You can see what others think about the Rep Fitness open trap bar here on the Rep Fitness site.

Specs & Technical Overview

Bar frame weight58.4 lbs
Narrow handle weight17.2 lbs
Standard handle weight15.9 lbs
Wide handle weight12.8 lbs
Rotating handle weight34 lbs
Overall length84.3″
Load height of low handles8.3″ to floor
Load height of high handles11.3″ to floor
Width of frame interior33.1″
Width between handles23″ (narrow), 25″ (standard), 27.3″ (wide)
Length of frame knurl6″
Static rating1350 lbs
Jack foot materialUHMW
Sleeve finishHard chrome
Bar finishBlack powder coat
Full specs and details can be found here on the Rep Fitness website.

Pros & Cons


Built-in floor jack

Open back design


Full-length sleeves

Multiple handle options

Round, knurled bar stock

Well balanced

Laser cut details

High-quality powder coat on the body

Hard chrome sleeves


It’s huge!

Some welds are kind of ugly

Things I Like About the Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar

Built-In Floor Jack

This, hands down, is my favorite feature of this bar. While having a floor jack built in is pretty standard on all open trap bars, there are two things I love about this bar in particular.

First, the round, knurled tubing at the front of the bar makes a perfect handle when raising and lowering the bar to load and unload it. Second, the UHMW feet are the ideal size and shape to be stable when heavily loaded.

Built in floor jack of the Rep Fitness open trap bar
The built-in floor jack makes loading plates easy!

I’ve used several other open trap bars with this feature, and all felt unstable. The slightest bump would tip them over. With this bar, I never worry about that.

The single biggest pain in the ass with trap bars is loading and unloading the weight. It’s enough to make you not use it (I speak from experience!). This bar is the exact opposite!

It’s Rackable

While other bars say they are rackable, if you read the fine print, it’s an afterthought. Here’s what Kabuki Strength says about their $750 open trap bar:

“Rackable–simply place a clamp on each sleeve adjusted to account for your rack width, then add plates as desired.”

Rackable section of the Rep Fitness open trap bar
A wide, dedicated rackable section of the sleeve makes racking this bar easy.

I’m sorry, what? You have to make a homemade mod to your $750 bar to use it in your rack? That’s ridiculous!

This Rep open trap bar racks like a dream because it has dedicated sections on the sleeves for that purpose!

Full-Length Sleeves

My last trap bar, the EZ load trap bar V2 by Titan Fitness, had a few issues. One of which was tiny little baby sleeves that didn’t allow many plates to be loaded.

I outgrew that bar because I could lift more weight than could be loaded. And that’s not a statement of my strength. It’s a serious drawback to the size of the sleeves!

Since one of the primary exercises you use a trap bar for is the deadlift, you should be able to load a good amount of weight on it. Since the Rep open trap bar has full-length sleeves, you can load just as many plates on it as a standard Olympic barbell!

I won’t outlift this bar any time soon, if ever!

Handle Options

At 6’6″, I constantly find myself adjusting things to fit my size. Handle/bar height on deadlifts is one of those things.

Handles for the Rep Fitness open trap bar
Multiple handle options for the Rep open trap bar.

Not only can you adjust the height of the handles on this bar, but you can opt for different diameter handles and handle widths too. This is just one more way this bar is the single most versatile bar I own!

I’ve already ordered the “rotating handles” as an add-on for my bar. I think they should be the standard handle, but they are well worth the extra money anyway!

Round, Knurled Bar Stock

Most trap bars are either made from thin steel tubing (the same diameter as the handles all the way around) or square steel. Neither allows you to do anything with the bar outside of holding the handles.

With this Rep bar, not only is the bar a much bigger diameter but it’s got a center knurl. This makes the bar MUCH more comfortable to use.

knurled section of open trap bar
This kurling helps with cambered squats.

It also adds a ton of exercises. You can use this bar as a yoke. You can do cambered squats. You can do cambered presses. The list goes on.

This one simple feature sets this bar far apart from almost every other open trap bar option on the market!

It’s Well Balanced

One of the main problems with many open trap bars is their lack of balance. What I mean by that is can you rack the bar, position it so it’s parallel to the ground, and have it stay that way?

This allows you to work with this bar inside your rack without constantly fiddling with it. It stays exactly where you put it!

Rep Fitness open trap bar balance in rack
The bar sits however you set it when racked, making it really easy to get under and use when loaded!

Other bars that are not well-balanced will flip and roll so that the heavier side is down. This makes it impossible to get under the bar without adjusting or holding it.

To me, this is also a hallmark of an exceptionally well-engineered product. When you really look at what it took to balance this bar like this, it’s nothing short of impressive!

Things I Wish Were Different About The Rep Open Trap Bar

As with most things, this bar is not perfect. As I’ve used this bar over the last 7+ months, I’ve definitely thought about what could be improved.

It’s Huge!!!

So, this can’t be changed, but this bar is gigantic!!! It takes up a ton of room in my garage. So much so that I’m constantly moving it out of the way so I can train.

Rep Fitness open trap bar.
Here you get a sense of how big this bar is as it sits in front of my full rack.

I don’t have more room on the wall, so it sits upright on the floor jacks. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t cracked my shins on it multiple times! If you don’t have a lot of room in your gym, consider where you’ll store this bar before you buy it!

The Handle Diameter Should Be Bigger

I have giant hands, and the 28mm diameter handles that come with this bar are a little too narrow for me. They work fine, and it’s not a big enough deal to spring for larger ones (although I did!), but it’s a noticeable enough difference to my 29mm barbells that it bothers me.

I kind of wish this bar came with the rotating handles that are an option. For me, these should be standard, and the other handle options should be just that, options.

Handles and knurling of Rep Fitness open trap bar.
Closeup of the included handles and knurling.

The rotating handles offer three handles in one: 28mm, 38mm, and 48mm.

One last nitpick on the handles is their very aggressive knurl pattern. It’s not as aggressive as their power bar EX, but it’s close. I think it would have been better if they had stuck with the same knurling they use on their barbells.

Weld Aesthetics

Notice I didn’t say “weld quality.” A lot of people mix these two up.

While the best welds are also beautiful, welds don’t have to be aesthetically pleasing to be effective and robust. And that’s where most welds on the Rep open trap bar fall.

Welds on the Rep Fitness open trap bar
These are quality, durable welds. They just aren’t the “stack of dimes” that the highest quality welding looks like.

They aren’t as ugly as the welding on Titan Fitness gear, but they aren’t as nice as those on a Kabuki or Eleiko bar (both almost twice the price!).

I want to be clear that I have ZERO concerns about the durability of this bar or its quality. But I also know people like to pick on this aspect of fitness gear, so I thought I’d point it out ahead of time.

Who Is The Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar Best Suited For?

Everyone should have a trap bar in their gym, even if it’s the most basic, least expensive model (like this one from Titan). It’s one of three barbells everyone with a home gym should own.

But that doesn’t mean this particular Rep bar is for everyone because it’s not! It’s big, not cheap, and more versatile than some may want.

This is the Cadillac of open trap bars. It has every feature you’d want in this type of barbell. It’s just not priced like a Cadillac!

Alternatives To The Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar

Is the Rep Fitness open trap bar the only game in town? Nope! There are additional options, some better known than others.

But I want to be clear. Rep knocked it way out of the park with this bar. 

There is virtually no other open trap bar at this price point with all of the features and quality of the Rep Fitness open trap bar.

Kabuki Strength

The obvious comparison to this bar is the Kabuki Strength Trap Bar HD. This was one of the first open trap bars on the market (some say it was THE first, others say Eleiko was first to market. We’ll have to wait for the court case to settle to find out).

Kabuki trap bar hd

The Kabuki bar stands above the Rep bar in only one way: Fit and finish. Made here in the US, the Kabuki Trap Bar HD is absolutely beautiful. The welds are much nicer looking than the Rep bar. The finish is impeccable. The knurl is legendary.

If you want to pay almost twice as much for your bar to be prettier, go for it! But also keep in mind the following drawbacks of the Kabuki bar:

  • It’s $750!!!
  • 14-week lead time
  • Made with square steel, so limited in use
  • It can’t be used for heavy squats (per the Kabuki website)
  • Not rackable without modification


The Eleiko open trap bar is probably the genuine first-to-market open trap bar out there. It’s also the closest to the Rep bar in features.

Eleiko open trap bar

It’s rackable. It has full-length sleeves. It’s made of round bar stock. The bar jack works really well.

The problem with this bar is that it is rarely in stock and costs $850.00!!! Holy hell, I hope that bar is made of gold! I promise that there is absolutely no reason on God’s green Earth that you should spend $850 on this bar!

Bells of Steel

Another popular option is the Bells of Steel open trap bar. Coming in at $100 less than the Rep model, it’s an okay budget option. But be warned. It’s missing almost every feature the Rep bar has.

The handles are fixed. You can’t change or modify them.

Bells of steel open trap bar.

The floor jack is clunky at best. There is virtually no design to it. It looks almost like it doesn’t even belong on the bar. It’s also not wide enough to support the bar when loading it. If you put a weight on one side, that side tilts down and hits the floor. No bueno!

They tout “spinning sleeves.” This is important on a straight barbell. It’s meaningless on a trap bar. There’s a reason that no other manufacturer puts spinning sleeves on their trap bar.

As a last note, I have yet to see a single Bells of Steel product in person that didn’t have blemishes on the finish.

The Verdict

If I were to build my gym again from scratch, the Rep Fitness open trap bar would be one of the very first things I’d buy. I’d buy it before I bought a rack, bench, or straight bar.

With just this barbell and some bumper plates, you could train for a very long time and not miss a beat. Because of its design, full-body training is a breeze with a singular implement!

It’s easy to use, well-built, awesome looking, and highly effective. What else could you possibly ask for in a piece of home gym equipment?!

Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar
REP open trap bar

The Rep Fitness open trap bar is the single most versatile trap bar on the market. Combining the best features of competing models with a reasonable price point, the Rep open trap bar is The best choice for a home gym if you are in the market for a trap bar!

Editor's Rating:


  • Built in floor jack
  • Open back design
  • Multiple handle options
  • Can be used as a cambered bar
  • Full length sleeves
  • Great aesthetics
  • Laser cut details
  • Heavy duty construction


  • It's huge!
  • Some welds are not "pretty"
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Tim Steward has been training at home since he got his first weight set from Sears in junior high. Over 30 years later, Tim has helped thousands of people build home and garage gyms that they love and use regularly. He also holds CPT and Nutritionist certifications with the ISSA and is an NCCPT nationally accredited trainer. When Tim is not training or writing about home gyms, you can find him at the dog park with his two Australian cattle dogs, Anny and Beans.

12 thoughts on “Rep Fitness Open Trap Bar. Does It Live Up To The Hype?”

  1. I almost bought the kabuki bar. My neighbor has it and I always really loved using it. But the cost was just way too high, plus I can use his! Well, I bought this Rep version a few weeks ago and now he’s jealous! The Rep bar is so much nicer! I was surprised. The finish on his bar is better looking, I’ll give it that. But everything else is better on the Rep!

    • Yeah, Kabuki makes beautiful stuff. It’s the one area they stand above almost everyone else. But you can get stuff that is functionally the same or better for a heck of a lot less money!

  2. Should you be taking more steps if you are trying to lose weight? I am about 60 pounds heavier than I’d like and I’m thinking more steps equals faster fat loss?

    • You should be focusing almost all of your efforts on strength training! Running off weight just doesn’t work long term. Plus it’s unsustainable for most people. Start by building a strength base and you don’t have to do any cardio for weight loss. That said, steady state walking for at least an hour a day will help with your cardiovasculat health. So, to make sure I’m being clear, I’m not saying don’t do any cardio. I’m saying don’t do it for weight loss. Strength train for weight loss and do cardio for cardio health.

  3. I don’t think the welds are bad at all. They are way better than a lot of things I’ve bought from Amazon and Titan!

    • I kind of agree, but when comparing them to Kabuki, they are pretty ugly! Not bad, but ugly! They are functionally sound and I have no worries about them failing. Also, this bar is so good that I felt it necessary to at least nit pick it a little bit, otherwise people will think I work for Rep!

    • It will technically work on 45lb iron plates (depending on the brand), but I would not recommend using iron plates with this bar. At the very least, use a set of 45 lb bumpers to start and then layer iron plates after that. Bumpers not only protect the plates and the floor, but also protect the bar itself.

    • Thanks Nate! It’s a double edge sword as that means I don’t have a lot of reviews up. But the ones I do post I want to be accurate and based in reality, not marketing materials!


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