Apologies if this has been asked a million times, I searched the forums, read the first three pages of results and didn't find an answer.
As the title says, I'm looking for a barbell for a home gym setup but struggling to find anything to buy in NZ.
I've been training at a commercial gym for about 5 years and for the last 2 years I've been focusing on the Powerlifting lifts (plus Military Press).
I was going pretty well with Squat (245kg) and Deadlift (270kg) but circumstances have changed and I would like the convenience of training at home.
I managed to track down an Ivanko dealer at Blue Fitness and I have seen Eleiko bars in a couple of places but there's not a lot of choice.
I got a quote for the Ivanko OBXS-20KG-29MM barbell which I think is IPF approved of around $1250.
I'm after a lifetime bar really (spend once, spend right) and I am prepared to pay for it... but,
I'm new to NZ and NZ Powerlifting so I'm looking for advice on what to buy and from where to get the best bang for buck.
It doesn't have to be perfect (or IPF approved), it just has to be a strong, reliable, stainless steel(?), bushing bar for powerlifting.
Is it worth looking at importing bars from Aussie (Awesome As), America (Rogue) or the UK (Watson)?
Are Leoko, Pallini, Uesaka or Werksan barbells available from anyone in NZ?
What are your experiences?