This bar trains the muscles on the front side of your lower legs, commonly called your "shin muscle" but formally named the anterior tibialis. It is recommended to train the tibialis (the "tibs") when you train your calf muscles, to maintain balance around the ankle. Training with this bar can help strengthen and support weak ankles, and has also been reported to help prevent shin splints.
The tibialis muscle pulls your foot upward, so that your toes are pointing up toward your face. It recovers the foot into a flexed position during running, while your leg is being pulled forward for another step, after being extended during the powerful backward pushing movement. It helps EXPLOSIVE RUNNING, sprints or football, etc.
We carry a version for Standard weight plates (which have a 1" diameter opening) and a version for Olympic weight plates (which have a 2" diameter opening). Choose the correct version for the type of plates that you will use with the unit; do not try to use Olympic plates with the Standard plate unit.
The Standard plate version has a shaft for a 1 inch diameter hole in the plate; the Standard version includes a collar. The Olympic plate version has a shaft for a 2 inch diameter hole in the plate; the Olympic version does NOT include a collar. An Olympic collar must be purchased separately. The weight plates shown in the picture are for illustrative purposes only and are NOT included; they must be purchased separately.