I've seen all kinds of barbell collars, and I'd like to know all of them and what the pro/con break downs are if possible. For example, what is this collar:

enter image description here

It kinda looks like an Olympic Russian barbell, but I don't think it is. I've also seen a special cylinder that just slides on the ends.

1 Answer 1


I'm not in a position to list all of the different collar types. I don't know why that would be useful knowledge.

But to answer your question of pros/cons:

They all serve the same fundamental purpose. Namely to hold the plates in place and provide a balanced bar.

Spring clip

enter image description here

In regular commercial gyms, you'll probably find the spring clips. You just grip it so the spring opens a bit, slide it on, and release.

Pros: Easy and intuitive to use. Will hold pretty much any weight regular gym-goers will ever use. Weighs next to nothing, so they don't have to be accounted for when figuring out how much to put on the bar.

Cons: Can not be counted on to hold the weight thrown around by professional powerlifters and olympic lifters.


enter image description here

Then there's the bigger collars like the ones we see in your screenshot. It's a sturdier type that slides on, and is fastened by screwing a clamp in place that fastens the collar's grip on the bar.

Pros: Will hold any weight liftable by any human (to date).

Cons: Takes a bit more time to fasten. Weighs a non-trivial amount, and will have to be calculated in as if it were a small plate.


Both types come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There's a plethora of manufacturers, and they all have their own design.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.