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Safety Squat Bar – The SS3

The Bells of Steel Safety Squat Bar (SS3) helps build your quads and posterior chain, without shoulder/upper body flexibility or injury.

FEATURES • 1.2″ diameter • 86.6″ length • 47.5lbs weight • Black zinc shaft • Single pad design • Rotating sleeves • 3 removable handles • 1,500lb capacity


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Safety Squat Bar: Don’t let stiff shoulders or achy elbows hold you back
from squatting big weights ever again

Designed for those with limited shoulder, elbow, and wrist mobility but beloved by powerlifters and garage gym champions everywhere, the Safety Squat Bar is the perfect implement for developing your quadriceps and posterior chain. To learn more, check out How to Use a Safety Squat Bar.

The high-quality, single-piece padding is dense yet comfortable, and it will always stay in place even during your sweatiest workouts. Want to learn more about specialty bars? Then check out our article: Best Specialty Barbells for Strength Training.

The Safety Squat Bar is a magnificent tool to have in your arsenal, whether you have a pre-existing injury or not. It’s incredibly effective at developing the posterior chain, highly versatile, and arguably one of the coolest-looking specialty bars out there. Give your shoulders a break without having to go easy on the rest of your body with the Bells of Steel Premium Safety Squat Bar.


Weight47.5lbs / 21.5kg
Diameter1.2" / 32mm
Total Length86.6″ / 2,200mm
Loadable Sleeve Length11.4″ / 289mm
Rackable Length47" / 1,194mm
Camber Angle22°
Shaft FinishBlack Zinc
Sleeve FinishBright White Zinc
Sleeve AssemblyBushings & Snap Rings
Tensile Strength190,000 PSI
Max Capacity1,500lbs / 680kg

IMPORTANT: The SS3 is designed to fit perfectly in any Bells of Steel rack. If used in a non-Bells of Steel rack that is wider than 47” between the outer edge of the j-cups, the bar is unlikely to sit flat and/or might cause the j-cups to push inwards.

Exercises you can do
with a Safety Squat Bar.

  • Squats (of course!)
  • Lunges
  • Good mornings
  • Various lying bench press /tricep exercises
  • Overhead press
  • Hatfield Squats
  • Sissy Squats

Frequently Asked Questions

The safety squat bar has a 32mm diameter and 2,200mm/86.6″ length.

Without any handles attached, this safety squat bar weighs 21.5kg/47.5lbs.

The safety squat bar has a black zinc coating on the steel shaft and a white zinc coating on the fully rotating sleeves for enhanced resistance to corrosion (rust).

The safety squat bar has a 1,500lb capacity.

Yes, regular 2-inch collars and Olympic weight plates will fit the safety squat bar.

If the non-Bells of Steel rack is greater than 47” between the outer edges of the j-cups, the Safety Squat Bar will NOT fit correctly.

In the box, you’ll find: the barbell itself, two regular handles, two spider handles, and two chain handles.

Covered under our Limited Lifetime Warranty, this guarantees that your bar will not bend under normal use and protects against defects in material, function and workmanship.

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I found the bar does not fit on the rack very well. It looks like it needs to be a little longer. I also do not know how to interchange the handles from the shorter to the longer ones and there are also 'chains' which I do not know the purpose

Unracking and racking I do not is awkward.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: strength

Bells of Steel

Hey there, The rack is meant to fit out racks perfectly, otherwise it might lean to one side or the other. As for the handles you will need to twist the handles until they come lose to interchange them with other handles, the chains are another type of handle. Yours in strength, William & the BoS crew

Canada Canada

Does NOT fit standard rogue squat rack

Quality is great but is lop sided / not long enough in the rack which makes it a pain in the ass to load plates on and off.


Bells of Steel

Hey Sonja, Thank you for the review, Our SS3 bar is a little small to fit into those triple padded J cups. But a pair of sandwich J cups would fit the SS3 perfectly. Yours in strength, William & the BoS crew

Chris A.
Canada Canada

Nice bar but pad cover can be finished a little cleaner.

Got this today so haven't really got a good session with it, but the feel seems pretty good and well balanced. The only grip I have is the finishing of the pad cover. Where the holes for the bar are at seems lacking on proper finishing. At least marrow the edges or put an edging on it. Looks like someone just cut out holes with a pair of scissors and then just stopped there. Also what's the actual weight of this bar? Website says 21.5kg, but on the end cap it say 58lbs which is more around 28kg. I haven't weighed the bar yet but the inconsistent weight on the end cap vs website should be the same. Other than those two points it's a nice bar.


Bells of Steel

Hey Chris, Thank you for the review and the feedback on the padding of the SS3. As for the weight the bar is 47.5lbs with regular handles the 58lbs end cap looks to be a mis print. Yours in strength, William & the BoS crew

Alan G.

Don’t wait just order it

Just finished my first workout with the SS3 and texted a friend saying “why did I wait to buy this. I’m no expert just a 55yo trying to keep the grim reaper away. I hated the way a regular BB felt but did squats because I know it’s good for me. It was kinda like mowing the grass, hate doing it but glad when it’s done. This SS3 has changed leg day for me. Just order it…….you’ll thank me

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Live less fat for longer

Bells of Steel

Hey Alan, Thank you for the review, The SS3 bar is an amazing bar to squat! Keep on fight old grim! Enjoy the gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BOS crew

Jean F.

Nice bar

Fits great on my shoulders and back. Eliminates cervical and shoulder pain. The curve of the bar doesn't fit my rogue rack J cups so well, but sandwich J cups will fix that once BoS releases the 3x3. The longer handles and chains are useless? I just used the short ones. It's a keeper.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: muscle building
Bells of Steel Safety Squat Bar - The SS3 Review

Bells of Steel

Hey Jean, Thank you for the review! Keep subscribed to our newsletter to see once the 3x3 equipment gets released! PS, the longer handles work great for goodmornings and lunges Enjoy the gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BOS crew