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Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar

One of the most versatile specialty barbells you can get for your gym. The Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar is our spin-off of the classic Swiss Bar and doubles as a cable attachment.


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The Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar/attachment is essential for lifters with bad shoulders

One of the most versatile specialty barbells you can get, the Arch Nemesis is not only a shoulder saver and a bench builder, but it also doubles as a cable attachment. This welded bar has three different angled grips and a hook on the top for easy attachment onto whatever cable machine you have — or even better — pair it with the Bells of Steel Belt Squat Machine.

Want to learn more about specialty bars? Then check out our article: Best Specialty Barbells for Strength Training.

IMPORTANT: The sleeves on the Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar are made of steel tubing instead of being regular barbell sleeves. This means that the sleeves are a few millimeters smaller than those on a regular barbell — regular 2” collars will not fit tightly without modifications. To find out how to secure your weight plates on steel tubing sleeves, click here. But the best way to secure weights on this bar is to use our Axle Collar Zip Clips, which are specifically designed for this bar’s steel tubing.


Measurements5.5″ x 7.5″ / 140 mm x 190 mm
Max Capacity600 lbs
Bar Weight11kg / 24lb
Length78″ / 1981 mm
Grip Handle DistancesNarrow: 12″ / 305 mm | Middle: 20.5″ / 521 mm | Wide: 29″ / 737 mm

Benefits of the Arch Nemesis Barbell

  • It protects your shoulders
    The 3 different neutral handle grips on the bar are a Surefire way to alleviate shoulder pain when pressing. The Arch Nemesis Bar also can allow a lifter with shoulder problems to get back to pressing with little shoulder discomfort.
  • It will increase your bench
    The bar has been used very successfully to develop lockout strength by shifting the stress to your triceps which will increase your lockout strength with big weights. The arch shape allows you to go beyond your typical ROM and get even deeper for massive gains. For more, check out the Top 5 Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar Benefits.

Here is a list of some of the most popular movements you can do with it

  • Bench Press
  • Bent over rows
  • Lat pull down
  • Hammer Curls

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Shoulder Saviour!

Amazing bar!!! I've been lifting for years with a regular bar and even with tons of stretching and numerous small muscle exercises (including rotators) to help protect my shoulders, this bar finally solves my issue. I opted for the Arch Nemesis over a regular Swiss bar and I'm very glad I did. It took a couple of tries to familiarize myself with the weight distribution (bar became wobbly at first to my untrained hands) but then everything fell into place and it just feels better!

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Keep Getting Stronger!
A Bells of Steel Customer
Duane D.

Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar

It's a great piece of equipment for many reasons. The design - as it does help with shoulder issues when doing chest training. I like the utility of the Swiss bar - eg. lat pulldown with multiple widths and angles to train back. Also using it for military press. Again the neutral grip design is very helpful. The only area I see that required addressing was the non standard bar size for clips which I just picked up the newly developed clips to keep the plates more secure.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: To be constantly improving my areas of opportunity in regards to size, symmetry, balance and conditioning
Bells of Steel Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar Review

Bells of Steel

Hey Duane, Thank you for the 5 star review! The Arch Nemisis is a great combination of a Swiss bar and cambered bench or row bar. It sounds like you have put the bar thru its paces and have had some solid gains with it. This bar is tubing and requires either an ole fashioned screw collar or our newly released tubing collars. Thanks again, Andrew and team B.o.S

Robert W.

Arch bar

Excellent bar great price!

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Gfr
Bells of Steel Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar Review
David R.
Canada Canada

Good Bar

This is one of my favourite bars.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: general strength training

Bells of Steel

Nice to see the next level of the arch nemesis unlocked. Enjoy the strength, Erica and the B.o.S crew!

Leo S.

Great Bar

The Arch Nemesis does everything it says it does. Reduces stress on shoulders which is the main reason i bought the bar.The only downside, it doesnt come with its proprietary collars.And Bells of Steel still doesnt have them in stock a month later. Great bar though

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Getting fir

Bells of Steel

Thanks for the review! We are coming out with some collars that will fit this bar and the lever arms...so stay tuned! Enjoy the gains, Erica and the B.o.S crew!