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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 / 272 kg
Bar Weight24lb / 11kg
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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Very good bar for the price

Ordered this bar because I have a nagging shoulder problem, and benching doesn’t feel very great a lot of the time. Used it for the first time at the gym today. My only 2 complaints. 1. The knurling is so passive it might as well not even be there, but I will be adding hockey tape. 2. It is slightly too narrow width wise. Everytime I racked I kept smacking the plates in the rack. Other than that no issues. Is it perfect? No. Imperfections in the welds, logo was slanted. But for the price, it is great.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Get stronger

Bells of Steel

Hey Sky, Thank you for the review and the feedback, we are happy to hear you are enjoying and getting great use out of the Arch Nemesis bar Yours in strength, William & the BoS crew

Chris B.

Pain Free Bench

I have used this bar for about a year. Old shoulder injury can cause pain while bench pressing with a straight bar. Anytime it bothers me too much I will switch to the Arch Nemesis bar for a few workouts. The bar allows me to keep benching multiple times per week. Not much knurling on the grips, some chalk and a hook grip solves the problem for me. Great bar for the price.


Bells of Steel

Hey Chris, Thank you for the review, we are happy that you can get back into benching with the Arch Nemesis, It's great way to keep pressing heavy with shoulder issues. Enjoy the pain free gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BoS crew

Jeff S.

Ach Nemesis Swiss bar

I love it take pain of bad shoulder . Gives you better chest activation with the deep stretch from the curtains of the bar

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Fitness for life I am 60 yrs old been lifting 25 yests

Bells of Steel

Hey Jeff, Thank you for the review. Enjoy the gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BOS crew

Dan K.

Arch Nemesis Swiss Bar

This bar is a game changer. First time I used it for lat pulls I was able to add an additional 40 lbs more than normal. Used it for shoulder presses and it added some new, "good" soreness. Also have used it for bent rows and hammer curls. Great product !!!

  • My Fitness Goal Is: At 54 years old, with 40 years of training, trying to keep what I have and maybe grow a bit.

Bells of Steel

Hey Dan, Thank you for the review. The Arch Nemesis is an amazing bar for shoulder issues and to keep pressing heavy without pain. Enjoy the gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BOS crew


Awsome bar

I like this bar! The conception and the angles of this bar is very versatile. It's my favorite bar for compound set.

  • My Fitness Goal Is: Maintain my old shape!😜

Bells of Steel

Hey there, Thank you for the review! Enjoy all your gainz! Yours in strength, William & the BOS crew