As strength training enthusiasts, we are always looking for ways to make our workouts more fun, effective, and safer. That's why we teamed up with one of the largest gym chains in Norway, Fresh Fitness AS, to conduct a study on the effects of switching from traditional barbells with external collars to barbells with built-in collars. The results exceeded our expectations.

Over 1000 gym members were observed in the study earlier this year, which was led by Gungnir of Norway with help from Fresh Fitness St. Hanshaugen and Jørn Stian Dahl, PT Manager at Fresh Fitness. The study found that switching to collar-free bars increased safety by 78% and boosted member satisfaction.

"We've always been committed to providing our members with the best possible workout experience. We were excited to be a part of this study. and it showed us that collar-free bars are a game-changer." - Jørn Stian Dahl, PT Manager, Fresh Fitness.


Fresh fitness Gungnir

So, how does a collar-free gym work? Instead of using traditional collars to secure weights on the bar, collar-free bars have built-in collars that lock the weights in place. This eliminates the need for external collars, which can be time-consuming to adjust and can also create safety hazards if not properly secured or not used at all.

The club manager, Kasper Shibani, adds that Fresh fitness and the fitness industry constantly strive to have functional and smart solutions, and that they are impressed with the overall experience;

"Not having to look for and deal with regular spring collars leads to a better user experience for our members, and also a cleaner gym" - Kasper Shibani, Club Manager, Fresh Fitness St.hanshaugen.

Fresh fitness Gungnir

So, if you're looking for a way to make your gym safer, tidier, and more user-friendly, consider switching to a collar-free gym. And if you're interested in learning more about the study, be sure to check out the full case study here, or if you are in Oslo, visit Fresh Fitness St. hanshaugen for an in real life experience.

March 15, 2023 — Andreas Gundersen