The Smartbar is a barbell weights system which uses a new ‘gator’ fastening mechanism for speedy weight transitions.
The gator’s retractable teeth lock up to three plates in place at each end in a single manoeuvre – allowing users to quickly drop weights in the middle of a set.
The ergonomic design of the weight plates means they can also be used in the same way as dumbbells and kettlebells.
“Users can slide a resistance tube handle into one Smartbar gator and attach the other resistance tube end to an anchor point to enjoy sports-inspired, plyometric core training. They can pick up two of the ergonomic weight plates to do a dumbbell or kettlebell-style workout, or attach a resistance tube to both Smartbar gators and perform a barbell-based workout with added resistance to build their strength even faster”.
The special handle-like design of the weight plates allows users to hold two plates in one hand, meaning people can increase weight sooner, in smaller steps. This functionality allows users to increase hand-held weight exercises in 2lb (1kg) increments, rather than jumping from a 2lb (1kg) plate to 5lb (2.5kg) plate.
The Les Mills Smartbar can be used anywhere a barbell weights system is ordinarily used: in a Bodypump class, in personal training sessions, on the gym floor or at home.