In most commercial gyms, barbells are typically used for one exercise: the bench press. And while there’s nothing wrong with everyone’s favorite chest move, there are plenty more creative ways to use barbells in your workouts—or WODs, in this case.
Here, we’ve asked five of the greatest minds in CrossFit to devise complex ways to use barbells for your workouts. So strap on your shoes, chalk up your hands, and get ready to sweat. When you’re done with these workouts, a 45-lb bar will never feel heavier.
Also: As in CrossFit style, the weights recommended here are considered “Rx,” and weights an elite athlete would use in his workouts. Feel free to experiment with the weights you use, and work your way up to the Rx weights.