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Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.3
19 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam

Kabuki Transformer Bar

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.3
19 Reviews
Made in U.S.A. with Imported Foam
£819.00
Excl. VAT
£682.50
Product Description

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

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Kabuki Transformer Bar

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative specialty squat bars ever developed, Kabuki Strength’s adjustable Transformer Bar is also now proudly manufactured in Ohio by Rogue Fitness. As we did with the Kadillac Bar, we’ve maintained all the best aspects of the patent-pending Kabuki design and added a few refinements of our own, utilizing the advanced machining and finishing resources at our disposal here in Columbus. This includes an additional detent pin for locking the adjustable sleeve into its bracket, as well as a new Proprietary Matte Black bracket finish + markings for each sleeve and pin position. 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:


Adjustable Angle 

The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a unique, adjustable safety squat bar that allows athletes of all skill levels to hone a variety of squat movement patterns with much greater efficiency. The cambered pop-pin mechanism can be set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance, replicating each of these common squat movement patterns:

1. Hip Hinge: Good Mornings and teaching hinge patterning
2. Back Squat: Low Bar
3. Back Squat: High Bar
4. SSB: For using like a traditional Safety Squat Bar
5. Front Squat: Load Counterbalancing similar to a standard front squat
6. Goblet Squat: In style of a kettlebell goblet squat

Adjustable Difficulty 

In any of those angle positions, the user can additionally adjust the “difficulty” setting of the lift via a second mechanism, which offers (4) different placement options for the weight sleeve (i.e., the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back).

  • Easier: Sleeve at Top of Bracket
  • Easy: Sleeve at Second Position from Top
  • Hard: Sleeve at Third Position from Top
  • Harder: Sleeve at Bottom Position

In total, the Transformer Bar creates 24 different setting combinations, giving large and small gyms alike an extremely versatile tool for changing loading and movement dynamics–whether for a full team of athletes or the evolving regimens of a select few. Once a setting is selected, the bar's longer handles and proprietary bend provide a balanced "center" that allows the lifter to comfortably focus on their form.

Note: The short and standard length handles options are included. 

Gear Specs

Specifications:

  • Manufactured by Rogue in Columbus, Ohio
  • Developed by Kabuki Strength
  • Adjustable, Multi-Functional Safety Squat Bar
  • Patent Pending
  • 24 Different Squat Variation Combinations (6 camber angle points + 3 sleeve slots)
  • Short and Standard Length Handle Options Included
  • Unloaded Weight: 25KG / approx. 55 LBS
  • Load Capacity: 1,500 LBS
  • Handles: Stainless Steel, 1.15” diameter, spaced 12”
  • Olympic Sleeves: Machined grooves, Proprietary Matte Black finish, 15.75” loadable length
  • Distance Between Brackets: 54”
  • Black Powdercoated Center Bar
  • High Density Foam Pads (Imported Foam)
  • Ships Fully Assembled
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Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar
Product Specifications: Kabuki Transformer Bar

Gear Specs

BrandKabuki Strength
ColorBlack
Made In USAYes, with Imported Foam
Other Product SpecsDistance Between Brackets: 54”
Distance Between Handles: 12"
Loadable Sleeve Length15.75”
Bar Length91.25"
Bar UseSpecialty
Bar Weight25KG
Sleeve CoatingProprietary Matte Black Finish

Key Features Kabuki Transformer Bar

Made in the USA By Rogue
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Made in the USA By Rogue

The fully adjustable Transformer Bar from Kabuki Strength has been put to use in thousands of training facilities, from home gyms and rehab training centers to the pro and college ranks. Now, the latest edition of this unique specialty squat bar has moved its production to the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, where we’ve been able to adapt the established model with several new upgrades and refinements. Each bar weighs 25KG (approx 55LB) unloaded, with 15.75” of loadable sleeve length and a load capacity of 1,500 LBS. The stainless steel knurled handles are spaced 12” apart and measure 1.15” in diameter, and the machined Olympic sleeves include precision grooves, designed to work with any standard Oly collars.

6 Fixed Squat Position Settings
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6 Fixed Squat Position Settings

The simple pop-pin mechanism of the Transformer Bar can be easily set at (6) different fixed positions separated by 30 degrees of variance. Each setting replicates a common squat movement pattern, including the Hip Hinge, Low Bar Back Squat, High Bar Back Squat, Safety Squat Bar, Front Squat, and Goblet Squat.

4 Difficulty Settings
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4 Difficulty Settings

Along with selecting the camber angle of the bar, users can also choose the positioning of the weight sleeve within a second bracket. This adjustment determines the distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter’s back, automatically increasing or decreasing the difficulty of the lift. The four options range from “Easier” (at the top of the bracket) to “Harder” (at the bottom), and the Rogue version comes with a new detent pin to help lock the sleeve into place. With 24 total setting combinations, the Transformer Bar is a particularly versatile training tool, whether for a seasoned lifter honing their form or a novice learning the movements.

New Proprietary Matte Black Finish
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New Proprietary Matte Black Finish

The Rogue version of the Kabuki Transformer Bar also introduces a new PMB finish on both brackets, as well as laser-etched markings to note the sleeve and pin position settings. Our Proprietary Matte Black finish utilizes a process that effectively transforms the surface of the steel rather than coating it, greatly increasing the brackets’ long-term corrosion resistance and color endurance.

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Reviews

1 - 8 of 19 Reviews
Thor Hammer
Mecosta, MI
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 28
Great features. Focused muscle work.
While attending the 2023 Arnold Classic held in Columbus, Ohio, I came across this at the Rogue equipment display. There are several reasons in which I purchased this. First, this bar offers several squat set ups I can do that I typically would shy away from due to injury or mobility issues. I.e. front squats (wrists) and goblet squats (knees) Due to wrist issues, it is difficult for me to hold an Olympic Bar in place while doing front squats with a heavier weight. I can perform front squats with the Kabuki Transfer Bar without the concern of the bar rolling forward off my shoulders or straining my wrists. The Kabuki Transformer Bar centers on the traps and shoulders. By doing so the weight used is transfered straight down to the quads and glutes. I feel the work stress is more directly in the muscles than with a Olympic Bar. The pad is comfortable and durable. The Kabuki Transformer Bar is a time saver due to the ability to switch up the squat movements by simply pulling the spring pins and selecting the movement desired. However, one thing I have noticed is that when I am doing low back squats, with the "2" selected in difficulty, and weight is added to the transformer bar, the bar pivots forward and up. After each use, I feel a "pump" in my lats. This is from pulling the handles down and holding in place as I squat. Heavier the weight used, more difficult it is to hold in place. This is magnified even more when "3" or "4" is selected. I believe this is due to the sleeves being off set (slightly tilted). I would rate this a five star otherwise. I don’t think much of it and consider this as a bonus in my leg workout. I use the long handles and have yet to try the short handles. Will this make a difference? I don't think so. The bar is strong and durable. Reading through others reviews, comments were made about the sleeves scuffing. This happens. All my equipment in which plates are added and removed do this. It is expected. Would I purchase the Kabuki Transformer Bar knowing then what I know now? Yes, without question. The bar is expensive but the versatility it offers along with comfort can't be beat. The direct muscle stress can not be beat. This offers convenient options that should be used to further progress in one's squat performance, strength and muscle gains.
Yes, I recommend this product
Squat exercise and level of difficulty options.
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Kyle vt08
Virginia
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 3
Almost perfect
Great piece to add to a home gym. Almost perfect, just needs a better pad. Luckily the one from another company fit perfect, so I ordered a replacement for my ssb and threw it on the transformer bar. And now it's perfect.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Bmann7472
MS
★★★★★
★★★★★
March 6
Great work rogue slick design
I own the other version from kabuki I’ve been watching this before it was available at rogue this is a must for serious lifters taking all the stress off of shoulders that a regular bar has great job rogue on another note if you’re worried about some paint chips or scratches on a bar maybe you should take up knitting or sowing leave the weight lifting alone 😉😉
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
P Kerr
Connecticut
★★★★★
★★★★★
March 2
Terrific bar
I'm in my 50s and this bar saves my shoulders, elbows and wrists. I still do standard barbell low back squats once per week. For the other weekly squat work I use the Transformer bar, using the front squat and low back squat settings. The front squat setting places the weight in the exact position as a barbell, but without the shoulder and wrist strain.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
Dan Domingo
Florida
★★★★★
★★★★★
February 29
Very good bar with a lot of nice features
Went with the rogue bar because of the laser cut markings. Its really high quality. Everyone at the gym is super impressed with it. As for function it does what it says. I agree with other commentors that they should have forgone the adjustable sleeves and simply locked them in at the lowest level since weight is a better adjustment. The different angles are sweet. The short grips are nearly universally perfect and not sure why anyone might use the long grips. I bought this for my personal use in a small commercial gym but I left it there and everyone loves it. I think if you can afford it and want to add squats back in but have limited shoulder mobility this is the way to go. Dudes talking about scuffs on the finish I guess don't ever go off road with their jeeps either, it looks fine.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
6542
★★★★★
★★★★★
February 13
Amazing bar, but prefer the Kabuki made version
The bar is excellent, although now having tried the one manufactured by Kabuki I prefer it to the rogue. Aesthetically the Rogue bar looks sharper (all black finish, metal accents), but the black paint wears quickly. More importantly, the way you adjust the difficulty is a lot more awkward on the Rogue - first removing a set pin then pulling the bar through towards the rack (inevitably colliding with it, meaning you need to lift the bar off the rack). The latest Kabuki made bar, by comparison, can be adjusted by simply twisting the bar and pulling them out, a much simpler process. Once Rogue picks up that design they'd go back to 5 stars.
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com

Response from Rogue Fitness:

February 26
Thank you for leaving your feedback on the Kabuki Transformer Bar! We are reaching out to learn more about the paint concern you mentioned.
Conor 3
London.
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 16
I’ll never squat conventional again.
I was initially quite hesitant about buying this bar, not least because of the cost. The moment of weakness I decided to take the plunge and I’m so glad I did. The bar distributes the load so well that you never feel that spinal compression you get doing conventional squats. The very settings also allow me to front squat, which is something I have struggled with in the past due to a lack of flexibility. Personally I would highly Recommend this bar and it is one of the best purchases I have made in a long time.
Yes, I recommend this product
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Jonsned
★★★★★
★★★★★
January 15
Awesome
I love it it’s amazing how moving the weights a little makes a big difference
Yes, I recommend this product
Originally posted on roguefitness.com
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