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The Transformer Bar

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The Worlds Best Squat Bar! 

The ultimate squat bar, the patented Transformer Bar is the industry’s first multi-function, adjustable squat bar designed to make squatting more comfortable and easier to learn. Its proprietary adjustment mechanism allows users to replicate common squat movements like the front squat, back squat (low and high bar), goblet squat, safety bar squat, and the hinge. The bar is used by beginners who wish to learn the squat, all the way to professionals who need a tool that reduces injury risk and enables optimal training for maximum performance on the field or platform.

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The Transformer Bar

The Transformer Bar is a patent-pending, design-engineered, multi-function specialty barbell which allows for adjustment in the weight's center of mass relative to the lifter's body; changing loading mechanics, movement dynamics, and training effect. It is purpose-built for easy use in both professional (athletic, clinical), commercial, and home gym settings. No other training bar comes close to matching the versatility of use and application as the Transformer Bar.

  • New Spring-Pin Adjustment Mechanism allows for quick angle changes without removing the weight bracket as in previous iterations of the bar
  • Improved sleeve design allows for quicker difficulty adjustment
  • Black powder-coated center bar and handles for high corrosion resistance
  • Color-coded labels for quick positional adjustments
  • Wider 54" center bar for fitment with all racks
  • Branded pad cover features "Transformer Bar" name and our iconic Kabuki squat face branding along with a Made in the USA stamp.

The Transformer Bar features two simple adjustment mechanisms for modifying camber angle and distance from center, for a total of 24 unique angle/difficulty combinations. Durable polyurethane labels on the bar visually indicate each position (camber angle) and difficulty (distance from center). This bar was designed for simple use by individuals that have no prior experience with the bar.

The spring-pin mechanism allows for 6 positions with 30 degrees of variance between them. These fixed positions replicate common squat movement patterns including:

  • Hip Hinge - Ideal for good mornings and teaching hinge patterning
  • Back Squat - Low Bar
  • Back Squat - High Bar
  • SSB - For use like a traditional safety squat bar
  • Front Squat - Load counterbalancing similar to a front squat
  • Goblet Squat - Similar to a kettlebell goblet squat

The second adjustment mechanism allows for modifying the position of the weight sleeve, or distance between the center of mass of the weight and the bar on the lifter's back. The color-coded label on the weight bracket allows for easy changes to increase or decrease difficulty in any of the 6 common angle positions. Sleeves can easily be adjusted from the outside of the bar.

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Hard
  • Harder
  • Best Squat Technique, Making it Comfortable and Easy to Learn the Squat
  • 24 Configurable Positions Replacing Multiple Barbells & Other Equipment
  • Tailored to individual and athletic needs
  • Less Wear and Tear, and More Progress Through Improved Technique and Reduced Risk of Injury
  • Brand: Kabuki Strength
  • Bar Type: Patent Pending Multifunction Squat Bar
  • Manufactured: Portland, Oregon
  • Bar Weight: 25kg or ~55lbs
  • Sleve Length: 15.75”
  • Sleve Diameter: Standard Olympic
  • Total Length: 90.75”
  • Rack Compatibility: Same as Standard Olympic Bar
  • Finish | Plating: Zinc with Black Oxide Sleeves
  • Load Capacity: 1500lbs
  • Adjustment: Spring Pin
  • Assembly: Fully Assembled
  • Pad: High Density Foam
  • Pad Cover: Branded, Durable Synthetic Leather
  • Storage: Vertical or Horizontal


Trainers, Clinicians, Scientists All Agree


Dr. Kelly Starrett is a CrossFit trainer, physical therapist, author, and speaker. His book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, was featured on The New York Times bestselling sports books list. He is a co-founder, with his wife Juliet Starrett, of MobilityWOD and San Francisco CrossFit, one of the first 30 CrossFit affiliates. Kabuki Strength products are available on the MobilityWOD store.


Eric Cressey is a world-renowed strength coach best known for his work with more than 100 professional baseball players who travel to train with him each off-season at Cressey Sports Performance facilities in Massachusetts and Florida. Eric has a master's in Kinesiology and has published over 500 articles, 5 books, and video content sold in over 60 countries. He specializes in applied kinesiology and biomechanics as they relate to program design and corrective exercise; maximal relative strength development; and athletic performance enhancement.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The SSB position is one of numerous positions available on the Transformer Bar thanks to its patented adjustment mechanism that allows you to adjust both camber angle and height. This functionality makes the Transformer Bar the most versatile squat bar available on the market, giving athletes and lifters unparalleled versatility in choosing the appropriate position - whether you want to replicate traditional straight bar front or back (low and high bar) squats, or play around with different variations including hinge, SSB, or goblet squats at varying levels of difficulty.

Everyone, including competitive powerlifters outside a narrow competition prep window. The Transformer Bar is especially popular with athletic populations, mobility-restricted individuals, and beginners wanting to learn to squat correctly.

Longer handles improve a lifter's ability to maintain a stacked, neutral spine and optimally create intra-abdominal pressure.

Longer handles improve a lifter's ability to maintain a stacked, neutral spine and optimally create intra-abdominal pressure.

We’ve found that Front Squat - 2 or SSB - 2 is the easiest position to start with - allowing for immediate improvements in squat mechanics while maintaining the feel of a traditional straight barbell squat.

The bar has been tested and is regularly used by some elite lifters with over 1000lbs of load.  No one had lifted it yet, but it has been tested with 1,200lbs of load. The Transformer Bar is an American-made, purpose-built, high quality bar and is able to handle serious weights. Happy squatting!

Absolutely!  The Transformer Bar can be stored vertically or horizontally.

The ability of the bar to balance on your shoulders without hands on the handles depends on the setting used. Certain settings require the lifter to hold onto the handles, particularly those where the weight's center of gravity is shifted posteriorly. 

Yes, the Transformer Bar can be racked on any rack with a minimum width of 52”.

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