If you're using 200 pounds or under, this bar will do the trick. But if you're looking to get beyond that and up to 300, get a solid bar. This bar requires assembly, which is screwing the middle section of the bar onto the end sections. The fit isn't very snug and you can feel some wiggle with the bar even without any weight on it. I already know that I'll be looking for a 1-piece bar later this year.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend