This bar is a pure dream! Put on 500 pounds and go to work! The special inner arc allows maximum comfort and minimum joint stress when performing most conventional exercises. This bar allows maximum range of motion over ANY straight bar to enhance total strength AND flexibility throughout the entire movement. Shrugs without the cage, behind the neck presses, extra deep incline, flat, and decline presses, bent rows like you’ve never felt before, T-Bar rows that don’t threaten the family jewels, and deadlifts that don’t skin your shins are just a sample of what you are about to experience with this exceptional tool! In our studio this WAS our primary go-to bar. We had to upgrade to a 1000 lb bar, because all of our trainees have graduated to plus 500 squats and deadlifts. This bar is a MUST for beginner through advance intermediate lifters and fitness/crossover folks that are looking for endurance, definition, and overall conditioning. The neck pad IS included. The straight bar is used exclusively for Olympic lifts and power lift competition prep.