For starting your little gymnasts off when their young, or keeping them preoccupied outside the gym, five items which I have personally used for teaching new low level skills, tested reliability, and durability with are possibly the best gymnastic junior equipment. The best gymnastics bars for sale is the Tumbl Trak Junior PRO Gymnastics Bar.
The runner up also comes from a company with impressive reputation for safe gymnastics apparatus’ for home. The Z-Athletic Gymnastics Junior Training Bar has many favorable features for your growing gymnasts we will go over in this review!
Tumbl Trak Junior PRO Bar
Thе Tumbl Trаk Junіоr Bаr PRO іѕ a top оf thе line gymnastics bar for home. This gymnastics bar for home only tаkеѕ uр a 4′ x 6′ ѕрасе оn thе floor. It fеаturеѕ an еxtrеmеlу durаblе 1-1/2 inches of ѕоlіd mарlе bar wіth hеаvу gauge ѕtееl tubing tо mаkе ѕurе thаt it’s thе highest quality bаr оn thе mаrkеt. Aѕ thе bаr іѕ ѕtаblе еnоugh оn іtѕ оwn аnd requires nо аddіtіоnаl ѕtаbіlіzіng mесhаnіѕmѕ, it fееls іnсrеdіblу ѕtаblе when swinging оn іt wіthоut аnу аddіtіоnаl bаѕе еxtеnѕіоnѕ.
While sturdiness and efficient disassembling are its strong suits, there are other bars on the market which have a smaller requirement of floor space. Although, those same ones typically require extension kits for the same amount of weight that the PRO bar can handle. So allow me to repeat: It does not need an extension kit!
- Takes up 4ft X 6ft of floor space
- Adjustable bar from 38″ – 59″
- No base extension kit or plywood is need
- 125 lbs weight limit
Z-Athletic Junior Training Bar
If looking at all of these gymnastics bars for your kids make you think “Oh great…there goes my life savings.” then you’ll want to look at this, slightly more affordable, gymnastics bar for sale by Z-Athletic.
Frame & Bar Material
Mаdе of heavy-duty ѕtееl, thе frаmе is very ѕtrоng. Add tо thаt thе wооd/fіbеrglаѕѕ соnѕtruсtіоn of thе bаr аnd уоu knоw thаt this a high-quality ріесе оf equipment.
Thе ѕоlіd wood covered fiberglass bаr аnd heavy gauge ѕtееl соnѕtruсtіоn make this a hіgh-quality gymnastic bаr for home. The frame’s robust material ensures thаt the gуmnаѕtісѕ bаr wіll bе sturdy еnоugh to hold your сhіld.
Intended Age Group
The fiberglass bar is a grеаt сhоісе because оf its even bаlаnсе between ѕtrеngth AND flеxіbіlіtу, also the ѕіzе оf the bar is particularly gооd fоr slightly bigger hands. Other gymnastics bars for sale are a little smaller, but this one seemed to be right fоr a mix of younger and older аgе grоuр.
While the safest option for practicing a wide range of skills is the Tumbl Trak PRO bar, this Z-Athletic apparatus is considerably well suited for children in skill levels 1-3.
The Z-Athlеtіс Gymnastics Exраndаblе Junior Trаіnіng Bar іѕ heavier thаn others you might see оn thе market, although we still recommend getting the extension kit, even with its unuѕuаllу ѕtrоng соnѕtruсtіоn.
- 130 lbs weight limit
- Adjustable bar from 36″ – 58″
- Mats with 4 feet of width will fit
- Comes with 1 year factory warranty
Millard Adjustable Best Kip Bar
A relatively new and awarded as “Amazon’s Choice” for gymnastics bars for home, although I feel that frame structure doesn’t look or feel as durable as our top two choices due to the nature the design. BUT, it is the most affordable option without having to get an extension kit with it.
Since its dimensions are 4.5′ X 6′ (same as Tumbl Trak PRO bar) you’ll need a little extra room for this gymnastics bar for home to fit comfortable, especially if you want to fit a mat underneath it which we highly recommend to avoid injuries.
- 140 lbs weight capacity
- Adjustable bar from 35″ – 57″
- No extension kit necessary
- Pull pin locking system
Gym2Dance Kip Bar
It’s nice to see when price and quality match up. Being one of the less expensive choices without the extension support kit, the Gym2Dance bar is a standard sturdy option to easily setup and practice at home or teach with it at the gym.
- Uses a mat that is 4 feet in width
- Bar adjusts from 3 feet to 5 feet
- Takes up 57″ X 53″ of floor space
- 120 lbs weight limit (100 lbs weight limit when set at max height)
Norbert’s Athletic Mini Bar
More well known for their mats, Norbert’s seems to lack the minimum requirements for their gymnastics bars for home that other companies have for theirs, and even at a lower price. These details that hinder this option, very well could be intentional seeing as how a popular opinion for doing higher level skills at home is not very favorable of it (understandably).
Bars similar to this one typically need some type of extra support. I’ve known people to use things like sandbags and/or plywood, the safest route is to find an extension kit to attach to it for optimal support.
Unfortunately the accumulate price of this bar and an extension kit, you’ll be better off purchasing a set where the extension kit is already included.
- Bar is adjustable from 38″ – 58″
- For gymnasts up to 100 lbs and up to level 3
- Mats are sold separately
Why you should trust us
Between 12 years of being a gymnast to 6 more years of implementing junior equipment in my gymnastics classes, the only thing I’ve found is more dangerous than unreliable equipment is the person using the equipment. This risk goes for any sport. I’ve been using this equipment for a long time, and I can safely say I know the difference between low quality and high quality equipment.
This equipment is long-lasting, safe, and can easily fit in any home or outside.
How we picked and tested
There are plenty of companies that sell junior kip bars, but after spending some time with different kinds you’ll begin to see which ones are made poorly. That being said, I also know which ones are great to recommend for anyone wanting gymnastics bars for home. With the knowledge of which brands to stay away from, we gathered all of the top recommended gymnastics bars for sale to narrow the field.
With our list we chose the best kip bars based off of specific tasks, brand reputation, customer feedback, and our own knowledge.
The five gymnastics bars for sale we tested were the Tumbl Trak Junior PRO Gymnastics Bar, Z-Athletic Expandable Junior Training Bar, Norbert’s Athletic Mini Bar, Gym2Dance Adjustable Bar, and The Beam Store Mini High Bar with Extension Legs.
Our Top Pick
The Tumbl Trak Jr Bar PRO alone has a few features dedicated to making the young athlete master their skill. It is designed to withstand any child’s growth and maturity up to 125 lbs.
Also, it is easy to assemble and disassemble, but once completed, you can adjust it to any height to support the athlete’s increasing skills and weight.
There are a few features the Tumbl Trak PRO has that makes the equipment easier and safer to use. It is built with rounded corners to eliminate injuries while providing reassurance of safety in order to confidently practice skills.
The D-2 Knobs are designed to adjust to the user’s height smoothly. The Flat Steel Cross Support is designed to hold applied matting support for a safer and more confident land. Its purpose is to grant stability for the athlete as he or she grows and advances in their training without having to purchase an extension kit. Through these features, the PRO bar can support a young athlete up to 125 lbs.
But be careful! Make sure as your athlete grows and you’re adjusting the height of the bar that the amount of weight on the apparatus does not exceed 125lbs.
The preinstalled rubber floor pads increases the gymnastics bar durability so that your gymnast may practice with reassurance. [/su_column]
Many parents are quite pleased with this product, and even more so the gymnasts.
In reply to this parent's comment about the Tumbl Trak PRO, another parent shares her similar experience with the same gymnastics bar for sale for home.
What you'll need to avoid injuries
Although the Tumbl Trak PRO does not need base extensions nor plywood since it is completely stable, what it does need is a gymnastics mat to put under the bar while practicing. There is 4 feet of width room for a mat, so a mat between 3 and 4 feet in width will work fine. Length should not be an issue.
In other words
The Tumbl Trak PRO is the desired training tool. This product is strong and very flexible. Though expensive, it is designed by the best team and shows that it withstands years of use. Anyone who has a child that is interested into gymnastics should consider getting the Tumbl Trak PRO. It is reliable, heavily recommended by the staff, parents, and former athletes.
Skills to learn with gymnastics bars for sale
For anyone that understands anything about physical activities or trying to get in a sport’s team, they understand one simple rule, “Practice, practice, practice.”
Well, you can’t have a good practice, without proper equipment. It goes for everyone interested in any sports activity. Here are some skills your gymnast can practice on any of these gymnastics bars for sale. For a more extensive conditioning routine, check out these gymnastics exercises on Coach Kayla's website!
Kips are a good skill to learn for mounting onto the bar and is popularly used at the beginning of a routine. This move allows the gymnast to follow into front support and continue with their routine from there. The biggest issue people have when learning kips is where to concentrate their momentum to get them into front support.
Exercises that strain and work the core are excellent for building muscles to do skills such as kips. Stronger core muscles will also be beneficial toward skills on other apparatus'.
Skin The Cat
This exercise is a developmental move for young ones needing to build shoulder strength on cheap gymnastics bars. By hanging from the bar, the gymnast can rotate their body completely taking them through full shoulder flexion to extension.
Also used as a developmental exercise for conditioning on cheap gymnastics bars. The motions are to help the gymnast become familiar with lifting their body even higher off the bar from front support.
The Z-Athletic Gymnastics Expandable Junior Training Bar is built to help gymnast excel, much like the Tumbl Trak PRO. The set concentrates on the simplicity of its design while adding a few extra unique features for a lower cost. Its weight restriction (130lbs) is just 5 pounds heavier than our top recommendation, the Tumbl Trak PRO. Though, the Z-athletics gymnastics bar for sale will likely need expandable bars for extra anchoring to prevent accidents. Don't worry, it is easy to assemble.
The Z-Athletic is affordable investment for your children's developmental skills for gymnastics. This gymnastics bars for sale pride themselves in the ability to surpass other competitors out there by providing the athlete with not only the essential functioning FIG standard parts, but a wealth of gymnasts who recognize their high quality products, like myself.
Stable and robust are the key words that outline the features of the Z-Athletic's Training Bar. An extension kit is offered separately for extra secure anchoring. Although this heavy duty cheap gymnastics bar for sale is sturdy enough to hold 130lbs of weight (without expandable bars) that does not mean it's to heavy to be portable. The 40mm wood covered fiberglass rail holds up to 1000lbs of weight and is constructed to meet competition standards. The wood rail snaps lock to adjust to your gymnast's height anywhere from 36" - 59". If you plan to let your kids practice level 6 skills at home, then the extension kit is required.
How it compares to our top pick
For the most part, the Tumbl Trak PRO and Z-Athletic's training bar seem to have much of the same similar qualities. The biggest drawback that put the Tumbl Trak PRO bar ahead of the other is that although the price is more, the PRO bar doesn't need an extension kit for stability. If you purchased the Z-Athletic's gymnastics bar for sale (around $370), and wanted the extension kit with it (around $155), the total would come out to over $520. The Tumbl Trak PRO is plenty firm and dependable as is without an extension kit.
Norbert’s have done an impressive job manufacturing a quality but relatively inexpensive option for budget-conscious parents who still want the best for their kids. A 48” space between the upright bars will fit any standard mat and the easily adjustable rail has a range of 38” to 58”, to give your child every opportunity to learn and grow.
The 1.5” diameter rail is crafted of maple wood for optimal comfort and resilience. Thoughtful touches like rubberized feet on the base to protect your floors and a spreader bar for added stability make this a great gymnastics kip bar for home.
The light build and easy adjustment make for a quick and pain-free set-up, which is especially great for anyone who doesn’t have the space to have it up all day, every day. The convenience of setting it up and putting it away again make it one of the better options for gymnastics at home. Norbert’s has a great reputation with coaches and gymnasts all over the country and with affordable gymnastics bars for kids like this one it’s easy to see why.
While it is impressively heavy duty for its price range, the light build does mean that it’s not the sturdiest option. While it’s listed as being able to support up to 100 lbs, many users have reported that they prefer to add sandbags for extra stability. If your child is advanced enough to do particularly vigorous moves like back hip circles a little extra security is always a good thing.
Still, with steel tube construction, Norbert’s holds up fine. It’s approved for gymnasts up to level three, though as your child develops you’ll want to make sure they aren’t surpassing the limits of the bar.
This colorful junior kip bar comes in pink and teal. While the colors are a fun draw, what’s really great about this gymnastic bar for home is what’s under the paint. With 12 gauge 2” steel construction and a 1.5” hard wood rail this is a quality horizontal bar for home or the gym.
Limits, Size, and Bar Height
The kip bar actually does not need an additional extension kit, so you can feel safe when your child is using it. With an already established stablization the bar has a total length of 6 feet and can support users of up to 140 lbs (but be mindful of what skills you are practicing).
This Millard bar is a little above standard at 54” wide, making it easy to find a mat that fits, and extends to an impressive 57” tall. Its 57” height makes it one of the taller junior gymnastics bars for sale, and easy adjustment of this height makes it suitable for a greater range of children. Pop and click pins on the rails make adjusting the height simple and straightforward.
Millard does run in a slightly lower price range than some of its competitors so if you’re looking for gymnastics bars for home cheap this one could be exactly what you're looking for. Though, while it’s not the sturdiest gymnastics high bar for sale, users who are looking for to do basic, low level skills without having to spend too much can rest easy choosing this gymnastics bar for sale.
All in all this is a very well-made gymnastics kip bar for kids. While it is particularly well-suited to beginners, it’s stable enough to hold up to a wide variety of essential skills all gymnasts should know. Quality construction makes this one of the best kid’s gymnastics bars on sale.
Gym 2 Dance have made a set of well-designed but cheap gymnastic bars for kids with their DX model. Teachers, coaches, parents, or anyone who wants to find gymnastics bars cheap will appreciate the thoughtfulness and quality that went in to this kip bar.
At a standard 48” wide and with a 57” length it fits any mat and offers great stability. Triangle support plates welded to the base of the upright bars give the DX give extra reinforcement and durability. The base rests on thick non-slip rubber pads to protect the floor and keep the bars in place.
An especially practical feature is the placement of the two stabilizing tie plates, which are positioned near the ends of the bar’s legs, rather than in the middle. It’s a simple feature but one often overlooked when searching for bars gymnastics for sale. Bars placed in the middle can often get in the way during mounting and dismounting, risking the gymnast tripping or stepping on them.
The solid oak rail is 1.5” in diameter and can be adjusted from 3’ to 5’ at convenient 5” intervals to find the perfect fit for your child’s needs. The DX features a dual locking mechanism with one spring-loaded knob and one lock down knob, making changing the height of the bar both easy and safe. These features make it a superb kip bar for sale for young gymnasts.
One drawback some have noted is that the package for the DX doesn’t include the assembly instructions. Though the instructions are rather intuitive and can be easily found online, a little confusion could just as easily be avoided by including a physical copy of the directions. Still, when looking for gymnastics bars cheap, you may be glad they cut costs on packaging rather than sacrificing the quality of the product. Overall this is one of the best cheap gymnastics bars for sale and will give your kid everything they need to learn and excel.
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The Tumbl Trak Junior PRO is our top pick for any parent wanting to get the best gymnastics bars for sale that will fit conveniently in their home. It is completely dependable and does not need an extension kit for more security, but it does need a mat for cushioning falls. Though, our second pick by Z-Athletic does need an extension kit, and the cheap gymnastics bars itself costs less than the Tumbl Trak PRO (without the extension kit). Both gymnastics bars for sale are made by recognized gymnastics companies and have great quality products.