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Stubby Axle Barbell - Rackable Shorty Bar


Stubby Axle Barbell - Rackable Shorty Bar

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Introducing the "El Gordito" Stubby Axle Bar. Bring Strongman training to your gym with a thoughtfully designed, space saving fat bar that is space efficient, amazingly fun, and easy on your wallet at the same time.


  • 2" shaft diameter to build amazing grip strength and forearms. Fits normal barbell collars!
  • 1000 pound weight capacity- pull even world-record deadlifts... if you dare
  • Fits standard racks for shoulder-to-overhead work and easy loading
  • Grippy powder coat feels great in the hand and IWF rings make it easy to visually line up your lifts
  • Premium "signed" endcaps for easy weight identification

What is a Stubby Axle bar?


Strongman (and strong woman) competitors have been using "Axle" bars for years. Axle bars have thick grips- 2" vs the 1 1/8" shaft of a normal barbell. These axle bars make lifting harder as most people cannot close their hand fully around the bar. Working an axle bar into your routine will result in stronger grip, thicker forearms, and a stronger back.

Axle bars are most well-known for deadlift movements and for shoulder-to-overhead presses, but are also great to work in to your routine for bench press, farmer's holds, zercher squats, bicep curls, and more.

However, axle bars are not the greatest choice for a primary barbell since their collars do not rotate, making them a poor choice for Olympic weightlifting or similar lifts.



Bought in to Axle Bar training? Great! Here's why El Gordito is the perfect fat bar for you.

  • Short Length gets you all the axle bar benefits... in less space
  • The powder coat and rings make El Gordito a joy in the hand (and a strain on the forearms)
  • 1000 pound weight capacity means that you never hae to worry about outgrowing the bar
  • Rackability means easy loading and easy versatility
  • Use your standard collars- no special equipment needed!

It's OK to Get Short with Us and "El Gordito"

Fringe fanatics love our axle bar with gusto, so they asked us to give them the short end of the stick. Now our favorite couple in the Fringe Family have delivered a new addition to the "Gordo Family." We're happy to introduce to you our height restricted axle bar, El Gordito.

The little boy of El Gordazo and La Gordita, he completes the Gordo family. Like his dad, he probably sneaks an extra taco or two when no one is looking. But who are we to complain? He's just as beefy and rugged as the rest of the family.

If you're into strongman or if you just want to blast your forearms and improve grip strength, you're going to be crushing hard on this bar in no time.

  • Improve grip strength with 2in diameter shaft, great for strongman workouts.
  • Collars are 2in diameter so 2in Olympic Barbell collars fit perfectly.
  • Powder-coated matte black finish.

Life is Short, Live it to the Strongest

We took our popular regulation axle bar and cut it down to size. The short version we created, looks like a section of black iron, outdoor drainage pipe the Hulk ripped off the wall for you. Your strongman goals won't be pipe dreams with the shorty though. Don't hesitate to employ the shorty for functional fitness, overhead presses, Zydrunas presses or the dreaded continental clean. After a short stint of axle training in your garage, you'll be slaying job interviews, business meetings, dates and negotiations in no time.

There are a few things to note for the Short Axle Barbell.

  • This is a true strongman axle / fat bar - there is no knurling on the bar.
  • The 2" diameter includes the shaft of the bar, explaining the "fat bar" nickname.
  • This is one, solid bar. The collars do not rotate.


  • Quantity: 1 - 22lb Short Axle "Fat Bar" Barbell by FringeSport
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 1,000 pounds
  • Dimensions: Just under 6 feet long (70 3/4") and 2-inch diameter throughout entire bar.
  • Sleeve Dimensions: 9 inches long with 2 inch diameter.
  • Material: Powder Coated Steel
  • Warranty: 1 year satisfaction guarantee.
Dimensions for the El Gordito Stubby Axle Barbell from Fringe Sport

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Jason P.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Amazing Axel Bar

Very good bar. Love the details!!! The markings, the end caps, the coating, its perfect!

United States United States

Great Addition

The bar is tremendous and honestly I think it's just the bar that might help me with my front squats. I'm horrendous with front spots and most times it's because I feel that the bar is too long for the range of motion that I have. So this might work out much better for me so I'm going to see how that goes and let you know as well

Sean B.
United States United States

Good for tight spaces

I was having issues with a standard barbell length in my basement, and this short little guy fixed the problem easily and cheaply! Is taking some deloading to get my forearms used to the bigger grip, but that's a good thing!

Brendan M.

Get some

This bar is great. Perfect for those short on space or looking to upgrade their curl bar. Don’t let the lack of knurling scare you off, the powder coating gives it adequate grip. The 2 inch diameter throughout is thiccc but manageable. I’ve got big mits but even my girl uses this bar. I incorporate this bar for variations of presses, rows, deads and curls. Highly recommend it.

Claudia A.
United States United States

Short Axle FAT bar

I received my Short Bar last week. What I like about it.... for me (a woman over 60), I can get my hands around the bar, and it’s only 20-lbs. I use it for tighter biceps . As I age, I notice more flab than what I like, so working with my fat bar should help tighten them up! ☺️