The Sugar.Fit resistance training bar is making waves with people who want an effective home workout on a budget. The system is pretty straightforward – a steel bar you use with variable resistance bands. So, does it work? This review will help you decide if the Sugar Fitness resistance bar is worth it and how it stacks up against the very popular X3 Bar.
Sugar Fit Products
Sugar Fit Crow Bar (Candy Bar)
This is the main part of the system. It's an 80,000 PSI tensile strength steel bar of 1 inch in circumference that is said to be able to hold 600+ pounds of force. The Crow Bar is 28 inches long (2 feet 4 inches). You may see this also called the “Candy Bar.” The steer bar comes in different colors and gives rise to other names like:
- Space Bar
- Prime Time Lime
- Electric Blue
- Flamingo Pink
All bars are made of the same materials. The only difference is the color. The strength bar does not have carabiners /hooks to fasten resistance bands to. It is a straight bar that you loop fitness bands around.
Crow Bar Foot board
The foot-board / foot plate is what you stand on to anchor the fitness bands as you perform the exercises. The foot-bard is 1/2 inch tall, 18 inches long, 10 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick. It should accommodate most people's feet. It weighs about 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg) and is made from High-density polyethylene or polyethylene (HDPE) plastic.
There are rubber feet below the board, which raise it up 1/2 inch to provide a space for the resistance bands to wrap under. This makes the workout easier to perform.
Here are many brands of resistance bands that should work well with the Sugar Fit Candy Bar.
Sugar Fit Resistance Bands
Currently, Sugar Fitness system is BYOB – Bring Your Own Bands. The Candy Bar/Crow Bar is designed to work with any flat 41 inch long resistance bands.
Here are some videos courtesy of the Sugar Fitness YouTube channel.
Chest Press Demo
Sugar Fit Prices
You can purchase both the Candy Bar and foot board together for $175 (plus shipping). If you want to purchase them separately, the prices are:
- Crow Bar alone: $99
- Foot Board alone: $99
Both the steel bar and footplate come with a 1-year warranty against defects.
Sugar Fit Resistance Program
Variable resistance is at the heart of the system. This is also known as accommodating resistance. Variable resistance means the resistance varies according to your point in the range of motion. This is similar to many strength training machines found in gyms. With variable resistance, your muscles work harder the more you push. The resistance is easiest at the start of the movement, and hardest at the end.
There are many resistance band/bar home workout solutions on the market which is a testament to their popularity.
Unlike weight lifting with free weights, with the Sugar Fitness system, you don't lift for a number of repetitions. Rather you perform as many slow, controlled reps with good form as possible for 90 seconds. This increases time under tension and ensures your muscles are under constant stress to help them grow. Each exercise is to be performed to muscle failure.
- If you cannot perform reps for 90 seconds, then the resistance band you are using is too heavy.
- If you can easily perform reps for more than 90 seconds, the resistance band is too light.
- If you are close to the 90 seconds but can't complete full repetitions, push far as you can and hold the rep until you reach 90 seconds. The repetition now becomes isometric. The idea here is that working isometrically while fatigued still increases time under tension, providing a stimulus for muscle growth.
- You can perform single sets or multiple sets. It's up to you and your goals.
- Between exercises, take 2 to 3 minutes of rest. Take 5 minutes rest if you are very fatigued.
Pro Tip. If you are a beginner, it may take your nervous system 8-12 weeks to adapt to what you are doing. Therefore, single-set resistance training programs will be just as good as multi-set programs. For novices, single set programs also reduce muscle soreness and overuse injuries.
Pro Tip. Going to muscle failure is not for everyone. Consider your strength, health, and injuries first. If you are just starting an exercise program, I do not suggest going to muscle failure. Another option is to stop when you think you can only do 2-3 more repetitions.
Will You Get Stronger?
Anytime you stress your muscles, they will adapt and grow stronger. It doesn't matter if you are lifting free weights, using resistance bands or using your own body weight. So yes, your muscles will grow stronger. Since the Sugar Fit program has you lifting for 90 seconds, it's also likely to improve muscle endurance as well.
Who Makes The Sugar.Fit Bar
The company is called Sugar Fitness, located in Seattle. Another name is Olive & Estia LLC. The Website is Sugar.Fit. The head of the company is Jeremy Cottle. While the company website does not list an address or customer service phone number, there is a live chat option that works very well.
How much does it cost?
The price is $279. This is an increase in price. The cost was 175 when this review was originally created.
What's the warranty?
The steel bar and foot board come with a 1-year warranty to guard against mechanical defects.
Can you buy just the bar?
At this time you can purchase the full system – bar, bands and foot-plate. You can't buy the parts individually.
What's the return policy?
You have 2 weeks to try it out. The two weeks begins when you receive the items. That's good. It means you have a full two weeks to try it out. Returns must be in like-new condition. You pay the shipping to send it back.
Is it made in America?
Both the steel bar and foot board are made in the US. The materials from which they are made are sourced locally whenever possible.
Discounts for first responders?
At this time there are no discounts for military or first responders.
How much weight can the footboard hold?
There is no weight limit for the foot-board.
What payments are accepted?
Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, Google Pay, Paypal, Diners Club, Venmo among others.
Sugar Fit. Vs X 3 Bar
The X3 Bar, known as the complete home gym is one of the most popular resistance training systems today. While there are no Sugar Fit vs. X3 Bar clinical studies, here is a side-by-side comparison of some of their attributes:
|Sugar Fit Bar
||X 3 Bar|
|Type of resistance||Bands. Variable resistance||Bands. Variable resistance|
|Bar length||28 inches||23.5 inches|
|Bar made from||Steel||Steel|
|Bar can hold up to||600+ pounds||600+ pounds|
|Does the bar have hooks||No||yes|
|Does the bar rotate||No||Yes|
|Foot plate||Marine Grade HDPE||Marine Grade HDPE|
|Made in America||Yes||Yes|
|Return policy||2 weeks||30 days|
Is Sugar Fit Candy Bar Worth It?
Resistance band workouts you can do at home have become very popular due to their effectiveness and ease of storage. While the Sugar.Fit Candy Bar strength training system is not the only solution out there, it will surely appeal to those looking for an affordable solution.