Buyers Guide

What are the major differences between an Adjustable Bar and 3Play Bar?

Adjustable Horizontal Bar

3-Play Bar (Double Bar)

Gymnast Weight Limit70 lbs125 lbs
Gymnast LevelLevel 1 to Level 3Level 1 to Level 4
Weight of Equipment50 lbs100 lbs
Versatility1 Bar only, no conversion kit available- 2 Bars, either one can be removed to become a single Horizontal Bar
- Can be adjusted to become parallel or uneven bars
AdjustmentsAdjusts 3ft - 5ft in height- Adjusts 3ft - 5ft in height
- Adjusts 1-1/2ft - 3ft between bars
ShipmentShips in 1 boxShips in 2 boxes
Width4ft wide4ft wide, *or 5ft wide option
ExtensionsRecommended after 70 lbs, increases the bar weight limit to 100 lbsIncluded, no extra parts necessary

What kind of skills can be performed on your bars?

Home gymnastics equipment is strictly for working on basic skills such as the ones listed below;

  • front hip circle
  • single leg squat through
  • forward stride circle (mill circle)
  • back hip circle
  • underswing dismount
  • cast
  • leg cut
  • single leg basket swing
  • pullover

Can I convert my Single Horizontal Bar to a 3Play Bar (Double Bar)?

The Simple Answer, No. A single bar cannot be converted to a double bar, however, our 3Play (Double Bar) has the versatility to adjust in height, width, and has the option to remove bars.

Can my gymnast transition from bar to bar on the 3Play Bar?

Competitively, No.
Even if your gymnast is small enough to swing from bar to bar, he/she should not be practicing anything over a basic skill from Level 1 to Level 4 at home without the supervision of their coach.

For fun? Yes.
You can use these bars in multiple ways, not just for practice! Have a little bit of fun and use them as a set of monkey bars!

What are the benefits of having a 3Play (Double Bar) at home?

A double bar is great for any conditioning your gymnast may want to do at home. Even though he or she should not be transitioning from bar to bar outside the gym, you can use this double bar in many other ways. Placing the bars at a parallel height and doing forearm dips is one of the best ways to get some good upper-body strength conditioning in! Get creative! The 3Play bar can be adjusted in height, width between bars and has the option to remove a bar. There are many great uses for this bar outside of gymnastics!

Is the 3Play Bar (Double Bar) available in a larger size?

Our 3Play bar is a smaller version of Uneven / Parallel Bars. Any bar that is larger or adjusts higher than a Nimble Sports bar should not be used at home due to safety and practice concerns OUTSIDE of the gym. Your gymnasts should not be practicing routines outside his or her gym without the supervision of their coach unless approved otherwise.

Home gymnastics equipment is strictly for working on basic skills such as the ones listed below;

  • front hip circle
  • single leg squat through
  • forward stride circle (mill circle)
  • back hip circle
  • underswing dismount
  • cast
  • leg cut
  • single leg basket swing
  • pullover

Knobs:

Replacement knobs for your horizontal bar or balance beam can be purchased for $15.00.

Horizontal Bar and Balance Beam Knobs are covered under a 1 year scratch and dent warranty from Nimble Sports. In 2016 Nimble Sports changed the design of their horizontal bar and balance beam braces to be safer and more reliable, resulting in a change of knob size in these two products.

For products ordered before 2016

Unfortunately we no longer have replacement knobs for these products. Take your knobs (or uprights if your knobs are missing) to your local hardware store, Lowes or Home Depot. You may be able to find a bolt or knob that will fit this space and make your gymnastics equipment easily adjustable again.

Nimble Sports also offers a conversion kit that will convert your old horizontal bar to our newest model, replacing your old uprights and knobs. This kit can be purchase for $119.95.

For products ordered after 2016

You are in luck! We have your knobs in stock! If you have ordered in the last 12 months your purchase falls under warranty and you can receive a new set of knobs for free. If your horizontal bar or balance beam braces are older than 1 year, you can purchase a set of knobs for $15.00.

If you believe for any reason you may have a newer version of our horizontal bar or balance beam braces (purchased from a 3rd party — facebook, garage sale, etc.) send photos of the knobs you currently have to sales@nimblesports.com. This will help us to see if we have the replacements you need.

If you have lost your knobs, please send us a photo of the horizontal bar upright or balance beam brace with a tape measure held across the hole (nut) so we can determine the size that you need. See image below:

Nimble Sports Bar Diagram


The nut on your horizontal bar upright (or balance beam brace) should measure 1/2inch. We do not have replacement knobs for nuts of any other size. The nut must measure 1/2 inch.

The knobs on your horizontal bar or balance beam should be black and look as pictured below.
Nimble Sports Replacement Knobs

We have 2 different knobs that we are able to replace;

  • Larger knobs will fit our Adjustable Horizontal bar, 3Play Bar, Premium Bar, and any Adjustable Balance Beam Brace.
  • Small knobs will fit our 3Play Bar for adjusting the width between the 2 bars on the 3Play.

If your knobs do not look like the knobs pictured above, we do not have replacement knobs available for your bar/beam.

In addition to replacing Horizontal Bar and Balance Beam Brace Knobs we also carry replacement sets of the following items;

Horizontal Bar and/or Balance Beam Hardware; $10.00

  • Includes all of the nuts, bolts and screws you need to put your gymnastics equipment together incase yours is lost or worn out!

Rubber End Caps; $8.00 (set of 4)

  • We have rubber end caps that cover the ends of our horizontal bar and all of our steel balance beam braces.

Wooden Dowel; $25.00

  • All dowels will work in any Gymnastics Bar sold by Nimble Sports. We advise checking with your local hardware store, Lowes or Home Depot first to see if you can get the same dowel at a lower cost. These dowels are made from Poplar Wood and are 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

Spreader Bar; $30.00

  • Black steel piece that holds the bottom legs of your adjustable bar in place. *Usually purchased when your gymnastics bar has been disassembled and pieces are lost*

Nimble Sports Bar Diagram

Call 1-877-628-2326 to place an order for any replacement parts!

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