Every year at “Våffeldagen”, a Swedish tradition of having waffles, we are reminded of how it all started.

In 1957, Eleiko was a Swedish manufacturer of small kitchen appliances such as waffle irons, when an inspired idea forever changed the company’s direction. Eleiko’s factory supervisor, Mr. Hellström was an avid weightlifter frustrated with barbells constantly bending and breaking, and was convinced Eleiko could make a better solution. He gained approval from Mrs. Johansson, the managing director, to pursue the project and worked closely with a Swedish steel company to formulate special hardened steel – a proprietary mix perfected over time and still in use today. The barbell appropriately received a waffle-pattern knurling, a nod to the company’s history. In 1963 Eleiko’s strong yet flexible bars were the first to stand up to the rigorous demands of entire competition untarnished. The Eleiko story is filled with historic moments, notable innovations, and innovative product developments.

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Eleiko Sport Inc318 West Grand Avenue, Suite 301, Chicago, IL 60654

The Number One Strength Company

At Eleiko, we work to make people stronger so they can perform better - in sports and in life. For over 60 years, Eleiko has been a worldwide leader within international weightlifting, powerlifting and strength & conditioning communities. Eleiko is uniquely certified by the IWF, IPF and Para-Powerlifting federations. Our products have been delivered to more than 180 countries and are often seen at the world’s largest championships and in the most respected strength training facilities. More than 1,000 world records have been set with an Eleiko barbell. With quality, innovation and customer service as guiding principles, Eleiko is the leading equipment provider and educator in strength.


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