Hi Cathe--- I am very excited about your new STS and can't wait to get it!!! I enjoy all of your other DVD's and in prep for the new STS I got a Barbell and weights to add to my dumbell collection.....I am soooo excited. The sales person at the store and my husband said that they both thought the curved barbell (and I am not sure if that is the correct term) was better than a straight one....they said it helped more with form and that the different grips would be more comfortable. So I guess I am asking your opinion on this.....is a curved barbell or a straight bar better??? Thanks!!!!