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Old 11-10-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
Sean J Hunter
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Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

Managed to acquire a bunch of barbells for next to nothing, they are in acceptable condition, and although not to IWF standards, are of acceptable specifications.

However, their weights are all over the place, ranging from 18.3 kg to 21 kg, over a total of 9 bars.

Any advice on how to standardize the weight of these bars, so as not to create a progression train wreck for our intermediate and advance lifters?

A few ideas Iíve had
- We can easily create small timber plates that parentally go on a specific bar to bring it in-line with the heaviest bar (21 kg).
- In the depth of my dusty memory, I recall reading about being able to add and remove little ball bearings in the knuckle of the barbell to increase or decrease the weight. However, I think my memory may be telling me lies.

Any advice appreciated, I canít find ANYTHING on Google, which is weird, perhaps my Google-Fu is failing me.

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Old 11-11-2016, 06:42 AM   #2
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Re: Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

Sounds like allot of work to me.

Just mark em all up with the exact weight so that everyone can see it at the end of the bars so that they can't be worn off. round stick-on label

People will have to add a little more weight, plus it makes them more aware of the bars they use, thus increasing knowledge.

but the 21kg one is weird, that is way off a standard bar.

Its a cheap way to see if it works, give it a try and see what happens.
If not then go with the more expensive way to fix the problem, but find the producer of the bars and ask them about the best way.
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Old 11-11-2016, 01:43 PM   #3
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Re: Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

Mark the bars and use fractional plates?
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:42 AM   #4
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Re: Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

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Mark the bars and use fractional plates?
I think that is what the OP meant when he stated:
We can easily create small timber plates that parentally go on a specific bar to bring it in-line with the heaviest bar (21 kg).
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:14 AM   #5
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Re: Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

Honestly I wouldn't even worry about it. What's a couple lbs here and there? Daily normal physical variability is more than that, meaning how strong you feel or whatever.
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Old 11-15-2016, 11:02 AM   #6
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Re: Increasing / Decreasing weight of a Barbell

6 lbs variation is massive considering most advanced linear programs have females adding 1 lbs per lift, not to mention intermediate programs such as texas and 5-3-1 having similar progressions.

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