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Old 03-23-2006, 05:40 AM   #1
Stephen Cork
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Oly Bar's have load ratings.

How much would you load on a 6 ft standard bar?

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Old 03-23-2006, 07:02 AM   #2
Lincoln Brigham
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Oly bar load ratings are random bull crap. The only rating that counts is the P.S.I. rating of the steel used. That ranges from 65,000 P.S.I. up to 220,000 P.S.I.

I wouldn't use much over a 100 lbs. on a standard bar before I'd consider getting an Oly bar. The steel is thicker and invariably higher quality.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:23 AM   #3
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Damn, I knew it wouldn't be good news, but 100lbs!

The oly bar with bumpers will happen one day, but for now i've had 144 kg's (150 total) on the bar for deadlifts.

I've got enough weight to take it over 200 kg's - has anyone known these bars to break?

Thanks, Steve.
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Old 03-23-2006, 09:44 AM   #4
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It will take a lot to break a bar. However, it is not uncommon for bars to bend.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:27 PM   #5
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I have a 7 foot standard bar that I bought long before I came to crossfit. I use it most of the time when I don't feel like a trip to the gym.

I have deadlifted 295 on it (my wife says there is quite a bend in it when I do this but it has to date only been flex.)

I have cleaned 140 with, no problem except my own form.
Don't have squat stands so I have to travel to the gym for that.

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