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Old 03-07-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
Desmond Pegrum
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Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

Just checking Rogues bar and their bar is 20 kg

I would have thought it would have been say 50 pounds instead ?

So for those of you who use pound bumper plates, how do you handle the mix and match of Kg and pounds ?

E.g. getting to the 135 pound weight for Open workout 13.1
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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Just checking Rogues bar and their bar is 20 kg

I would have thought it would have been say 50 pounds instead ?

So for those of you who use pound bumper plates, how do you handle the mix and match of Kg and pounds ?

E.g. getting to the 135 pound weight for Open workout 13.1
Generally any 20kg bar is accepted as 45lbs.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

And a lot of people probably don't even know that their "45#" bar is really a 20 kg bar.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #4
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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Generally any 20kg bar is accepted as 45lbs.
which I have never understood, since 20kg is a lot closer to 44lbs than 45....


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Old 03-07-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

Lock-Jaw Collar, 1-lb. per set
close enough to 45lbs
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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which I have never understood, since 20kg is a lot closer to 44lbs than 45....


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I believe bars are actually 20.4 kg (the world over).

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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I believe bars are actually 20.4 kg (the world over).
ah, then 45lbs would make sense. I just assumed that since weightlifting bars (well quality ones were 20kg, than every bar was supposed to be 20kg)
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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ah, then 45lbs would make sense. I just assumed that since weightlifting bars (well quality ones were 20kg, than every bar was supposed to be 20kg)
I could be wrong mind you - as 20.4 is a convenient conversion too - it rounds to both.
After previous post, I looked around (like 5 minutes) to see if I could find anything definitive. I came across some plates being 20.4, some bars saying 20.4, some bars saying 20(44) some people saying 45. Who knows. I can't even add the plates up on a barbell properly most of the time -- it's like I can no longer count ... must be too much testosterone or something.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:29 AM   #9
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

Mens Weightlifting bars made by bar manufacturers such as Eleiko, Werksan, Pendlay, DHS, Uesaka, Zhang Kong etc all weigh 20kg.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:46 AM   #10
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Re: Bar weights in KG even in Pound land ?

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I believe bars are actually 20.4 kg (the world over).
You are joking right?

Even Ivanko, which although it doesn't like it, is an American manufacturer of barbells, make more barbells of 20 kg than of 45 lbs. All their IPF licensed powerlift bars are 20 kg.

The 5 IWF licensed manufacturers also make bars mostly, if not only, with their weight measured in kg. Those 5 manufacturers are:

Shanghai Double Happiness Co. Ltd.
Eleiko Sport AB
Uesaka Barbell Company
Werk-San
Zhangkong Barbell Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
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