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Old 12-10-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
Jonathon Shelton
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Exclamation Cheap Barbells!!

I found some cheap barbells online at www.adamantbarbell.com. They have the 7' for $99 and a 5' for $89. I was wondering if anyone has ever purchased from them before, and if these barbells are a good starting point until I can upgrade.
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

Do a search on Barbells. If you are using bumper plates and plan on dropping them then you will need a Power Bar. Otherwise it should work fine.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

If you just want a starter oly bar, wal-mart sells a gold's gym bar for $40. I started out with one and it does the trick.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

A five foot bar is too short to snatch unless you have a wee wingspan.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:01 AM   #5
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

Thanks..The 5' bar would be for the women to use as starters. The 6' bars are around 40 lbs., and still a little heavy for some of the beginner women I train. I was trying to save as much money as possible in the beginning, and then slowly replace each bar as they became more affordable.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:46 AM   #6
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

I cringe every time I see the word cheap. Try thinking in terms of value.

A $99 barbell gets expensive (and frustrating) real quick when you have to replace because it quickly bends, breaks, or falls apart.

Check out these sources: (WFS)

http://www.roguefitness.com/store/pendlay_econ_bars.php

http://www.theg2scart.com/category_s/1.htm

You will not regret your decision.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:56 AM   #7
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Re: Cheap Barbells!!

IMO, Go cheap only if you are going REALLY cheap, to test your commitment to doing the work. The first barbell I got was a $5 special, from a garage sale. The 1" diameter hunk of steel that comes with the vinyl coated weights from Weider etc.

I went that cheap, because coming from years of doing essentially no exercise, my family and I weren't willing to invest even moderate $ till we'd proven we'd establish consistency.

For what it's worth, that cruddy barbell-shaped-object was sufficient to get us along for a long while - through a SS cycle, in fact, where the barbell eventually bent - either from #330 deadlifts, or (more likely, I think) from multiple sets of squats in the #250-275 range.

We now have two lovely Pendlay bars. They were incredibly cheap, considering both the purchase price and the fact that they'll never need to be replaced.
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