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Old 06-23-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
Beth Leonard
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Bar height on deadlifts

I've seen the answer to this some where on here but can't seem to find it. i don't have the bumper plates (rubber ones- i think thats what they're called). i'm using a 45lbs bar w/ regular metal plates. how many inches off the ground does the bar have to be?
Also, can i use an EZ bar for my deadlifts?

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:15 AM   #2
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Re: Bar height on deadlifts

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I've seen the answer to this some where on here but can't seem to find it. i don't have the bumper plates (rubber ones- i think thats what they're called). i'm using a 45lbs bar w/ regular metal plates. how many inches off the ground does the bar have to be?
Also, can i use an EZ bar for my deadlifts?

Thanks in advance!
Full size plates are in the range of 17-18" in diameter, that would put the center of the bar about 8.5"-9" off the ground.

As for an EZ bar, I'd try not to use them for deads unless you have no other options.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:23 AM   #3
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Re: Bar height on deadlifts

thanks for this question i have also seen this answered before but couldn't remember where or the actual answer.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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Re: Bar height on deadlifts

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thanks for this question i have also seen this answered before but couldn't remember where or the actual answer.

Slightly more exact answer:

Official plates are 450 mm in diameter. The bar is 28 mm in diameter. This makes the bottom of the bar at:

(450/2) - (28/2) = 211 mm

convert to inches (211mm/25.4 mm/in) = 8.31 inches. Or about 8 5/16 inches.

I would not use an EZ bar for deads.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:08 PM   #5
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Re: Bar height on deadlifts

You'll probably get more benefit from a non-standard height than with an alternate bar. The current height of the bar is arbitrary anyway.
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