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Old 11-14-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
Lorenzo Sponzilli
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Tensile strength

Hi, I'm looking for a barbell. What's the tensile strength? Does it condition the kind of bar?If I want a multipurpose barbell, what's the value which it must have?
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Re: Tensile strength

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Hi, I'm looking for a barbell. What's the tensile strength? Does it condition the kind of bar?If I want a multipurpose barbell, what's the value which it must have?
From my little bit of research from when I was shopping for a bar, the higher the tensile strength means the bar is stronger, therefore, will bend less in use..

This sounds great, right? Everybody wants a stronger bar.. Well, not necessarily..

Basically, for Olympic lifts, it is actually useful to have a bar that has some whip to it.. Maybe something less than <170K. like this:
http://www.roguefitness.com/the-rogue-bar.php WFS or this:
http://www.roguefitness.com/men-s-hd-nexgen-bar.php WFS
Olympic bars generally have a grip diameter of 28mm - 28.5mm, which suits those movements well. They also lack a center knurl.

For Powerlifting movements (Squat, Bench Press, etc.), a stiffer bar is recommended. Maybe something >180K
http://www.roguefitness.com/burgener...-men-s-bar.php WFS or this:
http://www.roguefitness.com/westside-power-bar.php WFS
Powerlifting bars generally have a slightly larger diameter, 29mm, which is considered to me more comfortable for squats, among other movements. They usually have a center knurl.

(And just for the record, I have no affiliation with Rogue, I just think their website is very easy to navigate and use.)

For all around, general use, the Rogue Bar (1st link) is very highly regarded for the money. Do a search here and you will see what I mean. It's the one I use for both Olympic and Powerlifting movements and I have zero complaints. It gets the job done and has a nice warranty.

That being said, I'm looking to add a B&R bar in the future.. one that I can leave in my rack, and that has a center knurl for squats.

Good luck. Hope that helps some.

EDIT: For the record, I think some of the best, and strongest, bars money can buy are made by Ivanko & Eleiko. But, you have to be willing to spend some serious mula. One day.. one day.

Last edited by Joey Allen; 11-14-2012 at 03:41 PM.. Reason: added Ivanko & Eleiko info..
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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Re: Tensile strength

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From my little bit of research from when I was shopping for a bar, the higher the tensile strength means the bar is stronger, therefore, will bend less in use..

This sounds great, right? Everybody wants a stronger bar.. Well, not necessarily..

http://www.roguefitness.com/the-rogue-bar.php WFS

EDIT: For the record, I think some of the best, and strongest, bars money can buy are made by Ivanko & Eleiko. But, you have to be willing to spend some serious mula. One day.. one day.
^^ This is great advice.

Do you know about knurling? Knurling plays an important part in what barbell you want.... If you want a mixed use barbell, I'd personally go with...
http://www.repfitness.com/weightlift...-nexgen-hd-bar WFS - The reason I'd go with this barbell is because it gets rid of the neck grater (center knurling) that will tear up your neck if you're doing cleans. I think the NexGen HD is just a better barbell than the Rogue bar TBH, but that is just my personal preference - and I like to avoid blank zinc coating - "We also converted to a bright zinc finish on all bars and steered away from the black zinc coatings. The new bright zinc is stronger, extremely rust resistant and far less harmful to the environment. Black zinc coating is a dying trade in the US. The by-product is so harmful to the environment it is only a matter of time that this method of coating is banned in the US by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Black zinc coating techniques are already banned in Europe." MDUSA site.

I know rogue applies bright zinc first... "All of our bars are dipped in a bright zinc tank(silver) then the black zinc is done over that." - Owner of Rogue.
But I guess I'm just a hippie and I like the cool bright zinc.

That being said, both of those bars are around $300.

If you're trying to save money I'd go with the http://www.repfitness.com/weightlift...lb-olympic-bar (WFS) over the http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-beater-bar.php (WFS) simply because of the diameter of the bars.

I'd also look at the AF team barbell... comes in around the same price of the above 2... around 230 after shipping approx.

Again, my personal recommendation is the HD barbell. I know the above poster said that Eleiko and Ivanko are the premium barbells... but I'd be willing to say that the NexGen Bearing barbell ranks up there with those too... for a bit less too. I have a bearing barbell, an HD, and a couple other crappy ones I bought a long time ago I couldn't be happier with the HD and bearing.

You really can't go too wrong with any of the recommendations either of us told you. Just don't get a center knurling bar, and don't get a "power lifting bar" and don't spend less than $200 - or else you just won't be happy... trust me, I've got 2 bars building up rust outside that spin like sand paper on.. .. uh... they just spin poorly
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