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Old 12-26-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
Luis Fernandez
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men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

I am new to cross and to oly lifts entirely but plan on learning them. Looking for a bar. I am not a big guy (5'4" and weigh 160pounds) and the most I remember squatting at some point when I was a regular at the gym was about 220 pounds for a couple of reps. That was a few years ago, until two weeks ago I was running and rowing and doing isolated work with dumbbells, etc
Don't know what is my current 1RM on squat, but I am pretty sure it will never be above 400#.
I am thinking of getting a womenís bar instead or menís.
Any recommendations?
Rogue has a "bella" bar for $200, anyone has used this?
They also have on their close out section another bar "womenís economy" for $150 but no warranty. Anyone owns this bar? Care to comment on your experience??
Thanks!!
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:26 PM   #2
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

Unless you have unbelievably tiny hands, get a men's bar. The weight difference is only 5kg or 10lbs depending on the manufacturer so don't base your decision on how much you think you'll be lifting--the main difference is the diameter of the bar. Go to a gym that has men's and women's sizes and see which one feels better in your hands...probably the men's.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

FWIW, I often use a men's bar for squats and deads. The difference between the two matters a lot more for pressing and the oly lifts: the total weight being moved is so much less, and grip matters more.

I'd advise comparing the two to see which fits your hands better. All else being equal, the men's bar is probably a better choice because you're less likely to outgrow it.

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Old 12-26-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

I'd want the men's bar for squats. The smaller bar would put a lot more contact pressure on your back.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:00 PM   #5
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

Luis, I am 5' and was about 150lbs when I first learned the olympic lifts. A men's bar was no problem. To note I don't have huge hands, my hands are about as big as some girl's sometimes.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:18 AM   #6
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

For what its worth, most of my girls prefer the mens bars.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:39 AM   #7
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

5'4" tiny hands. I've never used a women's bar and probably won't. Although on a powerlifting bar the hook grip doesn't happen for me.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:52 PM   #8
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Re: men 5'4" and 160# should I go for womens bar? recommendations?

All, thanks for the input, it helped! I’ll go with the men’s.
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