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Old 12-16-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
George Chkhartishvili
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which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

Hi all ! My first post. I'm outfitting a home gym for the first time. Just received my set of bumpers from Rogue today, but still agonizing over which bars to go with.

I will have one or more full-size 20KG bars for the main portion of the workout, but i also need lighter bar(s) for warming up and practicing technique.

I am considering 5KG, 15LB, 10KG and 30LB bars. In this thread though i want to focus on the 30LB bars.

the two in particular i'm looking at right now are:

1 - Cap OB-73UL "ultra-lite" it is about 29 LBS, 6' and $100 from Amazon with free shipping.

2 - York 32114 it is also 6' about 33 LBS and $160 from Gtechfitness with free shipping.

problem with the Cap is that it only has 200 lbs capacity. now for a technique bar, which it is, 200 lbs is plenty. Eleiko sells a technique bar with only 20KG capacity. but considering that it weighs similar to York, if the York is 2 - 3 times stronger ... maybe it is the way to go ?

like i said i will be using a regular 20KG bar for the main portion of the workout so i don't *need* the 30LB / 6' bar to have more than 200 LB capacity, but still ...

what do you think ?
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #2
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

My opinion? Get a PVC pipe, cut it to 7', and use that to warmup. Saves you some money, and I cant see a reason to really need an intermediate bar between those.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:36 PM   #3
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

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My opinion? Get a PVC pipe, cut it to 7', and use that to warmup. Saves you some money, and I cant see a reason to really need an intermediate bar between those.
Agreed. If you need some weight to it, fill it with something of suitable weight and duct tape it shut.

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

^^ great idea ^^
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #5
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

i like to have a linear progression in my warmup. i don't want to jump from 5 pounds to 40 kilos. i like to increase the weight by about 20 - 30 % on each set. it usually takes me 6 - 7 sets to get to working weight. i'm sure somebody will say this is not necessary - i don't care - that's how i do it.

the PVC pipe is a good idea, just not for me. you know i was looking around medical supply outlets sell essentially that for about $60 a piece. literally a 4 foot long piece of 1" thick PVC pipe for $60. not kidding ! still money better spent than on prescription drugs. but i digress.

anyway, i found York for $130 with free shipping at Wayfair:

http://www.wayfair.com/York-Barbell-...FbFxOgod7DQAyQ

i think i'm going to go for it unless anybody objects ?
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #6
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

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i think i'm going to go for it unless anybody objects ?
What does it matter if anybody objects? It's your money.

Personally, I'd still go the PVC route, even if it meant making a few different ones at different weights.

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Old 12-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

thought about it some more ...

there is no point in 30 LB, 6' bar. i just need the 10 KG Junior bar like Rogue or Pendlay. it's strong but light, and my bumpers are kilogram not pound.

since Rogue is half the price of Pendlay i'm just going to get that.

but i'm going to go make myself some hot chocolate first just to give myself some time to change my mind ...

i have changed my mind on this subject so many times already in the last 2 or 3 days i don't trust myself any more ...
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Old 12-17-2013, 12:20 AM   #8
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

Practice your technique on the pvc. You don't need any weight on the bar to practice technique. Then, the 20kg bar should be enough for warm ups.

If you really want to lift something heavier than a pvc and lighter than a 20kg bar, then your money is better spend on a 35lb kettlebell.
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

Well, you asked for advice on what to get, and you got probably the only advice that people are going to give you. I dont think you will find a single person that knows what theybare doing that will tell you you need to micro warmup, but whatever. Youre asking for equipment advice, not training advice.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:58 AM   #10
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Re: which ~ 30 LB, ~ 6' bar for warming up with

I have 4 of those York bars and they are garbage! They are about 32 mm (I know it says 30 mm) in diameter so they will feel really different than a regular Oly bar. Plus the ends are really short so you can't get much weight on them. They were ordered by mistake. We thought we might get some use from them so we kept them (maybe benching or fat bar deadlifts...) but in 3 years I don't think they have been used more than once or twice.

Like others have said, just get a 20kg bar.
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