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Old 01-27-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
Derek Gardner
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I was lookin to get a barbell, I'm trying to gather equipment for my basement for my home gym.

I called one fitness place around my city and they said they had a barbell, but it was only good for 300lbs, but then they had others that held more.

What would happen if I put more then 300lbs on this? Does it have to do with the bearings inside?

(I would prefer a used one, but I cant find any around here)


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Old 01-27-2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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Re: Barbell

you get what you pay for.

I don't know where that 300lbs comes from but if that's all it is, I would definitely not bother wasting your money. A barbell with a 1000lb load capacity means it can hold 1000lb as a static load. Keep in mind that a barbell is far from static once you use it (especially if you're dropping it).

Save your money and buy a decent bar from Rogue/Wright/Pendlay
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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Re: Barbell

Those ratings are made up out of thin air. It's marketing fantasy.

A barbell that is typically "rated" for 700 lbs. for example would never be suitable for a 500 lb. clean. In fact, anytime you see a barbell that's rated like that you can count on it being a cheap barbell. The only ratings that count are those of the steel it is made of, such as yield strength, tensile strength, etc.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: Barbell

I'd invest in a good barbell especially if you are going to do any heavy lifting or if you are going to do any olympic lifts. The investment will last a lifetime. Good bars feel better especially on the Oly lifts. I have a Rogue Bar that is just sturdy and rotates great it is above and beyond the olympic bar that came with a weight set.

I'd stay away from anything you could get at a local retail store.
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:15 PM   #5
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Re: Barbell

You could get a cheapo bar at Fitness depot that will hold more than 300lbs no problem for sure. I know as I have one. Cost about $150 i think. Having said that, I would highly recommend considering a better bar which may cost double but will last a long time and be great for Olympics Lifts also ( good spin etc...). You won't be able to find one of these locally. I have a Rogue bar that is awesome.
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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Re: Barbell

You can go cheap on a lot of things and be just fine for personal use. You don't necessarily need an IWF certified competition bar, but do no under any circumstances go dirt cheap on a bar. Check out Rogue, Again Faster, Pendlay bars from any number of vendors and Christian's Fitness Factory. Spend the money, you'll regret not doing so.
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