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Old 12-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #21
Robert Fabsik
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Re: Bamboo Bar

For kicks I bought 7' of 1" PVC pipe to compare it to the Bandell Bar. Definitely less stable than a steel barbell, no surprise. But, extremely limited in weight capacity. I place 10 lbs on both ends and it was bowing off the rack pretty easy.

So cheap, but its only use may be limited rehab with high reps and in those with lower strength numbers it might help show some weaknesses. On the Bandell Barbell my right to left strength imbalance was clear. Steel barbell with weights hanging via bands, some instablity but not 1/2 as intense. PVC pipe--no signs of my imbalance.

I'd be interesed to see how the fiberglass rod experiment goes.
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Old 12-17-2011, 06:21 PM   #22
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Re: Bamboo Bar

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For kicks I bought 7' of 1" PVC pipe to compare it to the Bandell Bar. Definitely less stable than a steel barbell, no surprise. But, extremely limited in weight capacity. I place 10 lbs on both ends and it was bowing off the rack pretty easy.

So cheap, but its only use may be limited rehab with high reps and in those with lower strength numbers it might help show some weaknesses. On the Bandell Barbell my right to left strength imbalance was clear. Steel barbell with weights hanging via bands, some instablity but not 1/2 as intense. PVC pipe--no signs of my imbalance.

I'd be interesed to see how the fiberglass rod experiment goes.
Maybe try a thicker PVC? (1.5" or 2"). Or possibly fill the 1" one with spray insulation, or make it shorter in length.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:47 PM   #23
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Re: Bamboo Bar

Not a bad idea, obviously the stiffer things get the less chaos you get.

I'll try 2" next maybe since PVC is so cheap.
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:57 PM   #24
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Re: Bamboo Bar

I tried the 1in PVC first, but it felt too flimsy. I then got the 2 inch-
The 2 inch PVC flexes very little with 45lb KB on each side. I haven't tried anything heavier than that yet- but it seems to work pretty well. I also tried 3/4 inch plumbing pipe, it is a bit more expensive but still pretty lightweight and held up well to heavier KB weights. I couldn't tell much difference between the 2inch PVC and the 3/4 inch plumbing pipe with respect to how much "shaking" was going on- there was a lot with both!

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Old 12-19-2011, 08:31 AM   #25
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Re: Bamboo Bar

We inserted a 1" PVC thru a 2" PVC pipe and hung 1pood KB's off each side . The 1" pipe is longer so the banded KB's hung off its protruding ends. This prevented the 1" from sliding out while the double pipes allowed some flex without excessive bowing.

The bar wobbled like it was possessed. The only guy to maintain any sort of stability also has great bench form, so this is a good tool for keeping your movements clean.
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