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Old 08-16-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
Mark Ritchie
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Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

What are folk's thoughts and experiences with vertical barbell storage?

I'm thinking of something like this from Rogue:

http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-9-bar-holder.php (WFS)

Any concerns or experience with damage to the ends of the bars when dropping them in? Issues with grease/etc. migrating down the bar (I've heard of this with some bars)? Other experiences?

We don't have much in terms of walls (mostly open air and woven bamboo), but are thinking of going with the Rogue gun rack with our limited walls in our "gear shed" but want to give the vertical storage idea a fair shake...
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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Re: Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

That looks really nice...I don't know what your setting is, but if this is for personal use / informal there is a fairly simple DIY recipe. Get a cinder block, two foot sections of 2-inch PVC pipe, concrete. Saw the PCV to size, put one in each corner of the cinder block and fill with concrete.

I did this for my garage gym with two cinder blocks, put them side by side for a 4-bar holder and price was 20 bucks or less I believe. It comes out to be heavy enough to hold an ~85 pound safety squat bar, 50 pound trap bar, olympic bar, and curl bar with no trouble.

If you took your time it would even look somewhat nice. I haven't had any trouble with chips on the ends of the bars, anything like that. This might not be a professional look, though, if that's what you need.
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Old 08-16-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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Re: Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

It's for our CrossFit affiliate (www.cfcnx.com WFS), so it is high traffic and needs to look professional. I'm more concerned about the damage to the bar ends when a tired client drops it in...
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:19 AM   #4
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Re: Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

I use a vertical holder at home and haven't had any issues. I don't throw the bars down into it or anything, but I don't baby them either. I probably wouldn't put an Eleiko in there, if I had one. But I don't mind it for a standard multi bar.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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Re: Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

I think for an affiliate, a horizontal rack would be more gentle on the bars.

People are a lot less careful about someone else's equipment and I've seen members slamming the bars into the vertical holders at the gym I go to. I can't imagine that's good in the long run
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:10 AM   #6
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Re: Thoughts on vertical barbell storage?

We've used vertical storage at our box for years.
Our bars get heavy use - we do a lot of Oly and powerlifting at our box.
No real problems with the bars from this type of storage.
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