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Rogue Bumper Plates – HG 2.0

 

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Rogue Fitness is the manufacturer of many well-known products from their squat racks and rigs, to their barbells and bumper plates. Known for the quality as well as their marketing and their affiliation with Crossfit and the Crossfit games.

Here you will read over Rogue Fitness’s HG 2.0 bumper plates. Rogue bumper plates are some of the most popular bumper plates to be found in home gyms and Crossfit boxes, so let us see why.

The HG

The HG bumper plates are the basic black color bumper plates, that have stainless steel inserts.

They are manufactured with virgin rubber. This allows for a smooth finish but do not be fooled by their appearance, they are a durable plate.

They have a dead bounce (dead blow) when let fall to the ground. This “dead blow” is measured by the Shore A Durometer scale (Click here for more information on the Shore A Durometer scale), which gave an average score of 88 to the Rogue HG 2.0 bumpers.

They follow the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) 450mm diameter standard with 50.40mm (approximately 2 inches) collar opening. Rogue states that these bumpers are +/- 1% of the plates claimed weight. An example would be a 25 lb plate could weigh no less than 24.75 lb and no more than 25.25 lb. Not bad in my books.

There is a 90-day warranty on the 10 & 15 lb Rogue bumper plates, and a 3-year warranty on their 25-45 lb bumpers.

The HG Price

Considered a high performance bumper, yet with budget friendly price. Rogue Fitness offers HG 2.0 sets as follows:

  • 160 LB = $275
  • 230 LB = $375
  • 260 LB = $425
  • 350 LB = $545
  • 500 LB = $775
  • 1000 LB = $1,475

Consider bumper plates like cars. Not many would argue that a Lexus vehicle is a stronger, faster, sleeker, and more luxurious vehicle than a Toyota. These are some of the reasons why Lexus’ are pricer than Toyotas. However, Lexus’ are made with Toyota engines. You may find less pricer bumpers but you do not get the reliability and durability or warranty that comes with the “more established” name.

Don’t Kid Yourself… Size Matters

The HG 2.0 bumper plates sport a thinner width than other bumpers such as the Hi-Temp. This thinner sizing allows a lifter to get more weight on the barbell at a

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time. Their widths per plate are as such:

  • 10 LB – 1″
  • 15 LB – 1 3/8″
  • 25 LB – 2″
  • 35 LB – 2 3/4″
  • 45 LB – 3 1/4″
  • 55 LB – 3 3/4″

These thinner plates will allow a lifter to get 500 lbs on a barbell. May not be a big deal to some who never want to reach those heights, but for the rest, every pound and every inch counts.

Sounds Good, But…

So what are the downsides to the HG 2.0 Rogue bumper plates? There are 2 and their both preferential.

  1. They are made in China.
    1. Rogue tends to sell the fact that they are American made and made in America, which they are for most products. But that can be misleading to some who do not look into individual products.
    2. However, most bumper plates are made overseas, no matter the company
  2. The Dead Bounce/Blow
    1. This is purely subjective. A dead bounce bumper creates more noise than bouncier bumpers and does not bounce as high (obviously).

Why the HG for your Gym – I Would because I DO!

rogue-HG-2.0-bumper-platesI thoroughly enjoy these bumper plates.

The main reason I chose these bumpers for my personal gym is because of the dead bounce/blow of the Rogue bumper plates.

  • There is not a lot of room in my ‘gym’ space. I am close to the furnace and water heater to one side and my vehicle on the other. I really did not want to be driving to work with a big dent in my door having to explain to co-workers that I was dropping my weights. I also do not care to exemplify the ‘meat head’ persona that comes with lifting to some.

They look sleek and shiny, even after multiple, multiple uses (just a nice extra).

As much as I enjoy colored plates, whether competition or not, I really enjoy black bumpers with my black rack, with my black zinc barbell. OK I do not have the black zinc barbell, but it might be in the works!

So Are These The Bumpers For You?

Maybe… Maybe not so much.

The Rogue Fitness HG 2.0 bumper plates are great plates for gyms and home gyms alike. Used indoors, these bumpers are built with durability in mind. It comes down to whether you, the lifter, prefers the dead bounce of the HG and the associated noise that comes with it, or if you prefer bouncier plates. Then again, noise was never the matter when I was lifting.

I would vouch for the Rogue HG 2.0 bumper plates, in that they are a nice mixture between quality, durability and price for what a person would need.

LET US KNOW BELOW! What are your thoughts or opinions on the Rogue HG 2.0 bumper plates? Do you perfer more bounce like a Hi-Temp?

 

 

 

 

Olympic Bar And Weight Set – A Match Made in the Gym!

Have you done any shopping online for an Olympic bar and weight set? I mean you can buy an Olympic bar and then you could buy some weights, but the best economical choice for many out there is to buy them together. Companies usually  give decent discounts when you pair one of their bars with a set of their weights, and who can blame them? It’s a business like any other, the more they sell the longer they stay up and running and the better the prices usually get for you and me.

Matching Can Be Important – Don’t Rely on Chance


A match made in Heaven, or maybe just the gym. Some websites out there allow for different types of barbells to be matched with different sets of bumper plates. Make sure you do your research and the following:

  • Find a bar that suits your needs/wants
  • Find the best pair of bumper plates that go with what you are wanting to do
    1. What do you want to do? Workout outside or inside, or both?
    2. Like bounce or a dead bounce?

What’s More Important – The Bar or the Bumpers?


Which came first the chicken or the egg? What’s more important the barbell or the bumpers? The answer is, “Yes!” They are both very important and both deserve the same amount of your time and attention prior to purchasing them.

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Different types of barbells

Barbells will, obviously, be the exponent here that the weights get lifted with. There is a lot more than just making sure your barbell is strong. Read our article here on different types of barbells.

 

The bumper plates will be the defining factor in the increase of muscles, your strength, your size, and your endurance. You need to think carefully of what type of investment you’re willing to make. Think of some of these questions:

  • Are you looking to get a quick set and it doesn’t matter if they last 6 months or a year?
  • Wanting something that possibly performs outdoors?
  • Are we working out in limited space that requires that our bar and weights do not go out a certain amount of square footage?

Top Couples on the Market

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Couples that Train Together, Stay Together!

The following are a few of the many, many, barbell and bumper plate sets out there on the market. (This is not all-inclusive and is not meant to be)

  • Rogue Fitness – offers a couple choices for Olympic barbells and weight sets on their website. Here’s a breakdown of our favorites:
    • Warrior Bar & Bumper Set
      • Rogue Ohio Bar
      • 320 lb Rogue HG Bumper Set
      • 195 lb Rogue Steel Plate Set
      • Set of HG 2.0 Collars
      • $1,225 but Free Shipping
    • Alpha, Bravo, Charlie Bar & Bumper Set
      • All come with the trademark Rogue Ohio Bar
      • Alpha = 320 lb / $795; Bravo = 230 lb / $668 ; Charlie = 160 lb / $570
      • Free Shipping
    • Rogue’s Rigs & Racks allows you to buy any squat stand or power rack or rig and add a bar and Olympic weights, even a bench. The upside with this option is it allows you to deck out your entire garage gym essentials in one order while saving on shipping.

 

  • Vulcan Strength
    • Vulcan strength doesn’t have named options as Rogue does. But what they do offer is a 160 KG Competition Bumper Plates & Bar Set
      • This set give the option of choosing any of Vulcan’s 16 barbells (at a discount compared to just buying the barbell itself)
      • 160 KG Competition Bumpers. Read more on these bumpers in this article.
      • Other options are available to add to this Bar & Plate package at discounted rates, such as:
        • Specialty Barbells 5-15% off
        • Benches and Squat Stands 7-10% off
        • Weightlifting Platforms 7% off
      • You also have 4 different options for collars if you so choose.
    • They also have a pick up in warehouse set of 305lb Bar & Bumper package for only $526.14. But…..we all don’t live within driving distance of Charlotte, NC. For those who do….. Dilly, dilly (damn commercial)

 

  • American Barbell
    • I enjoy their products but their website can be difficult to maneuver. They do offer some sets, however, for the most current pricing I would contact their Customer Support 888-473-0108.

 

  • Again Faster ( X Training Equipment)
    • They offer one barbell and bumper set. A 320 lb Elite Competition Bumper Set & 20kg Elite Bearing Bar – $1,199.00
      • Free Shipping
      • Plates are IWF standard 450mm in diameter, chrome plated steel disc inserts and a 50.5mm collar opening
      • 5 year warranty
      • Minimal bounce
  • Fringe SportOFW-bar-and-bumper-plate-set
    • Fringe Sport is becoming one of my more favorite spots to shop. At first, I will admit, I thought they were just trying to copy cat Rogue. The more I research their stuff and read users reviews, its hard not to at least, give them a chance.
    • They have 3 Barbell & Bumper Plate Sets, as follows:
      • Bar & Black Bumpers – $478 to $988
      • Bar & Contrast Bumpers – $488 to $1,048
      • Bar & Color Bumper Sets – $518 to $1,138
        • Some may not like the color scheme of Fringe’s colored bumpers, non-competition-fringesport-colored-bumpersbut these guys are not concerned with IWF color specifications. They are a focused Crossfit niche supplier who are more impressed by a Fran time than the IWF and their standards. (Disclaimer: This obviously is just my opinion 😉

 

  • GetRx’dget rx_d
    • I was not able to see any packages available on their website; however, that does not mean they will not work with you. Reach out to their support (713-460-8188 or Sales@GetRXd.com) if you dig any of their bars or bumpers.

Finances a Plus – Let’s Go Tax Return Seasonfinances-money


Earlier in this article we alluded to the question, “Are you looking to get a quick set and it doesn’t matter if they last 6 months or a year?” And here we will explain a bit more to that question.

Everyone has their own budget, and sometimes that budget can be really tight. Buy bumper plates and an Olympic bar should not be looked at as a whimsical purchase, unless your budget allows for such purchases. For most, such an expensive buy should be thought out and budgeted for.

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What does your budget dictate? Need to save for a few months before making the purchase?

This time frame where one can plan and budget should not be taken lightly. Say you say the ( mention set above) for ( not so expensive price), and you figured with your income and without going into debt, you could save for 2 months to be able to afford this purchase. Great! (I applaud someone for such patience and dedication.) However, if you find in month 2 that you are about to have enough money but ‘really, really, really want that (mention another set)’ after much research and thought, I would urge you to save a little longer and make that purchase.

Another thought on budgeting is that maybe you can afford the barbell and a cheap bumper set, a set they may break down sooner rather than later. And possibly your budget in 6 months to a year, will allow you to buy an ‘upgraded’ set of bumpers. Then go for the cheap set and get to work! Work on your technique, work on the ins and outs of certain lifts that bumper plates allow for. Then by the time you get to your nice, new, expensive set, you won’t be wasting your money by wasting your time. You would have used your time and money wisely in this situation.

A couple thoughts to leave you with here:


  • There is more than one type of Olympic bar and weight set.
    • Many variations exist. Do your research
  • Choose bumper plates, best investment one can make for their health!

    Budget.

    • The price might seem higher in the beginning, but with a little patience and a little planning, you will reap a reward greater than if you did not.

Also, if you didn’t see something you wanted, like a bar & plate pairring, from any of these sites, reach out and contact their customer support. Some of these sites, and sites not mentioned, are more than willing to put a package together for their customers. Nothing like buying your loyalty sometimes.

 

Any thoughts? Any opinions on different Olympic bar and weight sets? Maybe you’ve had enough experiences to have your “go to” set. Let us know below!

 

 

 

Where to Buy Barbells – This One! No, That One! Nope, Here We Go Again

The title may sound a bit juvenile, considering we all know the answer, “Where to buy barbells?” THE STORE or… ONLINE! Right you are to shout that out, but how much research on a bar did you do? Have you ever researched a product so much that when you’re ready to make a purchase you forgot where you were, or which online store had the best price?

I sometimes tend to be a bit of a research nut…okay, most the time, if not all the time. I will research a product until my wife thinks I am obsessed. I am, I am obsessed with wanting to be 100%, or at least as close to it, certain that is the product I want to spend my hard-earned cash on. And you should be too, unless of course you have it like that.

Now if you researched that much and went to so many websites that you forgot which store had the best prices, there are ways around that. You could dig through your PC History (yawn), you could Bookmark web pages as you visit them, or open a new tab or window for every web page you visit. Here we are going to go over a couple main staples of places of where to buy barbells. You may love them or hate them, or you may never of heard of them and this will give you something to research. Your Welcome!

Where to Buy

No more delay, let’s get started.

  • Dickssportinggoods.com
    • Ahh, got ya… You thought I was going to put Rogue Fitness or Body Solid Olympic Bar or something like that… Nope, when you figure a chain has thousands of physical store fronts across America and online shopping center, it’s not always obvious who sells a lot of barbells
  • Wal-Mart……
    • Come on man! Really?! Walmart? Yes, Wally world. They too sell weightlifting gear.
  • Amazon
    • Come on what DOESN’T Amazon sell. I’m sure they will be selling husbands and wives here in the next decade (cross your fingers they don’t, I have been factious before and it’s turned into reality)

OK, OK, OK. Let’s talk real places to buy now, although the above do offer budget friendly barbells, but usually quality suffers with the lower price.

Rogue Fitness

Rogue has steadily become an authority in barbells. And it is hard to argue with Rogue’s barbells as they are heavily reviewed, and reviewed well. They are found in many, if not every Crossfit box, as well as many garage gyms across America, Europe, and Australia.

Some of their flagship bars include:

  • Rouge Bar 2.0
  • Ohio Bar
    • Multiple variations
  • B&R Bar
  • Chan Bar

There are many others, including economical options starting around $195 (Echo Bar) all the way up to $769 (Rogue Russian Bar). Rogue offers many other bars, including Eleiko bars and specialty bars. The purpose for this section was Rogue bars only. Visit their site to view all options (which may take a while).

Fringe Sport

Fringe Sport may not have the exact variety that Rogue Fitness offers, but they offer a couple really nice barbells including:

  • Men’s 20kg and Women’s 15kg WonderBar V2
  • Bomba Barbell
  • Hybrid Barbell

Fringe Sport also offers other bars including Power Bars and Olympic Weightlifting Bars. Prices are very economical when compared to other companies. Definitely worth the look! And did I mention FREE SHIPPING on their bars?

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  • Space City Barbell
  • WOD Barbell
    • 2 Needle bearings and 2 bushings, give this bar the hybrid wanted for Crossfit workouts. Hence the name.
  • Rocket Bar
    • Bushing bar with dual marks for Olympic lifting and powerlifting
  • Stealth Bar
    • 8 Needles, 2 bushings

American Barbell

American Barbell is an outstanding company with very well reviewed customer service. Their prices may be a bit higher than some of their competition, but you’re paying for product quality and wonderful customer service. They have many options when it comes to equipment, and their barbells are no different. In fact, they have their barbells divided into 5 categories:

  1. Functional
    1. California Bar $335 (for giggles go to American Barbell, look up the American Barbell Training Bar and read the reviews, the second one down… the craziest barbell review I ever read)
  2. Olympic
    1. A few choices in this category including the Stainless Steel bar. Price ranges from $295 to $675.
    2. May be a bit pricey, but the quality is well worth it and they constantly have 5star reviews on their products
  3. Powerlifting
    1. Price range under this category is $250 to $550
    2. AB Mammoth Power Bar
      1. 29mm bar diameter
      2. Cerakote finish
      3. 210k tensile strength
      4. stainless steel
      5. bushing
  4. T-Grip
  5. Technique
  6. Specialty
    1. Hex Bar
    2. Camber Bar
    3. Safety Squat Bar

They have many great choices under each category. Bars with very nice specs and very well reviewed as well.

Vulcan Strength

Vulcan Strength offers barbells with similar specifications to every other company out there, what has them make my list is I enjoy their products. They have plenty of options when it comes to barbells including:

  • Training barbells
  • Olympic barbells
    • Vulcan Pro Bearing Olympic Barbells
      • 4 German needle bearings per sleeve
      • 225 K tensile strength (verified)
      • IWF specs
      • Chrome plated
  • Powerlifting barbells
    • Vulcan Powerlifting Barbell
      • 29 mm diameter
      • 196k PSI tensile strength
      • bright zinc
  • Techniques barbells

Their bushing bars use, I quote, “the Oilite Bushing, which is a trademarked product made only in the USA. It is made of a porous bronze material that holds oil. This is the benefit of the Oilite because as the bushing spins, it oils itself.

They also use Needle bearings or composite bushings and their bars are made in the U.S.A.!

Other Shopping Opportunities

There are many brands, types, and different specification built barbells. You could spend ages searching for the right one. Here are a couple other brands of barbells you might be interested in:

Body Solid Olympic Bar

  • Dicks
  • Academy
  • Target
  • BodySolid.com
  • Amazon

Titan Fitness

  • Titan.Fitness
  • Amazon

CAP Barbell

CAP barbell is a great starter barbell for anyone, and can be found in a flurry of places, including the following:

  • Capbarbell.com
  • Amazon
  • Walmart.com

Conclusion

As stated before, there are many brands, types, and different specification built barbells. You could spend ages searching for the right one, or you could go to countless gyms trying each different barbell out.

Figure out what you want your barbell for. Is it for powerlifting, Olympic style lifting, or both in a Crossfit type workout? Answer these questions first, then go research some of these barbells mentioned above and find your fit! Good luck!

Any thoughts? Do you have a particular company you enjoy shopping and possibly their barbells that you want to mention? Leave your comments below and let us know.

 

 

 

 

Olympic Bar Weights – But are they Standard?

Answer to the title is…..NO! Olympic bar weights may be standard in your gym, my gym and everyone else’s gym, but they are not considered standard weights.

Based on our website name, Bumper Plates & More, you may think this article is going to be about….well, bumper plates. However, Olympic bar weights are any weights that fit on the standard 2″ sleeve of an Olympic weightlifting bar, yes, including bumper weights. Come to think of it, I have never seen a standard size bumper plate, and frankly I hope I never do.

Basic Types of Olympic Bar Weights & Designs

There are some basic types of Olympic weights. These include:

  1. Bumper Plate weights

    Olympic Bar Weights, Bumper plates
    VTX Colored Bumper plates.

  2. Cast Iron Olympic weights
  3. Rubber grip iron plates

Bumper plate weights are weight plates made of rubber that contain a metal insert which is the part that actually sits on the Olympic bar. These weights are used in all Olympic lifting and are very popular in the Crossfit world. Not to mention they are just plain fun to throw around.

Cast Iron Olympic Bar Weights

Cast Iron Olympic weights are the bread and butter of the strength building world. They are as their name states, weight plates made of cast iron. They are usually the first weights found in a young man or woman’s gym and are very commonly used in and around a power rack.

Rubber grip iron plates are basically cast iron covered in a durable rubber but that also have a metal insert that makes contact with the bar, similar to bumper plates in that respect. These rubber covered iron plates are more resistant to corrosion and rust than their bare cast iron cousins. The rubber helps deaden the sound made by the weights being placed down, but are still not made to be treated as bumper plates can.

Bumper plate design is limited when it comes to shape. They do come in multiple color designs, including the standard IWF color specifications; however, they are all a circular round shape. They really cannot be anything different because their main purpose is to lifted off the ground and then dropped back on it. Drop a square on its corner and either we’re off chasing a bar filled with weights, or we are in the E.R. with broken shins.

Cast Iron and Rubber grip iron plates come in multiple variants.

  • Round basic
  • Round with open spaces for handling
    • There are many styles under this heading. Each company has found a style they produce and sell.

  • Hex (or more sided) plates

But What About Standard Weights?! – What About Them?

What about them? OK, just kidding.

standard-weightsThere are actual times that you may want standard weights and weight bar. For example, your wallet. How much do you want to invest in weights? The bars are smaller and lighter than their Olympic counterparts and make for easier storing, although Olympic bar storage has come a long way in the past decade.

One actual usage of standard plates that I would consider, is dumbbells. Standard plates and dumbbell bars give you better control with weight on them. Olympic dumbbells are a bulky in comparison and can be an issue with certain dumbbell exercises.

Standard plate designs are not as many, as their popularity just isn’t there. They are usually cast iron and are round in shape, like discs with little to no grip to them.

Why Olympic Weights Over Standard Weights? – Be an Olympian, not Standard

This may seem as a no brainer type question, but to our fellow human who wants to embark on the fitness journey, I say we owe them at least a couple reasons why.

First, Olympic weights are more universal in the fitness world. Not saying you cannot find or buy standard sized weights, just that there is a reason why you always see them on Craigslist and the like. Olympic bar weights are sturdier, in my opinion, as the 2″ (50mm) opening of the plates, hugs the Olympic bar much better than the standardized weights and their 1″ bar.

Resell. You may buy weights and realize they are not for you and that is actually a very common occurrence. I mention in the prior paragraph that you seem to always find standard weights for sale. Not that you will not find Olympic weights there either, but you will not see them for sale nearly as long as you will with the standard weights (of course asking price matters).

And the bar itself. If you buy an Olympic weightlifting bar, you can use Olympic weights, but also bumper weights without having to buy a whole new bar. The same cannot be said for standard size bars.

Conclusion

Standard weights may be a good investment for the brand new lifter, if he or she is around 13 years old, or for the starter who gets them for a very cheap price. However, I believe, you should start a child in the right direction and they will stay that direction when you leave. Give them something that will last a lifetime verses possible sand filled plastic standard plates that will last until the firs ding.

Do you agree or not? Do you enjoy standard weights? Let us know what your preference is and what YOU would like the next article to cover!

 

 

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Different types of Barbells – Ring the Bell and We’ll Serve Up the Bars

Long gone are the days of just going to the store buying a weightlifting bar and a set of 300 lb cast iron plates, going home and having yourself the same gym all your buddies had. Not anymore and not without the fitness industry’s advancement that has been made in the past 15 or so years, at least commercially to the masses. Now we have many companies competing to sell us their products, their weights, and their different types of barbells, telling us, whether truthfully or not, why theirs is the best or better. Nowadays we the consumer of the rubber and iron have to be educated in the products we believe we need to step our game up.

In being educated, we need to know what the product is, what its unique barbells-olympic-powerliftingspecifications are, and which product is going to best fit our needs and goals. Let us take a look at the different types of weightlifting bars, and some examples of each and the different specifications of each that are out there.

Olympic Weightlifting Bar

A 7 ft Olympic weightlifting bar is not just like every other weightlifting bar you see out there. So what makes an Olympic weightlifting bar, Olympic? The standard Olympic weightlifting bar has the following characteristics (as stated by the IWF):

  • 2″ or 50mm diameter outer ends (the loadable area of the Olympic weights a.k.a the ‘sleeve’)
  • 7.2 ft or 2.2m in length
  • Weights 20kg or 44 lbs
  • Grip section of 28mm or 1.1in in diameter
  • Grip section of 4.3 ft or 1.31 m

Now these are the exact measurements and specs needed to compete in the Olympics, but are we looking to do that? If you are great! But I am not and the purpose of this article is not based on those parameters. With that said, is every bar we see on the market, labeled Olympic Weightlifting Bar, a true, to the millimeter, to the ounce, sized bar? No, BUT, bars labeled Olympic bars are close enough for their intended purposes.

Another thing that makes an Olympic bar is its markings on the grip section of the bar. According to the IWF there should be 2 grip sections spaced 42 cm apart with a non-knurled 0.5 cm strip, 19.5 cm from the inner sleeve. This is slightly different from the powerlifting bar that we will mention in the next section.

A very important construction specification of an Olympic weightlifting bar is the rotation ability of the sleeves of the bar. Olympic bars are considered bearing bars, as little, multi shaped balls that fit between the bar and the sleeve or, between the outer and the inner sleeves reducing the amount of friction allowing for much more, and much smoother rotation of the sleeves during lifts. There are a few types of bearing bars including needle bearing, ball bearing and thrust bearing.

Generally speaking, the more bearings you have the better spin you will have. Ball bearing are the less expensive bearing, but perform just fine, especially for most ‘non-professional’ lifters. Needle bearing are self-explanatory, they are bearings in the shape of a needle verses a ball. They usually have a bushing within the same sleeve, giving exceptional smoothness of spin and making them more expensive.

Olympic bars bend but don’t break. They tend to have a bit more give than the upcoming Powerbar we are going to talk about. This is a good feature when you think of the purpose of these bars is to throw hundreds of pounds over your head, its good to have some give.

Powerlifting Barvulcan-powerbar

So what makes a powerlifting bar different from an Olympic weightlifting bar? Let’s start with some basic specifications of a power bar below:

  • Length is typically 84″
  • Weight is 20kg or 45 lb. This is a pretty universal weight for any bar whether an Olympic bar or a powerlifting bar.
  • Diameter is slightly larger at 28.5 MM
  • Capacity can be around 1500 lb

As you can tell from above, the powerlifting bar is a longer and thicker bar than its Olympic cousin. The power bar is also more rigid than the Olympic bar which also allows it to have a high weight capacity of and around 1500 lb.
The powerlifting bars also have different markings on the grip section of the bar. On the power bar the markings are 32″ apart, where they are 36″ on the Olympic weightlifting bar. The knurling on a power bar is also different. There is a center knurling on power bars where its Olympic counterpart, usually does not.

Powerlifting bars are used more for the power lifts (squats, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press), therefore these bars do not demand that the sleeves to spin at will like they do on Olympic bars. Because this specification is not demanded, powerlifting bar sleeves are typically constructed with bushings rather than bearings. This in turn allows the MSRP on powerlifting bars to cheaper, sometimes much cheaper than Olympic bars.

Specialty Weightlifting Bars

To go along with Olympic weightlifting bars and powerlifting bars are an array of different types of barbells, specialty type weightlifting bars. They each have a designed purpose/function and can be a great asset to anyone’s gym and training regiment. Some of these bars include:

Multi grip – Diversify

 

 

Trap bar – More than just traps

 

 

 

Safety squat bar – For us older folk, but not really

 

 

 

 

 

Chambered bar – The oddball squat bar

 

 

 

 

 

Curl bar – For those cannon balls just below those boulders

 

 

These specialty bars and more will be covered in greater detail in an upcoming article.

Your Home Gym Needs a Bar – But Which One?

There are many types of barbells, but there are two main different types of olympic-weightlifter-lifting-weightsbarbells found in every gym, every garage. Olympic weightlifting barbells and powerlifting barbells, and which one is it you want? Are you wanting more Olympic style workouts or are you more of a Westside type lifter looking to max on the big compound lifts? Or better yet are you looking to do both and want something like a hybrid between both?!? Figure out want you want to do and go that route, there is a bar for that. Want to do both and have both an Olympic bar and a powerlifting bar? Great! Just have a nice pocket book and make it rain and watch them gains!

Let us know what you think about your preferences on bars below. Do you prefer one over the other, one brand verses the next? Let us know what you would like the next article to cover!