My Olympic Barbell





My Olympic Barbell

Below is a photograph of my Olympic Barbell, resting on the hooks of my power rack with the safeties in a position that enables me to safely perform the bench press. The barbell is straight and it is thinner in the central section (where you put your hands to lift) and at the ends it is 2 inches in diameter to accommodate the Olympic weight plates. The end of the bar is able to rotate independently of the thinner central section (see the second photo) of the bar because there are bearings inside the fatter ends. This makes for a nice smooth lifting action.
Photograph of my Olympic Barbell

The Olympic barbell is a most essential part of your home gym because it enables you to do the big lifts: squats, deadlifts, shoulder press, bent-over rows and bench press from a light weight all the way to many hundreds of pounds, subject to the rating of the bar. My bar is rated to 770lbs (350kg), and you need to make sure that when you buy your barbell that it will accommodate your strength goals. Olympic bars can be rated higher, often around 1500lbs (680kg) and higher, but as the rating increases, so too does the price due to higher grade steel.
Photograph of my Olympic Barbell


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