Olympic Bar Opinions Needed
While cruising around the internets last night, a pair of squat stands caught my eye on Amazon. After an impulse click or 2, they're on their way to me and I need to figure out what I'm going to do for a barbell and weights. And a bench.
I've definitely determined that I want an olympic bar/plates setup. What I'm wondering is whether I need a 7-footer.
The condo I live in is small, as am I. I hope, but doubt whether I'll ever squat 315 or deadlift much over 400#.
There are some 6-foot (and even 5') olympic bars that claim to be rated for 600 pounds.
I do occasionally perform "jerky motion" types of lifts (cleans, etc...). But not with anything much greater than my body weight (135#).
The stands are independent. So I can move them as close together or far apart as necessary.
So, what length barbell do I need, and any suggestions where to get a good deal? I know of a semi-local place that I'm sure has good prices, but I don't want to go in there undecided and walk out with something far beyond my needs.
go with the 7 footer. then you won't regret not having enough bar for whatever you're doing. also, there is that place near my house that you could check out. that's where i got mine, and the prices are great.
Yeah, the Hulk's brother's place, right? I'm gonna give them a call once they open at 11.
I was sort of hoping there would be a concensus of the 6 footer being okay, mostly due to space concerns.
haha! yeah, the hulk's brother's place... he's a nice guy. not green though.
Go for the 7 footer The bar can be leaned in a corner when you aren't using it.
I'd recommend a rogue fitness bar.
Just get the 7' bar. There's only 4.3 feet of grip on one anyway, so even for a smaller guy, shortening it may be an issue.
Alright, I'm eventually getting a 7-footer. Probably CAP Barbell OB-86B. The Rogue is a bit out of my price range, and probably more bar than I need, all things considered. Thanks to all for the input.
No worries. The funny thing about bars, though, assuming you don't just exercise for 6 months and quit, is that you always go up in weight eventually
I started with a standard bar (hey, I had plenty of standard weights for dumbbells from my childhood). But when the deadlifts got to 400lbs, the frown the bar would make (literally) was scaring the **** out of me.
You can get a good rogue fitness bar for ~$200 IIRC.
Right now ,the Rogue Economy Bar is on sale for $199 (no, I don't work for Rogue ) as part of a closeout sale. I'd jump on it. It is standard Olympic size and weight.
That bar isn't actually available. That price was a closeout price on an old model, and it's sold out.
I'm not a novice lifter, I'm just a novice equipment owner. The amount I can lift isn't going to go up by that much. If it does, I won't mind the expense of a $300 bar, but I can't swing it at the moment.
I'll shut up now Sorry about the bad link, I didn't actually pay attention to see if it was all sold out.
Originally Posted by RichMahogany
Enjoy working out at home, I certainly love it! I'm more motivated at home than I ever was in a gym.
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