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Old 05-16-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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I've only seen one of these on the Internet.

Weightlifting Bar: 7 Foot Standard (1 Inch Dia.)

It is a longer than standard 1" Diameter Exercise Bar (7' Vs 5').

It lets you use a wider grip for some things and lets you pile on more plates—and at about $60 its way cheaper than an Olympic Bar.

I'm wondering how strong it is.

I don't like the idea that the first time that I decide to Squat 400-500 Pounds that my Bar will have a permanent bow like the Squatting Bar in the YMCA in my Youth.

Also, for someone who thinks that they may Squat fairly Heavy...

One can order 1" rods of 4140 or better yet, 4340 Chrome Moly cut to length...

It would almost certainly be Stronger. Probably more costly as well.

And is 7' the Ideal length?

How long is an Olympic Bar anyway?

Would 7.5' or 8' be even better?

Which is harder on the Bar?

Heavy Squats or Heavy Deadlifts?

{I'm guessing the Deadlift—and since my Deadlift is considerably less than my Squat...}

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #2
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I would doubt a bar like that is built for more than 200 pounds.

My 500 pound capacity bar cost $249, and my 1000 pound capacity cost $349.

7 foot is normal for an Olympic bar.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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If anyone is interested:

Here is 1" (or 1 1/8" for someone wanting to make their own Olympic Bar...} 4340 Chrome Moly.

It bothers me that the exercise bar in question weighs 18.5 Pounds.

They give the weight per lineal inch (2.6659 Pounds/Lineal Foot) and with a little calculating you can specify a custom length that will weigh exactly 20 Pounds.

Order Alloy Steel 4340 Round in Small Quantities at OnlineMetals.com

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BIG PS: The Chrome Moly Bars may be the way to go for someone wanting to make long Dumbbell Bars or Something.

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I have a couple of 1" bars, different lengths, but I knew that I wasn't going to be lifting major loads so was happy to go for those over an Oly barbell; plus, at the time, there was no way to get one here and there isn't now either.

The other issue with the 1" bars is that the diameter sometimes strays and plates of a supposed 1" won't always fit a 1" bar, I've read of numerous people that have purchased plates only to find they are too tight to go on the barbell; it's a company gimmick, by having a slightly incorrect 1" barbell, you have to buy their plates etc.

I was fortunate, I bought all the plates up at the shop, they have no more and won't be restocking...small island, not worth their time etc.
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There's a 1" bar made by York called the "Beefy Bar" that's 7 ft long and can take 150 kg load, its the strongest I've seen for a standard bar.
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It's hard to tell you to not get a good bar. The bar is the center of everything. The nicest piece of equipment I own is an "economy" bar from Roque, which still spanks any bar you'll find in a normal gym. It bows a little with anything over 300lb, but I've had over 500 on it and it's incredibly solid. I used it for every PR lift in my signature. Also the best knurling I've ever felt, period, of any bar I've ever used. I got it for $200 and it was absolutely money well spent.

Before you skimp, just remember that the bar is the center of everything you do.
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I feel the best solution would be a good Olympic Bar...

But then unless you buy the over-priced accessories like Dumbbells meant to hold Olympic Plates, you have to have to inventories of Weight Plates.

Cambered Curling Bars, Trap Racks, Parallel Grip Bars, etc.

They may not be essential—or even that great—but I'd probably want them eventually.

I'd like to have a set of Solid Dumbbells going up to 150 Pounds—First Choice; 100 Pounds Second Choice and 75 Pounds Third Choice.

I can Weld and Operate a Lathe...

And if I had money enough to really furnish a First Class Home Gym—I would prefer to buy Plates and Weights and Solid Bars and make my own Dumbbells.

{Knurling my own Dumbbell Handles.}

Wouldn't save any money to speak of—might actually cost more—and I'd be out my time and effort...

But that's what I prefer.

I don't remember my Grandfather, but he was a Sign Painter.

My mother inherited his huge Easel and took on a few Sign Painting jobs when I was young.

She used my Plates a few times to hold something down...

For years afterward I had splashes of Fluorescent Lime Green; Orange; Yellow; Blue; Violet; etc. on my Plates where the Spray Paint had hit them.

If I ever get my ideal Home Gym—Each Plate; Solid Dumbbell; Kettle-bell or whatever...

Gets Spray Painted with Bright Happy Fluorescent Colors!

I'd also like some Graffiti Art on the Walls like CT Fletcher's Gym has.

Don't care for the idea?

Cool—but that's what I'd like...

And maybe several UV Lights...


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