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Old 12-27-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Question Power rings

Can't find anything online very useful detailing the purpose of the "power rings" on barbells and if they signify or dictate anything in competition or training.

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They mark the maximum grip width for benching in competition. You must have at least one finger covering them.

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Good to know. Do they vary between barbells, or are they all the same? I swear they were farther out on bars at my old gym than at the new one.
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81cm is far apart they are. I believe they where originally meant as a guide for hand placement in the oly lifts.
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My gym has some cheap horrible bars and the rings vary on them quite a lot. I messed my bench session up a few weeks ago when I didn't realise I was far wider than my normal grip. Silly mistake
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Good to know. Do they vary between barbells, or are they all the same? I swear they were farther out on bars at my old gym than at the new one.
I have 2 quality barbells at home...a 1500 pound rated with a thicker handle and a 1000 pound rated. They are the same, but I have noticed when I train away from home some of the cheaper bars don't seem to have the same spacing.

Doesn't surprise me. Every plate I own has a different diameter.
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very useful info thanks guys!
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so all this considered, a grip with the pointer finger on the rings is the widest legal grip?
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