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Old 10-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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We have quite a selection of different olympic style bars at my gym. I was just curious in the reason why there are so many? I just guessed that some are used for lifting heavier weights? They're all about the same length, some are larger in diameter while others are either chrome or black. I have noticed the black one seems to be used almost always for bench pressing and is the smallest in diameter, while the chrome ones are generally used for deadlift and squats. The chrome ones are 45.5 lbs and the black one is 43.5 lbs. I have never been able to catch a manager or personal trainer in there to ask due to me hitting the gym before or after their 9 to 5 schedule.
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Honestly, the only real difference between bars is diameter, weight, and how flexible or whippy they are. I'm picky about my knurling, and if I get to make a decision on my bar I do it based on that. There are also women's olympic bars that are usually 30lb. When you get into higher end bars you can also choose from different coatings. There's chrome, nickel, and powder coating, and some even like a raw steal bar.

A more whippy bar tends to help people lift more weight. That's why some powerlifting feds don't allow bars like the texas power bar. On the deadlift a specialized bar can add quite a bit to what someone can lift if you know how to use it correctly.
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How does the knurling effect what you are doing?
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I have noticed that the chrome ones have a more pronounced texture or sharper knurling than the other one. I wonder if it would benefit me more to use it over the black (probably powder coated) bar?
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Honestly, the only real difference between bars is diameter, weight, and how flexible or whippy they are.
This is true to a certain extent.

But,..

Some bars are designed for specific types of lifting.

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This is true to a certain extent.

But,..

Some bars are designed for specific types of lifting.

I'll post up a few examples shortly.
I just wanted to point out that I said that...not that it matters, lol.
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How does the knurling effect what you are doing?
I just like small but aggressive knurling. It gives me the best grip without shredding my hands. Just a personal thing.
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Here are three manufacturers of bars. Read through each and you will see that they make bars for specific applications. Weight ratings are different for different bars, as well.

http://www.eleikosport.se/en/46/cate...t=0&bs=1&pc=56

http://www.muscledriverusa.com/Pendl...lls_c_288.html

http://www.capbarbell.com/Bars/1inch.html
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Better grip...also can be a way to quantify quality of the bar...

A have a Texas squat bar and is 8'...don't bend or whip like the Texas deadlift bar. Like others said...specification of what you want to do.

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