Back in the day, a barbell was the only equipment you could attach to weights when doing a deadlift or squats. With advances in industrialization, we now have different types of bars fitness enthusiasts and gym goers can use in their cross-training sessions. The bars come in different weights to make weightlifting more effective and productive. In this article, you’ll learn more about the specifications of four types of bars found in modern gyms and fitness centers.
How Much Does A Bench Press Bar Weigh?
Bench press is a type of workout that allows you to use your pectorals to lift a specified weight as you comfortably lay flat with your back on a bench. With this exercise, you can build your tricep, shoulder and chest muscles. Bench press bars help facilitate standard and Olympic weightlifting activities. Each of them differ in weight with the Olympic one weighing 45 pounds while the standard one weighing 33 pounds.
The Olympic version, which is seven foot long, is used during Olympic weightlifting competitions. Though most gyms and fitness centers have the standard version, it’s possible to find an Olympic bench press in these facilities. You should always use proper techniques to prevent back injuries and ensure you can lift the bench press bar before adding weight plates.
How Much Does An Olympic Bar Weigh?
An Olympic bar is a metal bar used in Olympic weightlifting by both male and female athletes. The men’s version weighs 45lbs (20kgs) and measures 7.2 ft (2.2 m) in length. Its outer ends have a diameter of 2.0 in (50mm) while its grip section has a length of 4.3ft (1.31m) and a diameter of 1.1 in (28mm). The bar can hold up to 500lbs of weight plates.
The women’s version of the Olympic bar weighs 35lbs (15.8kgs). Both bars help test human ballistic limits such as explosive strength. The order of the Olympic weightlifting competitions depend on the lifters. Competitors lifting lower weights go first with an option of lifting the weight again or switching to a heavier weight if they’re unsuccessful.
How Much Does An Easy Bar Weigh?
Also known as curl bars, EZ bars are long metal bars with angled grips at the center used for either Olympic or standard weightlifting activities. An Olympic curl bar comes with angled sections for placing your hand to minimize stress on your wrist joints. It can allow you to exercise your triceps and biceps from diverse angles unlike regular barbells, which restrict the position of your wrist. A standard curl bar is shorter and lighter than an Olympic EZ curl bar.
An Olympic curl bar has a length ranging from 47 to 52 inches and a weight ranging from 18 to 25 pounds with 2-inch sleeves suited for 2-inch Olympic weight plates. A standard curl bar weighs between 11 and 13 pounds. You can use both bars for tricep extensions and rows. Curl bars are more effective at activating elbow muscles than dumbbells.
How Much Does A Trap Bar Weigh?
A trap bar (also referred to as a hex bar) is a hexagonal or diamond shaped tool popularized and invented by Al Gerard (a renowned powerlifter) for weightlifting. Al invented the tool to help weightlifters whose lower back injuries prevent them from doing shoulder raises and deadlifts. Since it derives its name from the trapezius muscles, it helps train the muscles connecting the shoulders to the neck. A trap bar comprises of a bar stock (the diamond-shaped part), coaxial stub-bars (for holding weight plates) and handles (for lifting the tool).
Just like an Olympic barbell, a trap bar weighs 45lbs (20kgs). An XL trap bar weighs 55lbs (25kgs) while a conventional one weighs 30lbs (13.3kgs). Though most hex bars found in fitness centers weigh 45lbs, it’s important to measure or ask the weight of the one you have.
The key to getting the most out of a weightlifting metal bar is to always consider its size range and your ballistic limits. Different types of bars have different weight standards. Observe the safety measures outlined by the proprietors/managers of the gym you usually visit or the manufacturer of the metal bar you’re using.