A Guide to Buying Barbells
If you are into weightlifting and using a barbell, then you are actually using the best equipment that will make you really strong and work hard. Barbell exercises help to develop the major muscle groups in your body. A simple barbell is all you need for your barbell exercises plus a set of weights and a workout bench. You can do it almost anywhere – in your home, in the gym, or anywhere you can space a small space.
If you are considering buying a barbell you should be aware that there are many different types available in the market. You should buy a barbell that will fit the type of lifting and exercises that you will be doing.
Most of us have seen a standard barbell. It is basically, a straight steel pole. Most barbells have a length of seven feet, and weight 45 pounds or less. There are grooves in the middle sections and end sections of a smooth barbell. You grip the center grooves to lift the weight. There is a small notch on both sides so that the weights do not slide to the center. These types of barbell don’t bend. They are used for different workouts like bench press, deadlift, overhead press, and squat. More specialized bars are used by those who have high skill levels and are very strong.
Doing snatches and clean and jerks make use of the Olympic barbell. These are the two main Olympic lifts. You develop a different grip strength with the Olympic barbell although they are only smaller by 1mm in diameter from the standard barbell. There is only a slight variation from the standard bar. Olympic weight lifters use this type of barbell. With an Olympic barbell their performance is enhance and the risk of injury is injured.
Hex or trap barbells are used of deadlifting and as an alternative to the straight bar deadlift. The load for this type of barbell is not off center but is placed in line with the user and this makes for its popularity. The lower back curve is not stressed with this type of barbell. Lifters with back issues choose this type of barbell.
There are four sides to a trap barbell which looks like a trapezoid. In the use of a trap barbell, yo need to stand inside of it while you lift your arms at your sides. Leg power is important with trap barbell exercises. There is less stress on your joints using a tarp barbell because of the shifts in your center of gravity.
Safety squat barbells are made for beginners or a casual lifter. Lifting become more comfortable because the bar has shoulder pads attached to it that rests on your shoulders.