Free weight exercise is more popular today than ever before. Cost, versatility and quality of workouts are all reasons customers are buying free weights and free weight equipment. Outside of the weights, the other essential to any free weight workout are bars and Body Solid is a great source for free weights and bars of all types.
- 7′ Olympic Bar – Black Finish
- 30mm Dia at Grip, 51.5″ between collars
- 600 lb. Capacity, 44lb bar weight
First off let me say this is a quality bar for the price. It’s built like a Mack truck and for home use is more than adequate for any Power-lifting (bench pressing, back-squatting, and Deadlifts). I can’t give it five stars because there are however several problems with the way this bar is portrayed on Amazon. Issue one it is not like any of the pictured bars. The sleeves are not pinned but held in place with an Allen bolt not uncommon but not good for “Oly” lifting either as the bolts tend to come loose with repeated drops using bumper plates. Sometimes Loctite or a Lock washer can alleviate this. The bar itself is almost 32mm in diameter which is huge for an Olympic bar. Regulation bars are 28mm and if you’re used to them the difference is beyond noticeable. The knurling which is described as medium is more like cheese grater sharp and will have to be filed or machined down to prevent hand ripping. Also though the bar spins with ease the large diameter and sharp knurling pretty much prohibit Olympic Lifts. All in all a good bar for the money and great build quality. It arrived in only 4 days with a light coat of machine oil. Be warned though this bar is probably not your best choice for CrossFit or Olympic lifts if you’re an experienced athlete.
I was between this one and the all chrome/metal bar. I picked black because I’m a bad a** and thought it would add a mental edge as “Mike’s All Black Olympic Bar”. I assume Batman would have the same one. Unfortunately you slide some plates on and off with some wieght clips and the black paint starts stripping off and makes a mess on your hands/floor. It’s kinda not worth it unless your making a ninja weight camp in the woods or something. The bar is still perfect weight, structure, durability… all the stuff you would ask of a steel metal bar.
Most important, but often overlooked is that there is knurling on the center of the bar. This is an indicator the bar a powerlifting bar. It does not ‘spin’ like an oly bar spins. It does rotate, but it does not ‘spin’. It may not be noticeable for people doing very light cleans or snatches (#135 and less), but it is noticeable up the ladder. You will pick up slight rotating momentum on the bar if you roll it during a snatch, punch up, clean or backsquat (if you fold a lot). Works perfect for deadlift and most squats from the rack.
The allen bolt holding the collar on will need tightening every couple of workouts.
The thing is a monster though, it is quite capable of being an important piece in a garage gym and will serve someone starting out fairly well, just know that when you get ‘up there’ you will want a proper bar for your oly lifts.