What to look for in a barbell?

What to look for in a barbell?

Published by Jarrod Riches on 5th Apr 2017

What to look for in a barbell?

The first thing that you need to decide when choosing a barbell;

What is its purpose?
Will I do overhead drops?
Will I use it solely on the bench press?
Do I have clients using it that are beginners?
What type of training do I enjoy?

There are several factors that need to be considered. We have barbells that suit various needs, and here is a quick runthrough of what you should be looking for.

Olympic lifters and Crossfitters will need a bar with good whip, comfortable knurling, and a needle bearing system in the sleeves. This helps the sleeves spin smoothly, and also absorbs the impact during drops, which in turn increases the life of your bar. We have bars available in our MA1 Elite Competition Series Barbell which come in either a chrome or black shaft.




MA1 Elite Competition Bars
Bar Length 220cm 202cm
Shaft Length 131cm 131cm
Shaft Diameter 28mm 25mm
Sleeve Length 41.5cm 32cm
Weight Rating 2000lbs 1500lbs
Tensile Strength 215k 215k
Bearings 8 Needle Bearing system 8 Needle Bearing system
Beginners looking to start with the conventional lifts: Deadlifts, Squats and Bench press, can consider a bar with brass bushes in the sleeve, these do not absorb the impact of drops very well, hence making them ideal for these three lifts. The ideal bar would be the MA1 Olympic 15kg, 6ft 500lb Barbell.
MA1 Olympic 500lb Barbell Specs: MA1 Club 500lb Bar
Bar Length 182cm
Shaft Length 106.5cm
Shaft Diameter 28mm
Sleeve Length 35cm
Weight Rating 500lbs

How about some less conventional bars?

Planning on training the arms a little bit more? An Olympic Ezy Curl Bar is a fantastic way to eliminate strain on your wrists and elbows that can occur from curling a straight bar. The multiple grip angles can help with various other exercises including: Skull crushes, Rows, upright rows, tricep presses and more.

MA1 Olympic Ezy Curl Bar

Alternatively, a Tricep Olympic Barbell is an awesome way to work on your hammer grip exercises. Perfect for overhead tricep extensions, close grip chest press and overhead presses, bicep curls and more. A perfect way to focus your workouts on target areas. Increase forearm strength, and overall power making it a great addition to any gym

MA1 Olympic Tricep Barbell

Give us a buzz on  03 9706 5292 or shoot us an email at admin@ma1.com.au to find out more info on any of our quality bars to find out what is best for you. Remember that if you are in the fitness industry, we can set you up with an wholesale account - click the banner below for more info. If you are only purchasing for yourself but are looking to put in a large order - do get in contact with us to see if you are applicable for a package quote!

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