Weights Essay

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ArticlesExercise Strength Training 7 Different Types Of Weight Lifting Bars by Stephen Bergeron, CSCS, CPT | December 4, 2013 | Updated: February 5, 2014 | 1 comment EmailPrint Friendly and PDFPrintShareEmailPrint Friendly and PDFPrintShareTypes-of-barbells When it comes to strength training, the barbell will always reign supreme for the big lifts. But, with more and more interest in strength training, some gym owners are starting to stock their facilities with specialized strength equipment. If you look around your gym you might see different types of barbells and oddly shaped bars that aren’t getting much use. Specialty barbells come in all shapes and sizes so that you can add variety to your training, supplement your big lifts, and in some cases, allow you to work around limitations or injuries1. In this post I am going to guide you towards selecting the right bar for your goals and experience level. 1) Standard Bar Types-of-barbells-1 If you’ve ever performed a barbell exercise in a commercial gym, this is probably the bar you are accustomed to. Power bars are the most common type of barbell. They’re typically 7 feet long and fairly rigid, though they do bend a bit when heavily loaded. They vary greatly in quality as well as the amount of weight they are able to support. Most bars are made from American steel and its quality can be the difference between a good bar and a bad one. Some steel has the ability to bend a bit and rebound, which is known as the bar’s “whip.” Bars also have a grooved or “knurled” part that allows you to get a better grip on the bar. The knurling on cheaper bars tends to be smoother, which doesn’t allow for optimal grip. These bars are best for traditional strength and power exercises such as the bench press, squat, deadlift, overhead press, Romanian deadlift or bent-over row. Most power bars can handle anywhere

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