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Thanks largely to the popularity of CrossFit, Olympic lifting is more popular than ever before. Olympic bars aren’t the same as other barbells, they are specifically designed to flex to allow for the explosive movements of the clean, jerk and snatch. The knurling on Olympic bars is 36” apart (as opposed to 32” on a powerlifting bar).
Whether you’re just starting out and are looking for a beginner or training bar, or you are an athlete after a competition-standard bar that meets International Weightlifting Federation or specifications, we have the perfect Olympic bar for you.
There are so many options when it comes to choosing your bars and plates and we want to help you pick the right bar to suit your budget and level. Here are the main things you need to look out for:
Olympic bars come in the following different sizes:
The tensile strength of the bar determines how much weight the bar can hold and is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch).
Some competition bars go up to 215k PSI, but for general lifting purposes, 150k is usually enough for your average lifter.
Bushes or bearings?
The end sleeves of Olympic bars rotate and some bars use bushes to facilitate the rotation, others use bearings. Bushes are usually used for high end bars and produce a smoother and quieter action on the sleeves.
Dual purpose bars
Some bars are categorised as “dual-purpose” bars and these hybrid bars have both the necessary strength for every-day powerlifting but also the flex for Olympic movements and dual knurling. They are popular with commercial gyms and CrossFit boxes.