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    Weight Lifting Bar Question

    I am in the process of buying home gym equipment and have a question. I am looking at two different weight lifting sets. There is a $200 difference between the two. After looking at reviews is seems that the cheaper one is has a 35 lbs. 7" long weight lifting bar instead of a standard Olympic size 45 lbs 7' bar. My question is, is if this should be a deal breaker or not? I am not a power lifter, my max bench would be 225 lbs and I don't do squats, cleans, or dead-lifts. I think I can get away with the 35lbs bar but, I seek others options.

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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Get the standard Olympic bar set.
    More durable/stronger.


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    Re:Weight Lifting Bar Question

    I agree, standard Olympic is worth the extra $$$, along with that, you should start doing squats, cleans, and deadlifts.......



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Olympic would be easier to sell if you ever decided to get rid of it as well


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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    i found these forums, they might help you descide on what you want.

    So I just weighed my "45lb" Olympic Bar... - Bodybuilding.com Forums

    Comparison of different bars? - Bodybuilding.com Forums

    you didnt mention the diamater of bar as a main concern but i figured id give you this link as well and see if it helps in your decision.

    How “Thick Bar Training” Will Greatly Improve Upper Body Strength



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by jburke View Post
    I agree, standard Olympic is worth the extra $$$, along with that, you should start doing squats, cleans, and deadlifts.......
    +1,000.

    Not sure why you even need a bar if you're not doing squats, cleans or deads.



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by cy1010 View Post
    +1,000.

    Not sure why you even need a bar if you're not doing squats, cleans or deads.
    I was never shown how to properly do a clean or dead lift. I know good form is important for those. I don't do squats anymore because of my high school football coach and trying to squat way to much than I should have done.

    Looks like I will go with the Olympic size. Thanks guys.



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    They'll both be able to handle the laundry that it'll be holding a month from now.



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    They'll both be able to handle the laundry that it'll be holding a month from now.
    well just so you know the washer & dryer are on the first floor and my weight equipment will be in the basement



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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Daserop View Post
    well just so you know the washer & dryer are on the first floor and my weight equipment will be in the basement
    Maybe you should move the weights upstairs then. Basement seems like a silly place to keep your clothes.


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    Re: Weight Lifting Bar Question

    I got my entire olympic set used for cheap and it includes the 45 bar. I just thought I'd throw that out there. It isn't like these weights wear out. If you can find a used set, you may save some $$.


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