Barbells

The good news is that you don’t have to lift bulky stone weights but can put together your barbells to suit you and your needs and exactly according to the material, weight, length and features you require. You can find the right barbell here – take a look!

A large assortment of barbells

There is a huge variety of barbells: long or short, straight or curved and with a diameter of 30 mm or 50 mm. A barbell to match a person’s level of performance, training location, personal preferences and goals is considered to be necessary basic equipment for all weight training sessions. A barbell can be fitted with weight plates as desired and the weight selected according to the different muscle groups you want to train. Barbells are therefore ideal for effective and varied whole-body training and are an essential piece of equipment for all home gyms.

But what features should a good barbell have? What are the differences and how do length and hole diameter affect a workout? Which bar is best suited for regular workouts at home and what should you look for when choosing a barbell to take to the fitness studio?

Barbell length

The length of a barbell has the greatest influence on training. The dead weight varies depending on the dimensions of the bar and when weight plates are added, this gives the total training weight. In addition, the total length has an effect on the sleeve length on which the weights are attached on each side and the grabbing length of the shaft in between. In general, a distinction made between dumbbells (shorter) and barbells (longer).

Dumbbells:

Dumbbell bars are usually available in practical sets of 2 so you can perform an upper body workout simultaneously on both sides. They are available in 3 lengths (35cm, 42 cm, 51 cm) with a net weight of 2.5-5 kgs. Despite their short length, the maximum load capacity is between 100-136 kgs depending on the model type.

Barbells:

Bars measuring 120 cm and above are categorised as barbells. These are available in 8 different lengths (120 cm, 130 cm, 150 cm, 170 cm, 180 cm, 200 cm, 218 cm, 220 cm) and have a maximum load capacity of 60-680 kgs. The longer the barbell, the higher the dead weight. When choosing a bar for home training it is important to consider the size of the training room and the width of the barbell rack or bench.

EZ Bars:

At a length of 120 cm, EZ curl bars belong in the barbell category but its special shape makes it significantly different to classic straight bars. Due to its curved shape, the bar is ideal for training arms in a way which is easy on the joints. Depending on model type, they weigh between 7-10 kgs and have a maximum load capacity of 180-272 kgs.

Hole diameter of the weight bars

The sleeve diameter indicates which type of weight plates can be loaded on the bar and corresponds to the diameter of the hole in the plates. Generally, a distinction is made between standard and Olympic sizes. Both types are available in short and long bar versions.

Standard barbells have a sleeve diameter of 30 mm and can be loaded with all common 30/31 mm weight plates. The weight plates are compact in size which makes loading and changing the plates particularly easy. In addition, standard plates are easy to store which makes them ideal for home training.

Olympic bars have a sleeve diameter of 50 mm and are suitable for weight plates with a diameter of 50/51 mm. Olympic plates have a lower weight tolerance and are larger than the standard version, which is why they are more often used by bodybuilders and triathletes in professional weight training. These bars are fitted with ball bearings as they can be loaded with much heavier weights. Ball bearings have the advantage that the bar balances itself and offers stability even if loaded with extremely heavy weights.

Dumbbell and barbell collars

The different types of clamping system are available for both dumbbell bars and barbell bars. In principle, a distinction is made between screw on and clamp on collars.

Barbell bars with clamp on collars have a smooth surface on which the weight plates can quickly and easily be attached and changed. Spring clamps are simply pushed onto the weight sleeve and prevent the plates from wobbling around.

Star collars require a thread to screw onto. This type of fastening takes more time, but provides a better hold for the weight plates. The thread prevents lateral slipping and offers a high level of safety during weight training which is especially important for weight lifting beginners.

Tips:

Wherever you work out, at home or in a fitness studio: length, sleeve diameter and type of clamps are important factors to get the right when choosing a bar and can significantly determine the effectiveness of your weight training. When increasing the training weight, it is important to include the weight of the bar in the total weight. Since the dead weight of the bar can vary depending on the model and supplier, it is important always to find this out. This information will help when you make your regular weight increases and ultimately lead to effective and controlled muscle building.

Dumbbell bar set: with spring clamps or star collars, short or long

Simple but effective: dumbbells consist of a bar with two weights attached to the ends. Depending on their size, you can use dumbbells to intensify your aerobic training, improve your fitness and also to build up specific muscle groups in bodybuilding. We have short dumbbell bars for you to improve your spring and bounce power, your muscle development and coordination. They are available in sets of different sizes and with spring clamps so you can change the weights during training quickly and easily. Longer dumbbell bars are used for free and overhead exercises or for exercises using heavy weight plates. These have star collars to fix the weights securely to the bar. But what are the advantages of dumbbell exercises? The whole body is trained because different muscle groups have to work together at the same time. By the way, you will not only find a large selection of barbells in the Gorilla Sports online shop, but also a wide range of other accessories including weight plates to choose from.

Dumbbell and barbell bar length: from dumbbell bars to barbell bars up to 218 cm long

Whether for in the fitness studio or your weight room at home: dumbbell bars will normally be part of your basic equipment. We can supply you with the right bar to suit whatever the focus of your weight training. Bars are available from 35 cm to 218 cm long, with different types of clamps, neck padding or specially shaped bars such as curl bars or triceps trainers. Are you unsure about which is the right bar for you or which weight plates you should have? Simply contact us and we will be happy to help you.  

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