Decent squat bars are usually 55 lbs. However, if you compare one to a regular 45 lb or 20kg bar (for example, a texas power bar or an ivanko), there is no mistaking one for the other. A squat bar is usually a little longer between the sleeves, the sleeves are a little longer and the bar is noticably thicker. If you put 700 on a 55 lb squat bar it will just barely flex andwill have very little whip to it. A 45 lb bar- especially an Ivanko- will whip like a motherfucker with that kind of weight.
Right, I have a 20kg ivanko bar. It whips a lot. When you squat big, it feels like the bar is just wings on your back and you’re flapping your wings to take off!
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I have to say, I really don’t like squatting with the Ivanko bar. It’s a complete dream to pull with, but a disaster to squat with, imo.
The best all round bar that I’ve used are the Leoko comp. and training bars!