So I have a rickety, ghetto basement gym and only use 1-inch hole plates. When I started buying my own gear I was young and broke, so equipment from Walmart and Fitness Depot was all I could afford.
I have a pretty nice 1-inch barbell which has lovingly served me thus far, but it’s only rated for 250 pounds, and now that I’m regularly squatting and deadlifting above and beyond that, I’ve started noticing the bar is beginning to bend ever so slightly.
Before my bar warps to the point that the plates start sliding off, I’d like to get a new 1-inch bar so I don’t have to spend money on plates all over again (if I were to buy an Olympic bar). I had found a 1-inch bar last year that was rated for something like 1000 lb, but can’t remember who made it. Does anyone know of any 1-inch bars that’ll fit the bill?