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Max. Load On a Standard Bar

Hey guys and gals, i was wondering if anyone knows just how much weight a standard 1 inch thick 7 foot long chrome bar can take?

till now i’ve used my 6 foot steel bar, but i was in Dicks sporting goods today and saw a 7 foot and got it for laughs.

Now i load up 200 and it looks like its bending a fair amount. Now granted this could be due to the fact that im used to looking at a 6 ft bar so obviously the load is closer together and bends less. So the real question is, if i put 350-400 lbs on it am i risking it snapping?

Uh, no. A standard 7 foot long, 45 lb Olympic barbell can handle loads of over 800 lbs.

Yeah but its a standard, so no big ends. Just 1 inch long the whole way. I dont know if it’s the exact same with the standard size ends, or if it’s thinner or weaker or what.

Here is a link to it cause i don’t know if im explaining it well.

http://www.thesportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=5975&cp=710956.710958.693994&clickid=mainnav_browse_txt&parentPage=family

try to find out what the bar is rated at. most crappier bars are rated at 1000 lbs but you can see them bend at 300+ sometimes. Most bars made for powerlifting are rated at 1500lbs (texas power bar).

I’ve found the 1000 lb bars will start bending at 3-400 lbs. The 1500’s are a little more expensive but much more durable for heavy lifting.

[quote]Nate_0_raid wrote:
Yeah but its a standard, so no big ends. Just 1 inch long the whole way. I dont know if it’s the exact same with the standard size ends, or if it’s thinner or weaker or what.

Here is a link to it cause i don’t know if im explaining it well.

http://www.thesportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=5975&cp=710956.710958.693994&clickid=mainnav_browse_txt&parentPage=family[/quote]

Good advice by everyone to try to check out the rating. I’m not sure about the quality of this particular bar.