I am looking to purchase an olympic bar. I have been using a standard bar for cleans and snatches, but I think I need to upgrade to the real thing.
I have found a number of bars locally (in Australia) but would like some opinions on a few things:
The bar I am looking at has a 1500lb rating, and has thrust bearings instead of brass sleeves, so it should spin quite freely. The only concern is that it is 32mm thick, instead of the standard 28mm. I have large hands, so I am pretty sure I will still be able to get a good hook grip on it, but I am in a different state and cannot test it before I buy.
The next option is a 1000lb rated one that is 30mm thick.
I will not be using anywhere near the weight limit of either one of these and am leaning towards the 1000lb’er due to the slightly thinner handle.
I know thick bar work is good for deadlifts etc, but I have no experience with that for olympic lifting. Any comments or experiences are most welcome.
Also, do I really need the thrust bearings, or is a standard sleeved bar adequate?