T Nation

Olympic Barbell Question


#1

I’m putting together my own equipment set from Craigslist and contacted a seller about a bar. I asked him what the max load on the bar is and he said he does not know but knows it is fully rated. Problem is I have no idea what this means and I’ve never had to buy any equipment before and sure don’t want to overpay for a lousy bar. Google hasn’t helped me either. Does anyone know what fully rated means for a barbell?


#2

Fully rated for what? How can someone know that and not know what that rating is.

Buying bars off craigslist is a crap shoot.

Having said that, a cheap bar may serve you well, for a while anyway. Depends on how much you are lifting.

I’ll add that your bar is not the piece to be saving money on, if you can avoid it.


#3

When you go look at the bar, check out how the sleeves spin and put 120kg on it. If it bends, stay away.