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Can a good oly bar make a difference???

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2014/12/20 13:13:38 (permalink)
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Can a good oly bar make a difference???

I normally train at home with a cheap oly bar (came as part of a set) that is a bit bent now.  Last week I managed 100 x 5 x 3 on flat bench.
 
Today I went to the Muscle factory and started my first workset of 100 and it felt really light (to the point I thought it probably was).  I manged 10 reps.  I then thought ill add some weight upto 110.
 
So today I managed 100 x 10, 110 x6 110 x 5 100 x 7.  So clearly a big improvement in just a week??
 
I questioned a guy in the gym and he said it wasnt light and was most likely down to the bar being very stiff and not losing any energy in the bar flexing.  It was a strength shop bar.
 
So can a bar make this much of a difference. If so I know what i want for xmas!!
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    northumbriman
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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/20 13:28:54 (permalink)
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    A good bar is like any other kit you use and it will make a difference. If your bar at home has a bend permanently it will be causing your grip and support muscles to work overtime to compensate against the weight shifting in your sets. A better bar will have allowed you to utilise more of your strength for the actual lift thus improving your performance.
     
    In the gym I use there are three oly bars. 2 have centre knurling and a third which is smooth in the the centre. I hate squating with the un-knurled bar as that little extra feeling of grip against my back makes about 3-5kg difference.
    Similarly the oly bars get trashed and I have to make sure I tighten the bar ends before I lift as when they have been rattled loose the little bit of movement on the ends can slightly throw a lift off. Not massively but just enough to lose a rep from a balance issue.
     
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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/20 13:49:41 (permalink)
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    The opposite can also be true.  I am able to DOH/No Straps deadlift far more with an old bent olympic bar than I can with a decent straight bar, as the bend does a nice job of stopping the bar from rolling!  

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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/20 14:30:28 (permalink)
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    For squats not so much.
    For dead lifts yes, advanced bars have some flex or "whip"
    I would keep an eye on the bent bar.
    I train with a slightly bent bar myself, but will change it if shows signs of bending too much.

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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/21 16:52:52 (permalink)
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    Yes a good bar will always help.
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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/21 17:04:05 (permalink)
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    Assuimg the weights aren't off (quite normal).

     
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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/23 11:28:00 (permalink)
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    ^^^^ good point Mobster, I only recently checked out the price of fully calibrated weights.. Frightening prices.

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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/23 12:40:28 (permalink)
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    And assuming it's not one of the shorter bars which weigh closer to 15kg than 20kg.

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    Re: Can a good oly bar make a difference??? 2014/12/23 15:13:19 (permalink)
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    stinking_dylan
    And assuming it's not one of the shorter bars which weigh closer to 15kg than 20kg.


    It wasnt a short bar as it wouldnt of fitted on the oly bench.
     
    Although after some research Strength Shop do sell a "womens" oly bar that is the same length but only 15kg.
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