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Olympic Barbell Review and Shopping Guide by Blue Shell. (Part 1)

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Welcome to the Olympic and Powerlifting Barbell Review. If you’re in the market for a quality barbell, or you’re looking to learn the basics of barbell construction, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a man, woman, or youngster; or whether you’re looking for an Olympic bar, Power bar, CrossFit bar, or just a general purpose bar, you will find information on a large selection of the bars currently on the market. With any luck, this article will help you find the perfect bar for you and your garage gym.

Welcome to the Olympic and Powerlifting Barbell Review
Best Olympic Barbells 2019 for Gym & Home Gym Reviews

In an effort to stay current with new equipment and to keep up with changing prices, this page is updated regularly. Last update: Mar 2019 (minor revisions, corrections, and price updates; removed the AB Super Power Bar (discontinued), added Wonder Bar 2, Ohio Deadlift Bar.


Barbell Guide Table of Contents

• Understanding Barbell Specifications (intended for new lifters)

• The Barbell Review & Shopping Guide

  1. Dual-Marked / Multi-purpose Weightlifting Bars

  2. 28 mm Olympic Weightlifting Bearing Bars

  3. 28 mm Olympic WL Training Bars (bushing)

  4. Power & Deadlift Bars

  5. Youth Bararbell set

  6. 15 kg Women’s Olympic Bars (links to separate article)

• My Top Bar Picks



Barbell Differences for Men and Women

Barbell’s are not the same for men, women, and junior lifters. They vary in weight, shaft diameter, and in some cases overall bar length. Most bars are 20 kg men’s bars, but many major manufacturers offer a women’s version of their more popular bars. Below are the typical specs for each type:

• Men’s Barbell: weighs 20 kg (~44 pounds), has bar shaft of 28-29 mm, and length of 2.2 meters (7.2 feet).


• Women’s Barbell: weighs 15 kg (~33 pounds), has bar shaft of 25 mm, and a length of 2.01 meters (~79 inches). The reduction in overall length comes off the sleeves.


• Youth Barbell: weighs 10 kg (~22 pound) , has bar shaft of 25 mm, and length of 1.52- 1.7 meters (60-67 inches. The reduction in overall length comes off the sleeves.



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