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thewicked
01-14-2010, 10:14 PM
where do you get them?

i've been using banded kettlebells to add instability to my benching lately but that bar looks better suited for sure!

thanks for the info!

Pete22
01-14-2010, 11:25 PM
http://www.westside-barbell.com/specialty-bars/

Paulie
01-15-2010, 07:30 AM
Not to try and take money out of Louies pocket but you can make a pretty decent facimile out of a couple lengths of pvc pipe. We put a 1" lenghth of Schedule 80 pvc pipe (the grey kind. Hardware store will know the difference) inside a lenghth of 1 1/4' pvc. Glue caps on the end and your set.
We use it alot for stability training but also for shoulder/upper body rehab.
It weighs in more than the bamboo pole but gets the job done.
The whole rig probably cost no more than 40.00 to make.

Good luck.

1400total
01-16-2010, 07:05 PM
i love using this bar, use from time to time

HICK
01-16-2010, 10:04 PM
Stay tight when u get to use one. If u don't you 're going for a ride. I actually made one from schedule 80 pvc my self and it works great. I have hung lil over 200lbs. with out any problems yet. I got to make another one 4 old SILVERHAWK. I haven't 4gotten.

h.t.hall
01-17-2010, 12:08 PM
How much weight could this hold before it breaks ?
And if anyone has used this for a complete cycle,does it improve your lifts or is it just a tool for variety ?

HICK
01-18-2010, 09:20 PM
I asked a engineer at the farm I help at and he crunched some numbers and sayed the one I made should b good for 400lbs. I've only had like 215 on it so far and had no signs of breaking. I know Mike Wolfe did 400lbs for a few reps with one of Louie Simmons bamboo bars at West Side.

bulldogs702
01-18-2010, 09:34 PM
So you wouldn't get the same effect using a normal bar than hanging some weights with bands on the collars.

douglasoh5
01-18-2010, 11:52 PM
Idk if anyone has ever mentions this but a guy where i lift made a thing like this for benching....he calls it the slosh bar....its pretty much a 7 or 8 ft thing of pvc pipe with it about 1/2 filled with water and caped the ends. he put the bands on there just like a bamboo bar. It really resembled the bamboo bar if not harder. just an idea for some ppl who want to save some cash

HICK
01-19-2010, 08:32 AM
I used to use just a regular bar w/bands, it does have some of the same effect but not near as dramatic. To my understanding and Travis Bell could better answer, its supposed to strengthen your stablizer muscles and help u stay tight through out your lift. I've been doing them after my speed work and doing high reps such as 15-
20. The bamboo bar is a lot of fun.