View Full Version : bamboo bars?

01-14-2010, 11:14 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!

01-15-2010, 12:25 AM

01-15-2010, 08:30 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.

01-16-2010, 08:05 PM
i love using this bar, use from time to time

01-16-2010, 11:04 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.

01-17-2010, 01:08 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 ?

01-18-2010, 10:20 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.

01-18-2010, 10:34 PM
So you wouldn't get the same effect using a normal bar than hanging some weights with bands on the collars.

01-19-2010, 12:52 AM
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

01-19-2010, 09:32 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.