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RussianRocket
07-27-2006, 09:01 PM
This is a silly question, but i figured i'd ask. Maybe there is an interesting story behind it. Why is the poundage on the olympic 45, instead of 50, or some other number. Does this have to do with math? or just random number that has stuck around?

Built
07-27-2006, 09:11 PM
I think it was from the conversion from kg. 20 kg is approx 45 lbs.

Natetaco
07-27-2006, 11:42 PM
that is correct. Most of the world uses the metric system, america is one of the only countrys that uses pounds.

PhilsterT
07-27-2006, 11:50 PM
I think the real question is: Why at my gym are there bars that are 35s, which look just like the 45s?

Burntoashes
07-28-2006, 12:12 AM
Just to make you think you've become stronger xD

BigCorey75
07-28-2006, 12:27 AM
yeah its an old convert from the metric system, ive wondered the same thing for a whle until i looked it up and found out why

Guido
07-28-2006, 08:31 AM
That's the same reason the big plates are 45's. BTW, most squat bars are 50 or 55 lbs. At one of the gyms I go to, the oly bars are 40 lbs. Go figure.

bjohnso
07-28-2006, 10:24 AM
I think the real question is: Why at my gym are there bars that are 35s, which look just like the 45s?

I'm always worried I'm going to accidently use a 35lb bar and set a new PR, and then strip the weights off and realize it and go home and kill myself.