I got a new bar. My old one bent. It was a cheapo from Sports Authority.
I got a Hampton. It is rated at 700lbs. Paid $189 for it.
The collars spin very smoothly and don't rattle around like some of the cheaper bars there did.
The rings on it are 32" apart. The rings on my old bar were 29.25" apart. The inside of my rack is only 35" which means that the widest I can get my grip for bench is ring finger. That leaves just enough room for the pinky to wrap around the bar. I've been looking for a new rack but nothing has come up on craigslist for months. Until I get a new rack I guess I won't be able to go to middle or ring finger.
The new bar is fatter than my old bar so it should be interesting to see how that affects my deadlift grip on Friday. It is as fat as the bars are when I go to a gym so I guess the correct thing to say would be that my old bar was skinny.
It weighs 43lbs. I don't understand why they can't make every bar weigh an even 45lbs. Don't need no stinkin' standards I guess. For that matter, the rings should be the same on every bar.
The new bar is quite a bit wider than my last bar. This means that it hangs over the pins quite a bit on the outside of the rack. I was able for the first time to squat with my hands out at the collars. Wow. What a difference. The weight felt lighter on my back. I swore it was easier to keep my back tight in the hole and on the way up. I felt more balanced.
Anyways, I'm excited. Been wanting a new bar for a while so thought I'd share my first lifting experience I had with it today. I hope it lasts me a long time and serves me well.