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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Will the length of the barbell affect your lifts?

    Quick question, I have the Texas Power Bar now. Still haven't had a chance to use it yet because I need to put together my rack, and clean up some more space. I'll definetly be lifting at home though by or before friday of next week. I checked the length of the bar at the gym I go to now, and there 5' for sure because it's smaller then me. The Texas Power bar is 7', will the extra length affect my lifts in any way? I was thinking about it, and it would seem that it would make it harder to bench, but Im not to sure, would it?

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    It will make all your lifts easier. It will have more flex/bend to it.
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    A 7 foot bar is what any serious lifter should be using. And it should help., like Deeder said a longer bar will have more flex.
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    From an simplified engineering point of view, it will make no difference. As posted above, if deadlifting the added flex will make it a little easier. It's really not an appreciable enough factor to worry about while benching.

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    OK, thanks guys. I didn't think of it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    It will make all your lifts easier. It will have more flex/bend to it.
    This could possibly help your deadlift, but I don't see how it would be beneficial for your squat and bench?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete22 View Post
    This could possibly help your deadlift, but I don't see how it would be beneficial for your squat and bench?
    Thats what I thought too Won't a smaller bar make it easier because you can control it better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian999 View Post
    Thats what I thought too Won't a smaller bar make it easier because you can control it better?
    From what I got from it, I think it's comparable to say... Having a person sit on you [i.e. short bar], instead of having a person lay across you [long bar]. The weight is more easily distributed and flexes more over the bar instead of being focused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian999 View Post
    Thats what I thought too Won't a smaller bar make it easier because you can control it better?
    If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it. You now have an awesome bar that'll last you a lifetime, and it's a standard length so there's no need to sweat the small stuff.
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    How can you get your hands on the 5 ft bar to squat? That's just crazy since the distance between the collars must be 3-3.5 ft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusWild View Post
    How can you get your hands on the 5 ft bar to squat? That's just crazy since the distance between the collars must be 3-3.5 ft.
    Im not too sure, there still a little space to hold onto the bar, but not too much. Thats the longest bar they have though Im sure I'll notice a differene when I use a bar thats 2' longer.

    I see Pete, in any case I'll just get used to it, and it'll last me.

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