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    Olympic bar questions

    Bought some Olympic plates today for when my sitting calf machine comes in. Thought about getting an Olympic bar while I'm at it for doing deads and shrugs. What length bar is right for those two exercises? How about the diameter of the bar at the knurled part?

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    Pretty sure the lenght is 7 feet and knurling is either 1 3/8 or 1 1/8"
    Make sure the bar is tested for 1000 lbs or more because the cheaper ones can bend with 400 or 500 hundred on them
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    Thanks. Anybody have any recommendations about where to get one? Academy and Oshman's didn't have one today without buying a complete weight set. How about buying one on the internet? Are there certain brands to look for or avoid?

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    Not sure how cheap these are for you but there are a few different models at http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...p?m=LN&cid=104 The shiping is fast from this place.
    Best Meet @ Lifts@181:...............Best gym lifts
    Squat...- 403..........................Squat....- 395 w/belt
    Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
    Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
    Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench

    "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" Robert F. Kennedy

    "A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up"

    "However beautiful the strategy you should occasionally look at the results" John Berardi

    Powerlifting Westside Style

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    Yea get a good one; the ones at my gym bend big time at like 350lbs. Lucky for me I dont lift very much. Although its probably old and people use it 365 days a year so...

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    Galyans sells bars...

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    It has been my experience that the quality of weightlifting equipment at Galyan's....sucks. I bought (4) 1.25 pound standard plates and NONE of them weighed 1.25 pounds They were all off by 3-6 ounces - a lot when you're dealing with such a small weight. If you have a Fitness Gallery nearby, that is the way to go.

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    Thanks for the info, everybody.

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    You can find 1000 - 1500 lb. capacity olympic bars but they are very expensive. You could get olympic adapters and use your olympic plates with a standard bar.

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