A barbell is a piece of exercise equipment used in weight training. It consists of a long bar and where plates (weights) can be placed at either end to increase the weight.
Barbells range in length, weight and size, but the most common Barbell is the Olympic size Barbell. This is usually 7 ft in length and weighs in at 45 lbs (or 20kg).
The central portion of the bar varies in diameter from 25 millimeters (0.98 in) to 50 millimeters (1.96 in). Barbells are most often engraved with a Knurled crosshatch pattern to help lifters maintain a solid grip. The “sleeves” at either end of the barbell are usually 2 inches in diameter. Collars are used to prevent plates from moving outward unevenly so that the lifter does not experience uneven force.
The idea of lifting weights to increase strength and physical composition can be traced back to the beginning of recorded history. There is much to be read on the web about Strength Training so I won’t go any further with this.
I personally love the Barbell, and Basic Barbell Training. It is Strength Training at its purest form. With a proper Barbell you can perform the Big Four Compound Exercises (see other section regarding the Big Four).Through the addition of plates you can directly and accurately control the resistance, judge your strength, and monitor your improvements. The Barbell enables you to work on Basic Compound Movements, (movements that involve more than one joint), and are the movements that will give you the most “Bang for your buck” time-wise.
Once you get used to hearing the clatter of plates being loaded, Barbells being moved around, it is difficult, in my opinion, to not get addicted to Barbell Training.
There are many other ways to perform weight training, from machines to dumbbells to kettle-bells and body weight training. All these forms, when properly executed under a well-planned program, will reap benefits. Only the Barbell, however, can offer you total and complete control of progressive poundage, enabling you to accurately monitor increased performance. Under the guide of a proper coach, barbell training offers people of all ages one of the safest and most effective way to get stronger, change your body composition and be overall more effective in life.