Buy Olympic bar and rubber coated weights?

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Buy Olympic bar and rubber coated weights?

Post by jonbey » Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:40 am

I did some Olmypic lifting last month and plan to carry on training at home. I already have a 7 foot standard bar, so just need some bigger discs - I think.

Are standard size rubber coated discs (like the Bodymax Standard Rubber Weight Plates) OK for Olympic lifts, specifically for dumping the bar? Or should I invest in a new Olympic bar and weights?

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Re: Buy Olympic bar and rubber coated weights?

Post by robertscott » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:33 am

as far as I know, any bar will work with rubber plates.

you might want to put some rubber down on your floor too

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Re: Buy Olympic bar and rubber coated weights?

Post by stuward » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:11 am

It sounds like you have a "standard" bar which is a 1" diameter. For Oly lifts, the bar has to rotate. An Olympic bar has rotating ends for that reason. If you're going to make an investment into rubber plates, you may as well spring for a 2" bar. You will want to go there eventually anyway and these plates won't fit. You can sometimes get a package deal on a starter set.

http://www.treadmillfactory.ca/p-907-c- ... e-set.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

That set is in Toronto but you get the idea.
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Re: Buy Olympic bar and rubber coated weights?

Post by Jungledoc » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:50 pm

For floor matting, go to a farm supply store and buy rubber matting that is intended for the floor of horse trailers.

For your equipment, if you don't care that it looks fancy and new, go to Play It Again Sports and buy used, or look for stuff on Craig's List (both assuming that you live in the US).
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