If you are into weightlifting and using a barbell, then you are actually using the best equipment that will make you really strong and work hard. If you do barbell exercises, you will be able to work on every major muscle groups in your body. In barbell exercises all your will need is a simple barbell, a set of weights and a workout bench. Barbell exercises only need a small space so you can do it almost anywhere like your home the gym of any place where there is space.
If you are considering buying a barbell you should be aware that there are many different types available in the market. The type of exercise and lifting you will be doing should determine the type of barbell you should purchase.
Most of us have seen a standard barbell. It is basically, a straight steel pole. Most barbells have a length of seven feet, and weight 45 pounds or less. In both ends and in the center of the barbell are grooved sections while the rest of the sections are smooth. To lift the weight you grip the center grooves. The weights are kept in their place since there is a small notch that prevents them from sliding to the center. These are not bendable barbells. Workouts like bench press, deadlift, overhead press and squat uses the standard barbell. Those who have a higher skill level and are already very strong use more specialized barbells.
Olympic barbells are used for the snatch, and the clean and jerk. These are the two main Olympic lifts. Although they are only smaller by 1mm in diameter from the standard barbell, there is a big difference that it gives to your grip strength. There is only a slight variation from the standard bar. The were designed for Olympic athletes. It supports their weightlifting demands while enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury.
Hex or Trap Barbells are commonly used for deadlifting and an alternative to the straight bar deadlift. The load for this type of barbell is not off center but is placed in line with the user and this makes for its popularity. This puts less stress on the lower back curve. If you have a back issues, then this type of barbell is for you.
Trap barbells has four sides and is shapes like a trapezoid. When a trap barbell is used, you stand inside of it and lift with your arms at your sides. Leg power is important with trap barbell exercises. When you use the trap bar, your center of gravity shifts and so it is less stressful on your joints.
Safety squat barbells are made for beginners or a casual lifter. Lifting become more comfortable because the bar has shoulder pads attached to it that rests on your shoulders.