What is a Barbell?

It’s hard not to ask yourself “What is a barbell?” if you aren’t familiar with lots of exercise equipment. Well, fortunately, the answer is pretty straight forward. A barbell is a long metal rod or bar to which weights (disks) are attached at each end and used for weightlifting. The weights on either side of the bar should always be the same mass, otherwise you could easily be injured. It is a serious piece of exercise equipment, used for building the upper body.

Barbell Uses Include:

  • weight training,
  • weightlifting
  • Powerlifting.

In addition to this there are straight standard bars as well as curved bars which are designed with the purpose of curling in mind.

Barbells can be 4 feet (1.2 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) in length. However, bars in excess of 7.2 feet (2.2 m) are normally only used by powerlifters.

A barbell can be used with a bench or without one, but when you use a barbell without a weight bench and you lift it you are performing what is referred to as a “row”.

Barbell rows are very different depending on the kind of workout you are trying to ascertain. One of the most popular rows is a bent over barbell row, which is can be seen being performed in the photo provided in this article.

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