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Nic Branson 02-05-2014 04:44 PM

Worth upgrading from a Pendlay bar?
Hello all and thanks in advance.

I'm new to Oly work, getting coaching from Gary Valentine here in CT. Not new to strength work, which has been helpful and also a hindrance as I can still power more than I can do properly so the need to throttle back early on is a constant.

I'm about 150lbs these days (down from 198 when competing before) and lift on a Pendlay Bearing bar. The new ones. Train on it 3 days a week. Using a beater for squats etc.

I have the ability thanks to a new training client to possibly upgrade to a Werksan or Eleiko training bar. Do you think the upgrade is worth it?

I am undecided on competing. I'm thinking I will but not to seriously as for me it is cost prohibitive with a new baby in the house. I'm also 35 now with my share of dumb injuries.

Keith Miller 02-05-2014 08:37 PM

If you're not set on competing, then I would not upgrade, unless you really want to. While both Werksan and Eleiko are better bars than the Pendlay bearing, it's not that much difference. However, if you were going to compete, then it could be worth it as that's likely what you'll lift on in a meet, Master's or local. The big differences include center knurling, although it's pretty negligent, and sleeve spin (pretty much unmatched).

Nic Branson 02-06-2014 03:35 AM

Thanks for the info.

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