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Old 06-05-2007, 11:49 PM   #11
Rick Deckart
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While I agree that it is not wise to spent to much, I have to ask how much is a good bar worth? Well i would say it depends, how long do you want to use it, a schnell or eleiko bar will easily hold decades (although both companys give only a five year warranty). The best bet is to buy a good quality used barbell, if you can find one. The Ivanko is my second barbell, I bought a very cheap set six or seven years ago. When I started the olympic lifts some three years ago I discovered that the chrome was to slippery for any prolonged save work. So I bought the Ivanko. Although I can do anything with it, I would rather prefer to own a schnell, eleiko or even ligo. Summing bar one and two together I could have bought a schnell barbell (not a full set) in the first place. Would be long amortisated by now. But back then I thought that I would never ever deadlift 140kg... in other words buy quality that will last, spent the money on the pendlay olympic lifting barbell and buy some cheap rubber composite plates or bumper plates (but then you will need a platform).
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:12 PM   #12
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never knew a bar could cost so much. i plan to get a Pendlay and some bumper plates, seems like prices are pretty even across the board. anyone give a xfit or performancemenu discount? cheers
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:25 AM   #13
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You can buy the bumper plates used, which is much cheaper and works just as well if you don't mind the look. If you don't have a platform and don't want to build one I would consider rubber composite plates instead. These can be bought used too.

I did a little research on the pricing of these barbells, will add the list in due time. For me it makes perfect sense, these are high quality pieces of equipment which last, in other words if somebody bought one he will be set for a long time. Unless he drops the barbell with iron cast plates there is little wear on the bar. Even rust is no problem except for the look. So the manufactures will never be in a position were they could mass sell these bars. In case of the IWF approved bars, which are the most expensive, those manufactures have to pay a fee for this approval which is expensive and of course they won't give these approved bars away without getting parts of that fee back.

And one last remark, I believe it is better to lift with a shit bar than not to lift at all. And sure as hell you can and will make progress with a lousy bar as well. But having lifted with a shit bar, a decent bar (ivanko) and excellent bars (eleiko, schnell) I am certain that a good quality bar is an important component of the training.
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:41 PM   #14
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i'm keeping my eye out for some used bumper plates. thanks for the helpful information. stay strong, tyler
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