Originally Posted by Arden Cogar Jr.
Is there a difference between comp bars and traditional bars? I honestly don't know. I know the woman's comp bar is smaller (in circumference) and lighter. But that's about it.
Women's bars, whether training or comp, are 15 kg and 25 mm thick; men's are 20 kg and 28 mm thick. Comp bars are IWF certified - but good training bars will meet the IWF specs anyway (e.g. Werksan, Eleiko). Comp bars also usually have deeper knurling - more than you want to train on daily - it will shred your hands.
Here is that video
- I think it was a Pendlay bar, but I'm not 100% sure. Either way, that's a 150 kg CJ - it bent pretty badly during my warm-ups and for 130, 140 and 150, it was hanging up pretty bad during the turnover, and I could feel it trying to roll away on my shoulders when I was preparing to jerk.
It felt all right when I was snatching - a little tighter of a spin than I would have liked, but not as bad as other bars.