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Aaron Clarke 10-09-2012 12:27 PM

Bar Thickness
Hello all,

I'm just making this thread to ask if the thickness of bar matters. Recently a new gym has opened near me and has 4 Olympic platforms, but the bars are 30mm but they still have spinning sleeves which is good. Should I train with these bars? Or find somewhere else to train? Note: the bars are Jordan barbells.



Blair Lowe 10-21-2012 11:42 PM


I found that and I found a few listing for 7 foot Olympic bars from 150-200+ F (francs?)

Sounds like an entry level bar.

30mm is pretty thick. If you have smaller hands, hook grip might be an issue. The difference in the feel and whip of a bar is a lot different when you go from 30 to 28mm most of the time.

I find it odd they have not 1 or 2 but 4 Olympic platforms but went for some super entry level bars.

Train with what ya got. Maybe sneak in a bar that is better in due time.

Aimee Anaya Everett 05-04-2013 10:51 PM

It will really matter if you plan on competing. The transition will be rough!
Also, hook gripping will be hard and it definitely will be a disadvantage when trying to maximize on your snatch and clean & jerk.

While it is not ideal, it is doable.

Also, if they don't spin well and you find they are locking up, it can cause a lot of problems in your wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Just a thought!

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