Guidelines

Guidelines for correct use of barbells

These guidelines are intended for anyone who is directly involved in the use of barbells by Authentic Barbells. Use Authentic Barbells barbells exclusively in combination with high quality bumper plates and an appropriate surface.

Doubts or questions? Please do not hesitate to contact the Authentic Barbells team.


1.       When choosing a barbell, it should be taken into consideration what exercise the barbell will be used for, regardless of the barbell’s maximum load   capacity. An Olympic-grade barbell could theoretically be suitable for bench presses up to 400 kg, however, it could be that these barbells are not   recommended for heavier point load (such as squats and deadlifts). More information on this topic can be found in the paragraph “Point load”.

2.       Regular Olympic barbells are only suitable for fitness purposes. For sports that truly aim at physical strength, such as power lifting and CrossFit, special barbells such as the ones provided by Authentic Barbells are required. Regular Olympic barbells are not built for absorbing the forces that are released when dropping the barbell. The bearings on these barbells often come loose and the barbells itself are prone to bending. For overhead exercises, cast iron or rubber weight plates should never be used. When a barbell with such plates falls, the barbell will almost always permanently be bent, even from a drop from minimum height.

3.       Never drop a barbell on safety bars or emergency supports. This sometimes occurs when the barbell is used for squats or rack pulls in a cage or rack. In addition, the barbell should be placed back in a rack or on the ground with caution. Failing to do so could result in permanent damage to the barbell.

4.       Always remove all weights from the barbell after using the barbell. Barbells should not be stored or put away with weights on them, even if it is for a short period or if the weights are light. 

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Care and maintenance of the barbells

The knurling (the rough part of the barbell) can be cleaned by use of a nylon brush in order to remove dirt such as skin residues or magnesium powder. Never use a steel brush for these purposes, since this could damage the barbell’s coating. A high-quality nylon brush with sturdy bristles is ideal for cleaning barbells. It is especially important to clean the barbell’s knurling if magnesium powder is frequently used during exercise. This is due to the fact that magnesium powder absorbs moisture, which could lead to the buildup of rust within the knurling.

Barbells by Authentic Barbells have a chrome coating and require little to no maintenance. Chrome coatings have a high rust resistance. Periodically cleaning the knurling should be sufficient. In addition, barbells by Authentic Barbells are equipped with self-lubricating bearings and do not require frequent relubrication. When relubrication of the bearings is in fact needed, it is advised to use a lubricant such as non-cleaning oil or grease. Take off the barbell’s sleeves to check whether oil or grease was used to as lubricant, and use this same lubricant to lubricate the barbell again.