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.

Protection Maintenance For The Sleeves

Protective coating spray (maintenance)

To make the sleeves less likely to wear out, so that the color will be presented for a longer time. We decided to added a protective coating spray in our maintenance protocol. It concerns a transparent acrylic protective layer.

How to apply:

  1. After use, the surface will be dirty and that can be seen in black / gray parts on the sleeves. Please press well with your thumb over the surface (dirt) or scrape it light away with the nail. You will notice that the dirt will come off and that the color comes into the grooves of the sleeve. 

  2. Make the surface of the sleeves fat / oil free by means of a degreaser (Dasty).

  3. Dry the sleeves for a short moment or take a towel over it, so that there isn't any dust on the sleeves.

  4. Shake the aerosol upside down for 2 min

  5. Spray the sleeves from a distance of 30 centimeters

  6. Apply the layer well and evenly

  7. spray the aerosol empty upside down 

  8. Then let it harden for 2 hours, preferably a day.

  9. After a day you can grease the sleeves again with oil such as WD40

  10. For intensive use 2 times per month and standard once a month

After using the barbell with bumper plates, there will always be dirty parts on the sleeves. These can be easily removed with a good rubbing of the thumb, the color becomes visible again. Iron on iron always cause deep wear and tear, although with good maintenance the color lasts longer remains beautiful. After longer use, the color will come in the grooves of the sleeves, this is also the intention. With your help, you can speed up the process by removing the dirt immediately and rubbing the color in the grooves. Therefore it is important to get the color in the grooves during the first months by pressing and rubbing. It is also important to clean the rings of the bumper plates once a month, as they accumulate a lot of dirt. You could possibly sand this so that it becomes smooth and put a cloth with wd40 on it over it, so that it slides easily over the sleeves.