Women's PL/olympic bar with center knurling

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations - Other Training-Related' started by Chrisdavisjr, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Chrisdavisjr

    Chrisdavisjr Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    I'm looking at acquiring a (hopefully affordable <£200) women's 15kg powerlifting/olympic bar with center* knurling and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations (preferably from within the UK/Europe). I've looked at Wolverson and York and neither offer a center-knurled 15kg bar.

    Bulldog Gear have one but it's a little expensive and I'm not even going to look at Rogue. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

    *We spell it 'centre' in the UK but I decided to go in favour (or should that be 'favor'?) of the majority and spell it in the American style. You're welcome :D
  2. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Forum Administrator Senior Certified Instructor

    @Chrisdavisjr, why do you want center knurling, if I may ask? I notice that _not_ having center knurling seems to be a selling point, and I don't know why that would be, either.

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  3. Anna C

    Anna C More than 5000 posts Elite Certified Instructor

    It's nice to have center knurling for back squats, because the bar sticks better to the back.

    It's nice to not have center knurling for cleans, because it can be abrasive to the skin of the neck.
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  4. Chrisdavisjr

    Chrisdavisjr Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    It's weird, isn't it? The bar would be for a lady friend of mine who likes to squat: She's comfortable enough squatting with a 20kg 28mm bar but she has small hands so it would be nice to have a slimmer bar so she can deadlift and press a little easier.

    Maybe bar thickness doesn't make as big a difference as I think it does.
  5. Anna C

    Anna C More than 5000 posts Elite Certified Instructor

    The slimmer bar can help with small hands, but you can do without it for press or deadlift. Most of my women trainees use the thick bar for these, even those with small hands. It becomes more important if you need to have her hook grip for deadlift, or clean or snatch.

    But the weight of the bar is another factor -- a lot of women have a hard time pressing the 20kg bar to start with, or using that as a first warm-up set. So it's nice to have a lighter bar for that.
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  6. Chrisdavisjr

    Chrisdavisjr Quadruple-Digit Post Count

    @Anna C I'm starting to think that any good quality powerlifting bar might fit the bill as the lady in question is already quite a strong presser. I'll keep shopping around and report back if I find anything really good.
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