How much does an Olympic Barbell Weight?
In general, an Olympic barbell weighs 20 kilograms or 44 pounds. This is universally rounded up to 45 lbs for simplicity. Some Olympic barbells weight over 65 lbs and tend to have heavier weight capacities because of it.
But what about other types of Barbells? Don’t they vary based on what you are using? And how much should your barbell be able to hold?
Let’s find out!
How Much Does A
Safety Squat Bar Weigh?
As you can see from the Safety Squat Bar, it makes Squatting much more enjoyable and comfortable to do. This guy gets it!
A standard Safety Squat Bar weights around 70 lbs on average. This is due to the handle and yoke that Safety Squat bars are known for.
Because Safety Squat Bars weigh more than a standard barbell, they tend to be stronger than any other run of the mill bar you might find in a commercial gym. If you have a choice between a crappy gym bar and a safety squat bar, pick the
If you want a solid Safety Squat bar that doesn’t have the flimsy yoke that moves around while you’re doing the movement, go with Rogue. They have some of the best bars on the market and I’m surprised just how cheap there’s is for the quality that you’re getting.
How Much Does A Hex/Trap Bar Weigh?
When it comes to the Trap or Hex Bar, the standard weight actually varies quite a bit! Some of them weigh 45 lbs, 55 lbs, 65 lbs, and even 75 lbs.
So when in doubt, just buy a bar and track each of your movements the same. Each bar weighs 45 lbs and the extra weight doesn’t matter much at all.
Plus, for tracking your training it’s a much smaller headache I promise.
If you want something built like a tank you can go with Rogues.
Most trap bars I looked at only have a weight capacity of 500 lbs, this was too little for me which I will get to in a little bit. I wanted a Trap Bar that was rated for at least 1,000 lbs and that’s what I got. For the money, I can’t imagine getting a more quality bar.
However, when buying a Trap bar, make sure the sleeves are long enough to hold the weight you plan on lifting. If all you have are basic bumper plates you might have a hard time loading it up.
How Much Does A Standard Barbell Weigh?
Standard bars are smaller in all dimensions compared to powerlifting and Olympic barbells. The biggest difference is the diameter of the collars. They only allow for smaller 1-inch plates to be used, unfortunately. Also, because they tend to have a smaller diameter on the barbell length, they are nowhere near as strong as Olympic barbells.
Even if you’re a brand new beginner, I would never recommend lifting with a standard barbell. It’s not worth the risk whatsoever. They can weigh anywhere between 15-25 lbs, which should tell you why they’re less durable.
I’ve seen some standard barbells that are rated for up to 500 lbs but I wouldn’t trust that at all.
As cheap as standard bars and plates are, you would think they’d be more popular, right? The safety concerns with these smaller diameter standard bars are too much to take lightly.
When in doubt, stick to Olympic plates and barbells. They’re more durable, allow you to lift more weight, and keep you safer. Please don’t make a mistake and think standard barbells are good enough because they absolutely are not!
How Much Does An Olympic Curl Bar Weigh?
Most Olympic curl bars weigh anywhere between 18-25 lbs, and the best ones can hold up to 300 lbs.
The primary benefit of using this type of bar compared to a straight Olympic bar is doing curls and extensions.
The ergonomic handle keeps your wrists in a more natural position and allows you to train your arms better than a straight bar.
Plus, they don’t have to be super expensive, either!
How Much Does A Bar Weigh On A Smith Machine
Most people would not recommend using a smith machine if your goal is strength, and I agree with them.
For hypertrophy, though, it’s just more variation you can use to train each muscle group effectively.
However, what we’re here for is how much different bars weigh.
A Smith Machines bar has 1 of 2 ways they are structured.
It either comes with a counterweight, or it’s practically free-floating.
If it has a counterweight, the industry average is around 15 lbs to ensure that the bar doesn’t just glide away with no weight on it.
For the free-floating smith machines, they’re on average at the industry standard of 45 lbs.
Regardless though, I recommend tracking all of these bars as 45 lbs for tracking purposes.
As long as you track your progress workout to workout, it really won’t matter much in the end.
Just pick one standard and stick with it.
Olympic Bar vs Standard Bar
This is what an Olympic barbell looks like; you’ll see these all over gyms with their 2-inch sleeves. These are built for heavier barbell training and should be used with good technique as always.
There isn’t much comparison when it comes to the durability and usability of Olympic Bars vs. Standard Bars.
Olympic Bars feature higher-gauge steel, the knurling is always going to be better, which is essential for safety.
And on top of that, you can’t add as much weight to a standard bar.
If your main goal is training heavy barbell movements such as Squats, Deadlifts, etc., I strongly encourage you to get an Olympic bar as it’s going to be much safer with heavier weights.
However, standard bars can definitely have their place.
Standard barbells are built for lighter movements such as curls, extensions, rowing movements and should not be used for the heavier compound movements. These barbells are used with smaller diameter 1-inch plates. Use the correct tool for the right movements.
If you wanted to pick one up and get a set of standard plates with them, you’d be able to do many biceps, triceps, shoulders, and other lighter movement variations much cheaper than an Olympic barbell.
If you choose between the two, go for the Olympic bar as it has more uses and will last forever.
Seriously, if you buy a good barbell from somebody like Rogue, you’ll rarely have to replace it.
Whereas standard bars have a smaller diameter, and they aren’t nearly as long.
However, if you’re on a budget and need something fast, it’s better than nothing.
Just make sure you know the limits of the bar before you start trying to Deadlift with it.
How Much Should My Barbell Hold?
This is Joe Sullivan lifting 585 lbs with a cheap commercial gym bar. Mind you; he’s a world record powerlifter, so he knows what he’s doing! This is what happens when you buy cheap barbells, people can and will get hurt. This barbell must have been rated for 500 lbs max!
To prevent this dangerous situation from happening to you, I recommend never Squatting with a Barbell that has been rated for less than 1,000 lbs. The stronger it is, the safer you’ll be. However, even with higher-rated barbells, expect the bar to bend a little bit with heavier loads.
If you don’t plan on lifting very heavy, a barbell rated for 500 lbs should be plenty for most people. Does this mean if you load the barbell with 501 lbs it’s going to snap on you? No not at all!
It’s more of a safe estimate and you don’t want to lift in excess of that too often or it can cause the barbell to warp.
To show you what some barbells are capable of, here is another video from Beyond The Press’ YouTube channel. This is more of an entertaining and silly video but it shows how strong some “cheap” barbells actually are. I’m not sure what the brand of the barbell is or what it’s rated for but this goes to show that not all barbells are created equal!
Can A Barbell Break?
To show you I’m not just worrying over nothing, I want to show you all something. Most people would think that a barbell can’t break and can only bend.
This is not the case at all, however!
This video shows what happens when you use a crappy barbell with more weight than it can handle! I’ve never once seen this or thought it was possible until I saw this video.
As you can see, the barbell starts bending as it should be. Also, he’s performing quarter squats with way more weight than he can handle, just wanted to point that out…
On the top of his “rep” however, the barbell SNAPS IN HALF! This proves that not only can barbells break, but they can also absolutely cause massive injuries as well!
I’m not sure if the spotter was hit by the barbell but from what I can see he most likely was. This goes to show just how dangerous strength training can be IF you’re using sub-par equipment.
My Recommended Manufacturers For Solid Barbells
Less Than $200
For anything less than $200, I recommend getting a Rogue Boneyard Bar. They have a few blemishes and other minor defects that allow them to sell these bars for a much lower price compared to there other bars.
When you compare them to everything else available on Amazon, they’re a much better buy and value.
Nothing else at this price point will give you as much peace of mind as Rogue Fitness.
- The Ohio Bar - Black Oxide
- Rogue Pyrros Bar - Stainless Steel
- Rogue 28MM Training Bar - Black Zinc
- Rogue 45LB Ohio Power Bar - Stainless Steel
- Rogue 45LB Ohio Power Bar - Black Zinc
- The Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel
- The Rogue Bar 2.0 - Black Zinc
- Rogue Echo Bar 2.0
- REP Stainless Steel Gladiator WL Barbell
- REP Deep Knurl Power Bar EX
The Pyrros Bar is now an official, IWF Certified barbell. The final design combines a stainless steel, 200,000 PSI tensile strength shaft with 10 quality needle bearings and a choice of chrome-plated or stainless steel sleeves (the all-stainless Pyrros Bar is the top-end 28mm barbell that Rogue now produces).
The Rogue 28MM Training Bar is designed, machined, and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio using the same steel shaft and uniform knurl pattern as our Olympic WL Bar. In place of the Oly Bar’s bearing sleeves, however, the Training Bar is assembled with bronze bushings in the style of the Rogue Ohio Bar.
Fully machined and assembled in Columbus, OH, the 29MM Rogue Ohio Power Bar features a 205,000 PSI steel shaft, single powerlifting knurl marks, and center knurling. The bar’s knurl pattern is deep and coarse without being sharp or abrasive, and the 29MM shaft diameter and high tensile strength result in little to no flex or whip. This makes the Ohio Power Bar a perfectly honed workhorse for the bench, squat, and deadlift.
The Rogue Bar 2.0 is among the first in our arsenal to use composite bushings—a self-lubricating material often found in hi-tech aerospace equipment and military vehicles. For intense, high-rep training, these bushings dramatically minimize friction to both provide a reliable spin and help extend the shelf life of the bar itself.
The REP stainless-steel deep knurl bar was designed with the experienced powerlifter in mind. This aggressive knurl pattern is cut deep into the uncoated stainless-steel shaft and kept sharp, providing you with a solid grip during your heaviest lifts. It is the combined effect of both the stainless steel and our deep cut knurl that gives you the best grip imaginable.
The barbell I bought from them 5 years ago has been used 10 times a week from weights between 95 lbs all the way up to 500 lbs. In that time, it still has awesome knurling and hasn’t warped whatsoever. This barbell is called the Rogue Ohio Bar and I recommend this bar to anybody!
For anybody looking to buy a barbell, make sure to buy nice, don’t buy twice.
That wraps up this one! I hope you all learned a lot about how much certain barbells weigh, how much weight they should be able to hold, and solid manufacturer recommendations for the best barbells money can buy.
What barbells have you used that you liked the best? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,