How Much Does An Olympic Bar Weigh Vs. Other Bars Weight

A barbell is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can train with, and I know many of you aren’t quite sure how much they weigh.

Going to a new gym and figuring out how much all the different bars weigh can be a pain, so this guide will cover how much Olympic barbells weigh.

I’ll also cover a whole host of other commonly used bars, so you never have to guess again!

Also, if you want to learn more about the best barbells on the market, check my guide out here!

How Much Does An Olympic Barbell Weigh Vs. Standard Barbell Weight

An Olympic barbell is a type of bar with 2″ sleeves to hold Bumper and Olympic weight plates. They are also constructed of higher quality steel, the sleeves spin using bushing or bearings, and they hold much more weight.

An Olympic Barbell weighs 20kg or around 45 lbs on average.

There can be some variances, but this will generally be spot on.

Standard bars are smaller in all dimensions compared to Powerlifting and Olympic bars.

The most significant difference is the diameter of the collars, which can only hold 1″ plates.

Also, because they tend to have a smaller diameter on the barbell length, they are nowhere near as strong as Olympic bars.

I would never recommend lifting with a standard barbell, even for beginners. It’s not worth the risk whatsoever.

A standard barbell weight is usually around 15-25 lbs, which explains why they’re less durable.

I’ve seen some standard barbells 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 barbells are too much to take lightly.

When in doubt, stick to Olympic plates and bars.

Olympic Weightlifting Bars Weight

Olympic weightlifting bars are different than standard Olympic bars. An Olympic bar can refer to any barbell that can handle 2″ Olympic plates, such as a power bar, multipurpose bar, etc.

On the other hand, an Olympic weightlifting bar is a very specific type of barbell used in Weightlifting.

These tend to have bearings in the sleeves to allow for a much faster spin than bushing barbells provide.

The other main difference is that they usually come in men’s, women’s, technique, and kids’ variations. 

Here’s how you can tell which one is which, as well as how much each of them weighs.

Men’s Olympic Barbells

Men’s Olympic weightlifting bars have a 28mm shaft that allows for more whip while performing Olympic lifts.

They weigh 20kg or 45 lbs, just like a regular Olympic bar.

If you want one of the best Olympic Weightlifting bars, check out Rogues’ best IWF version.

Women’s Olympic Barbells

A women Olympic bar has a much smaller 25mm shaft and weighs around 15kg, or 35 lbs on average, perfect for female lifters’ hands.

If you want one of the best women’s bars, Rogue has a smaller IWF bar available too.

Technique Olympic Bars

Technique barbells are lighter-weight Olympic Weightlifting bars, typically constructed with aluminum.

These bars are designed for young and beginner lifters, warmups, rehab, and, as the name implies, technique practice.

Most of these barbells only have a tensile strength of around 42,000 PSI, so you shouldn’t load most of them up with weights over 50 lbs.

Kids bars usually weigh around 5 lbs, and typical technique barbells weigh between 15 and 45 lbs.

Specialty Bars

Safety Squat Bar

The Safety Squat Bar is a fantastic tool to use in your strength training workouts. I use it with beginners to focus on the basic squat pattern and build some muscle.

A standard Safety Squat Bar weighs around 70 lbs on average. This is due to the handle and yoke that Safety Squat barbells 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 safety squat bar every day!

Trap/Hex Bar

The standard weight varies quite a bit for the Trap or Hex Bar! Some 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, tracking your training is a much smaller headache, I promise.

If you want something built like a tank, you can go with Rogues.

Most trap barbells I looked at only have a weight capacity of 500 lbs, I wanted a Trap Bar that was rated for at least 1,000 kg, 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 you have basic bumper plates, you might have difficulty loading them up.

Swiss/Multi-Grip Barbell

Swiss, or Multi-Grip bars, as they’re commonly called, are a specialty barbell that allows you to press from neutral or angled positions depending on the company making it.

I found some of the most popular ones that I recommend and averaged out how much they weigh in lbs or kgs.

Brand ModelWeight in LbsWeight in Kg
Archon Multi-Grip Olympic Bar3013.64
Fringe Sport Multi-Grip Swiss Barbell4620.91
Get RX’d Multi-Grip Bar 3.04721.37
Rep Fitness Cambered Swiss Bar4520.46
ROGUE MG-13917.73
ROGUE MG-233917.73
ROGUE MG-244420
ROGUE MG-34319.55
Synergee Multi-Grip Swiss Bar2712.28
Titan Fitness Angled Multi-Grip Barbell4821.82
Titan Fitness Multi-Grip Barbell V24520.46
Titan Fitness Multi-Grip Camber Bar4721.37
Average41.6718.94

As you can see, Swiss bars can weigh between 27 and 48 lbs, or 12.28 and 21.82 kgs. This is an average of 41.67 lbs or 18.91 kgs.

Luckily, this is a pretty small range, so you can be sure your Multi-Grip bar will be in the same 10-20 lb range.

Other Bars

EZ Curl Bar

Most Olympic curl barbells weigh anywhere between 18-25 lbs, and the best ones can hold up to 300 lbs.

Compared to straight Olympic bars, the primary benefit of using this type of 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!

Smith Machine Bar

Most people would not recommend using a smith machine if your goal is strength, and I agree with them.

For hypertrophy, though, there’s just more variation you can use to train each muscle group effectively.

But what we’re here for is how much different bars weigh.

A Smith Machine bar has 1 of 2 ways they are structured.

It either comes with a counterweight, or it’s practically free-floating.

If it is a counterweight, the industry average is around 15 lbs to ensure the bar doesn’t just glide away with no weight on it.

The free-floating smith machines are, on average, 45 lbs.

Regardless, I recommend tracking all of these barbells as 45 lbs as the barbell math is much easier.

As long as you track your progress from 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

Please don’t make a mistake and think standard bars are good enough because they are not!

There isn’t much comparison regarding the durability and usability of Olympic Bars vs. Standard Bars.

Olympic bars feature higher-gauge steel, and the knurling will always be better, which is essential for safety.

And on top of that, you can’t add as much weight to a standard bar as they use smaller plates than the weights Olympic bars use.

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 will be much safer with heavier weights.

However, standard bars do have their place.

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.

They’re more durable, allow you to lift more weight, and keep you safer.

Seriously, if you buy a good bar from somebody like Rogue, you’ll rarely have to replace it.

Whereas standard bars have a smaller diameter, 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.

Conclusion

Now I turn it over to you!

Knowing how much Olympic and other bars weigh in your gym, do you feel more confident?

Let me know in the comments below right now!

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