A barbell consists of a metal bar, some weight plates, and clips to hold them in place. Barbells range from 4 to 7 feet long and can weigh 20 to 1000 pounds depending on how much weight you want to lift. For those who are into weight lifting and strength training, barbells are a useful, yet cost effective, piece of equipment to own. They nicely compliment a set of dumbbells or act as an inexpensive alternative to a home gym. They are especially useful for doing exercises such as military presses, squats, lunges, dips, and bench work.
Types of Barbells
In addition to a plate weight set, you will need some type of bench and collars to get the most out of your workout. Barbell weight sets usually cost a couple hundred dollars and they include an adjustable bar and a variety of weights totaling up to 1,000 or 1,500 pounds. Depending on the construction materials used, prices may vary. If you buy the parts separately prices tend to be much lower.