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kurtvf

I'm buying some new olympic bars for my home gym. Should I buy a bar for my squat rack with or without a center knurl?? I never used one in the past but I can see how it might help, then again I never had a problem holding the bar on my shoulders..... What say you??? (Please, no discussion about rep speed or how "dangerous" certain exercises are)
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BIO-FORCE

California, USA

kurtvf wrote:
I'm buying some new olympic bars for my home gym. Should I buy a bar for my squat rack with or without a center knurl?? I never used one in the past but I can see how it might help, then again I never had a problem holding the bar on my shoulders..... What say you??? (Please, no discussion about rep speed or how "dangerous" certain exercises are)


YES buy knurled. It helps keep the bar from sliding and moving around.

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frygator

Florida, USA

IMO, it's a positive having the knurling in the middle of the bar on squats. I just like the gripping effect it has on my t-shirt, adding to the stabilization.
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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Yay on the knurling, for the same reasons already stated.
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Michael Petrella

Ontario, CAN

Hey Kurt,

If you are buying a bar just for squatting I can get you a custom made safety squat bar made up for you. Really adds a new dimension to squatting.

Josh and myself both have one on order from a welder up this way.
You could pick it up when you come up to help me with the bearings.

If you are using the bar for benching and deadlifting aswell then a normal BB is what you want.

Also I agree knurled in the middle.

Michael
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SteveHIT

Get a knurled bar 100%!
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HSDAD

There is no advantage I can think of for NOT having knurling in the center. Not only will it make the bar less likely to slide around, but it serves as a good center marker visually when ducking under the bar to begin squatting.

But if you absolutely can't get a bar with center knurling (I couldn't because I use standard plates and bars) just wrap a few wraps of the grip tape available @ sporting goods stores (in the hockey or lacrosse sections) around that same area of the bar. All of the same advantages and pretty colors too!
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ksvercek

Florida, USA

Go knurled, FYI Rogue Fitness has some beautiful bars with $15 shipping. I just got a B&R Raw Steel Olympic bar from them. Beautiful Bar. Manufactured by York Barbell. Both of my bars, one for powerlifts the other for olympic movements are York. Highly reccommend.
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kurtvf

ksvercek wrote:
Go knurled, FYI Rogue Fitness has some beautiful bars with $15 shipping. I just got a B&R Raw Steel Olympic bar from them. Beautiful Bar. Manufactured by York Barbell. Both of my bars, one for powerlifts the other for olympic movements are York. Highly reccommend.


I am probably going to buy bars from rouge. I was thinking of a Rouge bar for deadlifting, B&R for squats (I know the Rogue bar has a lifetime warantee from bending, the B&R bar is 200,000 PSI steel and probably can't be bent especially by a wuss like me) They have "economy bars" for a clearance price of $150 which would be more than strong enough for benching, rows, and presses etc.
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kurtvf

Michael Petrella wrote:
Hey Kurt,

If you are buying a bar just for squatting I can get you a custom made safety squat bar made up for you. Really adds a new dimension to squatting.


Michael


Thanks Mike, I'll check out yours when I come out and we'll go from there. Thanks.

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