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Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jun 13, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Barbell: How many lbs

Barbell: How many lbs

The barbell you are looking at, just used or intend to use in the gym this evening most likely weighs 44 pounds. More details in this article.
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What is your why 

Before we go into the details of how many lbs a barbell has, let me ask you a couple of questions:
  • Why do you want to know 
  • Why do you want to get stronger 
  • Why do you want to build muscle 
  • What happens when you do
  • What happens if you don’t 
These questions matter for your success. Detailed reflection and writing down the answers will make it more likely that you will reach your goals. Many people go through life like this:
  • What do I want
  • How do I get it 
  • Why do I want it 
This a good way to confuse yourself. What you want changes hundreds of times a day. You will be running in a hundred directions and arrive nowhere. This dynamic changes when you flip the running order of these questions on their head: 
  • Why do you want something 
  • How do you get it 
  • What needs to be done 
This will make your thoughts and actions more connected to your desires and what makes you happy. As a result, you are more likely to get what you want. If you want to know how this works on a psychological level read Daniel Kahneman's thinking fast and slow. Simon Sinek's TED talk on the matter will change your life. 

Standard barbell 

A standard barbell weighs 44 pounds. Standard barbells are burned to 20kg for males and 15kg for females. 
Most commercial gyms only stock the 20kg version and do not distinguish between male and female. The only exception would be if you are training in a professional weightlifting or powerlifting setup. 
In addition, there are also many different forms and shapes of barbells which are non-standard. More likely than not you will have to work with what your gym provides where it is hard to say what the actual weight of the barbell is.

20kg barbell

As mentioned the 20kg barbell is the most common version you will find around the world. At least when we are talking standard barbells. There are also many ready-made versions which are non-standardized. 
20kg equates to 44 or 45 pounds. This is the same as one standard plate. 

15kg barbell

A 15kg barbell is a standard for women in Olympic weightlifting. You will find this bar less distributed around the globe. A 20kg bar will do just fine if you do not intend to compete. 15kg Computes to 33 pounds. 

10kg barbell

10kg barbells are must likely non-standard. If they have standard dimensions they are usually technique bars. These are used in Olympic weightlifting to work on technical weaknesses in the lift. Powerlifters or bodybuilders wi usually find less use in them. 10kg converts to 22lbs. 

5kg barbell

5kg barbells are seldom seen, especially on standard dimensions. They are usually made of Aluminium instead of steel to make them lighter. If they are not standard sized you might also be looking at a junior bar are aimed at children. 

How many lbs has a barbell

Most standard barbells have 44 pounds. Variations are 33, 22 and 11 pound. 

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