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Bar weight capacity

MaggiebaMaggieba Posts: 47Member Member Posts: 47Member Member
When I started lifting, I purchased a 45# 7' bar Olympic set that came with 255#s of weights. The description says "maximum bar weight capacity: 300lbs" Does that mean total weight capacity including the bar is 300, or can I add 300 to the bar. And, is that really the maximum?

I'm now hip thrusting 275# and wondering if I need to invest in a heavier capacity bar. If so, any recommendations?


  • bbell1985bbell1985 Posts: 4,582Member Member Posts: 4,582Member Member
    Should be fine...unless it is some kind of cheap weird bar.
  • Lean59manLean59man Posts: 715Member Member Posts: 715Member Member
    If your bar is flexing (bending) a lot under the weight you might have an issue but if not it should be ok.

    It's a good idea to weigh your bar yourself to check its actual weight. Weigh yourself on your scale without the bar and then when holding it and subtract.

    Just a tip.
    edited February 12
  • Erik8484Erik8484 Posts: 361Member Member Posts: 361Member Member
    I say it is bar + 300, because I think saying weight capacity of 300 but meaning bar + 255 would be misleading and would potentially lead to law suits.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 33,408Member Member Posts: 33,408Member Member
    "Capacity" means how much the bar can hold...the bar can hold 300 Lbs.
  • JAYxMSxPESJAYxMSxPES Posts: 160Member Member Posts: 160Member Member
    I'm going to say it depends on the bar. It's not uncommon to see elite heavy-weight powerlifters with 800 to 1000lbs on the bar and it's fine. But I've personally seen the cheap gym barbells damn near donut from 405lbs being on the bar. It just depends, invest in a good bar if this one doesn't work out.
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 15,586Member Member Posts: 15,586Member Member
    And sometimes cheap bars can hold a lot too!

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