Power Lifting Bar vs Weightlifting Bar – What’s the Difference?


So you want a good barbell, but you're conflicted as to what type to get.

The two main types of bars are power bars (also called powerlifting bars) and olympic weightlifting bars. Just so you know what we're referring to, weightlifting bars might also be called oly bars or olympic bars. Just to confuse things, "olympic bar" might mean anything. When someone says it, maybe they mean a weightlifting bar, or maybe they mean any bar with 2" diameter ends that will take olympic weights. Who knows. It depends on the context.

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Comparing the Best Olympic Weightlifting Bars


Olympic weightlifting bars are used frequently at olympic lifting gyms, Crossfit boxes, the Olympic Games or anywhere that lifters may be doing the olympic lifts (snatch or clean-and-jerk). They are made to be springly at high loads to facilitate explosiveness, prevent a high shock load for the lifter, and absorb the shock of being dropped. The tensile strength (PSI) tends to be lower than powerlifting bars so that it isn't too stiff, but newer manufacturing methods are resulting in some very high tensile strength bars that remain springy.