Standard barbells are 5 to 6 feet long and weigh between 15 to 25 lbs. Most regular barbells have a load capacity of 100 to 200 lbs. Again, the diameter can fluctuate, which will determine the weight capacity it can handle.
Main Differences between Standard Bars and Olympic Bars
One of the biggest differences is the sleeves. The sleeves are the ends of the bar that hold the weight plates. Olympic barbells have 2-inch, rotating sleeves; while standard barbells have 1-inch, non-rotating sleeves.
Additionally, since the diameter is different between the two bars, you cannot use regular 1 inch holed weight plates on an Olympic barbell, but you can use an Olympic sleeve adapter to put Olympic plates on a regular barbell. Because they are heavier, Olympic barbells are less likely to tip over if you load the weight unevenly by accident. Due to its increased weight, it may not be suitable for all users. Many people would prefer a lighter bar to suit towards their workout ability.
Olympic Barbells come with bearings or bushings to allow for rotation and whip; Standard barbells do not have any bearings or bushes. Both the standard and Olympic bars may have center knurling. However, many manufactures are beginning to accommodate for users who prefer not having this feature.
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