EP.103 | The Barbell Bend Test
Have a bent barbell in the lineup? Maybe you have one or maybe you have a couple that are in question. This week Blaine demonstrates a simple, foolproof test that you can perform with your fleet in just a few seconds.
--> Lay barbell on a flooring that won't scratch up your bar
--> Place hand in the center of the bar between the knurling
--> Gently roll it across the floor
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
--> Bent bar will not roll across the ground smoothly
--> The sometimes will not roll across the ground smoothly
--> Sleeves will not rotate smoothly
--> Inspect the bar visually!
--> Many times you can detect a bent/warped bar this way
A FEW COMMON CAUSES
--> Empty bar drops... pleaseeee don't take this lightly!
--> Loaded bar drops onto box, bench, etc.... get a spotter!
--> Barbell left loaded over time... compounds over time!
SHOULD YOU USE A BENT BAR?
--> In the majority of circumstances we do not advocate leaving a bent bar in the rotation. It's simply unsafe.
--> In no scenario should you be using a bent bar (no matter how bent) to execute the Olympic Lifts (Snatch, Clean & Jerk). Doing so will greatly increase the risk for injury.
--> If you insist on using a bent barbell, proceed with caution. Don't test the bar with excessive load!