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.

 

THE TEST

--> 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

VISUAL TEST

--> 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!