Many of us who do CrossFit have come to develop a very good relationship with the barbell, some might even say they love the barbell and the movements that are performed with it. Deadlifts, Squats, Presses, Snatches, Cleans… The list goes on.
The care for the barbell itself is often overlooked. Sure, it can withstand a load of 400+ pounds on a deadlift for a few reps and be good to use a couple minutes later for a light push press set. However, the thing that keeps this example possible in real life and at the gym is the care for the barbell when it is empty.
A good friend of mine once told me “Take care of your things and they will take care of you” and that has stuck with me for years now.
The internal workings of the barbell is something that probably isn’t well-known. On most barbells, including the Rogue Bars at Troy, the bar is covered on both ends with the sleeves(the pieces you slide the weights onto). Inside these sleeves there are different kinds of washers and clips that keep them from sliding off, as well as two sets of bearings and bushings on each sleeve. These bushings help the bar to spin when transitioning the barbell from below the hip to above the hip, making it easier for us to finish lifts such as cleans and snatches properly.
Keeping this in mind, when those bushings become damaged, the barbell sleeves slowly stop spinning, becoming more of an axel bar, making each lift a little more dangerous. Who wants heavy lifts to become even MORE difficult?
A couple ways to do make sure you’re taking the best care of our barbells:
- Do not drop empty barbells, from any height
- Do not let the collars impact the ground
- Spray and clean any excess chalk or blood from the knurling on the barbell
If you wouldn’t drop your cell phone without a case from over head, treat a barbell with the same respect.
With all that said, please help us keep and maintain these barbells for as long as possible so all of us can enjoy our fitness!