YOUR GUIDE TO BARBELLS AT CATALYST
- 55lbs Hampton Bars – very stiff, fat diameter,
great for deadlifting, pressing, and squatting. Knurling is short and not very sharp; use a little
chalk, not much.
- 45lbs Hampton bars – small amount of bar ‘whip,’
fast sleeves, narrow diameter.
Okay for squatting (middle knurling) but too much flex for heavy
deadlifts. Knurling is not
sharp OR deep, so use a bit of chalk on your hands, but keep the bar
- 45lbs Ivanko OLY bar – more bar ‘whip,’ very
fast sleeves. Built for clean
and jerk and snatch. Narrow diameter,
sharp knurling, no centre knurling for squatting. Not great for deadlifting.
- 35lbs York bars – a practice “beater” bar. Sleeves must be tightened before
each use. Slow sleeve
rotation, no middle knurling.
Yes, you’re a savage. But a bit of barbell etiquette is appreciated:
- Clean your own platform of chalk and sweat and
DNA.Never cross a platform on which a lifter is active
or setting up. These lifts
require a lot of focus, and movement is very distracting.
- Keep chalk over the bowl.
- Put your weights away after use.
- Never drop an empty bar; try not to drop a bar
with only 10lbs or 5lbs plates on it (but if you have to, that’s ok. We’d rather rip a plate than dent
- Don’t use short bars on the platforms. They make dents. And when YOU make dents, WE make
THANKS. You’re making it better for everyone. Now go lift hard!