Longer vs. shorter bar

Discussion in 'Home Exercise Equipment' started by RUSS, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. RUSS

    RUSS Member

    Yesterday I purchased a new barbell , it's 80" - the bar it replaces is roughly 5 1/2 ft. - It seemed harder to make the same loads with the longer bar on bench. The new bar weighs more I've already factored that in , could the load being farther from the body make it feel like more or am I just needing to get used to the feel of this bar?
     
  2. scientific muscle

    scientific muscle New Member

    80"-That sounds more like a real barbell...5 1/2 ft.! that is not a barbell! [​IMG]

    Seriously, you'll get used to it, a little more balancing required.
     
  3. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    Considering that the smallest dip of one side of the bar would have a multiplied effect due to the longer length of the fulcrum from the axis (your hand), it stands to reason that unless your form is absolutely perfectly symmetrical, you would have to use some of your synergistic muscles a bit more to control the bar from rocking.
    So if you're used to a shorter bar, a bit of added balance issue would be noticable with a long one, and one could easily interpret that as more weight, even if the bar isn't actually 'rocking'.
    Well, that's what I think, anyway. What do I know?
     
  4. RUSS

    RUSS Member

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    (quadancer @ Apr. 12 2007,20:59)</div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">Considering that the smallest dip of one side of the bar would have a multiplied effect due to the longer length of the fulcrum from the axis (your hand), it stands to reason that unless your form is absolutely perfectly symmetrical, you would have to use some of your synergistic muscles a bit more to control the bar from rocking.
    So if you're used to a shorter bar, a bit of added balance issue would be noticable with a long one, and one could easily interpret that as more weight, even if the bar isn't actually 'rocking'.
    Well, that's what I think, anyway. What do I know?</div>
    Makes good sense to me , I notice significantly more stimulation of the core esp. the obliques when using the longer bar - which fits the idea that the longer bar requires more effort to balance .
     

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