What diameter is the bars grip?
The BLK BOX Hybrid Bar – 15kg offers a 25 mm grip which is IWF standard for 15kg barbells. For a thinner grip, the BLK BOX Hybrid Bar – 20kg offer a 28 mm grip which is IWF standard for 20kg barbells.
What plates is the bar compatible with?
The BLK BOX Hybrid Bar – 15kg is compatible with all BLK BOX Weightlifting Plates and Bumpers, along with all change plates and collars.
How many plates can it hold?
This will depend on which plates you own, but for comparison, with its two 320mm sleeves the BLK BOX Hybrid Bar – 15kg can hold the below when used with lock jaw collars:
BLK BOX Blackout Bumper – 140kg
BLK BOX Impact Bumper – 90kg
BLK BOX HD or Colour HD Bumper – 200kg
BLK BOX Competition Plate – 240kg
What spec if the bar designed to?
The BLK BOX Hybrid Bar meets a variety of IPF and IWF Specifications, meeting the requirements for knurl markings, tolerances, overall dimensions, and weight.
How durable is the bars finish?
The BLK BOX Hybrid Bar – 15kg features a bespoke coloured finish, offering a good level of corrosion resistance and durability while greatly enhancing the athlete to feel the knurl. We recommend regular cleaning of the bar using a nylon bristle barbell brush. DO NOT clean the BLK BOX Hybrid Bar with cleaning or disinfectant/sanitising spray or any other chemical cleaning product, as this can damage the bars finish.
Why are bearings important?
Bearings are introduced into barbells to ensure a smooth and/or fast spin when performing Olympic weightlifting movements. This spin reduces the force exerted on an athlete’s wrists during these movements. The BLK BOX Hybrid Bar has 4 sets of needle bearings, ensuring a smooth spin under heavy loads and reducing the torque experienced by athletes during the movements.
Why is whip important?
Barbell whip is phenomenon best recognised where the bar seems to bend during a movement, then snap back into its straight position. It allows the athlete to introduce momentum into their lifts that is caused but the bar, and not by them. A lifter can use the whip of the bar to help propel the weight upward adding incremental gains to their training. Although it removes some stability from the bar, a bar with high whip can handle a lot more weight before bending permanently than a bar with lower whip.