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**Here:** I figure out how much different barbells weigh. This is possible while recovering from my last workout.

**Olympic barbell:** Weighs 45 pounds. But some products sold as Olympic barbells weigh less.**Standard barbell:** Not standardized, despite the name. They sometimes weigh about 13 pounds.

**Athletes:** Football players, rugby players and competitive weight lifters all focus on Olympic barbells.**Weight:** Olympic barbells are supposed to weigh 45 pounds (20.4 kg). This alone is a good lift.

**However:** Sets are sold where the Olympic barbell weighs less, such as 40 pounds (18.1 kg). These are typically 7 feet long (2.1 m).

**However:** They typically weigh between 35 and 45 pounds. Anything less would be a serious ripoff.

**Thus:** They are not critical to overall strength gain. But they can help you get big arms.

**Weight:** One EZ-curl barbell I weighed at 13 pounds (5.9 kg). You can add this figure to the plates to get the total weight lifted.

**Caution:** Standard bars are not good for deadlifting because they do not allow rotation of the weights.

**Weight:** One standard barbell I weighed also came in at 13 pounds (5.9 kg). It weighed the same as the EZ-Curl bar.

**1. Put scale on hard surface.** Make sure the room's ceiling is high enough. Otherwise, put the bathroom scale outside.**2. Weigh yourself.** Record this number. People interested in fitness have probably done this many times.**3. Weigh yourself holding the barbell.** Also record this number. Try not to hit the barbell on a wall or anything.**4. Do the subtraction.** Subtract your weight from the total weight. This is the weight of your barbell.

**So:** I put together a chart of the standard conversions on barbell plates. Pounds and kilograms are used.

Table of pounds to kilograms45 pounds = 20.4 kilograms 35 pounds = 15.9 kilograms 25 pounds = 11.3 kilograms 10 pounds = 4.5 kilograms 5 pounds = 2.3 kilograms 2.5 pounds = 1.1 kilograms 1.25 pounds = 0.57 kilograms

**Cost:** The set was advertised as a 300 pound set and it was built by Cap barbell. It cost about $170 USD.**Length:** The Olympic barbell is the correct length for a barbell (around 7 feet) and it weighs 40 pounds.

**2 x 45 pounds:** These are the largest plates in the set. If you put these two plates on the bar, you get up to 130 pounds.**2 x 35 pounds:** The set also includes two 35 pound plates. These are also useful for heavy exercises such as squats and deadlifts.**2 x 25 pounds:** There are also two 25 pound plates. These are useful for many other exercises, and they are a useful size for a dip belt.**2 x 10 pounds:** Next we have two 10 pound plates. For very heavy exercises, these would be added last.**4 x 5 pounds:** The set included four 5 pound plates, not just two. This may be to compensate for the lack of 15-pound plates.**2 x 2 and 1/2 pounds:** Finally, there were two 2.5 pound plates. These are more my size. They are easy to carry and kind of cute.

**Note:** I usually use the larger collars for my workouts. Do whatever works for you.

**So:** This comes up to just 295 pounds. It seems to work for muscle-building though (check my pictures).