An Argument Against the Barbell:
Barbell is a good tool for weight training. However, it is not suitable for all body types.
Some people have narrow shoulders and long arms while others are short and broad-shouldered. For some people, barbell may cause shoulder pain or even damage their rotator cuff muscles. So, if you are one of those people, then don’t use barbell.
Another issue with barbell is that it requires a lot of space. If you want to do heavy exercises like squats and deadlifts, then you need enough room to move around.
Also, if your gym doesn’t allow any equipment beyond a squat rack and free weights, then it will be hard for you to get started with barbell training.
Lastly, barbell is expensive. You might think that it would be cheaper to buy a cheap dumbbell instead of buying a new set of weights.
But there are several reasons why you shouldn’t buy cheap dumbbells. First of all, they aren’t made out of metal and therefore they won’t last as long as steel ones. Second, cheap dumbbells tend to break easily because they’re so weak compared to steel ones. Last but not least, cheap dumbbells are a nightmare to store because they take up a lot of space.
If you can’t find any good reasons to use barbell, then you should just stay away from it. You will not progress as quickly as you would with barbell but that’s life.
Your goal is to build a strong and healthy body, not to become a powerlifter or bodybuilder.
However, barbell can be useful for other types of exercises like overhead press and deadlifts. If you must use barbell for these exercises, then please read the advice below on how to execute them without causing any shoulder pain.
You Should Also Know:
Our community has written several articles about barbell. Including women’s barbell, cheap barbell, olympic barbell set and powerlifting barbell.
Below are some of our most popular articles about barbell.
An Argument Against the Barbell: In this article you can learn why you shouldn’t use barbell for weight training. Plus you can find advice on how to prevent and fix shoulder pain caused by this type of equipment.
An Argument For the Barbell: This is a counter-argument to above article. Don’t be fooled, it isn’t an argument for using barbell.
You won’t learn anything new from this one. However, you can find some useful tips on how to fix your shoulder pain caused by cheap fitness equipment.
An Argument Against Women’s Barbell: In this post you can learn about how women’s barbell is different from men’s barbell.
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A Barbell Strategy-oriented Regulatory Framework and Compliance Management by B Gallina – European Conference on Software Process …, 2020 – Springer
Identifying risk factors for contact injury in professional rugby league players–application of a frailty model for recurrent injury by TJ Gabbett, S Ullah, CF Finch – Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2012 – Elsevier
Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the manly culture of York Barbell by JD Fair – 1999 – books.google.com
Variation in barbell position relative to shoulder and foot anatomical landmarks alters movement efficiency by S Hancock, F Wyatt, JL Kilgore – International journal of …, 2012 – digitalcommons.wku.edu
Common variants of the resistance mechanism in the Smith machine: analysis of mechanical loading characteristics and application to strength-oriented and … by O Arandjelovic – The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 2012 – journals.lww.com
Starting strength: Basic barbell training by M Rippetoe, L Kilgore – 2007 – academia.edu
Effect of ankle mobility and segment ratios on trunk lean in the barbell back squat by EI Fuglsang, AS Telling… – The Journal of Strength & …, 2017 – journals.lww.com