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Old 01-20-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Women's Oly bar?

I'm going to be heading off to the gym shortly to do todays WOD - 7x1 deadlift.

Should I use the women's oly bar? I'm only 5'3", 123, and I have somewhat small hands for my size. I've never been able to do the hook grip on the men's bar.

Maybe this belongs in exercise ... don't know.

Thanks for any insight.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

I wouldn't bother unless most of your reps are going to be below 135#. Since 135 is my basic starting weight, I'd just as soon use the standard bar with 45# plates. Less math! (after 20+ years of adding based on the 45# bar, the 33# really messes with me...)

Bottom line, I'd say it depends more on the amount of weight than anything. Of course, I don't hook grip deadlifts either. I just use a plain double overhand up to 185, and then switch to a mixed grip. If you plan on hooking your deads, you have MUCH tougher thumbs than I do!
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

Thanks Lynne. My PR is 185, and I'm definitely shooting to beat it!

I've never tried the hook grip, simply because my hands aren't big enough. I have tried the mixed grip, but not much. I'll try them today.
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

With a DL it probably doesnt matter much but for Oly lifts definitely use a womans Oly bar! That sure helps save my hands!!
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

Well, I got a PR by 10 pounds! The mixed grip really helped. Now I need to start working on my Oly lifts with the women's bar.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:58 PM   #6
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

Bought one for my wife, she had never lifted weights before much less any Olympic lifting, she loves the bar even though she lifts enough to use a men's bar.

Got the women's economy bar from Glen PENDLAY, it's alot nicer than my economy Ivanko bar. The smaller bar diameter, allows her to grip more comfortably. I use the bar more than my Ivanko because I also have small hands and the bar just whips better.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:03 PM   #7
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

Nice gym that has a Womens O bar. I'm getting one from York tomorrow for some of our females.

As Lynne stated, hook grip isn't needed for DLs, although I have ben trying it to improve my O lifts. 3x3 @344 isn't heavy for me, but felt like I was ripping my thumbs off.

Don't rely too much on the mixed grip. Try to stay with the double overhand until the grip becomes the limiting factor.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:02 PM   #8
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

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Nice gym that has a Womens O bar. I'm getting one from York tomorrow for some of our females.

As Lynne stated, hook grip isn't needed for DLs, although I have ben trying it to improve my O lifts. 3x3 @344 isn't heavy for me, but felt like I was ripping my thumbs off.

Don't rely too much on the mixed grip. Try to stay with the double overhand until the grip becomes the limiting factor.
Great Tom, its only fair!! I say if we are lifting like the guys are lifting we should be catered to as well!
A woman's bar is manufactured for a reason, our hands are different!
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:53 AM   #9
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Re: Women's Oly bar?

I got my girlfriend a CF women's bar from Pendlay for Christmas. She really liked having her own bar that was designed for women and her hands fit around better. I was so happy that she liked it, I knew I was making the right decision proposing to her.
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