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barbell

a metal rod to which heavy discs are attached at each end for weightlifting exercises
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Barbell

 

the basic apparatus used in weight lifting. It consists of a steel bar with freely revolving sleeves on the ends, removable metal disks attached to the bar ends to vary the weight, and locks to fasten the disks. The bar has a length of 2,200 mm and a diameter of 28 mm; the sleeves have a length of 400 mm and a diameter of 55–60 mm; and the disks have diameters up to 450 mm, with weights varying from 0.1 to 50.0 kg (international standard).

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