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The Weighty Question: How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?

The Weighty Question: How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?

Are you tired of lifting with a hex bar and still not knowing how much weight you're actually lifting? Fear not, my friends! We understand the importance of accuracy when it comes to weightlifting, and that's why we're here to give you all the juicy details about the weight of a hex bar.

Let's get to it!

A hex bar, AKA a trap bar, is a specialized weightlifting bar with a six-sided shape that's as unique as a snowflake (but much heavier, of course). Why do people prefer hex bars over traditional barbells, you ask? Well, my friend, it's all about that sweet, sweet hexagonal design.

Here's why: The hexagonal shape of the bar allows for a more natural lifting position. It's like the bar was made just for your hands to grip it. You know, like how Cinderella's glass slipper was made just for her foot? Yeah, it's kinda like that, except instead of a fairy godmother, you get a Fairy Squatmother.

This ergonomic positioning is also a great lifting solution for injured lifters who aren’t feeling so magical. The hex/trap bar has got more tricks up its sleeve than a magician. With one solid piece, you can perform more exercises than you can count on all your fingers and toes.

You can use this specialty barbell for exercises like deadlifts, shrugs, and farmer's walks. It's the perfect tool for anyone who wants to mix up their routine and keep their workouts interesting. The average weight of a hex bar is usually around 45-50 pounds.

However, that's just an average, and the actual weight can differ based on various factors, such as: Hex bars can be made from various materials, such as steel, aluminum, and titanium. Steel bars are usually heavier than aluminum or titanium bars, so keep that in mind when choosing a bar. The thickness of the bar can also impact the weight. The thicker the bar, the heavier it will be.

The Bells of Steel Industrial Rackable Trap / Hex Bar (now discontinued) was designed to be rackable, with an innovative 85.25″ length, pushing the bar weight to a beefy 89lbs. Meanwhile, the B.o.S. Open Trap Bar / Hex Bar 3.0 is more traditional, with a compact 59" length and standard weight of 47 lbs.

The loadable sleeve length, the part of the bar where you add weight plates, can also impact the overall weight of the bar. Longer sleeve lengths can accommodate more weight plates, making the bar heavier. The hex bar is great for beginners. It'll help fast-track your muscle growth, pulling strength, and understanding of proper hinging mechanics.

It's like having a personal trainer in your pocket but without the awkward chit-chat. Training your lower back is essential, but it can be a pain in the... well, you know. But with the hex bar's more upright starting position, your lumbar spine won't be under the same stress as it would be with a standard barbell.

There are two types of hex bars: open and closed. Closed hex bars are more common, but the open design of the B.o.S. Open Trap Bar / Hex Bar 3.0 offers several benefits:

  • It’s more versatile to broaden your exercise horizons — walking lunges, anyone?
  • The open side doubles as a built-in bar jack so you can easily load weights.
  • Rotating sleeves make for smoother reps, Olympic style.

The weight of the bar is an important factor to consider — but so is the functionality when dealing with a small home gym space.

Now, before we dive deeper, you may be wondering, "How much weight can a hex bar hold?" Most standard hex bars can hold up to 500 lbs, but some heavier-duty hex bars can hold up to 1000 lbs or more. The Open Trap Bar / Hex Bar 3.0 takes the Swoledilocks approach with a “just right” capacity of 700 lbs. So there you have it, folks! Now you know all about the weight of a hex bar and what factors can impact it.

Keep in mind that the average weight of a hex bar is around 45-50 pounds, but that can differ based on the type of bar you choose, such as an open or closed hex bar.

Remember, the weight of a hex bar is just one aspect to consider when choosing a bar. You'll also want to think about the material, thickness, loadable sleeve length, and handle shape. With these factors in mind, you'll be well on your way to picking the perfect hex bar for your lifting needs.

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