How imbalanced can an olympic bar be?

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  1. Creator

    Creator The Creator Has a Master Plan

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    I always wonder at what point will the bar topple over. If I have 2 plates and a 25 on each side, if i strip one side completely, is the other side going to slam to the ground? At what point will this happen? I always go back and forth - remove one 45, go to other side then strip, then go back to the first side and strip.

    I'm doing a shitty job explaining this but i always wondered and forget to ask.
     
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    I've had 2 45lb plates on one side with other side stripped and it did not topple over. Probably wouldn't push it further than that though.
     
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    I've had 2 45s on one side with the other side empty without issue. The other side felt really light though....I usually pull the bar towards the empty side for more leverage. If it's pulled towards the weighted side, it will probably tip with 4 45s but I've never tried it.
     
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    Give it a try. Depends on how far apart the pins are and what weights you're using. A bunch of 10's will tip before an equivalent amount of weight in 25's.
     
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    3 plates on one side will do it
     
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    i do 2 plates at most, pulled too one side.
     
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    werd, I never do more than a 2 plate difference between each side. More and I've had topple.
     
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    2 plates on one side and then the other side feels really light so I wouldn't push it past that unless you feel like looking like a retard and getting rained on by 45's
     
  9. TheMarchHare

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    i think this usually goes in as a non issue, cause guys experienced enough (3 plates +) kno to respect the weights and not push it.
     
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    i always wondered but didn't want to find out
     
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    depends on how close the hooks/pins are to each other for one thing
     
  13. GuOD

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    when i first tried 2 plates for something it toppled with only 2 plates on one side :rofl:

    some places have narrower pins
     
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    I came in to say something similar to this.

    Depends on how it's sitting on the hooks, all about leverage.
     
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    yep i found out the hard way. gym owner gave me the fuck you eye. it was loud as hell:rofl:
     
  16. pollux

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    finally i've been able to try enough weights to know that 2 plates is borderline safe :bigthumb:
     
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    Some retard at my local 24 was trying to take off weight off the squat rack. It had 3x45 and 1x10 on each side. He took one side off completely, dropped the whole thing from like 4.5" up. shit was loud, and the bar nearly smashed the guy lifting next to him.

    After all that, all he did was do shrugs with the bar :ugh:
     
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    yep someone put a barbell through our clubs floor when they had 3 25kg plates on one side. Like others have said, it depends on where the bar is supported (gogz).
     
  19. Falconer

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    Depends on how close together the support bars on the rack are. If they're far apart you can have a lot of weight on one side. If they're closer together, it will be more likely to tip over.
     
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