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How do I choose the right weight bar and collars?

Bars are useful for lifting weights and need to have weight plates added at either end which are secured in place with collars. Bars come in different sizes so it is important to choose the size most suitable for your needs. Dumbbell bars or handles as they are sometimes called, are great for toning and muscle strengthening and allow you to add the weight of your choice to suit the exercises being performed. Dumbbell bars most commonly have a 1 inch diameter and need standard one inch weight plates. Those weight plates are kept in place with a standard one inch collar. It is possible to get dumbbell handles which are two inches thick and these are often referred to as olympic size. Olympic bars require olympic weight plates which have a two inch hole in the middle. Dumbbell bars can come in different lengths, usually 14 or 16 inches long. The longer the bar, the more weight plates that can be added on each end.

Besides dumbbell bars, many people use barbells which are longer bars, usually between 4 and 7 feet long. Barbells also come in different thicknesses - standard one inch or Olympic 2 inch bars being the norm. Olympic bars tend to be heavier than standard one inch bars and come in various weights with 15kg and 20kg being most popular. Barbells also need weight plates to be added at each end which need to be secured in place with the right sized collars.

There is also a difference in the types of collars which are used. If your bar has a threaded end, (like on a screw), then you will need a spinlock collar that is the right size for your bar. So, a standard one inch spinlock bar would need a pair of standard one inch spinlock collars. Spin lock collars are simply screwed onto the thread of your bar until they press against the weight plates. This keeps the bar stable and secure. If the ends of your bar are smooth, then they will require a pair of spring collars to secure the weights at each end. Spring collars are easy to use as you only need to squeeze the ends together before sliding it over the end of the bar. Stopping squeezing will secure the collar in place.

Before making your choice of bars and collars, have a look at our collection where you will find more detailed descriptions of the features of each one. This will help you to narrow down the options and make a more informed choice.