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Barbell vs. dumbbell

Barbell vs. dumbbell

If you're looking for a targeted strength workout that builds muscle mass, then grab the barbell. The clear advantage over a dumbbell is that you can load it heavily, because you generally have better control over the barbell, since you do not always have to coordinate two weights at the same time during the exercise. With both arms, you not only have more strength, but you can also better balance unstable postures during training. Another drawback of the dumbbell is that it can happen quickly that there's not enough weight left to create another training stimulus. All in all, barbell training takes your maximum strength, strength, endurance and muscle building faster to the next level. With the barbell you can train single muscle parts as well as perform an effective whole body workout.

What types of barbells are there?

The standard barbell is usually made of steel or aluminum and has a diameter of 30mm. This is the measure that an average trainee can safely embrace in his training. The standard barbells have a length of 160 - 220cm. The longer a barbell bar is, the higher its dead weight is and the higher the coordinate requirement for the exercise. Long versions of the barbell bar also have a longer disc holder and can therefore be loaded with more weight plates.

The Olympic barbell bar has a diameter of 50mm. The Olympic barbell is 15kg heavy and 201cm long for women and 20kg heavy and 220cm long for men. Furthermore, the ribbing of the Olympic barbell bar must be observed. Strong ribbing provides extra grip with 1-REP-MAX loads. For multiple repetitions, however, you should grab a barbell bar with less riffling so your hands don't tear open.

The Curlhantel, or SZ bar, is a must for anyone who wants a strong upper body. The bar on the curling dumbbell is bent, which gives you various grip options during the workout. This concept allows biceps curls and other arm exercises to be performed with minimal strain on the wrists. With the SZ bar you can train arm, chest and shoulder muscles without aching and overstrained wrists.

The construction of the Trap Bar (or Combo Hex Bar) allows you to combine crush-lifts and squats. The bar runs around you and the handles are on the side of your body. So your arms are in a neutral position, which gives you a higher weight support. The Combo Hex Bar is also ideal for learning complex movement sequences such as crucifix lifting.