Here’s a question most gym goers have asked themselves at some point: How much weight could this barbell take before it got bent out of shape or broke?
Turns out it’s a lot of freaking weight. Eddie Hall, the guy who just pulled a 500kg (1100 pound) deadlift couldn’t even break the piece of crap Walmart-level barbell tested in the video above. A video of Eddie Hall’s insane deadlift is below, despite his barbell bending considerably it bounces right back into shape after the lift. Eddie Hall, not so much, he bounced himself right into passing out and nearly dying. 500 kilos though. Worth it.
The stress on the cheap Olympic bar above reveals that one, a straight metal bar can lift a lot of weight before it buckles or bends permanently, two, you will never lift enough weight to destroy a barbell (sorry) and three, that barbell manufacturers who claim you need their barbell to survive heavy deadlifting are full of crap. I wont, however, argue against the true benefits of a good barbell because there is no competition between a true machined knurl and a shitty stamped one.
When it’s just lifting normal plates and the like, Beyond the Press counted nearly 1,500 pounds of weight without the bar breaking. From there they took it to absurd amounts of weight; one side was half a ton and the other side was heavier than that though they didn’t have an exact measurement. So, long story short, you never need to worry about breaking a barbell due to your Hulk like strength.