What Is A Dumbbell Bar?
In case you’re not familiar, a dumbbell bar is like a mini barbell. You can add weight plates to each end of the handle to create your own dumbbells of various sizes.
The advantage is that you don’t have to buy an entire rack of dumbbells. Instead, the dumbbell bar only needs a small number of weight plates to replace hundreds of pounds of traditional dumbbells. Saving you money and space.
The only downside is that they can be a little awkward with heavier weights. And you probably don’t want to toss them around or drop them like solid dumbbells.
Types Of Dumbbell Bars
There are multiple types of dumbbell bars to fit different uses, weight plates, and budgets. Two of the most common types are the 1-inch dumbbell bar and the 2-inch dumbbell bar.
1-Inch Dumbbell Bar
This dumbbell bar has an end that is 1-inch in diameter. This means it only works with weight plates that have a 1-inch diameter hole in the center.
Typically, 1-inch dumbbell bars are about 14 inches in length. So they take up very little space. They are also lighter and less expensive than other varieties.
In addition, there are two types of ends available; threaded or smooth.
This version of the 1-inch dumbbell bar has threaded ends. After loading the plates, you twist on the lock collar to hold the weights in place.