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How Much Weight Can A Barbell Hold?

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Have you ever wondered how much weight can a barbell hold? Well, you are about to find out.

The barbell is one of the most common piece of equipment inside a gym and is used for numerous different exercises and Olympic weightlifting movements.

As of now, the world record for a deadlift belongs to Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, the actor who played Gregor Clegane at Games of Thrones, better known as “the Mountain”, and 2018 World’s Strongest Man. He managed to lift an impressive 501 kilos (1,105 lb).

But how much weight can a barbell hold until it bends completely? The Buff Dudes are here to answer this question.

How Much Weight Can A Barbell HoldSource: Victor Freitas on Unsplash

The Buff Dudes is a YouTube channel with over 2.5 million subscribers. Despite the name of the channel, brothers Hudson and Brandon White are not your stereotypical bro-gym. They deliver clear information with a good background story while poking fun at how buffed they are.

In one of their videos, the Buff Dudes began by deadlifting their personal best to see if the barbell would bend.

Both Hudson and Brandon White deadlifted 495 lb (224.5 kg) and the barbell didn’t bend. So they decided to use a caterpillar to lift the barbell to see when it would bend and crack. Besides adding weight, they also added another metal barrel which they could load with extra weight if needed.

Watch the video below to find out how much weight can a barbell hold.

How Much Weight Can A Barbell Hold?

At 1,620 lb (735 kilos) the barbell began to bend. According to the Buff Dudes, that is the weight of a Kodiak bear.

After trying to lift the weight of a Volkswagen, they up the barbell with 2,000 lb (907 kg), or the weight of a black rhino. And finally the barbell bend to the point it became useless, although it still did not snap completely.

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