The long pole with weights on each end that a weightlifter or bodybuilder lifts at a gym is called a barbell. If you're new to lifting weights, your barbell may only hold a few pounds.
Origin: Olympic weight lifters or power lifters may heft barbells with very long bars and extremely heavy weights, while general fitness seekers lift shorter, lighter barbells. Before the word barbell first emerged in the 19th century, there was the word dumbbell, "weighted bar used for exercise," from which the bell ending was borrowed for barbell.
- You can start by simply picking up the barbell off the floor and putting it back down.
- To build muscle mass and strength in the legs, Brooks recommends the “classic” exercises such as barbell squats, deadlifts and lunges with external loading.
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