Why I love the Barbell.
By: John Flagg
This is an excerpt from something pretty cool that I'm working on that I wanted to share here. I love the Barbell and I want you to as well.
"Most of this book is going to focus on one tool, the barbell. Notice I called it a tool because there are many other ways that you can do the movements we are going to cover, without a barbell. My bias lies with the barbell though and that will be the focus of this book.
The barbell as a tool is incredibly versatile and accessible. Walk into most gyms in the country and you can find a barbell in a rack. That can’t be said for other tools, that are also awesome by the way, like kettlebells, dumbbells, etc. So even during travel or a change of plans, finding a place to train becomes easier.
When it comes to versatility, the barbell can be used in so many ways. It’s balanced so you can squat, bench, deadlift, press, clean, snatch, row, and so much more. You can put one side of it on the ground and do single arm work. The options are fairly limitless.
Lastly, you can load it up. Taking squat as the example, there is a limit to how much weight you can hold in front of you with a kettlebell or a dumbbell. Yes you could top that out and just do more reps, but there is also a finite amount of time you can hold that weight in that position. With a barbell, you can increase the weight far beyond those other tools and hold the bar in a better position to get the most out of it. That gives you more options to progress by folding in intensity like we talked about earlier."