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    This will likely be a stupid question but I've been reading about the ways of damaging even high-end barbells and have become paranoid.

    I bought two high quality barbells so I can use one for squats/bench press/overhead press that I keep unloaded on my squat rack after my work-out. The other one, I keep on my platform loaded with a pair of 45# plates. This is because I can tweak my back easier loading that first pair of 45 pounders than actually doing my deadlifts with 3 pairs. I understand that keeping a loaded bar in a rack can bend and damage it.

    My question is whether leaving a loaded bar on the platform continuously can also damage a bar. I'd think that the only deforming stress to the bar would be the minimal weight of the steel of the part of the bar between the plates. Will a high quality bar stand up to that minimal deforming force of being kept loaded 24 hours a day sitting on the floor?

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    The shaft of a bar suspended between two 45s sitting on a platform will not bend the bar, unless it is a Gill 32mm piece of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    The shaft of a bar suspended between two 45s sitting on a platform will not bend the bar, unless it is a Gill 32mm piece of shit.
    Thanks Mark.

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    Logical question when you buy your own quality bars. I treat mine like gold, because I paid good money for them and fell in love with the quality of good old American made steel. Funny how that happens.

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    You know laying an empty bar on the floor is exactly the same load?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyGun View Post
    Logical question when you buy your own quality bars. I treat mine like gold, because I paid good money for them and fell in love with the quality of good old American made steel. Funny how that happens.
    Thatís the way I feel. When my bars were shipped, I was amazed at the workmanship put into them.

    Hence my use of the word paranoid!

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