If you’ve been to other CrossFit gyms, you know that we are lucky to have such great and brand-spanking new equipment. Now that we’re breaking it in daily, we just want to make sure we don’t damage or break it permanently!
We don’t have many rules at the gym (no burpee punishments for coming late or tipping chalk buckets!) but we do want to make sure you know how to tend to the barbell equipment. Although they are meant to sustain drops, the barbells are not only expensive, but they are designed with internal bearings to allow the weights to spin easily as we throw them overhead and are VERY sensitive if we don’t treat them well.
Below is a video of what to do… and what NOT to do! The general rule is that if the weight ON the barbell weighs less than the barbell itself, it is not meant to be dropped. There are tricks like using a lighter barbell (or training bar) and loading it with weights to allow for the drop. Just ask and we can help you! And the barbell should be gently placed on the ground once the weights are stripped as dropping an empty barbell even a few inches from the ground can cause lots of damage. Here’s our very own Geo Rockwell showing us the basics: