You’re in for an intense workout when you learn how to make Olympic curl bars. These barbells are perfect for bodybuilders keen to step it up a notch. Before you know it, your upper arms will be as defined as you imagined they would be.
To make Olympic curl bars, you will need:
- Basic metal bar
- Metal rings
- Nuts and bolts
- Purchase the basic metal bar. Speak with your local home improvement store to customize a basic metal bar that will be the base for your Olympic curl bar. Olympic curl bars weigh between fifteen to twenty pounds. The bar should be between 47-inches and 60-inches in length depending on your grip distance and how much extra weight you’ll attach to the ends. Stainless steel would be the most durable material for your bar. Also, be sure to have the metal bar angled for a better natural grip. Keep ergonomics in mind when you’re planning how acutely the bar will be angled. If possible, get the bar knurled in two sections, about shoulder-distance apart for a non-slip grip.
- Weld on stoppers. Depending on how many weights you plan to set on each side of your metal bar, use a marker to mark where you’ll set stoppers. These are two metal rings that you’ll weld onto your metal bar. They prevent the weights from travelling further down the bar during your lifting exercises.
- Plan for the bolt positions. Put one weight on each end of the bar, resting against the stopper. Use the marker to make a small circle on the bar a little ways away from the weight, estimating the diameter of the bolts you’ll be using. Put two new weights on the ends of the bar and repeat the process until you’ve exhausted all of your weights.
- Drill the holes. Use your drill to make a hole where you’ve marked each of the circles in Step 3. Choose an appropriate drill bit so that you make a hole big enough for the bolts you’ve purchased. Insert a bolt to test the diameter of the hole.
- Secure the weights. Set your first pair of weights and then insert the bolts into the holes you drilled. Place on the nuts to secure the bolts. This method is a much safer way of securing your weights than using spring clip collars, which are notorious for being slippery. You don’t want to put yourself at risk. Install as many weights as you’ll be using and get lifting!