York Olympic Barbell Collars

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 by John Wood

Hard to believe that York Barbell collars like these are collector’s items and all but impossible to find these days. Be that as it may, a high-quality set of collars is still integral to every weight room. Your plates need to stay put on your barbell during heavy squats and presses.
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York Deep-Dish 45-Pound Barbell Plates

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by John Wood
York Deep-Dish 45-Pound Barbell Plates
This is what 45-pound barbell plates looked like way back in the day. If you have some, count yourself lucky, they started disappearing in the 1960’s when The York Barbell Company came out with a more streamlined plate (they could only fit so many of these on a bar with guys like Wilbur Miller around). Two great grip strength challenges either to lift one of these plates by the hub or pinch grip a pair of them.  You’ve got a pretty strong pair of mitts if you can do either (or both.)

The Hammer Strength Wrist Curl

Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by John Wood
There’s no question that the traditional barbell wrist curl has been and can be a very effective method for building wrist strength — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. This nifty piece of training equipment from Hammer Strength offers a few interesting possibilities: 1. a standardized range of motion and 2. the ability to do something that no barbell can match: negative accentuated training capability i.e. lift with two hands then lower with one… This is a technique very much worth experimenting with, if you happen to be lucky enough to have access to one of these devices (there aren’t many around.)