Whether your training to be a bodybuilder, a powerlifter, or just simply trying to keep fit, there’s no turning your back on the importance of a time-honored means of building muscle and strength, the barbell and compound lifts. Many serious lifters swear by it. Having evolved, the barbell has become the staple of any strength training routine.

Unlike dumbbells, which have been around for thousands of years, the barbell is relatively new.

Although many forms of strength training have existed since the dawn of time, they have generally been confined to strength enthusiasts. Health and fitness as a hobby only emerged in the past half-century.

Times have changed, and nowadays, powerlifters, bodybuilders, weightlifters, and those just trying to stay fit can call upon a vast variety of training methods. The growth in popularity of exercising has encouraged new ideas as more people take charge of their physical fitness. And although there are tons of new training regimes and a plethora of awkward machines,

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