Once in a gym and someone asks or tells you something about a barbell, dumbbell and free weights, what they’re talking about
A “barbell” is a weighted bar that has weights on each end. These weights can either be permanently free, allowing you to take the plates out of, or put on weight rod. Recently “barbell” has been replaced with “bar”
**** Plates are weighted disc that you put on “barbells” ***
A “manual” is a weighted hand bar with weights on it. These weights can be fixed or free, allowing you to take the plates out of, or put on weight rod. Most “manuals” are solid in nature and are more common. Most gyms have a variety of “manuals” that vary in weight fro 2 pounds to well over 100 pounds.
Sometimes I have been referred to as a “dumbbell”, which does not apply here.
“Free weights” are the plates that are loose and stacked in a gym. These can be added to “bars” to increase weight or removed to reduce the weight of the bar. “Free weights have large hole in the center to slip in” bars “
Tips and Warnings
When you add or remove “free weights from a” bar “to make sure they are attached with a collar on the” bar “, before lifting
When you add or remove “free weights” from a “bar” to remove or add an equal weight at once at each end, or “bar could flip. This applies to the lifts that require a tripod to hold the weights up… Ie … benchpress, or squat rack