How do you safely remove weight plates from a bench press bar?

I’m planning to start going to the gym alone and start bench pressing free weights. My question is how do I safely put weight on and take weight off a bar without the other side slamming to the ground as soon as the weight is uneven?

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7 Responses to “How do you safely remove weight plates from a bench press bar?”

  1. Jack A said:

    If you get an Olympic weight bar, I doubt you will have that problem unless you put more than one plate on at a time on each side. Seriously though, if you’re gonna do a home gym, you should use dumbells. You will earn much better tone and form.

  2. Oliver said:

    have someone to hold it for you or ask a trainer at that gym where i go benchpress has it’s stand so you can climb under it lie down and start pressing

  3. InDanielWeTrust said:

    The bar that is used on a bench press station is called an Olympic Bar. It is long, thick, and weighs 45lbs by itself. The bar is designed so that it can hold an uneven amount of weight on each side. A general rule of thumb is, whatever weight you add to the initial side, match the other side before you put anymore weight on the initial side.

    So for example, if you add a 45lb plate to the first side, don’t put anymore weight onto the first side until you matched that 45lbs on the other side.

  4. rpw3bst3r said:

    if its a normal length olympic bar just remove one plate at a time switching sides. if it is a short bar, (like more low end home gyms have) then you can buy clasps for the bench. They look like the letter L and fasten so that they lock the bar in place so that when you remove a large enough weight from one side the unbalanced bar that would normally immediately tip off the bench will be secure while you remove the plate from the other side.

  5. Pradeep said:

    Yes, at the time of doing bench press, put first set is very light, second set should be little heavy and third set should be your last set. e.g 1st set 10 LBS, 2nd 15 LBS and third should be 20 LBS.

  6. pants on the ground said:

    the bar/rack is made so that it wont do that… dont worry about it

  7. Bea Dorin said:

    There are some attention-grabbing cut-off dates in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity but I’ll take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as effectively




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