Barbell etiquette is something with which everybody should be familiar. We have good quality bars and plates at CrossFit 717 and we want to keep them in good shape. If you take care of the equipment, the equipment will take care of you.

Not sure of your barbell etiquette? Here are the basics.

In general bars and bumper plates are NOT built for constant dropping from overhead. 5 and 10 pound bumper plates should not be dropped at all. However, they can be dropped in case of emergency and with very heavy or maximal attempts.

Drop bars during workouts only in case of emergency. If you are unable to lower a bar under control during a workout then the load is too heavy for you.

If you drop a bar, guide it to the floor. Don’t just drop it from the shoulders or overhead.

Load bars with the biggest plates possible. Don’t use 6×10 and 2×15 pound plates on the bar, take 2×45 pound plates.

Load the biggest plates on the inside, never on the outside. There is no surer way to break a bar than if you load 5 pound bumpers on the inside, and 25 pound or heavier plates on the outside. See photo for clarification.

Don’t mix metal and bumper plates. The only exception for this are plates of 2.5 and 5 pound plates.