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    Default Weight-lifting rod?

    Could you tell me what this piece of sporting equipment is called?

    ?????? (??????) ? ?????????
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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    It's a barbell.

    The "rod" is called a bar and the weights that you add to the ends to change the total weight are called bells.
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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    the weights that you add to the ends to change the total weight are called bells.
    I did not know that. I would have called them just 'weights'.

    I am not saying that you are wrong - I have no knowledge at all of the correct terminology for instruments of torture. I imagine that most couch potatoes share my ignorance.

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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    'Barbell' sounds to me like the unadjustable thing the Victorian strong-men in leotards used to sport. I'd just have said 'weights', or - to make it more specific to freestanding weights rather than a machine for 'pumping iron' - 'lifting weights'.

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    PS I once heard Alistair Cooke suggest that 'couch potato' was based on a pun on 'tuber'. I haven't checked this anywhere, but it's an interesting idea.

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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a barbell.

    The "rod" is called a bar and the weights that you add to the ends to change the total weight are called bells.
    This works for me, though I have never used one.

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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    In my younger, more athletic days, I was a keen gymnast. Part of our training involved lifting weights, both dumbbells and barbells. I think it's tue that gyms call them "free weights" but those are usually the smaller ones which involve holding one in each hand and carrying out a variety of lifts and holds.
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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my younger, more athletic days, I was a keen gymnast. Part of our training involved lifting weights, both dumbbells and barbells. I think it's tue that gyms call them "free weights" but those are usually the smaller ones which involve holding one in each hand and carrying out a variety of lifts and holds.
    Thank you, emsr2d2, I've just found it in the dictionary!
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    You could've saved yourself the trouble of asking here by simply clicking on the English definition (in the left sidebar labeled Languages) of the Wikipedia entry you provided in your first post. I do that sometimes with Czech Wikipedia entries and it usually works out just fine. Here:

    Barbell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    You could've saved yourself the trouble of asking here by simply clicking on the English definition (in the left sidebar labeled Languages) of the Wikipedia entry you provided in your first post.
    A very helpful tip. I don't make the mistake of assuming that everything I read in Wikipedia is automatically true (unless I happen to have written it ) but I find it a very useful tool.

    I have to confess that I hadn't spotted that sidebar.

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    Default Re: Weight-lifting rod?

    All this talk about weightlifting has worn me out. I'm off to bed....
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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