Why a Thick Bar Steinborn Lift?

by Roger LaPointe

Roger LaPointe performing a Steinborn Lift with a thick bar shot-loaded barbell.

I have always loved the Steinborn Lift. So, the question is, why do a thick bar Steinborn lift?

Well, one good reason is if you can’t seem to clean the bar, this is a good way to get it in position for lifting the bar overhead. On a non-rotating thick bar that doesn’t have knurling, there is a good chance that I wouldn’t have been able to explosively lift it. Of course, I may have just done that lift because it’s fun to do, especially with a real shot loading barbell.

As I have been going through old photos, for a project soon to be announced, I found these great older shots of me doing a Steinborn. These shots are about ten years old and, if I remember correctly, the shot loading barbell was empty with a weight of about 150 pounds, with a non-rotating 2 1/4 inch diameter, un-knurled bar. I was lifting in the 69 kg Class at that time, or 152 pound bodyweight.

Essentially, you lift one end of the bar and completely upend it. A shot loading bar is perfect for that, with the rounded heads. The shot will also help the process, as gravity makes it shift. Once you find the center of the bar with your shoulders, you cantilever it down while squatting under it. Finally, you stand up with it and put it over head with either a press from behind the next, or better yet, a jerk from behind the neck.

That is a great lift for a show, because you can have people from the audience try to lift it, then you quickly and easily have it over head and back down on the ground. Then move on to your next lift. The weight will not actually be so much that you are really exhausted. If your bar is of large enough diameter, there is no way anyone will be able to clean it.

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All the best, Roger LaPointe
“Today is a good day to lift.”

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