The main apparatus of weightlifting is the barbell. It includes the area gripped by the athlete and supports the immense load of disc weights on either end. For men’s competition, the bar is 2.2 meters (7.2 ft) long and weighs 20 kilograms (44 lbs). For women’s competition, the bar is 2.01m long (6.6 ft) long and weighs 15 kg (33 lbs). The grip section also has a smaller diameter on the women’s bar than the men’s. 


The discs used in Olympic competition are either rubber plastic (10kg-25kg) or metal (0.25kg-5kg). 

Their weights and colors are as follows (pounds are approximate): 

  • 25kg (55 lbs): red 

  • 20kg (44 lbs): blue 

  • 15kg (33 lbs): yellow 

  • 10kg (22 lbs): green 

  • 5kg (11 lbs): white 

  • 2.5kg (5.5 lbs): red 

  • 2.0kg (4.4 lbs): blue 

  • 1.5kg (3.3 lbs): yellow 

  • 1.0kg (2.2 lbs): green 

  • 0.5kg (1.1 lbs): white 


Weighing 2.5kg (5.5 lbs) each, a collar is placed on either end of the bar to secure the weight plates. The weight figure listed for a lift includes the weight of the discs, bar, and collars combined.  


This is the surface on which lifts are attempted. It is square and measures 4 meters by 4 meters (13 feet, 1 inch by 13 feet, 1 inch). Athletes must stay completely on the platform when attempting a lift.