Never thought I'd get around to trying them, but I've found myself forced into it due to a hand injury. I gave it a try today, but I really struggled. Not so much because of the weight, but because of difficulty in balancing the bar! :O Those short bars with the endcaps (I can never recall the proper name for them ) are quite easy to balance-a proper bar loaded with plates, not so much. (the empty bar, coincidentally, isn't too hard-but slightly wobbly) I could use some advice in figuring this out. The toobs I've found so far aren't too helpful. Thanks in advance!