Fitness has become a trend these days. Hence, people use different types of equipments and perform various exercises to remain healthy. Weight training uses weights to increase strength and develop specific muscles using specialized equipment. Weight plates are usually round metallic units; made of cast iron, steel, cement-filled plastic or other heavy-duty metal; weighing from 1 to 25 kg and more. Weight lifters use weight plates to add resistance to dumbbells, barbells and plate loaded weight machines.
Weight training helps to strengthen our bones, prevents osteoporosis, increases muscular strength and improves endurance. Selecting weight plates for weight training depends on your strength and training requirements.
Standard Weight Plates
Several types of weight plates are available in the market. You should therefore ask an advisor at your fitness center or local shop; and visit an internet store. World Fitness is an online store selling a variety of weight plate at reasonable prices.
A standard weight plate is comparatively lighter and mostly suitable for trainee lifters. They are plastic-coated or bare cast iron plates, with a 1 inch central hole; and easily fit into smaller commercial barbells or home gym equipment.
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Olympic Weight Plates
The Olympic weight plate is a round or hexagonal, cast iron plate with a 2 inch central hole to fit Olympic sized barbells; found in commercial gyms and used for professional weightlifting by power lifters, body builders and athletes to lift heavy weights.
Select a weight plate that provides a firm and tight grip, such as plates with hollow sides that function as handles; or ribbed plates to avoid slipping. Choose rubber-encased plates as they serve as a protective coating; are more durable; and also offer a reliable grip for sweaty hands.
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