Weight training is a useful part of any fitness regime. Not only is it a great way to improve bone and joint function, bone density, and muscle, tendon and ligament strength, but it also helps with cardiovascular performance, balance and focus. The barbell, bars and weight plates are arguably the most important pieces of functional weight training equipment available. While your weight equipment needs will vary depending on your level of training, Little Bloke Fitness has something to suit everyone.
At the broad level, there are two main types of bars and weight plates – determined by the diameter of the hole in the centre of the plate / diameter of the end of the bars. Standard sized weight plates and standard barbells have a smaller connection with bars at 27mm-288 and plates with a 29mm-30mm hole. Olympic weight plates and bumper plates, and Olympic barbells and bars can have a centre hole diameter of around 51mm, with a barbell end diameter of 50mm.
Weight plates are a type of weight lifting equipment used to add resistance to adjustable barbells and dumbbells, as well as plate-loaded weight machines. Depending on the intended purpose of the weights and the price, weight plates can be made of steel, cast iron, rubber coated steel solid rubber or even cement-filled plastic (steer clear of these ones). They come in a variety of shapes and finishes. Both beginners and experienced lifters benefit from the use of weight plates and they usually form the basis of most of the compound free-weight training exercises (such as bench press, squat and deadlift).
Little Bloke Fitness stock standard sized weight plates in cast-iron, and Olympic weight plates in rubber coated cast-iron and solid rubber bumper plates.
Bars and Barbells
The bar (or barbell) is synonymous with weightlifting. It is one of the most important pieces of functional weight training equipment. A barbell is effectively a long iron bar to which weight plates can be added on each end to vary the load. It is designed for use with two hands. Both beginners and experienced lifters benefit from the use of barbells and they usually form the basis of most of the compound free-weight training exercises (such as bench press, squat and deadlift).
Standard or Olympic?
Weight plates come in two main sizes – standard weight plates and Olympic weight plates (including bumper plates).
Standard weight plates are the more common of the two styles. They are identified by a smaller centre hole diameter. Standard sized weight plates are on average cheaper than Olympic plates. At Little Bloke Fitness, our standard weight plates are a dark grey hammertone plate, have a 29mm centre hole diameter and will fit nearly all standard dumbbells, bars and barbells.
Olympic weight plates tend to be favoured by those lifting heavier weights. The corresponding barbells are generally stronger, have rotating shafts, and tend to cost more than regular barbells. They are also often packaged with power racks.
At Little Bloke Fitness, our Olympic weight plates are a rubber coated black plate, have a 51mm centre hole diameter and will fit nearly all Olympic dumbbells, bars and barbells.
Bumper plates are a solid rubber Olympic weight plate that is designed to be dropped onto a lifting platform. These are a must have for anyone into Olympic lifting or crossfit where dropping weights may be involved. However, as they are solid rubber, they do carry a higher cost premium.
At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock both economy bumper plates and elite or premium bumper plates. Economy plates tend to get thicker as their weight increases, limiting the number of heavier plates that can be used on the one barbell. Elite bumper plates have a steel core that allows for them to be made thinner, meaning you can fit more on a barbell.
Change plates, also known as fractional or micro plates are olympic weight plates made in smaller sizes ranging from 0.25kg through to 5kg. They offer tremendous flexibility for all lifters at various strength levels. Athletes, youths, women, men, seniors, advocates of progression training, and individuals rehabbing are some of the areas where small weight increases are sometimes desirable.
For more information on the differences between standard and Olympic-sized equipment, check out our blog post on the topic here.
At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock a large range of weight plates and plate accessories to suit all types of training purposes. We can offer personalised advice based on your needs and type of training, whether you’re a professional lifter or just starting out with weight training. Simply call us on 03 9041 1953 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.
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Are you ready to take your training to the next level? Browse our range of plates and value for money bar and weight packages. It’s safe and easy to purchase from Little Bloke Fitness. We accept various payment methods from Paypal and credit card, to bank transfer and cheque. If you’re picking up your order from our store, you can even pay on collection.