Incorporating weight plates into your fitness routine is an excellent way to increase your strength, build muscle, and add versatility to your workouts. With all the weight plate options on the market, it’s important that you pick the best weight lifting plates for your fitness needs. If quality is important to you, Marcy has a wide selection of weight plates, including iron weight plates that incorporate high-quality construction and materials at a budget-friendly price.
Why You Need Weight Plates in Your Home Gym
Weight plates are an ideal investment if you want to add strength training to your fitness routine. You can perform a wide range of movements just by adding weight plates to the equation. For example, if sit-ups feel too easy, try hugging a 10lb weight plate to your chest while doing the same movement. Holding an iron weight plate overhead while lunging will burn your quads while also engaging your shoulders and core.
Of course, you can also dramatically increase the versatility of your home gym by investing in a barbell along with your weight plates. Adding a barbell to your gym will allow you to do some of the most popular and body-changing movements, like:
Bent over rows
Add a weight bench and/or squat rack to your set, and you’ll practically have an entire strength-training gym right in the convenience of your home!
Added Functional Fitness
Weight plates allow for complete freedom of three-dimensional movement. With weight lifting plates, you can design a routine that incorporates full range motion to not only develop functional strength but improve range of motion.
The functional fitness benefits of weightlifting and using weight plates shouldn’t be overlooked. Functional fitness commonly refers to training your body to better perform in everyday life. Learning to do a back squat, for example, doesn’t just build amazing leg muscles. It also works your core, engages numerous stabilizer muscles, and helps you improve your overall balance and coordination. This same functionality can help you live a safer, longer, and higher quality of life.
The Difference Between Olympic and Standard Weight Plates
When you begin looking into purchasing weight plates, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether to choose Olympic weight plates or standard weight plates. The primary difference between these weights is the size of the hole in each weight plate. Olympic weight plates have a two-inch diameter hole, while standard weight plates have a one-inch diameter hole. Due to the increased hole size, Olympic plates are often larger than standard plates.
Keep in mind that if you plan on purchasing a barbell, you will need to choose a standard or Olympic barbell to match your plates. Olympic barbells are usually thicker and stronger than standard barbells, which means they can hold more weight. They are also designed for Olympic types of lifts, like cleans and snatches. If you think that you might want to try Olympic weightlifting movements now or in the future, it’s probably best to invest in Olympic weight plates. If you know you’ll only be using a barbell to perform power lifts (like a back squat or deadlift), then Olympic or standard weight plates will work.
If you are into powerlifting or Olympic lifting, Marcy’s bumper weight plates are an ideal choice. Each plate is durable enough for daily use and composed of a dense, flexible rubber material to protect the floor when dropped. Marcy’s Olympic bumper weight plates are perfect for home gyms when you care just as much about protecting your gym’s environment as you do about seeing results. Now you don’t have to worry about harming your weight plates if you ever need to bail out of a heavy lift or drop the bar.
Marcy’s weight plates come in a wide range of styles and weight variances. You can easily design your ideal lifting regimen to match your lifting capacity. Start by investing in lighter weights, and then as your strength capacity grows, you can purchase additional weights. We sell weights as light as 2.5 pounds all the way up to 45 pounds. By purchasing a few of each size weight, you can easily mix and match the weight for a wide variety of workout routines.
Where to Find the Best Weight Plates
Like any equipment purchase, you want to make sure you’re investing in the best weight plates for your home gym. With their durable construction, Marcy’s lines of Olympic and standard size plates are top of their class. Marcy’s Classic Olympic plates (available in 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35 and 45lb weights) fit all two-inch Olympic barbells and are made of high-quality materials with a rust-resistant finish. The three-hole grip pattern is designed for easy handling. The cast iron Marcy Standard Size Grip Plates (available in 2.5, 5, 10, and 25lb weights) are also made from high quality materials and features a three-hole grip pattern for easy handling. Designed to withstand years of daily use, standard iron weight plates have a durable, non-rust finish and fit most one-inch standard barbells.
Marcy has the right equipment to meet your fitness goals. Affordably priced, and constructed from quality materials, standard, Olympic, and bumper weight plates from Marcy are a smart investment, no matter which you choose. Should you need help in determining which weight plates are best for you, we’re here to help guide you to the best option. Contact us today to learn more about Marcy’s incredible line of high quality, and reasonably priced home gym cardio and strength training equipment!