If you’re buying for yourself, your business or someone else. The buying of weight-lifting equipment can be a big investment. Good quality equipment will last years. So doing your research and making the right decisions before purchase will save you time and money in the long-run. We’ve created this guide to help you make informed decisions on your buying, so you receive the best out of your weight equipment, no matter the reason for your buying.
We produce weight equipment for both commercial and non-commercial uses, this guide covers house (non-commercial) materials. Occasionally our customers like to buy commercial materials for their house gym to benefit from the additional build strength, performance and stability that comes with this class of materials, however, the steps we recommend for purchasing commercial materials, or even a mix of materials are the same.
Buying Weight Equipment
Home weight equipment, such as weights, weight benches, lifting stands and all-in-one house gyms can all be bought from us online, at very competitive prices.
Not only does this mean you won’t have to transport the equipment house, but you can browse our whole range and explore all their features, from the comfort of your computer or phone. House equipment are less costly than commercial materials. It generally takes up less space and is still built to high standards, but with less severe use in mind.
Whether you have a personal training business, your own gym or maybe just train to a high level. Then commercial weight equipment is going to be more suitable for your needs. Check out our commercial materials which are built to more rigorous standards, allowing for more dense, intense use and heavier loads.
How to Choose The Right Weight Equipment
Step-1Establish Your Training Goals
Unless you know what you want to achieve with your weight lifting, you won’t know what equipment you’ll require to purchase. So think clearly about your goals and what sort of training you want to do, think about your long-term goals and also consider any sports you do. Do you want to put on bulk, get leaner, train for strength or improve your fitness for sport?
Step-2Work Out Your Present Strength
You require to consider the amount of weight you’ll need to create an effective and progressive resistance. There is little point in purchasing a 50 kg barbell set for bench press whether you can already bench press 100 kg comfortably. Likewise, there is little point in purchasing hundreds of kilos of weight, whether you don’t already have a foundation of strength. Whether you have access to a gym then spend some time establishing your 1 rep max weight for each exercise you’ll be doing.
Step-3Decide How Much Weight you’ll Require
Using your max lifts you can then decide exactly how much weight you’ll require. Look at buying enough overall weight to match your 1 rep max in your strongest exercise, plus at least 10% additional to allow for progression. Whether your strongest lift is a long way off your next strongest lift, you may want to consider purchasing just enough weight to perform this lift to save money. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of weight sitting almost, only being used when you perform that one exercise.
You’ll want the total weight spread across several weight plates. So, for example, whether you decided to buy 200 kg. You could break this up into 4 x 20 kg plates, 4 x 15 kg plates, 4 x 10 kg plates, 2 x 5 kg plates, 2 x 2.5 kg plates and 4 x 1.25 kg plates.
By having a mix of larger and smaller plates you’ll be able to create any possible weight and also you’ll have smaller plates to use for making up dumbbells. Remember you can only really use plates in pairs, so it makes more sense to purchase them in even amounts.
Also, consider that you’ll only be able to load a bar with a certain number of plates, so if you’re going to be lifting heavy quite often, maybe consider more of the larger plates and only a pair of each of the smaller plates.
The next step is also important, because you may decide you don’t even want to use weight plates at all.
Step-4Decide on Exercises you Want to Be Able to Perform
So whilst you can do a push-up everywhere, it’s not going to help you train each muscle in your body. So decide on the muscle groups you’re going to be training (ideally all of them!) and decide on how you would like to train them. This will help you make decisions on the individual pieces of weight equipment you’ll require.