Different Types of Free Weights
Dumbbells â€ - Dumbbells (sometimes referred to as hand weights) have a weight plate attached at each end of a dumbbell bar. Dumbbells are great for the strength trainer who is conscious of workout time and also has the available space. A full set of dumbbells will allow you to quickly and easily transition between dumbbells.
Kettlebells â€ - A Kettlebell is a cast iron/rubber encased ball shaped weight with a handle attached. Kettlebells offer a variety of strength training and endurance workouts for a minimal cost, they also take up minimal space, making them ideal for everyone. Some of the newer kettlebells have adjustable weight stacks (known as selectorised kettlebells). Kettlebells typically increment in 2kg steps, starting at 2kg going up to 40kg
Standard Weights â€ - Standard weights are smaller in comparison to Olympic weights and are recommended for the novice/beginner. Standard weights have a 1â€ diameter hole in the centre of the weight plate. Standard weight plates come in the following sizes: 0.5kg, 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg & 25kg. A standard barbells maximum weight is around 120kg, once you are lifting near this limit you will need to consider Olympic weights.
Olympic Weights â€ - Olympic weights are larger than standard weights and have a 2â€ diameter hole in the centre of the weight plate. Olympic weight plates come in the following sizes: 1.25kg, 2.5kg, 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg, 25kg & 50kg. Olympic weights are better suited for intermediate/advanced strength trainers who are lifting heavier weights than the novice/beginner lifter. Olympic Barbells are also stronger than standard barbells with a maximum weight load up to 750kg!
Cast Iron Weights â€ - Cast iron weights are the most popular form of weight plate, their low manufacturing costs helps keep the price low in comparison to other types of weights.
Bumper Grip Weights â€ - Bumper grip weights usually have a 2 or 3 grip design which allows easy transition of the weight. The rim of the weight plate is surrounded by rubber which helps protect the weight from chipping and also reduces the chances of floor surfaces scratching/damaging.