Best strenght training plates according to redditors

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u/LiveAndLetLift · 30 pointsr/Fitness

>Should I expect the same level of gainz

Typically no.

>or do I need to tailor my expectations?

usually, this.

Invest in some fractional plates if you can.

and use those to move your progress along.

u/1800suckthisdick · 16 pointsr/Fitness

get the half pound plates?

I mean, a PR is a PR even if it's half a pound :)

u/JustinCampbell · 7 pointsr/homegym

These half-pound plates are actually just stall mats cut in circles:

u/vatothe0 · 7 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

Power Rack, oly bar, weights, bench. All you need right there.

Basically the same power rack my gym has.

Decent bench

Quality bar and enough weight to keep you busy for a couple months.

You can probably find some of this on CL for dirt cheap though. Especially the bar and weights since they are a PIA to move.

u/Cropitekus · 7 pointsr/worldnews

Yes, well, as long as the free stuff isn't 300-Pound Olympic Weight Set

u/superpony123 · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

You have to buy microplates/fractional plates. You can get them on amazon.. Make sure whatever set you get, its for olympic bars, not standard bars otherwise they will not fit on the barbells at your gym (just about every gym ever uses standard olympic size bars, usually regular oly bars or olympic size power bars. Despite being called "standard," standard diameter bars are NOT the norm. If you've ever done a group class like Body Pump, those really skinny bars are standard bars) . For now you will probably be able to progress with 5lbs for a few weeks but you will find yourself stalling soon enough--you kind of HAVE to have fractional plates if you want to follow any linear progression model for a prolonged period of time, and as the program says its recommended you follow 2.5lb increases--which indeed can only be done with fractional plates

u/acus · 6 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

One thing I saw is how GreySkull LP does the last set AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible) when you deload. Makes it a game when the weight is easier. Not strict StrongLifts but might give you something to do when you have to deload that is challenging.

For OHP the smaller weight plates are big. Would recommend buying a set if your gym doesn't have them.

1.25 lb:

Or use your food scale to weigh out something that is the right weight and can be put on each end of the bar.

u/hangonlittletomato · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

I finally bought fractional plates a few weeks ago because a 5 pound increase is simply too large for bench and OHP. I got these Ader Fitness Olympic Fractional Plates from Amazon. They've been great so far!

u/CritterM72800 · 6 pointsr/Fitness

Sure. If it helps, here are the exact ones I bought:

  • Bench
  • Barbell set
  • Squat rack
  • Weight tree

    All are about the cheapest I was able to find. If you have some extra money, I'd definitely suggest a better barbell, or a power rack or at least a 1 piece squat rack instead of the 2 piece that I got. But that works fine for me.
u/Biorocks · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

It is amazing the progress after (almost) 6 weeks of SL. Its fun and has hooked me on lifting for sure.

My main feat this week was DL for sure!

Here is my progress over 6 weeks:

Deadlift 95lb start to 155lbs today. Next increase I will be a couple pounds away from bodyweight!

Squat 45lb start to 110 for 5x5. I failed on 115 for the 3rd time today so de-loading to 100pounds next time. I can tell I need to do so, my form went to hell at 115 and was not great at 110). I feel like it is a mental Feat of Thorsday to be ok with this de-load and recognize the importance of it.

Bench. 45 lb start to 80lbs for 5X5 (My first bench fail was this week when trying 5x5 at 85 pounds this week.

Row 45lb - 70lbs for 5x5

OHP 45 - 52.5 for 5x5 (Ugh, so slooooow to progress)

Last week I finally got some small plates and had success on finally progressing for OHP today. I plan to use them for all my upper body things from now on since I am starting to struggle with 5 pound jumps on all three. These if anyone is interested. No prime shipping but still ended up cheaper then anything else I found for just 1.25 plates.

u/MuttonTime · 6 pointsr/Fitness

I bought these last year for less than $30 (13.50 + shipping):

Worked great for me.

u/adamantbarbell · 6 pointsr/homegym
u/Gp626 · 5 pointsr/Fitness

This is going to be contrary advice to the rest of the thread, but if you've tried the programs on here, and you aren't into them, then try something else.

The lifting/fitness world has changed heaps over the last 10 years. And the programs that are being heralded as the 'must-do's' today, are likely to be mocked in the future (while something even more ancient will be dusted off, given a catchy name, and be the next big thing). The programs here are great, but they aren't the only things that work.

Find a program that works for you, because a program that you enjoy doing, and can stick to, will beat one that is widely popular and well regarded, that you hate doing.

My favorite program I ever did (which co-incidently gave me the best results) was 5 sets (8-6),(6-4),(4-2),(2-1), all increasing weight (Burnout 8-12) and then superset (8-10)

I'm guessing that if I posted it here, I'd get 47 different posts on why it wouldn't work and isn't optimal, and how I should just do a Wiki program.

Maybe it wasn't optimal. But I loved the shit out of doing it. And it either worked because it was good, or because I loved doing it week after week after week. Or a combination of both. And that is the secret that underpins everything. Lift stuff that you find heavy. Eat, rest, REPEAT.

The Wiki programs are great. But there are others. Find one you love doing

(PM if you want my old one. I'll dig it up from somewhere)

Also: One of the best investments you can make is some olympic microplates. If you are finding your progression stopping, give it smaller increments. Go up 1/2 a pound, rather than 5. Also, if you are pushing weights that your body struggles to lift, eventually your body will adapt (so long as you are lifting, eating and resting). It's impossible not to get stronger. Just like it's not possible to give an honest attempt at running almost daily and get no fitter.

u/atheologist · 5 pointsr/xxfitness

If the dumbbells at your gym are metal, look into getting a set of magnetic fractional plates like plate mates. My dad uses them in his home gym and they make a big difference.

Even when you are able to switch to the barbell, fractional plates are a godsend. I have a set that includes .25 lbs through 1.25 lbs., so I can increase in smaller increments.

u/flexxx · 5 pointsr/Fitness

What in the hell are you guys using for search terms???

u/niomosy · 5 pointsr/Fitness

The problem becomes getting creative enough to work 1.25lb per side in when many gyms only go down to 2.5lb plates. Perhaps ankle weights or something?

Might actually be a decent idea to buy a couple 1.25lb plates to bring with you. $8 for a pair on Amazon isn't too bad. Shame Sportchalet and Sports Authority don't seem to have them listed online.

u/Arcanis888 · 5 pointsr/rva

Edit: SOLD

I've got a 40 lb adjustable dumbbell set and 4x 10lb plates I'm looking to get rid of. Cost me a total of ~$100, would be willing to let them go for $50 OBO.

Here's the set:

Here are the 10lb plates:

u/TheOpalArchangel · 5 pointsr/bodybuilding

I've been thinking about getting these to do smaller jumps than 5lbs. So it is possible, but yeah - they were likely talking out their rear. haha.

u/lzsmith · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

>I'm going to try the tethering and giving her her meals throughout the day as reward. I had not been doing this because I feed her a raw diet, but with her being sick he food will probably change, in the meantime, she can have some dry version of the prescription food she's on right now.

That's great. It can only help.

If you need 20 minutes of peace and quiet, a kong stuffed with water-soaked kibble and then frozen is like a doggy pacifier. Same thing when you go back to raw--shove the meat in kongs and freeze them. The time she spends licking food out of the kong is time you can shower or do whatever without having to confine her and without her getting into trouble.

Just, don't bother with feeding meals in dishes. Find a way to use the food, either for training or to keep her busy in some other way.

>I like the idea of a 30 foot leash and was considering getting one so I could take her hiking but since she got sick, I do not feel comfortable taking her to the dog park, day care, or anywhere else where she could spread any germs she may have.

Sounds like taking her out to a remote field or wooded area is the perfect exercise then, if she's well enough to walk around. Even if she's just sniffing around and looking at stuff, that will tire her out mentally and help her be more calm back at home. Any activity she gets is valuable at this point.

>I should have added this, when she was at work throwing a fit in the kennel, she was on (natural) sedatives. I also have chemical sedatives for her and it doesn't work. She works herself up so much in the crate that when I take her out, she ends up passing out (not literally fainting but exhausted napping). Effective, but extremely counter productive and it makes me feel like an asshole and a bad doggy mom when I absolutely have to kennel her and she does this.

Does she do any better in a larger, open area like an x-pen? Then there's no roof, no small enclosed space, and she can still see everything through the open sides. Might be less traumatic?

If not, does she do any better with tethers than crates/walls? You could rig up a semi-portable dog anchor with a solid metal weight and a chew-proof tether, e.g. +
Anchor + frozen stuffed kong would keep her quiet and safe for at least a little while, if a tether is less traumatic for her.

Coming at restraint from a different angle, have you heard of Dr. Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol? It's a sort of method for teaching dogs to plant themselves in one spot and be very relaxed staying put even when exciting or stressful things happen around them. That would be the perfect sort of exercise to spend her breakfasts on for a while.

Here's the standard pdf handout for that:

and you can find a bunch of video examples on youtube by searching for something like Karen Overall Relaxation Protocol. Here's one example:

>I was able to call a company that specializes in training difficult dogs with behavioral issues. They are coming to the house Wednesday afternoon. I'm hoping she has some suggestions to get me through the next month until I can get in with the licensed professional.

That's great! I'm glad you were able to find someone to help out so soon. I haven't read other people's replies here yet so maybe I'm beating a dead horse, but specializing in training difficult dogs rings some alarm bells for me, because that's how trainers often market themselves when they're into fighting battles of wills with dogs using old-school confrontational methods.

I'll spare you that lecture though--as a shiba inu owner, I'm sure you already know that battling wills is not the smartest way to go with clever, independent dogs. And I'm sure you did your homework before choosing this company.

Just...listen to your gut instincts. If they tell you to do something that doesn't make sense or that you're not comfortable with, you're within your rights to refuse at any point. I've known trainers whose solution to her crate and barking problems would be to lock her in the crate, hit the front of it and scold her every time she makes noise, and refuse to let her out until lays quietly. Anyone tries any shit like that, flooding her and punishing her through her panic, I hope you show them the door straight away.

But anyways. That's not going to happen. Here's hoping they have helpful suggestions to make life easier and help her settle in with you. Good luck.

u/munt4life123 · 4 pointsr/weightroom

Where do you guys buy micro plates? Found this on amazon, but wondering if they would fit on the barbells in my gym. Also Jesus 30 bucks for 1.25 lb plates?!

u/loopy212 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

You can pretty much make linear progress adding 5kg per workout starting out.

Eventually you'll want to get your own set of 1.25 kg plates (and probably 0.75kg and 0.5kg plates also).

It sounds like you're describing a standard olympic bar; you can find micro plates for olympic bars only for pretty cheap. Here is a set I have that gets the job done.

u/YouHadMeAtDontPanic · 4 pointsr/leangains

(Hey, I replied to you on the other thread as well)

  1. Do you mean 5 sets or 3 sets of 5 reps each? While the former is not necessarily a terrible idea, it does depend on some factors. Are you trying to cut, bulk, or recomp? How advanced of a trainee are you? If you are cutting and are going to be in a caloric deficit, more sets may actually prove detrimental. One of the benefits of Reverse Pyramid Training is how well it pairs with Leangains for preserving/building muscle during a cut.

    Also, I'd avoid broscience ideas that sets/reps create more "definition." How defined you look is going to depend on the amount of muscle mass you have and how low your body fat is.

    2)I'd modify that plan so that your first work set is a weight that you can do AT LEAST 3 reps with, and then work your way up to 6 or so reps before adding more weight to the bar.

    I think always starting with a ORM is likely to sacrifice form and unnecessarily fatigue you prior to your real work sets. I'd be happy to see any evidence to the contrary, but my understanding/experience has always been that using a weight which allows me to crush out several reps with proper form will yield the greatest improvement.

    I think part of this is that it will naturally take longer to double the number of times you can press or pull your ORM than it will to add another rep to a weight you can already press/pull more times. Once you become an advanced trainee (or if you already are) you will be fighting even harder for every extra pound or rep, and you must train accordingly

    *One helpful tip Stuart Mcrobert mentioned in his classicBeyond Brawn is to get yourself a pair of 1.25 lb plates, so that you can still increase the weight by a total of 2.5 lbs should 5 lbs be too much. When it comes to progressive overload, every improvement counts.

u/RainingRabbits · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

I ordered mine off Amazon. I actually got these and spray painted them hot pink.

u/projhex · 3 pointsr/Fitness

You might want some fractional plates and as someone else mentioned, adjustable dumbbells or the olympic dumbbell handles.

If you get the handles you'll want to pick up a couple more 2.5lb, 10lb and 25lb plates so you have four each. The fractional plates will work with these too as you can combine the .75s with .5s and 1s with .25s in order to increase dumbbell weight by 2.5lb increments (1.25 per side for each dumbbell).

A curl bar wouldn't be bad if you don't like curling with the flat bar. It's nice for skull crushers and some other exercises as well.

An ab wheel or some ab straps to hang on your rack to do core stuff.

u/bethesaurusrex · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I bought a set that includes .25,
5, .75, and 1.0 lb plates, for 5 total lbs, and the ability to make jumps as small as .5 lbs. They've been fantastic when I remember them!

edit: specifically, these are the ones I bought

u/pukefist · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Annoying gym goers aside, she should pick up a set of fractional plates. Regardless of gender, they're awesome once a lift gets to the point when you can't add 5 pounds every time.

u/A_FitGeek · 3 pointsr/powerlifting

Quick lookup on amazon. Looks like you can't get 45lb plates but they do come in 50lbs.

Take a look over at /r/homegym you may get some ideas for your new equipment.

In my personal experience I would recommend investing in a new barbell or look to do it in the near future. That bar is going to bend eventually.

Edit: I re-read the original post, I misunderstood the question. I can not find a 1' barbell that weighs in at 45 pounds. Still I recommend you use what you have and if you invest any money at all to do it with standard equipment.

u/o_hey_there · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

It is super hard for women to continue to increase by 5lb on upper body strength lifts. I bought 1/2 lb weights so that I could increase my OHP, bench, and row in smaller increments and it's one of the best investments I've made.

Here's the link to what I've bought if you're interested:

Edit: I just realized this might not be as useful a solution for everyone since I lift in my home gym while most people have gym memberships. I think you could probably bring your own extra weights to a gym unless you were told otherwise?

u/carpenj · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I bought micro plates on Amazon. They live in my office gym, I'm one of only a couple here that lifts weights so they never get touched. Maybe keep yours in your gym bag, they aren't that heavy to carry around. Link below.

44SPORT Olympic Fractional Plates -Pair of 1.25 lbs Black Weights

u/TheMadPeterson · 3 pointsr/homegym

If you want to save money, go the Craigslist route.

For new stuff?

The best "cheap" barbell is the CAP Barbell's OB-86B. Anything cheaper and you run the risk of getting a shitty, rusted out bar that will fall apart as soon as you put more than 100lbs on it.

As for weights? The cheapest are CAP's 300 lb Olympic weight sets. They weights are crappy, and you may have to file down the holes so it doesn't scrape you bar, but it's the cheapest you'll find brand new. Take the shitty bar that comes with it and sell it on Craigslist for like $50 (if it doesn't arrive already broken).

I've heard mixed things about the Titan rack, but it's probably the best of the budget racks. Supposedly, the quality is improving.

u/robzomba · 3 pointsr/weightroom

Rack -
Bar -
Plates -
Bench -
Not sure why you want a mirror, and probably leave out the kettlebell if you want to stick to basics, feel free to message me if you need some more help. Also craigslist is extremely hit or miss, but is pretty good for buying the plates. Also, given his former SEAL status, consider crowdfunding to help with money.

u/Mikey4tx · 3 pointsr/gainit

Have you looked into fractional plates? They are really light, like 1/2 pound or 1 pound each. I've been happy with these:

The jump from 65 to 70 lbs is pretty big, and fractional plates would allow you to break it up... Achieve 66, then 67, etc.

u/flanny0210 · 3 pointsr/homegym


  1. Don’t buy standard weights, you’re limiting your gains.

  2. That setup will make you top-heavy (bench only and is more geared towards upper-body)

    What’s your budget? You should mainly be looking at a bar/plate weight set, power rack, and bench. Those are the essentials to get you started

    Edited with examples:

    [Power Rack] (

    [Bar/Plates] (

    [Bench] (

    Those are just examples of what you should look can adjust according to your budget, and of course always scout out Craigslist/FB Marketplace/any second-hand sites in your area.
u/Jamieson22 · 3 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

I bought a set of these for OHP:

Now progress at 2.5lbs instead of 5lb. Hoping it keeps me going!

u/ccampbellsos · 3 pointsr/ketogains

My initial set up when I didn't want to spend a huge amount, but wanted the capability to do any major lift was as follows:

Bench and Rack

Barbell and weights

Plate Rack


Plate compatible dumbbells

I highly recommend buying a few extra plates if you plan to go heavier, I picked up 2 more 45's, 2 25's, 2 10's on top of what that set comes with. I was happy with it until I upgraded the rack and bench as my gym grew.

u/Diablo-D3 · 2 pointsr/bigdickproblems

Honestly, why aren't you building a gym at home? All you need is two dumbbell bars, an olympic weight bar, a pull up rack, and enough space to do pushups comfortably and sit all the gear so its not in the way. It is cheaper to own these than paying the gym membership.
For the dumbell parts and smaller plates
For larger plates, individual
1 inch threaded bar

And for a pull up rack, get a Stamina or XMark power tower. They have a bunch of different models, get one that fits your needs.

Unless you're a body builder, this is all most people need unless they're focusing on very specific things.

u/kitchenmaniac111 · 2 pointsr/Korean

이건 역기 판이에요? 아니면 한국어 말을 몰라요 ㅠㅠ

고향하고 대학교 헬스장에 역기 판 중에서 2.5파운드(1킬로그램 정도) 판은 제일 가벼워요. 하지만 제가 2.5파운드 판보다 더 가벼운 판을 쓰고 싶어요.

u/pblock76 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I just got a basic home gym for simple barbell training.

Got this power cage for Squats, OHP, Bench, etc.

Best value one I could find that doesn't suck, and these are great because you can do more than just squats and the safety bars let you squat really heavy without a spotter.

Cheapest full 300 lbs olympic barbell set I could find anywhere:

Comes out to $561 total, then you'll need about $30 for a bench.

Good luck! Its so much easier going to your garage a few times a week than to the gym, I highly recommend it!

u/bsdboy · 2 pointsr/homegym

I recently bought a 300lb weight set, one thing I found out through my research was that I don't know the first thing about a nice bar (knurling types and location, argh) and weight seems to cost about $1 per lb.

I ended up buying a VTX by Troy set, 300lbs, including the bar, which was $439 with free shipping. (Here's a link if you're interested:

That set for $200 is priced very aggressively. So aggressively that I'd be suspicious. Bodybuilding is a pretty reputable site, and the price on amazon is about 2x. There are some complaints about rough quality on the weights, but that's easily dealt with with either a dremel or chisel.

My opinion, that appears to be a hell of a deal on a low range product and it'll definitely get the job done.

edit: Just clicked on Order, the shipping is $111.92. There's the catch!

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

> Dumbells in 2.5lb increments

you could always get some of these

u/ThaDynamite · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You can buy them off of Amazon.

This is the pair I got. Unfortunately, they're out of stock right now, but they ran for $20 when I got them a couple of months back. The ones I see on Amazon now are these, which are slightly more expensive, but they should do the job.

u/daaangerz0ne · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Just get these and carry them with you

u/haterade_clicktivism · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've been using Phrak's GSLP, just with adjustable dumbbells, plus a few sets of 1" weights at 1.25lb, 10lb, and 25lb, also from amazon.

Basically you can put this together just with amazon.

Here's the replacements I used:

  • Upper body:
    • one-arm DB OHP
    • one-arm DB bench press, using a couple floor risers similar to this as a bench
    • one-arm DB rows
    • DB curls, or chinups (if have chinup bar)
  • Lower body:
    • DB swings
    • DB clean and push-press
    • DB reverse lunges


  • for upper body, since all lifts are one-armed, just increase the weight by 1.25lb plate each time (instead of 2.5lb on a bar, it's 1.25lb on a dumbbell). Yes, this means you'll have a slightly unbalanced DB, but 1.25 is very low; it's easy to balance by gripping close to that side
  • for lower body, increase by 2.5lb per DB (instead of 5lb on a bar)

u/firethequadlaser · 2 pointsr/homegym

You could just use a standard 1" barbell like this, it would be a more cost-effective solution. You could then purchase however many standard plates as you wish.

It won't look as fancy as the Les Mills version, but it will probably last longer.

u/OatsAndWhey · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

Running nSuns while on a slight caloric surplus will definitely add muscle as well as strength! Since it's an LP, I highly suggest picking up some micro-plates, since you might not be able to add 5 lbs to your bench each week. I recommend adding only 2.5 lbs to your bench & OHP, and between 5 and 7.5 lbs to your squat & deadlift each weekly cycle. You'll enjoy a more steady gain in strength for a longer period. Oh, and if you're using the nSuns spreadsheet for your weights, tick the "kilograms" instead of "pounds" box, after you've entered your starting weights for lifts; then it will display the weight to be lifted in 2.5 increments. Just use pounds instead of kilos, but use the numbers the kilos setting gives you. Does that make sense?

u/notsofst · 2 pointsr/weightroom

I picked up a pair off amazon.


Or here.

Or here.

Or any of the other links.

u/schoolsbelly · 2 pointsr/Fitness

$12 for two on Amazon

u/david-w-144 · 2 pointsr/homegym

300lbs cap barbell set with bar for $175.

Cap Barbell 300 Pound Olympic Set, Grey

u/fumblesmcdrum · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Random questions -- taking weights on airplanes.

Has anyone carried on a fractional plate set? Did it cause you any problems?

u/jakitgt · 2 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

I got these ones... a bit more expensive, but I had to start going up 1.25 on OHP at 75lbs.

u/Birdslapper · 2 pointsr/Fitness

First off, kudos to you for trying to better yourself at your age. The fact that you made that much progress with your asthma is really admirable. So there are a few routes you can go with home fitness. I was in your shoes when I was your age, and I made do with what I could get my hands on (when I started it was just a 15lb, 20lb, and 30lb dumbbell). Also, once you finish reading this comment, READ THE FAQ! You'll learn A LOT!

There are a 2 viable options:

  • Bodyweight fitness (calisthenics): The FAQ has several body weight regimens that are all very viable. Also check out /r/bodyweightfitness if you are interested. The most expensive thing you'll have to buy is a pull up bar and those are like $15 or $20 if I remember correctly.

  • Dumbbell Handles: These are a cheap alternative for dumbbells. You buy the handles and then you buy whatever weights you'll need. These are also available at sports authority and the like. This way, lets say you get 4x5lb plates, and 4x2.5lb plates. The handles themselves are 5lbs each. Now you have the equivalent of 2 5lb dumbbells, 2 10lbs, 2 15lbs, and 2 20lbs. And much more options if you use all the plates on one dumbbell. When I bought these I got weights enough to be 50lbs on each dumbbell (8x5lbs, 4x10lbs, 4x2.5lbs) and it cost be $100 with the handles brand new. I'm sure you could find a deal on craigslist or ebay. Ultimately, if you have little options and don't want to do bodyweight fitness, these are a great investment. If you had extra money you could get a bench set off of craigslist with a barbell that has the same measurements as the dumbbell weights. I'm sure you could find something for $50-100. And right there for 150-200 you have your own set of dumbbells and a bench press.

    However, remember that all of this is useless unless you are dieting correctly. Getting fit is mainly your diet. And for that I won't type out, read the FAQ.

    Lastly, I want you to know that just you making this post is inspiring to me. And the progress you've made so far. It really makes me want to step my own game up. Good luck my man and after you read the FAQ ask any and every question you have =)
u/Baron_von_Brotein · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

No prob. I keep these in my gym bag at all times, and pull out whenever necessary.

Good luck! Make sure to report back in when you hit swole mode.

u/tomismaximus · 2 pointsr/Fitness I'm not a huge fan, but they sell a lot of cheap shit. I bought some collars with free shipping for like $11. I'm sure they have 1.25lb and other micro plates with free shipping for reasonable prices.
there are even some that are like $2, but I think you have to buy other shit, so they will ship it but if you just search micro plate, fraction plate, etc. there are a couple different styles/prices.
Btw, you do the same thing I do and spell "Rogue" the wrong way :P but I find their shipping prices terrible.

u/YupYesYeah · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Shrug I can deadlift 405lbs and my OHP 1RM is an amazing 135lbs (barely). At a certain point you just kind of accept how terrible it is. If you aren't genetically gifted you're pretty much doomed to have slow OHP progression. I can't tell you how many stall -> deload -> stall -> deload -> finally up work sets by 5lbs -> stall -> repeat type of cycles I've gone through. I actually just ordered these to see if they make a difference, as I'd love to go back to linear style progression on my OHP, even if it's by ~1lb per workout.

My bench took months to go from 135->155, then it picked up and went up to about 175 pretty quick then took months to get into the 190's. Repeat that type of progress and I'm finally up to a 225lb 1RM after 10-11 months.

For a long time my bench was easily 50% of my squat, even now it's 65% or so.

Edit: As far as the deadlifting thing, I can't say I've ever experienced that. Sorry I can't offer any advice outside of make sure you're setting up properly and not letting your shoulders lose tightness.

u/skisquatch78 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I just picked up these for $20. Still ridiculous if you look at it as $/lb but change plates are always expensive.

u/JP-FIT · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bought my own plates from amazon 2.5 1.25 Like others have suggested though you can buy chain and just find a way to afix it to the bars think wrapping it around then using bands to keep it on.

u/TealcLOL · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Another set was kind of expensive, so I just ordered these for under $1 per lb. They look like they should work even if they don't exactly match. Thanks for the reply.

u/JoshvJericho · 1 pointr/Fitness

I bought this set a while back when I was first getting things going and it was on sale at the time for $180. The bar is crap but it'll hold the weight (i think 300lb limit). I later bought the training barbell from American barbell when is was on sale for $250 shipped. My bench starting out was the rep fitness flat bench
and its still going, though I stopped benching ~5 months ago. My original rack was wooden and home made, but I saved up some cash and bought this rack, which I love. I also bought safeties for it, but those mostly collect dust now. My Iron plates now just sit in the corner waiting for someone to buy them as I only use bumpers now, which are a mix between the vaughn plates from fringe, onefitwonder plates from fringe and comp bumpers from rogue as well as rogue change plates.

Its been a long time coming and I'm still assembling what I want (ie more bumpers and one day a GHD), but for now it's perfect. I lift in there about 5 hours a week, minimum. If you're lucky, your area will have a good selection on craigslist, mine doesn't so I've had to buy new.

u/eric_twinge · 1 pointr/fitness30plus

I picked mine up from EliteFTS. It doesn't look like they them any more, but this is the closest one to them. Mine are the non-competition grade; they were $16. They have other brands you can look though, too.

I also had a pair of these before that I lost.

u/shlevon · 1 pointr/Fitness

The barbell bench doesn't really have any abstract advantage over dumbbells beyond convenience of loading. The first is the issue xqby brought up, that incrementation by default has large jumps. You can circumvent this, however, assuming the dumbbells you use can have magnetic plates attach:

A pair each of those will allow you to increase the total weight (weight of both dumbbells together) in 2.5 increments, just like 1.25 lb plates allow with barbells. This will cost you a good chunk of $100, somewhat absurdly, but it's a fairly permanent solution to the incrementation problem IF your dumbbells allow magnetic attachments.

2) When you start getting really heavy, e.g. 100+ lb dumbbells, just getting the damn things in position to press can get annoying and you actually have to be very careful about picking them up and then getting them into place for that first rep. Despite being an otherwise arguably safer movement, VERY heavy dumbbell bench can get awkward to the point where you can start to jeopardize that a bit.

However, if you have dumbbells that allow magnetic attachments you can pretty much have a beginner scale from very light dumbbells to fairly heavy dumbbells as long as you have access to the magnetic plates above.

There is nothing in principle about this better or worse than getting stronger in the barbell bench. As a guy with screwed up shoulders I find dumbbell bench easier to handle, and the lack of needing a spotter as you approach limit weight or reps is rather nice.

u/The_Rick_Sanchez · 1 pointr/homegym

It was that set but it's $300+ right now. 2 Christmas' ago it dropped to half price when I bought it and it randomly does this.

I think you may be able to get a better deal by just going to a used sporting goods store. Playitagain near me sells weights at 40cent a lb.

Edit: Seems that it went on sale again last december too for $175. Just wait

u/soleoblues · 1 pointr/xxfitness


I had my own, and just stuck them on the end when I couldn't make five lb jumps.

u/RustyDogma · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I bought mine from Amazon. $19 with shipping, and I use them every week as do better raising in 2½ increments instead of 5.

u/ScatterbrainAtheist · 1 pointr/Fitness

This good in your opinion? I figure I can start off with that, benching isn't a must right now, as I am trying to increase my push-up max. I figure I can buy a rack and bench later on down the road.

u/wildcrazyhungry · 1 pointr/homegym

This set is a good starting point. Allows you to get a bar and weights fairly cheap. Then you can focus on a rack and bench. Also browse amazon for other things. I bought my landmine on there as well. Much cheaper then rogue and other places.

Cap Barbell 300 Pound Olympic Set, Grey

u/Schnort · 1 pointr/Fitness

regarding #2: I just purchased 'fractional weights' via . They're standard washers with 2.125" inner diameter holes. They're supposed to be .625 lbs each from what I've read.

I bought 8 for $16 + shipping (which I don't know how much that was yet due to their oddball website that doesn't say...I figured it would be cheaper than the total cost of the amazon set below, though).

Or you can buy some sets from amazon for ~$50 delivered for a set of 8 .5lb weights on prime. From that link there's others, but I found they were all pretty silly expensive for shipping (like $25+) or they were expensive in general (like $20 for 2 weights, plus silly shipping).

edit: I just noticed you're in india, so my suggestions may not work. also, are you confusing lbs and kgs? The smallest weights generally available are 2.5lb, not 2.5kg...

u/GhostBond · 1 pointr/Fitness

> Yeah, sometimes I would up the sets to 5x5 and sometimes add a rep or two to each set. Could just up the reps I suppose.

It's just a suggestion, but even the author of fierce 5 points out that the difference between different reps scheme between 5 and 10 is minor. Go with whatever works for you.

> I think the problem with pendlays was poor form which I couldn't improve and balance. Also, feeling like u wasn't actually doing anything and hurting my lower back.

That sounds like what I was saying - your back muscles don't want to activate for the lift. So your body reroutes to the lower back muscles to try to do the lift - which are WAY out of the way and it results in back pain.

He has a section on the 1st page titled "I'm having a hard time with pendlays. What am I doing wrong and can I sub it out?". Unfortunately he gets a little bro talk with "just learn the form" - it's not just a matter of form. Your back muscles don't want to activate, and they need to activate in order to do the lift safely (and effectively).

I'm not sure what to add - I'd expect you'll have the same issue with stronglifts and their rows. With SS you'll just replace one issue with another - not doing rows means not working the back, and worse, not having a needed pulling exercise for shoulder health. A lot of people who lift regularly end up with shoulder issues often needing surgery to fix them.

I did a physical therapy program that helped me activate muscles that weren't working for me - both back muscles and certain core muscles that are much better at supporting me when leaning over. It's not an easy "just do this 1 easy step every day and you'll be cured!" thing though.

It's not a good idea to keep doing rows if they're hurting your lower back though. They shouldn't be hitting your lower back at all if I understand them correctly.

P.S. If you're curious, the book I bought was "Tom Danielson's Core Advantage". He's a biker who worked with a very good physical therapist. The posture correction routine has been a gigantic pain in the ass for me, but also fairly effective at helping to get muscles working that just weren't activating before. Sitting in my car gotten way more comfortable for example, not that I have core muscles working.

> Definitely prefer dumbbell bench, didn't know I could buy things like that but I'll look into it.

That's cool, here's a link if you're interested:

Like I said the cheaper way is wrist weights, but they're bulkier to carry with you and look a little silly lifting with. But they're like $10.

> I think the program is rounded for the most part, only I think the volume is slightly too low. Usually the start and end of the workout is good (I add ab work to each workout), but Pendlays and RDL can sometimes suffer so it doesn't feel too cohesive at times. Front squat would be hit and miss occasionally too but that's something I can work on.

The author of Fierce 5 specifically writes "Differences in high reps and low reps are WAY over emphasized especially for beginners. Don’t over think tiny details. See the photo below." If you feel like your body likes higher rep sets, or they're more motivational, just change them, as long as they're between 5 and 10. It's not a big deal. Do what works for you (that's the same attitude I've seen the author regularly have in responding to questions).

I think that unfortunately your issue with Pendlay's is probably because your back muscles don't activate, that's a common problem but authors skip it because it's annoying to try to solve.

> Writing about it now is making me realise how good it is, but I do have a lot to think about. I think by adding sets and reps i was always thinking I was doing something wrong - now I have more confidence to just do what feels right.

It would be stupid to change it to 2 reps, or 50 reps, but any number of reps between 5 and 10 is fine. Other programs sometimes do 15, 15 is the point where you lose benefits by doing more reps.

u/LiftingMore · 1 pointr/StartingStrength
u/souponastick · 1 pointr/xxfitness

You can also try fractional plates. I had to get them to progress on my OHP. They are so cute! I carry them around in my gym bag with me and I used to be embarrassed to use them, but now people ask me to borrow them.

u/Bangle30 · 1 pointr/homegym

I have These

u/1998114 · 1 pointr/homegym

I’ve tried these and they’re pretty damn strong. But I’ve only tried it with regular dumbbells. Looks like some of the reviews say it works fine on Powerblocks but I’m not sure how well they could mount on the Ironmasters

u/Imreallythatguy · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm looking for a set of Olympic weights and found one on Craigslist for $190. It's a full set ranging from 45 down to 2.5 totalling 255 lbs. Comes out to around 75 cents per lb. In your guys experience is this a good deal? Seller says they are new out of the box.

It's this style:

u/RecoveringRed · 1 pointr/Fitness

These are what I got. I like them, not sure about shipping for your location though:
1 1/4 lb. Grey Machined Olympic Plates (Pair)

u/424f42_424f42 · 1 pointr/homegym

thats what i linked ... amazon can also get down to about $300

u/Easter_Bunny · 1 pointr/Stronglifts5x5

Depends on who you are, and how much you want to spend, and what you're going to be doing with them.

Personally, I like something a little nicer for that price.

Here are a couple of options, both include the bar:

In the end, weight is weight so long as it's accurate. Some weights can be off a little bit, or have the center hole milling off. When you get them put them all on a scale to make sure they're accurate. Probably good to start off with about 300lbs, a lot of sets start here. If you plan ahead now you can get a set you can add to later so you don't have a mixed bag of different manufacturers weights.

u/Pourmewhiskey · 1 pointr/homegym

That's a great purchase, paid double for the old IM's that go up to 90 with the magnetic weights and happy with my price.

They came with these

Which I find very useful.

u/klobbermang · 1 pointr/weightroom
u/HukIt · 1 pointr/homegym
u/Dodgson48 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Wait, don't oly barbells need plates with 2" holes to fit? It looks like those plates are for standard barbells.

I've actually been looking for oly 1.25lb plates on Amazon, and I just noticed these. Might want to check them out.

u/Lizabetanne · 1 pointr/xxfitness

My gym doesn't carry them either, but I've found these on amazon. The weights are .5#, which allows you to increase your weight by a pound rather than 5.

u/EntropyFighter · 1 pointr/Fitness

We all know progressive overload is the tits. Problem is, upper body gains can be tricky. It doesn't like to go up by 5lbs at a shot, which, at least at my gym is the only option (2.5lbs per side).

Get yourself some fractional weights and you can add as little as 1lb at a time. It helped me get over the hump on my bench and OHP and will do the same for you.

Tip of the hat to Johnny Pain from the Greyskull LP for the tip.

u/Aulm · 1 pointr/Fitness

Personally use my microplates a lot. More than I thought I would before getting them.

Here's what I got. $40 for 8 lbs, 1/2 lb increments. Not the cheapest but not overly pricy. Way higher quality than I was expecting too.

u/rieoskddgka · 1 pointr/Fitness

They have cheap ones now on amazon. $1.28 each and free shipping if you add them on to a $25 order. Mine are coming today.

u/CommonReview · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

I got a pair of olympic plate loadable dumbbells and some tiny olympic fractional plates but its only worth it if you do a lot of dumbbell stuff like I do.

u/KyBourbon · 1 pointr/Fitness


Best Christmas present I've ever received (thanks Mom!)

u/J4nG · 1 pointr/gainit

Not sure if you have the budget for this, but it's $20 to own your own microplates. For me, it was well worth the investment.

u/johnnybh · 1 pointr/homegym

This is the basics of my current set up. I recommend all these products (except titan bumpers as I don't own them but I assume they are similar quality to my no name bumpers).

Titan T-3 squat stand with dip bars and spotter arms

Titan plate storage

I bought my bumpers off craigslist but Titan has theres out now at a reasonable price.
I use 6x45lbs



Cap 2x45lbs 2x5lbs 2x2.5lbs iron plates

Cap OB-86PBck Barbell

Valor Fitness DA-6 Flat Bench

Cap spring collars

Total price- 1440.35 + shipping if necessary

Could always find plates or bumpers on craigslist for cheaper.

Pic of my setup-

u/jmdgmom · 1 pointr/xxfitness

I lift at home :)! To be fair -- my husband got into it a few weeks before I did; he got all of the weights and built a squat rack.

We both use the Stronglifts 5x5 program. He had a bit of prior lifting experience and I had none at all. I really like it -- I started at similar or even lower weights than you did (I was afraid of injuring myself) and have loved seeing progress from workout to workout.

Your equipment sounds good, but I would add that if you do Stronglifts, buy a set of fractional plates (like this -- so that you can keep making progress.

While I agree with the other posters that a coach would be the best thing, we form check each other and use the videos on the Stronglifts website and Allan Thrall's youtube videos (as well as other youtube videos) to check our form.

I second /u/grev's comment too -- make sure you know how (or educate yourself on how) to be safe while lifting, especially when you will be pushing your limits. The first time that I couldn't get up from a squat was a little scary, but my husband was there to help me out and we talked about what to do if I were on my own and reached muscle failure.

u/Bran_Muffinator · 1 pointr/Fitness going to have to disagree with Arthur on this one. Get yourself some fractionals, their available on

As a novice, your goal is to gain strength. Now for the first few workout sessions, you could just increase the weight by 2.5kg. However, this will cause you to platuea very quickly. Monkooli seems to have hit this point already, so its time to introduce smaller increments to advance his progress.

Source: Every beginners strength program in existence.

Frac plate:

u/xnet445 · 1 pointr/Fitness
u/thebucketbot · 1 pointr/weightroom

I got these from Amazon.

u/TheSeeker00 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Buy a set of 1.25s. I never regretted it. I bought these.

u/smcdow · 1 pointr/Austin

I didn't see any, but I wasn't looking for them. I'd call and ask. Also I found these:

u/tabletaccount · 0 pointsr/Fitness

For $100 more you can get 255 lbs of weight with your bar. Cap Barbell 300 Pound Olympic Set, Grey