Friday, December 6, 2013

The One Piece of Fitness Equipment You Might be Missing

When outfitting a Garage Gym or even a fully functional commercial facility, we often think of the big ticket items:
Here's the standard equipment that most functional fitness gyms are outfitted with.  But are they missing that one small item that is necessary?
Here's some of the usual suspects in the functional fitness gym

  • Pull Up Rig
  • Barbells
  • Bumper Plates
  • Kettlebells
  • Medicine Balls
  • Gymnastics Rings
And even some of the other essentials:
  • Abmats
  • Jump Ropes
  • Plyo Boxes
Yep, all of those are definitely winners that get the job done well and open up a ton of exercises for you and your athletes.  But there is one little thought of yet very essential piece of equipment that is really important to any facility, even the home gym - the steel weight plate.  And even with it's small price tag, it can easily make the difference between a PR and frustration.

It is very common to outfit the Home Gym or Affiliate with 160lb-190lb of bumpers per athlete.  That set normally consists of the following bumper plates 10lb - 15lb - 25lb - 45lb.  If we stop for a moment to consider what weights we can get on the bar with a pair of each of these, the need for a set of 5lb and 2.5lb steel weight plates becomes evident quickly.
This little piece of equipment can be the difference between success and failure.
Is this the missing piece in your gym?

Our chart below shows that with the addition of 15lbs worth of steel plates [a pair each of 2.5lb and 5lb] you can get 23 different weight combinations than you could with just the common set of bumpers.  That's an amazing fact considering that 15lbs worth of plates will cost you less than a couple tickets to the movies.  And some of these incremental weight changes are super important to strength gains.  When you are quickly approaching a max on shoulder presses, deadlifts, or back squats sometimes a 20lb jump just isn't possible.  If all you've got at the gym are 10lb bumpers then that's the minimum jump you can make.  But with a set of 2.5lb steel plates, the 5 pound jump may make the difference between you wearing a smile all day versus feeling defeated.




45lb Bar
2.5lb
5lb
10lb
15lb
25lb
45lb


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2
2
2
2
2
65lb
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x



70lb
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x

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75lb
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80lb
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85lb
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x


90lb
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x
x

x


95lb
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100lb
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105lb
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x

110lb
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x
x


x

115lb
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x

x

120lb
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x

x

x

125lb
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x
x

130lb
x
x


x
x

135lb
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x
140lb
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x




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145lb
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x
x

150lb
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x

x
x
x

155lb
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x


x
160lb
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x

x


x
165lb
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x
170lb
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x


x

x
175lb
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x

x

x
180lb
x
x
x

x

x
185lb
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x

x
190lb
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x

x
x

x
195lb
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x
x
x

x
200lb
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x
x
x
x

x
205lb
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x
x
210lb
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x

x

x
x
215lb
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x
x
220lb
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x


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x
x
225lb
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x
x
x
230lb
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x

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x
x
x
235lb
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x
x
x
x
x
240lb
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x
x
x
x
x
x

For the payback that the 2.5lb and 5lb steel plates bring, they are worth much more than the investment.  They'll keep strength gains coming when your body isn't ready to make the bigger leaps. Stretch the usefulness of your bumpers with a few sets of steel weight plates.