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About our Weight Plates

A cracking set of nice weight plates can become the bedrock of any respectable home gym. There’s a little more to consider than can be apparent at first, each set is designed to serve a specific purpose that you’ll want to align perfectly with your training goals.


The first most notable snippet of knowledge we can hand out is weight plates sizes, they come in two options. This is related to the centre hole diameter, it varies between standard 1 inch and Olympic 2 inch, or these are the most common sizes. The best differentiator we can give is standard suits the beginner to intermediate lifter best, with Olympic appealing to the more advanced lifter as they’re generally more expensive.


Bumper, cast, vinyl or rubber coated! Why so many options? Each material lends itself to purpose, quality and cost. Here’s how they vary:


Bumper: Designed for Olympic powerlifting and strength training that requires dropping

Cast Iron: A fantastic everyday durable design that will stand the test of timeli

Vinyl: A super choice for beginners, lighter weight options and cost effective

Rubber Coated: Another great everyday plate that’s easier to handle than cast but more expensive


The last consideration is, how much weight do you actually need? Some long-term thinking will serve you well here. It’s worth putting forward a larger upfront investment to have a mega set you can grow into as you progress, but you can always just buy more weight as you need it too. A few smaller sizes work a treat to help gradually increment up.


We’re determined to help you lead an active lifestyle in a way that’s convenient and sustainable for you. If you feel you need more guidance we have plenty of in-depth buying guides, or we’d be thrilled to hear from you. Chat with us on-site, at hello@exercise.co.uk or on 0345 1666 200.