If you are an aspiring bodybuilder or just want to add some mass to your already impressive physique, you may be thinking about buying a few pounds of loose weight and setting up a few training machines at home. Some people may even have gone this route years ago, only to give up because they got discouraged. What makes it difficult for some to get started in their own fitness routines?
For one thing, starting a heavy regimen is counter-intuitive to most people’s sense of what can be done. A basic, ordinary bench press bar normally weighs 45 pounds, which is light enough for most people who are trying to build muscle mass and lose fat, but not strong enough to really push oneself. Oftentimes, the first gym machines you see are the ones that are very easy to use, and as such are not worth your time. In addition, many gyms frown on using any sort of free weights, as they tend to be much more likely to injure a beginner. Also, in many cases, you are not allowed to exceed the prescribed amount of weight for each exercise, which is something else that people do not typically learn until they are well into their fitness routine.
In addition, it can be hard to estimate exactly how many repetitions you should be doing for each exercise. You also have to remember that the absolute lowest amount of weight that you should be lifting is still going to be less than what you can finish if you were to use a dumbbell. It is for these reasons that many people are hesitant to begin their own fitness routines, especially when all they have to do is look at the mirror and see all those big muscles they want to work. For some people, even when they lift a barbell weight, the sight of the huge bulging biceps may be too intimidating to make them even want to start lifting weights.
There are two major differences between the Olympic barbell weight rack and the Olympic barbell weight bench. First, the Olympic bars are much wider, which allows for more weight to be lifted by a single arm. They also are much sturdier than the cheapo Olympic bars, and so lifters can lift more weight with a single arm. The Olympic plates are typically made of steel or aluminum, and have sleeves made of thick fabric. These sleeves provide support to the plate as it is lowered to the ground, and help prevent the plates from hitting each other when the lifter raises them. The sleeves also prevent the plates from rolling off the edge, which is something else that some lifters find embarrassing.
Unfortunately, the sleeves on the cheaper barbells can get so narrow that the plates can actually slip off the end of the sleeves. If this happens, there’s not much that you can do about it – you’re basically stuck with an awkward looking barbell. Worse, because the thinner width of the sleeves means that the barbells aren’t able to handle very heavy weights, they don’t last very long. Over time, the sleeves will actually start to tear and enlarge, causing the barbell to slip off the end and crash into the ground, severely limiting your lifting capabilities. Olympic weight benches offer a much wider platform for the lifter to work on, which helps prevent the barbell from slipping off the end of the bench, and prevents the bar from rolling off when raised to the top of the bench.
Olympic weight plates are usually covered with a term standard, which is a fabric laminated over metal. This term standard will ensure that the barbell is stable no matter how it is being used, and provides support to the barbell so that it doesn’t fall off the end of the bench. The most popular type of standard that Olympic weight benches use is called “grooved”. “grooved” means that the top of the bench has grooves cut into it, which helps keep the barbell stable and enables the lifter to lift heavier weights.