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Olympic Weight Sets

Olympic weight benches, plates and barbells are great equipment for your home gym.

Olympic weight sets were around long before the Bowflex's, cardiotrainers and other alternative work out machines surfaced, and still offer the most effective muscle building/toning workouts you can get, in or out of the gym.

Perfect for any fitness level, Olympic weight benches, barbells and plates allow you to perform hundreds of exercises to train your chest, triceps, biceps, shoulders, and all other muscles involved in these movements.

Olympic weight sets have come a long way from the original cumbersome iron plates and steel barbells, and are now much more user friendly. Following is what you should look for when purchasing Olympic weights:

Olympic Weight Sets & Plates

1. Make sure you get an entire set so you can make slight adjustments as your strength improves. Weight sets usually come in 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35 and 45 lbs.

2. If you can find the rubber-encased grip weights they are a lot easier to pick up and utlize, especially the 35lb and 45lb plates. They usually have three holes so you can comfortably slide them on and off the barbell.

3. Look for an Olympic weight set that includes a bar (7ft is standard) as well as collars to keep the weight on the barbell securely.

For a complete Olympic barbell/weight set we recommend the High Grade Olympic Weight Set with 300-lbs of plates included as well as as an Olympic bar and spring collars.

Olympic Weight Benches

1. Look for ones that can easily be converted from flat to incline to decline, so you can vary your workouts accordingly.

2. Look for quality, rugged steel construction as well as comfortable padding.

3. If possible find a weight bench with arm curl and/or leg curl attachments.

One Olympic bench that we've been quite pleased with is the Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Series Bench which is available at a special sale price at the manufacturer site.

If you have come across any great Olympic weight sets or Olympic weight benches send us an email and we'll review them for our visitors

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