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Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by music88, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. music88

    music88 Active Member

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    any one know a good, cheapish place to buy a set of weights? maybe with a bench as well if its not too much, if its alot, then just the dumbell bar ones.

    im a student and im poor haha
     
  2. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Craigslist or eBay....lots of used sets out there.
     
  3. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    Craigslist is probably your best bet.....you need to find something local...or get murdered on shipping charges....
     
  4. music88

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    digitalnebula Plagiarist

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    They look like those old school plates that have a plastic exterior....
    If that is the case, you cannot drop them....they will break....:(
     
  6. music88

    music88 Active Member

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    if i know i cant drop them.....do they seem ok apart from that??
     
  7. music88

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    looked at reviews, says they are concrete!
     
  8. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    You are in the U.K.?


    yep...those are the concrete filled jobs.

    They seem pretty pricey for what you get, if I convert the price to Canadian bucks.

    Methinks for the same money you could get a better deal out of CraigsList (They have CraigsList in U.K. don't they?).

    If I go to my local thrift shop or secondhand store there are usually a couple dozen of those kind of weights there.

    I would get real steel plates because:-

    (a)The one-inch hole in a steel plate is standard....they will fit all dumbell handles and barbells.

    (b)The holes in the concrete jobs can vary in size to a specific brand.
    I have several down in my gym that I bought way back in the day that will not fit my standard one-inch barbells.

    (c) Previous posters are correct....they will not stand up to any punishment or droppage.......and the vinyl covering has a way of cracking .

    (d) They are fatter than steel plates....so when you load up a dumbell
    or barbell, you will not get as many plates on as you would if they were steel. On a barbell this may not be too much of a factor but on a dumbell it is.

    (e) Steel weight plates tend to be far more accurate in weight than the concrete jobs, which can vary quite a bit.


    Cheers.....:)
     
  9. Robert2006

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    You're paying for the "kit". Handles and box. The problem not mentioned by the others is those handles are hollow. They aren't worth anything long term.

    Quick glance at Amazon.uk found this

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fitness-Gear-collars-Tri-Grip-lifting/dp/B00554ZI1W/ref=sr_1_32?ie=UTF8&qid=1325743074&sr=8-32

    A bit more money. The barbell is short. So those are the downsides. It's only two plates so you'll want to find some small light plates.

    Or get these

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/10kg-set-id_1042451.html

    Handles are crap but the price is fairly cheap by EU standards.

    I think a few people here are in the UK. Maybe they'll know if you post a question with UK in the subject.

    Don't get too worried about exactly one inch holes. German/European standard is 28mm. Most bars etc are 25mm. Unless you intend to take a pair of calipers to the shop you'll be hard pressed to tell the difference in the shops.

    If you need higher tolerance the only choice ends up being Olympic plates with much higher prices.
     
  10. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

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    Yes....those look much better.....
     

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