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About Weights and Barbells

Weigh plates and barbell sets, dumbbells and kettlebells (also known as free weights) are often considered the most versatile workout tools available. Favoured by experienced bodybuilders and weightlifters, free weights offer an inexpensive route to strength training. 

Using free weights such as weight plates and barbell sets, dumbbells or kettlebells incorporates the stabilising muscles that enable you to perform the exercise movement, making you more effective in producing overall muscular strength and power. Thanks to the lack of restriction that you would otherwise have with weight machines, you can perform a wider range of exercises that carry over to everyday life, whilst allowing your body to move throughout all three planes of motion.

Weight Plates and Barbells

A must for those serious about their resistance training, weight plates and barbell sets are used by professionals worldwide, and are available in a number of different types.

Standard Weights and Bars

Ideal for all users, whether you want to build your strength or simply tone muscle. Particularly ideal for beginners, Standard Weight Plates come in various sizes, allowing you to choose the right weight for your needs and ability. Standard Weight Plates have a 1” diameter hole in the centre and are available from 0.5kg to 25kg, whilst Standard Bars have a maximum weight capacity of 120kg, making them ideal for those not wishing to get advanced bodybuilding results.

Olympic Weights and Bars

Olympic Bars are longer and stronger than Standard Bars and are able to withstand a maximum weight load of 750. Olympic Weight Plates therefore come in heavier sizes with a 2” diameter hole in the centre of the plate. They are available from 1.25kg up to 50kg. Olympic Weights are better suited for intermediate/advanced strength trainer who are lifting heavier than the novice/beginner lifter. There are a number of different Weight Plates available, including Cast Iron, Bumper Grip and Rubber plates.



Sometimes referred to as hand weights, dumbbells have a weight plate attached at each end of a dumbbell bar. Great for the strength trainer who is short on space, dumbbells help you build overall muscular strength and can be used for a huge range of exercises to target different muscle groups. Available as Fixed Weight Dumbbells, Adjustable Selectorised Dumbbells and Interchangeable Dumbbell Sets, there’s a dumbbell type for any lifter.



Kettlebells are cast iron or vinyl ball-shaped weights with a handle attached at the top. Used for strength and resistance training, kettlebells are an extremely efficient and effective way to train your body in almost every aspect of fitness including endurance, strength, agility and balance. Available as fixed weight Iron Kettlebells, Vinyl-Coated Iron Kettlebells, Neoprene Covered Kettlebells, Competition Kettlebells or even Selectorised Kettlebells, they typically increment in 2kg steps, starting at 2kg up to 40kg.