Topend Sports Logo

Gym Equipment: Weight Plates

A Weight Plate is a flat, circular metal plate with a hole in the center, used in weight training exercises to add resistance to a barbell, dumbbell, or weight machine. They come in various sizes, typically ranging from 2.5 pounds to 45 pounds (or the metric kilogram equivalent), and can be made of rubber, iron, steel, or other materials, each having its own benefit. 

Weight plates are a versatile piece of equipment that can be used in a variety of exercises to increase resistance and challenge the muscles. Additionally, weight plates can be used for progressive overload, which is the gradual increase in resistance over time to promote muscle growth and strength.

How to use a Weight Plates

To use a weight plate, begin by selecting the appropriate weight and loading the weight onto the barbell or machine. Depending on the exercise, you may need to add weight to only one side of the bar, or you may need to add equal weight to both sides of the bar. Ensure the weight is firmly secured to the bar using collars or clamps.

Weight PlatesWeight Plates

Exercises Performed using a Weight Plate

Some exercises done using weight plates (with barbell) include:


We do not sell this product from this website, though we sometimes provide links to sites where you can buy them.

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.

More Fitness

Fitness is the key to success in sport. Following basic principles, you can develop fitness components such as strength, speed and endurance. See our colection of exercises and fitness equipment. Ensure you warm-up and stretch before any workout.

 → How to Cite