is there anything bad about buying the cheapest possible weights? does it matter? i found these for like 70c a pound

is there anything bad about buying the cheapest possible weights? does it matter? i found these for like 70c a pound

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought those ones a couple years ago, haven't had any issues with them falling apart. Keep in mind that unless you buy calibrated plates, there is going to be some level of error with respect to the actual weight.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah the weight error is my biggest concern. I can't really justify spending like 200 - 250 for a pair of calibrated plates though. And all the intermediate budget weights are like 3% tolerance which I imagine these are probably close to no?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Probably, like within 1 or 2 pounds for the 45 pound plates. I don't think the error is big enough to affect training unless you are really stalling out on a progression, which for a home gym also wouldn't matter either since you will presumably be using the same weights every time. I don't notice any difference between the different brands of 45s I have.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          its funny because i have 24 pound plates (10.8ish kg) and 10kg plates and when i calibrated them myself i found that the 10kg one weighs more than the almost 11kg one

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        What I've discovered with my cheap walmart weights that are off is this. My left arm is a little longer than my right. So no matter if the weight is slightly different or my arm is slightly different it does the same thing. You just make your grip a tiny bit different on one side or the other. This only really becomes noticeable when benching. You'll see yourself pushing a little more on one side or the other. But the issue is minor.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the error is largely negligible, especially if you're using more than one plate on each side.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Consider this, 1% margin of 20kg is 20g. Fairly small. 3% is 60g (about 2 oz). A lot more than 1g
        >I imagine these are probably close to no?
        I cannot find it. Assume it's large if no claims are made. It could be as large as 5 lbs of deviation in some cases. I'd stick to only companies that make definitive claims about variance. The hassle of having to return imbalanced pl8s or buying change pl8s or any other quickfixes and such really isn't worth your time. Just buy the pl8s that list a margin of error.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          it's 200g, half a lbs.

          OP, just weigh the weights at home, write it down and adjust acordingly. Buy the cheap ones, don't fall for w/e these Black folk are telling you.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why would someone buy calibrated plates over like a postal scale and some micro plates to fix the difference? Would be a lot cheaper than a full set of calibrated I imagine

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Not putting your plate on a tire balance machine and adding lead sticker weights to balance it
      >not going to make it

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's a great idea thanks. Even cheaper. Now I feel pretty good about buying these

        exactly what i did (im [...]). weighed them and then used a sharpie to put the actual weight on them. the problem is now that i know there are imbalances no matter how hard i try to fix it lol

        [...]
        best to add weight by adding solder making sure to still keep them flat

        I feel like if I can get it within like half a pound I'll be pretty happy

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >within like half a pound
          shouldnt be too hard. if you can borrow a welder or can rent one adding welding rods would be the easiest way to do it. add a bit too much and then file them down
          the reason i havent is because i know if i start doing it ill end up spending weeks trying to get them all within a gram lol

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >within like half a pound
          it's highly unlikely your plates will have error that high. You can expect every big plate to be within 2%, and only really get larger error (5%) on the smaller plates.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous
    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      exactly what i did (im

      its funny because i have 24 pound plates (10.8ish kg) and 10kg plates and when i calibrated them myself i found that the 10kg one weighs more than the almost 11kg one

      ). weighed them and then used a sharpie to put the actual weight on them. the problem is now that i know there are imbalances no matter how hard i try to fix it lol

      grind off the excess weight

      best to add weight by adding solder making sure to still keep them flat

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    grind off the excess weight

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nah, if anything you get free extra weight because they're heavier sometimes

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cheap weights are fine.
    >bumpers were on sale at Amazon
    >cast irons were on sale at Dick's
    Haven't had any issues in the 5 years of the irons and 2 years of the bumpers. If you're going to focus your money on equipment, get a decent bar and bench.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    On the topic of calibrated weights. I bet most of you have trained at a lot of gyms over the years with those standard barbel cast iron plates. Those aren't calibrated and I imagine you never even really thought about it while training at the gym

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd rather have the thinner pl8s for when I'm stronger but for now I'm benching 2pl8s(for more than I was doing 185 like 3 months ago I'll end up pretty strong to where the weight being more centered makes it easier).

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I'll end up pretty strong to where the weight being more centered makes it easier
      i'm pretty sure that's not a thing

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Go shoulder press oly dbs vs normal dumbbells. My homegym barbell is 7ft way harder than the one at the gym.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          idk about different dumbbells but for an olympic barbell whether you use thin calibrated plates or thick ass bumpers you are still exerting force at the same point on the bar against the same total mass. it doesn't make sense for the thin plates to be easier or harder

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            with the same center of gravity

            sned

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    weight is weight, your muscles dont care homosexual

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