See our article: Olympic vs. Standard Weights
For bars with 2" diameter sleeves and weight plates with 2" diameter holes, see the Olympic Weights.
Save money by buying a complete weight set! Many of these sets are priced lower than the individual parts.
Bars / Barbells
Standard bars with 1" diameter ends, including straight bars, tricep bars, curl bars and everything else. If you're looking for a complete set with a...
Plates - Grey
Economy grey cast iron plates to fit all standard bars or dumbbell handles with 1" diameter ends (all of the standard bars sold here).
Plates - Black
Economy black cast iron plates to fit all standard bars or dumbbell handles with 1" diameter ends (all of the standard bars sold here).
Plates - Rubber
Rubber coated standard weight plates with grip holes for easier handling.
Collars are necessary for holding your weight plates onto the bar. However, bars with threaded ends come with spin-lock collars. For the rest of the...
Standard weights are most commonly used for small weight lifting setups in homes, usually consisting of just a bench, barbell, weight plates, and maybe a curl bar or adjustable dumbbell handles. The bars and weight plates are more cheaply made and are marketed entirely to the consumer market looking for a cheap weight set.
Standard weights are good starter sets for people wanting to just start lifting weights in the cheapest way possible. Many people eventually move up to olympic style weights once they realize all the benefits.
Even people who have olympic weights sometimes get standard dumbbell handles and weights, because the shorter standard dumbbell handles are more maneuverable than olympic dumbbell handles. Particularly people often find that olympic dumbbell handles hit each other too easily on the top of the rep of a bench press or military press, so the standard handles allow a freer range of motion.
Standard weights also have a low starting weight, making them a decent choice for youths and women where start-up costs are the biggest factor and long-term commitment hasn't been decided upon.
These "pancake" style standard weight plates are also used on pro style dumbbells, so standard plates are most used by very budget conscious consumers and by commercial gyms for their pro style dumbbells.
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