Tri Grip Olympic weights from £1.35 per kg @ fitness superstore
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Tri Grip Olympic weights from £1.35 per kg @ fitness superstore

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Found 17th Mar 2013
Tri grip Olympic weight plates at a very reasonable price - seen them going for more than this second hand.
These are standard 'cheap' plates, but I like the tri-grip design which does seem easier to load and unload than flat plates or ones with smaller hand holes (they are sold under a few names).

Prices from £1.35 per kilogram - for the 2x20kg option.

4x1.25 - £7.99
4x2.5 - £14.95
4 x 5 - £29.95
2 x 10 - £29.99
2 x 15 - £43.99
2 x 20 - £53.99
2 x 25 - £73.99

Postage is fairly reasonable, though I popped in to their Manchester store as I was passing that way anyway - nice guys that knew their stuff it seemed.

Please note that Olympic weights have a 2" hole, while most 'standard' weights only have a 1" hole. You can put the bigger weights on a smaller bar if you don't mind them being a bit loose. You can also get adaptors, though they're more intended for machines.
I started off with 2x10 and 2x15 olympic weights I got in a set, which I used on a 1" standard bar until I got a proper bar - worked ok when there was normal 1" weights either side and meant I already had an ok selection when I did get the bigger bar.

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Very good deal for those of us aware of olympic weight prices. Could do with a few more 20s cheers mate.

Great deal i have bought a set of these and they're solid just make sure you have some sort of rubber mat to avoid cracks.

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I'm planning to make a couple of 'bumper plates' from some old car wheels - should be able to get them to be 20 or 25kg each. Then will need a slight platform for the right height for deadlifts, however.

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I'm planning to make a couple of 'bumper plates' from some old car wheels … I'm planning to make a couple of 'bumper plates' from some old car wheels - should be able to get them to be 20 or 25kg each. Then will need a slight platform for the right height for deadlifts, however.



great idea may have to do this myself!

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I've got hold of some 2" ID steel (which was quite hard to find and has a seam inside, so will need a bit of work) and have a good supply of old steel wheels luckily - will probably just weld it straight on.

For the same on my 1" bars, I was considering making it by drilling some holes in an existing plate to match up with the wheel bolt holes.

Does hotukdeals even lift?

Neckbeard

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Any good deals on an Olympic barbell?

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Worth keeping an eye on ebay for local ones, as often don't get a lot of bids.
Do check it's not bent beforehand. Place it on a rack or similar and spin the middle with the end close to something solid so you can see if it's moving.
I got a bar with 2 x 20kg plates on ebay for £72 or so. It was a last minute bid as I happened to be passing through that way the next day to pick up. Should have asked first if it was (didn't make trouble as I didn't). Apart from that, it's a nice bar with decent bearings. Hope to get another at some point and keep this for squats etc. For the moment, been meaning to add a dot to the top to keep it upright.


Don't think you'll get much cheaper than fitness superstore buying new.
£55 for a 7' one - couldn't find any cheaper on ebay when I was looking around.

If you need the weights as well, can get some very good deals on ebay - for instance, say 125kg of weights 7' olympic bar, bench and power cage all for £300.

Thanks for the advice.

So 2 x 25 kg ( 50 kg total) would cost £73.99 .... That's cold

Il need at least 120 kg - 160 kg , would cost me too much
Edited by: "HJboss" 25th Mar 2013

Voted HOT!!

Even scabby old second hand Oly weights fetch £1/KG these days.

To the guy above with the Marcy bench, get them on flea bay, they will easily go for £1/KG

Long gone are the days of brand new Oly plates at 90p/KG

Heck, even back in 99 brand new York plates were selling for £1.30/KG

Of course in 2013 (where some outlets have Oly weights slated at £2/KG) the OP price is very good, especially for the molded handle style.

Good deal.
Edited by: "BILL6253" 25th Mar 2013

One of my mates recently bought a 7ft olympic with spinlock........takes forever to change weights.

Good idea on the car wheels and steel bar - you could weight the set-up to be 60kg, for the bar and wheels,, giving a nice starting weight to load onto. Also like the thought that the diameter will be bigger than the plates, saving risk of cracking.

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As per above, I'd generally advice going second hand if you can HJBoss, after all they're just lumps of metal - but these are the cheapest I can find new.
I got the smaller sizes (5, 2.5 and 1.25) from their shop as it was going to be cheaper for me overall and less hassle.
If you know of anywhere cheaper still; love to hear it as I still wouldn't mind another 2x10kg maybe (or maybe 2x25kg, which'll keep me going for ages).

York plates are listed at £50 for a basic 20kg cast and £70 for a rubber-coated tri grip - so £2.50 and £3.50 per kg respectively!

Kingb4:
Just as a point of note; an 'Olympic' bar should have spinning ends, this would make it quite hard to have 'splinlock'.
However, some standard sized bars (1" wide rather than the 2" for olympic) are sold as 'olympic' because they're 7' which is the standard Olympic size - or just because they decided it'd be good marketing!

Kingb4

One of my mates recently bought a 7ft olympic with spinlock........takes … One of my mates recently bought a 7ft olympic with spinlock........takes forever to change weights. Good idea on the car wheels and steel bar - you could weight the set-up to be 60kg, for the bar and wheels,, giving a nice starting weight to load onto. Also like the thought that the diameter will be bigger than the plates, saving risk of cracking.



olympic bar with spinlock? i have yet to see one

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Brilliant find - I bought some gear for my home not too long ago - Quite reluctant to pay for weight discs as they're so pricey! These are much more reasonable than that I've seen! Thanks, heat added!

I never buy weights until they are recommend by Lee Parsons. Cold.

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Kingb4:Just as a point of note; an 'Olympic' bar should have spinning … Kingb4:Just as a point of note; an 'Olympic' bar should have spinning ends, this would make it quite hard to have 'splinlock'.However, some standard sized bars (1" wide rather than the 2" for olympic) are sold as 'olympic' because they're 7' which is the standard Olympic size - or just because they decided it'd be good marketing!



This one is Olympic in the sense it takes the plates with 2" holes, rather than 1" on the standard bar. The ends dont spin.....they are threaded, the same as my first Weider weights set from Argos.....

I have the bodypower 7" olympic set up (bought as a set, then added some extra 20's) - would advise anyone buying this to check the sprin-clips - one of mine barely fits on the bar

hwangeruk

I never buy weights until they are recommend by Lee Parsons. Cold.


haha this made me chuckle the guy who looks 10 stone wet through who can lift 5x his bodyweight!!

Kingb4

This one is Olympic in the sense it takes the plates with 2" holes, … This one is Olympic in the sense it takes the plates with 2" holes, rather than 1" on the standard bar. The ends dont spin.....they are threaded, the same as my first Weider weights set from Argos.....I have the bodypower 7" olympic set up (bought as a set, then added some extra 20's) - would advise anyone buying this to check the sprin-clips - one of mine barely fits on the bar



No way dude, thats mental LOL

You have a 2" Oly bar that has threaded/spinlock loading pins?

Wow that would do my head in, especially on drop sets!

Do you have a link to this thing, really I'd love to see it, that sounds funny as.

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Hey abs are made in the kitchen, PR's are made in the neckbeard.

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haha this made me chuckle the guy who looks 10 stone wet through who can … haha this made me chuckle the guy who looks 10 stone wet through who can lift 5x his bodyweight!!


He is strong though
Must confess, even recalling the original thread did make me titter like a schoolboy. Happy dayz

BILL6253

No way dude, thats mental LOLYou have a 2" Oly bar that has … No way dude, thats mental LOLYou have a 2" Oly bar that has threaded/spinlock loading pins?Wow that would do my head in, especially on drop sets!Do you have a link to this thing, really I'd love to see it, that sounds funny as.


I sent your comment to my mate - he sent a response, saying its good enough for Mariusz and sent a link: youtube.com/wat…;v3 (although I note that Mariusz doesnt bother spinning the collar on.......

Great deal. TY

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Ta for the video - never heard of the 2" spin locks either - very rare, thus questioning it!

Kingb4

I sent your comment to my mate - he sent a response, saying its good … I sent your comment to my mate - he sent a response, saying its good enough for Mariusz and sent a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-1Z1mmJ1io&v3 (although I note that Mariusz doesnt bother spinning the collar on.......



Cheers for the vid, very interesting.

I wonder who makes those? It has to be some company out of either Eastern Europe or Scandinavia? It looks to have quite a whip to it, I wonder if it's maybe a training bar of some sort with a light load capacity?

I've used many different bars over the years - texas power bars, high end bars from elekio and ivanko - but I 've never even seen those before, very odd. Heck, I don't even recall seeing them in the specialist catalogues from places like Pullum Sports in Luton.

Whats even more odd, is that the video you linked has obviously been seen by millions over the last ten or whatever years, yet not many seem to have noticed the spinlock oly bar being used? I found one thread on BB.com discussing it but nowhere else.

Still definitely not for me though LOL

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BILL6253

I've used many different bars over the years - texas power bars, high end … I've used many different bars over the years - texas power bars, high end bars from elekio and ivanko - but I 've never even seen those before, very odd. Heck, I don't even recall seeing them in the specialist catalogues from places like Pullum Sports in Luton.


Out of interest, would you say a 'high end' bar was worth it over a cheaper one?
Doubt I'm ever likely to have much more 220kg on one, say (and currently deadlift at 137 is my biggest lift, but all still going up).

Definitely wouldn't recommend spin lock, he got it off ebay, so no idea on the specs......

I have the bodypower bar, rated to 320kg. Currently deadlift 200kg, you can feel it flex, but not excessively. Wouldnt go for ivanko etc until you are lifting really heavy.....there stuff costs a fortune

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Out of interest, would you say a 'high end' bar was worth it over a … Out of interest, would you say a 'high end' bar was worth it over a cheaper one?Doubt I'm ever likely to have much more 220kg on one, say (and currently deadlift at 137 is my biggest lift, but all still going up).



I liked your post because it reminded me of asking similar questions twenty years ago.

High end bars are always worth it, but in the context you refer (ie: general, hardcore gym lifting) then no.

Most of the top guys I've known used whatever Oly bar was in the gym at the time, the chrome covered ones from china that sell for about £70 in Fitness Superstore or wherever.

The high end bars are worth it when a top lifter wants to concentrate on having everything nice and in place when going for a heavy PB or record, but as nice as a brand new bit of kit from Ivanko or Elekio is, the fact is most gyms (and the top athletes in some of them) will just use the same imported Oly bars from china, the 500KG capacity one being the most oft found.

The expensive bars have have a nicer finish; it's not that the bog standard chinese bars are crap, not at all, its somewhat more subtle than that. The expensive ones just look and feel like more like completely finished products. For example, you won't see the "chrome flakes" coming off a nice Elekio. If anything, lets say you were a top deadlifter, you would no doubt have a few generic chinese bars to kick the **** out of during most workouts, and your expensive bar/s for more serious stuff like comp practice.

My first bar was the 320KG/704lb Oly bar, again from China and it served me well.

If you can get the 500KG model, go for that one, it's usually only about £20 more than the 320KG version anyway.

There is also another version of the Chinese Oly bar that comes in with an approx 700KG capacity. I like it, but one thing I found with the 700KG bars was that the diameter of the bar (not the loading pins, but the bit where your hands go) on some of them was a little larger than the standard Oly bar, so bear that in mind. If I recall it was something like a couple of mm larger that the usual 28mm/1.1" standard and may have in fact been around 32mm/1.2". This doesn't sound like a lot but if you are picky about wanting the same tackle for deadlifting (where bar thickness is relevant) then it might irk you a wee bit.

Now, don't get me started on crap power racks LOL
Edited by: "BILL6253" 29th Mar 2013

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Cheers, all good to know.
I am tempted to make a DIY 'axle' for deadlifting as I do want to improve grip/wrist strength too, so not TOO worried by diameter.
But will probably end up second hand again. Stuck a bid on a 80kg+olympic bar+bench for £107 last night and outbid by one person, so it went for 109 and they got a bargain!

BILL6253

Now, don't get me started on crap power racks LOL


Heh; my current 'rack' is made out of random bits of wood I had lying around!
Got to add in a couple of square steel tube I used to have a campervan bed supported on as 'safety bars'.

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Cheers, all good to know.I am tempted to make a DIY 'axle' for … Cheers, all good to know.I am tempted to make a DIY 'axle' for deadlifting as I do want to improve grip/wrist strength too, so not TOO worried by diameter.But will probably end up second hand again. Stuck a bid on a 80kg+olympic bar+bench for £107 last night and outbid by one person, so it went for 109 and they got a bargain!Heh; my current 'rack' is made out of random bits of wood I had lying around!Got to add in a couple of square steel tube I used to have a campervan bed supported on as 'safety bars'.



Your wooden rack is at least better than the crap sold by body solid though. **** me they do some crap racks. They must use 1mm thick steel at most.

Watsons do good thick bars, a 2" thick bar should do the trick, about £70

watsongym.co.uk/pro…ar/

Failing that, just get a length of scaffold pole. They are 48mm as opposed to the 50mm of an Oly bar, but the plates fit and many guys use scaffold poles for thick bars. You could always add a strip of leather to each side of the scaffold pole at the ends to take it to 50mm if you really need the plates to be flush.

Edited by: "BILL6253" 30th Mar 2013

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My rack could do with a bit more cross-bracing, which I'll add in when I make it a bit wider (had been limited by a 5.5' bar). Has done me fine so far, to be fair.

Also useful to know to avoid the cheap ones; have been tempted by people selling a rack with weights, bar and bench for circa £300 before I bought stuff individually.

I was thinking of buying a bit of 50mm/50.8mm mild steel bar - It'd be about £120 including vat new, but may be able to get it for less if I keep an eye out*. That'd come to a 32kg or so for a 7' bar. Add in a couple of my planned DIY-Bumper tyres and we're talking maybe 85kg or so, then weights on top. I'm presuming I'd never even get close to having an issue bending a 2" solid bar!

* I got 1m of 2" ID mild steel tube with a 3mm or so wall for a fiver from the local metal place to make some 'micro weights' (.625g and maybe .312g, .25g/.5g etc).
Though so far I've just stuck .625g worth of mechanics sockets in a plastic bag and that's done fine!

Edited by: "_g_" 30th Mar 2013

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My rack could do with a bit more cross-bracing, which I'll add in when I … My rack could do with a bit more cross-bracing, which I'll add in when I make it a bit wider (had been limited by a 5.5' bar). Has done me fine so far, to be fair.Also useful to know to avoid the cheap ones; have been tempted by people selling a rack with weights, bar and bench for circa £300 before I bought stuff individually.I was thinking of buying a bit of 50mm/50.8mm mild steel bar - It'd be about £120 including vat new, but may be able to get it for less if I keep an eye out*. That'd come to a 32kg or so for a 7' bar. Add in a couple of my planned DIY-Bumper tyres and we're talking maybe 85kg or so, then weights on top. I'm presuming I'd never even get close to having an issue bending a 2" solid bar!* I got 1m of 2" ID mild steel tube with a 3mm or so wall for a fiver from the local metal place to make some 'micro weights' (.625g and maybe .312g, .25g/.5g etc).Though so far I've just stuck .625g worth of mechanics sockets in a plastic bag and that's done fine!



All sounds pretty cool mate.

Be aware though, that when you make the axle and start dropping it from eight feet over head or whatever it WILL bend the most thick of bars, It's not a matter of "if" but "when". Of course, if you are the only one using it ie: it's not going to be used by dozens of guys in the course of a month then that "when" moment will be much farther down the road.

I've seen two inch thick bars ruined by being used as an axle and dropped with 140kg on them, so if you are going to build an axle, be sure to use a bar you can afford to lose it the worst happens. The tires/wheels just do not fit as flush as the proper weights (no **** lol) and as a result (due the the ballistics/physical forces the ill-fitting tires exert on the bar) you will knacker the bar sooner or later. Realistically though, as you say, you probably won't have issues.

The good thing about the thick axle though (and I'm assuming you don't currently have a world record breaking grip?) is that the weights you will use will no doubt be governed by the weak link in the chain, which in the case of thick bar work, will be the grip. Any dudes reading that have never used a thick bar, try one, you'll see what I mean from the moment you pick it up. I've seen guys that can pull 500lb on a regular bar that couldn't pull 300lb on a two inch thick bar. None of which is a bad thing, nothing works grip like thick bars so it's a good thing to be doing.

Edited by: "BILL6253" 31st Mar 2013

Very good weights at a very good price.

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Has this auto expired or something? Checked and the prices are still the samem.

Ta for the further thought BILL, by the way.

Gonna get ripped y'all

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londonstinks

Very good deal for those of us aware of olympic weight prices. Could do … Very good deal for those of us aware of olympic weight prices. Could do with a few more 20s cheers mate.



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Just out of the deal issue. Can anyone tell me what different between Olympic weights and cast iron weights? Which one is better? or which one is suitable for which?

oly weights have a 2 inch hole and are 7ft, standard have 1 inch and are normally 5, but sometimes 6/7ft.. . generally a oly bar will be able to hold alot more weight, although this depends on the quality of the bar, and a decent one will cost you.
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