So, you’re looking for new equipment for your commercial or home gym? Whenever anyone’s kitting out their new gym or overhauling it with a refurb, it’s only natural to focus on the ‘big stuff’ to start with. Think quality flooring, rigs and racks, and a variety of heavy-duty equipment that’s sure to give gym-goers a beasting- but what about the rest?
Kettlebells, plates and barbells might not be the first thing you think about, but they’re just as important to your gym members as your permanent fixtures and make up the final touches to your gym.
‘But they’re all the same!’, I heard somewhere in the back. This is not true. Choosing the wrong kettlebells, plates and barbells will take away from the heavier-duty equipment used alongside them, potentially making workouts less effective. Put simply, if you’re opting for premium equipment, don’t put your research and investment to waste by scrimping on the finishing touches in the form of free weights.
This article takes a look at what you should look out for when sourcing kettlebells, plates and barbells- as well as what you should avoid with a barge pole (or barbell, if you prefer).
Whether you’re a commercial gym owner or want to create your very own at-home gym, barbells are a staple that can’t be forgotten. They’re great for high-volume and low-intensity workouts that build more muscular endurance-based strength, helping you push through the fatigue when the going gets tough.
Barbells help develop strength, but the right option will depend on your (or your gym members’) specific objectives, and what kind of workouts you intend to use the equipment for. Despite the differences in training, what you need to look out for will be very similar.
However, even if equipment looks similar, it’s always a safe bet to go with the cream of the crop. When athletes choose where they’re going to train, they will be looking for that top 1% of equipment, and it’s down to you to get it right.
We recommend looking out for products where the spin has been designed to provide the smoothest transition to maximise performance and the feel of the bar stays the same, whether it’s your first time you’re picking it up or the thousandth.
At Anvil, our barbells aren’t complete without the mandatory knurling to enable the best possible grip, as well as a sleek black finish so you or your gym members’ can workout in style.
Kettlebells are another essential, as well as plates and barbells. They’re great for full compound body workouts, giving all your muscle groups a run for their money. Whether you’re doing squats or an overhead press, working out with kettlebells is guaranteed to make you feel the burn. It may not feel good in the middle of your workout, but put the work in and you know you’ll get a pump like no other.
Not only that, but kettlebells are a particularly great workout companion if you’re really short on space. Whereas plates and barbells usually need to be supplemented with other equipment, a suitable kettlebell will give you all you need for a killer workout in the space of around 1m2. This makes them perfect for getting a proper sweat on in your at-home gym or small PT studios.
But what do you need to look out for when it comes to finding the best kettlebell range? We always recommend looking out for a laser cut finish. This balances the core weight that sits inside the kettlebell, which promotes the correct form in intense workouts.
No gym, barbell or sled is complete without plates. These can be used independently or alongside other equipment to take it up a notch, including:
- The Drag Sled
- The Olympic Swiss Bar
- The Super Duty Power Sled
- The Loaded Leg Curl Machine
- And The Lateral Leg Extension Machine
But does your choice of plates really have that much impact? There’s a saying that it’s a poor workman that blames his tools. While this is true to an extent, you wouldn’t expect an Olympian to train with substandard equipment- they’d never get that Gold!
Embracing the latest technology innovations along with premium quality underlines the success of most successful athletes, proving time and time again that it’s the best choice to enhance performance. So if you’re trying to support and appeal to serious fitness and athletes, going for the premium option shouldn’t be a question.
The difference between premium and non-premium options comes down to simple physics. When lifting weights, you need to centralise as much weight as possible. The more centralised the weight, the more stable you are and the heavier you can lift with less risk of injury.
As one scientific paper explains:
“Instability exercises have been shown to adversely affect movement velocity and range of motion when performing a squat. Hence the ability to exert force, power or move at high velocity is strongly related to an individual’s balance and stability when performing the task.”
This is where high-quality plates come in- they’re usually more compact, which means you have the placebo effect of having less weight (even though it’s not actually lighter) and a better position and form thanks to the centralised weight. Basically, the best plates will result in enhanced performance and a better chance to smash your goals.
The right choice for kettlebells, plates and barbells is clear
I hope this article has been helpful, and that you now know what key features you should be looking out for in your kettlebells, plates and barbells. Just remember, when it comes to finding the best on offer, additional value can go a long way, so don’t forget to consider the quality of customer service and aftercare that comes along with your new equipment haul.
At Anvil, we’re proud to supply premium, quality, kettlebells, plates and barbells to some of the best fitness facilities around the country- but we also recognise that style can give you that extra ‘oomph’ during your workout. This is why we offer a choice of bespoke custom design, including laser cutting, engraving and hand-painted finish in your choice of colour.