Working out with Olympic Weight Plates
We discuss why you should be working out with weight plates!
Are you tired of home workouts?
Maybe you’re looking to mix up your schedule, or move from intense HiiT sessions to resistance training with weights. If this is you, then here’s our advice on why weight plates are the only piece of kit you need to fulfil any home workout and build lean muscle.
If you’re looking to invest in a versatile piece of kit, then weight plates might be the solution for you!
You can kick start your workout plan with just a pair of Olympic barbell weight plates! These can be used to create free-weight movements or in combination with a barbell or threaded dumbbells. Don’t limit yourself to thinking you’re only restricted to lifting, you can easily integrate weight plates into your workout routine to create a variety of movements that will build lean muscle and improve strength and coordination.
Whether you own a barbell or not, there are plenty of exercises that will allow you feel the burn of a full body workout! This isn’t about lifting heavy, instead it focuses on performing controlled reps, which will still enable you to burn fat and build muscle.
Here are 5 exercises to get you started:
These low-impact movements are great for strengthening the calf muscles to increase stability and balance. Known as the stubborn muscle, they can give a lot of people headache! However, they shouldn’t be disregarded in your workout schedule.
By rotating the weight plate it activates the shoulders, triceps and upper back to improve your upper body strength. They’re perfect for activating numerous muscles at once!
Our top tip would be to stand with your hips shoulder width apart with your hips tucked under whilst squeezing the glutes and abs! Did we mention it’s also great for stabilising the core? Don’t underestimate what seems like an ‘easy’ move, we guarantee you’ll feel the burn!
You could even incorporate an overhead press into your squat, you’ll feel the burn in your legs, arms and glutes! Not only will it shape your quads, hamstrings and glutes it’ll also increase your lower body strength, helping to improve balance and mobility.
Whilst standing and pressing the plate above your head, it’ll activate the larger muscles in your upper body, such as your chest, shoulders and triceps. Not only will your lower body be working to stabilise your frame, it’ll also help to build strength in your upper body and improve your overall posture.
Lunge with twist
By incorporating a twist into your lunge it’ll allow you to work the core by twisting from your midsection engaging your oblique’s, alongside activating the glutes, hips and quads. It’s perfect for flexibility of the hips whilst toning the quads and core!
If you enjoyed reading this post, you might also enjoy our discussion on compound or isolated movements to build muscles.
What are you waiting for? Go check out our range of Olympic weight plates to get started today!