I have a problem/question. I don’t know why but many gyms coast to coast have changed over to the all black 45 pound plates that are covered in plastic with the gay handles.
I’m just having a hard time using those weights, they just don’t sit right on my back and they don’t make the pleasant familiar sound that the circular iron weights do. They are TOO quiet!
I remember reading in Supertraining that the circle iron weights were superior due to geometry. In simple terms it said that due to the shape of the weight it tries to move differently along the coarse of the lift and this is exactly what I’m feeling and I HATE IT! 450lbs feels like 600!
Do any of you guys have this problem?
Uhhh! Why do people need to change things that work! I’m SERIOUSLY thinking about renting out a storage space and setting up a small gym just for myself. Most gyms today are TOO clean, TOO nice and TOO PC and I just can’t stand it.
My main problem with the octagonal plates is when doing deadlifts or cleans. They rotate slightly out of line with the plane of the floor, which causes the bar to move out of line when you set it back on the floor. Having a couple hundred pounds come back and wack your shin is not pleasant.
My gym has a few world class powerlifters and as a consequence I have bands, chains, sleds, fat bars, safety squat bars, and other nice gadgets available to me. I haven’t seen bumper plates in anything other than high schools, colleges, and private training facilities. Sucks, because when one of my kids misses a 250+ clean, its loud and owners frown upon that. Scares the average lifter. Hate hex plates. Could just be my superstition though. I am old school to the bone when it comes to my bars, barbells, and plates. Ange is right, you can stumble onto some gems to train at. My advice, follow the powerlifters. They make the best choices in weights and equipment on the whole.
Like you guys have said, I have been in some top of the line commercial gyms, great high school, college, and pro gyms. And then I’ve been in some rat holes like angela calls it. Honestly sometimes I like the rat hole cause they make me inprovise and just get down and dirty. The PRETTY commercial gyms, people look at me like Im crazy when I clean and do overhead squats.