In this post, we will discuss gym weight plate storage, and give you some ideas. This will help you make exercising much more comfortable and safer, but also your home gym organised and tidy. With some good tips and common sense, you will make your home gym much more accessible, and safer, without any major investments.
Have Weight Plate Racks
The best place to store your plates is on a dedicated weight platerack. These racks are not expensive, and if you are crafty, you can make them yourself. Just make sure they are able to withstand the weight plates you plan to store. The ideal weight plate rack is angled, which allows you to put plates on and off it easily. And make sure it's made from a stronger material, such as thick steel, so it doesn't bend over time. You also want it to have a wide base, so it doesn't flip over when you only load plates on one side.
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Store Plates on Equipment
You can buy a separate piece, or you can buy attachments for your existing pieces of equipment such as squat racks or power racks & cages. This is a good idea not only because it is convenient, but also because it will stabilise the rig, making it less wobbly when you workout. This is especially true if you have low-quality fitness equipment at home, or if you are heavy. Using weight plates to stabilise the equipment will balance things out, making exercising safer. However, make sure you are unloading the rig once you finish with your workout. You can store the plates on the plate holders, but always try to unload the working part of equipment once you're done, as it goes through the most stress during exercises.
Store Weight Plates by Size and Type
To make setting up barbells easier, consider types of weight plates and their sizes. Even better, have a dedicated place with numbers for each plate size. This will minimise searching for the desired weight through your commercial or home gym, which is always annoying.
One more tip: don't put the heaviest plates at the bottom position on the storage rack. While this seems the most obvious, it is actually not the safest. It forces you to bend, often sideways, in order to reach and lift the plate, which is never good. The heaviest weight should be closer to chest level, as you are in a much stronger position to brace and lift it off the rack.
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