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Olympic Weights - The Cornerstone of Your Fitness Endeavors

Updated on September 16, 2009

If you're looking to get physically fit and are in the market for a set of Olympic weights, then you're already on a better track to good health than many other people. However, if you're not sure that Olympic weights are what you want, but hopefully this article will steer you back on track. You'll understand that weight lifting is an excellent, healthy pursuit for people of all ages and it is not a “meathead” sport. You'll see that Olympic weight sets come in a variety of configurations and that no matter what you get started with it will be an excellent choice for you for a very, very long time. Not only for your health, but for your pocketbook as well, especially when compared to some other options out there.

No longer will you wonder what the best way is for you to spend your money for your home exercise pursuits. You'll know with 100% certainty that getting a set of Olympic weights is the way to go.

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It's a sad fact that for many years weight lifting didn't receive the respect it deserves in the health and fitness industry. It was more of a bizarre subculture associated with freaky looking bodybuilders and powerlifters who everyone knew were using steroids (whatever...). The truth is, weightlifting is one of the most healthy pursuits someone could do for themselves at almost any age.

While it's true young children shouldn't be doing serious weightlifting too early in life, for adolescents who are through puberty weight lifting can contribute a tremendous amount to their health, wellness, self-confidence and athletic ability not to mention body composition. Again, another sad fact is that many of our children today are over fat, and far too sedentary. Weight lifting can be pursued on an individual basis as a solitary pursuit, or with a group of friends or teammates. While certain Olympic lifts take a tremendous amount of coordination, a child who may not have very much success in other sports can easily find a niche with weightlifting.

For the elderly, resistance training can also be an excellent activity. Granted, they may not be a complete set of Olympic weights, but I simply want to make the point that weightlifting (or resistance training in general), as applicable and beneficial across a huge portion of the population.

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flickr image by jontunn

For those of us between adolescence and elderly status, heavy weight lifting is one of the best forms of exercise you can have. They can help you build strength, speed, build muscle, reduced fat and can improve your cardiovascular fitness as well. In fact, you can probably get more cardiovascular benefit from a well organized weightlifting session Van you can from spending countless boring hours on a monotonous treadmill.  And no matter what your strength and fitness levels are currently there is an Olympic weight set I would work very well for you. Typically, they come in sets of 300, 400, and 500 pounds including the barbell itself as well as collars.

While that may sound like a lot of weight to you, remember you don't have to use it all at once. However, might be surprised at the gains you make in strength once you begin weightlifting, not to mention the new shape and firmness to your body. But in order to get benefits from weightlifting you will need to push yourself somewhat. You don't want to over do it, you don't need to try to mimic the professional powerlifters, but if you think you're going to radically change your body by going through a few motions with some tiny pink dumbbells... honestly, no offense intended, but your really kidding yourself.

So she decided that a set of Olympic weights does make sense for you in need to look at the investment side of the equation. The fact is that you're going to probably need to spend a few hundred dollars. But before you balk at that, consider the following: Olympic weights don't wear out. Olympic weights don't break (or at least that would be very unlikely). Olympic weights are not a fad, I can promise you that. They've been around a long time, and will continue to be around for a long time, for a very simple reason; they work. Another thing to keep in mind regarding the price is this – it's sad to say, but it's the truth; many, many people have made, and broken, promises to themselves about getting fit. In the short window of time between making it and breaking it, they have purchased Olympic weights. Now they're doing nothing more collecting dust in some corner of some garage or backyard. If you're willing to do a little bit of research, there's a very good chance that you can find some used weight sets out there somewhere and save yourself a bunch of money. On the other hand, like I said above, this is an excellent long-term investment for yourself. So spending a little bit of extra money to buy a brand-new set of weights won't be something you're likely to regret (unless you're one of those people who's going to make and break a promise to yourself).

So there you have it. You know the free weights can be the cornerstone to your physical wellness. You know that there's a whole host of exercises you can do with a set of Olympic weights, and that if you buy a set of the last you forever. You know you'll never look silly using them in the sense that they are a timeless piece of exercise equipment – the furthest thing from today's exercise fads. So if you're truly committed, there's nothing left for you to do but to go out and get yourself a set of Olympic weights.


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      bretwefun 8 years ago from Georgia

      It is very important for anyone that wants to build muscle, to have access to a free weight set like these. I personally found an amazing deal on craigslist for all of my free weights, but without them I was not seeing any gains.

      Another vital resource is a muscle building program, something that shows you how to do the workouts with your new gear. I have a whole hub written about that here :