Origin Fitness – Rubber Barbell Set – Product Description
Origin Fitness Rubber Studio Weights are incredibly hard wearing and versatile tool for all of your studio weights and group exercise sessions. Each plate has a solid iron core construction with a protective outer rubber layer. Each set comprises of a bar, collars and three pairs of weight discs. The weights disc pairs included are 1.25kg, 2.5kg and 5kg.
The plates are designed with a vibrant colour scheme, allowing for quick weight identification so no time is wasted changing weights during an intense studio class. The dual grip design allows for easy set-up, removal and racking, as well as for increased flexibility when performing plate only movements. The anti-roll design also prevents weights rolling during a class creating a safety hazard.
The strong rubber coating means that the weights have a protective outer layer that minimises wear and tear to racks bars and floors, as well as providing an easy to grip finish for users.
Why use a Barbell?
They do more, faster.
When doing the “Big 4” barbell exercises (squat, bench press, overhead press, and deadlift), you use multiple muscle groups at once. For example, the deadlift uses the back, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, shoulder and arms muscles in order for you to lift the bar off the ground. Instead of using machines to target each of these muscles, you can work your entire body with one move.
They Improve Athletic Performance.
When a beginning trainee uses a barbell for the first time, the body’s response is mainly mental. Learning how to move a barbell teaches our mind how to use all of our muscles together to move an object efficiently. This is because the human body functions as a complete system and our nervous system control the muscles. Improving our neuromuscular connection is what’s initially responsible for any strength gains made in the gym, not getting bigger. In sports, the stronger athlete usually wins. By getting stronger, athletes improve their ability to throw, kick, punch, swing, rotate their core, jump, and run faster. The “Big 4” barbell moves require balance and coordination, unlike machines, resulting in better performance during fitness competitions.
They’re Relatively Cheap.
If you’re looking to set up a home gym, or you already have one without a barbell, adding a bar and some weights is cheaper than one of those do-it-all cable machines. An Olympic 45-pound barbell plus 135 pounds of weight costs anywhere from £100-£400 depending on the bar quality and type of weights that you buy. Some of those at-home weight machines cost thousands of pounds and will improve muscular endurance and muscle size, but not necessarily overall strength. Barbells are even cheaper than some at-home adjustable dumbbell sets, which can run you £200+ if you’re looking for weights that adjust past 20-30 pounds.
They’re good for Cardio, too!
Walk into your favourite pump, HIIT, or strength training group fitness class and they’ll likely have a type of barbell that we’ll call the cardio barbell. This super light bar weighs about five pounds, has a small diameter, is shorter than Olympic bars, and be loaded with light weights. In a group fitness setting, cardio bars are ideal for improving muscular endurance, meaning the ability to perform the same muscle action repeatedly. For example, instead of doing five sets of five reps of shoulder presses with a heavier barbell, you’ll probably do a total of 80 overhead presses in a 60-minute group fitness class with a light barbell.
Barbell Training Exercises
If you start your workout with a barbell exercise that uses multiple joints, you’ll only need to add three to five more accessory exercises to have a complete workout. See below for a sample legs workout.
The Barbell Squat
How to Do It: Only squat a barbell in a squat rack or cage. Grasp the bar about shoulder width apart, step under it and place it on your back so it’s on the meaty part of your upper back. Keeping your elbows high, raise the bar out of the rack. Now, take 3-4 steps back, stand with feet shoulder width apart and toes slightly turned outward. Take a deep breath, push your hips back then bend your knees to lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Push your knees outward on the way down. Drive your hips vertically to come back up. That’s one rep.
The Bodyweight Forward Lunge
Reps: 10 on each leg
How to Do It: Stand with feet hip width apart. Take a big step forward with your right leg until left knee is 1-2 inches off the ground. Explode up and step right leg back to starting position. Switch legs by stepping forward with the left leg until the right knee is 1-2 inches off the ground. That’s one rep each leg. Increase difficulty by placing an Olympic bar or cardio bar on your back.
The Lying Hamstring Machine Curl
How to Do It: Lie face down on the pad of the machine with legs straight and the ankle pad touching the backs of your ankles. This is the starting position. Bring your feet towards your butt by bending at the knee and squeezing your hamstrings. Once the pad is close to your lower back, slowly return the pad back down to the starting position. That’s one rep.
How to Do It: Stand in front of a foam/wooden/metal box that you think you land on with both heels safely. A foam box is the safest option in case you miss the jump and hit your shins. Pump your arms back, do a quarter squat by bending your knees slightly and explosively jump onto the box. Stand all the way up once you land. Then, step back onto the ground one foot at a time. That’s one rep.
The Mini Band Lateral Walk
Reps: 5 steps each direction
How to Do It: Place a small resistance band just above each ankle, wrapped around both legs. Keep the band flat, not bunched. Position your feet shoulder-width apart so that the band is tight but not stretched. Bend your knees slightly and lower into a half-squat position. Keep your feet in line with your shoulders and keep your weight evenly distributed. Hold that half-squat position as you step sideways.
The Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise
How to Do It: Stand tall holding a dumbbell in each hand at your sides. Roll onto your tiptoes, standing as tall as possible. Return your heels back to the ground slowly. That’s one rep. Keep dumbbells at your sides the entire time. This six-exercise workout builds strength during the squat, then increases muscle in the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. The box jumps add a power production element. Overall, there’s no need to use multiple machines for hours since the squat will wear you out.