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Commercial Plate Loaded Gym Equipment – Definitive FAQ Guide

There are many types of commercial plate loaded equipment available in the wholesale market.

This fact is both an advantage & a problem. As it means that you will need a lot of information to pick & choose equipment.

Keeping this goal in mind, I have put together this FAQ guide for you. It has detailed information about the types, range & specifications of plate-loaded machines.

It will answer all the important questions you have about these machines.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Table of Contents

What is the nature of commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

Commercial plate loaded gym equipment uses regular round weight plates. It is good for muscle building because of its high weight capacity.

Commercial plate loaded equipment is either:

  • Single action (Targets one muscle group)
  • Dual action (Targets two muscle groups)
  • Racks & cages
  • Accessories (Weight plates, barbells, etc.)

What are the types of commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

There are many types of commercial plate loaded machines for sale in the market. Including:

Single action plate loaded gym equipment:

  • Glute driver machine
  • Chest press machine
  • Shoulder press machine
  • Incline chest press machine
  • Wide chest press machine
  • Lat pull down machine
  • Low row machine
  • Leg press machine
  • Calf press machine
  • Biceps curl machine
  • Triceps extension machine, etc.

Figure 1 – Commercial plate loaded iso-lateral incline chest press

Dual action plate loaded gym equipment:

  • Leg extension curl machine
  • Low row & lat pull down, etc.

Figure 2 – Commercial plate loaded leg extension curl combo

Racks & cages

Figure 3 – Power rack & smith machine combo

Accessories (Weight plates, barbells, etc.)

Figure 4 – Round weight plate for commercial plate loaded gym equipment

What are the benefits of commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

Commercial plate loaded equipment has the following benefits:

  • High weight capacity
  • Cost-effective
  • More muscle building
  • Flexible 
  • Low maintenance
  • Value for money
  • Built to last
  • Safer than free weights
  • Small learning curve
  • Versatile
  • Smooth due to low resistance friction
  • Iso-lateral training
  • Better suited for athletes
  • Improve balance
  • Minimum coordination required
  • Low starting resistance levels
  • Improved biomechanics
  • Conventional weight plates
  • No spotter needed
  • Less injury risks

What are the important features of commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

The important features of commercial plate loaded equipment are:

  • Construction
  • Padding & covers
  • Size
  • Versatility
  • Mobility
  • High weight capacity
  • Comfort
  • Counterbalance weight

Construction:

Commercial plate loaded equipment is made to last. It has a higher weight capacity than other types of fitness equipment.

This means that the machine has to bear the weight of the user as well as the weight plates.

For this reason, plate loaded machines are built with sturdy materials to make it durable. Yanre Fitness Plate loaded equipment is constructed from:

  • High gauge steel
  • Aluminum alloy footplates
  • Hard chrome weight plate sleeve

Figure 5 – Construction of commercial plate loaded fitness equipment

Padding & covers:

Durable equipment like plate loaded machines need quality upholstery. It is not cost-effective to have cracked, peeling or dented upholstery.

The materials used for commercial plate loaded fitness equipment are:

  • PU leather
  • PVC leather
  • Textured vinyl
  • Furniture grade high density foam

Figure 6 – Back & shoulder pads of a commercial plate loaded squat machine

Size:

Commercial plate loaded equipment is very stable. This means that the equipment is usable without wobbling or loss of balance.

This stability comes from:

  • Large size
  • Weight plate storage acting as counterbalance
  • Wide foot-print or base
  • Rubber foot pads

Versatility:

Commercial plate loaded equipment is versatile. It has all the good points of free weights & pin loaded equipment combined.

Plate loaded machines are mostly single-use but dual-use machines are also available.

They can also be combined with other gym equipment like weight racks, etc. to make them versatile.

Mobility:

Commercial plate loaded gym equipment is easy to move. Handles & wheels are built in the frame for this purpose.

High weight capacity:

Plate loaded gym equipment has higher weight capacity than selectorized equipment. Although the range of motion is restricted compared to free weights. 

Commercial plate loaded gym equipment is much safer to use. The option to use regular round weight plates allows users to lift as heavy as possible.

Comfort:

These machines are designed to mimic the movements of the human body. Coupled with quality upholstery, this makes plate loaded gym equipment comfortable to use.

Counterbalance weight:

One of the benefits of commercial plate loaded gym equipment is the weight plate storage. This is in the form of weight storage pins.

These storage pegs not only provide a place to store extra weight plates but also work as a counterbalance while the machine is in use.

This makes plate loaded gym equipment more stable. 

Iso-lateral movement arms:

Iso-lateral means that one side moves independently of the other. Commercial plate loaded gym machines like low row, incline press, etc. have movement arms with weight pegs on both sides. 

These movement arms have the ability to move in the same direction or different direction of each other at once.

They can be used with the same weight load or different weight loads. Iso-lateral movement arms mimic the action of human limbs.

What are the weight plates used with commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

The biggest advantage of commercial plate loaded gym equipment is its use of conventional round-weight plates.

This makes plate loaded equipment versatile & cost-effective.

There are different types of weight plates.

  • Olympic weight plates
    • Rubber coated Olympic weight plates
    • Radial Olympic weight plates
    • Olympic bumper plates
    • Technique Olympic bumper plates
    • Training Olympic bumper weight plates
  • Competition Olympic bumper plates
    • Fractional plates
    • Powerlifting weight plates
  • Standard weight plates
  • Studio weight plates

Figure 7 – Weight plates

Yanre Fitness has a wide range of weight plates made of:

  • steel 
  • Rubber
  • Cast iron
  • Vinyl 

These Olympic weight plates are for all types of plate loaded gym machines.

Figure 8 – Weight plates of various sizes

What are the types of commercial plate loaded, cages or racks?

There are many types of plate loaded commercial cages or racks:

  • Squat rack
  • Half rack
  • Full rack or power cage
  • Functional rigs
  • Wall mounted racks
  • Smith machines

Squat racks:

  • Also called squat stand
  • Adjustable safety bars
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Cost-effective
  • Small foot-print
  • Compact

Half racks:

  • One set of uprights
  • Safety bars
  • More support than a squat rack
  • Small foot-print
  • Less stable than a power rack
  • Weight plate storage
  • Weight bar storage
  • Accessories

 Figure 9 – A half rack

Power rack or cage:

  • Cage design
  • More stable than a half rack
  • Safer
  • High weight capacity
  • Weight plate storage
  • Strong steel construction
  • Versatile
  • Accessories

Figure 10 – A power cage

Functional rigs:

  • Space saving
  • Best for cross training
  • Many weight stations (8, 9, 10, or even more)
  • Made to order
  • Customizable

Wall mounted racks:

  • Wall mounted
  • Space saving
  • More stable

Figure 11 – A wall-mounted rack

Smith machines:

  • Self-stabilized weights
  • Angular frame
  • Safer
  • Full body workout
  • Small learning curve
  • Improves posture
  • Self-spotting

What types of barbells are used for commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

There are many types of weight bars or barbells used for commercial plate loaded gym equipment, like:

  • Olympic barbells
  • Power lifting barbells
  • Deadlifting barbells
  • Squat barbells
  • Multi-purpose barbells

Figure 12 – Important features of a barbell

Yanre Fitness boosts a wide range of plate loaded gym equipment, like barbells.

Olympic barbells:

  • Most common
  • Straight bar
  • Rotatable sleeve
  • Three types
    • Men’s bar
      • 2.2 meters long
      • 28 mm in diameter
      • 20Kg in weight
      • Central knurling
    • Women’s bar
      • 20.1 meters long
      • 25 mm in diameter
      • 15 Kg in weight
      • Central knurling
    • Youth bars
      • Approx. 1.7 meters long
      • 25 mm thickness
      • 10Kg in weight
      • No central knurling

Power lifting barbells:

  • Thicker & stronger
  • More grip

Deadlifting barbells:

  • More outer knurling
  • Thinner & longer
  • High weight capacity
  • Supports more weight plates

Figure 13 – A deadlift barbell

Squat barbell:

  • For squats
  • Higher load capacity
  • Longer sleeve
  • Supports more weight plates

Figure 14 – A squat barbell

Multi-purpose barbell:

  • Combined features of weightlifting & powerlifting barbells
  • Two kinds of knurling
  • Dual function
  • Versatile
  • Cost-effective

Figure 15 – A multi-purpose barbell

Is commercial plate loaded gym equipment adjustable?

Yes, it is.

This is one of the advantages of Plate loaded equipment. Many parts are adjustable. Making it user friendly for a variety of sizes & builds.

The adjustable parts of commercial plate loaded gym equipment are:

  • The seat angles
  • Seat height
  • The backrest
  • Shoulder pads
  • Chest pad
  • Hand-grip
  • The footplate, etc.

All these parts are adjustable for many positions, like, flat, incline, decline, etc.

 Figure 16 – Adjustable foot-plate on a plate loaded pull back machine

Commercial plate loaded gym equipment is made adjustable in two ways.

  • Step ladder mechanism
  • Pop-pin mechanism

Is commercial plate loaded gym equipment safe to use?

Yes, commercial plate loaded gym equipment is very safe to use.

The features making plate loaded equipment safe to use, are:

  • Rubber pads on base
  • Skid resistant footplates
  • Locking pins or safety stops
  • Handle-grips to stabilize
  • Grippy pad covers

All these features make commercial plate loaded gym equipment user friendly & safe.

Figure 17 – Safety features of commercial plate loaded gym equipment

What are the add-ons for commercial plate loaded gym equipment?

There are many accessories for commercial plate loaded gym equipment that enhance user experience, namely:

  • Bottle holder
  • Instructional placards
  • Pivot handles
  • Platforms, etc.

Figure 18 – Instructional placard on commercial plate loaded gym equipment

How does commercial plate loaded gym equipment generate resistance?

Resistance is the force against which you are working out. Plate loaded gym machines produce by using weight plates.

The resistance can be changed by changing the weight plates.

Conclusion

Though commercial plate loaded gym equipment is complex. I have put together this FAQ guide to give you all the details in a simple way.

Plate loaded machines are sturdy & made to last. A good manufacturer with original designs is the best option.

Yanre Fitness has more than a decade of experience. Browse the extensive range of plate loaded equipment at Yanre Fitness.

You will find what you are looking for in no time.

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