The 2.5kg vinyl tri grip weight plates by Gorilla Sports are designed with several large grip positions to make loading barbells and dumbbells quicker and easier, forming part of a range that also includes 1.25kg, 5kg, 10kg, and 15kg designs.
Weight plate design
[one_half]These 2.5kg vinyl tri grip weight plates have been designed to fit standard barbells rather than the larger Olympic versions, with a toughened plastic coating added to protect floors if dropped.
The three grip positions make it easy to slide the plates on and off bars, as well as providing comfortable grip positions for if you want to use the plates for exercises on their own.
The single flat edge at the top of each plate is a feature not seen on many weight plate designs, but does have its benefits. These include preventing the barbell or dumbbells from rolling out of position in exercises such as the deadlift.
While storing weight plates is made much easier with a weight plate tree or pegs attached to a squat rack, if you do have to rely on stacking the plates on top of each other for storage, the flat face design makes this possible.[/one_half]
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2.5kg Vinyl Tri Grip Weight Plate – Features Summary
When to use the 2.5kg plates
Being one of the lightest weight plates available in the Gorilla Sports vinyl tri grip range, these 2.5kg plates are effective for rotator cuff exercises as well as the main exercises such as barbell curls and bench presses.
One of the most important factors for making consistent strength gains safely is the way that you increase the weight as you move through your sets each workout.
Although it may not seem like a big jump, trying to bench 110 kg for 10 reps might feel considerably heavier than 100kg for the same reps.
Rather than increasing the weight by 5kg each side, a smaller increment such as these 2.5kg vinyl tri grip plates (giving you a 105kg weight for the bench press) may allow you to complete your target reps and sets where the 110kg would not.
Although it’s only a drop of 5kg, if you were performing 3 sets of 12 reps with the weight then that totals 180kg for just that exercise, making even small adjustments to the weight you workout with important.
It is this progressive overload in small but consistent increases that will provide you with the best strength gains.