Barbell design features
[one_half]One of the most obvious differences between the Everlast 50kg Weight set and other barbell sets is the colouration of the weight plates, bars and spinlock collars.
The black and yellow makes for a much more interesting design than the standard silver finish and helps make the spinlock collars very easy to find if your home gym is scattered with weight plates, bars and various other workout equipment.
Aside from the aesthetic appeal there are also ergonomic design features which have been added to make lifting the weight more comfortable on your grip.[/one_half]
This is achieved through having a small amount of knurling on the dumbbell handles and a longer strip on the main barbell.
This rougher texture helps in giving your hands a surface that is easier to grip, while the vinyl material means that your hands won’t be damaged even when not wearing gloves.
Another advantage of the barbell being vinyl is that it makes much less noise if you are lifting at home.
With the vinyl weight plates that come supplied, if you do need to put the weight down quickly then the softer coating will prevent any damage to floors which can be an issue with the solid steel versions. This also reduces the need for buying any protective floor mats.
The only real negative about buying the Everlast 50kg Weight set is the threading and locking collar design, although this is an issue with any vinyl set and not reserved for this Everlast version.
Although the spinlock collar design is excellent for holding weight plates in place, the collars don’t spin as freely along the threading as on many of the steel versions.
Dumbbell design features
[one_half]Another of the nice design ideas with the Everlast 50kg weight set is the ergonomic design of the handles for the dumbbells.
These have been contoured to better fit the natural shape of the palm of your hand when closing your grip.
The thinner section around where your thumb and forefinger will grip means you can comfortably grip the dumbbells even when fully loaded with weight, and even if you don’t have a particularly strong grip.[/one_half]
Although the threading and spinlock collar design is the same as for the barbell, the amount of time it takes to switch weight plates and get the collars on and off isn’t so much of an issue due to the shorter thread sections.
Similar to the weight plates that are used with the barbell, the dumbbell weight plates are designed without the usual round shape.
Instead, the weight plates supplied with the Everlast 50kg weight set have raised sections equally spaced around the outer edge which help to prevent the dumbbells from rolling along the floor when put down.
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Everlast 50kg Weight Set – Features Summary
- 6 x 5kg
- 4 x 2.5kg
- 6 x 1.1kg
- 2 x 0.8 Dumbbell Bars
- 1 x 1.9kg 165cm (5.4ft) Straight Barbell
- Bar locking collars included
- Ideal set to combine with a weight bench and for bulking up, can work chest, arms, shoulders, back, abs and legs with or without a bench.
Exercises possible with the Everlast 50kg weight set
One of the great benefits of owning a barbell and dumbbell set is the flexibility and variety of exercises that can be performed, whether you are combining the set with a weights bench (recommended) or not.
Popular upper body exercises:
- Bench press
- Shoulder press
- Lateral raises
- Upright rows
- Bicep curls
- Barbell rows
Popular lower body exercises:
- Stiff-legged deadlifts
- Romanian deadlifts
- Standing calf raises
Sample workout plans
Although there are dozens of exercise variations that can be performed with the Everlast 50kg weight set, a couple of popular workout plans have been added below. The rep ranges and rest periods will vary depending on whether you are training for strength, size or general fitness and endurance.
Dumbbell bench press – 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps
Dumbbell fly – 3 sets of 15 reps
Barbell shoulder press – 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps
Barbell row – 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps
Bicep curl – 3 sets of 10 reps
Tricep extensions – 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps
Squats – 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps
Romanian deadlifts – 4 sets of 6 to 8 reps
Dumbbell lunges – 3 sets of 10 reps
Standing calf raises – 5 sets of 15 reps