Blast from the Past : Plate Exercises

There's a lot you can do with the humble weight plate.


UPDATE 28/6/12 : One of the guys featured below, 'Unbreakable' Adam Glass, has just announced that Volume 2 of the Industrial Strength Grip DVD will be available shortly. This contains a whole lot of information on the various types of plate exercises noted below.

To give you an idea, check out the video here - featuring a super simple one-plate arm workout. Good stuff.

Over the past eight years this site's amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I'll be taking an occasional wander through the archives.



Whilst weight plates are typically used in conjunction with various types of bars and machines, there are several great exercises using only the plates themselves. Here are just a few of the Plate Exercises we've looked at over the years :


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Final Thoughts

In terms of equipment, Plate Exercises are about as simple as they get. Put the barbell to one side for a minute, and give them a go.

Further reading

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There's also an incredible array of articles and videos on this site. Use the search box at the top of each page, or swing by the contact page.


Scott Andrew Bird

Scott Andrew Bird is a writer, photographer and a guy who just loves this stuff. He's been at home in front of a computer for more years than he cares to remember (OK, 34) and is now making amends for years of many mistakes noted in the De-constructing Computer Guy articles (part 2) on T-Nation.

Find out what he's up to via Twitter, Google+, Facebook; and of course his online home. Enjoy.



Like this? Check out :

Straight to the Grip Contest: Pt II.

The grippers themselves.

Card Tearing - Stability.

Time to get your crimp on.

Looking At : Week Ending May 4, 2014.

During the past week we've discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

7 Years of Straight to the Bar : The Contest.

Open to anyone who's interested in the world of strength training.



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