I am very close to outgrowing my starter 1" weight set and looking to upgrade. I did some research and looked at a lot of items but I don't have faith in a lot of what I saw, especially taking price/quality into concern.
I was going to buy a 300lb Olympic set with barbell, but that was a)$700 and b) seemed like garbage. So then I thought about a 700lb barbell capacity (which was less than $150 on Amazon) but then need to get a weight set separately. And that was not easy to find either.
So, I wanted to get recommendations from the crowd here on the following, and I am working on the assumption this will be the last upgrade I buy:
- 700 lb capacity barbell vs lower ones? I will never lift 700 pounds but concerned about the 300 pound capacity being poor quality. This is what I was looking at:
- other option: buy some 45/50 pound 2" plates and use them for now on my 1" barbell
-here is the 300 pound set that I assume is bad value for the money: https://www.amazon.com/CAP-Barbell-Olympic-Weight-Medium/dp/B004X1688A/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=300+pound+olympic+weight+set&qid=1589729602&sprefix=300+pound+&sr=8-1
I am willing to pay $1000 for the whole set up, but is that not good enough for a set up?
Edit: while on the topic of Bigger Leaner Stronger: for leg day he recommends leg press. However I cannot do that because I don't have the equipment and my doctor recommends against it because of my two bad hips. So I have been doing an extra set of squats. Does that make sense or are there better recommendations?