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How Much Does Weightlifting Equipment Cost?

average costMedium: $85-$500high costHigh: $1,400+
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Lifting free weights in the form of dumbbells and barbells facilitates greater overall muscle size and stamina, compared to using weight machines, according to a weightlifting guide[1] from the American Council on Exercise.

Machines isolate muscle groups and better control the strain placed on muscles, but free weights promote overall muscle growth that mirrors the range of strength and motion needed for many sports.

Typical costs:

  • The amount of weight and the type of metal used for the weight discs and handles determine the cost of sets. Cast iron sets are the least expensive, while solid steel discs with chrome handles are more costly and comfortable, though no better for conditioning.
  • The average cost of dumbbell sets, which usually include weight discs, handles and racks, is $85 to $500 for a 50-pound range or less.
  • For lightweight lifters, sells six vinyl-covered cast iron dumbbells in 3-, 5- and 8-pound sets for $85. For around $110, lifters get three times as many dumbbells with a set of 20 uncovered cast iron weights ranging from 1 to 10 pounds.
  • For lightweight lifters, sells six vinyl-covered cast iron dumbbells in 3-, 5- and 8-pound sets for $85. For around $110, lifters get three times as many dumbbells with a set of 20 uncovered cast iron weights ranging from 1 to 10 pounds.
  • Full barbell sets, including discs, bars and some times the racks, range from $1,400 to $2,000. MegaFitness sells a set of 10 Dura-Bar fixed weights with curled bars ranging from 20 to 110 pounds for $1,630. At Iron, you can build your own barbell set. The company sells 300-pound set of Cemco weight plates for $529 and a selection of bars for less than [2] .
  • Large racks cost between $300 and $700 at
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What should be included:
  • Dumbbell and barbell sets include a range of weights, usually in 5-pound increments. Many sets include storage racks, and some barbell sets also include a bench for pressing the weight.
  • Some weightlifting sets have limited lifetime warranties that exclude chipping of the finish and other damage considered to be normal wear and tear.
Additional costs:
  • Weightlifting belts help lifters stabilize their abdominal and back regions. Fitness offers styles[3] from $22 to $35.
Shopping for weightlifting equipment:
  •[4] and Sports Authority offer a variety of dumbbell sets, with weights sometimes available individually for building your own set.
  • MegaFitness and[5] sell barbell sets, but not all models include a storage rack or bench.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
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Posted by: LouieL in San Jose, CA.Posted: September 4th, 2007 01:09PM
Here are some other places you might like to try:

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I've only ordered stuff from ironmind, and have had no problems with them. I bought my weight set from Sports Authority when it was on sale (300# set for $110). I bought more weights from someone on craigslist at a pretty good price. For the best prices on weights, I'd recommend going used, either through garage sales, craigslist, or the classifieds -- it'd be great to see some used squat stands or bumper plates for sale, but those unfortunately don't come up very often... cheers
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