Plate Loaded Machines vs Selectorised Equipment Guide

August 31, 2022 3 min read

Plate Loaded Machines vs Selectorised  Equipment Guide

When it comes to strength training and whats best for your gym, the choice between plate loaded machines and selectorised equipment can make a big difference in your workout routine. Let's dive into the differences between these two types of gym equipment to help you make an informed decision.

What are Plate Loaded Machines

Plate loaded machines are strength training equipment that require the user to manually load weight plates onto the machine. This allows for more customization in terms of the amount of weight used for each exercise. These machines typically mimic the natural movement patterns of the body, providing a more functional workout experience.

Benefits of Plate Loaded Equipment

Versality is the key differentiator between plate loaded equipment and other weight machines; some plate loaded machines incorporate free floating levels, allowing the user to customise the way in which the machine moves. Loading the weights on each independent arm of the plate machine provides users with the opportunity to work each limb separately at different weights. In comparison to free weights, the nature of plate loaded equipment allows users to train without the need of a spotter; the user is forced to complete a lift with the correct bio-mechanic form when using plate loaded equipment which decreases the risk
of injury.

Significantly less expensive than selectorised machines, pricing is a definite advantage of plate loaded equipment. Similarly, plate loaded equipment require much less maintenance due to the lack of pulleys and weight stacks within their structure, both of which are susceptible to damage and therefore relatively frequent repair.

Disadvantages of Plate Loaded Equipment

Many users are reluctant to use plate loaded equipment based on the common
misconceived perception that the equipment is bulky and unsuitable for inexperienced weightlifters. In fact, plate loaded equipment is a useful, safe piece of machinery ideal for both men and women of all abilities whose primary goal is gain muscle and strength.

Types of Machines

The fact that almost all traditional weight machines are now available to buy as plate loaded machines reflects the popularity of plate loaded equipment. Of the more commonly known plate loaded machines are the chest press, leg press and lateral pull down whilst varying degrees of leg press machines – 45 and 70 – and the power squat machine demonstrate the range of machines available.

Selectorised Gym Equipment

Selectorised equipment includes a stack of weight plates attached to a frame and a system of pulleys. Users adjust the level of resistance/ weight by moving a pin or lever. Each machine also enables seat weight and handles to be adjusted accordingly to individual users. Selectorised weight machines will include a panel of instructions which typically indicate which muscle groups the machine is designed to target, how to use the machine and where adjustment points are.


Which One Should You Choose

The choice between plate loaded machines and selectorised equipment ultimately depends on your fitness goals, experience level, and personal preferences. If you prefer a more customizable and challenging workout, plate loaded machines may be the way to go. On the other hand, if convenience and simplicity are important to you, selectorised equipment could be the better option.

Both types of equipment have their own set of advantages, so consider trying out both to see which one suits your needs best. Remember to always consult with a fitness professional or call us on 01536 802333, before starting a new strength training routine to ensure you are using the equipment correctly and safely.

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