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Wholesale Weight Plate – Definitive FAQ Guide

Do you want to buy a weight plate wholesale?

Do commercial weight plates are in-demand in your market?

Lucky for you, you are in the right spot. Yanre Strength presents the ultimate guide on weight plate wholesale. By the end of this article, we ensure that you will have answers to all your queries. 

So, without any delay, let’s start!

Table of Contents

What is a Weight Plate?

A piece of flat and heavy gym equipment with a hole in the center is known as a weight plate. It is loaded onto the barbells while weight lifting and bodybuilding. They are generally used in conjunction with multiple plates.  

Do weight plates differ according to the type of material?

Yes, weight plates are of different varieties. Here is a brief description of all types:

Rubber Plates

These plates are manufactured using rubber. They cost approximately $1.6/lbs

They have a longer shelf-life as compared to cast iron plates. But they have a pungent smell and are get scratched quickly. 

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Figure 1: Rubber weight plates

Cast Iron Plate

These plates are manufactured using iron. Their average cost is $1.2/lbs. These plates make a loud noise when they rattle together. Besides, corrode quickly and require careful maintenance. 

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Figure 2: Cast Iron weight plates

Steel Weight Plates

They are made up of steel. Although they are more expensive than cast iron plates, they are more durable. 

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Figure 3: Steel Weight Plate

Urethane Coated Plates

These plates are manufactured using steel and then urethane coating is applied to them. They cost $2/lbs

They are durable than all other types of plates. They are crumble-proof and scratch-proof. They are thinner than other types of plates, hence required less storage space. They do not have an irritating smell. 

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Figure 4: Urethane Coated Weight Plates

Rubber Coated Plates

They are manufactured using cast iron and then coated with rubber. The approximate price is $1.78/lbs. They are cheaper than urethane-coated plates. However, they get scratched quickly and have a strong smell. 

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Figure 5: Rubber coated Weight Plates

Vinyl Plates

They are manufactured using sand or cement and have a PVC coating. These plates are not used in commercial settings. This is because they are not durable. 

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Figure 6: Vinyl Coated Weight Plates

Chrome Weight Plates

They are manufactured using steel and have chrome coating. They are more durable than steel plates. Moreover, the chrome coating gives an elegant finish to them. 

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Figure 7: Chrome Weight Plates

What is the difference between Olympic plates and standard plates?

The basic difference between Olympic plates and standard plates is the size of their central hole. Olympic bars have a two inches hole, whereas standard plates have a 1-inch hole. Besides that, the following are the few other differences between both types of plates:

Olympic Plates

  • Used at the competition level. 
  • Have an efficient grip. 
  • Colors and build are the same in all brands. 
  • Can be used with multiple other gym equipment besides barbells. 
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Figure 8: Olympic weight plates

Standard Plates

  • Cheaper than Olympic plates. 
  • Difficult to grip. 
  • Not compatible with Olympic bars. 
  • Difficult to transport. 
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Figure 9: Standard weight plates

Why should I buy Olympic plates rather than standard plates?

The following are the few reasons due to which you should buy Olympic plates rather than Standard plates

  • Olympic plates do not rattle while usage. 
  • Used for multiple exercises. 
  • Have an efficient grip design. 
  • Never have compatibility issues with other gym equipment due to their uniform design.

What are the other varieties of Olympic plates depending on the training level?

Yes, there are multiple types of Olympic plates depending on the usage. Here is a brief description of those types:

Technique Weight Plates

  •  Small in size and are used by beginners only. 
  • Manufactured using rubber. 
  • Do not have metal rings surrounding the central holes. 
  • Generally available from 2.5kg to 5kg.
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Figure 10: Technique Weight Plate 

Training Weight Plates

  • Closely resemble competitive weight plates.
  • Do not have a precise calibration. 
  • Cheaper than competitive weight plates.
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Figure 11: Training Weight Plate

Competitive Weight Plates

  • Have the most precise calibration. 
  • Have an error margin of 0.05% – 0.1% only. 
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Figure 12: Competitive Weight Plate

Are there different types of weight plates depending on usage?

Yes, there are different types of weight plates depending on usage. Here is a brief description of those types:

Bumper Weight Plates

They are manufactured using rubber and are available in different colors. They are durable hence they can be used in deadlifting and Olympic training. 

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Figure 13: Bumper Weight Plate

Steel / Iron weight plates

Both steel and iron weight plates are not very durable hence not used in deadlifting. 

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Figure 14: Steel Weight Plate

Tri-grip Weight Plates

They are most commonly used in all types of gyms. They can either be urethane-coated or rubber-coated. They are a cost-effective solution when it comes to price and durability. They have handle-like spaces all around the edges. They are not considered suitable for deadlifting. 

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Figure 15: Tri-Grip Weight Plates

Change Weight Plates

They are similar to fractional weight plates. They are available in small weights i-e 1kg, 1.5kg, 2kg. They are used by high-end trainers to gradually increase their lifting weight. 

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Figure 16: Change Weight Plate

Fractional Weight Plates

They are used for very small increments. Their weight range starts from 0.125kg.  

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Figure 17: Fractional Weight Plate

Do I get a rack with wholesale weight plates?

No, you do not get a rack with wholesale weight plates. You can buy them separately while buying weight plates. 

Moreover, you can also get bundle deals for weight plates with racks at cheaper prices. Yanre Strength offers a quality gym plate rack. 

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Figure 18: Weight Plate Rack

What is meant by calibration tolerance of weight plates?

Calibration tolerance refers to the variation between the printed weight and the actual weight of the weight plate. It also tells about the weight plate quality. The lower the calibration tolerance value, the higher its quality will be. 

The calibration tolerance for high-end competitive and training weight plates is 2%. Besides, for standard weight plates, it can be up to 5%. 

Does the weight plate have a color coating according to its weight?

Yes, weight plates are color coated according to their weight. It allows users to know the weight without having to look at the printed figure. 

The following table shows the color scheme of weight plates:

Colour Weight (lbs)Weight (kg)
Red 5525
Blue 4520
Yellow 3515
Green 2510
White 155
Red 2.5
Blue 52
Yellow 1.5
Green 2.51
White 1.250.5

Grey or black colored weight plates are also available for users who do not prefer buying colored ones. 

Do weight plates come in multiple shapes?

Yes, weight plates have multiple shapes. However, the most commonly used are circular weight plates. 

Besides circular weight plates, 8 sided and 12 sided plates are also available. You can buy 12 sided and circular weight plates at Yanre Strength. 

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Figure 19: Circular Weight Plate


Figure 20: Hexagonal / 12 sided Weight Plate

What is the purpose of a raised insert in a weight plate?

The central region of quality weight plates is raised. It allows users to insert their fingers underneath the plates. We recommend our customers to buy weight plates with a raised central surface. 

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Figure 21: Weight Plate with a central raised insert

How thick does a weight plate should be?

Weight plates come in a variety of thicknesses. It depends on the following two factors:

  • Quality of the weight plate
  • Weight of plate

Generally, thinner weight plates are preferred over thicker ones. It is because the larger quantity of thinner plates can be loaded on the bar hence increasing the weight range. 

Does a weight plate have handles?

Weight plates may or may not have handles. The edge holes in tri-grip weight plates are referred to as handles. They allow easy lifting of the plates. 

Yanre Strength recommends buying handled weight plates. In case you do not prefer them, then buy those weight plates that have a raised central insert. 


Figure 22: Weight Plate with handles

Are bumper plates better than steel weight plates?

Both of these types have their advantages and disadvantages. However, if you are looking to buy weight plates wholesale, you should buy steel weight plates. Besides, for the distribution center, you should buy both types. This choice can also be made by analyzing the market trends in your locality. 

Bumper plates are usually used by beginners. They are safe for the floor but occupy a lot of area on the bar. So, if you are buying weight plates that are weight lifting, steel weight plates are a better option for you. 

Do I get a bar with weight plates?

No, most manufacturers do not sell bars with weight plates. They are sold separately. 

This is because it is impractical to sell them together since bars and weight plates are used for multiple purposes and it differs from person to person. 

What are the standard weight sets of weight plates?

For a commercial gym or distribution center, you should buy a complete set of weight plates. This is necessary to ensure that all types of customers find something for their training level at your gym. 

The following are the general weight plates sets:

  • Standard weight plates: 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35, and 50 pounds
  • Olympic Weight plates: 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35, and 45 pounds. 
  • Bumper weight Plates: 10, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 55 pounds. 

What is the purpose of fractional weight plates?

Fractional weight plates are used when a small increase in the total weight used during exercise is required. They are commonly used by expert trainers. 

They generally weigh less than 1 pound. We recommend you buy them in bulk for your commercial gym. 

How can I customize the color of weight plates wholesale?

You can customize the color of weight plates by Yanre Strength. Bumper plates usually have a dedicated color scheme and steel plates are usually available in black or grey.

 However, if you still wish to customize them, we are here to help. 

How can I customize the logo on weight plates wholesale?

You can contact Yanre Strength to customize the logo on weight plates. It gives a more personalized look to your gym. Contact us to know more about the customization services. 


We are glad you reached the end of our ultimate FAQ guide on weight plates. Since they are important gym equipment, you should choose them wisely to give your clients the ultimate training experience. If you are looking for affordable and best-quality weight plates, Yanre Strength is your go-to place. Contact us for a custom price quote.

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