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    OP go with olympic.
    Find the nearest Play It Again sports load up all your weights and trafe them pound for pound and get some extra with an olypic bar. They should not have a problem with it.
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    Originally Posted by pilby View Post
    Here are the pics.

    I think the bar was purchased separately from the weights. At least,when I was talking to him, he said he had just bought the bar for $60.

    He said he had had a bunch of equipment that he was getting rid of because he didn't have room for it anymore and had just joined gym. He had been able to sell everything else at a yard sale, including a standard weight set, a bench and some dumbbells, but no one was interested in the Oly set.
    Nice looking deep dishes, I've never seen the likes of them before.
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    OP, looks like you got a nice set for that money. Congratulations!
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    Thanks for all the input and help. I ended up with a full Oly set for less than I was ready to spend for a couple extra standard plates and I'm definitely happy. The set has been a joy to work out with, and I've already started using its bigger capacity. I had stalled at 270# deadlift with my standard set because that's physically all I could put on it. But I got a set of 280# DL's in the night before last. Felt good.
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    Originally Posted by pilby View Post
    Thanks for all the input and help. I ended up with a full Oly set for less than I was ready to spend for a couple extra standard plates and I'm definitely happy. The set has been a joy to work out with, and I've already started using its bigger capacity. I had stalled at 270# deadlift with my standard set because that's physically all I could put on it. But I got a set of 280# DL's in the night before last. Felt good.
    Nice work, both with the plates and the DL's--repped!
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    Originally Posted by pilby View Post
    Thanks for all the input and help. I ended up with a full Oly set for less than I was ready to spend for a couple extra standard plates and I'm definitely happy. The set has been a joy to work out with, and I've already started using its bigger capacity. I had stalled at 270# deadlift with my standard set because that's physically all I could put on it. But I got a set of 280# DL's in the night before last. Felt good.
    Nice to see a follow up to a thread OP. Enjoy your new weights.
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    Now you need to find a few more 45's so your deadlift doesn't stall again!
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    I repped everyone who gave input in the thread until I got cut off for the day.

    But I guess that does nothing until I get up to 50 posts, eh? Just need to find some threads to really get sucked into, I guess.
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    Originally Posted by pilby View Post
    I repped everyone who gave input in the thread until I got cut off for the day.

    But I guess that does nothing until I get up to 50 posts, eh? Just need to find some threads to really get sucked into, I guess.
    Just stick around and contribute, and the reps will come back to you fella.

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    Originally Posted by dumb.bell View Post
    Most people on this board will tell you to abandon the standard plates and start over with Olympic.

    Where are you located?
    I don't think I've come across anyone who has upgraded to Olympic and regretted that decision later on.
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    I just picked up an older York 7" standard bar. I am going to give it a run on some lifts the next few weeks.
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    Just go with the olympic, it would be a great investment especially if you're thinking of building your own home gym little by little.
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    I have two lat towers and the standard leg extension additions on two benches, and I keep them all loaded for different specific exercise sets/reps I do.
    That said, I keep a supply of cheaper 1" plates for those because they're just used for ballast that I just add to every once/while...

    I use Oly plates for any bar work, and I use several bars for different things, but I like the Olys for stuff I move plates around a lot for.

    The suggestion I'd make is that, whatever you decide, weigh all your plates and label them. Specifically pay attention to the actual weights of the plate because it's easier to balance your lift bars and increase increments if you know the actual weights.
    If you're buying new - return the plates that are over 3% or 5% difference from labeled weight. If buying used - just pay attention.
    Sometimes you'll add a single 2.5 or even a (2.5 + 1.25) plate(s) to one side of the bar to balance a lift.
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