The “Top” 12 Gym Weights To Consider

November 14,2023

We have brought forth a comprehensive introduction to a variety ofgym weights, of which includes free weights and selectorized machines. 

We have highlighted the characteristics and usage of 12 “must have” strength equipment for any gym or fitness setting. 

This is catered for suppliers of sports and fitness products, amazon sellers, gym owners, athletes and sports enthusiasts. 

 The 6 “MUST HAVE” Gym Free-Weights 

In terms of free-weights, we have covered:

  • Dumbbells 

  • Barbells 

  • Kettlebells 

  • Bars 

  • Weight Plates 

  • Weight Ball 


Dumbbellscan be created from various materials (i.e. rubber coated, iron, and cement) and come in a range of loads that can be classified as “light to heavy”. 

Some dumbbells can be purchased as fixed weight, whereas others are adjustables. The price of dumbbells range from $5 to over $100, depending on the weight, brand and quality. 

A  gym weights room without a range of dumbbells is incomplete, so you should certainly consider them in our option.

Unique Characteristics Of A Dumbbell

One of the most distinctive characteristics of a dumbbell is the center handle and the outer weight plates. The center handle is narrow and made of iron, thus altering the center of gravity and making the dumbbell suitable to grip in each hand. 

Usage Of Dumbbells? 

As a result, these characteristics allow for a wide selection of amazing isolation and compound exercises like: dumbbell curls, shoulder flies, chest flies, upright rows, shoulder press, and chest press. 



Thebarbellsare another essential strength equipment that really completes any gym or fitness setting in our opinion. Barbells can be slightly more expensive than dumbbells and range from $50 to over $500. 

You can purchase fixed barbells which are perfect as part of a commercial  or advanced gym. On the other hand, you have the choice of adjustable barbell sets which are more suited for home based exercise settings. 

Unique Characteristics Of A Barbell

For the most part, barbellsare made from the same materials as dumbbells. However, unlike dumbbells, the barbell has a much wider center part, therefore it is suitable to grip with both hands. 

Usage Of Barbells? 

For this reason, the barbell is much more suited to effective and enjoyable double hand compound exercises like: overhead presses, bench press, upright rows, back rows, and deadlifts. 



Simply put, theKettlebellis a bell shaped free-weight that is priced within the range of $20 to $100, depending on the weight, brand and quality. 

Unique Characteristics Of A Kettlebell  

The characteristics of the kettlebellis completely different to other free-weights. The kettlebell possesses a unique rounded handle at the top of a rounded weight, thereby shifting the center of gravity underneath the gym weight.

Usage Of Kettlebell

The kettle bell makes for some very fun, unique and productive exercises like the kettlebell swings,  kettlebell swings, kettlebell snatch, kettlebell windmill, kettlebell cleans etc. 

Effective, yet enjoyable, too good to be true? Certainly a reason for the kettlebells not to be looked past as an investment, right? 


Gym Bar 

Barsare the foundation of a loaded barbell and are essential for any strength based training program.

The range of bars that you could invest into are absolutely mind boggling and all serve a different purpose in the gym setting.  Some of the most popular bars include theolympic weightlifting bar, and thehex bar. Gym bars range from $50 to $500 

Pretty much all commercial or advanced gyms and fitness settings have multiples of these bars that we highly recommend looking into. 

Usage Of Gym Bars 

The loaded barbell is crucial for compound exercises like the barbell bench press, barbell overhead press, barbell back row, barbell deadlift, and barbell squat. 

Without a doubt, barbells are essential for any strength training program, therefore highly recommended. 


Weight Plates

Weight platesare a gym essential that can be applied onto empty bars and specific resistance training machines.

They are usually circular disc shaped and come in a variety of materials (cast iron and rubber coated) and loads/sizes. 

As funny as it may sound, a gym without weight plates is like having a cup without any drink. So it makes sense to consider buying weight plates. 

The cost of weight plates vary from $1.50-$3 depending per pound of weight


The Weght Ball

The weight ball, also known as the medicine ball, in recent years has become one of the most desired gym accessories in any commercial gym and strength & conditioning/fitness centers.

For this reason, we can not stress enough that anyone involved with the gym or exercise setting must not miss the opportunity to get their hands on the weight ball. 

The prices range from $10 to $100 depending on many variables like quality and weight. 

Unique Characteristics Of A Weight Ball 

As the name suggests, the weight ball is round and appears like a ball, but can weigh up to 9kg. The weight ball is normally made from materials like rubber or leather. 

Usage Of A Weight Ball 

Due to the characteristics of the weight ball, it can be used for power based exercises like throwing, slamming, and squat + reach. 

The weight ball can also be used for core stability based exercises like weighted sit-ups, oblique twists and weighted leg raises. 


The 6 “Best” Selectorized Machine Weights 

The selectorized machine weights that we have covered are the: 

  • Seated Chest Press 

  • Pec Fly/Rear Delts 

  • Shoulder Press 

  • Seated Row 

  • Horizontal Pulley 

  • High Pulley 

The Seated Chest Press 

THE SEATED CHEST PRESS!Is simply a chest exercise machine. Any gym or workout environment is incomplete without one of these spectacular chest machines, thereby you MUST consider investing into it.  

There are many chest press machines with varying qualities, which range from $200 to $2000. 

Unique Characteristics Of The Seated Chest Press

In terms of characteristics, the averageseated chest pressis the size of  1146*1398*1674 mm, net weight of 197 kg, and gross weight of 213kg. 

When it comes to usage, essentially you would sit on the chest press machine, select your desired intensity using the pin load or attach weight plates, and then press the handles forwards. 

This movement would activate the pectorals (chest), front deltoids (shoulders) and triceps (back of the upper arm). 

Usage Of A The Seated Chest Press

When it comes to usage, essentially you would sit on the chest press machine, select your desired intensity using the pin load or attach weight plates, and then press the handles forwards. 

This promotes a triceps extension (straightening the lower arm), horizontal flexion of the upper arm (upper arm moves across the body) and shoulder flexion (moving the shoulder forward). 

As a result, the muscles of the pectorals (chest), triceps (back of the upper arm) and front deltoids (shoulders) are activated.


The Pec Fly/Rear Delts

The pec fly/rear deltsare on the most unique and eye-catching weights machines that money can buy.  Another weighs machines that are priced from $200 to $2000. 

Unique Characteristics Of The Pec Fly/Rear Delts

This weights machine is sized around 1650*1014*1994mm, net weight of ~212 kg and gross weight of ~230 kg. 

Furthermore, it has a chest pad, pin loaded weight or weight attachments, and handles that guide a horizontal flexion or extension of the upper arm.

Usage Of The Pec Fly/Rear Delts

It is LITERALLY a 2 in 1 machine working the many anterior (pectorals/front deltoids) and posterior muscles (rear deltoids and upper back) by guiding horizontal flexion (front fly) and horizontal extension (back fly). 


The Shoulder Press

The shoulder pressis undoubtedly an amazing compound machine that should be considered for all commercial gyms and fitness settings. On average the price of this machine ranges between $200-$2000. 

Unique Characteristics Of The Shoulder Press

The usage size is approximately 1344*1417*1674 mm, which gives it a net weight of 185 kg and a gross weight of 203 kg.

The shoulder press has a padded/adjustable seat, a pin load or attachable weights, and a vertical pushing mechanism. 

Usage Of The Shoulder Press

During the shoulder press, you would sit on the padded seat and press the handles upwards, ultimately working the muscles of the deltoids, triceps, and levator scapulae/trapezius. 


The Seated Row 

The seated rowis certainly a top compound exercise to build the "pull" based muscles, thereby worth looking into as an investment. The Seated row ranges from $200-$2000

Unique Characteristics Of The Seated Row

The seated row is approximately the size of 1343*1260*1674 mm and a net weight of 195 kg and gross weight of 205 kg. The seated row has a seat, a chest pad, a rowing system with pin load or weight attachment. 

Usage Of The Seated Row 

An amazing varabel of the most seated row machines is that they have three grip options. You can either grasp the pulley with a prone grip (overhand) or semi-pronated (to the side).

These options allow you to prioritize different areas of the back, which include the trapezius (upper back) or the lower latissimus dorsi (outer back).  


The Horizontal Pulley  

Thehorizontal pulleyis my all time favorite back weights machine for its versatility. The price range of the horizontal pulley is between $200-$2000 depending on the quality of the machine. 

A very striking variable of the seated row is that you can apply a variety of handle attachments, which subsequently would alter the muscles. 

Unique Characteristics Of Horizontal Pulley 

As the name suggests, the horizontal pulley is another pulling based weights machine. The approximate size of the horizontal pulley is 753*1178*1674 mm, net weight of 182 kg and gross weight of 96 kg. 

Furthermore, the horizontal pulley has a padded seat, foot platform, pin loaded or attachable weights and a pulley system with adjustable handles. 

Usage Of The Seated Row 

As a result of these characteristics, the muscles that come into action while using this machine include: Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Brachii. This machine is very popular, hence why we recommend looking into it as an investment. 


The High Pulley

Thehigh pulley, or better known as the lat pulldown is a vertical pulling based exercise within the price range of $200-$2000. 

The high pulley is absolutely essential for every gym or fitness setting to have, so we highly encourage looking into it.

Unique Characteristics Of The High Pulley 

The size of the high pulley is around 1258*1444*2241mm with a net weight of 206 kg, and 220 kg. 

The high pulley has a padded seat, thigh pads, a pin loaded or attachable weight and a high pulley system. 

Usage Of The High Pulley

The vertical pulling motion targets the upper latissimus dorsi, rear deltoids, and brachialis/bicep muscle.

This high pulley has an unique bar that allows you to change grips/width to target slightly different muscle groups. 



All in all, we have covered some of the most popular gym weights that must be considered before setting up a gym, fitness center, home workout environment, or online selling space. 

We hope that you enjoyed the article, please feel free to leave any questions, comments or queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible.