Weight Training: Our Best Free Weights 2021

Thursday, 26 November 2020  |  Sam

Whether you're starting your search for the perfect home gym or just looking for a good pair of dumbbell weights, it's tough finding the right gym equipment. Not only are free weights expensive, but they're an investment in your routine for a healthier lifestyle - which can be very daunting.

To make your search easier, we at Think Sport have partnered with Escape Fitness, one of the UK's most trusted weights manufacturers to compile Weight Training: Our Best Types of Free Weights. We've categorised our free weights according to Best for Men (or Heavy Lifters) and Best for Women (Or Lighter Lifters). That might sound traditional - but as men are capable of gaining muscle mass quicker, they are generally suited to a heavier range of weights.

If you're looking for something in particular, here's what we're going to cover:


Best Dumbbells for Women (or Lighter Lifters)

Escape Fitness Studio Handweights (Pair)

Escape Fitness Studio Handweights (Pair)Why We Love Them...

  • Colour-coded by weight
  • Small grip space for small hands
  • Vinyl coating for fewer floor scuffs

Good For...

  • Toning your arms with curls
  • Complementing aerobics and pilates

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Vibrant and colourful, the Escape Fitness Studio Handweights are the way to lift if you're looking for a minimalistic, yet effective way to tone up your body. Available in weights up to 5kg, the Studio Handweights are a great choice for fast-paced, cardio-burning workouts in your living room or outdoors. 

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Best Dumbbells for Men (or Heavier Lifters)

Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Dumbbells (Pair)

Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Dumbbells (Pair)Why We Love Them...

  • Octagonal shape for zero rolling
  • Built to outlast your other dumbbells
  • Available in weights up to 20kg

Good For...

  • Building biceps and triceps
  • Strength-based exercises

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Engineered using a robust urethane formula, the Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Dumbbells are some of the most durable dumbbells available on the UK market. Available in a weight range up to 20kg, the octagonal SBX Dumbbells are great for gym-goers looking for superior gains, and are suitable for shoulder presses, curls and chest presses.

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Best Kettlebell for Women (or Lighter Lifters)

Escape Fitness Studio Kettlebells

Escape Fitness Studio KettlebellsWhy We Love Them...

  • Comfortable distribution of weight
  • Colour-coded by weight
  • Wide grip for double-handed exercises

Good For...

  • Abdominal twists
  • Kettlebell swings

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Suitable for classes and solo workouts, the colourful Escape Fitness Studio Kettlebells are available in a range of weights (from 4 - 20kg) and look fantastic in any home gym set up. Affordable, well made and ideal for a range of explosive workouts that target the lower body, the Studio Kettlebells are a must buy! 

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Best Kettlebell for Men (or Heavier Lifters)

Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Kettlebell (4 - 20kg)

Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Kettlebell (4 - 20kg)Why We Love It...

  • Grooved surface for easy handling
  • Cast stainless steel handle 
  • Salt-tested and chromed for long use

Good For...

  • Explosive workouts 
  • Goblet squats and swings

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Heavy lifters can make use of the well crafted Escape Fitness Nucleus SBX Kettlebell by utilising its grooved design for a range of unconventional explosive workouts like goblet squats and kettlebell swings. With a modern design similar to something you'd find in a military base, the SBX Kettlebell is, without a doubt, a free weight made to last. 

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Best Barbell Weight Bar for Women (or Lighter Lifters)

Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set Bar

Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set BarWhy We Love It...

  • Slimline design perfect for smaller hands
  • Plates slide easily on
  • End cap protects wooden floors

Good For...

  • Targeting the legs using traditional squats
  • Advanced variations like step-ups

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: With quick-and-easy weight changes and a slimline design suitable for smaller hands, the Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set Bar is an excellent choice for bodypump workouts at home. Designed specifically for use with the Urethane Rep Set Plates, the Rep Set Bar eliminates time-consuming weight changes thanks to its easy-to-use clamps!

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Best Barbell Weight Bar for Men (or Heavier Lifters)

Escape Fitness Olympic WOD Bar

Escape Fitness Olympic Training Power BarbellWhy We Love It...

  • Best way to execute compound exercises
  • Smooth hold with less friction
  • True olympic bar, stronger than average barbells

Good For...

  • Packing on extra weight plates
  • Military presses and squats

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Weighing 20kg on its own, the Escape Fitness Olympic WOD Bar constitutes a "workout of the day" without any additional weight - but for those that want the extra weight, the bar offers plenty of additional room for progression. Featuring a black oxide shaft for advanced strength and durability, the WOD Bar offers nothing less than a true Olympic experience.

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Best Weight Plates for Women (or Lighter Lifters)

Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set Plates

Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set PlatesWhy We Love Them...

  • Easy grip handles prevent accidental slips
  • Vibrant, engaging colours for group workouts
  • High quality rubber with smooth finish

Good For...

  • Fast-paced workouts with the Rep Set Bar
  • Bodypump workouts and group classes

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Lightweight with a softer, no-scuff design, the Escape Fitness Urethane Rep Set Plates are the perfect companion to the Escape Fitness Rep Set Bar. Easy grip handles ensure your hold on the weights remains firm, whilst an engaging design makes these plates essential for those looking to work out in groups.

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Best Weight Plates for Men (or Heavy Lifters)

Escape Fitness Nucleus Urethane Grip Disc (1.25 - 25kg)

Escape Fitness Nucelus Urethane Grip Disc (1.25 - 25kg)Why We Love It...

  • Strong, durable design for long-lasting quality
  • Octagonal shape prevents rolling weights
  • Available in a broad range of weights

Good For...

  • Packing on extra weights for unlimited progression
  • Bigger plates can be lifted alone to target shoulders and biceps

Not So Good For...

Editor's Review: Progression is key to building muscle mass and density, and the Escape Fitness Nucleus Urethane Grip Disc allows you to push yourself to the very limit. Available in 1.25 - 25kg increments, the Urethane Grip Disc offers unlimited potential for barbell users

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Our Best Weight Bench for All Users

Escape Fitness Deck 2.0 Foldable Workout Platform

Escape Fitness Deck 2.0 Foldable Workout Platform

The Escape Fitness Deck 2.0 Foldable Workout Platform might be right for you!

 

  • Can be used as a ramp, bench or platform
  • 16 possible configurations
  • Suitable for all ability levels
  • Great for circuits and solo training

If you're looking a versatile solution for working out at home, there are no better options than the Escape 2.0 Workout Platform. Whether you're looking to build muscle or tone up, the platform offers a great starting position for all your fitness goals.

 

 

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Our Conclusion

We hope you've enjoyed reading our blog on the best types of free weights. If you're looking for more types of free weights, check out our In the Gym section, where you can find a range of quality fitness products in our Gym Weights, Gym Mats and Gym Accessories categories!

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