Saving Big Bucks with Plate-Loaded Equipment
Get the Quality Weightroom Equipment You Want for Less Money
When purchasing exercise equipment in today’s economy, consumers need to think more carefully about their purchasing decisions. Specifically, they need to make a distinction between what they want and what they really need. Take the case of deciding between selectorized machines and machines that are plate-loaded.
Selectorized equipment is certainly a time-saver. To change resistance the user only has to move a pin attached to the weight stack, and the machines tend to take up less space than plateloaded equipment, especially when weight holders are required. But in terms of performance, there is no difference between selectorized machines and plate-loaded variations. There is, however, one major advantage of plateloaded equipment: cost.
Adding a weight stack to an exercise machine significantly increases the cost of the unit. Also, due to the weight of the machines, shipping and handling costs are also higher. Whereas a plate-loaded machine may cost $800 plus $200 to ship, it’s possible that the exact same machine in a selectorized version may cost $1,500 plus $400 to ship – seriously, almost double. In today’s economy, that is an important distinction...
Download the Full Article by BFS, originally published in the September/October 2009 Issue of the BFS Magazine from the BFS Archives.
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