I'm not taking the piss, I'm starting out, please don't think I'm trolling, I will post pictures when I get home but thought I'd ask now to give some time for responses before I break something lol!
I'm using a cheap York Vinyl set of weights with a straight 1 inch bar.
On my last routine of 5x5 of dead lifts, bent over rows and military press I ended up fully loaded with 20.6Kg on the bar (not each end, the bar total weight) which took 8x 2.3kg and 2x 1.1kg weights - that's 10 'plates' and these are wide because they are concrete covered in plastic/vinyl.
I wasn't fatigued at all. I had no break following 5x5 and I could easily have gone on but was blindly following a routine late in the night without real focus.
Tonight will be different I will not be pyramiding the weight until I get up to something respectable like 50 kg (25 a side).
To see how I can manage, I'll be upping the weight tonight by breaking down the dumbbells I have, which will give me an additional 4x 2.3 and 4x 1.1 (13.6kg) but that will mean placing 16 'plates' on the bar and will only give me a grand total of 34.2kg.
I know I'm not going anywhere without some effort but placing 16 plates on the bar for 34.6kg!!!! 16 plates! I don't know if that will even fit!
I have a concern that putting all the weight on the thin walled very light York supplied straight bar might break it, injuring me, especially when I clean. Has anybody ever experienced this or am I being a bit too 'health and safety'??
I'm confident that I will need more weight in a few weeks (when 36.6kg gets easy to 5x5 with no pyramid) so I'm looking ahead. I've been surprised by the cost of plates! The cheapest new set I've found are Â£72 for Olympics without delivery - so I'd also need a shim of some sort or a new bar, bif, baf, bof, more cash I don't have.
I have a 5kg solid steel ez curl bar but it's short on space which is the only reason I'm not using it at the moment. I'd probably put some new 20kg plates plates on it and work on reps instead of weight.
Where do you source your plates?
I've found some hexes on e-bay but they look olympic again.