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Plate Loaded Leverage Gym Equipment - Plate loaded strength training equipment utilizes Olympic weight plates for resistance instead of selectorized weight stacks like other strength training equipment options. Most popular plate loaded gym equipment pieces by commercial equipment manufacturers include plate loaded leg presses, hack squats, Smith machines, calf machines, lat rows and chest presses. Most plate loaded fitness equipment is designed to let the trainee mimic barbell and dumbbell exercises while adding increased isolation. Some trainee’s prefer the added safety that an exercise machine provides compared to free weights while bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes use them in addition to free weight training and as finishing exercises to achieve maximum hypertrophy.