Cable exercise machines are clearly marked with weight amounts.
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Cable exercise machines are resistance-training tools to strengthen most of your major muscle groups. The resistance is provided by a stack of metal weight plates. You select the amount of weight by choosing the appropriate number of plates. The weights are labeled as either pounds or kilograms and can vary by manufacturer, health club or location.
Weight plates for cable exercise machines are typically labeled in pounds - particularly if you live in the United States.
Stack 'em High
Most cable exercise machines use a stack of rectangular weight plates. The plates have holes in them and are slid onto rods. As you train, the plates slide up and down the rods. Generally, you will find the weight plates are labeled in pounds, especially if you live in the United States. Typically, each plate weighs 10 pounds, but you can find other, slightly heavier plates that weigh 20 pounds each. The number of plates on each stack varies, but are usually total at least 200 pounds.
Round 'Em Up
When the cable machine does not have a stack of rectangular weight plates, you have to slide circular weight plates onto the rods on the sides of the machine. An Olympic plate is labeled in pounds and kilograms. The largest plate weighs 45 pounds or 20 kilograms. Other plates are 25, 10 and 5 pounds, which are approximately 11, 4.5 and 2.2 kilograms respectively.
Consider Where It's Made
The reason some machines are labeled in pounds and others in kilograms is because different countries use different units of measurement. For example, the United States uses pounds as a unit of weight measurement. Other countries observe the metric system. In these countries, a kilogram is the unit designated to measure weight. As a comparison, one pound is equal to 2.2 kilograms.
How It's Made
The rectangular weight plates on a cable machine often have stickers that signify the weight in pounds. Depending on the manufacturer, the stickers can be changed to represent kilograms if needed. Other manufacturers label their plates with both pounds and kilograms to avoid confusion and for easy shipping to any country. This saves the company time and money.