Originally Posted by BendtheBar
Thanks LtL. I was thinking that anything lower then 135 would create issues for most trainees because of plate size, but I wasn't sure if that was too much "starter weight."
a plate is good because of the 8" start height, but there are some who cannot SAFELY pull 135. Since NM adaptation takes a few weeks to months, a weight someone can pull safely (with good form) is often less than their actual limit.
You can always start with a lighter bar or use training wheels. You can also set 95# on the low pins in the power rack to mimic the height.
I have these for newbs and the ladies:
Power Systems | Aluminum Training Bar
Power Systems | Training Plates