In addition to this, barbell and plate exercises are done with both sides of the body, allowing your to 1. Lift more weight and 2. Become more stable due to engagement of your core.
However, before you jump in with both feet first, there are, like anything, drawbacks to consider. These include the impact on your wrists as well as the restricted range of movement in comparison to dumbbells or kettlebells.Your range of motion can be slightly more limited when using this type of weight.
An EZ-bar is different from a standard straight bar in its zig-zag pattern towards its centre. This feature makes the exercise slightly easier on your wrists. That makes this bar great for increasing the weight of your exercise, particularly when working out your biceps and triceps as this allows you to avoid forcing your wrists into unnatural positions.
The shape of this bar however does provide its own set of drawbacks. The main concern when using an EZ-bar is that sometimes your weaknesses can be masked. For example your weaker side could be doing less work but you would be unaware.
Sandbags or sandbells
Often just as heavy as dumbbells and kettlebells, sandbags or sandbells are just often not as hard. This means that you could drop them or slam them down whilst creating minimal or no damage to your floors and walls. This type of weight provides a platform to build functional strength through more natural types of movements.
The design of sandbags and sandbells are intentionally effective in allowing you to move as your body requires comparatively to the restriction of regular bars or EZ bars. Like all free weights, sandbags and sandbells are not without their drawbacks. Whilst less damaging, these weights can be cumbersome and are not designed to carry very large amounts of weight. Experts suggest that these types of weights are more tailored to building stamina.