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Magnetic Weights

Hi all,

I thought I read somewhere that it was possible to buy small magnetic weights to stick to regular weight plates and dumbbells so that you can go up in smaller increments.

I sometimes find that the dumbbells at the gym go up in increments of 2Kg steps which, depending on what exercise I’m doing, is too big a step.

If I could go up in 1/2Kg steps, it would help.

Anyone know of such things? I’ve tried searching various sites and have found anything. By the way, I’m based in the UK.

Cheers ta.

Well, here in the USA, I’d suggest Platemates. www.theplatemate.com

They distribute to stores in USA and Canada, according to their website. Perhaps you can search your favorite UK bodybuilding stores/websites for platemates?

I hope that helps a bit.
Good Luck!

Here’s one UK site that has them:


So if one has them, I’m sure more do… :wink:

I would definetly recommend plate mates. We have them at my gym and they are really useful especially in lifts using lighter weights where you might not want to jump from 10 to 15lbs.

What I did was, I made my own by using fishing weights, magnets and epoxy and a kitchen scale. They look as ugly as sin but they work great.

Thanks for the replies guys…much appreciated.

The home-made route seems like a good idea - I’ll see what I can improvise too!

I looked into getting some plate-mate attachments about a year ago…however spending close to 25 bucks for two 2 1/2 pound magnets didn’t seem right to me.

So, I bought a couple of 2 1/2 pound plates, and rivetted (sorry about the spelling) a couple of hard drive magnets to each plate. They work so good I ended up doing the same thing for 5 pound and 10 pound plates. (and I have to use a screwdriver to pry the plates off the dumb-bells)

So…if you’ve got any hard drive magnets, or any really good magnets, I would suggest giving that a try!

You can buy small plates from piedmont design associates (PDA) … do a web search and you’ll find their site. They do custom engineering for all sorts of cool hardcore equipment.