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Microloading Plates (1.25 lb)


#1

Which brand(s) of these plates will fit a standard barbell?

I notice that in the product descriptions for most of them they mention use with dumbells, but I am concerned that these plates are too small to fit around a standard barbell bar.

          Thanks everyone for your responses.

#2

The ones that I have use the same size hole as my barbell size. I do not see a name stamped on them.

I only use these on the dumbbells, but they would work just fine on the barbell. I just do not have the need for such precise weight control on my barbell.


#3

Has anyone made a “homemade” version of these kind of weights. I was thinking of filling something with sand or rocks and then hanging it on each side of the barbell to make up the additional weight.


#4

Why do you need such accuracy?


#5

[quote]Misterhamper wrote:
Why do you need such accuracy?[/quote]

These will help me get through plateaus in some of my big lifts. You know, the whole progression thing.


#6

Pieces of chain with a strip of velcro


#7

[quote]dmo82 wrote:
Misterhamper wrote:
Why do you need such accuracy?

These will help me get through plateaus in some of my big lifts. You know, the whole progression thing. [/quote]

Why not use reps instead of micro-loading? Say you lift 100lb for 6 reps, work your way up to 100lb for 12 reps, then add 10lbs and start on 3-5 reps, working your reps up again.

Just a thought.


#8

The ones I’ve seen are called platemates and are magnetic

http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=112&pid=1650


#9

I just got myself some for xmas. They fit my olympic bars, but are avail. for standard bars as well. The site was recommended somewhere on here before. prowriststraps.com/fractional_plates_fraction_plate_weights_lifting
If you’re on a budget tho’ you could sorce some various sized 1" washers at a hardware store and weigh them.


#10

6 links of 5/16" zinc coated chain at Home Depot plus a carabiner weighs about 0.5 pounds and fits the oly bars perfect.

geocities.com/elitemadcow1/Topics/Microloading.htm


#11

I found some 1&1/4 lb plates at Big 5. They are made by BFCO for std size bars. I looked everywhere, and these were the best deal. Funny thing was, the people who worked there didn’t know that they stocked them. I use them for incremental increases on lateral raises. My GF uses them for nearly all of her DB workouts, they seem to have helped her progressions quite a bit.


#12

[quote]dmo82 wrote:
Misterhamper wrote:
Why do you need such accuracy?

These will help me get through plateaus in some of my big lifts. You know, the whole progression thing. [/quote]

You really don’t need these on the big lifts, like squats and deads. They can be helpful for dumbbells, but loading them on a barbell seems like a waste of time.


#13

how much are you lifting that you need to add only 1 pound?


#14

[quote]tw0scoops2 wrote:
how much are you lifting that you need to add only 1 pound?[/quote]

320 deadlift x 5, for just one example. Adding 2.5 lbs each week for a few weeks can make a difference. I am on a linear progression program that sometimes calls for very preceise weights.


#15

[quote]dmo82 wrote:
tw0scoops2 wrote:
how much are you lifting that you need to add only 1 pound?

320 deadlift x 5, for just one example. Adding 2.5 lbs each week for a few weeks can make a difference. I am on a linear progression program that sometimes calls for very preceise weights.[/quote]

Oh. I was gunna say just put a 5 pounder on since it’s a drop in the bucket at that point, but if your on some special program, disregard my comments :-P. GL.


#16

Weekly increases of less than 1% seem rather marginal to me, but what do I know? Maybe you’ve been deadlifting for years and you’re 5’4" 125lbs with a 320lb deadlift.

If you are a very experienced lifter who is pushing the limits, then I can certainly understand the strategy. If not, then I think you are overly restricting your progress and should look for another solution, ie: rest, diet, etc.

BTW, the plates I mentioned earlier fit on both std 1" DBs and BBs.