I am about to start my QVT for my DLs and Bench, and the smallest one in my gym is a 5 lbs plate. So, I was thinking to use some Car Washer plates(if I could find them in 2-3 days) or would otherwise go with weighing scale weights tied in a cloth wrapped around the bar. What do you guys think about this? Or, is there any other method? Kindly share.
Date: 02 Apr 2012 20:49
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Can magnets work? I think they could. I've never thought of this before….regular large-ish magnets. That could do the trick, I think.
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magnets is a good idea, but I don't have a clue from where I can get that, but yeah I have seen many a times a advertisement popping up on the GUS website about fractional magnetic plates…I guess they will be as expensive as the fractional plates from Rogue Fitness.
However, I found Car washer plates, to be a good substitute for those expensive fractional plates. Each weighing near about 0.6 lbs(in USA). Will have to check whether it is available in India.
Harsh, thanks for making this thread. I keep meaning to make a blog post about easy ideas for micro-loading but never get around to it. The magnetic plates you are seeing I put the links up for because they really are very nice and I like them a great deal. The advantage to the gym goer is that you just stick them on outside of the plates instead of having to put them on the bar. However, they are expensive.
As far just buying big magnets to use for weights…large magnets tend to be a stronger and higher quality magnet than you need for just microloading so here, in the states, it's crazy expensive and it would be cheaper to buy regular fractional plates or the magnetic plates I linked. I wouldn't think large magnets would be cost effective there either but who knows, some things are cheaper in India than here. However there are lots of things you can do.
A trick for magnet "plates" I've recommended in the states, but that I don't know if you can get there, are magnetic wreath hangars for metal doors and such. These are just round magnetic discs with a little hook on them and covered with a vinyl plastic material. They are cheap and make perfect little fractional plate. They look like this:
They don't weight much, maybe a 1/4 pound each but they're cheap. So about 8 to 10 of them can do the job. They stick right to the plates and you have little 1/4 jumps or so..but a person would need to weigh the one's he gets to know what weights he really had…it does not need to be precise.
Large 2 inch washers can be used for fractional plates, if you can get your hands on them. Lie the one's here: http://www.fastenal.com/web/products/detail.ex?sku=33037
So if that is what you mean be car washers than yeah, that will work perfectly. As you can see, each of those washers, on the link, are just about 0.5lbs. They will slide right on the bar.
Another solution is to use little round lengths of chains. I think this idea orginally came from Dave Draper's forum but I don't remember for sure. 5/16" chain. I think if you use about six links you have just about 2 inches..and then you loop it with a little spring clip or other such thing and you end up with a little loop of chain you can slide over the end of the bar. I am not sure about the weight..but I think each link, depending on the material would end up weight about an ounce. Joe could help with this. Make up enough of these loops and you end up with a very flexible micro loading solution. Actually, forget spring clips, little screw clips like this would be perfect to attach the ends of the chain loops, they are what I use around the house:
Another even simpler solution and the cheapest of all is to make little sandbags. To do this you will need a good sensitive scale so that you can make them to the weights you want. Then, all you need is some plastic sandwhich bags and some sand. Double the bags and put sand in to the weight you need. Then cover the whole thing with duct tape and make a strong little brick like package out of it. You have to weight as you go along to get the weights just right but this is very doable..it was my first home-made solution I did myself. Then…there are options to attach them to the bar. One is just to carry some masking tape..you a little masking tape to stick them on the bar and it comes off very easily when you're done. Or, some cheap pairs of elastic wrist wraps with velcro can be used to hold them on the bar. Whatever. Not as elegant and easy to take on and off the bar as other solutions but the most affordable one.
Chain link is also an awesome idea. Harsh from this it looks like you can also use cheap carabiners. It will work out almost similar in case you dont get the chain links similar to what Eric has posted.
Yep, cheap carabiners is what I meant originally by spring clips…I didn't know if anybody would know what a carabiner was. Heck, almost anything will work. A twist of wire…it doesn't need to be fancy.
Another solution is to use little round lengths of chains. I think this idea orginally came from Dave Draper's forum but I don't remember for sure. 5/16" chain.
Sir, can you please explain, what does this 5/6" mean? I mean, I am not able to understand those numbers.
We can also make a chain of cheap carabiners, by this we can add or remove weights(carabiners) from our custom made chain.
It's the diameter of the links. The actual thickness of the metal the links are made out of, I guess you'd say. I think 1/4 inch would do as well. I don't know what the equivalent is for you..maybe millimeters or maybe some type of other system of grading.
Sir, I am using Olympic Collars for micro loading, they are available in my gym unused(the owner didn't have a clue why he purchased them)
Olympic Collars = 0.38 Kg = 0.8 lbs
I Used two Collars at a side for making the weight = 1.6 lbs. Making total weight on the barbell = 3.2lbs
Sorry, for not replying on my own thread, I was just busy with my training and life, and moreover my K11 gym is 14 Kms from my place, making it a hard task to go there each and every day. So, I am searching a nearby gym, the problem is, all the gyms in my vicinity don't have a power cage or a Squat rack. :(