Plate Etiquette 101

We’re always mentioning plate etiquette, so here is the long of short of it.

  1. Use 5lb plates modestly. Only use these when a 10lb increment is only possible by using 5s.
    • Why? These plates are not bumpers or olympic plates, they are not resilient and they are in short supply.
    • Example: You have 65lb on the bar and your next set is at 75lb. Take the 10s off and put on 15s. Now if you deadlifted 135lb and your next set is at 145lb, go ahead and slap some 5s on either side.
  2. Replace small plates with larger ones. As you increase weight, replace the small plates with the larger plates.
    • Why? It’s a courtesy to your fellow athletes, as the 10s and 15s often run out. It also protects the smaller less resilient plates. Most importantly, the barbell’s balance and stability is much better with larger plates.
    • Example. You have 75lb on the bar and your next set is 95lb, take the 15s off and grab 25s. 
  3. Load from big to small. Load you plates from heaviest to lightest. We should never see a lighter plate before or between two heavier plates. 
    • Why? Improperly loading your bar ruins its balance, taxes the equipment and poses safety risks. Additionally, it’s difficult and distracting to drop weight mid-WOD.
    • Example: If you have 10s on your bar for a total of 65lb and the WOD calls for 115lb, don’t put 25s on outside of the 10s. Instead the switch plates. Better yet, take everything off and get a set of 35s.  
  4. ALWAYS Use Clips: This goes without saying, but we thought we’d mention it just in case. If there’s weight on the bar, clip both ends tightly.

So please observe plate etiquette out of respect for your fellow athletes and equipment. 


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