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Jamie J. Skibicki 07-25-2008 07:52 AM

Magnetic fractional plates
I'm trying to find magnetic fractional plates to attach to dumbbells. The only ones I've found are rather expensive. Does anyone know of a good site for this sort of thing?

Peter Terry Haas 07-25-2008 06:18 PM

Re: Magnetic fractional plates
If you really want to do microloading on the cheap, you can snag magnets and large washers from home depot. I've made a few pairs for under $10. Can't really use them for O-lifting though.

Rick Frazier 07-26-2008 09:45 AM

Re: Magnetic fractional plates

Like Peter said, if you're looking to save money or are into the DIY stuff, you can build some from hardware you can find at Lowe's or Home Depot. If you go this route, post some follow-up photos as I don't think I've seen anyone do that on the board yet.

For commercially made, I know of only two companies that make magnetic fractionals. PDA and Plate Mates. I've never used Plate Mates but I have used PDA's (both regular fractionals as well as their magnetic ones). The quality is well worth the cost, imo. Not to mention the customer service second to none. I've bought a lot of equipment and no other company comes close to the customer service you get from PDA. Pricey? Yea, but they'll last forever. You can check them out at

Hope that helps and let us know what you do.

Mike Rosenberg 07-27-2008 05:42 AM

Re: Magnetic fractional plates

May I ask what exercises you are performing such that you are microloading dumbells?

It seems, as noted, to be an expensive option to add a pound or two to a DB.

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