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Old 04-26-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
Daniel Frankel
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Question about OLY lifting competitions?

I noticed in a couple videos of OLY lifting competitions (I will try to find an example or two), that The clamp is put on the bar to hold the weights in place, but then a tiny plate is loaded onto the bar, with nothing to secure it. I am wondering why?

Is it to ensure that the athletes bring the bar up evenly? And if the plate falls, then the bar was clearly picked up with one side first?
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:06 PM   #2
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

I think it's done because the cost/benefit ratio of taking the collars off for the small change plates means it doesn't make sense to do so.

For example, if a 25kg bumper plate, or two or three in the heavier clean-and-jerks, shifts two inches toward the end of the sleeve, it makes a major difference in the stability and balance of the bar, not to mention the feel. So it's more important that the heavy bumper plates not shift.

But a .5kg or 1kg plate moving a little bit won't make as much a difference in the balance and probably isn't worth monkeying around with the collars for every kilo change.

The high-end olympic lifting change plates we have at the gym I work out at are competition change plates. Not only are they calibrated for weight, but they're made with very strict tolerances on the loading hole so that they fit the bar extremely tightly and have a rubbery-coating that grips the sleeve. Put a pair of these on the bar, even without collars, and they bumpers aren't going anywhere.

The eleiko competion change set ad (wfs) discusses this: http://www.eleikosport.se/weightlift...Product_Id=280

Finally, I know that some collars are magnetic to keep the change plates on the outside from moving.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:17 PM   #3
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

Nothing that subtle. The outside is just where the little plates go, if they are needed at all to make up the weight.

I *think* the reason is because of the seal the collars make against the big plates, but I'm not positive.

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Old 04-26-2011, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

And the correct answer is...

In the past the collars were always removed to add on additional iron plates and all plates, bumper and iron were secured with the collars. Now there are magnetic plates that "stick" to the collars to make loading quicker.

After 20+yrs of lifting, the first time I saw this done, I thought WTF?! Then I learned they're magnetic.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:58 AM   #5
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

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And the correct answer is...

In the past the collars were always removed to add on additional iron plates and all plates, bumper and iron were secured with the collars. Now there are magnetic plates that "stick" to the collars to make loading quicker.

After 20+yrs of lifting, the first time I saw this done, I thought WTF?! Then I learned they're magnetic.
And I thought bumpers were hi-tech...
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:06 AM   #6
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

A lot of the small Oly plates also have a snug bar fit and their weight alone isnt enough to move them on the bar, even when dropped.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:29 PM   #7
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Re: Question about OLY lifting competitions?

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Now there are magnetic plates that "stick" to the collars to make loading quicker.
That.

Only one person got the answer right.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:37 PM   #8
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That.

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