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Plate Mates FAQ


What if the 30 lb weight is too light, but the 35 lb provides too much resistance?

Use a pair of 1 1/4 lb PlateMates to increase your weight load more gradually. It's much safer, too, because you will reduce your chance of injury.

How are PlateMates attached?

PlateMates are not bolted onto weights like standard plates. They fit securely onto the end of a weight thanks to a carefully designed configuration of super strong magnets.

How many pairs of PlateMates do I need?

You will need one pair per dumbbell in use. For example, you will need two pairs when doing flies or lateral raises.

What size of PlateMates do I need?

For a 1-1/4 lb microload, you will need a pair of 5/8 lb Platemates. For a 2-1/2 lb microload, you will need a pair of 1-1/4 lb PlateMates. A pair of 1-7/8 lb PlateMates makes a 3-3/4 lb increase. For a 5 lb. microload, use a pair of 2-1/2 lb PlateMates.

Do the magnets lose their strength over time?

No. PlateMates use permanent magnets that never lose their strength. In fact, PlateMates are guaranteed for the life of the product. If you are dissatisfied for any reason, you can return them and we will repair or replace them free of charge at our discretion.

Do PlateMates work with plastic or rubber coated dumbbells?

No. It is important that the magnets come in direct contact with the metal for an ultimate hold.

Can you stack PlateMates?

No. We coat PlateMates with a protective coating, so you cannot use more than one at each end of the weight. For a bigger microload, use the next available size of PlateMate.

How do you use PlateMates with an Olympic bar?

You can use either Hex or Donut style PlateMates with an Olympic bar. To use the Donut, Olympic plates should be loaded onto the bar with the flat sides out. Then one Donut PlateMate should be located anywhere on the flat side of the plate. The Hex PlateMate attaches directly to the end of the Olympic bar.

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