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REP’s 5lb Technique Plates make it possible for lifters to start their lifts at the proper height, but with light weight, so they can learn how to properly perform Olympic lifts. It can be dangerous to learn technique with a heavy weight, and it can be difficult to learn with plates that aren’t the standard diameter; the Technique Plates solve both of those issues.
Technique Plates have the same 17.7” diameter as other bumper plates. These plates are made from a durable, hard plastic, although they’re not intended to be dropped from overhead or shoulder height. They feature black weight markings so lifters can easily identify them on the bar. The Technique Plates are sold as a pair, fit on all standard, 2” barbells, and have a 3% weight tolerance. Technique plates are also available in kilograms. Pair the Technique Plates with REP’s special Mesa Technique Bar to be well on your way to mastering your lifts.
Can I drop my Technique Plates?
The Technique Plates are made from a durable hard plastic, but they should not be dropped to the floor when loaded on a bar. They are light, allowing lifters to learn proper technique and form while starting the lifts from the same height as regular bumpers. The light weight should allow lifters to control the bar to the ground rather than dropping it, and that will help extend the life expectancy of the plates.
Can I load technique and iron plates on the same bar?
We do not recommend this, because iron and bumper plates can have slightly different diameters, meaning all the force from dropping the weights goes into the larger plate, causing those plates and your barbell to wear more quickly. It is best to keep all plates on your bar of the same type.
Do REP Technique Plates (LB) have a warranty?
Yes, they have a 3-year warranty for home use and a 1-year warranty for commercial use. Please note though, that the warranty is void if the bumper plates are mixed with hi-temp-style plates. Hi-temps have a smaller diameter than regular plates, which means a bar loaded with a mix of REP's bumper plates and hi-temps will result in the bumper plates taking all of the load, causing them to degrade faster.