Originally Posted by Zach Schul
A question about the reasoning behind 10,15,20,25kg weights in weightlifting. From watching lots of videos it seems everyone uses these plates and then some small plates for incremental weight. Why are these the only plates the people use in olympic weightlifting? It seems hard to learn these movements when you have to start out snatching atleast 40kg. I know thats really light to most but is there a reason they only make 4 different weights and not a wider variety like 5,7.5,12.5kg etc?
Also i only ordered a full set so 2x each of 10,15,20,25. WIll i need more then this or can i use metal plates to make up the difference?
You can buy technique plates that are the exact same size as a 10kg plate but weigh 2.5kg or 5kg plates. They are usually made out of some fragile composite/plastic-y material that cannot be dropped. There is a young girl in my club whose max snatch is like 36kg or something so she uses the tech plates even in competition.
I would think you'd want a pair of 2.5kg and 5kg metal plates in addition to your 160kg set, if not also a pair of 1.25 and 1kg plates.
I think the reason the big plates are most common are because you can't drop metal plates or tech plates.