The Lexi Colabianchi School of Weight Plate Management
Written by: Slater Coe
The theory goes like this… if you can’t easily calculate how much you have on the bar, then you won’t be afraid of it. Knowing how much it weighs makes it heavier. So, stack as many 25s, 15s, and 10s on the bar as physically possible. Extend them until the clips only barely hang on. The less you know about the actual weight on the bar, the stronger you can be.
But there are subtle rules. For instance, you can’t stack a 10lb or 15lb plate inside a 25, 35, or 45lb plate. 10 & 15lb plates can be inside of each other, but never of a “colored” plate. The plates are supposed to go from heaviest to lightest, and you can add as many of same weight place as you’d like. Clear as mud?
The Lexi Colabianchi School of Weight Plate Management says combining a 45lb & 5lb plate together weighs waaaay more than combining five 10lb plates. Theoretically, they weigh the same, but in reality, the first version is maybe 400lbs heavier. Give or take.
You too can be a graduate of this illustrious program. You only need the will to stack plates dangerously close to falling off your barbell, and the willingness to ignore your friends shaking their heads at you. May you graduate with honors!