I like buying pre-owned stuff for the novelty.
The fact that the item belonged to a previous owner makes me feel that the item has more character.
I’m a little superstitious.
I somehow believe that I absorb some of the positive traits of the previous owner.
When I was younger, I often asked my boss if they’re selling their old phone or computer when I see they upgraded to a newer model.
Maybe I’m just cheap and invented that story, so I feel better about buying second-hand gear.
One of my projects for 2019 is building my home gym.
I bought a barbell from coach Jason in 2019.
I’ve wanted to buy plates for a long time.
During the quarantine, I lost my primary income source and got stuck at home.
The stress of getting stuck at home was getting to me.
I wanted to work out.
I miss the CrossFit box.
I miss lifting weights.
I was looking at different options to get my plates.
The cheapest place that retails 25-pound Olympic barbell plates cost ₱5,000 a pair.
I found out that Coach Jason of CF Ortigas was selling what he calls Frankenplates.
Frankenplates are broken plates that have been restored.
They are glued together with commercial adhesive.
A solid wooden frame reinforces the plates and holds them together.
Cracks are also reinforced with staples and provide the stitched-up Franken look.
Whenever I work out, Frankenplates remind me of resilience.
Resilience is something I aspire to build in myself.
My training partner has previously been dropped, cracked open, and about to be discarded.
Barbell Medic has done a great job with the restoration and has given the plates new life.
If you need to restore your fitness equipment or would like to adopt a Frankenplate, contact coach Jason at Barbell Medic.Written on October 20th, 2020 by Kevin Olega