Originally Posted by Pull14
I see. If your not putting much more weight on the bar, 2-3 layered plywood "plates" should hold up pretty well for the time being assuming your not dropping them from above the waist on a regular basis. If there is an issue... wood is cheap and can be replaced.
As for "real" technique's -- hitech techniques seem to be pretty popular over here and are 17.5" / 445mm.
Nope, no dropping occurs, apart from possibly during the last inch or so if grip gives before I start using the straps, but that's not very often. the other issue is that I only have a cheap bar so it's a 1" barbell diameter, so most 45cm plates won't fit, in fact, I don't think any of them will.
I'm seriously considering the block idea, instead of the wooden plates route; I reckon they will be more durable, should I slip at during the latter part of the lift.