Fishy Muscle Makers

I’ve got to tell you the name of this project first and foremost. Designed by Sun ho, Sin, this project is called “Barbellfish.” It is so very close to the word “Babelfish” that it cannot be denied. Before we discuss the similarities between the fish and this project, we’ve got to discuss this project’s aim: to make it simpler to lift weights! Rather than attaching them to a bar from the sides, these allow for a top-loading weight.

As you can see from the illustration, these weights attack from the top, clicking into place in a quite simple way. Now as for the name: I’m sure you’ve got some knowledge of Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which the “Babel fish” is introduced. This fish is inserted into the head of a host through the ear, translating for its host all language to an understandable sound. Kinda like the most epic internet translator of all time, the Yahoo! Babelfish.

But what’s that got to do with the weight? Well! I can only guess since it is not explained by the designer, but if I were a bettin’ man I’d wager a bit on the universal applicability of each weight to a bar.

Squish!

Designer: Sun ho Sin

Barblefish vertically attaching weights by Sun ho, Sin

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36 Comments

  • Stone_Rhino says:

    Interesting concept, but it really should have a mechanism to lock the sliding portions in place.

    The simplest solution would probably be to just add a U shaped bar you could slide in the bottom once the weights are in place. But then you have to turn them over just to insert it, so it would be a pain.

    The alternative would be to add a lock to the handle somehow. Something simple would work, like 2 rods that come down from the handle into holes at the top of the sliding sections. So say when you go to lift the weights the rods locking the sliding sections in place would be pulled up and out, thus allowing you to move them freely.

    • reality says:

      too complex. 3 components rather than one. how do you remove the item? will it jam over time? naa no better than what currently exists.

      • Stone_Rhino says:

        His current design is actually more complicated than my suggestion. His requires a push button release with some unspecified internal latching mechanism. My suggestion was to add 2 straight rods to the handle that just slide into the weight. Its better for ease of manufacturing and the overall factor of safety.

        But being just a concept, I suppose anything goes.

  • Joshua says:

    Cool looking design. A problem I see here is with the heavier weights- you cannot safely lift a 10-20Kg disc with just the tips of your fingers.

    • Bjorn says:

      Im sorry, are you mental? If you can’t lift one of your weights with a hand hold in it, good luck lifting the bar when its loaded with those weights. That hand hold is easily enough for your hole fist to get around.
      Disregard my comment if you suffer from Enormous hands syndrome, otherwise… think about it.

      CHUR

  • Maxie says:

    The only problem is the very concept. While it does look cool, the fact that you must lift the weight above the bar would become a problem when doing exercises like squat or even bench press. For squats the bar is usually around neck high when loading weight. When doing exercises like bench press the bar is usually around waist high and again it becomes a problem. Also the weights should have holes that can be used as hand holds to help lift them.

  • Haylo says:

    Wow they look really good, great design. But what happens when you start doing hang cleans or clean and jerk or some other power lifts? It looks like they might just snap and break open when dropped.

  • peter says:

    This design solves problem that doesn’t exist in the first place. Compared with existing design the solution is very complitated, expensive, not interchangeable and can break.
    I would rate it as a FAIL!

    What would be your next design? Electric banana peeler?

    btw:
    Presentation + rendering is nicely done.

  • tommy says:

    this is a solution looking for a problem.

    Barbell weights are extremely cheap and easy to use. They rarely fail. They last a really long time.

    This is a really complex solution that hand waves the mechanism and adds limited value for the user.

    Getting the first plate on the bar looks like it would actually be more difficult with this.

    And what about the user’s fingers? They’re about to be smashed.

    Nice use of rendering skills, but how about a design that benefits the user?

  • MJK says:

    Gosh, I dunno. Being able to remove weights like this would be neat but I would worry about a component failing or breaking.

    Part of weight lifting is muscling the weight stacks on and off.

  • J says:

    Regular plates are a pain in the ass. They are hard to maneuver off the bar and difficult to slide. These are simple and convenient and one can spend less time farting around changing weights and more time actually working out. Also, in the health club lazy assess are more prone to break down their weights if it’s easier for them to do it.

    Brilliant design…I would buy them but only if they were comparable in price to their plate counterparts. Additionally you need to identify a storage platform for these weights…otherwise the standard plates have you beat.

    • shushu says:

      “they are hard to maneuver off the bar and difficult to slide” ? well u should learn basics first or use kids weights or something. have you EVER seen a broken weight?

      You shouldn’t talk at all since you’ve never even touched them in your life.

      This is not a great solution. Will fail in market and addresses issue that doesn’t exist.

      Once again, just pretty package without thinking.

    • shushu says:

      “they are hard to maneuver off the bar and difficult to slide” ? well u should learn basics first or use kids weights or something. have you EVER seen a broken weight?

      You shouldn’t talk at all since you’ve never even touched them in your life.

      This is not a great solution. Will fail in market and addresses issue that doesn’t exist.

      Once again, just pretty package without thinking.

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  • Shaun says:

    This honestly a terrible idea. Way too complicated and expensive and would not hold up to the abuse that we gym rats put our plates through. Also, we’re not that lazy. This idea is attempting to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

  • chris says:

    over engineered, a solution to a problem that doesnt exist. Also the author doesnt understand the name, it is simple “bar bell fish”.

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