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Old 04-06-2014, 05:21 AM   #1
David Barnes Langston Jr
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Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

I do a lot of power lifting with some olympic lifts thrown in once or twice a week. Can I get by with dropping the iron weights from the snatch or clean and jerk on the rubber mats on a garage gym platform or do I need to look a bumpers for that? I ask this because for deadlift the iron weights work better b/c I can get more on the bar that with bumpers.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:34 AM   #2
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

I think the issue with the iron plates for olympic lifts is dropping them from shoulder or over head. It's not an issue of the floor but I'd be afraid of the impact bending or warping your barbell over time.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:36 AM   #3
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

Dropping iron plates from overhead will ruin a barbell and possibly damage the plates over time.
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

Thanks guys. That is what I needed.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

You can always mix in iron for your deadlifts.

For oly lifting, you need bumpers.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:34 AM   #6
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

Bar damage aside (which is the big issue), I simply wouldn't want to put up with the noise that comes with dropping a plate-loaded bar, even onto rubber mats.

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Old 04-07-2014, 11:26 AM   #7
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

haha ya its pretty loud. they make a plenty of noise just smashing against eachother on the bar as well. bumpers are so quiet

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Bar damage aside (which is the big issue), I simply wouldn't want to put up with the noise that comes with dropping a plate-loaded bar, even onto rubber mats.

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Old 04-07-2014, 01:15 PM   #8
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

I'm now thinking I'm gonna bite the bullet and get the thinner, competition style training bumpers. That way I know I can get the needed weight on the bar for the deadlifts and I can drop them on a platform for Olympic lifts. Pendlay has a pretty good deal on them right now.
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Re: Do I need bumpers if I have rubber mats?

You can save a lot of money by only getting part of your weight in bumpers--i.e. if you think you'll be C&Jing anything up to about 250lbs you'd be fine getting a pair of 25kg/55lb bumpers and maybe a pair of 10kg/25lb bumpers, then some cheaper iron plates in the 10lb/25lb/35lb increments since they're smaller in diameter and won't hit the ground.

You'll spend a lot of money getting 500lbs of thin bumpers for heavy deadlifts compared to what you could spend buying a bunch of 45lb iron plates, which will do fine for deadlifts and are often available used.
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You can save a lot of money by only getting part of your weight in bumpers--i.e. if you think you'll be C&Jing anything up to about 250lbs you'd be fine getting a pair of 25kg/55lb bumpers and maybe a pair of 10kg/25lb bumpers, then some cheaper iron plates in the 10lb/25lb/35lb increments since they're smaller in diameter and won't hit the ground.

You'll spend a lot of money getting 500lbs of thin bumpers for heavy deadlifts compared to what you could spend buying a bunch of 45lb iron plates, which will do fine for deadlifts and are often available used.
Yes, do that. Depending on where you live, used iron plates should be fairly readily available on Craigslist.

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