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Old 04-30-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
Jason Jamora
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Need some help buying first set of bumpers

Hey guys. I want to get some new bumper plates start doing olympic style lifts but I don't know what weights I should get. I already have 285# worth of iron so I don't have to worry about heavier weights for deadlifts and squats. Should I get 45#s and 25#s and just use my iron 5#s an 10#s if I want to increase weight? or should I get 10# 25# and 45#. I don't know the weights that are used the most so any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2009, 05:49 AM   #2
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

I picked up the 230# set from Rogue, and supplemented it with two more 10#.

With the iron you already have, I would just get a set of 45s, 25s, and maybe 2 10s.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:16 AM   #3
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

I have had just 45's and 25's for a year and have not really needed anymore; using iron 5's, and 10's. IMO, I am thinking of getting 15's. I think that way in most instances you only need to add one iron plate. Plust they are more sturdy when dropping.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:06 AM   #4
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

I have posted this on like 3 different post now, but the best rule of thumb I have heard is use a 1:1 rubber to iron ratio for CJ's and Snatches. The bar counts as iron. So if you have the bar and two iron 25lb plates that is 95lbs so you should at least have two rubber 45s which makes it a 90lbs of rubber and 95lbs of iron, or just under 1:1.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:29 AM   #5
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

Thanks guys. I'm on a really tight budget right now so this info really helps.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

buy as many bumpers at one-time that you can because the shipping costs suck.

2 years ago i bought (4) 10s, (4) 15s, (4) 25s, and (2) 45s. i've regretted not getting 2 more 45s since then, but don't want to shell out another $60-80 in shipping charges for $100 in bumpers. i already shelled out like $130 in freight for the initial order and probably could have added those 2 extra 45s for little to no change in shipping price.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:16 PM   #7
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

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buy as many bumpers at one-time that you can because the shipping costs suck.

2 years ago i bought (4) 10s, (4) 15s, (4) 25s, and (2) 45s. i've regretted not getting 2 more 45s since then, but don't want to shell out another $60-80 in shipping charges for $100 in bumpers. i already shelled out like $130 in freight for the initial order and probably could have added those 2 extra 45s for little to no change in shipping price.
If you wish to be efficient with your bumpers:
1 - set microweights
2 - steel 2.5 pounders
2- 5 pound training bumpers
2-10's
2-25's
2-45's
x-55's as required (25kilos),

I have 15's and 35's but they are a luxury.
You could also buy 10 pound training bumpers instead of the 5's and use 5 pound steel for further saving.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:23 PM   #8
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

I have 10's, 25's and 45's and they have served me well. I eventually want to double that with the same weights, but I don't think any other pound bumper plate is needed for general Crossfit workouts.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:04 PM   #9
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

I'm assuming your all talking pounds. 10lb bumpers for most guys are unnecessary and don't hold up to dropping. Microweights are a luxury as well.

If you've got a full set of iron, a pair of 25's and 45's would suffice.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #10
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Re: Need some help buying first set of bumpers

Instead of a set of microweights, stop by your local Fastenal store or visit them online and look at their washers with a 2" diameter hole. They cost less than $10 for 4, and a pair weighs almost exactly 1 1/4 lbs.

http://www.fastenal.com/web/products...u=33037&ucst=t

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