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Old 04-13-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Questions on Bumper Plates

I looking to get a pair of bumper plates for my garage. I was thinking about getting a pair of 25lbs plates. Would it cause any problem to put heavier weight on the outside of the plates?
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:09 AM   #2
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Re: Questions on Bumper Plates

Recommendations I've heard is that at least 1/2 the weight on the bar needs to be bumper plate weight if you are going to gently drop the bar. If you are going to drop from overhead I'd want all my plates but change to be bumpers.

If you have 25's and put any other big plates on there, they will hit the floor. I'd highly recommend getting a full set if possible.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #3
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Re: Questions on Bumper Plates

Because of the thickness of the bumpers, I would go with 15kg/33lbs instead of just using 10kg/22lbs. They are much thicker and nearly the same width and surface area of a 20kg/44lb bumper. Maybe look into the recycled tire bumpers as they are wider.

Right now my max clean is 95kg and jerk BTN is 103 so I'm hoping 15's on each side with iron on the side will get me by. I definitely would not feel comfortable dropping a bar with 175-200lbs only with 10kg or 25lb bumpers.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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Because of the thickness of the bumpers, I would go with 15kg/33lbs instead of just using 10kg/22lbs. They are much thicker and nearly the same width and surface area of a 20kg/44lb bumper. Maybe look into the recycled tire bumpers as they are wider.

Right now my max clean is 95kg and jerk BTN is 103 so I'm hoping 15's on each side with iron on the side will get me by. I definitely would not feel comfortable dropping a bar with 175-200lbs only with 10kg or 25lb bumpers.
Thanks for the advice!
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:14 AM   #5
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Re: Questions on Bumper Plates

The 35's or 45's would be best for this approach. The thicker the bumper plates the longer the will last.

Any iron plates added need to be smaller in diameter then the bumper plates. With a 4 25 pound iron plates you could get the bar into the 215 range. I wouldn't drop it from over head repeatedly but if you did once in a while I expect the bumper plates should last a couple of years.

Also get two 3/4 inch horse stall mats to protect the floor and absorb some of the energy. They are about $50 a piece, last for ever and will save both the floor and your equipment.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:40 AM   #6
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Re: Questions on Bumper Plates

It's cheaper to buy a lighter barbell than it is to buy a sturdy but light bumper plate. So my advice is similar to the above: A 30 lb. barbell and 35 lb. bumpers will last a heck of a lot longer than a 45 lb. bar and 25 lb. bumpers.
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Re: Questions on Bumper Plates

Hi guys i'm just about to order some bumper plates for myself as well. Can anyone recommend any particular make, for both price and quality? Thanks. s
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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Hi guys i'm just about to order some bumper plates for myself as well. Can anyone recommend any particular make, for both price and quality? Thanks. s
There are plenty of threads on this in the Equipment section.

Generally anything from Rogue, Again Faster, FringeSport, or any of the other reputable vendors out there. Which exact ones you get depends on what you will do with them, how much of it, and your budget.

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There are plenty of threads on this in the Equipment section.

Generally anything from Rogue, Again Faster, FringeSport, or any of the other reputable vendors out there. Which exact ones you get depends on what you will do with them, how much of it, and your budget.

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Thanks mark will look them up! S
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