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Old 05-14-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
Daniel Morey
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I started Crossfit a couple months ago right as i bought an olympic weight set at Sports Authority on sale for $100. works pretty great, but i want to know if i could use bumper plates with the regular metal plates. Could i pick up two 10lb bumpers, and put those on my bar with the metal plates, just for the sake of having the bar at the correct height and so i can drop the bar if needed. Or would that damage the bar, if not the bumper plates?
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:28 PM   #2
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I have the Kraiburg pound set. The 10s and 15s seem to flimsy for extra iron.
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:13 PM   #3
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I would definitely not use 10 lbs plates with iron. I have the kraiburg ones too, and they bend sometimes with only the bars weight.
You could buy plates for the 'height' and then never drop them. BUt even then the more iron you load, eventually the 10s and 15s will bend just sitting on the ground.
Maybe save up for a 25lb/35lb/or 45lb pair of bumpers?
There are some great dealers that offer crossfit discounts (Rubberman, Glenn Pendlay, Allison Foreman at York)
Untill then, maybe you can get creative with setting the bar at the proper height to initiate the movement.
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:25 AM   #4
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Daniel, make yourself some wooden training plates. Trace the outline of one of your iron 45's onto a sheet of 3/4 inch ply and cut it out. Rinse, lather and repeat and you now have a set of training plates that will keep the bar at the right height.

I have a set and they are sturdier than my 10lb bumpers. Have used them with up to 25lbs each end of steel and they have held up to dropping from waist height with good grace. I can't say the same with my 10lb bumpers

Cheers, kempie
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:20 AM   #5
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Daniel, scroll down to the Archieve through Feb 15, 07 in this section. See the thread on Bumper Plates. I had the same question as you and got some good advise on the Do's and Don't of mixing bumper plates with iron.

Dennis B.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:04 AM   #6
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As a rule of thumb, you want the total iron weight to be less than the total bumper weight on the bar. If the iron weight it greater, you risk problems with the bumpers (hence the problems you heard noted with the 10lbs bumpers and a 45lbs bar).

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