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Old 11-30-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
Phillip C. Boyd
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Greetings all,

I work out at this community rec center that has a pretty decent weight room. The plates are standard sizes, i.e., large 45s, decreasing plate circumference the lower the weight(but curiously no 35s). The plates are encased in black rubber, so I was wondering if those kinds of plates can be dropped like traditional olympic style bumper plates? Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-30-2006, 12:58 PM   #2
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No, don't drop them.
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:20 PM   #3
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I disagree. While I don't encourage dropping them just to drop them, I've seen 225 + dropped when I was playing college ball with rubber rimmed weights and they were more than fine.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:10 PM   #4
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I doubt highly it would damage the plates. However, the surface that they land on over time may be tore up badly. It's also going to be very noisy. Getting or not getting kicked out of the rec center is probably the real issue....
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:46 AM   #5
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Rubber rimmed plates and rubber encased plates are two different plates - the rubber rimmed plates are of a uniform diameter and are bumper plates, designed to be dropped. A rubber encased Olympic plate of varying diameter is not designed to be dropped, and will damage the plate, the bar (unlikely to be an Oly training bar), the contact surface, and pretty much annoy the staff and patrons of the rec center! Might want to check with them about adding appropriate bumpers & bar!
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