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Old 04-01-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
Barry Acreman
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Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

I'm in the marker for an Olympic bar and weight to go in my garage gym. A local store here has a deal on an Olympic Bar with enough steel plate weight to bring the bar to 300 lbs total for $349.99 plus taxes. The bar itself they sell for $149.99. I'm wondering if I'm better off going with the steel plate deal or just buying the bar and two 45 lbs bumpers ($1.65 per pound) and then adding more bumper plates as time goes on?

Option 1
Olympic Bar (45 lbs)
Steel Plate (255 lbs)
$349.99 plus taxes = 395.49

Option 2
Olympic Bar (45 lbs) $149.99
Bumper Plate (2x45 lbs) $148.50
$298.49 plus taxes = $337.29
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

Depends on what kind of lifting you're currently doing.

If you're doing more powerlifting type movements then you could probably get away with the steel plates.

If you're doing olympic movements or a lot of metcon's with overhead work, then you might want the bumpers.

Still, 135# isn't a lot to work with so you might want to pick up some steel change plates.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:36 AM   #3
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

Invest in a better bar. No $150 bar will be any good.

Look at Rouge bars or Pendlay Economy bars.

Then go with bumper plates.

Check MDUSA.com for packages on Pendlay Economy bumper plates with free shipping.

Yes this will double your cost but it is money well spent. If you need to save a couple of extra months you will be glad you did. Just use a regular gym membership for weight training until you can get the better stuff for home.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:19 AM   #4
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

I agree, invest in a good bar. Rogue has good bars in the $200 price range.

If you are going to do anything where you are dropping the weights, you need bumper plates. At the very minum, a pair of 25# and a pair of 45#.

If you want additional metal plates - craigslist is a good place to find them. Metal plates won't wear out, so buying them used should be no problem.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

How much would a decent bar cost?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

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How much would a decent bar cost?
Around $250-$300 including shipping, give or take a few.

Look at AgainFaster, Rogue, FringeSport, Get RX'd... there's a few others too. Pendlay is a little more expensive but you'll get the corresponding increase in quality.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

It would be hard for some to thrown down $350 + shipping for a Pendlay HD but if you can, do it.

I'm in a similar situation. Just moved back to a small town in Colorado. This small town globo gym has a few bars that seem workable, spin nice but seem to have ****ty knurls (and no chalk).

I need to crunch my finances again but I was thinking either the Pendlay HD or a Bomba bar from FringeSport ($215 shipped) and maybe getting 2 45lb bumpers and then just using 35's and other iron plates to make up the difference.

I'd love to buy a complete set of bumpers but I know it would break my budget even if I resold it before leaving for Colorado in a few months. I figure I could ship the bar whereever I end up or resell it.

A bar for $149.99 is something I'd have to handle first. Probably fine for just squats and presses but doubt it's worth for the lifts. Find out if it's 28.5mm. If it's 29, it's probably pretty stiff.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:45 AM   #8
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Re: Question on Bumper Plates and Steel Plates

Thanks Blair, yeah the finances are the issue, I can't spend a ton on it right now. I'm actually thinking about just picking up a bar now and maybe add some 45 lb bumpers in a little while and just get it piece by piece. There is no way that I could but a full set of bumpers and good bar right now. If I did my next expense would have to be a divorce lawyer, haha!
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