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Old 02-02-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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Bumper Plate Question

I don't have a whole lot of money so I am wondering, can you use bumper plates and at the same time use iron and still drop them?
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:49 AM   #2
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

Depends on how many bumpers and how much metal.

If you're going to do 185 cleans and have 2x45 lbs bumpers and 2x25 metal plates on the bar - that's not too bad. Vice versa however would destroy the bumpers.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:50 AM   #3
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

Sorry, but not really. Dropping iron is bad for the bar and the floor. Avoid it.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

The conventional wisdom that emerged when this question's been asked before was:
  • Mixing big iron and bumpers on the bar wears out bumpers. Try to avoid, if you can. Iron costs less.
  • can probably drop a bar if the amount of iron = or is less than the weight of the bumpers. The bumpers won't break with that much extra stress
  • don't try that with anything smaller than a #25 bumper though
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:12 PM   #5
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

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The conventional wisdom that emerged when this question's been asked before was:
  • Mixing big iron and bumpers on the bar wears out bumpers. Try to avoid, if you can. Iron costs less.
  • can probably drop a bar if the amount of iron = or is less than the weight of the bumpers. The bumpers won't break with that much extra stress
  • don't try that with anything smaller than a #25 bumper though
Tom is spot on.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

I couldnt have said it better myself Tom....
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:05 PM   #7
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

Thank you for the responses.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:41 PM   #8
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

Not sure whether this would call for a new thread or not. I currently have 385 lbs(including bar) of iron. Today I DL'd 375 for 3 reps, so I need more weight. I want to make the move to bumper plates. If I start with 2 45's would I be okay on dead lifts with including those with the rest of the iron.

I'm not planning on dropping any of it.
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Old 02-24-2009, 07:44 PM   #9
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Re: Bumper Plate Question

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Not sure whether this would call for a new thread or not. I currently have 385 lbs(including bar) of iron. Today I DL'd 375 for 3 reps, so I need more weight. I want to make the move to bumper plates. If I start with 2 45's would I be okay on dead lifts with including those with the rest of the iron.

I'm not planning on dropping any of it.
If you're not dropping it, there's nothing to worry about, unless you get those big fat wide bumpers and there isn't enough room for all your other plates!

If you do plan on doing O lifts in the future, I'd consider this when getting your new bumpers. Starting with 45's means that any o lifts you do would be at least 135, a bit much for most people. Maybe some 25's are in order as well. I dare say just getting 25's would keep you covered on your deadlift for a (little) while too.

Just something to think about,
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