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Old 10-07-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
Joseph Davidoski
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How to use Bumper Plates


I'm looking to get some bumper plates for my home gym but I have never used or even seen them before (blame the wussy gyms I go to). Can I use bumper plates along w/ regular plates? Will I still be able to drop the bar? Example: 45lb regular weights w/ 10 lb bumpers on the outside?
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Old 10-07-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

1) Don't consider "rubber coated". Those are not bumpers.

2) As a data point: kraiburgs/rubberman you dont' want to put extra iron on anything less than the 25s (pounds) if your thinking you may drop them, so no. One set of 10s will not slow down your 45lb. iron plates. I would not hesitate to put 10lbs of iron on each side along with a 25 bumper. Any extra iron is going to shorten the life of your bumpers, but life is short.

I cannot speak to other brands of bumpers, but I suspect it's similar.
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:50 AM   #3
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

I take a philosophical approach. If a gym is obviously condoning that you drop bars, and has been around for a while, and only has one or two pairs of bumpers, then they clearly don't mind if you overload the bumpers with regular plates. Reduce the lifespan? Yeah, probably. But some of the Eleiko bars in my current gym look approximately 1.1 billion years old and they're doing okay...

I would be interested in an opinion on the best way to load the bar with bumpers/iron. I've always put the bumpers on the inside.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:19 AM   #4
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

We just got a set of the Hi-Tech plates for tryout from Mercedes(CEO) of Hi-Tech.

These plates are hi-density plastic and we have loaded them with weight on either side, up to 30lbs per side. I threw them against the floor for about a half hour to see if anything would give on the plates and then I passed the torch and other people threw them against the floor. I was more worried about the bar at that point. After all of our specialized testing I couldn't see where we dented these plates.

They hold their size when dropped. The current run of plates come in 3.75kilo but soon there will be 2.5,5 & 10 Kilo versions.

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Old 10-08-2007, 08:48 AM   #5
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

Is there a link for Hi-Tech?
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:52 PM   #6
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

Originally Posted by Timothy Roehr View Post
Is there a link for Hi-Tech? (wfs) (wfs)
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:53 PM   #7
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Re: How to use Bumper Plates

I think I would've gone with the hi-tech plates now that I see what I got, BUT the ones I got from Jesup Gym for $50 a pair are light (they say 5 lbs, but I think they're less, I haven't measured them yet) plastic training plates, these puppies will basically get you a bar at basic height. They ARE extremely tough though too, but I don't know exactly how much they'll hold up. They look darn tough though, I'll give 'em that.
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