Rubber Bumper Plates and Rubber Bumper Plate Sets and Packages - The rubber bumper plate is commonly used in place of iron weight plates when Olympic style weightlifting is being performed. Bumper plates are
constructed of a resilient virgin rubber material that is impact resistant and protective of floors and surrounding strength equipment. Bumper plates can also be molded from recycled crumb rubber that is derived from car and truck tires that
would have otherwise ended up in the bottom of a landfill. Some rubber bumper plate manufacturers such as Ivanko Barbell and Hampton Fitness choose to use a cast iron core that is encased in thick rubber. This iron core makes it possible
to produce a much thinner and more compact bumper plate than those that are made from solid rubber.
Bumper plate sizes, whether in pounds or kilograms, usually all have the same diameter of 17.7”. So for example a 10 lb. bumper plate will have the same diameter as a 45 lb. plate. This is to evenly distribute the impact to all the plates when dropped after a lift and to create a consistent starting height for the bar no matter what size plates are used. The obvious weight difference is apparent in the thickness with the 10 lb. plates at 1” wide and the 45’s coming in just under 4”.
Who Should Use Bumper Plates? You should use this style of plate if you perform Olympic style lifts such as snatches and clean and jerks. The cushion and bounce that these plates provide when dropped will greatly decrease the chances of ruining your Olympic bar and your floors. However, even when using bumper plates for your Olympic lifts, we still recommend using heavy gym mats underneath for added protection.
What Are The Best Bumper Plates To Buy? This depends on the users preference. If you prefer an American made bumper plate, Recycled Crumb Rubber bumper plates by Ironcompany.com and Body Solid are a great buy and the vulcanized rubber will provide years of hard wear. Colored bumper plates identify each size using a different color and can be helpful at close or far range. If a highly accurate bumper plate is a must, the Ivanko Calibrated bumper plates are accurate within 10 grams. Bumper training sets help take some of the guesswork out of the equation by including a weightlifting bar and collars. Some of our sets even include entire garage gyms complete with squat stands, slammer balls and power ropes. And finally, if you are outfitting a school, CrossFit box, military base gym or anywhere that uses a lot of bumper plates all at one time, consider one of our package deals that starts with 6-45 lb. bumpers to as much as 1,990 lbs. that includes 14-10’s, 20-25’s and 30-45’s.
Need help selecting Bumper Plates that best fit your location or fitness goal? Let an Ironcompany.com fitness equipment expert assist you today at 1-888-758-7527.