Bumper Plate Buying Guide
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Bumper plates are one of the most critical pieces of equipment in any home gym or commercial fitness facility. Whether you are buying your first set of bumper plates or looking to upgrade, this article will present the options for you to make the right choice. With there being many tiers of pricing and quality in the market, it can be difficult in deciding what is the most suitable plates to purchase. As always we reccomend researching before making a commitment to any brand, it's far more worthwhile investing in quality and not having to replace equipment in a short space of time. With there being so many offerings in the market today, it's easy to fall for a low price from an unreliable supplier, which leads to dissapointment.
Bumper plates by definition are constructed from thick resilient rubber, and allow for the loading and dropping* of barbells during Olympic lifts and compound exercises. They are chosen over steel plates as they allow loaded barbells to be safely dropped onto the correct flooring, without causing damamge to the gym or facility. Bumpers are almost always more expensive, however they are neccessary for any overhead CrossFit or Olympic lifting, whereas steel plates are sufficient for very basic barbell training. Another major factor in the popularity of rubber Bumpers is the noise, steel plates are extremely loud in use but rubber Bumpers greatly reduce this problem.
*Again Faster Europe advocate the safe use of weightlifting equipment, including dropping plates safely on appropriate flooring to protect yourself and the equipment.