Mine too.FWIW, my "bumpers" really aren't bumpers, they're rubber plates - all rubber, just a metal ring in the center. If you look up "rubber weight plates," you'll find similar.
My bumpers have a very dead bounce. I agree that overly bouncy plates are annoying.My bumpers, on my deadlift mats, together have too much bounce for me.
Certainly a legit use. But a lot of 10lb bumpers are so thin and bendy that they collapse and get damaged easily when used by themselves, especially in a gym environment where people may not be so careful with the equipment and may be dropping them from overhead. There are actually manufactured light "technique plates," usually made out of solid plastic, that are the same diameter as regular 45s, so people can learn the olympic lifts with a light weight from the normal starting position. Some people just make their own out of plywood.I have used a bar plus the 10 lb. bumpers when I wanted 65 lbs. total but didn't want a student to have to reach further than the standard distance to the bar. I haven't done this often, but I have done it more than once.
The looser-fitting iron plates are definitely easier to load and unload. However, I once had a cheap sporting goods store bar where the sleeves actually dented and eventually cracked because of the shifting and rattling of iron plates. However, I have used iron plates extensively with higher quality bars without this kind of damage, so I attribute it mainly to the poor quality of the bar.I like that iron plates slide on and off the bar easily
The things we have done to those poor 10 & 25lbs bumpers in my old crossfit gym...But a lot of 10lb bumpers are so thin and bendy that they collapse and get damaged easily when used by themselves, especially in a gym environment where people may not be so careful with the equipment and may be dropping them from overhead.
I was trying to make the point without using the "C" word ;-).The things we have done to those poor 10 & 25lbs bumpers in my old crossfit gym...
After most WODs that included oly movements you had to lay them on the floor and lay a couple of 45s on top to make them flat again. Why? Because most of us were weak and did the snatches and C&Js with less than 135lbs.
Sometimes it was the "WODs fault". For "Fran" you only use 95lbs (bar + 2x25lbs) and for the final thruster of a set people would push the bar overhead and let go once their arms reached full lockout...
The owners didn't seem to care, so that's their problem.
This really ticks me off. Even with bumper plates dropping the bar will put some wear and tear on the collars. I always tried to respect the equipment, especially when I was using a higher end bar such as an Eleiko. Eleiko's spin smooth as butter. In addition, the official rules in Olympic lifting state that while the bar may be dropped it must be done so under control. No one seems to know what that means, but the standard advice is to keep your hands on the bar until it it passes your chest. Also don't slam the bar down like Jon North used to do.Sometimes it was the "WODs fault". For "Fran" you only use 95lbs (bar + 2x25lbs) and for the final thruster of a set people would push the bar overhead and let go once their arms reached full lockout...
I use cheap Wal-Mart metal plates. They were well under $1 per lb years ago (they are typical plates you find in a commercial gym). Also, for about $50 or so, you can purchase a couple 4'x8' sheets of plywood and some rubber horse stall mats and make a first class deadlifting/weightlifting platform. This way you don't have to worry about damaging your floor or dropping weights.
I can remember as a fourteen or fifteen year old when I first benched with a big boy on either side. It felt like I'd made the big time!As a 9th grade kid in weight training class, there was something magical about iron plates that got bigger and bigger with weight. The 45s became a rite of passage, adding them to the bar was like becoming a man.
No, not yet.
If you buy cheap, you will buy twice!No, not yet.
Leaning towards the B&R bar for the center knurl but a little concerned about corrosion.
Really tempted by these plates, but ooh, $$$ !!! Super nice though.
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I was a the military exchange yesterday and they have a whole set bar + 300 lb in plates for just $299. So, there's that option.... But sloppy, ugly, and noisy.
Just have to decide how much of an investment I want to make I guess.