How to Choose the Right Bumper Plates Ready to throw some weight around and have need to get yourself some plates? Maybe you don’t know if crumb rubber, bumper plates, or competition bumpers are best? The first thing to figure out is what type of training you’ll be doing: powerlifting, weightlifting, or Olympic lifting, and what your budget is. This will help determine what type of plates you use. Don’t feel you only have to stock your home gym with bumpers. Some garage gym owners mix ‘n’ match steel plates and bumpers, as each has its place. If your certain bumper plates are the best fit for you.
A whole bunch of people, including some of your very own, get confused with this dizzying swirl of information about which bumpers are the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s the simplest and most straightforward approach to bumper plates, in two parts.
Rubber composition: Two rubber types dominate bumper plate production, which is soft and hard. The soft type employs crumb rubber for example, that dramatically improves durability and lifespan. Crumb rubber bumpers bounce high, offer decent bend, and usually have a rough look. These are ideal for lifting outside or when there’s no mat or platform under the athlete. The other type employs a hard rubber, which doesn’t bounce, as much as make a thud when dropped. The hard rubber bumpers have a nicer finish, but will inevitably scuff with repeated use, and their durability pales in comparison to recycled rubber bumpers.
Competition bumpers: These are your premium plates, bounce less, make less noise, last longer…. AND of course, look cooler! With the price tag being added on.