ETHOS makes a nice affordable starter kit that can be a good deal even for anyone on a budget. Rogue Fitness receives the award for the best overall result. Dollar for dollar they are the best deal. Although their records cost more, they last practically forever.
Each panel is 18″ tall and 2″ thick.
DIMENSIONS: Sold individually, the 45 pound platter measures 450mm or 17.75 inches in diameter by 3 inches wide. The collar opening has a diameter of 50 mm and is therefore compatible with Olympic barbells.
Bumper plates cost between $1.69 and $7.09 per pound, with the average cost for a quality set of 20kg plates being around $3.33. The brand and type of plate – urethane, crumb rubber, etc. – are the two key factors in how much a set of bumper plates costs.
Ethos looks pretty good – 4+ stars on Amazon and at $110 you can’t beat it. However, some of the reviews worried me. Especially the few that say it doesn’t last and last as long as you would expect and the extra money for a big name bar is well worth it.
To make progress with the bench press, you should have a variety of weights on hand. Bumper Plates are also a nice addition to your setup as they don’t do too much damage to your floors when you drop them compared to traditional iron weights.
A good quality bumper will typically last 5-10 years with good maintenance and correct use. Some bumper plates last forever depending on the frequency of use and exercises used, but bumper plates are designed to absorb shock and allow for durability and longevity of use.
Width & Diameter: If possible, bumper plates should have a diameter of 450 mm. The collar opening should be as close as possible to 50.4mm, which is the IWF standard. Color Coding Accuracy: Ensure the weight and color conform to IWF standard. Also make sure that the coloring is even.
Are the bumper plate colors the same as Olympic weight plates? Olympic bumpers should always follow the red, blue, green, yellow and white standard as far as colors are concerned. However, most Bumper Plate products are black (gloss or matte) and are often made from recycled rubber.
Colored bumper plates mimic the colors of Olympic competition plates. 55 lb (equivalent to 25 kg) are red, 45 lb (similar to 20 kg) are blue, 35 lb (similar to 15 kg) are yellow, 25 lb (similar to 10 kg) are green , and 10 lb are grey.
The thickness of the plates is 10 lb. – 1″, 15lb. – 1½”, 25lb. – 1¾”, 35lb.
In contrast to iron plates, fresh rubber butt plates do not damage concrete – provided it is not old and/or already cracked. An iron weight plate will definitely break concrete if dropped repeatedly, especially from a hanging or overhead position.
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But why do weight plates stop at 45lbs. and not go straight to 50? The main reason for this type of weight distribution seems to be that the Olympic standard for the largest weight plate is actually 20 kilograms. This equates to 44.09 pounds, making a 45 pound Imperial plate the closest equivalent size.
There are a number of terrible reasons to love bumper plates. They’re rubbery, springy and don’t smell like rust. They take up a lot of space on the bar and create the illusion of lifting a lot of weight. You can even smack them down from above if you like using a curved barbell.
Bumpers are worth it if you have the budget to afford them. Bumper plates are more versatile than steel weights in almost all circumstances, with the exception of extremely heavy lifters lifting 650+ pounds.
Bumper Plates can help protect your floor, but you still need shock-absorbing mats if you want to drop the barbell. You don’t need bumper plates for compound movements like deadlifts, squats, and overhead presses, but they can still be very useful, especially for heavy deadlifts.
This rack comes with 805 pounds capacity and a range of additional accessories. This rack comes with an 805 pound capacity and a range of additional accessories.