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Prioritising safety? Us too. Every member of the Southside Fitness team knows how important it is to protect yourself and others from injury during a workout, whether you’re in a busy gym or working out at home.
One of our favourite ways to keep safety in mind is by incorporating Olympic bumper plates into your equipment stack. By helping to prevent bounce when you’re working from a steady height, you can protect yourself, others, and nearby equipment from damage if they come into contact with the weights during failure or AMRAP rounds.
Read on below to learn more about our top recommendations as to when you should incorporate bumper weights so you’re getting the most out of your gym workout each day and keeping safety in mind.
Whether you’re new to the gym or a seasoned pro, the benefits of using bumper plates are endless. Among our top recommended uses for incorporating gym bumper plates into your workout routine, we suggest:
We get it—bumper weights might seem like an added luxury at first, but we always recommend that every good gym fitout concerned with safety consider these among their first buys. Read on below to review some of the commonly asked questions we get at Southside Fitness each day to make sure you feel well informed before making a decision.
Bumper plates are traditionally the same diameter but vary in their thickness and construction. Bumper plates are rubber, can be dropped and are more suitable for Olympic style lifts. Rubber coated and hammertone weight plates are often both a unique weight and size (diameter) differentiating lower-level weights from their larger, heavier counterparts.
Short answer, No! Doing that will damage your floor, plates, and barbell. We recommend using rubber flooring, preferably a minimum of 15mm thickness.
Definitely! If you’re looking for safe and effective weight plates to add to your workout routine and gym equipment, bumper plates are a great way to increase your weight bearing capacity while considering your floor and gym size.
In theory, yes. Because they are made from rubber, there is less noise when loading and lifting. However, because they are used in Olympic lifts that often involve dropping, then the exercise can be very noisy. We recommend the use of rubber flooring for protection and noise reduction.
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