How to choose the perfect bumper plates for your home gym
Hello fitness friends! The big wide world of weights, bars and accessories can be overwhelming at times – especially if you are just starting out with your weightlifting or strength training journey. In this post, we take you through various types of barbells and weight plate sets so you can have all the information you need when making a purchase for your home gym.
Designed for performance, Olympic coated rubber bumper plates are durable and suitable for lifters of all levels. AtmomicMass’ rubber coated Olympic weight plates have an Ezy tri grip and a stainless steel rolled Knurled inner ring. The rolled stainless steel edged on our Olympic rubber coated bumper plates makes for easy glide on/off from your barbell and provides a perfect fit.
If you’re a beginner to mid-level lifter looking to outfit your home gym, our AtomicMass 100kg Bumper Plate + Olympic Barbell package is a great place to start (and a great deal too!). If you’re a more serious weightlifter, maybe go for an Olympic barbell and a set of competition bumper plates. Our 140kg competition bumper plate set is a great option for athletes.
Olympic competition bumper plates
Competition bumper plates are made for one thing – Olympic weightlifting competitions and training. These are professional-level discs for serious weightlifters. Competition bumper plates are very thin with a dead bounce when dropped.
One of the primary benefits of competition bumper plates is that they are extremely reliable in terms of exact weight. Competition plates generally come in a variety of Olympic standard-certified weights down to the gram, making them a great choice for athletes.
Once you’ve chosen a good barbell suited to your current abilities and goals, you’ll want to invest in a set of weights. There are several factors to consider when shopping for weight plates:
1. Compatibility – you’ll need to check that the weight plate set you’re considering is compatible with your current barbell
2. Safety – weight plates with thicker rubber will be safer. If you’re an experienced lifter, you can opt for weight plates that are less-safety focused, whereas if you’re a beginning lifter, the safety factor will weigh more heavily (see what we did there) in your purchasing decision.
3. Bounce – be sure to check the manufacturer’s description of the weight plate bounce or perhaps read some reviews from previous customers. You want your weights to have a bit of bounce, but not so much that they come back and hit you in the face!
4. Durability – weight plates are subject to cracking around the inner ring and even bending. Be sure to check that the manufacturer produces their plates with high quality materials.
There are heaps of different kinds of weight plates on the market and sometimes it can be hard to choose. Let’s take a look at the basic types of weight plates…
So now you know more than the average gym-goer – which weight plate set do you choose for personal use in your own home gym? The answer lies in your fitness level and strength training goals.
Always remember to read the manufacturer’s description to see what materials the products are made with and check if they offer warranty (*hint: we do!).