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Black Training Bumper Plates are our most popular variant due to the relatively low cost, high durability,
and versatility of use. These rubber weights are suitable for any indoor gym or fitness application. They are not manufactured for outdoor use however and use of these types of high density rubber plates outdoors will cause damage to the surface of the plate (chipping) as well as compromise it's durability. These are great plates for anyone looking to equip a commercial gym, CrossFit gym, High School or College weight room, personal training center or garage/home gym. Sold in pairs and sets. 36 month warranty on 55 lb, 45 lb, 35 lb, 25 lb. 1 year warranty on 10 lb and 15 lb plates.

Color Training Bumper Plates are available in pound and kilogram increments. IWF Colors and specifications. These colored rubber weights offer a more affordable alternative to our higher quality Olympic Competition weight sets. These weight plates are constructed of a different rubber compound than the black training plates. The color training plates offer a lower bounce and lower noise compared to black training plates. These plates have raised lettering colored with indelible ink for easy identification and looks consistent with higher priced Olympic training plates. These weights are sold in sets and pairs.
36 month warranty of 55 lb, 25 kg, 45 lb, 20 kg, 35 lb, 15 kg, 25 lb, and 10 kg plates. 12 month warranty on 10 lb plates.

Vulcan Absolute Competition Bumper Plates represent the highest level of performance for Olympic weightlifting. These plates are recommended for high level athletic training facilities, and those facilities instituting a competitive weightlifting program. Vulcan Absolute Plates are manufactured in accordance with IWF standards. Each plate is guaranteed to weigh within +/_ 10 grams of stated weight. The Absolute's have raised lettering imprinted with indelible ink and many other unique features. 60 Month warranty on 25 kg, 20 jg, 15 kg, and 10 kg variants.

V-Lock Rubber Change Plates have completely changed the standard for all change plates. In the past, issues such as peeling rubber, paint chipping, rust, loose or departed inserts, bar damage, and excessive noise were considered the norm for change plates. We were the first to introduce the solid rubber change plate to the market in 2012 and it has been highly imitated to this day. Solid rubber without steel inserts or an iron core is what differentiates the V-Lock Change Plate. They are precisely weighed, balanced and molded to fit tightly on the barbell and closely together. They are highly durable and carry a 5 year warranty.

Alpha Bumper Plates are our newest addition. The Alpha plates stand in a class on their own. They are made using a unique rubber compound that is not used in any other rubber weight plate on the market. The benefit of this rubber compound is that it can be used outdoors or indoors without any adverse effect to the plates. These plates are great for outdoor workouts or training in a garage or basement with bare concrete floors. Alpha plates are superior to recycled rubber or crumb rubber bumper plates. The proprietary rubber compound enables a thinner plate that takes up less space on the bar as well as a dead blow bounce. Unlike some of the extremely thick and dangerously high bouncing recycled rubber plates. These plates will not fold when dropped nor will the inserts depart or come loose. Due to the shock absorbent properties of the Alpha rubber, they are as much as 35% quieter when dropped from overhead. On top of all of these benefits Alpha's are less costly than competing brands as well as having color coded flecks for easy identification.

36 month warranty on 55 lb, 45 lb, 35 lb, 25 lb. 1 year warranty on 10 lb plates. Warranty info

Frequently Asked Questions About Bumper Plates

Why do some bumper plates have colors?

  • Bumper plates are traditionally color coded according to the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) standards. These standards are used by all countries that compete in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. As many countries use different standards of weight, the color coding unifies all weight measurements and provides easy identification at glance from a far as to the calculation of the total weight lifted. For the fitness enthusiast the colors can help to motivate the lifter and provide visual feedback of the lifters's progress. Traditionally the colors are as follows: 55 lb = Red, 45 lb = Blue, 35 lb = Yellow, 35 lb = Green, and 10 lb = White/Grey

Aren't all bumper plates the same?

  • Definitely not. All bumper plates may have similar appearance since they will all be a standard 17.7 inch diameter, round, and black or colored. That is where the similarities end. Many factories that produce bumper plates are very small and lack the technology and testing to create high quality bumper plates. The difference in materials can be drastic in the terms of long term durability, surface appearance, toxicity, and performance. Please be aware that many factories use a low grade rubber that is not free of PAHS or Phthalates. We have drop tested several bumper plates of different manufacture and many will break at less than 1000 drops.

Can I use different types of bumper plates with Vulcan bumper plates?

  • Yes, as long as they are all 17.7 " Olympic diameter. There are some bumper plates that have smaller diameters and using those plates with Vulcan bumper plates will force our plates to handle all of the impact when dropped.

Will your bumper plates fit on my barbell?

  • Vulcan Bumper plates will fit on any Olympic barbell that is made with 50 mm sleeve diameter (tolerance within .020 mm). We can only guarantee our plates will fit on Vulcan and other high quality barbells.

Bumper Plates Facts

Vulcan Bumper Plates are a high quality and durable product. We have included some information below that will help you to prolong the life of your equipment so that you receive years of service and high performance.

Vulcan Bumper plates are made from a process called Vulcanization. No, seriously they are, we didn't make that up. Vulcanization is a chemical process of converting natural rubber or related polymers into more durable material. The modern process of vulcanization, named after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, was not developed until the 19th century. Today, a vast array of products are made with vulcanized rubber including tires, shoe soles, hoses, and conveyor belts. Hard vulcanized rubber is even used to make articles such as bowling balls and hockey pucks.

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Bumper Plate Inserts
We were the first company in the US to introduce the technology of using a forged steel stainless insert in a bumper plate with "anchors" to permanently bind the steel insert to the rubber. In conjunction with the anchoring process a special adhesive compound and natural rubber are used to create this permanent bond. The insert of our plates will not depart from the plate under any normal use. We have mechanically drop tested our bumper plates for 30,000 drops.

Blooming: When you receive your bumper plates you may notice a white to gray powdery substance on some plates. This is called “blooming” . It is part of the curing process of virgin rubber compounds. “Virgin rubber” refers to natural rubber and first use rubber compounds as opposed to synthetic rubber like compounds or recycled rubber. Virgin rubber compounds are combined with surface protectants (antioxidants/anti-ozonants). These chemicals, migrate to the surface of the rubber where they are needed to protect the rubber by inhibiting surface oxidation. Once the substances migrate to the surface they leave a powdery residue. The residue poses no harm and can be removed with warm water and a terry cloth rag or towel. We use a substance which is basically a liquid silicone to protect the plates during ocean voyage (exposure to salt water moisture) and to protect them while in transit (high heat inside truck trailers). When you receive the plates you may notice they have a somewhat slippery coating. You should not use chemicals to remove the treatment, rather wipe them down thoroughly with a dry rag until the coating is removed or use warm water and a rag. Chemicals such as dish washing liquids and some general purpose cleaners contain harsh chemicals that will essentially dry out the natural rubber and cause it to prematurely crack.

Rubber Smell: Rubber does smell like.....well, rubber. If you've been to a tire shop you may recognize the smell of virgin rubber in the store. It's simply a property of real rubber. If you have purchased Vulcan Bumper Plates, they were freshly manufactured within 30-45 days of your purchase. Over time and as the bumper plates are exposed to the air, the smell of the rubber will subside. Do not use chemicals such as pine sol or any type of chemical on bumper plates. Firstly, it will possibly make the smell worse and secondly, it can create a bad chemical reaction that could possibly impact the durability of the product. Vulcan bumper plates have a relatively low odor. The highest odor is generally that of any type of crumb rubber or recycled rubber (old tires) bumper plates. The best two things to lessen the rubber smell are time and air.

Dropping: Vulcan Bumper Plates are made to be dropped. Since 2011, we have had to replace a small number of bumper plates. If not abused, Vulcan Bumper Plates can last far beyond the warranty. Drop your bumper plates on rubber or wood. Using high density rubber bumper plates on raw concrete or asphalt will scratch them up pretty good of course and over time will wear down the rubber surface. The Alpha Bumper Plates are made of a special rubber compound that can stand up to the abuse of the high temperature of asphalt in the summer months as well as the dropping on the aggregate surface.Warranty Information. Vulcan Bumper Plates

Our First Machine Used for the Drop Test (2011)


Is it OK to bench with bumper plates? ›

It is absolutely okay to bench press with bumper plates. Certain bench press purists hate the idea of benching with bumpers, but it's only due to their own personal preferences.

What weights do bumper plates come in? ›

Bumper plates are commonly available in 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 kg, or 10, 15, 25, 35, 45, and 55 lb in pound-denominated sets.

How thick are 45 lb bumper plates? ›

Color Bumper Plate Dimensions and Specifications

25 lb: 1-3/4" 35 lb: 2-5/16" 45 lb: 3-1/8"

Can you use 10 lb bumper plates by themselves? ›

Proper Use:

Weights 10lbs and 15lbs are not designed to be dropped when doing strength training unless combined with heavier weights (25lbs, 35lbs, 45lbs, and 55lbs). Dropping 10lbs or 15lbs plates alone above the hip will result in cracking or breaking. Failure to use properly will void the product warranty.

Can bumper plates break concrete? ›

Will the Plates Damage Concrete? You shouldn't have any problems with your concrete related to dropping bumper plates on it. Your concrete surfaces, whether they're in your garage or your backyard, are very sturdy and can withstand the blows from the bumper plates.

Why are powerlifting plates so thin? ›

When the plates are thinner it enables the user to load more plates on to their barbell and keeps the weight nearer to the centre of the bar. This is beneficial for squatting and deadlifting as keeping the weight close to the centre means less bend on the bar and less whip.

How many 45 lb bumper plates fit on a bar? ›

A: Five on each end, plus the collar lock. Five x 45 lbs is 225, each end.

Why do bumper plates feel heavier? ›

Bumper plates bend the bar more

The higher the amount of force applied or the longer the moment arm, the greater the moment. For bumper plates, there's a greater moment around the axis of rotation, even though the force is similar, because of the longer moment arm caused by the bumpers being thicker.

Is it easier to deadlift with bumper plates? ›

I hate to be the one to burst your bumper plate bubble, but deadlifting with bumpers is significantly easier when compared to iron plates. This doesn't mean that your coveted PR no longer stands. It just means that you have introduced another variable to consider when measuring your strength.

How thick is a 35 lb bumper plate? ›

Product Specifications:
Weight10 Lb35 Lb
Diameter17 7/16”17 ¾”
Thickness1”2 ¾”

How thick are Olympic bumper plates? ›

Each plate features a 50.6 mm steel-lined center hole, which fits Olympic-size barbells and maintains their shape between uses. The 10 KG plate is 35 mm thick to increase durability, while the 25 KG plate is 65 mm thick.

How thick is a 25LB bumper plate? ›

Includes two 25 LB bumper plates. Bumper plates are the ideal tools for any lift from a standing position. Designed to impact the ground without creating damage to the floor, these new plates are thinner for those who wish to lift larger loads. Each plate is 18" tall and 2" thick.

What's the difference between bumper plates and weight plates? ›

Bumper plates are quieter and less likely to damage your floor than iron plates. Without a protective coating, iron plates can rust if repeatedly exposed to moisture or high humidity. This is not an issue with bumper plates thanks to their protective rubber coating. Bumper plates are generally thicker than iron plates.

Are bumper plates good for powerlifting? ›

Bumper plates aren't used in powerlifting competitions, and it's beneficial to train with equipment that's most similar to what you'll use when you compete. With metal plates, you can also load the bar with more weight. If you do use metal plates, I recommend building or buying a platform to avoid ruining your floors.

What is the difference between rubber plates and bumper plates? ›

Instead of being made out of virgin rubber-like standard and competition plates are, these are made out of recycled rubber—this usually comes from old tires. Although they have a rougher texture and don't look as “clean,” crumb bumper plates are more durable than standard plates.

Can you deadlift on concrete with bumper plates? ›

We know the worry about dropping or lifting on concrete often lies with damaging the bumpers, the concrete, or the barbell you're using. The good news is, with great bumper plates, none of that is going to happen. Even if you have a slightly lower quality bumper plate, you won't damage your concrete or your barbell.

How long do bumper weights last? ›

Bumper plates can last anywhere from 3 or 4 years all the way up to 20 plus years. The type of bumper plate, along with the quality and the amount use all play big factors in exactly how long a particular set of bumper plates will last.

Do bumper plates crack? ›

Without proper force reduction and minimizing vibration, bumper plates will eventually fail. The constant impact of bumper plates with a hard surface will cause failure ultimately, resulting in broken plates. Most weight room floors that we have inspected use a simple 3/8" or 8mm recycled rubber for their flooring.

Are powerlifting benches cheating? ›

Benching with an arch isn't cheating. Using safe and efficient technique to help you lift more weight isn't cheating. That's powerlifting and barbell strength training!

Are urethane bumper plates better than rubber? ›

Generally, urethane is harder than rubber. The engraving capabilities and higher resistance to degradation make urethane superior. On the other hand, rubber has more elastic memory and resilience on impact. Due to this reason most bumper plates are constructed with rubber.

Why are powerlifters bulky? ›

Powerlifters are notorious for hating cardio, and not moving much outside your powerlifting training can decrease your total daily calorie expenditure. Combined with a calorie surplus, that can lead to weight gain and getting bulky. In addition, powerlifting does cause muscle growth.

Are cheap bumper plates worth it? ›

Cheap Bumper Plates Don't Perform As Well

A contributor to this is they have a steel insert in the center of the plate with a wide diameter. This is one of tell-tale signs of a higher quality plate. A cheap bumper plate will not rotate and spin as well or as precisely, making Olympic lifts a bit more challenging.

How much is 2 plates on a 45 pound bar? ›

Being able to lift “two plates” in the bench press is one of the most common strength training goals for men. It refers to using two 45 lb (or 20 kg) plates per side, including the 45 lb barbell, which adds up to 225 lb, or 100 kg.

Can I mix iron plates with bumper plates? ›

You can mix bumper plates with iron plates without worrying about damaging your plates or barbell. However, this works as long as you add iron plates with the same weight or less to the bumper plates. Mixing bumper plates helps to protect your floor and barbell from damage.

What are bumper plates filled with? ›

Bumper plates are high density rubber weights — usually with a steel inner core — that fit on standard 2-inch (5-cm) barbells. They're especially useful for workouts like CrossFit or Olympic lifting, as they won't damage your floor when dropped from a distance.

Are bumper plates meant to be dropped? ›

It's perfectly reasonable to drop a bumper-plate-loaded Olympic bar from chest or overhead in a controlled manner while using an Olympic platform: guiding it down with the hands, making sure it doesn't bounce into the wall, and so on. That doesn't mean everyone at the gym will understand or accept this normalcy.

How strong should a car be to deadlift? ›

It shouldn't be able to happen, theoretically; a car on the smaller end of the spectrum weighs around 3,000 pounds, but the world record for a deadlift is just over 1,100, and the average man can maybe do around a fifth of that.

What is the safest deadlift form? ›

The squat stance deadlift allows the torso angle to be set at approximately 45 degrees. This represents the strongest and safest position for handling the heaviest loads while placing minimal stress on the spine. It also allows you to incorporate controlled negatives with limited risk of injury.

Why are bumper plates so thick? ›

Bumper plates tend to be thicker than metal plates since they need a bigger surface area to assist in shock absorption. This can also negatively impact the amount of weight elite strength athletes are able to load onto a barbell.

How thick is 2.5lb plate? ›

Dimensions: 2.5 lb. Plates - 6.25" Diameter x . 5" Thick.

How thick are rogue bumper plates? ›

Rogue HG 2.0 Bumpers feature new artwork (still black, still old school), with the consistent dead bounce, durability, and distinctive smooth finish athletes have come to expect from the HG line.
Gear Specs
BrandRogue Fitness
45LB Plate Width3.25"
55LB Plate Width3.75"
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Can you deadlift with metal plates? ›

You can deadlift with a lot of plates and while you're using them, perhaps for many sets, other people can't use them.

How thick is a 20kg bumper plate? ›

All discs are 450mm in diameter, the 5kg are 22mm thick, 10kg 45mm, 15kg, 20kg and 25kg are 60mm thick.

Are urethane plates worth it? ›

Urethane is worth the cost if you are going to be using custom logos, colors, and need dumbbells or plates that will take a hard beating. Urethane dumbbells and plates look amazing but be prepared to pay the price. They are perfect for upscale gyms and facilities.

How thick is a 25kg bumper plate? ›

Five weight classes for your strength training: Pro Rubberized Bumper Plates
5 kg25 kg
Total diameter25 cm45 cm
Diameter of iron core12 cm14 cm
Thickness34 mm60 mm

How thick is a 10 pound plate? ›

Product Specifications:
Weight2½ Lb10 Lb
Diameter5 ⅝”7 ⅜”

How many inches is a 25 lb plate? ›

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Product information.
Item Package Dimensions L x W x H‎15.5 x 15.3 x 2.7 inches
Part Number‎OPH3-025
Style‎Olympic Grip Weight Plate Series
Included Components‎Weight plate
Size‎25 lb
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What is the advantage of bumper plates? ›

So, again: the point of a bumper plate is to protect yourself, your barbell, your flooring, and your plates from damage during weightlifting when the barbell is at risk for being dropped. Because they're covered in virgin rubber, our bumper plates will NOT bounce into your drywall because of their low, dead bounce.

What should I look for when buying a bumper plate? ›

Width & Diameter: Bumper plates should be as close as possible to 450 mm in diameter as possible. The collar opening should be as close as possible to 50.4 mm, which is the IWF standard. Color Coding Accuracy: Make sure the weight and the color matches the IWF standard. Check, too, that the coloring is even.

Are bumper plates better for home gym? ›

While both plates have their pros and cons, it is often beneficial to have access to both for a variety of workouts. However, if you're looking to go with one or the other for your home gym or even commercially, then bumper plates are more often the better choice given their durability, safety, and practicality.

Do you need all bumper plates for deadlifts? ›

You don't need them, but having bumper plates can make deadlifting in commercial gyms, second floor fitness facilities, or areas with hard floors more accessible.

Can you do deadlifts with plates? ›

The deficit deadlift is performed while standing on an elevated surface ranging from 1-4 inches, such as a weight plate or small riser. The movement will challenge the musculature of the low and mid-back, as well as the quads. The 5 main benefits of deficit deadlifts are: Improved speed off the floor.

What is the best body type for powerlifting? ›

Endomorphs are best suited for strength and power sports such as powerlifting, strongman, and sumo wrestling. Their large size, short limbs, and easy ability to pack on muscle will give them an advantage in these types of activities.

Is it OK to bench press with bumper plates? ›

It is absolutely okay to bench press with bumper plates. Certain bench press purists hate the idea of benching with bumpers, but it's only due to their own personal preferences.

Is it easier to bench with bumper plates? ›

Can you use bumper plates for the bench press? You can definitely use bumpers for bench press, however, there's no actual point in doing so unless you don't want to hear steel plates clanking around. There isn't any real benefit to using them with the bench press though, but use them if you want!

Are rubber weights better than metal? ›

Rubber dumbbells come with a few advantages over steel and especially cast iron dumbbells. These include: Durability – The rubber coating helps prevent severe damage to both the floor and the weights if dropped.

Why do people use bumper plates on bench? ›

They're most often used by weightlifters and CrossFitters, who frequently drop the bar from overhead while doing movements such as snatches, clean and jerks, and overhead squats. Bumper plates bounce when dropped, which helps protect not only the barbells from damage but your floors as well.

What exercises can you do with bumper plates? ›

  • Standing, feet hip-width apart, hold a plate with both hands (inside grip).
  • Extend arms forward, keeping arms straight and elbows soft.
  • Slowly raise the plate overhead.
  • Slowly drop arms back to start.
  • Repeat.

Is leg drive OK on bench? ›

Leg drive in the bench press will help push your traps back and onto the bench. This allows for greater stability when handling heavy weights as well as helping keep thoracic extension on the bench press. A thoracic extension isn't directly created through the leg drive, but it is accentuated through it.

When should I use bumper plates? ›

Bumpers plates are designed to be repeatedly dropped from significant heights with minimal risk of plate damage. They're also easier on floors. This makes them ideal for olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, athletic performance, and group training workouts.

Is it harder to deadlift with bumper plates? ›

I hate to be the one to burst your bumper plate bubble, but deadlifting with bumpers is significantly easier when compared to iron plates. This doesn't mean that your coveted PR no longer stands. It just means that you have introduced another variable to consider when measuring your strength.

Why are bumper plates easier to lift? ›

The reasoning behind this is that bumper plates are bigger, so the weight on each side of the barbell is applying a larger lever arm on the bar which will make it bend more than that same weight of iron plates.

Do you want bumper plates to bounce? ›


This is important because the less bouncing your plates do, the less bouncing your barbell will do, which will save your barbell collars and the center rings of the bumper plates from getting loose.

Should you squeeze glutes when benching? ›

Don't tap your feet or flail your legs as you bench. Instead, root your feet into the ground during the setup and build a firm foundation. Also, tense your quads and squeeze your glutes to stimulate total-body tightness and lift more weight.

How many pounds does leg drive add to bench? ›

How much does leg drive add to bench press? There has been no scientific study investigating how much leg drive can add to your bench press. From personal experience though, leg drive can add between 5-10% to your lift depending on how much of an arch you can generate.

What body type is best for bench? ›

They found that a higher torso circumference was correlated with greater absolute strength in the squat, bench and deadlift. Therefore the girthier your midsection, the better you seem to fare in powerlifting.

Are bumper plates durable? ›

Most Bumper Plates are Tough

The truth is, most commercial bumper plates are reasonably tough. Most bumper plates are made with either recycled rubber or virgin rubber materials. Both types are typically durable and hold up to continued use.

Why do metal plates feel heavier than bumper plates? ›

Because they are heavier. They may look like they are the same size, but metal is more dense than rubber or plastic.

Why are bumper plates better for deadlifts? ›

This thinner build also allows you to load more weight onto the barbell for a super heavy deadlift, back squat, or bench press. Bumper plates are thicker partly because of the rubber coating, but also because the actual steel is thicker.


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