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Bumper plates are a must have for anyone into Olympic lifting and dropping weights (ie deadlift, cleans and snatches). Mostly solid rubber plates, they are able to be dropped safely from overhead if required. At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock both economy bumper plates and elite or premium bumper plates. Economy plates tend to get thicker as their weight increases, limiting the number of heavier plates that can be used on the one barbell. Elite bumper plates have a steel core that allows for them to be made thinner, meaning you can fit more on a barbell and tend to have a lower bounce than the econ plates.
Weight plates are a type of weight lifting equipment used to add resistance to adjustable barbells and dumbbells, as well as plate-loaded weight machines. Depending on the intended purpose of the weights and the price, weight plates can be made of steel, cast iron, rubber coated steel solid rubber or even cement-filled plastic (steer clear of these ones). They come in a variety of shapes and finishes. Both beginners and experienced lifters benefit from the use of weight plates and they usually form the basis of most of the compound free-weight training exercises (such as bench press, squat and deadlift).
Bumper plates are a solid rubber weight plate that generally are only available to fit an Olympic bar. They’re all the same diameter (450mm) regardless of weight and were developed to train the Olympic lifts, because (with a suitable bar) they can be dropped on a lifting platform without wrecking. Bumpers come in elite or competition style (coloured, very carefully calibrated to exact weight) and economy or training bumpers. There is generally a big difference in price.
Bumper plates are a must have for anyone into Olympic lifting or crossfit where dropping weights may be involved. At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock both economy bumper plates and elite or elite bumper plates. Economy plates tend to get thicker as their weight increases, limiting the number of heavier plates that can be used on the one barbell. Elite bumper plates have a steel core that allows for them to be made thinner, meaning you can fit more on a barbell.
Change plates, also known as fractional or micro plates are olympic weight plates made in smaller sizes ranging from 0.25kg through to 5kg. They offer tremendous flexibility for all lifters at various strength levels. Athletes, youths, women, men, seniors, advocates of progression training, and individuals rehabbing are some of the areas where small weight increases are sometimes desirable.
At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock a large range of weight plates and plate accessories to suit all types of training purposes. We can offer personalised advice based on your needs and type of training, whether you’re a professional lifter or just starting out with weight training. Simply call us on 03 9041 1953 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.