REP Sport Plates are some of the most durable bumper plates on the market, made with strong, steel center inserts and high-quality rubber. The Sport Plates have a low bounce and up to a 10% lower decibel output than standard bumper plates when dropped from overhead, which means they quiet and won’t annoy your neighbors when you drop them. The plates are easy to handle, thanks to their unique, textured, rubber outer edges and side cutouts. The black rubber is accented with raised, colored lettering and colored lines and accent marks.
Sport Plates are color-coded per the IWF (plus the 15lb plates are orange) so it’s easy to determine how much weight is on the bar. Bumper plates are ideal for Olympic weightlifting, cross-training, and HIIT-style workouts, where it’s common to drop the barbell from overhead or shoulder height, although you can also use bumpers for powerlifting. The Sport Plates fit all standard, 2” barbells and have a 3% weight tolerance.
Should I get bumper plates or iron plates?
Bumper plates are manufactured to withstand drops onto the floor, which is desirable for Olympic weightlifting (snatch, clean and jerk, hang cleans), where you often drop the plates onto the ground. Iron plates are better for lifts that do not involve the weights hitting the ground (such as bench press, squats, and curls), because they can cause damage to the floor, the barbell, and to the plates themselves.
Do I need to do anything when I first receive the bumper plates?
When bumper plates arrive, unpack, and let them air out for a few days to allow any odor, however faint, to air out.
What can I do to extend the life span of my bumper plates?
To extend their life span, try to drop plates as close to straight down as possible. If your bar collars get loose during a workout, try to retighten them so your plates always land straight up and down. This will lessen the sideways force on the bumper plate insert. Also, flooring with some type of give (like heavy-duty rubber mats or a weightlifting platform) will help absorb some of the impact from dropping the plates.
Can I load bumper and iron plates on the same bar?
We do not recommend this, because iron and bumper plates can have slightly different diameters, meaning all the force from dropping the weights goes into the larger plate, causing those plates and your barbell to wear more quickly. It is best to keep all plates on your bar of the same type.
Do REP Sport Bumper Plates have a warranty?
Yes, the 10 and 15lb plates come with a 6-month warranty for both home and commercial use. The 25, 35, 45, and 55lb plates come with a 3-year warranty for home use and a 1-year warranty for commercial use.
Please note: The warranty is void if the bumper plates are mixed with Hi-Temp plates. Hi-Temps have a smaller diameter than regular plates, which means a bar loaded with a mix of REP's bumper plates and Hi-Temps will result in the bumper plates taking all the load, causing them to degrade faster.