Bumper Plates FAQ

July 28th, 2021|0 Comments

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions on bumper plates... What Are Bumper Plates? Bumper plates - or bumpers for short - are olympic weight plates made of solid rubber, with a steel insert around the center hole to prevent the rubber from warping and to facilitate a smooth slide onto a barbell sleeve. Unlike plates that are merely rubber [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Jerk Blocks for Olympic Weightlifting

July 22nd, 2021|2 Comments

First, What Are Jerk Blocks? Jerk blocks, also called jerk boxes or weightlifting blocks, are a pair of platforms supporting the plates of a barbell a few feet off the ground. They put you in position to practice the jerk portion of a clean-and-jerk repeatedly, dropping the barbell back onto the platform. They have been used for decades in olympic weightlifting as [...]

A Home Gym Upstairs: How to Not Break the Floor

July 10th, 2021|6 Comments

A gym at home is super convenient, but some of us don't have room in the basement, garage, or first floor, or we're stuck in an apartment building. It's this situation where you have to consider whether your upstairs or second+ story floor can support your gym safely. Structural Integrity of the Floor In the US, residential building codes require that every [...]

How to Get the Stink Off New Rubber Weights

July 9th, 2021|18 Comments

The Stinky Weights Problem Any brand new rubber dumbbells, rubber coated weight plates, or crumb rubber bumper plates might stink when you first get them.  The reason is they're recycled rubber, which is prone to off-gassing for a while. Even if they were sitting a while in the warehouse, they probably spent most of their time boxed up as they were from the [...]

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