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How To Choose The Right Bells Of Steel Weight Plates

Choosing the perfect weight plates for your home gym is crucial to enhance your training experience.

This guide will walk you through each of the weight plates available from Bells Of Steel.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on your training goals, style, and preferences.

From Iron plates, which are less expensive and thinner in profile, ideal for those on a tighter budget and limited space....

To bumper plates, which are beneficial for those who perform Olympic lifts or need sound and vibration reduction during their workouts.

We will cover all the models available, and provide all the info you need to make the right purchase.

Key Takeaways

  • Iron plates are more cost-effective and have a thinner profile, while bumper plates are best for Olympic lifts and noise reduction.
  • Bells of Steel offers various types of bumper plates, including urethane, competition, colored rubber, and crumb plates.
  • Selecting the right weight plates depends on your training preferences, budget, and space requirements.

Overview of Bells of Steel's Weight Plate Options

Bells of Steel offers a wide range of weight plates designed for different preferences and needs. Below you will find some quick features and specs on each plate and an image to compare them all to each other.

Mighty Grip Plates

Bells of Steel Mighty Grip Plate diagram with features

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Machined Iron Plates

Bells of steel machined iron weight plates diagram with features

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Deep Dish Plates

bells of steel deep dish weight plates diagram with features

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Calibrated Powerlifting Plates

Bells of steel calibrated powerlifting weight plates diagram with features

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Crumb Rubber Bumper Plates

bells of steel crumb rubber bumper plate diagram with features

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Dead Bounce Bumper Plates

Bells of steel dead bounce bumper plates diagram with features

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Urethane Bumper Plates

Bells of steel Urethan bumper weight plates diagram and feature list

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Competition Bumper Plates

Bells of steel competition bumper weight plates diagram with features

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What To Consider Before Buying

  1. Iron Plates: These traditional plates, made from iron or steel, are generally more budget-friendly and slim, letting you load more weight onto your barbell. They're great for heavy lifters or those with limited storage space. Keep in mind, though, that they can be noisy when dropped, and some metal plates can be expensive.

  2. Bumper Plates: Crafted from different types of rubber, or similar materials, bumper plates can be pricier but offer noticable benefits. They're perfect for Olympic lifts and are safe to drop from height, protecting both your floor and the plates. Plus, their quiet nature makes them ideal for home gyms where noise is a concern. They come in various styles like urethane, competition, colored rubber, black virgin, and crumb rubber, each offering unique features like low bounce, easy weight identification, and eco-friendliness.

Your choice depends on factors like cost, noise level, and your lifting style. Whether you're a casual lifter or a serious athlete, Bells of Steel has the perfect plate for you!

Reasons for Choosing Bumper Plates

There are a few key factors that can influence the decision to opt for bumper plates over traditional iron or steel plates when setting up a home gym. These factors include:

  1. Olympic lift requirements: Bumper plates are an essential choice for those who frequently practice Olympic lifts, such as the clean and jerk, snatch, or just cleans. They are designed to withstand being dropped from shoulder height or above without damaging the floor or the plates themselves.
  2. Sound and vibration reduction: Bumper plates are often chosen by home gym users for their ability to minimize sound and vibrations when performing exercises like deadlifts. Less noise means fewer disturbances to neighbors or family members.
  3. Aesthetic appeal: Many individuals prefer the look of bumper plates due to their consistent size across different weights and their variety in colors. These standardized sizes and colors make identifying and selecting the right weight plates easier and more visually appealing.

In contrast, iron plates are often more affordable and have a thinner profile, allowing for more plates to be loaded onto a barbell. However, their increased noise level, lack of vibration dampening, and less aesthetic appearance make them a less popular choice among dedicated athletes and home gym owners. Overall, bumper plates offer numerous advantages that make them an appealing option for people seeking optimal performance and aesthetics in their weightlifting equipment.

Reasons for Choosing Iron Plates

When selecting plates for a home gym, iron plates stand out for several reasons, especially when compared to their counterpart, bumper plates. Some people opt to choose iron plates based on the advantages they offer. Here is a list of reasons to consider iron plates as an ideal choice for a home gym:

  • Cost-effective: Iron plates tend to be significantly cheaper than bumper plates. This makes them a budget-friendly option for those looking to save money on gym equipment.

  • Thinner profile: Due to their design, iron plates have a thinner profile, which allows you to fit more of them on your barbell. Bumper plates, on the other hand, can be quite thick, resulting in less space for weight stacking.

  • Space-saving: Iron plates are typically lighter in weight and have a shorter height than bumper plates, making them easier to store. If space is a concern, iron plates will take up less vertical space on your storage rack or gym area.

  • Specific plate styles: Iron plates come in various styles, each offering unique advantages in terms of aesthetics or functionality. These plate designs can make your home gym more visually appealing or cater to specific workout preferences.

Keep in mind that your choice ultimately depends on your training needs, preferences, and budget. While iron plates have some advantages, athletes who frequently perform Olympic lifts or prioritize sound and vibration reduction might still lean towards bumper plates. Nonetheless, iron plates remain a popular and practical choice for many people building their home gyms.

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