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Old 09-18-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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Bumper plate questions from a bumper plate noob

Hey guys. I just got my Wright 230lbs bumper plate set from Christian's Fitness Factory (w/f/s) and as I've never owned bumper plates before, I have some very noobish questions:

1. These things have unleashed a very strong smell of rubber that has filled the entire room. Is that normal? Will it go away? Anything I can do to get rid of the smell faster?

2. The bumper plates seem really dirty - they leave black smears on the hands when you touch them. Is that normal? Can/should I clean them? If so, with what? A wet paper towel?

3. After years of weight lifting with iron, I have a mental block when it comes to dropping weights. I did a few cleans as soon as I got these bumpers, but had a lot of trouble just "letting go" of the weight and letting it drop at the end of a rep. I instinctively hold on to the bar on the way down to slow it down and need to find a way to get rid of this habit. Is there any "technique" to dropping the weight? Or is the whole point that you can drop them however you want, so I just need to let gravity do its own thing and get out of the way?
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumer plate noob

I have all Wright bumpers.

The smell will subside with time. I cleaned mine with a damp towel, and they don't leave marks on my hands.

I hope you have a good bar, and by good I mean one that the sleeves aren't held by bolts on the end b/c repeated drops can cause those to come out. Anyway, I try not to drop the bar with just my 10s or 15s, but anything above that isn't a problem at all. Just do it on purpose a few times. Put 95lbs up in the air and let it fall... its fun
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumer plate noob

The smell goes away. I took mine out back and hosed them off when I first got them. There was a greasy film on them. Then I scrubbed them with some orange clean.

That took care of the greasiness and smell. i like some smell so I didnt want it completely gone.

I dried them off and started working out.

The cat peed on my 35's so i had to repeat the process but no big deal.

I also chalked them up good. I just got chalk on my hands and rubbed them down.

I agree yu should drop them just because you can. I love doing it. If you dont have a decent bar, you soon will after you drop them a couple of times as a cheap bar will identify itself very quickly.

I have a Pendlay Crossfit bar and love it.
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Old 09-18-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumer plate noob

Six months later and my car still smells like burning. I like it, though.

<--- And yes, clearly a cheap bar WILL come back to bite you in the a**.

I use my Wright 10's a lot, and I do drop them often. Those get pretty bend-y, but they straighten out easily and they've held up really well. Just follow the drop - I've seen my bar take some strange bounces, so watch yourself.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:38 PM   #5
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumer plate noob

Thanks for the advice guys. I'll wash the bumper plates down with some towels next time I get a chance. I'll also practice dropping them every chance I get

As for the bar, I guess I'll find out soon enough. Oh, and nice pic Melissa
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:49 AM   #6
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumer plate noob

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I am sure I am not alone here, but I sure didn't appreciate your spamming me that same crap via PM. That's certainly NOT a way to gain business. In fact, I will NOT shop there because of it.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:56 AM   #7
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:13 PM   #9
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumper plate noob

It took about 6 months for the smell of my Kraiburgs to go away. My gym's in my garage, and the smell permeated our laundry room and kitchen the whole time.

As far as dropping the bar goes, its almost a skill. Learning to drop it evenly, so that both ends hit the floor/platform simultaneously is the trick. You'll soon be placing your hands on evenly on the bar on the bounce to control it too. But do be careful with the small plates. I wouldn't drop (and you probably won't have to) your 10's. I heard they're not strong enough to drop and they can lead to funny bounces with bad consequences. Can anyone testify to that? Maybe someone with say, a $25 Craigslist bar? Anyone?
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:26 PM   #10
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Re: Bumper plate questions from a bumper plate noob

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I wouldn't drop (and you probably won't have to) your 10's. I heard they're not strong enough to drop and they can lead to funny bounces with bad consequences. Can anyone testify to that? Maybe someone with say, a $25 Craigslist bar? Anyone?
I'm not a giant fan of all the smiley face icons, but if there was one sticking his tongue out, I'd use it right now.

I had 10's AND 15's on the bar when it snapped. But yes, I only dropped the bar with 10's on it when I absolutely had to - I've lost an OHS or two. It didn't hurt the plates any, they got bent out of shape but flattened back out.

My new Pendlay women's bar is on the way.
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