New Gear Day – Rogue Hi Temp Bumper Plates – 45lb
With getting towards the end of the Vodka and Pickles workout and looking to do a “sort of” max attempt next week, I needed to add some weight plates. I currently max out around around 310# of iron plates and bumpers. Add in 45# for the barbell and so I’m coming up short when I look to do 405# next week.
With that, I placed an order yesterday morning for a pair of 45lb Hi Temp bumper plates from Rogue. Much to my surprise they showed up at my mailbox today so I was able to test them out during my deadlifts tonight.
These plates are huge!
Compared to my 10# and 15# bumpers these are MASSIVE! They measure in at nearly 4″ across compared to rough 1-3/4″ for a 15# and 1-1/2″ for 10# bumper. One defect, though, was the beveled edge on one of the 45s is perfect on both sides while the second one has a bevel that is wider than the other. It’s more of a visual annoyance that doesn’t affect the way it works so I’ll just call Rogue tomorrow and let them know. I also weighed both of them and neither are quite a full 45lbs – one is 43.8 and the other is 44.4.
Yes, that’s a bit annoying but these were only $75 each, not $300 PER plate for an IWF Category A calibrated bumper plate that could be used at Rio 2016 Summer Games.
Putting the Hi Temp bumper to the test
For my initial warmup I loaded up my B&R bar with the 45s, 15s, and 10s and did a quick set of 5 deadlifts. I dropped them on the last rep to check out the bounce and they were pretty dead. If you’re looking to do Oly lifts these would work fine.
One issue with loading up a bar with a mix of bumpers and iron plates is running out of room on the bar, as seen above. Now that I have 400# of bumpers and plates I don’t think I’ll add any more bumpers unless I get further into Oly lifting. Adding in the bar I’m at 445# so to get to 500# I’ll just need to add at least a pair of 35# iron plates. I’m getting ahead of my strength right now so until I’m hitting 450# deadlifts I should be fine.