I've been looking into buying my own weight set to do the main lifts at home (deadlift, squat and oly lifts) and I was wondering if bumper plates are an absolute must for cleans, snatches etc?
I'll be welding my own power rack and I'll make a platform aswell, but I don't know if the platform will provide enough cushion for weight crashing down.
I'm in highschool so I don't have thousands of dollars to spend and seeing as 2x25kg bumper plates will run me 120 euros (around 170 dollars at the moment?) a complete set of 200+ kilos will run me into the ground.
Cast-iron plates will cost me far far less, but I don't know if the platform will be enough to stop the plates from being destroyed by a dropped jerk/snatch.