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Training Plates


#1

You can get 'training plates' for Olympic Lifting that are made from 'hard plastic resin' that set the bar to the right height.

Does anyone have experience with them?

In particular, I'm wondering whether they will absorb impact if the bar is dropped such that any damage will occur to the training plates rather than to the bar.

I mean I understand that they aren't designed for dropping the way that rubber bumpers are. I just mean whether one could drop them on occasion without risking damage to the bar.


#2

My gym has them and they still look pretty good after all the drops they've had.
I can't say anything about the bars though since we got quite a few.


#3

I don't think it is a good idea to do often. Anything can be dropped a couple of times. But most will break after a few drops.