Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are some of the best value competition bumper plates available on the market today. By creating a bumper plate with a double steel insert, having durable virgin rubber, and Rep Fitness's great price point, these competition bumper plates will be an awesome addition to any home or commercial gym.
Table of Contents
- Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates Review
- Suggested Improvements
- Competition Bumper Plate Comparison Table
- Full Rating
- Where to Purchase
Rep Fitness Competition Plates Review
Rep Fitness Competition Plates are some of the best value competition plates available on the market today. With their low bounce rate, meeting IWF standards, and patented steel insert, the competition bumpers should not go overlooked when rounding out any home or commercial gym.
When purchasing any bumper plate, one of the first criteria a bumper plate must meet is a low bounce rate.
If anybody is ever planning on dropping weight from overhead, it's important that the bar doesn't rebound and hit you in the face. Ok sure, that's a little bit of an exaggeration, being that I've never seen it happen…but the point remains true, having a low bounce is very important when comparing different bumper plates.
These competition bumper plates are built for exactly what Rep Fitness titles them, competition. Therefore, these plates are designed with an Olympic lifter in mind i.e. anybody planning on dropping the barbell from overhead whether it be from a snatch, clean and jerk, or overhead squat.
Companies will be able to show everybody how minimal their bumper plates bounce is on a scale called, Shore Durometer rating.
Durometer rating measures the hardness of the rubber. With a softer rubber comes a higher bounce, and with a harder rubber comes less bounce. The Rep Fitness bumper plates Shore Durometer rating is a 92 ShA.
Compared to other companies, Rogue KG Competition Bumper Plates measure at a 94 ShA and FringeSport Black Training KG Plates came in at 90 ShA. The difference between 2 ShA of the companies will not be very noticeable, all three of these bumper plates will have a dead bounce.
The fact that Rogue has a higher Durometer Rating speaks to the quality of the rubber used to create their bumper plates. They're also thinner, however, not grossly so.
Since the Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates have a comparative ShA rating and perform with very low bounce, this will equate to an easy transition from the first rep to the second rep for the lifter. The faster transition time on reps is a result of the barbell not running away from you after dropping the bar.
Rep Fitness has been able to produce a bumper plate with very low bounce, which for the price point, is outstanding.
The Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are formed with virgin rubber compared to a cheaper price point option in recycled crumb rubber.
Virgin rubber is, in my opinion, the better option when comparing virgin rubber plates versus recycled rubber. Recycled rubber will rebound much more than virgin rubber, and if you've ever used plates like Hi-Temps, you know this to be true. This is evidenced by its lower rating on the durometer scale, and from the fact that recycled rubber is mostly composed of used tires.
Bumper plates have two main parts. The outside rubber that makes contact with the ground, and the steel insert that makes contact with the bar.
The steel insert for the Rep Fitness Competition Plates are a patented double steel design.
Most companies construct their competition bumper plates with a single steel insert. Over time, this design can end up failing at the point where the rubber and steel meet due to the amount of force that is transferred at this point.
Rep Fitness uses an extra inner steel ring and then connects the rubber plate the to ring using a method only they're allowed to (patented) which they claim results in better absorption and dispersal of force. This, in turn, means better durability. We have yet to see any durability issues with the plates, although that's to be expected, whether with these plates or others for the amount of time we've had them.
Rep Fitness has tested these plates with the standard 30,000 drop test that many other companies also use to ensure the quality of their product.
Two big competitors to these plates are the Rogue KG Competition Plates and the FringeSport Black KG Plates, which both use a single disk insert. Rogue Fitness has a chrome plated steel insert while both Rep Fitness and FringeSport have zinc-coated inserts.
Rep Fitness has also made their steel insert 50.5mm in diameter. Both Rogue Fitness and FringeSport are 50.4mm diameter, although this won't be a noticeable difference in daily use.
All of Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are 450mm, meeting the IWF standards for bumper plates.
The competition plates also fit inside the international color standards for bumper plates as well. The 25 kg plate is red, 20 kg blue, 15 kg yellow, and the 10 kg plate is green. The Rep Fitness plates meet the international standard except for the zinc coated disc. However, due to the price of the plates, I don't think Rep Fitness was aiming for these to be used by the IWF, but rather a high-quality plate for a great price.
Two design aspects of the Rep Fitness plates I'm a big fan of are the raised lettering and a raised rubber surface around the disk to minimize metal to metal contact. Not only do these plates have a double insert steel ring, but they also have raised rubber to ensure that the metal discs won't rub against each other, and they're easier to transport from the rack to the bar.
The contrast white painted lettering and numbering help readability and creates a clean look.
Another important aspect of all competition bumper plates is the thickness of the plates. The thinner the plates, the more weight a lifter is going to be able to add on to the bar.
The Rep Fitness plates are a bit on thick side for competition plates. The 10 kg plate a thickness of 1.25 inches, 15 kg measures at 1.75 inches, 20kg plate is 2.125 inches and the largest plate 25kg measures at 2.75 inches.
Rogue Fitness competition plates are a little thinner and are as follows: 10kg 1.15 inches, 15kg 1.65 inches, 20kg 2.15 inches, and 25kg plate measures at 2.5 inches.
FringeSport competition plates are about the same as Rep Fitness with widths of: 10kg 1.25 inches, 15kg 1.70 inches, 20kg 2.15 inches, and the 25kg plate measures at 2.55 inches.
The biggest decision point for most people when purchasing a set of plates is, “how much should I spend?”
Rep Fitness offers a number of different packages. Consumers can either buy multiple plates at once and save a little money, or buy single weight class plates at a time. If looking to round your gym out with each competition bumper plate, Rep Fitness 140kg set cost $750 and does not include shipping (something they're adamant about educating the public on – that free shipping isn't free.)
Rogue Fitness has their 140kg set cost a consumer $1,035 and does not include shipping as well. FringeSport sells their 140kg set for $769 and does include free shipping.
Rep Fitness outshines both Rogue and Fringe with their awesome warranty policy. Rep Fitness offers a 5-year warranty on all of their plates with no if, ands, or buts. Although I don't foresee many having to use this, it is nice knowing it's there just in case.
FringeSport offers a one year warranty of no questions asked and free return. After that, a 5-year warranty on any manufacture defect. Rogue Fitness typically has a pretty solid warranty policy, but nothing specifically written about their competition plates.
Overall, the Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are the best budget competition bumper plates currently available. Rep Fitness didn't take any shortcuts with their production by including a double inserted steel disc to ensure longevity and durability of the plate. The bumper plates also measure at a 92 ShA, meaning, a lifter will not have to run all over the gym to keep up with the barbell. Rep Fitness also has one of the best warranty policies on competition bumper plates, which speaks to the quality of their product.
We highly recommend these plates.
Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates are one of my favorite value bumper plates available, and it was difficult to come up with some suggested improvements.
The only thing I would suggest is for Rep Fitness to match Rogue Fitness's KG Competition Plates in width. Rogue Fitness's plates are slimmer than Rep Fitness, with that said, for the price point of the Rep Fitness I am more than happy with the quality of the plate.
Rogue Fitness is able to have a slimmer plate likely due to more expensive rubber, which is reflected in their price point.
Competition Bumper Plate Comparison Table
|Bumper Plates||Price||Country of Origin||Durometer Rating||Material Used||Warranty|
|Rogue Competition Bumper Plates||$1,035||Imported (Likely China)||94||Rubber||Not Listed|
|Rogue Urethane Bumper Plates||$1,100||Imported (Likely China)||90||Urethane||Not Listed|
|American Barbell Urethane Bumper Plates||$1,386||China||90||Urethane||3-Year|
|Vulcan Competition Bumper Plates||$1,152||Imported (Likely China)||85-87||Rubber||Not Listed|
|FringeSport Competition Bumper Plates||$784||Imported (Likely China)||90||Rubber||1-Year|
|Rep Fitness Competition Bumper Plates||$750||Imported (Likely China)||92||Rubber||5-Year|
|Titan Fitness Competition Bumper Plates||$865||Imported (Likely China)||90||Rubber||Not Listed|
|Get RXd Competition Bumper Plates||$960||Imported (Likely China)||90||Rubber||3-Year|
|Klokov Competition Bumper Plates||$834||Imported (Likely China)||Not Listed||Rubber||5-Year|
|Uesaka Competition Bumper Plates||$2,564||Not Listed||Not Listed||Rubber||5-Year|
|Eleiko Competition Bumper Plates||$2,291||Swedish Materials?||Not Listed||Rubber||5-Year|