When you stroll into a gym, you get to see a wide range of weights and equipment. Bumper Plates are common pieces of equipment that are stored in a Bumper Plate Storage. These are usually brightly colored, wrapped in rubber, and thicker than the normal iron plates. These plates are great for hip thrusters, power lifts, deadlifts, or any other exercise where the weights make repeated contact with the ground. Here we will be discussing the many benefits that bumper plates bring to your home gym. So, let’s start.
(1) The Gym Floors won’t get cracked: You might have laid out proper gym flooring in your home gym. But it is the bumper plates that can provide an added layer of protection. No matter whether you are doing high pulls, deadlifting, or any other exercise that requires you to lift a heavy weight off the floor and put it back on the floor, these bumper plates kept in Bumper Plate Storage provide an additional layer of protection for your floor and gym equipment.
(2) Safer for Olympic Lifts:There are some exercises like the jerks, snatches and overhead squat that require you to bringweighs high up, and time to time, either because you cannot lower the weights safely without injuring yourself or you have repped out, you will drop them.
One drops a bumper plate when he/she whether max out or is unable to lower the bar without hurting himself/herself.
(3) Bumper Plates are quieter: It goes without saying that clanging iron is fun. But clanging and banging require an appropriate time and place. But the problem is that most often the place is not available.
This becomes more prominent if you have a home gym or garage that has your spouse working or sleeping in the next room, neighbors who live above you, or you simply prefer working out with less noise.
Yes, it is true that Bumper Plates that are placed in a Bumper Plate Storage can never remove the noise altogether, but if you compare it to iron plates smashing on steel, they are much quieter, be it your bench press stand or power rack.
Squat Stands- Its Various Types
(1) Monolifts: These are special types of Squat Stands that are specific to powerlifting and are also used in some powerlifting federations. They are constructed from two vertical beams, a large base frame, and a top frame with hooks that swing back and forth as soon as you squat the barbell up.
What is Monolifts good for?
- Extremely Heavy Squatters: This type of Squat Stands cater specifically to lifters who performs heavy squats. They can tolerate the highest amount of weight when loading a barbell.
- Features chains and safety straps in case the barbell drops: In case the lifter ever drops the bar, the monolifts provide loops of straps to catch the barbell.
Who should use a Monolift?
Powerlifters: This type of Squat Stands are highly beneficial for powerlifters who compete in a federation that makes use of monolifts.
Strongman/Strongwoman Athletes: Strongman and Strongwoman can also highly benefit from monolifts as they are also very strong and participate in heavy squatting events that may not require a walkout.
(2) Power Rack: These types of Squat Stands is also known as power cages. They have 4 vertical beams with horizontal beams connecting the front beams to the back beams at the bottom and a square frame at the top. They are more or less of a cuboidal shape.
These squat stands often come with safety pins and detachable J hooks. You might also find that there are safety straps instead of safety pins and another pair of J hooks at the front to create two exercise stations instead of just one.
What are Power Racks good for?
(1) Offers more personal space: Since you are squatting in a cage-like structure, you feel more confident about your personal space and there are absolutely no worries about someone accidentally bumping into you from behind.
(2) Provides a sturdier safety pin to fail squats on: If you fail a set, the safety pins that are stabilized by vertical beams on both sides provide a superior spotting capacity.
Who should use a Power Rack?
(1) Commercial General Fitness Gyms: Power Squat Stands are suitable for commercial use as their heavy build allows for high-frequency use.
(2) Strength and Conditioning Gyms: Strength and condition training facilities will benefit to a great extent from using power Squat Stands, as they can cater to strong athletes.