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Bulldog Gear Hybrid Bumper Plates 2.0 Review

Bulldog Gear Hybrid Bumper Plates 2.0 Review

I was delighted to pick up a 100kg Bulldog Gear Hybrid 2.0 bumper plate set to review recently. Having used steel plates exclusively for years (literally!) it is awesome to reacquaint myself with a decent set of rubber plates. Honestly, I’ve been blown away. I had high expectations, but I wasn’t expecting them to be THIS good! I’ve captured my thoughts below – but if you have any specific queries you want answered please hit me up through he contact form or comments box below! At a glance… Full size rubber bumper plates available in a black or coloured finish …

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The 4 BEST bumper plates IN THE UK!

The 4 BEST bumper plates IN THE UK!

Making sure you get the best bumper plates for your UK home gym is a really important step – your plates are barbell are the ‘meant and potatoes’ of most home gyms and they are used ALL THE TIME. It’s hard to accept compromise on equipment we use EVERY TIME we’re in the gym. So let’s jump in and run through the best bumper plate sets available in the UK! At a glance… UK’s best value bumper plates: Bulldog Gear Hybrid 2.0 bumpers MOST people would do best with a set of 45cm diameter, virgin rubber, black bumper plates Where the metal insert attaches to the …

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5 reasons WHY bumper plates ARE worth it!

5 reasons WHY bumper plates ARE worth it!

If you’re building a gym from scratch or simply looking to add some new plates to your garage gym, you have probably asked yourself (and maybe others!) whether bumper plates are worth it? Having trained at home for more than a decade and, more recently, having tried a ton of different training styles utilising both steel and rubber plates I think I am in a good place to share my thoughts on whether bumper plates are worth the money. At a glance… Bumper plates are worth it if you can afford them as they are more versatile They are quieter which can be important in a …

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I've BOUGHT the UK's BEST 100kg bumper plate set!

I BOUGHT the UK’s BEST 100kg bumper plate set!

After over a decade of home gym evolutions I bought a 100kg set of bumper plates to add to my garage. What took me so long, right?! Well today I’m going to outline which bumper plate set I went for and – crucially – why I think it was the best 100kg bumper plates set available in the UK. At a glance… I think this is the best value 100kg bumper plate set in the UK 3 things to consider before you purchase are: 1) How much weight do you need? Probably 100kg – 150kg 2) How thick are the plates and how much can you fit on your …

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15 ways to compare Bumper plates vs Steel plates

15 ways to compare: Bumper plates vs steel plates

When looking to decide between bumper plates or steel weight plates for your home gym the choice can be pretty daunting… I’ve spent HOURS reading reviews on plates, spend thousands buying them and I am STILL not sure if I have the right combination of plates. Sounds like a good excuse for me to buy some more if I can get it approved by the other half..! Whether looking to build a home gym from scratch or simply topping up your collection, deciding between bumper plates and steel plates is one of the crucial steps along the road. Most weights …

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Review: Why Ironmaster make the best adjustable dumbbells

So as regular readers will know most of my articles on home gym equipment and strength training have focused on barbells and barbell based exercises (such as the squat, deadlift, bench press and overhead press). Now we will look at another great piece of equipment for free weight training – adjustable dumbbells. These really come into their own when trying to build strength via assistance exercises or looking to add size/mass with an increased focus on bodybuilding. Having had a home gym for a little over 3 years the one thing I missed about a commercial gym was the dumbbell …

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3 great tips to pick the best value Olympic weight set

When trying to pick the best value Olympic weight set there are a bunch of things you need to think about. In this article we will cover: What Olympic plates are Why they are better than regular alternatives Three points to look out for when reviewing sets Link to two great options for both UK and American buyers

Why you should buy Olympic weights

Olympic vs. standard weights An Olympic bar weighs 44lbs/20kg, has two rotating ends which accept weight plates with a 2″/50mm hole and are 7.2ft long. These bars can usually hold as much as 540kg. Standard weight bars vary in length and weight but are usually 1″/2.5cm in diameter thus fit weights with this diameter hole. Olympic pro’s and cons: Weight sets are usually made to a higher degree of accuracy (i.e. lower tolerances on variances to stated weights), can hold a lot of weight but are usually more expensive. Standard pro’s and cons: Standard weight sets are readily available and allow you to work at …

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