Bumper Plates


Bumper Plates


Bumper Plates



Weight plates are the most heavily used and abused piece of equipment in any gym. When purchasing bumpers for your gym, make sure to consider warranty and durability as well as company history. Vulcan Strength was founded in 2009. We fully stand behind our products and continue to focus on quality and innovation.




Made to IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) Standard diameter 450 mm (17.7165 inch)

Solid Rubber Weight Plates made from virgin rubber not recycled rubber

low bounce for safety

low odor

Safe for platform use

Our plates have been tested to 30,000 drops from a height of 9 feet without any deformation of the insert or damage to the rubber surface.


Bumper Plates Dimensions and Specifications

Weight Plate Diameter:

450 mm (17.7 inches)

Collar opening is 50.4 mm

Bumper Plate Thickness

10 lb – 1.06″

15 lb – 1.18″

25 lb – 1.18″

35 lb – 2.31″

45 lb – 3″

55 lb – 3.06″

Insert Type: Forged Steel anchored into rubber. Vulcan strength was the first company to introduce this technology in 2011. Many other brands of bumper plates used stamped in or pressed in metal inserts that can easily depart from the plate or begin to loosen with repeated drops.


Thinner Profile allows more weight plates on the barbell


Warranty: 36 months and 1 day warranty on 55 lb, 45 lb, 35 lb, and 25 lb bumper plates. 1 Year warranty on 15 lb and 10 lb bumper plates

Why Use Bumper Plates?


Bumper plates would not be in existence if not for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. Olympic Weightlifting was included in the Olympic games as early as the 1890’s. The first games featured one hand and odd lifts as well as the traditional Snatch and Clean and Jerk. Original weightlifting plates were made of steel and cast iron. As records increased it became necessary for weightlifters to drop the weights from overhead rather than risk injury to bring them down after the extreme physical exertion from the execution of the one rep maximum lift. First attempts at manufacturing rubber bumper plates resulted in very thick rubber plates that caused issue when trying to add multiple plates to the weight bar. Making the shaft of the bar longer to accommodate the thickness of the plates was not an option as it displaced the load further from the lifter’s body, making the lift harder than it inherently is. Later on, Vulcanized rubber was used to create bumper plates. The process of vulcanization makes a harder, thinner, denser plate that is more durable than recycled rubber bumper plates.


Bumper Plates allow the lifter to safely drop heavy weights from over head which is an essential aspect of the Olympic Weightlifting movements. Bumper Plates also allow the lifter to safely miss lifts when beginning to learn technique based weightlifting or attempting maximal weight squats and or heavy overhead lifts.


Vulcan Bumper Plates are recommended for commercial gym use, high school and college weight rooms, CrossFit gyms, athletic training centers, home gyms, and police, military or first responder training environments.


Our black bumper plates are safe for dropping on wood platforms or athletic rubber flooring. They are not recommended for dropping on concrete or aggregate surfaces.



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