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    Default Bumper plates for better deadlifts?

    I went to a gym with my friend about two weeks ago and I noticed when I deadlifted there, it was easier than deadlifting the same amount of weight at home. The thing is the weight felt the same and everything(as it should), but getting the bar off the floor was way easier. The plates at the gym are bumper plates and they have a nice rubberized floor. I just have cast iron plates and I have to deadlift on carpet. Would it be worth it to buy a set of 45, or 55 pound bumper plates? Obviously living in a townhouse I can't rubberize my floor.

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    Sure it wasn't psychological since you were lifting in front of other people?
    Pick up heavy things.
    Put them down.
    Then pick them up again.

    Do this many times.

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    Considering it was just my buddy around me, no. We were at a 24 hour gym and it was 2am.

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    Is there a size (height) difference between the bumper plates and the ones you have? That could account for an easier lift if the bar was in a better position for your height. I know that when I lift with metal plates it puts the bar too low on my shins to get a good start position and the rubber ones put the bar at a perfect height along my shins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaPeach View Post
    Is there a size (height) difference between the bumper plates and the ones you have? That could account for an easier lift if the bar was in a better position for your height. I know that when I lift with metal plates it puts the bar too low on my shins to get a good start position and the rubber ones put the bar at a perfect height along my shins.
    I'm sure there was. Since I looked into it, I've measured the diameters of my plates and they come out to be 42cm. I know that the standard when it comes to 45lb/20kg plates is 45cm. Plus here I have to deadlift on carpet. There is no way I can build a platform, because there isn't any room here, but I'm thinking buying a rubber mat might help if I don't buy bumpers. I'm thinking maybe the shock of steel plates hitting a carpet covered concrete floor is probably making me loose some energy between reps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiznown View Post
    I'm thinking maybe the shock of steel plates hitting a carpet covered concrete floor is probably making me loose some energy between reps.
    Are you doing touch-and-go or dead-stop deadlifts? If you're only doing touch-and-go and not coming to a complete stop, then the rubber plates are going to bounce a little.
    Pick up heavy things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbroadd View Post
    Are you doing touch-and-go or dead-stop deadlifts? If you're only doing touch-and-go and not coming to a complete stop, then the rubber plates are going to bounce a little.
    Touch and go. It seems something is going to have to change, because I can squats 345, but I'm barely able to do two reps of sumo deadlifts at 355.

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    thanks

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    You are cheating yourself if strength improvement is your goal. Your first deadlift is working you, but each subsequent "touch and go" are robbing you.

    "..the first rep is pulled from a dead stop and the last reps are bounced is, in reality, one deadlift and a set of RDLs. Training this way, you will never develop the strength needed to hold the lumbar position for heavy weights, because for 80% of your set you are relying on plate rebound and the elastic energy stored in the elongating muscles and fascia, instead of on dead-stop pulling strength. So donít trade the ability to develop long-term strength for the immediate gratification provided by cheating your deadlifts." - Rippetoe Starting Strength


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    You could also check the DIY section of the Powerlifting area and make some redneck bumper plates out of old tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbroadd View Post
    Are you doing touch-and-go or dead-stop deadlifts? If you're only doing touch-and-go and not coming to a complete stop, then the rubber plates are going to bounce a little.
    This would be my guess! You're probably not coming to a complete stop. When dead lifting, I compeltely reset after each rep.

 

 

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