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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
    Loves to squat hellagrant's Avatar
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    Aug 2008

    Bumper plates on concrete

    Happy Holidays.

    For those who use bumper plates on a concrete surface, do you place a layer of protection? (so that the bumper plates don't get beat up).

    I want to clean and jerk on my driveway, so I can't build a platform. I was thinking maybe a small piece of plywood(4x4) that I can place and remove. Again I want to stress that I won't be able to build a platform because it is on my driveway and the wife would kill me. Also I do have a platform in the house but the ceiling is too low for clean and jerks.

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  3. #2
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    Aug 2011
    I use my bumpers on the asphault and it really isn't a problem. It's a matter of how clean and unscraped you want your bumpers.

    If you want them to be as clean and scrape free, buy a stall mat (4'x6' of 1/2-3/4" rubber). You could easily pull and drag that out and it would give you protection.

    But, if you don't care if they get a little beat up, function wise they'll be fine without a mat or board.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    University at Albany
    I'd get a rubber mat. Try a Horse Supply store.

  5. #4
    Strongman Tom Mutaffis's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    This would be my recommendation as well:

    Quote Originally Posted by RhodeHouse View Post
    I'd get a rubber mat. Try a Horse Supply store.
    If you have a local Tractor Supply ( the stall mat will run you about $35-40 and will preserve the bumpers from getting beat up in the driveway.

    For a less expensive option if you are on a budget you could get some of the square inter-locking foam mats for about half that cost but they will not be quite as durable.
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