Check Out Rogue’s New Dumbbell Bumpers

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If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Dumbbells are great alternatives to barbells, but I wish they were more like barbells,” well, your ship has come into port.

Not content to merely sell old-fashioned dumbbell plates, Rogue has released bumpers to be used with their loadable dumbbells. The result kind of makes one think of a car-sized bus or a mini hot dog, but somehow it works.

Image via Rogue

So, why dumbbell bumpers? What do they offer that regular old plates don’t do? If your first thought was, “You can slam them into the ground after finishing a round of DB snatches,” you’d be wrong. Even though their site says that they’re “essentially condensed versions of (their) standard full-size Rogue Color Training Plates,” they nonetheless tell the user that, in no uncertain terms, “Dumbbell Bumpers are NOT meant to be dropped from overhead.”

Instead, the point is that they let you load more weight and quickly swap/adjust weight increments using the same dumbbell handle — you can now load up to 110 pounds onto the dumbbell, which itself weighs ten or fifteen pounds depending on the model.

Image via Rogue

The bumper plates — soon to be sold in sets and pairs — come in 10-, 15-, 25-, 35-, 45-, and 55-pound versions, and the three heaviest plates are all 5 7/8 inches thick. Having these heavier weights could also potentially save money, since you don’t need to load on as many plates to reach a heavy weight for dumbbell movements that require them.

These bumper plates are very, very new, and although the indication that they shouldn’t be dropped seems a little counterintuitive a first, we bet their bright design will be lighting up gym Instagram feeds before too long.

Featured image via Rogue Fitness

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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