How to Make Your Own Bumper Plates


Getting fit shouldn't require tons of money or a fancy gym membership. In fact, you can set up a workout space of your own in a garage or spare room using many inexpensive objects. While professional bumper plates (the free weights used in competitive lifting) can run hundreds or thousands of dollars, you can make a set of your own for just a fraction of the cost. Because they are covered in rubber, the bumper plates won't damage floors if they're dropped.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tires with rims
  • 2 plate weights
  • 8 sets of nuts and bolts
  • Barbell
  • Weight collars
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Find a set of old tires with the rims still attached to them.

  • Drill four holes in each plate weight, making sure the holes match up with existing holes on the tire rims.

  • Attach the weights to each tire using the nuts and bolts. Make sure the weights are securely tightened in place.

  • Slide one tire onto each end of the barbell.

  • Add weight collars to both sides of the tires as needed to make sure the plates stay in place during use.

Tips & Warnings

  • If weights or tires feel unstable, drill additional holes for extra nuts and bolts to further fasten weights onto the tires.

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