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Which TITAN plates to get?

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Sep 24, 2020 7:32:14 AM

Which TITAN plates to get

Which titan plates to get?

This is an overview of the available TITAN plates including pros, cons and alternatives. You will also find an Index and a quick reference if you are impatient. For more details please follow the links in the article.


This is an Index for the products discussed in this article. They have been sorted from the most to least expensive. 

Quick reference

This is a quick reference for what each of these plate sets does if you do not want to dive into the details. The main thing about TITAN is that they are roughly half the price of the competition and in return come with a higher risk of minor quality issues or sometimes even major. 
Good alternative to pulling blocks
Best outdoor/indoor combo
Most weight on your barbell
Most durable
Best value for money
Most professional

Titan Wagon wheel


Overview of the TITAN Wagon wheel

Price: $223.99
The Wagon wheel is an idea that I have first seen from Mark Bell who has perfected it with Rogue. TITAN than adopted it for its own portfolio. The idea is to have a deadlift pulling block that is easy to store and also easier to use. Pulling blocks can be tricky, especially for deadlifts. They are cumbersome to set up, have a single purpose use, and eat up quite a bit of space in your gym. The wagon wheels to take care of most of these problems. The full specifications are:

A great substitute for pulling blocks, Titan’s Wagon Wheel Pulling Blocks are larger in diameter (26”) than your standard Bumper Plates allowing for a partial range of motion deadlifts.
Makes loading and unloading your barbell a breeze without the need for a jack or wedge.
Perfect for taller athletes or powerlifters that are suffering from knee and lower back issues. 
2” collar opening makes Titan’s Wagon Wheel Pulling Blocks compatible with most standard Olympic barbells. 
Titan Laser Cut Logo. 

Weight: 45 LB Each | 90 LB Total
Diameter: 26” 
Wheel width: 2”
Black Powder Coat
Sold in Pairs!
This is a good option if you have been deadlifting for a long time and need to get a lot of volume in without wrecking your back. It can also be used for block pulls that are often part of more advanced powerlifting programs to address weak points in the deadlift. 

Pros of the TITAN wagon wheel

Pros of the TITAN wagon wheel are
  • Price
  • Easy to store and handle
  • Same weight as regular 45lb plates
As with all TITAN products, the price is very attractive. If you want to get wagon wheels for the lowest price possible TITAN is probably a good bet. However, undercutting the competition by half usually comes with some corner-cutting on labor. TITAN products usually show this in the finish of their coating and/or their welds. That is nothing that keeps you from training, it is just disappointing when you buy something new and the finish is not perfect. Still, something has to fall short if you save yourself half the money.
Compared to pulling blocks these are easier to store and to handle. You can lean them against a wall which makes their footprint in the gym quite small. They will not fit on most plate trees or storage pins on a rack due to their bigger diameter. For the deadlifts themselves, they are also great as you do not have to worry too much about hitting the blocks on the way down. Attaching them to the bar is a lot easier than finding the right spacing between two blocks. 
Another bonus is that they are almost the same weight as a regular 45lb bumper or cast iron plate. With this, you do not mess too much with the weight distribution and the dynamic of your usual pulls in terms of symmetrical load. 

Cons of the TITAN wagon wheel

Cons of the TITAN wagon wheel are:
  • Inconsistent finish
  • Can not be adjusted in height
  • Not great for drops
You will usually find more reports about inconsistent finishes on the coating and welds of TITAN fitness than you will for Eleiko or Rogue. That is not the end of your world for your training but can be annoying when you decide to buy something new rather than used. With TITAN you save money but also take a little more of a gamble with getting something delivered that is not perfect. It happens on Rogue deliveries too, but it is less common. 
Wagon wheels themselves have one big disadvantage compared to good quality pulling blocks. They can not be adjusted in height. A pair of good quality pulling blocks usually costs between $500 - $1000. These can usually be adjusted in height which makes some more user friendly when you have a lot of different athletes using them for different purposes. These can be hip belt squats, box jumps, or block jerks. 
If you would like to do Olympic weightlifting partials with blocks, the wagon wheels are not an option. Dropping them from a height will damage the floor, barbell, and the wagon wheels themselves. If you are looking for a more versatile tool for partial lifts, adjustable blocks are the way to go.

Alternatives to the TITAN wagon wheel

Alternatives to the TITAN Wagon wheel are:
  • TITAN adjustable metal blocks
  • TITAN wood jerk blocks
The Titan adjustable metal blocks are an alternative to the wagon wheels which are slightly more expensive. For about $100 more you get a tool that will eat up more space in the gym but has a lot more applications. This is the better buy for a commercial gym that has a lot of floor space and wants their equipment to do more than one thing. These blocks are still not for Olympic weightlifting as they do not go high enough to start training from the front rack position.
Titan wood jerk blocks come in at $999 and for this, you get 3 pairs of blocks in various heights. If I was a professional gym owner looking into blocks for partial lifts i would bite the bullet and get these. They are good quality and apply to many of the partial movements required to address weaknesses in the Olympic lifts. If you all you care about is your deadlift performance, these are overkill. 

Conclusion for the TITAN wagon wheel

The TITAN wagon wheels area good tool especially for home gym powerlifters who want to vary their training or give their backs a break. As this is a very specialized tool, it will probably not one of the first purchases for your home gym and especially is not essential. Prioritize change plates over wagon wheels any day. A professional gym might consider there jerk blocks instead of the adjustable metal blocks or wagon wheels. Especially if you have quite a bit of floor space. The wooden blocks are the best for dropping the barbell on without it jumping all over the place. 

Titan Olympic bumper plates


Overview of the Olympic bumper plates

Price $119.99 - $999.99
The TITAN Olympic bumper plates come in sizes ranging from 10LB - 55lb and follow the color coding of international lifting competitions for the various plates. These plates work with rubber on the outside and a steel collar in the middle for stability and minimum bounce. This is the closest you can get in the TITAN portfolio to international weightlifting competition standards. The full specifications of these plates are:

Color-coded in vibrant colors for easy identification. 
Precise 50.6 mm collar diameter for a secure fit on your barbell. 
The steel collar reinforces the plates for high rep use. 
Raised plate lip makes picking up the plates easier. 

General Specifications:
Plate Diameter: 450 mm (execpt 10 LB)
Weight Tolerance: +/- 20 grams.
Collar Opening: 50.6mm
Insert Type: Steel disc
Durometer Rating: 90
Material: Rubber

10 LB:
Plate Diameter: 360 mm
Plate Width: 1"
Color: Grey

25 LB:
Plate Width: 1.375"
Color: Green

35 LB: 
Plate Width: 1.875"
Color: Yellow

45 LB:
Plate Width: 2.15"
Color: Blue

55 LB:
Plate Width: 2.5"
Color: Red

This is a good option to save money if you want competition plates for your home gym or in your commercial gym. Be aware though, that these plates are not IWF approved. They get close, but you will not be able to either use them in an official IWF competition or to simulate the conditions for your athletes as close as possible. 

Pros of the TITAN Olympic bumper plates

Pros of the TITAN Olympic bumper plates are:
  • Price
  • Colors
  • Low bounce
  • Optimized thickness
The main thing that most TITAN products have going for themselves is that they are about half the price of anything that is comparable in the market. These are a great option to save money and either get more plates for the same budget or upgrade from regular bumper plates to competition plates on the same budget. Rogue and Eleiko charge considerably more for similar products. 
Compared to other plates from the TITAN line up the main advantage of these plates are the vibrant colors. Urethane is harder to colorize than rubber in the production process and the elite bumper plates and economy plates are mainly sold in black. If the colors of our plates is something you really care about then these are a good choice. 
 Apart from this these plates are also optimized to take up the least space possible on your barbell sleeve while still being rubber. This combined with a low bounce makes the competition bumper plates a good choice for anyone who is serious about Olympic weightlifting.

Cons of the Olympic bumper plates

Cons of the Olympic bumper plates are:
  • IWF Approval
  • Sleeve space 
  • Durability
The biggest con against the TITAN Olympic bumper plates is that they are not IWF approved. If you are intending to simulate competition conditions in your gym or even hold competitions yourself, these plates are not ideal. For this purpose, the Eleiko or Rogue sets are the better options, as they went through the necessary certification process with the IWF to be accepted. If you already consider competition plates, you probably take your lifting very, very serious. To me, it does not make sense to save money, if you want to simulate competition as close as possible. Still, saving half the price on such a big item for your gym is not to be scoffed at. 
Compared to cast iron plates competition bumper plates still take up more space on the sleeve of the barbell and create more whip. If you regularly move more than 400lbs on the squat, bench press, and deadlift these plates might not be the right choice for you. You will not fit enough of them on the bar and they will also make the bar bend more as the weight will be distributed further out. 
The last thing against competition plates is that they generally have a bigger tendency to break than urethane plates when dropped from overhead. This is a minor difference, but if you want long-lasting training plates, go for urethane and keep one proper competition set up in your gym to save on cost but still being able to simulate competition for your athletes. In a home gym setting, I would question urethane and competition plates in general as too high of an expense, unless you are a professional athlete or just like the good things in life and don't care about the money. 

Alternatives to the TITAN Olympic bumper plates

Alternatives to the TITAN Olympic bumper plates are:
The TITAN economy bumper plates are the best option to save money and have them around for all purposes. These plates can be used indoors and outdoors and you do not have to feel too bad when they break, as they come cheap. The downside is that they have more bounce than competition plates, usually do not come color-coded, and are way more likely to warp or come loose in the center. 
The TITAN elite bumper plates are in my opinion the best option for the ambitious home gym athlete. You are not a professional, but also have the budget and the performance to back up a semi-professional home gym setup. In a commercial setting, these are the right toys for your top tier clients that are dedicated and want to set themselves apart from the occasional gym lifter. They cost more than regular bumpers but also do not go beyond $1000 for a good-sized set. 
Urethane bumper is the best choice for a commercial gym that has Olympic lifts going on all day long. The colors are a little less vibrant than on the competition plates and they are slightly more expensive, but in return, these plates last for a very long time. In a home gym scenario, you are probably better of with competition plates, if you are already willing to spend close to $1000 or more on your plates as your training frequency won't be as high as in a commercial gym. 
Cast Iron plates are the best options for powerlifters. If you regularly move more than 400lbs on the bar you want to optimize sleeve space and minimize the whip in the bar. Cast iron plates are the best option for this. They also take up less space on plate trees and storage pins for the same amount of weight. The only downside is that they can not be dropped from overhead and need special flooring unless you want to wreck the plates and the floor at the same time. 

Conclusion for the Olympic bumper plates

I am personally not a fan of the TITAN Olympic plates as they are not IWF approved. They match the specs and this will not necessarily reflect that much in the handling of the weight, but still, if you are willing to pay extra for competition plates, can get plates you will actually use in competition. Otherwise, you might as well opt for Elite bumpers or Urethane plates. If you are already of a competitive mindset, you probably will not decide based on budget. But that is just me talking.


Elite Black bumper plate


Overview of the TITAN Elite bumper plate

Price $99.99 - $899.99
The TITAN elite bumper plate comes in black with different color variations on the branding depending on the weight of the plate. They all have the same diameter except the 10lb plate. Their main feature is a metal core which makes them a good choice to be repeatedly dropped from overhead without breaking. They will fit standard Olympic barbells and make a good addition to any ambitious home gym or college facility. The full specifications for these plates are:
Low Bounce Rate
Steel collar reinforces the plates for high rep use
Raised plate lip makes picking up the plates easier
Gloss black finish with color-coded lettering for easy identification

Diameter: 450 mm / 17.75-in.
Width: 2.5-in.
Collar Opening: 50.6 mm
Insert Type: Chrome Plate Steel Disc
Material: Rubber

Plate Diameter: 360 mm
Plate Width: 1-in.
Color: Black with White Lettering

Plate Width: 1.375-in.
Color: Black with Green Lettering

Plate Width: 1.875-in.
Color: Black with Yellow Lettering

Plate Width: 2.15-in.
Color: Black with Blue Lettering

Plate Width: 2.5-in.
Color: Black with Red Lettering

These are great all-around plates for the semi-professional or professional Olympic weightlifter at an affordable price. If you take your home gym seriously or want to buy in bulk commercially without breaking the bank, these are a good option.

Pros of the Elite TITAN Bumper plate

Pro of the Elite TITAN Bumper plate are:
  • Low price
  • Robust build
  • Low bounce
Compared to similar plates from other brands like Rogue and Eleiko you will save about half of the price. Especially for plates, which will ever touch your body directly or keep you safe, this is something to consider. One of the main expenses of a home gym is the weights themselves. If you can cut these in half, you will laugh all the way to the bank.
Compared to the economy bumper plates these plates are a considerable step up in quality and price. This has mainly to do with the fact that these plates are made of two components rather than just rubber with a ring inserted in the middle. This brings material and production cost which makes them about double the price compared to Economy rubber plates. In return, these can be smashed continuously in the ground from overhead without a bother. 
These plates are very low bounce which is great for overhead lifting. With this, you do not have to worry that the barbell will be all over the place after a heavy attempt like with rubber bumper plates without the core. 

Cons of the Elite TITAN bumper plate

Cons of the Elite TITAN bumper plates are:
  • Sleeve Space
  • Black
  • Price
Pirce for these plates comes into play from two angles. One is cutting corners on behalf of TITAN. To offer a product at half the price of your competition in the market you have to cut some corners. Transport, quality of staff or production just has to cheaper than with the competition. This means that it is more likely that you might get treated a little rude, get a faulty product or that TITAN is out of stock compared to the competition. That does not mean the product is bad, it is just a game of likelihood. From another perspective, these plates are already a bit pricey for a home gym, if you are not very serious about your training. If you do not do Oly lifts, you might want to consider cheaper cast iron or bumper plates.
Another point might be that these plates are black. If you want to add some color TITAN also has an elite bumper option for that at a slightly higher price. 
As these are bumper plates they are thicker than cast iron plates of the same weight. If your goal is to maximize the weight you can put on the bar, these plates are not the right choice. If you regularly move more than 400lbs on your bar, opt for cast iron plates instead. 

Alternatives to the Elite TITAN bumper plate

Alternatives to the ELITE TITAN bumper plate are:
The economy bumper plates are a better and cheaper option for you if you only occasionally drop weights from overhead and want to start your gym on a budget. You will save considerably and still get a lot of weight for your money's worth.
The elite color bumper plates have the same specifications as the elite bumper plates. The only difference is that they cost slightly more and come in the international weight color code for each plate. If I was in the market for the black elite plates I would get the colored ones instead. Unless, of course, you prefer everything to be black. 
Cast iron plates are a great option when you regularly move more than 400lb on the bar and want to save space on your barbell and in your gym. They are also fairly cheap and therefore a good option. The only thing to consider with them is that you need to put some protection on your floor or work with a platform as they will otherwise damage the flooring of your house or gym. Also, cast iron plates can definitely not be dropped from overhead. 

Conclusion for the Elite TITAN bumper plate

The Elite TITAN bumper plates are a solid option for the ambitious home gym owner or a good budget option for a commercial gym that takes Olympic lifting seriously. You can get twice the plates for the same amount of money compared to other brands like Rogue or Eleiko if you a prepared to take the risks that come with a vendor that needs to cut a corner here and there to save you money. 

Urethane bumper plate


Overview of the TITAN Urethane Bumper plate

Price: $66.99 - $1152.99
The TITAN Urethane bumper plates come in sizes ranging from 10lb to 55lb. These are plates with a chrome core and urethane outer ring. Urethane is a lot more durable than ordinary rubber and therefore these types of plates are considered the best in the industry for longevity. In return, the price per plate is a little higher as urethane costs more than rubber as a material. The TITAN Urethane plates come color-coded. The full specifications are:
Color-coded in 5 vibrant colors for easy identification
Raised plate lip making picking up the plates easier
Durometer rating of 90 for a minimal bounce on a drop and a durable design
Hard Chrome Insert

Collar Opening: 50.6 mm
Plate Diameter: 415 - 450 mm
Plate Width: 24 - 56 mm
Durometer Rating: 90
Weight Tolerance: +/- 1%

10 LB
Plate Diameter: 415 mm
Plate Width: 24 mm
Color: Black

25 LB
Plate Diameter: 415 mm
Plate Width: 38 mm
Color: Green

35 LB
Plate Diameter: 415 mm
Plate Width: 44 mm
Color: Yellow

45 LB
Plate Diameter: 415 mm
Plate Width: 51 mm
Color: Blue

55 LB
Plate Diameter: 415 mm
Plate Width: 56 mm
Color: Red
These are good plates when you train a lot with Olympic lifts and abuse the hell out of your equipment. These would be the right plates for Olympic training facilities or professional gyms that want to save on plates, but not constantly replace them. 

Pros of the TITAN Urethane Bumper plate

The pros of the TITAN Urethane bumper plates are:
  • Low price
  • Stability
  • Low bounce
The biggest pro of most TITAN equipment is its low price compared to the same products from the market leaders Rogue and Eleiko. You usually can get the same amount of material for half the price or twice the plates for the same price if you go with TITAN. Depending on whether you buy for your home gym or a commercial facility that leaves you with more options. Especially as plates are a big item on the bill, but commodity as they are not touching off the athlete's body directly and do not need to be of a very high-quality finish. 
The Urethane plates themselves have advantages in the durability and a low bounce compared to regular rubber plates. The metal insert in the middle of the plate makes them more resistant for drops from overhead. Urethane is more durable than standard rubber. 

Cons of the Urethane Bumper plate

The cons of the TITAN Urethane Bumper plates are:
  • High price 
  • Finish
  • Sleeve space
Urethane bumper plates have a higher price tag than regular training plates with a metal core or rubber plates. If you compare the TITAN Urethane plates to the Elite or Economy bumpers from TITAN you pay quite a bit more for the same amount of weight. Especially when you are not doing a lot of overhead lifting and do not care that much about the color coding, you might lean more towards cheaper options from TITAN.
AsTITAN always offers a very low price on items compared to market leaders like Rogue and Eleiko they do need to cut some corners to save cost. This is usually reflected in the finish of their products. The welding might not be top quality on some of the specialty bars, the colors might not be as vibrant, or where rings are inserted they are not completely flush. There are also some reports along these lines for the Urethane plates. If you want everything in your gym to be absolutely perfect, TITAN might not be the best brand for you. But that mindset comes at a considerably higher price tag with little to no impact on your actual training, except maybe mentally.
The last thing about Urethane plates is that they take up more space than cast Iron plates on the bar. If you regularly move more than 400lb on the deadlift, bench and squat, you might want to consider getting cast iron plates instead. These are more cost- and space-efficient than Urethane plates, but can not be dropped from overhead. Cast Iron plates are also less forgiving on fingers, toes, and shins when you bang into them. 

Alternatives to the Urethane Bumper plate

Alternatives to the Urethane bumper plates are:
The classic cast iron plates are an iconic staple of lifting allover the world. Especially when you start using three plates and more on each side they start to make that iconic clang and bang noise. They are cost and space-efficient and can be a good alternative to start your gym. Some disadvantages of cast iron plates are that they can not be dropped from overhead, that you need to prepare your floor for training, and that they are less forgiving on flesh and bone when you bump into them. 
Economy bumper plates are a good option for starters of a home gym or commercial gyms who want to keep the cost very low. These plates can be used indoors or outdoors and you will also not feel too sorry if they break or get dirty. They also take up quite a bit of space on the sleeve just like the Urethane plates. Compared to the Urethane plates they are more likely to break when being dropped from overhead and have more bounce. Economy bumper plates are a good option for an all-around home gym that wants to keep the cost low. They are also good for big Crossfit classes where the athletes are mainly beginners. 
The elite bumper plates from TITAN are a compromise between the Urethan plates and the economy bumper plates. They are priced in the middle between the two and or not as durable as the Urethanplates, but still have a metal core for overhead drops. These are the right plates for ambitious home gym owners who regularly lift overhead, but also do not take their plates through massive abuse. If you are not training for the Olympics or the Crossfit games, but still like to treat yourself, these are the right plates for you.

Conclusion for the TITAN Urethane Bumper plate

The TITAN Urethane plates are well positioned in the market as a good budget option if you need Urethane plates. In most cases, people will not need Urethane plates and would be better off to save some money by getting the Elite or economy bumper plates from TITAN. Only if you want to simulate Olympic weightlifting competition scenarios as close as possible at home without shelling out the money for an entire Eleiko set than I think you have a good case for Urethane plates. Another one would be a commercial gym in which these plates will be dropped from overhead all day long. If you just ran a class once or twice a week, the elite bumpers will more than suffice. 

Economy Color bumper plates


Overview of the TITAN Color bumper plates

Price: $64.99 - $474.99
The economy bumper color plates are a nice addition to the lower range of plates from TITAN. Most vendors only offer the rubber plates in black which might not be to everyone's liking. With this option, TITAN provides bumper plates at a slightly higher price with the official color coding for different sizes and weights that is used in international competitions. The full specifications are:
Very low bounce with a durometer rating of 88.
Extremely durable rubber used.  
Fits Olympic barbells.
Color-coded for easy identification.  
Quieter than steel plates. 

Material: Rubber with Steel Insert
Diameter: 17 3/4"
Collar Opening: 2”
Durometer Rating: 88

10 LB:
Plate Width: 1" 
Color: Green

15 LB:
Plate Width: 1 3/8"
Color: Black

25 LB:
Plate Width: 1 7/8"
Color: Yellow

35 LB:
Plate Width: 2 3/4"
Color: Blue 

45 LB:
Plate Width: 3 1/2"
Color: Red
These plates are a great start for a home gym when you do not like black and want to mix it up a little. They only cost a little more than the black economy plates and make things a little more interesting, if you like the international color coding with red, blue, yellow, and green.

Pros of the TITAN Color bumper plates

  • Low price
  • Design
  • Outdoor / Indoor
The main argument for TITAN Fitness is the low price. Most of their free weight equipment comes at about half the price of their direct competition from Rogue and Eleiko. These two brands are usually considered as the golden standard when it comes to free weight lifting equipment. If you are building a home gym on a budget and either want to get twice as much weight or the next quality of plates up, TITAN is usually a good pick. Especially if it is equipment that is more of a commodity and not a high health risk, like plates.
If you think that black plates are ugly and boring the color economy plates are a great option. They will also not break the bank like other color options as competitive Olympic plates. 
Generally, cheap bumper plates are great to be sued indoors and outdoors. They are ideal to be used on a sled or yoke as you will not feel guilty when you leave them in the heat, cold, or rain as much as with a plate set that costs you $2000 to acquire. I would not put my calibrated plates outdoors or on a sled unless I was an NFL or NBA team. Then the plates are peanuts compared to what you pay the athletes. 

Cons of the TITAN Color bumper plates

  • Steel Inserts
  • Can not be dropped from overhead
  • Sleeve space
  • Dirt / Markings
As you have to cut some corners when you offer your product at half the price of the competition you will often find some little quality issues with TITAN. It might be the finish of the plates, customer service being impolite, or a certain rubbery smell of the plates. These will not keep you from training with these plates but might irritate you or lead to the plates breaking sooner than other products. Still, especially for plates, half the price is great.
If you are planning to do a lot of Olympic lifting these plates are not the right choice. For this purpose plates with a full steel disc in the middle are better as they can take more of a beating. TITAN has the Elite bumper plates and competition bumper plates in their range which fulfill these criteria but also come at about twice the price of the color-coded economy plates. 
As with all bumper plates, they will ake up more sleeve space on your bar than cast iron plates. If you work with 400lbs and more on a regular basis on the bar, cast iron plates are usually a better choice. Keep in mind that when you work with iron plates the weights can not be dropped from overhead and the floor should have some mats or gym flooring to protect the plates and floor from damage when you work out. 
The last thing to mention is that you will see markings on these plates sooner than on black bumper plates. If this is the kind of stuff that irritates you, save yourself some money and get the black ones instead, as the markings will not be visible as quickly. 

Alternatives to the TITAN Color Bumper Plates

Alternatives to the TITAN color plates are:
If you are shopping for plates on a budget of $1000 and came from a different vendor to TITAN you might treat yourself and get the elite color plates on the same budget instead of the rubber economy plates. These plates have the same color-coding, but can also be dropped repeatedly from overhead. Think of this as an upgrade to the better technology with the same amount of money. Still, you can also go for the colored rubber and save half the price.
The Titan economy bumper plates are black instead of color-coded. The price difference is minimal and will not matter to home gym buyers. COmmercial buyers might have an interest when they buy 1000s of pounds, but that is a very exceptional scenario. If you want the black or colored ones is mainly down to how much abuse you put them through. If you are looking for plates to use outdoors and band around a lot, the black ones are probably the better option, as they will age better optically. 
The cast-iron plates from TITAN are a good option when you need to pack a lot of weight on your bar. Iron plates save space in storage and are also quite cheap compared to the fancier rubber versions of plates. The disadvantages with cast iron plates are that they hurt more when you bang off them and that they will definitely wreck your floor if you do not take the necessary precautions. Cast iron plates are not recommended for any type of Olympic lifting

Conclusion for the TITAN Color bumper plates

The TITAN color economy plates are a great option for a home gym that wants more color in their training and life and just thinks that black plates are boring. They are also good to test colored plates out for your gym before you go all-in with the more expensive competition options. Still, I think that these are more of a niche product, as the workhorse plate in any gym will remain the black rubber plate. This is mainly because they will just age better than the colored ones when the first scratches and dents appear. 

Economy Black bumper plate


Overview of the Titan economy plates

Price $44.99 - $474.99
The economy bumper plates from TITAN are the ideal weight plates to start your home gym. They are cheap and cheerful and therefore can be bought en masse or on a small budget to start a home gym. These plates are available from 10lb to 100lb with the same diameter and varying thickness. They will fit a standard Olympic barbell and most plate trees and storage solutions for plates. They are also available for purchase in a 230lband 260 lb set. The full specifications are:
Low Bounce Rate
Stainless-Steel Insert
Extremely durable
Olympic barbell size
Quieter than steel plates
Sold in pairs of 10, 15, 25, 35, 45-pounds

Diameter: 450mm / 17.75-in.
Width: 1 – 5.25-in.
Collar Opening: 50 mm
Color: Black
Material: Rubber with steel insert

Width: 1-in.

Width: 1.25-in.

Width: 1.78-in.

Width: 2.75-in.

Width: 3.5-in.

Width: 5.25-in.
If you want to start your home gym on a budget, this is where to look. You can not beat Titan on Price in many categories and this is one of them. If you are looking for plates to continuously from overhead, these might not be the ones.

Pros of the TITAN bumper Plates

The pros of the TITAN bumper plates are:
  • Low price
  • Outdoor / Indoor use
  • Available up to 100 pounds
  • Lower injury risk
One of the biggest pros for the entire TITAN fitness brand is its low price compared to competitors like Eleiko or Rogue. Especially on comparable plates, the Titan versions come out at almost half of the purchase price of a like for like comparison. This is especially good if you want to equip a home gym on a very low budget and want some variety in your training. With TITAN your wallet will remain intact. Commercial gyms will appreciate that you can get quite a bit of tonnage for a low price with TITAN.
Bumper plates themselves are practical as you can use them indoors and outdoors. They are a lot more forgiving in the heat or in damp places compared to Iron plates. If you need to build your gym in an outhouse or in a basement with unfinished walls, bumper plates are probably the better bet. In addition, you can also take them outside for a workout and leave them there without feeling too guilty about it. 
Another bonus is that TITAN also offers a 100lb bumper version of their plates. This is unusual as most other vendors offer this size as an Iron plate. If you lift very heavy you can use these to make it a little easier on the wrists when you bring the weight back down to the ground. Get one pair of the big bumpers on and then stack iron plates to the desired heavy load. This is a little more forgiving on your body and the floor in the long run. Apart from this, I see little use in heavy bumper plates as they take up too much space on the sleeve. 
Bumper plates are also less risky to handle then Iron plates. When you get your fingers between two iron plates or knock your shin/toe against them, you are usually hurt. Bumper plates give in a little more and therefore are good for beginners or when you have teenagers training in your gym. 

Cons of the TITAN economy  Plates

The cons of the TITAN bumper plates are:
  • Quality issues
  • Sleeve space
  • Olympic training
  • Black 
You get what you pay for and while you save quite a bit of money on the TITAN bumpers they are also more likely to break. In a commercial gym that might not be as bad, as you constantly have to renew equipment anyway, but in a home gym you might not want to have to buy your plates twice over the time of 3 years. Especially the rims where the barbells are inserted are more likely to deform than with other brands. If you do not intend to drop these, you might as well consider iron plates, which are cheaper per pound and get more weight on the barbell.
Bumper plates also take up more sleeve space compared to Iron plates for the same amount of weight. If you mainly train the bench press, deadlift, and squat with 400lb or more, consider getting iron plates instead of bumper plates. When you get to 400lbs it gets tight on the sleeves when you bumper plates only. 
These bumper plates are not ideal for Olympic weightlifting. They will do, but suffer more when dropped from overhead. This is based on the core of the plate. The core of bumper plates is made of rubber with a thin metal inlay where the barbell is inserted. Olympic plates have a metal core with rubber around it. This makes the bumper plates more likely to come apart when dropped repeatedly from overhead. Still, it will take some time until you have broken them. So if you don't go through 100 overhear lifts a week or more, I would still say you can get these plates for our once a week Oly session. 
The last disadvantage is that these plates are plain black. If you want some color in your life you can get the colored bumper plates from TITAN instead. Especially in a home gym scenario I always recommend this as it is just more fun than having everything in black. But I guess that is more a question of taste than anything else. 

Alternatives to the TITAN economy Bumper plates

Alternatives to the TITAN bumper plates are:
the elite bumper plates from TITAN are the right choice if you put in a lot of Holy lifts per week. They are built robustly and take the beating from the drops. They cost considerably more than the economy bumper plates, but they will also take a bigger beating. The only difference to real competition Olympic weightlifting plates is that they are not colored. Compared to similar options from Eleiko and Rogue you save considerably.
If you want a bit more color in your life you can get the color economy plates from TITAN. They only cost slightly more, have the same specs than the black ones, but come in the official color denominations for the different weights of the plates. This would be my personal choice from TITAN if I was building a gym on a budget.
Cast Iron plates are a good option for anyone with limited space and budget. They are not great to look at and also a bit more awkward to handle. In return, you get the clanging and banging of metal and the maximum amount of weight you could possibly put on your barbell. 

Conclusion for the TITAN bumper plates

The TITAN Economy bumper plates are a great option for anyone who wants to build a home gym on a budget. Especially if you train only three times a week and do not abuse your equipment a lot, these plates are great. In a commercial setting, these plates are great for general training where things will get knocked up anyway. If you want plates that you can drag the mud, use in the rain or extreme heat without feeling guilty., get these. If you want to impress, hold a competition, or beat the crap out of your plates, go upmarket. 

Cast Iron plates


Overview of the TITAN Cast iron plates 

Price $24.99 - $419.99
Cast Iron plates are some of the cheapest and most durable plates you can buy if you tread them well. TITAN has a full range of plates from 2.5lb up to 45lb. Take care that the biggest plates are sold as singles and not in pairs when you fill your cart. There is nothing really fancy about Cast Iron plates. They are reliable, do not take up a lot of space, and make a nice clanging and banging sound. The full specifications of these plates are:
Simple, classic design built tough for daily use
Fits standard Olympic barbell sleeves
Durable silver hammered finish

Collar Opening: 50.5 mm
Material: Cast Iron
Weight Tolerance: +/- 2%

Plate Diameter: 162 mm
Plate Thickness: 15 mm

Plate Diameter: 178 mm
Plate Thickness: 21 mm

Plate Diameter: 228 mm
Plate Thickness: 29 mm

Plate Diameter: 300 mm
Plate Thickness: 38 mm

Plate Diameter: 360 mm
Plate Thickness: 38 mm

Plate Diameter: 448 mm
Plate Thickness: 38 mm
These are great plates to start a budget gym if you do not intend to do any Olympic weightlifting. They can also be a good addition to your plate collection if you start training with more than 400lb on a regular basis and want to save sleeve space.

Pros of the TITAN Cast Iron plates

Pros of the TITAN Cast Iron plates are:
  • Price
  • Sound
  • Space efficient
  • Long-lasting
As with all TITAN fitness products, one of the main reasons to consider is their price. On almost all items they undercut the direct competition from Eleiko and Rogue by about half. That is their strategy is a company and if you do not mind minor and occasional major quality issues with your purchase, TITAN is a good bet. You definitely will get a lot more stuff from TITAN for the same budget, that is guaranteed. 
Cast Iron plates are also nice compared to rubber plates as they make that clanging and banging noise when you train. Some people just love the dungeon feel and sound about these plates. If you get a particular pump and motivation out of training with iron plates, do not hesitate. They are not expensive and will at forever if treated well. 
Cast iron plates also have an advantage in being space efficient. As they are made from iron they can be cut thinner than rubber to achieve the same amount of weight. The result is that they will take up less space on a plate tree and instead of maxing out most barbell sleeves at about 400 to 500 pounds you can now easily go up to 700 - 800lbs. That is not relevant for many athletes, but if you are a beast, this becomes very important. 
The last thing about cast iron plates is that they will last forever if you treat them well. Competition and rubber plates will come apart at some stage between the different materials. Cast iron steel plates are just one big lump. If you do not drop them on the floor constantly or leave them in the rain over the weekend, this is a purchase for life. 

Cons of the TITAN Cast Iron plates

Cons of the TITAN cast iron plates are:
  • Finish
  • Not all weather compatible
  • Harsh on your body 
  • Design
If you push your product out at half the price of the competition you will need to cut some corners to still make a profit. Therefore you will find a higher rate of negative reports about TITAN fitness equipment than about Eleiko and Rogue. TITAN fitness equipment is more likely to have sharp edges, inconsistent finishes, or loose ends where the material is put together. There are also more reports about incomplete deliveries or rude customer services. This being said, you have to expect some shortfalls if you want to save half of your money. All of these aspects do not mean that you can not train, you will only have to either live with minor quality issues or apply some elbow grease to your equipment to oil, sand or adjust it. 
All cast iron plates do not very well in damp environments. If you keep them outside or in a basement with moisture they will start to rust and turn weird colors. They are also not great for use outside as they either get damp or too hot to touch, depending on where you use them. Of course, hardcore training enthusiasts will say just get on with it, but it depends on who you are and what you want to use the plates for. 
Cast iron plates are very unforgiving on feet, toes, fingers and other body parts they get in touch with. While rubber plates give in a little and therefore do not hurt as much when you land them on your toes or get your fingers between the in plate tree, cast iron plates surely will. If you have little ones at home who have access to your home gym or if you run a commercial establishment where it is sure that some idiots will handle the equipment, rubber is usually the safer bet to make injuries less likely. 
The last point about cast iron plates is their design. It is basically non-existent unless you like the Brutalist approach. If you like raw metal that makes clanging noises you will feel like in heaven. Everyone else will get that kind of dungeon Rocky Balboa torture chamber vibe of them, which is not for everyone. 

Alternatives to the TITAN Cast iron plates

Alternatives to the TITAN cast Iron plates are:
If you do not want to spend more than $500 on a good set of plates your options are the Cast Iron plates and the two economy rubber plates from TITAN. If you do not work with more than 400lbs on a regular basis the rubber plates will probably be the better purchase. These are more forgiving on the users and also do not rust. Between the black and colored ones, it is mainly a matter of taste as the price does not defer a lot. 

Conclusion for the TITAN Cast Iron plates

The cast-iron plates from TITAN are a great budget option for anyone who starts their home gym and already moves a lot of weight. If you are a complete beginner the economy rubber plates might be a better choice, as you will not max out your bar sleeve anyway and might want to use the plates outside and not always start to curse when you get your fingers between them.

Titan Color change plates


Overview of the TITAN color change plates

Price $20.95 - $139.99
Color change plates are great for your Olympic lifting efforts or for micro loading on any kind of lift. Overhead presses and other exercises that do not escalate as quickly as the squat or the deadlift will benefit tremendously from the colored change plates. They are also great to break through plateaus on your one-repetition maximum and always keep progressing forward even if the weight increase is ever so small. The full specifications of these plates are:
Rubber coated steel with a matte finish
Color-coded for easy identification
Sold in pairs of a full set totaling 37.5-pounds

Plate Diameter: 133.3 mm - 230 mm
Plate Width: 14 mm - 28 mm
Collar Opening: 51 mm
Color-Coded: White 1.25, Green 2.5, Blue 5, and White 10
Material: Rubber Matte Finish
Total Weight: 37.5 lb.
This si a good addition to your gym to keep progressing on every lift on every day. Practical and easy to use. 

Pros of the TITAN color change plates

The pros of the TITAN color change plates are:
  • Price
  • Color-coded
As with all TITAN products, the main headline to buy them is their low price. In addition, the color-coded change plates also make it easier to directly see which weight you have actually put on your barbell. 

Cons of the TITAN color change plates

Cons to the TITAN change plates are:
  • FInish
As TITAN undercuts the market by half they have to cut some corners in their production. Depending on which badge you get the finish can be a little off anything they produce. Especially on precision instruments like change plates that is not the best point to start with. 
Alternatives to the TITAN color change plates
Alternatives to the TITAN color change plates are:
  • Black change plates
The black change plates cost a little less. If you do like the design better, get these. The color-coded plates are the better choice in my opinion as they only cost slightly more, but make the handling in the gym a lot easier. 

Conclusion for the TITAN color change plates 

If you want to save half on a $200 purchase they are the right choice If you want a snug fit on the barbell you might want to go with another vendor. 
TITAN CHange plates

Titan Change plates


Overview of the TITAN change plates

Price $19.99 - 134.99
Change plates are essential for good training to do micro loading. Micro loading basically means that you always try to lift more in your last session, even if it just a couple of grams. With the traditional nominations of plates, you can only jump in increments of 5 - 10kg. CHange plates make this range even smaller to keep a positive trajectory for your gains. The full specifications of the TITAN change plates are:
Available in pairs of 1.25 LB, 2.5 LB, 5 LB, and 10 LB
Rubber Coated Steel
Color-coded for easy identification
Plate Diameter: 6.75-in – 12.5-in.
Plate Width: 17 mm – 25 mm
Collar Opening: 51 +/- 0.2 mm
Color-Coded: 1.25 LB-White, 2.5 LB-Green, 5 LB-Blue, 10 LB-White
Finish: Matte Black
Total Weight: 37.5 lb.
The TITAN change plates are good, cheaper option to what you find elsewhere in the market.

Pros of the TITAN change plates 

Pros of the Titan change plates are:
  • Price
  • Black color
If you want change plates in all black that is something TITAN can provide. Also, as with all TITAN products, you pay about half of what you would pay elsewhere in the market. 

Cons of the TITAN change plates

Cons of the change plates are:
  • No color coding
  • Finish
  • Easy to steal
These plates are getting quite small so it can be easy to put the wrong weight on without color-coding. As these are change plates it is also very likely that you will use them outside the collar. This needs a very snug fit for the bar. As TITAN has its quality issues here and there and change plates are not the most expensive item in your cart, you might want to opt for a vendor with tighter quality control on this item. 
For commercial gyms, it is also to consider that these plates are very easy to steal. I have been in several gyms and I use change plates often for my training. It just always seems that after 2 -3 months these keep disappearing. So keep them in a space where staff can directly see them. 

Alternatives to the TITAN change plates

Alternatives to the TITAN change plates are:
  • TITAN Color change plates
If you can afford the little extra money I would definitely recommend going for the colored change plate option. 
Conclusion for the TITAN change plates



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