This type of fail won't be a problem with bumper plates. You just let them drop. This guy could have let his iron plates drop but didn't want to damage anything. There are other fails that would be a problem.
Anyway, you made what seems like a stupid decision now but bumper plates are versatile and worthwhile. You can do more lifts with them, like heavy power cleans, snatches and overhead press. Well, you won't need to for a while but it's a nice touch.
Could have gotten cheaper bumpers but not that much cheaper.
Also you said it's some shiny chrome bar? Ivanko sets come with stainless or black bars.
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