Setting up my garage gym and am looking for some advice...
I have a Powertec Power Rack that I would like to attach a DIY Olympic platform to. I was thinking of using the two sheets of 3/4" plywood cross-laid, glued and screwed, with 3/4" rubber mats on top.
I'm looking for some advice with regards to a few questions.
1.) Wood or rubber for the middle portion (where you stand) of the platform? Rubber would be a lot easier, but I'm concerned that it might be too 'grippy'.
2.) Platform around and in the squat cage vs. the squat cage just sitting on top. It would be nice to have the floor bars in front of the cage flush with the platform, but will be a crapload of extra work.
Thanks in advance!
11-02-2010, 09:49 PM #1
DIY Lifting Platform- wood or rubber?
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Rubber all the way, your bumper plates will last longer. Dropping weights is not that loud but the impact can be felt a hundred feet away. Things I would change would be to put a layer of cork underlayment beneath all the wood and in between the layers of wood to try to keep impact from spreading too much. Right now it's just 3/4" horse stall rubber mat and two layers of 1/2" plywood right on the concrete floor. .Olympic Weightlifting: Cuban Method
Clean and jerk: 120kg
Front squat 160kg
Back squat: 170kg
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My only reasonable option for bumpers were those fat crossfitter ones which only fit like 4/side on the bar, so I just went crazy on the platform to handle dumping ~600 worth of steel plates from my shoulders. Also, plywood laid directly on concrete would warp like crazy when it hits -40 in the winter here, so I had to do it a little differently. Used the same design for an atlas stone platform and it's solid.
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