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    Building deadlift platform with band attachments

    So i'm planning on building my own dl platform for my garage, and i've got the plans from the numerous members who have done it. But my question is, how would you guys attach rings in the board so bands can be used? Main concern is them ripping out during lifting.


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    If I were to do it I would probably use bolts and washers, and countersink the underside of the platform so it accomodates the hardware, while sitting flat. Never tried it, or built a platform before, just theorising.
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    Put a 4x8 piece of plwood down then get two 4x6 stall mat (cut them into 3x4) and put them side by side on the plywood.

    So basically you have 6inch of plywood on each side of the stall mats. Then you can rig something up for the bands or buy some DL anchors from Black Widow Training Gear
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    It would look something like this, except there would be stall mat where you feet would be.
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    I have done this several ways. If you are going to use the heavy ring method: The hardest part for me is keeping the plywood and rubber aligned. Bolt the platform together at the corners (temporarily-won't be necessary to keep these in when you are done) to keep everything aligned, and flip it up on its side and lean it against your rack. Run the bolts into a countersinked hole. My platform has two layers of plywood and 3/4 rubber, and I used 1/4 inch hardware (two bolts per anchor attachment). Make sure your countersink is big enough you can tighten the nut down, and I would put locktite on it.

    This has held for me for two years just fine, but I hate stepping on the rings. Soon I am just going to get some scrapmetal and build a frame just like rogue has http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-deadlift-platform.php
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    Originally Posted by Muscle Mania Matt View Post
    I have done this several ways. If you are going to use the heavy ring method: The hardest part for me is keeping the plywood and rubber aligned. Bolt the platform together at the corners (temporarily-won't be necessary to keep these in when you are done) to keep everything aligned, and flip it up on its side and lean it against your rack. Run the bolts into a countersinked hole. My platform has two layers of plywood and 3/4 rubber, and I used 1/4 inch hardware (two bolts per anchor attachment). Make sure your countersink is big enough you can tighten the nut down, and I would put locktite on it.

    This has held for me for two years just fine, but I hate stepping on the rings. Soon I am just going to get some scrapmetal and build a frame just like rogue has http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-deadlift-platform.php
    That's real easy, and I'll just weld it.
    I'm acutally building one similar too. Waiting on a good deal on some stall mats first
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    How many sheets of plywood, for you guys that have built your own dl platform, would be necessary? I figured if i used 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood then the stall mat on each end, then that would be enough. Also, I'm planning of using some pop up rings with a carabiner on each one for the band attachments, how do you guys think this would work out?


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    Originally Posted by trontheman View Post
    How many sheets of plywood, for you guys that have built your own dl platform, would be necessary? I figured if i used 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood then the stall mat on each end, then that would be enough. Also, I'm planning of using some pop up rings with a carabiner on each one for the band attachments, how do you guys think this would work out?
    Thanks.
    one 3/4 inch plywood 4x8 w/ a 3/4 inch stall mat should work.

    If you look at this video its Brian Carroll DL 810lbs. Thats Adam Driggers home gym and i believe he said he uses one 3/4 inch plywood and only 1/2 inch stall mat. And it holds up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuRSLyOcV3A
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