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ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 10:45 AM
Gonna set up a oly platform in the gararge. Is there any problem with just plywood on the slab with some rubber mats or should I try and build a raised oly platform?

Reko
10-13-2008, 10:52 AM
I think it depends on how good you are at building stuff. I've lifted on both and they are both fine as far as floor protection goes.
Raised might be a little bit better since there will be more wood to cusion the weights, but if you don't want to go that route you should be fine regardless.

ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 11:04 AM
Thanks Reko, You are always a help. Ive heard some say that "You have to have a platform or you will **** up you bar and weights" and others say it wont matter that much. Im not even cleaning 225 yet so I guess it is something I can do down the road if I decide to build it.

Reko
10-13-2008, 11:24 AM
Honestly I think its more for the floor underneath the weights than anything, but I could be wrong there. Plus it helps deaden the noise and gives you something more normal and consistant to pull off of.

Ben Moore
10-13-2008, 11:40 AM
Built up how? I'm confused. We put a piece of old carpet under ours (before the great flood) to help cushion a bit more and dampen noise.

Ben Moore
10-13-2008, 11:40 AM
Thanks Reko, You are always a help. .
Don't feed him full of this crap...

ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 11:48 AM
Built up how? I'm confused. We put a piece of old carpet under ours (before the great flood) to help cushion a bit more and dampen noise.

Option A: http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=95381&highlight=platform

Option B: Concrete slab foundation underneath Carpet or Rubber mat undernearh Plywood platform.

Detard
10-13-2008, 12:19 PM
The platform I built (the one your referring to in that post) has stood up very well. I have dropped 425lb deadlift, from waist height. I also dropped a 210lb clean from neck height with no issues to the floor under neith.

ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 01:07 PM
The platform I built (the one your referring to in that post) has stood up very well. I have dropped 425lb deadlift, from waist height. I also dropped a 210lb clean from neck height with no issues to the floor under neith.

yours is raised like 2" off the ground right?

Detard
10-13-2008, 01:53 PM
Yeah, it's 3 pieces of 1/2'' plywood, and then the top layer is 3/4''

ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 01:55 PM
Yeah, it's 3 pieces of 1/2'' plywood, and then the top layer is 3/4''

the top being cut short with 3/4'' rubber taking up the remaining on each side?

Do you have any problems w/ a 4' deep platform?

Detard
10-13-2008, 02:35 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by a "deep platform"??

ZenMonkey
10-13-2008, 03:25 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by a "deep platform"??

wide, front to back,

Your platform is 4x8 and a normal is something like 6x8 or 8x8?