Anyone deadlift in their house/garage? What do you do to prevent the weights from damaging your floor/foundation. I don't have bumper weights and can't afford them right now. Would rubber flooring be enough?
can you afford some plywood/carpet to build a platform?
I deadlift in my basement and all I have is a 3/4" rubber mat over the concrete floor. No damage and no problems. You could ideally build a platform out of plywood and rubber mats, but so far my setup is working fine.
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i deadlift on my carpeted basement floor no problems.
I built a platform using plywood and rubber mats. I guess it would depend on how much you lift.
How much damage could it do to a concrete basement floor?
I just wreck the floor...
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When I was in Ohio, we deadlifted in the basement. The floor cracking question came up when it was so wet one spring---we had some problems with a basement wall cracking, not related to us dropping weights on the floor, so I had a civil engineer friend take a look at things.
Personally, I like 2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood with horse stall matts on top. A commercial platform runs anywhere from 800-1600 or more. You can build this one for less than 300 and it'll last just about forever.
I just use a 3/4" mat on my garage floor with no problems. Granted I'm only deadlifting in the 300's right now so I suppose if I was DL'ing more weight I might need some plywood. Not sure about that, though, as you're not suppose to just drop the weight so I may be able to get some good mileage out of my 3/4" mat.
LOL I saw this post and I thought the OP was talking about lifting random stuff in their house for a workout
I dead in the garage, and I use plywood and rubber mats. No problems.
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You can get some horse stall mats if you live near a farming supply store... they'll protect your floor for a pretty decent price.
Last edited by rctriplefresh5; 04-13-2009 at 10:57 AM.
I just got metal hurricane shudders so I think I will build a platform with the plywood I had for the windows and cover with some rubber mats. Thanks for all the insight.
I deadlift in my garage and I just use rubber mats, they are probably 3/8" thick at the most (however, they are high-quality rubber), they absorb enough of the shock of letting 600 pounds slam down that I have not had any cracks or chips. If you are still worried, I would think if you doubled up on the mats you would be guaranteed to be ok. Worth the money.
I think it's kind of crazy how you can put some plywood down, and not even have to worry about anything - like dropping plates down on it blatantly and such. But if a puny little 2.5lb weight is dropped from hip's height it'll take a big ass chip out of the bare floor.
Last edited by Beefcaker; 04-17-2009 at 12:18 AM.
With 3 pieces of 3/4" plywood, a 6x8 space rug, some carpet glue and wood screws (inch and a 1/4) you can build a 6x8 double thick platform that's very solid and stable for 60.00 or less.
Cut the 3rd piece of plywood lengthwise down the middle (making 2 2x8 pieces). Lay the bottom whole piece out where you want it to stay (completed platform will be pretty heavy to move). Place one of the 2x8 pieces in front of it to create the bottom of the platform. Then place the other whole piece on top and in front and the other 2x8 piece behind it to form the top layer of the platform. Drive the screws through both pieces in 4 - 1 foot spaced rows of screws spaced 1 foot apart. Then spread on the carpet glue and place the rug on top. Give it a day to dry. If you like you can drive a few screws through key stress points in the rug also but when totally dry the glue holds it well by itself. It's very sturdy and unlike just a single ply, it won't be flexing, warping and bending when you step onto it. We use this same platform for our meets with the monolift and the bench. It works very well. 4 guys can move it comfortable to load it for a meet.
Hope this helps with your needs or anyone else needing to build a cheap but very good platform.
Last edited by mastermonster; 04-19-2009 at 02:56 PM. Reason: spelling
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Sounds good- thanks!