I picked up a piece of junk bar for free. I was wondering how bad it would be to do powercleans on the grass. My power rack is bolted to my platform, and I don't have room to make another platform. Could I use this junky bar and just clean out on the grass? or is that not safe? yeah it isn't as flat or good of a surface as a platform, but I would like to start doing this lift again. haven't in a long time. As well as things like snatches etc.
Junk bar? That doesn't sound safe to me considering there is quite a bit of movement to perform powercleans.
And I don't think it would be that bad to do it out on the grass as long as its flat.
You might try getting a stall mat from somewhere like Tractor supply Co. and putting it in your yard so the plates don't sink into the ground. Should work.
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+1 on the stall mats and you should have not problem
yeah I don't really want muddy plates, I have one area I could put a platform, but if I built it like my current one it is ridiculously heavy. Maybe I could rig a way to attach a rope to one end and a pully and make a hinge and pull the thing up so it doesn't take up space except when I use it. although I wouldn't want it falling on a kid.
The bar is just a cheap bar with crap knurling, practically smooth feeling to me.
I would get a stall mat (Tractor Supply - $40) and then train in your driveway. The concern with grass would be that you are going to be training on a potentially uneven surface and that could put your at risk for injury.
If you're going to lift heavy then I would consider using a different bar. Frozen bars with collars that rotate badly or not all, can be very stressful on the body during olympic lifts. One weightlifter I train with hurt his back by doing this.
If you go the stall mat route you're going to need 2 unless you cut one in half. They are 4'x6'. two 3'x4' sections would work but a 6'x8' area would be even better. Hell why stop there, why not build another platform? You could always just lean it up against a wall when you aren't using it.