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    Rutherford is offline Member
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    Default Lifting Platform In My Garage

    I want to build a lifting platform in my garage to start deadlifting. My current design is to put down a 4x8 sheet of thick plywood and cover it with rubber tiles.

    I checked out the tiles at the local big box sporting goods store which are $20 for a 4x4 section. I just wonder at how durable they will be.

    I found a number of sites online offering solutions outside my budget.

    Any suggestions for a durable and inexpensive solution?

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    Scott Shetler is offline Senior Member
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    Default yes...

    go to a tractor supply store and get the 4'x6 or 8' rubber mats. Should only be around $35-$45 and you should only need one to cover the plywood. This is how I built my platform, I have a 14'x8' platform 1" thick plywood bottom and top is covered with 9/16" rubber mats. The side under my power rack is all rubber (8'x8') the other 8'x6' side has rubber sides with a plywood middle, this where we do the pulling and the tractor mats work great.

    -Scott

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    BJ Bliffert RKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default Scott...

    What size lumber did you use to make the frame, and spacing did you use for the "joists"? I was thinking of using 2x4s or 2x6s.

    BJhttp://www.IMPACTyourfitness.com

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    Default also called

    stall mats, used for horses. so depending on your area, a horse supply store. or see if this place has a local warehouse. find something LOCAL, you don't want to pay postage on this stuff, damn heavy...

    http://www.stallmats.com/products-ranch/sfp/protector.htm

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    Rutherford is offline Member
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    Default I love this forum!

    There's always a few people who've done what you want to do and are willing to give pointers.

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    We've got stall mats directly on the ground in our basement, some over tiles, some on concrete. I'm pretty amazed that the tiles haven't been damaged at all but the 3/4" mats do the trick here.

    All by way of saying that everyone doesn't necessarily need to build a platform - just putting down some rubber mats may be good enough.

    -S-
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    Default If your garage is cement floored...

    I would get at least one 3/4 inch layer of rubber matting along with one layer of plywood. you never know if you might lose a deadlift from higher up (lose grip) or you may want to do Olympic lifts (bumper plates help these).

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    Steve B. is offline Senior Member
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    Default Lifting Platform In My Garage

    I also have the rubber mats over my concrete garage floor.
    The 3/4" thickness.So far so good and thev'e taken some abuse.

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    Default Thanks everybody

    Tractor mat over plywood it is.

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    Default I have

    some crepe rubber sheet stock 1/4" 18x36 some have a diamond pattern some are smooth. About 2 skids worth. I used this on my plateform. I will let it go at $4.00 a sheet and whatever the ups is. if anyone would like just post your email and i will get back to you.

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