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How wide should a lifting platform be?

How wide should a lifting platform be?

Olympic platforms: The standard Olympic platform pre-made will range from 6-8 feet tall and eight feet wide. Often times gym owners will prefer a little smaller size due to spacing issues, but for the most part you’ll see them come in pre-made 8×8 foot dimensions.

How do I build my own platform?

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Can I deadlift without a platform?

Even if you do think you need a platform for deadlifting, you can totally get away without one. All you need to do is add a little extra protection to the two spots that your weights touch on the floor.

Do you need a lifting platform?

Lifting platforms provide a protected area to drop heavily loaded barbells to the ground. This is most commonly done with Olympic-style lifting as well as deadlifts. The platform will protect the floor, weights, and your bar. Outside of this style of lifting, they are not needed in most home gyms.

Where can I get plywood for my platform?

I don’t even have to think about my foundation getting damaged which is one of the top priorities for me. If you go with the 8 tile options, you will have to buy a couple sheets of 4′ x 8′ plywood separately for the center piece, which you can find at most local lumber warehouses.

Can you build an Oly platform from scratch?

I heavily considered building an Oly Platform from scratch and save a few bucks for my garage gym, but I eventually came around and pulled the trigger on the Oly platform with 8 smooth tile. Needless to say I am so glad I made that decision. Why not go for the best quality in the business, right?

What kind of wood do you use for a weightlifting platform?

MDF is another option, which is convenient because it’s heavy and naturally very flat, as well as considerably less expensive than quality plywood. Cut the wood to the desired dimensions and lay it on the floor where you want to sink it.