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Old 10-21-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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I'm thinking of building a platform so i can practice the oly lifts at home.
What do you consider being the mimimal dimensions of a platform? would a platform of 2.2meter on 1meter be sufficient?

Because i want to make a platform that's cheap and easy to transport (hence the small dimensions)


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Old 10-21-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hey,

I'm thinking of building a platform so i can practice the oly lifts at home.
What do you consider being the mimimal dimensions of a platform? would a platform of 2.2meter on 1meter be sufficient?

Because i want to make a platform that's cheap and easy to transport (hence the small dimensions)


Grtz,
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Jeroen,
I don't think 1m is enough, depthwise, to give you a comfortable lifting area. Most homemade platforms are either (approximately) a 2.4x2.4 meter square, or 2.4x1.8 rectangle. The extra platform space is really good to have if you recover forward/backwards in a lift, split jerk, work off blocks and have to dump the weight, etc.

As for transportable, my coach has a very low profile but effective setup he's been using in his basement for well over a decade:

We just lay a couple extra-thick rectangular rubber mats on either side of a flat 4'x8' wooden board. The mats we use are the 'Super Mats' sold by Bud Charniga of Dynamic-Eleiko. They're made of thick composite rubber and do a good job of preserving the basement floor as well as the equipment. I'd recommend using something comparable to that.

This setup is nice, because it can be broken down and stored away in a matter of seconds.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:13 AM   #3
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Thank you for responding, that's a great idea!

Do you think a 2.2 inch (5.5cm) thick stable mat would be strong enough to protect the floor?
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Sounds fine, so long as you're planning to lift on a basement/concrete floor. The rubber mats we use are about 2" thick composite rubber...the same ones used in commercial platforms (Eleiko, Werksan).
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i would lift on two locations. the first one is outdoors and is just a concrete floor, so this would be perfect. The second one is my basement (unfortunately with a low ceiling so i can't do any overhead lifting here) but here I've got ceramic tile flooring.

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Hmm, that ceramic tile will be more sensitive and I've seen tile crack even under a standard homemade platform (two base layers of plywood, + 3/4 inch thick stall mats on either side). BUT, that was with weights consistently dropped from overhead for an extended period (1.5+ years).

I'd recommend laying down some standard rubber gym flooring as a base layer, switching up the orientation of your lifting setup from time to time, and learning how to lower the lighter lifts in a controlled fashion to minimize the potential for wear and tear.
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