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Old 03-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
Sean Glidden
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Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

Heres the deal, I just dropped about $1000 on a new garage gym. I just finished outfitting it and did my first workout with some heavy power cleans and dead lifts and I was dropping the weight on both lifts. My garage is located right under one of the upstairs bedrooms and when I went up there I noticed part of the door frame was coming apart and there was a nice big crack along the wall! It broke my heart! It's been my dream to be able to do O lifting in my garage for so long and and when I finally set it up now this happens!

For my setup I have some economy bumpers from a local crossfit vendor (functional equipment), they give little bounce and are more dense rubber then say hi-temps which give more bounce in my experience. I have a makeshift platform if you can even call it that, a 3.5x6 piece of particle board for the platform and then 2 standard 4x6 stall mats that I put on the side of the board, it has to be movable so we can bring the car into the garage. The mats and board sit directly on the garage floor when I'm lifting, there's nothing underneath them.

So I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with something like this and could help me out or give any suggestions, I'm thinking I could get some other type of softer mat to put on top of the stall mats because those are pretty solid rubber and don't absorb impact all too well. The other alternative is that I bring all my equipment out into the backyard, which I'd prefer not to do, because I'd have to lug a lot of my stuff to and from the garage everyday, on that note has anyone ever had their stall mats outside, do they hold up well to weathering? I do live in California so i guess it couldn't be all that bad.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

So you can park your car in the garage but dropping heavy deads caused your wall to crack? That doesn't make sense to me. Is your garage floor cement?
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

Probably the most immediate solution, if you feel like spending more money, Is purchase some very good quality bumpers, like the Competition or Training bumpers Rogue sells. They have very little bounce and absorb most contact.

Other than that, I am not sure why this is happening.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:36 PM   #4
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

Ok I guess I wasn't clear enough in my initial post.

It's the vibrations caused by dropping the weights that made the walls crack, it shakes the whole house. Rolling a car into the garage doesn't make the same vibrations as dropping 200 pounds from 5 feet. And yes, the garage floor is cement.

I'm hoping to solve this problem with spending as little money as possible so I cant afford to buy new bumpers.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

There's a plan for a platform floating around here that has a lot of cushioning that deadens vibration. This is one I found from searching, but do some searches of your own to see if others come up.

http://weightliftingexchange.com/ind...=361&Itemid=60
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:53 PM   #6
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

And another: http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=41071

You should be able to lift it up and lean it against the wall for the car situation.

I remember either a thread or an article by an affiliate needing the same type of quiet platform solution.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:15 PM   #7
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

Move...quickly...evidently you are living in a death trap that is just waiting for the right opportunity to fall down and kill you and your family while you are sleeping. There is absolutely no reason that the types of vibration resulting from dropping a couple hundred pounds of rubber bumpers should cause structural damage...and you live in CA? What would happen in an earthquake?
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:24 PM   #8
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

Go outside.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:42 PM   #9
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

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Go outside.
hahaha! Gotta consider weather conditions though.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:13 PM   #10
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Re: Need help, heavy lifts destroying my house

yea yea yea, but how are your lifts coming?
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