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Old 10-01-2009, 08:58 AM   #1
David Tybor
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What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

I am putting down 3/4" stall mats in my garage and want to leave an open area to lay a piece of plywood as a "flush" Olympic lifting area / platform.

What is the ideal width for the wooden area? 3 feet? 4 feet?

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:05 AM   #2
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

I did the same thing and ripped my 4'x8' sheet of plywood to 3'x8'. If you're taller your feet will be slightly off it when doing sumo deadlift high pulls (my toes are off mine when I do that move). Hasn't been a problem though (I'm 5'9" FYI). 3' seems to work well for me - plenty of clearance for dropped bumper plates. Could probably go up to 42" and be fine. Just don't want to have to try to aim your dropped bar to have it avoid hitting your plywood. 48" is easier since you don't have to cut the wood but it is not ideal (as has been stated in a number of posts on here).
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:07 AM   #3
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

I built 1 to the Burgner plans used 4 foot wide plywood. and 2 foot widths of rubber mat. I've seen comments saying a 3 foot middle section and 2.5 foot rubber is 'better' but mine works for me and was simple.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

Ah the wooden insert. My favorite topic. I believe a limerick is in order:

There once was a gent from Bangor,
Whos bumpers were eating the floor.
He said almost crying, as splinters went flying,
"Inserts should be 3 and not 4!"

Personally I made mine 3'2", based on the rest of my garage measurements. The 4' number comes from convenience and doing it on the cheap. Saving money on Rubber. But more rubber is def. preferable. The Europeans make it one meter wide (about 3'3"). And look what great lifters they are!
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:28 PM   #5
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

WFS:

Mike's Gym

Has to be one of the best looking platforms I've seen.

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

"joe dube snatch. joe dube in mexico city"
Wow, joe dube has the narrowest snatch grip I've ever seen
Sweet Platform!
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #7
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

My center section is 36". This seems ideal for my needs. I posted a picture of it with a bar sitting centered on the platform for perspective over here (WFS): http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=41071&page=3
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:23 PM   #8
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

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Wow, joe dube has the narrowest snatch grip I've ever seen
Sweet Platform!
I was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe Mike's Gym doesn't know the difference.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:19 AM   #9
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Re: What is the ideal width for wooden section of Olympic lifting area?

I am going to go out on a limb and say that I bet Mike's Gym (Coach Burgener) knows the difference.
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