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Old 04-19-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
Matt DeMinico
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I'm an engineer, so I think of probably some wacky things. I'm going to be getting a power cage, but that doesn't do me much good for doing OHS because my hands would darn near get squished if I had a miss doing an OHS.

SO... what if I pulled the bar and plates outside my garage and did the OHS portion of my workouts on the grass? Since I can't afford bumper plates yet, I think that's about the next best thing. Of course I'm going to have dents in my lawn, but better to have dents there than in my garage floor. Maybe I'd just put down some sort of high grip rubber with cleats on the bottom so I won't lose my footing...
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:59 AM   #2
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I saw a youtube of a guy doing ME OHS in a cage. The bar was hanging in two loops of tow chain, so it was hanging there he assumed the position and did the OHS, then lowered back down to where the bar was supported in the chains. It was not quite as impressive as if he did it without. Without the fear of failure, you know what I mean?

I like your idea better. However, it does seem that one can get a lot from OHS a lower weight with no real fear of having to dump it.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:02 AM   #3
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Build a platform: 1 piece of 4x8 plywood on the bottom, cut one 4x8 piece into two 4x4 and put them in the center of the platform. If you ain't got mats - get some old carpet and put 3-4 layers on each side of the platform. Works magic.

I used such a platform for over a year and had no worries. Didn't look that good but worked excellent.
Granted you'll destroy it faster with metal plates, but your floor will be safe. 50 bucks for the whole thing tops.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:43 AM   #4
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ok this may be a dumb question... but are bumper plates meant to protect the FLOOR or the plates themselves?

If you built a tough enough platform could you use regular plates and drop them without damaging them?

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:53 AM   #5
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if you have a power cage set your safeties (safety bars) up so that if you can't get out of the "hole" or your arms can't support the load the bar just drops onto the "safeties".

it'll make one heck of a clatter but your floor and body will be safe.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:16 AM   #6
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Stefan,

I would say both.

Also, dropping iron would eventually wreck the bar.

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:53 AM   #7
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Franklin - that's fine for back squats and front squats. The problem with OHS is that since you use the snatch grip, your fingers run the risk of getting squashed against the safety bars themselves.
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:47 AM   #8
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The Center hole of my bumpers are a
closer tolerance fit on the bar, and all
bumpers are the exact same outside same diameter;
meaning they all hit the ground at the same
time when thrown down evenly
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Less shock to the expensive equipment
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:50 AM   #9
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Matt BTW,

I pretty much tossed my iron plates
on the dirt in my backyard until
I convinced the wife to loosen up
on the purse strings...

...I bent a couple of regular 1-inch
bars until I learned to strategicaly
place the plates on the bar.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:42 AM   #10
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how wide is a snatch grip?
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