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Old 10-14-2008, 11:49 AM   #1
Sarah M Rodriguez
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Olympic Lifting Platform

Hey guys! Just curious if anyone knew how to build an olympic lifting platform into the ground. Or a platform not built into the ground. Like what wood to use, rubber, dimensions etc...


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Old 10-14-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

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Old 10-14-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

Do a couple google searches with terms like "home made lifting platform" or "home made olympic lifting platform". I saw a few other forums with some guys who put step by step pictures and listed out all the materials they used.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:18 PM   #4
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

I have links to plans and pictures in my garage gym shopping list about 3/4 of the way down the page. The link is in my signature.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:45 AM   #5
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

If this is a project for the house, building it "into the ground" like you say is probably going to be a bit tougher for the fact that your going to have to concrete glue down the rubber matting or it will be all over the place.
like what some others have already said, just look around for sites with quick instructions.
If I may give you 2 pointers, I would definitely use a harder plywood sheet for the flooring of the platform. My recommendation is an 3/4" oak. No matter what, just stay away from particle board. It looks pretty, but is way to slick and will chip to pieces.
And if you have trouble finding Stall mats or thick rubber sheets around town (like I did) go to They already have 4x6 and 4x8 cuts of 3/4" ready to go and it takes less than a week to get to you. From shopping around online they are pretty reasonably priced too.

good luck!

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Old 11-19-2008, 10:25 PM   #6
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

Brian's link is wfs.

Which ones would be the best to order from that site, though? I'm a little nervous since it looks like the mats are made out of the same material as the interlocking foam tiles, which are usually crap. It looks like the 4x6 trailer mat might be the closes to what I have pictured for good stall mats? Inputs or other good sites to order from? I've got funding to set up a CF gym here at Caltech, but I have to order all of the equipment since transportaion (especially with a few big ol' mats) is an issue.
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:55 AM   #7
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

The following is a link for those who lift using iron and dont have bumpers to bounce off of rubber matts........more wood used and more complicated than the usual 3 layer ply/stall matt option.....looks bombproof tho. (w/f/s)
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:05 AM   #8
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

I built my platform last weekend. It came out very nice. I made it a 8' x 6', basically shortened it by two feet to match the 4 x 6 horse stall mat I got at TSC. Is anyone putting a coat of polyurethane paint on the top piece of wood, and if so what kind?

I was looking at some store bought/built platforms online and they put a coat of polyurethane for traction. I've been using the platform and don't seem to have any traction issues.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:25 AM   #9
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

3 pieces of 8' x 4' x 3/4" oak plywood, and two pieces of rubber belt from a huge conveyor (2'x8'x3/4") which were free, and I had one for a great price. Need to sand and finish the top though.

Go find a rubber manufacturing place near you and they would probably give you some big pieces of rubber for free (that's how I got mine).
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:52 AM   #10
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Re: Olympic Lifting Platform

horse stall mats and plywood work best.
2 8' x 4' x 3/4" on the very bottom- facing forward side-by-side, 2 more on top of that, facing sideways side-by-side. and one on the very top, facing forward again, right in the middle. Horse stall mats on either side, you will need to by 3 and cut them to fit. The 3rd is used to fill in the empty space since the horse stall mats are not the same size as the wood.

That sounds really confusing, but it is really easy. The first 2 layers are there to protect the ground and your weights/bar.
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