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Old 04-02-2006, 08:08 AM   #1
Elliot Royce
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I have 1/2 inch rubber matting down over a plywood floor in my home gym. For lifts where you drop the bar, is that enough protection? If not, is there any reason not to use a gymnastic mat underneath? I assume that would cushion the fall although I'm not so sure about foot stability as it is slightly flexible. Would some other rubber matting work?

I'm trying to avoid getting one of those wooden lifting platforms.

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Old 04-02-2006, 08:37 AM   #2
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Elliot - go to a Tack store where they sell horse stuff and get some horse stall mats. They are generally 4 x 6 feet and 3/4 inch thick and are very heavy. They are perfect to drop bumpers on and I have dropped an 88 pound kettlebell (out of necessity) from overhead and it bounced harmlessly. The gymnastics mat would be too squishy. These stall mats are very hard and provide good footing.
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:41 AM   #3
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Here's an archived thread that should give you some help on that:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/6152.html
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:07 AM   #4
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Elliot,

for me, using bumpers plus one layer of 18mm plywood with several layers of old carpets nailed to it does the trick. I have made two boards sized 80x120cm that I can drop on the floor to work out between them. I have tested this up to 80kg from hip height, and up to 60kg from overhead height, and it works.

You may have to take some more care with dropping things (make sure you hit the platform), and you may not want to drop 60kg of iron (I have dropped 45kg of iron, no problem), but you may also find out that you don't need to drop things so often (read http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/22/19884.html for more info on this).

I'll see how my method stands up to more abuse when I get there (in terms of more weight). In fact, I found this the most important factor for my equipment: I don't need equipment to handle much more than what I can lift. When I get there and have problems, I can handle them then.

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Old 04-03-2006, 10:02 AM   #5
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The advice makes a lot of sense. I'm not going to be like our 16 year old friend doing 170kg overhead lifts! I'll get some plywood -- I already have some rubber left over from my flooring. Thanks.
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:56 AM   #6
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I'm just about to put a platform in my garage and i'm looking at the cost of plywood with abject horror.

Is it feasible to use MDF or Particle board for the bottom layer of the platform and then use a 3/4" ply and rubber for the top?

I've got bumpers and will be going pretty heavy in the future.
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:30 AM   #7
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Don
UTS Gym,Walk in ask for Ben and make him an offer for the Sheets of Ply under the stairs in the free weights room.
He told me he will use it,but I doubt that when cash is waved in his face.
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Old 04-05-2006, 04:44 AM   #8
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Cool, Whats the address there?

And yes, you can come play with the bumpers when the platform gets set up:proud:
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:16 PM   #9
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Don you can use particle board for all of your platform, I did. I first got the idea when I went to Coach Burgeners high school gym for a weightlifting meet and saw that at least one of the platforms was made out of particle board and in good shape. Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength also shows a platform that looks like its made out of all particle board.
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:30 PM   #10
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Harris St Ultimo,oppsite ABC Building,closest Crossstreet is Broadway.

Play with bumpers,Sweet
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