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Old 08-20-2008, 05:45 AM   #1
Mischa Williams
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Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

A couple buddies of mine kindly chipped in a got me a sweet set of bumper plates and an oly bar. I plan to lift on a cement floor. Is it safe to drop straight to cement or do I really need a mat/lifting platform. If I donít need, what is the utility/advantage of these items?

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Old 08-20-2008, 07:13 AM   #2
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Re: Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

Ehh, probably not, but they're there for protection. The mats will provide more cushion for both the floor and your plates, possibly preventing cracking of the floor or plate damage. It's unlikely that anything will happen without them, but better safe than sorry, right?

A lifting platform also provides cushion for the plates and floor, while giving you a hard surface (usu wood) to lift on, helping with force transmission.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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Re: Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

The floor will get all scuffed from the rubber. Also, it might accelerate wear on the bearings that are between the rubber plates and the bar. Definitely a good idea to put something down between the concrete and the weights.
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Old 08-21-2008, 07:56 AM   #4
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Re: Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

The concrete will be more abrasive too, which will make your bumpers wear more quickly. Probably not fast enough to be a show-stopper though.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:03 AM   #5
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Re: Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

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A couple buddies of mine kindly chipped in a got me a sweet set of bumper plates and an oly bar. I plan to lift on a cement floor. Is it safe to drop straight to cement or do I really need a mat/lifting platform. If I donít need, what is the utility/advantage of these items?

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:20 PM   #6
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Re: Do I need mats/lifting platform to cover cement for bumper plates?

The platform is more for the protection of the concrete than the plates, but they are nice to lift on, pretty easy to make and a fun project.

I have plans and instructions at the garage gym shopping list in my signature.
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