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DIY Weightlifting Platform with Squat Stand Attached

A weightlifting platform is something that is not needed. It takes up a lot of space, is very heavy, and can be somewhat costly.

However, if you are practicing the olympic lifts I say without a doubt that it is an essential piece to your garage gym.

I see it being similar to using a bearing barbell. If you've never used one, you don't know what you're missing. However, once you feel the soles of your weightlifting shoes pound onto the wooden platform during a split jerk, you can't go back.

Also, it deadens the sound of the barbell which is good for your neighbors or sleeping children. So I decided to make one of my own, and it's been a wonderful addition to my garage.

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What You Will Need:

Supplies:

  • 4  4'x8′ 3/4″ Pieces of Cheap Plywood
  • 1 4'x8′ 3/4″ Piece of Quality Plywood (A/B or A/C, tell a worker at the hardware store and they'll know what you're talking about)
  • 1 4'x8′ 3/4″ Stall Mat (I purchased mine from Tractor Supply)
  • 3-4 Tubes of Heavy Duty Liquid Nails
  • Box of 1.25″ Wood Screws

Tools:

  • Drill
  • Square
  • Caulking Gun
  • Xacto Knife

Total Cost: Approximately ~$150

Instructions:

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Diagram of Platform

  1. Lay down 2 of your cheap 4'x8′ plywood sheets.
  2. Squeeze 1 full can of Liquid Nails making sure to get the corners.
  3. Lay down 2 more of your cheap 4'x8′ plywood sheets perpendicular to the other two you laid down previously.
  4. Screw sheets along edges  about 2″ from the edge and down the middle,every 15″.
  5. Cut 4'x8′ stall mat in half using a xacto knife.
  6. Squeeze 1 full can of Liquid Nails on sides where the stall mats will be placed and lay down stall mats.
  7. Measure width of the base of the squat stand and cut the nice plywood allowing the squat stand to be bolted.
  8. Squeeze 1 full can of Liquid Nails where the nice piece of plywood will be laid.
  9. Lay the plywood and but put weight plates all over platform allowing it to seal overnight.
  10. Next morning: Bolt squat stand to platform using L Brackets, nuts, bolts, and lag bolts.
  11. Train.

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Bolted Down

 

Platform in action with some cleans

Final Thoughts:

Bolting the squat stand to the weightlifting platform allows you to feel secure when using the rack, as well as allowing kipping pullups and any other dynamic movement used in the rack. I bolted a Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand to the platform and that review can be found below.

All in all the weightlifting platform is something that is a great addition to any garage gym, but I would say if you aren't worried about noise and don't olympic lift than it isn't very important.

Check out the review of the Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand that I attached to the platform here: Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand Review

Train On,

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About Coop

Hello fellow fitness fanatics and equipment fueled fiends. I'm Coop and when not training I can be found mostly operating other entrepreneurial ventures, spending time with my Wife and family, and worshipping my risen Savior. You can find more about me here.

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  • Rob

    Looks like the link showing the pic of the stand bolted down is broken. Are you able to re-upload the pic?

    • I checked it and it seems to be fine. Let me know if it still isn’t though.

  • Reblogged this on Getting Fit After 30 and commented:
    Ohh good idea

  • Jordan

    Can’t see that last image –link must be broke. Would love to see finished product please.

  • Jordan

    I tried another browser too, but IMG_20141031_071145.jpg is not showing the image.

  • JB

    Thanks Coop. Followed your plan. Cut the top mats/boards a little differently to fit the rack. Really appreciate the inspiration! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/626ebf3308e3a13c062fa43216d0da16787ca6315def575194b3766ead4418aa.jpg

    • Looks great! Will definitely be reposting this on Instagram!

    • Kulsoom Abdullah

      Is this in your basement? I have been going over alternatives if I do not move to a place where there is a garage. Would it be OK for my to Olympic weightlifting on some ground floor room or possibly a 2nd level (apartment?)

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