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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.
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
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