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Home Deadlift Platform?

I have a nice setup for lifting at home, but one thing that’s doing a bit of damage to my house are the deadlifts.

There’s a huge depression in my carpet (and possibly concrete subfloor) where I usually stand while deadlifting.

Anyone have any ideas on how to buffer the barbell without raising it up too much? I don’t want to lift from plates, and I don’t have enough room for a platform.

Go to your local farm store (Orchelan’s around here) and buy some horse stable/trailor mats. They’re usually 4’X 6’ and a 1/2-3/4" thick. I’d get enough for at least one layer if not two. I think they’re $30-$40 apiece.

Great idea, thanks.

No problem.

[quote]roofus_5 wrote:
Go to your local farm store (Orchelan’s around here) and buy some horse stable/trailor mats. They’re usually 4’X 6’ and a 1/2-3/4" thick. I’d get enough for at least one layer if not two. I think they’re $30-$40 apiece.[/quote]

Great reply. And look at IRONMIND.com and look for the plans to build a platform with those and plywood. It’s in article form (free).

We just use a 3/4 inch sheet of plywood with a 4x8 piece of outdoor carpet on top. It has held up to years of weekly pulling.