I am in the process of developing my home gym. I am limited with space with around 150 sq. ft. to play with. I want to be able to do Olympic lifts and drop the weight safely.
My dilemma is whether I build a lifting platform like this (http://ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Main/homesweathome6.html) or if I just cover the whole area with mats.
Pro's and con's wise: The platform would be best for Olympic lifts and best protect my bumper plates but will take a lot of effort finding materials, cost a bit and take up a lot of space. Just laying mats down over the whole area will be cheaper and easier as well as still giving me lots of space and make the whole area look better. However I am worried just laying down mats on top of concrete could damage my bumpers. I have seen in crossfit gym they tend to drop weights from overhead onto just mats, but I am not sure what mats they use.
Does anyone know if my bumpers would still be protected if I just put some heavy duty mats down? Or is it best to build the platform?
Any advice is much appreciated!