Protecting floor from deadlifts

Discussion in 'Barbell' started by Tirofijo, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. Tirofijo

    Tirofijo Helping Make Others Stronger

    I'm lifting in my garage on typical horse stall mats from Tractor Supply and use cast iron weights.

    I try to control the weight going down on deadlifts but as the weights are getting heavier I'm descending quicker. I'm starting to worry about my concrete floor. Should I be?

    Would a sheet of plywood help dissipate the force and add some protection?
     
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  2. Carl in Dover

    Carl in Dover Triple-Digit Post Count

    Adding the plywood would surely help.
    Here's how to make a platform...

     
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  3. HUNTER1313

    HUNTER1313 Strong Member of the Forum

    I've used two old atv tires before. When lying on their sides, the big pĺates were sort of cradled by the tires.
     
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  4. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Director of Community Engagement and Forum Admin Staff Member Senior Instructor

    FWIW, I have deadlifted for more than a decade on 3/4" rubber mats on top of handmade tiles on a concrete basement floor. No wood involved and, to date, no damage to anything underneath the rubber mats. My DL's max at about 350 lbs. so if you lift heavier, YMMV, but for me, so far, so good.

    -S-
     
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  5. patterner

    patterner Triple-Digit Post Count

    I've got two of these platforms in my garage that I made and they're fantastic. Neighbor has used them with DLs in the 450 range (mine have only ever maxed at 320 so far) and no issues and no damage to the floor beneath.
     
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  6. Glen

    Glen Strong Member of the Forum

    Kinda like the deadlift deadner
    www.deadliftdeadener.co.uk

    20mm of ruber matting should absorb most impact and protect the floor in my experience
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2017
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  7. HUNTER1313

    HUNTER1313 Strong Member of the Forum

    Exactly, but mine were free lol
     
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  8. Steve B.

    Steve B. Triple-Digit Post Count

    You should be good.
    My whole garage is covered with horse stall type mats ands taken some brutal work over the years on them from heavy DL's to overhead KB drops.
    Yes the the plywood would give extra protection or you could cut a mat into two pieces and put those under your plates for extra protection.IMO that extra 1/2" will not make a big difference if your concerned about it.
     
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  9. ShawnM

    ShawnM Strong, Powerful Member of the Forum

    Horse stable matting. The gym my wife manages got the 4 x 6's for about 25.00 each.
     
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  10. Phil12

    Phil12 Strong Member of the Forum

    I've been lifting on nothing but a horse stall mat, no issues. I actually dropped a 45 from a pretty good height directly on the concrete once last year and it didn't do anything.
     
  11. Carl in Dover

    Carl in Dover Triple-Digit Post Count

    @Tirofijo .... so what did you end up with? Keep the mats, build a platform, or something else? Looking to possibly improve my setup.
     
  12. Tirofijo

    Tirofijo Helping Make Others Stronger

    When I get around to it, I’m going to put 3/4” plywood under my two 4’x6’ mats. I’m not going to build a true deadlift platform. Sounds like it might not be necessary but I figure some plywood is cheap insurance.
     
  13. Sean M

    Sean M Strong Member of the Forum

    I have particleboard (similar to plywood, but smoother), and a $3 mat (the inter-locking puzzle piece kind) from Five Below cut in half and screwed down to it. Works great!
     

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