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Constructing Your Own Olympic Weightlifting Platform: A Comprehensive Guide

If you're passionate about Olympic weightlifting and want to train from the comfort of your own home, building a weightlifting platform is an excellent project to undertake. A well-built platform not only provides a stable and safe area for your workout but also protects your floors from damage. This blog will guide you through the process of creating your own Olympic weightlifting platform.

Materials Needed:

1. Plywood Sheets: 4 sheets (8'x4') - 3/4" thickness.

2. Rubber Mats: 2 sheets (4'x6') - 3/4" thickness.

3. Construction Adhesive: 1 tube.

4. Screws: 1 box - 1 1/4" decking screws.

5. Tape Measure, Straight Edge or Square, Pencil, Circular Saw, Drill.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Layout and Preparation

Start by measuring and marking out an 8'x8' area where your platform will be placed. Ensure that the space is flat and free from any obstructions.

Step 2: Base Layer Construction

Lay two plywood sheets side by side along the 8' edge to form the base layer of your platform. They should match up to form a perfect 8'x8' square.

Step 3: Second Layer Construction

For the second layer, you'll be positioning two more plywood sheets, but this time they'll be staggered. Each sheet should cover half of each of the base layer sheets, creating a stronger structure.

Step 4: Adhere Layers

Using construction adhesive, glue the second layer to the base layer. Spread the adhesive evenly, ensuring a strong bond.

Step 5: Fasten Layers

Once the adhesive is applied, screw the layers together for extra stability. Space the screws around 12 inches apart throughout the entire surface.

Step 6: Top Layer

For the top layer, you'll need one plywood sheet in the middle and the two rubber mats on each side. The plywood provides a smooth surface for standing and the rubber absorbs shock from dropped weights.

Step 7: Install Top Layer

First, center the remaining plywood sheet on top of the platform. It should leave a 2' space on either side. Then, fit the rubber mats into these spaces. They should be flush with the edges of the plywood.

Step 8: Secure Top Layer

Glue and screw the plywood top layer as you did with the previous layers. For the rubber mats, use the adhesive only. 

Building an Olympic weightlifting platform may seem daunting, but with the right materials, tools, and a little patience, you can have your own home training facility. Remember, safety is paramount, so ensure that all layers are securely fastened. Happy lifting!



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