Olympic Lifting Platforms are specifically designed to protect floors and equipment from barbell weight drop that occurs during Olympic style weight lifting. Olympic weight lifting platforms are commonly constructed from thick, tongue and groove laminated hardwood footing areas with ¾” thick rubber mats on each side that absorb the shock when the barbell is dropped. Holding it all together is a metal frame that, depending on the manufacturer, is either fully welded or bolted together for easier transport. Lifting platform ramps are included on some platforms and optional on others. The ramp allows multi-benches and other equipment to be rolled up onto the platform so that other exercises can be performed. Free Standing lifting platforms can be placed outside of a squat rack or power cage and are not dependent on each other. An Olympic lifting platform insert is designed to fit inside the rack or cage making an easy transition from outside the rack to inside for the user and equipment such as a rolling weight bench.
Who should use an Olympic weight lifting platform? If you are performing Olympic style lifts such as deadlifts and snatches, you’ll want to use a platform to protect your floors and equipment. As with any platform, it is recommended that only bumper plates or technique plates, such as Hitechplates, are used instead of cast iron plates that can prematurely wear out rubber mats and Olympic bars.
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