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Do I need a platform for my squat rack?

Do I need a platform for my squat rack?

Even if you do think you need a platform for deadlifting, you can totally get away without one. All you need to do is add a little extra protection to the two spots that your weights touch on the floor.

How do you build a squat rack platform?


  1. Lay down 2 of your cheap 4’x8′ plywood sheets.
  2. Squeeze 1 full can of Liquid Nails making sure to get the corners.
  3. Lay down 2 more of your cheap 4’x8′ plywood sheets perpendicular to the other two you laid down previously.
  4. Screw sheets along edges about 2″ from the edge and down the middle,every 15″.

Can I put a squat rack on hardwood floors?

Can You Put a Power Rack on Hardwood Floors? You can put a power rack on hardwood floors, however, it’s not advised to put the equipment straight onto the floors. In order to protect the flooring for longer, you may want to put down a mat.

Should squat rack be bolted down?

A squat rack should always be secured in place before use. Not doing so could result in unwanted rack movement or tipping. Bolting the rack to a lifting platform or the floor is the most secure option. If it can’t be bolted down, ensure the rack is heavily weighted and has a wide base for stability.

How much weight can a floor hold in a house?

Most residential floors are default designed for 40-50 lbs per square foot, unless more is planned for. You have 60 PSF of dead load and 7 PSF of live load assuming the booth floor spreads the live load over the whole 36 square feet.

How thick does a lifting platform need to be?

Build the base of the platform with two layers of inexpensive 3/4″ or 1/2″ plywood—these sheets can be low-grade, as they won’t be seen or lifted on directly; they just need to create a base of support and absorption.

Are half squat racks good?

Pros and Cons of Half Racks Pros: Perfect for those who want a very sturdy squat rack and to work outside of the cage. As versatile as a power rack, but for a little less $$$ and with a little less of a footprint for some. Many accessory attachment options.

What is the difference between a squat rack and a squat stand?

A squat stand, sometimes also known as a rack, is designed to support weight when doing squat variations. Two adjustable metal posts comprise the squat stand or rack, which support the barbell. Positioning yourself under the bar, lifting it off the stands, stepping back, and squatting executes a standard squat.