How to Build a Lifting Platform

In my home gym build I set out to build a lifting platform. I wanted to build a platform to protect my garage floor from cracks from dropping weights and also to try to lessen some of the sound from dropping bumpers on the ground. I live in your typical Florida subdivision so slamming weights on the garage floor will not go unnoticed by my neighbors.

Another reason was that I just think they look cool and make me feel like I’m doing some legit weightlifting. The build was incredibly simple and you don’t need any special tools or know-how other than a drill and a really sharp knife. I found the instructions from The Art of Manliness There are so many plans and instructions out there but this one involved no plywood cutting and seemed the simplest to construct. The only down side, if you call it one, is the final structure will be 8’x8′ necessitating some decent real estate in your garage to accommodate it. Some of the other plans I found were a bit narrower but I don’t think you will want to go much narrower given that a standard barbell is around 7′ long.


  • 4 – 5/8 thick 4×8 sheets of OSB/Plywood
  • 1 – 3/4″ thick 4×8 sheet of nicer plywood (I went with birch)
  • Box of 1 1/4″ construction screws (I recommend spax wood screws)
  • 2 – 4×6 horse stall mats (visit your local tractor supply)

Step 1: Lay 2 sheets of ply wood side by side. Lay the other 2 sheets of plywood across and directly on top creating a 2 level 8×8 platform. Using your spax screws, screw the two layers together. Space your screws out and be generous to ensure that both levels are joined together.

Step 2: Place your nicer sheet of plywood on top of your 2 layers and center it. There should be 2′ of space on either side of the sheet. Screw the plywood down to secure.

Step 3 – This will probably be the hardest step because the rubber is thick.  Cut a rubber mat in half so you have 2 sections of mat each 2′ wide. Once cut secure each section to the plywood on either side of the mat. You should have roughly 2′ left to cover. Cut the second mat into 2′ x 2′ sections and secure those with the screws to the plywood to fill in the remaining area. I chose to place the small section towards the back of the platform so the seam wouldn’t be as noticeable.


Step 4 – Make sure everything is secured together and start making gainz


Bonus Step – Your going to be left with 3/4 of a horse stall mat at the end. Cut that mat into 2×2 sections to make them easier to move around and use them to set equipment or weights on. You could even stack them ontop of each other to make a short pulling block.


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