A beginner’s guide to building a weightlifting platform in your home.

Cost: ~ $200

Time: ~ 2 hours

Tools needed: drill, caulking gun, tape measure, saw or utility knife, straight edge, markers.

Materials needed: 5 sheets of low-medium quality 3/4″ thick, 4′ x 8′ plywood, 1 pieces of 3/4″ thick, 4′ x 8′ stall mat, 1.75″ wood screws, heavy-duty adhesive.

Inspired by Iron Mind:


Squat rack mounted to the platform:


  1. Cool, 1st comment too!!!!

    Nice job Joe, I've got nothing quite so stylish, in my workshop I have a rusty old bar that sits on a couple of old car tyres.

    Might have to make me one of these fella?

    Nice work!

  2. @jacks0003

    The 8'x4' mats definitely do exist they're just difficult to find. The farm supply store near me doesn't carry them in stock but their distributer sells them. I should have ordered them but I didn't want to wait 4-6 weeks. I will next time.

    I'd definitely layer them if I were you. Mine is supposedly 3/4" thick but I think it's a little thinner than that.

    I got them from somewhere a long time ago and saved the directions as a Word document. It could have been from Iron Mind.

  3. @spudnutsncoffee

    I can almost guarantee you that if any chalk falls onto a surface like that it's going to be slippery as fuck. If you're worried about how the platform looks, just spend an extra $20-30 on a nicer piece of plywood for the top.

  4. @TheUnbreakableOne I'm thinking about building this in the spare bedroom of the second floor of my condo. Will the neighbors below flipout or does it handle the sound of a weight drop pretty well?

  5. @Brand0n4569

    It'll muffle the sound a lot but if they're right below you they'll certainly still hear it. No weightlifting platform in the world will quiet it down enough to not piss off your downstairs neighbors.

  6. I noticed in the end of the video that you have the standard Olympic weights and not the bumper power-lifting weights, do you use those on the platform? How does the platform hold up to their impacts?

  7. @mksmartialarts

    I don't do a lot of olympic lifting so I rarely drop the plates onto the platform with any real oomph. I have had 500 pounds slip out of my hands, from the top of a deadlift, and it didn't damage the platform at all. The horse stall mats that I used are very, very tough. As for the base of the platform, I think it'd take more weight than anyone in the world can handle to damage that layered plywood.

  8. Hello, I am wondering if I can just use 3/8 inch thick rubber mats and use some sort of adhesive like the ones used to stick the rubber onto wood and stick two pieces of rubber together to make 3/4 inch thick?
    Also, for the top layer, why did you not cover the crack up with the layer and instead put it in the opposite direction again? Does it make a difference?
    How did you screw in the mats? Also, when screwing in the wood, did you just screw it in the wood or did you make holes beforehand?

  9. @Unrunning

    Using two 3/8" mats might be OK.

    I don't think the way the top board is oriented really makes a difference.

    On mine, there are 2 pieces of rubber on each side because I purchased the wrong size mat. I used screws on mine instead of adhesive because I knew I'd be replacing them with the right size mats in the future.

    I didn't pre-drill any of the holes as plywood doesn't split very easily in my experience (and it didn't during this project). Plus, that'd be a lot of extra work!

  10. @hydropurps

    If you find a tractor supply store that carries 4×6's, which they'll have in stock, ask them if they can order 4×8's. The store where I bought mine could order a 4×8 but it would have taken a few weeks and I just didn't want to wait.

  11. I used screws, yeah. I didn't use adhesive because I didn't have the right sized mats and wanted to replace them later. The adhesive would have made that much more difficult. If I had bought the right sized mats to begin with I would have used only adhesive on the mats.

  12. Appreciated your video. I am going to build one. I also have a power rack. Please let me know the vid where the the platform has the attached power rack. All the best from the Caribbean

  13. The platform should spread out the shock enough that your tiles will be fine. Unless there's a gap in the grout under the tile right where you're dropping weight. Then nothing you do will stop that sucker from breaking.

  14. The old school way I was taught was to get 4 sheets of wood that are CDX (C/D is the grade X means "exterior") and criss-cross them to make the bulk of the platform, then in the center of the top, use Unfinished AB, you don't want a sealer or anything because you could slip but the better finish will reduce splinters and potholes! Just helping out guys!

  15. Well done!! If I build one it would be outdoors and would stay outdoors. We get plenty of rain during the winter, so how well do you think this would hold up in my situation?
    I could probably level the ground some and put some gravel down to minimize standing water, but not completely, due to landscape and drainage. Also, it gets very hot in the summer.

  16. Man i wish i had room for this in my basement or garage. Only have a power rack, so I have to go to the gym for oly lifts. This was a well-made tutorial man, great job!

  17. It sounds like you specified 1.25" wood screws in the video. That makes more sense the 1.75" wood screws you called out in the video info haha. Anyways thanks for the info! I'll be making my platform soon.

  18. Depending on your intended use, a weight-lifting platform does not "need" to be 8×8. I purchased only one sheet of the Rubber Stall mat at 4×6 for $42. My platform is 8 feet wide and 6 feet long. I used the $20 dollar plywood too. In addition, I also have a hard concrete floor and I only needed a total of 3 sheets of plywood. Two 8×3 (Custom cut – They do it for you at Home Depot) and one standard 8×4. My platform only needs to be 1 1/2 inches thick. Also, if you don't want the screws to show up on top aesthetically, you can always screw it in from the bottom. Keep the screws along the side and you wont have anything to worry about. Cheers!

    Minor edit: In the video, they use Iron Olympic weights… so having 5 pieces of plywood is recommended. But if you have bumper weights, 3 pieces works adequately. 

  19. I wanted to save money and cut down on cost since wood is expensive and my location and stall mats are even more expensive. Would using used pallets be a bad idea? ,I would by a 4×8 plywood for the top but the base(bottom) would be constructed of all used pallets that I would take apart. Any comments are very appreciated. Thanks!

  20. Any idea how you would add hooks or something to this platform for banded deadlifts?  Thanks for posting this, I followed it exactly and have been getting good use out of the platform for a couple of years now

  21. Are those stall mat rubber pieces on each side only held to the plywood by the liquid nails? Did you run the wood screws through those as well or no? If not, has the rubber slid or moved at all?

  22. thx for the great tutorial!
    can you drop the bar from an overhead position without doing damage to the pattform, the floor, the weigth plates, or the barbell itself with this construction?


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