In the heart of the gym there is a platform, on which legends are created. This is
the main lifting platform of the gym. A lifting platform is a sturdy construction
of which it’s main function is to protect the floors from wayward dropped weights.
Typically movements in this space consist of deadlift, snatch, clean, presses, as well
as many other epic compound movements, all of which take the weights from the floor. In
order to get our security deposit back on the rental, we want to protect the floors from
damage, which is exactly what this platform does best.
I want to make it absolutely clear, this is THE ONLY location at the gym where you should
be using a weighted barbell which might fall on the ground. The platform has four thick sheets
of sub-floor plywood under the top layer. The top of the platform consists of thick horse stall
mat on the sides, and fine red oak plywood in the center section.
Though this sturdy construction is probably able to take a dropped weight from above the head
at Newtown Fitness Club we prescribe to the concept that you should be in control of the weights
throughout the movement.
DO NOT DROP WEIGHTS even though we have a platform. The weights are iron, not rubber bumper plates.
They are not designed to be dropped. You could break the weights, or the concrete if the barbell
happens to fall or bounce outside of this platform. It is against the Code of Conduct to drop weights.
As seen below, the platform is designed to accommodate a barbell with weights fully over the rubber
horse stall mat. In this image below you can see how a barbell should be setup to fully utilize
the protective measures of the platform.
It is recommended that you do not use the trap bar on this platform. It does not span
far enough across the platform for the horse stall mat to protect the weights. If you want
to use the trap bar for deadlifts, I suggest wholly placing the assembly on the horse stall mat.
Please, please, please clean up after yourself. Please do not waste other people’s time by leaving
weights strewn about all over it after your session. It is important with this type of gym to clean
up after yourself and make sure all the equipment is put back to where it belongs.
It is a Code of Conduct violation in the User Agreement to not put equipment back where it was when
you entered the gym. Be kind, put everything back where it goes.