Following a recent forum thread about sandbag loading, I’ve received several questions about suitable loading platforms. In the past, I’ve used a homemade wooden bench (that was built for other purposes). The downside to the bench was the fixed height.
Several months ago, I built an inexpensive platform that I custom fitted to my power rack. Based on the questions that have come through this week, I’ve snapped a few pictures for those who are interested.
I used 2×4’s to build the platform. The total lumber cost was approximately 12 dollars. I simply cut the length to the size of the rack (using six 2×4’s across). I then stapled an old carpet on top to minimize the chance of splintering. If carpet is not available, be sure to sand down any jagged edges.
In the image below, you can see how I’ve cut strips of 2×4 to hold the platform together (on the bottom). The outer strips also serve to keep the platform in place. The arrows point to where the strips are fitted to the bars of the rack.
A closer view can be seen below
This 12 dollar platform is also easy to store. It can be placed against the wall when not in use. It doesn’t take up any room.
The primary benefit to this simple platform is the ability to quickly adjust height. With a fixed bench, the only available progression is weight. With a platform and rack, you can quickly change the exercise by adjusting the height of your load.
The downside is that you need a power rack to make use of such a platform. Power racks are obviously useful investments however (for many other reasons). Adding a 12 dollar platform that can be stored up against the wall has proved to be a useful addition. Although certainly not fancy, this is perhaps the easiest piece of homemade equipment you’ll ever build.
As for how you can use it, there are several loading options available. In the video below, I’ve filmed just a few possible variations. There are certainly others that you could use as well.
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