Looking for an Olympic platform that is big on space and thick on padding? Look no further–here’s why the Rogue 8′ x 8′ Oly Platform is a must-have.
For the serious Olympic lifter who wants a serious platform for their lifts, the Rogue 8’x8’ Oly Platform gives you the space to try and hit those big lifts while also protecting your floor.
Here’s why the Rogue Oly Platform is best in class for the money.
Olympic platforms vs Deadlift platforms
First off, it’s worth quickly noting the difference between the two most popular types of lifting platforms.
Your standard deadlifting platform is 8’ by 4’, with thick rubber mats lining the side where the plates are dropped back to earth. The middle line of panels can be either plywood, bamboo, or more rubber mats.
Olympic platforms are larger, double the thickness, a big square of 8’ by 8’ rubber mats and wood panels. The added space gives you added space for dynamic lifts.
The Rogue Oly 8’ by 8’ Platform – Better than Average
Rogue makes some of my favorite gear on the planet. It’s not much of a secret that I am wildly obsessed with their gear, and this is from someone who has never done a WOD in their life.
I love Rogue’s attention to detail, how their products have been relentlessly tested by athletes of all stripes, and how they are one of the very few fitness equipment companies that actually make their stuff in the USA.
The Rogue Oly 8’ x 8’ Platform continues the love affair, with a simple, clean design that is a trademark of the Rogue brand.
Here are some of the key things I especially like about this platform.
✔️ Lots of space to drop your weights.
Olympic lifts require lots of space to execute (and safely fail) jerks and snatches. The two extra rows of mats at the front and the back mean you can safely let go of the barbell without worrying about the weights crashing into the concrete or floor.
Rogue’s 8’ by 8’ Oly Platform provides a generous amount of room to hit and miss your lifts without worrying that the bar will roll off.
✔️ Available with different choices of rubber.
Rubber mats aren’t built equally, and while they aren’t included with the platform (the Rogue Oly Platform starts at $285 without mats), Rogue offers two different types of add-on rubber mats, either crumb (like crumb bumper plates) or a smooth rubber finish.
Platforms are built to take punishment. Those barbells come flying down fully loaded with hundreds of pounds of weight, after all.
The frame of the platform is made with 2” by 2” 11-gauge American steel, the exact same high-quality steel that is found in Rogue’s line of squat and power racks. The platform weighs a total of 110lbs—it’s not going anywhere.
✔️ Affordable for an Olympic platform.
While platforms are generally not cheap—regardless of whether we are talking about deadlift platforms or Oly platforms—with the ones you see in pro sport team facilities running well over $1,000, the Rogue Oly Platform (and a 16-pack of rubber mats) cost about $785.
That price tag might seem a little shocking for those new to the idea of an Oly platform, but this is at the low end of the price spectrum.
✔️ Excellent vibration and sound dampening.
One of the big perks of using an Olympic platform is the decreased sound and vibration. This isn’t the biggest deal if you work out in a gym with headphones on, but training at home, when you have kids in the next room and you don’t want to send a hurricane-force vibration through the foundation on your house, means softening the clanging and banging.
The rubber mats that are paired with the platform are extremely thick, at 1.5” (which is a lot thicker than most gym flooring and mats and rivals the sound dampening of thicker weightlifting silencer pads).
✔️ Can be paired with your favorite squat rack.
The power rack is a foundational part of your home gym. So why not secure it to your Olympic platform so that you can get more stability out of both?
For squat racks that have a shorter depth—like the Rogue R-3 Power Rack, my favorite power rack for most people—you can get some extra stability and rack security by bolting the rack into the platform without sacrificing too much of the platform for your Olympic lifts.
Rogue 8’ by 8’ Olympic Platform – Where to buy
Protecting your floor and giving yourself enough space to properly hit your Olympic lifts is crucial.
Rogue’s 8’ by 8’ Oly Platform is an affordable and high-quality platform that won’t break the bank (or your floors when pile-driving a loaded barbell from overhead).
Sold exclusively through Rogue’s website and starting at $295. Give it a rip and take your lifting to the next level.