I've been wanting to throw out some rubber mats in my garage for my deadlift. I've been watching quite a few videos and it seems like everyone is building a deadlift platform like this one.
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It just seems like I'll be going overboard to build a monstrosity like that. I mean, shouldn't I be able to just throw down a horse stall mat that's 3/4 of a inch and forego the platform all together? Something like this.
Is it because of the rubber mat, it would affect my footing?
Of course. Purchase 2 or 3 mats, place next to each other, viola. My gym's deadlift area is just 15'x20' of horse stall mats, no wooden platform.