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    Default Pros & Cons: Lifting rack in house v. garage

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    I have a Monster Lite Rack ordered. Initially I figured I'd stick it in the garage but now I'm wondering if it would be better in an extra room. The house is 50+ years old with a crawl space foundation. The garage is on a slab, not climate controlled, and every now and again it floods in a heavy storm (only enough to seep under the platform).

    I figured I'd ask and see what considerations others have worked through making this decision.

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    Putting it in an extra room is fine if the room is big enough. A barbell is a little over 7' long and it's good to have a couple of feet clearance on each end to load it. You can make a platform for deadlifts that will protect your floor. It will be plenty loud on a wood floor but it will not harm the floor as long as the platform is thick and all the wood below is sound.

    Most people with garage gyms don't have room for gym equipment inside the house.

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    I also have an old house (100 +) I've been using my back room for tool and equipment storage. After a few years, I notice the floor was sagging in the middle. Now have jack studs in the crawl space.

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    A quick inspection in the crawl space and a few extra supports is cheap insurance. A platform will spread out the weight over a larger area.

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    I was thinking of the floor and the ceiling height but hadn't thought of bar length. I may need to position it differently. Thanks!

    If you had it to do over again, would you put the stud jack under it from the beginning? Or just put it somewhere else altogether?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Gay View Post
    I was thinking of the floor and the ceiling height but hadn't thought of bar length. I may need to position it differently. Thanks!
    Not only the bar length, you need to consider some free space on either side so that you can comfortably load the plates onto the bar.

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    I would have put the jacks in at the beginning. My shop is dirt floored and anything out there will rust, so the back room is my only good storage area.

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