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Coach-
I have heard you recommend the Chapman bars in the past . . . I just noticed your endorsement of the SST folks, and was wondering what you think of the Pendlay bars they are selling. They seem similar in price to the Chapman bar. Thanks.
Noel Piepgrass
PS- Also, what do you think of the "in ground" platform design?


Noel Piepgrass | 2008-03-25

if i could i would make my gym in ground!!! gives much more room for other type of drills. definitely the way to go in my opinion. i guess i have heard good things/bad things regarding pendlay bars. some bend others do not. the ones i have had held up well. i would contact pendlay and ask him about his return bar guarantee.
 
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Kevin
2008-10-01
I have two of pendlay's bars and they had snap rings break. Mr Pendlay has replaced both bars. We use them in a college setting and they are used hard. I do want to ask coach Burgener about his new bar, what kind of spin would compare it to? Pendlay, eleiko, useaka and what type of garuntee goes with bar? One last question, how often do you have to replace your platforms?
Ahmik Jones
2008-10-01
The Burgener and Rippetoe (B&R) Bar has a spin that is similar to the Pendlay bars. The end-nut is probably more durable than snap rings. It is fully guaranteed against failure and bending. It will work well in a college setting.
Ahmik Jones
2008-10-01
By the way, that guarantee is good for life.
Kevin
2008-10-02
Do you know how often coach Burgener replaces his platforms? ON the orginal subject, I really like the price on your bars, what kind of knurling do they have? (really heavy, soft)?
Mike Burgener
2008-10-02
rarely do i have to replace a platform. i actually had a platform from the 1996 olympics held in atlanta, ga. and i just replaced it. actually greg everett replaced it for mikes gym.
Kirez
2009-02-16
I had 'in ground' platforms, but huge and rapid temperature variations were destroying them. (The insulating layers of rubber and wood will collect moisture out of the air underneath them, upon daily heating). My box is a crossfit box and we only do Oly lifting about twice a week, so I changed to platforms that I can easily reassemble, daily if need be. I pull my platforms out and lay them down on days we're Oly lifting.
Coach Burgener
2009-02-16
i would like to see those platforms that can be easily assembled. that sounds like a plan. i will tell you that hat harbor city crossfit in melbourne, fla has had good luck with their in floor platforms.
Noel Piepgrass
2009-02-19
Coach what about lifting directly on the 3/8 inch rubber flooring? In our new weight room we're contemplating just forgoing the platform altogether and just using the standard rubber flooring with painted lines to signify a lifting area for safety and organization. Much cheaper and easier to roll the benches in and out of in a multi-use rack. Your thoughts?
Coach Burgener
2009-02-20
noel, that would be fine!
Kirez
2009-05-10
Coach, dealing with my problems with platforms -- rapidly warping in spite of all my attempts to seal the wood -- I came up with a couple really radical ideas.
First, if you've got my problems, the ideal material may not be wood but carbon fiber, or god willing a cheaper composite that approximates wood's elasticity.
Second, our rectangular shaped platforms were decided, historically, by the materials we were using - plywood panels come in rectangles - and not by the functional requirements of the lifts. I hope you'll get a chance to visit us someday and see our round platforms. 3.5' circles. I use lines as visual cues for clients to put the bar over and line up the mid-point of their foot (it's quicker and easier), but otherwise -- round platforms will let them face whatever direction they need to depending on lighting, traffic, spectators, etc. A circular piece of 3'6" diameter wood, inlaid into the 3/4" thick rubber floor...