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Roger Turk wrote:
> Ed Dean wrote:
> . > Use ... some other means (elevated wood platform) to
> . > protect the primary structure from damage.
> I emphatically concur with that!  In addition to protecting the underlying
> structural and floor system, an elevated platform will also help distribute
> the loads.
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona

Before spending alot of time designing an elevated wood floor system, I
would first talk with the owner.  I have spent a fair amout of time in
weight rooms over the past 15 years and I hate elevated wood platforms. 
Weight lifters, power lifters, and bodybuilders are picky.  They will
complain about the temperature, equipment layout, room color, and the
noise level and type of music.  If the floor does not feel right when a
guy is squating 500+ pounds or benchpressing 400+ pounds, he may not
come back.

The majority of your first class facilities these days are using a high
density poly/rubber mats under all of the free weights; regardless if it
is slab on grade or elevated.  It looks good and protects the floor.

Brian K. Smith, P.E.