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    Hey ladies and gents, I had a quick question and wasn't sure where to put it. Since powerlifting has been my sport my whole life, thought I should migrate here to my community. So I moved into a new apartment and finally settled in. Went and got all of my gym equipment from storage and put it all in the new garage. So I was looking at everything and it always looked off no matter where I put it. So I stopped being lazy and went and got a leveler. I have checked everywhere in my garage, there is no flat perfectly even surface anywhere. The garage from the wall is slanted downwards toward the street (apparently this is done on purpose), so whatever, working at an upward or downward angle wasn't a big deal. The one I have a question about though, and I know it doesn't matter for a lot of exercises, but will that lean to the left or right start impact my physiology at all? I mostly concerned about my old ass knees and back getting jacked up because lifting lopsided. Any input would be great to hear. Thanks.
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    My garage is slightly sloped as well. I oriented all my equipment to face up or down-hill - so my feet should not be unbalanced side to side at all. I do all my deads facing 'uphill.' I alternate facing up or downhill on squats. My bench has my feet slightly higher.

    My slope is not severe. If it's significant, I hate to say it but I'd find another option.
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    Originally Posted by PhDPepper1111 View Post
    My garage is slightly sloped as well. I oriented all my equipment to face up or down-hill - so my feet should not be unbalanced side to side at all. I do all my deads facing 'uphill.' I alternate facing up or downhill on squats. My bench has my feet slightly higher.

    My slope is not severe. If it's significant, I hate to say it but I'd find another option.
    The slope isn't bothersome at the back of the garage where I have my rack now. But I do have a slightly elevated right side (left side if facing downhill). It the slightly unbalanced left/right foot that is making me nervous about putting undue stress on one side of my body. Mainly for my deads and squats. I can always put a thin piece of steel under my bench to level that out.
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    Originally Posted by JBear7 View Post
    The slope isn't bothersome at the back of the garage where I have my rack now. But I do have a slightly elevated right side (left side if facing downhill). It the slightly unbalanced left/right foot that is making me nervous about putting undue stress on one side of my body. Mainly for my deads and squats. I can always put a thin piece of steel under my bench to level that out.
    I hate to say it but if it is noticeable then I'd go easy on the intensity - and alternate which way you face. You can still do 95% of workouts, just not too close to your 1RM.
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    2/26/22 USPA PNW drug tested championships: 501/325/540/1366 @ 209lb
    11/7/21 IPL drug tested world championships: 463/319/529/1311 @ 205lb
    6/20/21 USPA Western drug tested regionals: DQ (bombed squats) @ 192lb
    2/27/21 USPA PNW drug tested championships: 468/308/501/1278 @ 202lb
    10/10/2020 USPA FS meet: 407/303/474/1185 @ 212lb

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    Originally Posted by JBear7 View Post
    Hey ladies and gents, I had a quick question and wasn't sure where to put it. Since powerlifting has been my sport my whole life, thought I should migrate here to my community. So I moved into a new apartment and finally settled in. Went and got all of my gym equipment from storage and put it all in the new garage. So I was looking at everything and it always looked off no matter where I put it. So I stopped being lazy and went and got a leveler. I have checked everywhere in my garage, there is no flat perfectly even surface anywhere. The garage from the wall is slanted downwards toward the street (apparently this is done on purpose), so whatever, working at an upward or downward angle wasn't a big deal. The one I have a question about though, and I know it doesn't matter for a lot of exercises, but will that lean to the left or right start impact my physiology at all? I mostly concerned about my old ass knees and back getting jacked up because lifting lopsided. Any input would be great to hear. Thanks.
    Thanks for a great question! I’m sure that there are plenty of others who can relate to your situation. I personally would be concerned about this as well. I know what you’re thinking. Why not just use a level and make it perfectly even? Otherwise there is nothing that you can do about the garage. However, 70% of the cost of a renovation is labor. Therefore, I suggest you hire a renovation company. The reason is that most garage doors and openings aren’t perfectly even. In fact, it’s easy to tell just by looking at them. So you may have a perfectly level floor and perfectly even walls, but the alignment of the door might be off.
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