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Choosing the right power rack, here’s how

What is a Power Rack? 

Let’s start with the simple question: what is a Power Rack?

Power Racks (also known as a squat rack, squat cage or power cage) are a piece of training equipment that functions as a mechanical spotter for free weight, barbell-based exercises without movement restrictions. Power Racks are perhaps the most versatile pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym, garage gym or fitness facility and are designed to accommodate free weight barbell exercises including bench presses, squats, overhead presses, rack pulls, rows, shrugs and many more.

Power Racks also offer comfort and peace of mind with safeties and are a great tool for people who lift alone or at home.

Are there different types of power racks? 

There are many different types of power racks including squat stands, half racks and full cage/full power racks.

Squat Stands will feature two uprights and safeties while half racks and power racks will feature additional uprights and features including pull-up bars, weight storage and space for additional accessories and attachments.

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Body-Solid SPR1000 Power Rack

What are important features to look for? 

There are many important features to look for when trying to decide the perfect Power Rack for your home or workout facility. We’ll break this down into sub-sections to make it easier to follow

Weight Capacity

First and foremost, you’re going to want to find out a Power Rack’s weight capacity. If you are an experienced lifter, a lower priced/lower weight capacity power rack may not be a good pick. On the other hand, if you’re just getting into fitness you can find more economically-priced power racks with lower weight capacities. If you’ve just started lifting, you probably don’t need that 450 kgs weight capacity Power Rack just yet.

Dimensions

This seems simple but make sure the Power Rack you’re looking at can fit into your workout space/facility. Most manufacturers will list the length, width and height of the Power Rack which will give you an idea of the space you’ll need. Keep in mind while many exercises are performed inside the Power Rack, you will want an additional radius around the Power Rack to give room for your Olympic bars and also allow you to do workouts that utilize both the front and the back of the Power Rack.

To be safe, give yourself an extra few feet on the dimensions to ensure you have the room to workout properly.

Options

If you just want to do basic workouts like squats, deadlifts and overhead presses, this may not pertain to you but if you want to make your new Power Rack the center of your workout facility, you need to know what you can add to it. Some Power Racks, like the Powerline PPR1000, have a few small options and attachments like a t-bar rowor a u-link. Other Power Racks (like the SPR1000) feature dozens of different accessories and are designed to be the cornerstone of your workout room.

You will also want to be mindful of weight storage on your Power Rack. If you want to keep your workout space looking clean, you may want to find a Power Rack that comes with weight horns or offers a weight horn attachment.

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