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How to Buy a Power Rack

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2003/09/25 16:32:39 (permalink)
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How to Buy a Power Rack

gh10ad:

I think you also need to answer the question of which power rack to buy. I've had, tested, or looked at both commercial and residential power racks from Hoist, Cybex, New York Barbell, Parabody, Body Solid, Body Craft, PowerTec, Spartan, TuffStuff, etc.

Power racks come in about three varieties: commercial quality, light commercial/residential, and residential. The commercial quality racks usually have 2x3, 2x4, or 3x3 inch steel and most sections are welded with only a few bolts and brackets. Since they’re meant to be used constantly, they’re very durable but also the most expensive, around $1,000. The light commercial/residential racks usually have 2x3 inch steel and are heavily bolted and bracketed with fewer welds. These are meant to be used by serious home trainers and personal trainers who don’t have constant clientele and cost between $400 and $600. The residential racks are almost always 2x2 inch steel with few welds and only single bolts connecting joints. These are meant to be used by the casual home trainer and cost between $300 and $500.

Unless you have the space and money for a commercial grade power rack, you’ll need one that you can assemble and disassemble so that you can get it in the house. In the light commercial and residential grade power racks here’s what you want to look for:

- as many fully welded pieces as possible
- joints that have more than one bolt
- joints that are bracketed if possible
- a quality power coating on the steel
- J hooks and safety bars/pins that are made of pure steel (no composites or plastics)
- chinning bar slightly inset so the power rack doesn’t rock when you do chins
- if you get a dip attachment, look for a power rack where you are on the inside of the power rack when dipping not the outside

I just helped a guy at my gym buy a power rack, so I’ve recently surveyed the market. I think Spartan, PowerTec, Hoist, Cybex, Parabody, and TuffStuff all make good racks but they’re a little expensive for the quality. I didn’t like the Body Solid basic power rack or the Pro power rack. The steel is 2x2, they wobble, and the joints are single bolts only. Even though they’re cheap the quality isn’t good enough. New York Barbell (no affiliation or endorsement to me) makes an excellent, quality power rack for between $450 and $499 depending on height of the rack. The best buy in the market in my opinion is the Body Craft power rack. It’s welded, double bolted, bracketed, sturdy, has an inset chinning bar, and dip bars that are inside the cage. For $350 bucks it’s a great deal. Here’s a link where you can see it:

http://www.home-gym-direct.com/Catalog/Home_Gym_Superstore/Bodycraft_Power_Cage_Strength_Training_System_Home_Gym

Check and see if you can't find this one in the U.K. or if the shipping from the U.S. wouldn't be too much money.
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    gwaipor
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/09/26 08:14:15 (permalink)
    glad to hear you liked the bodycraft
    i only got mine last week from an aussie site
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/09/26 10:51:31 (permalink)
    Which site gwaipor?
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/09/26 12:25:49 (permalink)
    I got mine made, all welded, based on the design which is in one of McRobert's books (drawing by Craig Knight) for the same or less than one of the more flimsy affairs: £200.00
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/09/30 18:23:02 (permalink)
    Mobster, who (and where) made your rack for you? I'm asking because I also want one custom built.
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/10/01 00:22:01 (permalink)
    I just bought this bodysolid...
    [img] http://www.bodysolid.com/BSStrength/FreeweightSystems/WPR82/WPR82_400x400.jpg[/img]
    Will be here on Wednesday. I found it quite stable. My 2Cents
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    gwaipor
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/14 13:04:49 (permalink)
    soz for the ultra late reply..don't visit beginner forum...glad you emailed me
    www.fitbiz.com.au for all interested
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    PikeKing
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/14 13:32:49 (permalink)

    Westside Barbell power racks will be available in the UK soon.
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/16 14:52:19 (permalink)
    How do you know this? Where from?
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/16 20:20:28 (permalink)

    Bloke at WestsideUK is in the process of getting them made here
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/17 17:00:44 (permalink)
    iv got the body solid basic one and its all double bolted and doesnt wobble at all, infact its awesome:-D
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/17 21:17:06 (permalink)
    Make it ouwta wood and self tapping screws.
    None of this new fangled girly stuff.
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/23 10:33:55 (permalink)
    Pike king, who (or where) is the bloke at WestsideUK?

    Thanks
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    PikeKing
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    RE: How to Buy a Power Rack 2003/11/23 11:21:39 (permalink)
    Emailed you details Jonny
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