Home Lifters Guide – 7Min – Official 7Min Scientific Workout Blog http://7-min.com Positively Impacting You - 7 minutes at a time. Fri, 28 Jul 2017 01:34:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 54278549 Best Power Rack Reviews – Find Squat Cage for a Home Gym http://7-min.com/best-power-rack-reviews/ http://7-min.com/best-power-rack-reviews/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:25:09 +0000 http://7-min.com/?p=884 [ps2id id=’TABLE’/] Allow us here to introduce you to full benefits of the power rack/ Squat Cage for a Home Gym If you’re creating a home gym, the power rack is the one piece of equipment you should splurge on. A rack allows you to use free weights at home and lift heavy without the need […]

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Frame2 x 3 11 gauge steel2" X 2" 12 gauge steel2" x 2" 14 gauge steel12 gauge steel
Capacity1200 lbs800 lbs600 lbs500 lbs
Hole Spacing2" spacing (not numbered)28 holes @ 2" spacing18 holes @ 3" spacing17 holes
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Allow us here to introduce you to full benefits of the power rack/ Squat Cage for a Home Gym

PPR 200X Best Power Rack reviewIf you’re creating a home gym, the power rack is the one piece of equipment you should splurge on. A rack allows you to use free weights at home and lift heavy without the need for a spotter. Machines at the gym can be useful, but you’ll typically have to wait in line to use them. You might not ever get your full workout in if you can’t find a spotter.

Why Power Rack?

The versatility of a power rack will blow away your mind and you will start to love it as you push your limits. It can be used for aerobic workouts like Crossfit or for pure strength training to gain massive muscles.

Here are best power rack reviews for your consideration.

Best Power Rack Reviews – BodyCraft F430 Power Rack

Best Rated Power Rack
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A bit on the premium side but it’s surely worth every penny. You are gonna love your workouts for years to come.

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Best Power Rack Reviews – Atlas PR1001 Power Rack

Best Power Rack Reviews - Atlas PR1001The Atlas PR1001 power rack is our top rated product and received a perfect five out of five consumer rating. With an impressive eight hundred pound weight capacity and large walk-in design, this is a versatile rack that can fit lifters of any size. Built from twelve gauge solid steel the PR1001 weighs approximately 137 pounds, with a shipping weight around 190 pounds. Designed for easy movement, this wide walk-in rack allows you to work out comfortably without altering your movements, thanks to the extra room on all sides. This model is eighty-three inches tall. If you have lower ceilings you’ll need to measure and calculate the height of the user as they do pull-ups, in order to avoid injury during a workout. Equipped with adjustable pins for user safety, you can now test yourself like never before and lift heavy without a spotter.  If you’ve never used a cage before, then we recommend carefully reading the user’s manual and testing out the safety bars, before use. Get used to how these bars need to be adjusted, based on your height. As you squat deep, if you’re unable to return to the standing position you should be able to easily drop the weight, with the safety bar placed at a height that’s close enough to catch it. Aside from pushing yourself with the free weights you can also utilize the chin-up bar and do a variety of pulls ups or ab exercises. This is an all in one machine that gives you a total body workout at home. The perfect solution for powerlifters that have plateaued and for individuals who want to lift heavy but can’t do it alone without a spotter.

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Best Power Rack Reviews – PowerLine PPR200X

Best Power Rack Reviews - PowerLine-PPR200XThe PR200X PowerLine power rack weighs in at 137 pounds and features a weight capacity of 700 pounds. That makes it an excellent choice for moderate lifters. Purchasing a rack is a more affordable option than spending hundreds of dollars a year for your gym membership. The gym has a ton of different exercise machines, which is what makes going desirable and convenient, especially for people who don’t have space for a large home gym. But there’s always that one scenario that gets under your skin. Your plan for the afternoon is to hit the gym, get in a quick workout, take a shower and get ready for work. At the gym, you realize your plans need to be drastically changed as you wait in line after line for each machine. This is a major problem for most gym goers. And unless you belong to a twenty-four-hour gym and workout at three in the morning, this will always be a problem. But a power rack is all you need if you’re serious about getting huge, cut or lean. The key to a successful workout regimen is you must have the right tools.  This rack by PowerLine is the tool you’ve been searching for. Now, workout anytime, alone and without a spotter. Utilize the safety bars and squat heavy like never before. The safety bars are designed to catch the barbell if you’ve pushed yourself too hard during a set. PowerLine has also created an extensive line of attachments that are compatible with this machine. Each attachment allows you to do a variety of new exercises for a more challenging workout that can prevent your body from plateauing. This particular model includes eighteen bar positions, making it the perfect power rack for users of all sizes. This piece of equipment can easily accommodate any lifting workout you have in mind. You can also use it for a tough ab workout that utilizes your body weight for that six-pack you’ve always wanted.

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Best Power Rack Reviews – Valor Athletics

Valor-Athletics-Power-Rack-picThis power rack by Valor Athletics features a solid design with a frame that’s made from solid twelve gauge steel and a walk-in design for improved range of motion as you work out. This model allows you to use your free weights like never before. The very design of the power cage lets you get a total body workout using free weights or body weight. Many people overlook the fact that they can get an excellent arm and abs workout using the pull-up bar. Recently, street workouts, which utilize body weight and feature a variety of creative exercises, with minimal equipment required, is trending because these types of exercises can get you cut and lean, working out even the smallest muscle groups like never before. Aside from using the pull-up bar for a challenging ab and arm workout, this model also comes with a free lat attachment, which can be utilized for standing rows, traditional rows, pull downs and triceps pull. This attachment features a weight capacity of 250 pounds. Valor Athletics is another company that produces a line of high-end power racks and power rack exclusive accessories and attachments. Other accessories for this model that are sold separately include short bar holders and extensions for the safety bars. The built-in pull-up bar features a weight capacity of 350 pounds and a knurled coating for improved grip allowing you to work out longer. This highly rated rack received mostly positive consumer feedback and is a great addition to your home gym. This can quickly take the place of your Bowflex and other machines and become your favorite workout equipment.

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Best Power Rack Review and Buyer’s Guide

Best Power Rack Reviews - smith-machine-home-gymsChoosing the right cage for your home gym might seem overwhelming at first because there are so many options out there. That’s why you need to do a little research before you pull the trigger. You need to buy a rack that’s strong, sturdy and equipped with a large weight capacity. Weight capacity will ultimately depend on your lifting goals. If you’re okay with benching under five hundred pounds, then purchase a model with a five hundred pound weight capacity. If you have big goals and want to lift more than five hundred, buy a model with at least an eight hundred pound capacity.

Some models come with dip bar attachments which can give your arms one tough workout. Dips are considered one of the seven best core exercises and should be part of your lifting routine. If you don’t end up purchasing a cage with dip bars then you should buy a dip station separately.

Some racks also have plenty of storage space designed to store weight plates securely. Not only will this feature help to keep you organized and your gym clutter-free but it can also save you a lot of time and energy that would otherwise be used searching for weights and setting up for your workout.

Finding a good power cage locally can be a big problem. Most stores that sell weight lifting machines and gear will usually devote most of their floor space to treadmills, stationary bikes, and horrible home gym weight machines that just aren’t challenging enough or made to last. If they do carry a power rack, it’s usually one that’s pretty basic and not something you’d buy if you had other options. So instead, look online where you can find hundreds of models to choose from.

Power Cage Exercises for Powerlifting and Buying Tips

Best Power Rack ReviewsTraining with a cage is much safer than going it alone, especially if you’re using heavier weights to break through a plateau.

To do squats with a cage, place the bar in line with your upper shoulders and put the safety bars right below your squat position. The safety bars should be low enough that you can reach full squat depth and placed high enough that you’re able to drop the weight if you aren’t able to return to a standing position.

Bench pressing using a power rack is very safe because the safety bars will catch the bar if you fail to complete a rep.

Deadlifting with a rack allows you to perform reverse band or standard band deadlifts.

If you’re serious about lifting at home, there are a variety of models to choose from that offer a number of attachments and add-on features.  But all these extras can add up pretty fast. If the rack you want is only compatible with a line of accessories that you don’t want or would never use then you may need to look for a model by a different manufacturer. Some of these attachments and accessories are entirely unnecessary, while others are pretty cool and could add some much-needed variety to your workout.  So in the future, should you want to change up your routine, it’s important that the line of attachments you have to choose from is extensive and features attachments that you’re interested in.

Initially, you’ll need a basic cage that allows you to rack the bar for heavy squats and overhead presses. Safety bars for back squats and bench presses are also a must if you want to lift when alone safely. A pull-up bar is also a necessary part of your core workout, and fortunately, most models are equipped with one.

Before you order, make sure that you have enough floor space available and never purchase a rack that’s higher than what your ceiling will comfortably allow. When measuring, don’t forget to calculate the clearance needed when doing pull-ups. Your designated workout space needs to be large enough to allow you to load the bar and the bar should not rub against a wall.

If you’re tall, don’t purchase a shorter cage just because it’s cheaper and the same goes if you’re short. Typically, the more inexpensive the rack the narrower and shorter it is.

Expect to spend anywhere from $200 to $800 for a rack, depending on the size, extras, and attachments. Larger cages are more expensive and usually come with additional attachments and accessories.  Because this is a piece of equipment, you’ll be able to use for several years to come, don’t skimp on the price. Instead, look at is as an investment towards a healthier, ripped future and consider how much money you’ll save by working out at home.

Power racks play a significant role in strength training. As a powerlifter, you’ll perform three main lifts: deadlift, bench press, and squat. If you use a power rack to lift, you can work out alone, without a spotter, anytime you want. The rack’s large metal frame consists of four vertical uprights that are joined to form a square shape. The adjustable horizontal bars allow you to set safety bars in place, which are designed to catch a barbell, if you’re unable to finish a rep or if the barbell gets away from you. Waiting in line at the gym or waiting until someone is free to spot you can be a big hassle, especially if you’re in a rush and need to get a quick lift before work. With a power rack, there’s no more waiting only gaining.

Safety Concerns when lifting weights

With heavy lifting, safety is always the main priority. All power racks come with safety bars. These bars allow you to lift weights safely on your own and work by catching a barbell if you need to dump weight or if you accidentally drop it. You’ll need to learn how to set the bars correctly before each exercise based on your height. Some people believe that if you know your limits and lift under control, then you shouldn’t need safety bars in the first place. However, safety bars are not only used as a safety net of sorts should you lift too much, but as a safety precaution if you accidentally lose your grip or pull a muscle and drop the barbell. Bottom line, accidents happen, even with the weight you’re used to lifting and if you want to lift heavy, then you have to lift safely.  Lifting is all about improving yourself, both body and mind; it’s not about showing off or cutting corners. Lifting heavy without safety bars also means you won’t lift with confidence because that deep fear of dropping the bar will always be in the back of your mind, and for a good reason.

Using your basic free weight set and pacing yourself is the way many people begin, but working out this way can be somewhat limiting if you have dreams of gains. If you don’t frequently beef up your lift weight, then you’ll run into a plateau, which is a problem because it stands in the way of you building more muscle. During a plateau, you’ll probably panic and worry that you’ll lose the muscle you have, but realistically, if you continue to lift the same weight you can maintain your current build, you just won’t make any progress.  Your body must continually be challenged if you want to make progress. If you’re happy with your body and simply want to maintain it, then there’s no need to continue to add more weight to your powerlifting workout.

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BodyCraft F430 Power Rack Full Review http://7-min.com/bodycraft-f430-power-rack-full-review/ http://7-min.com/bodycraft-f430-power-rack-full-review/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:24:31 +0000 http://7-min.com/?p=1651 BodyCraft F430 Power Rack is a premium quality power rack built to keep you safe while lifting super heavy weights. It has superb stability weighing over 200 pounds and can support up to 1200 lbs capacity. Amateurs dedicated to overpass their boundaries are going to love this. For powerlifters; this equipment provides endless options in […]

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BodyCraft F430 Power Rack is a premium quality power rack built to keep you safe while lifting super heavy weights. It has superb stability weighing over 200 pounds and can support up to 1200 lbs capacity. Amateurs dedicated to overpass their boundaries are going to love this. For powerlifters; this equipment provides endless options in working out all of your muscles.

BodyCraft F430 Power Rack
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A bit on the premium side but it’s surely worth every penny. You are gonna love your workouts for years to come.

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BodyCraft, the creator of this fantastic and sturdy equipment, was founded in 1994. They live by the following foundations – building high-quality products with multiple purposes at a very reasonable price. They will also not compromise quality over price which explains the relatively high price of BodyCraft F430 as compared to other power racks in the market.

Like all BodyCraft Equipment, BodyCraft F430 power rack is built to last as shown through its robust and sturdy parts. This equipment is perfect for squats, dips, lats, seated rows, and other leg exercises.  It also has adjustable spotter arm-bar for a worry free solo workout that is safe and efficient.

BodyCraft F430 Power Rack Assessment: Features and Specs

This amazing well-built, heavy duty power rack has 11 gauge, 2 x 3 steel tubing designed for heavy lifting. It has pop-pin adjustments with two-inch spacing for tuning precision to promote safe, efficient, and customizable workout. It can have attachments such as cable crossover for expanding the range of exercises, extra bar hooks, dip handles, lat/low row with an optional stack, and squat racks with a variety of benches so as to utilize the power rack’s utmost capacity. The adjustable safety spotters are perfect for avoiding injuries while working out alone. It has a stable design since the corners are joined with ¾” bolts and it has extra-wide platforms. It includes a chin up bar with the following dimension is 51.5 x 49.9 x 82.5 inches, fitting for home set up.

 

Detailed Specs as stated in BodyCraft:

BodyCraft F430 has 2 inches space between each adjustment point with 34.5 inches depth and 43 inches wide between uprights (working space). It has long-lasting rubber on safety bars and bar hooks to avoid scratching. It has 2 x 3 inches steel tubing, definitely a rugged heavy gauge. It is bolted by hardened steel bolts at all connection points with triangular gussets in the corners.

The dimensions of BodyCraft F430 are:

51.5 inches in length, 48.9 inches in width, and 82.5 inches in height – rack only

63.8 inches  in length, 48.9 inches in width, and  82.5 inches in height – with Lat Attachment

73.6 inches in length, 101.9 inches in width, and 82.5 inches in height – with Cable Crossover

85.9 inches in length, 101.9 inches in width, and 82.5 inches in height – with Cable Crossover and Lat

 

Recommendations when ordering.

It is highly recommended to order extra adjustable bar hooks and dip bars for optimum, a hassle-free performance of the equipment.

 

BodyCraft F430 Power Rack Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. Best power rack for a home gym as its height will fit most houses. The size of F430 is ideal for squatting with its narrow side to side and deeper front to back dimension.
  2. Very well built and solidly made; superior parts are heavy duty. It is a power rack created to last for an extended period.
  3. Easy to use once assembled. Highly customizable to fit your workout routine.
  4. Free shipping and lifetime warranty in Amazon (The USA only; other terms may apply for other countries)

Cons

  1. Assembly is slightly complicated. If you do not have enough experience assembling equipment, it is highly advisable to ask assistance from a friend or hire professionals to build it for you.
  2. It has no plate storage as preferred by some lifters.

 

Recommendation

BodyCraft F430 is a pretty good power rack that is sturdily well-built and has great value for your money. It has high-quality parts and excellent finish not just in appearance but functionalities as well. It might be one of the best power cages that can stand side by side with any Rogue Fitness equipment in today’s market.

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Why the Squat Rack Just Can’t Compete with the Power Rack http://7-min.com/why-the-squat-rack-just-cant-compete-with-the-power-rack/ http://7-min.com/why-the-squat-rack-just-cant-compete-with-the-power-rack/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:22:54 +0000 http://7-min.com/?p=775 Creating a home gym gives you the kind of freedom you never had at your local gym. It’s not just the fact that an average annual gym membership costs around $800, or the annoying gym politics that tend to arise amongst the regulars, it’s the fact that you have to interrupt your workout flow constantly […]

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Creating a home gym gives you the kind of freedom you never had at your local gym. It’s not just the fact that an average annual gym membership costs around $800, or the annoying gym politics that tend to arise amongst the regulars, it’s the fact that you have to interrupt your workout flow constantly to wait around for a machine. Your one hour workout now seems to have doubled in length, with a line that’s reminiscent of the last time you visited Disneyland. Some people thrive at the gym and get pumped working out with a bunch of strangers around. Lines are a good excuse for a break and a little gossip time and who cares if you end up spending an extra hour or so at the gym? A serious lifter will care.

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If you’re into lifting heavy, then you probably have a routine. You use the free weights for about an hour and then maybe you’ll do some body weight exercises using the pull-up bar or maybe decide to wait on a machine and tackle the dreaded leg workout. But if you’re in the flow of things and have to stop working out just to wait in line for a machine you dread using, it can be a major workout killer.  If you’ve had enough of the gym drama and you want to create a home gym, then you’re probably trying to determine which piece of equipment to go for, the squat rack or the power rack. Both pieces offer a challenging workout that will make investing in a high-end model worth the cost. But which type of rack can you benefit from the most? And which rack features the more challenging workout? To determine which one is the right for you and your gain goals, you’ll need to learn about their differences and similarities.

Common Mistakes when Shopping for Home Gym Equipment

 

Valor-Fitness-BD-33-Heavy-Duty-Power-Cage-picWithout doing much research, individuals who are eager to start their own little gym paradise tend to immediately jump at purchasing a squat rack, simply because they’re usually much cheaper than a power rack. But with the squat rack, you’re looking at a pretty limited workout when compared to a power cage. Some people also mistakenly think that a squat rack will take up less space than a power rack, but squat models actually take up a lot more room than you may think, while the power cage takes up a lot less. Always measure the space you intend to use as your home gym. If you want to buy a squat rack then you’re going to need to devote several feet to your workout space, not including the space required to place the actual model.

How the Power Racks Sets you up for an Independent Full Body Workout

Power cages provide the ultimate safety features during a workout due to the safety bars that are set in place and designed to catch a barbell if you’re unable to lift it or set it down. You can do more types of exercises on this kind of rack and it actually requires less room than a squat rack.  This is because you’re essentially working inside the power cage, while the squat rack requires you to work outside the rack as you lift.

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Most power racks feature built-in dip bars and pull-up bars so you can work your arms and abs. With the addition of the pull-up bar and dip bars, you can benefit from a total body workout. If you want to add even more variety to your exercise regimen, most companies produce attachments for cages that allow you to perform a whole new variety of exercises. Equipped with safety bars and a number of positions that range from eighteen to thirty, you can accurately place the safety bars based on your height and the type of lift you’re performing. If you’re doing a squat, place one safety bar at the top of your squat and another at the bottom, this way you’re protected throughout the entire movement if you can’t finish a rep. These bars make the power cage significantly safer than a squat rack. When using a squat rack, unless you use saw horses to catch the barbell, you’ll have to dump the barbell if you get stuck. And because dumping weights can cause a lot of damage to your floor you’ll probably have to invest in some bumper plates. Bumper plates are weight plates that are made from solid rubber so they won’t cause as much damage if they’re dropped. While the initial cost for a squat rack is cheaper than a power cage, you’ll end up spending more money in the long run for this type of set-up if you include the cost of bumper plates which are pretty expensive. You’ll also need to purchase dip bars and a pull-up bar, which aren’t part of the squat rack design.

Are there any Benefits to Owning a Squat Rack?

 

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The power cage is more versatile and will be less costly in the long-run. However, the cage can be a problem if you have low ceilings because they’re usually pretty tall and the extra height is needed for the user when doing pull-ups. They’re also tougher to move than a squat model. Since the squat rack is shorter, they’re more ideal for homes with low ceilings. Because you have to work out outside the squat rack you’ll need to accommodate the model itself and additional workout space as you lift. If you’re using bumper plates and plan to dump weight, then this is not the right type of equipment for you if you live in an apartment.

If you plan on purchasing additional attachments for your power cage, then it can also cost you more money in the long run, however, the attachments are not essential to your workout, but they can add some much-needed variety in order to prevent boredom or your body from plateauing. But because you can continue to add more weight to your lift every few weeks or months, you can continue to challenge your body, which is what prevents a plateau from occurring.

For a power cage, expect to pay anywhere from $200 for smaller models, to around $800 for larger models that are packed with extras. For the squat rack, the average beginning cost is about $75 for a very basic model and can go as high as $300.

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The Atlas PR1001 power rack weighs in at an impressive 137 pounds and features an eight hundred pound weight capacity, which means this is one sturdy rack. You can use this piece of equipment to perform curls, squats, bench press, crunches and a number of other exercises that utilize free weights and body weight for a tougher workout. The built-in pull-up bar is located at the top of the cage and can be used for kipping pull-ups, walking pull-ups, standard pull-ups and a variety of other exercises that focus on the arms and core, for a more challenging workout. The power rack’s design is described as a walk-in, so it’s wide enough to allow free movement even for taller users which means you can work out comfortably without restricting your movements and altering normally perfect form.

Atlas PR1001 Power Rack Assessment: Features and Specs

This power cage is made from twelve gauge solid steel and offers a total of twenty-eight positions for a full body workout. The versatility of this machine allows both short and tall users to correctly place the safety bars prior to their workout and ensures that these bars have been set to the right height in the event that the lifter needs to dump weight in a hurry. The model is eighty-three inches tall, with an inside workspace that measures in at twenty-six inches. Unlike a squat rack, working out with a power rack requires the user to workout inside the equipment, which helps to save on floor space.

With this power rack, you can use free weights or body weight to perform a number of exercises. The adjustable safety bars allows you to move the bar to the appropriate height for each type of exercise. This feature definitely comes in handy if you lose control of the bar mid-rep.

If you want to use the rack to bench press, you can do so by placing the safety bars above your chest, in order to prevent injury if you can’t finish that last rep. This also applies to doing a barbell squat. All you need to do is place the safety bars at the depth you want to squat.

Now you can work out with the perfect range of motion since you’re able to adjust the safety bars to any height. Any fitness expert will tell you that correct form when lifting or doing any type of exercise is crucial and will make your workout more effective, while poor form can prevent you from seeing results including muscle gain or weight loss.  Because you can train alone with a power rack you can increase your lift weight with confidence and focus on reps instead of worrying about dropping the bar.  As an example, you can frequently test yourself by adding ten or twenty more pounds to your normal lift weight and see how many reps you can do without ending up pinned under the bar.

As we’ve mentioned, the cage will make a great addition to your home gym because it can challenge your body in a number of new ways allowing you to shake off that plateau so you can start making progress again.  A plateau essentially means your progress is on hold. During this time, you won’t lose or gain weight or build muscle. For many people trying to get fit, a plateau can be frustrating and will definitely affect their motivation to get in shape.   To prevent a plateau, after a couple of months, be sure to mix in other workouts such as running, swimming and strength training with free weights. Fortunately, since a cage allows you to do so many different types of exercises a plateau won’t be likely, but using the same equipment daily for months on end can get boring and the goal here is to continually add new and challenging workouts to test your body and stamina. Boredom can be a big motivation killer.

The most common exercise used for the cage is squats. However, there are several other movements you can do outside or inside your steel cube, including close-grip bench press, rack lockout, rack pull, overhead press, and barbell bent over rows, upright row, inverted row, and barbell shrug. This list is just some of the major exercises you can do and doesn’t include the respective variations for each exercise.

Consumer Feedback for this Atlas Power Cage

This is a versatile fitness machine that truly allows the user to test their limits, safely.  Because it comes with built-in dip bars and a pull-up bar you won’t have to buy these pieces of equipment in the future and it also saves some space in your home gym. With both features, you can use your body weight to work out and get ripped abs and cut arms.

Pros: Consumers noted the pull-up bar was easier to grip compared to most, thanks to the light knurling. When working out there is no noticeable wobbling, even when using the pull-up bar. The large walk-in design is built for short and tall users so it can be used by more than one person in the household.

Cons: This rack is definitely heavy which makes it a hassle to deliver and transport, especially if you live in an apartment. Racks take up a ton of space, so keep this in mind if you’re living in cramped quarters. Take careful measurements before you buy to determine if there is enough clearance to accommodate the equipment and a person doing pull-ups. You might need to pass on this model if you have low ceilings.  Unlike bulky Bowflex machines that don’t continue to challenge the user once they’re in shape, a cage can be used for years to come, the only other equipment you’ll need to purchase is heavier weight plates or optional cage attachments.

Conclusion and Rating for the PR1001 by Atlas

Consumers gave this model a rating of five out of five stars for features, frame quality, design and safety bars, making this our top rated product. Atlas delivers a product that’s versatile, sturdy and challenging. This is a must-have if your goal is to get lean or add muscle.

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Step by Step Guide to Building a Basic Wooden Power Rack http://7-min.com/step-by-step-guide-to-building-a-basic-wooden-power-rack/ http://7-min.com/step-by-step-guide-to-building-a-basic-wooden-power-rack/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:56:11 +0000 http://7-min.com/?p=777 A power rack offers much-needed variety to your workout because you can now lift heavy alone, using the innovative safety bar setup. For people serious about getting fit, working all of the muscles groups in a challenging way is necessary in order to continue building muscle. Often, the body will plateau at some point once […]

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squat rack costA power rack offers much-needed variety to your workout because you can now lift heavy alone, using the innovative safety bar setup. For people serious about getting fit, working all of the muscles groups in a challenging way is necessary in order to continue building muscle. Often, the body will plateau at some point once it’s used to the weight you normally lift. If you’re finally able to bench 350 pounds and do so for a few months without increasing the weight, then your body will no longer continue to build muscle and burn calories and fat. A power rack offers the type of workout a heavy lifter needs, without the fear of dropping a barbell. Racks can make a home gym complete in a way that most weight lifting machines cannot, especially bulky combo weight machines sold by such companies as Nautilus or Body Solid. These machines often include a low weight capacity and don’t allow you to continue to progress, which can feel pretty limiting, given the cost.  While you can expect to to pay thousands of dollars for a fancy weightlifting machine that can only be used for six months, power racks can be used for several years and cost only a fraction of a Bowflex machine.

Materials Needed for your Homemade Power Rack

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A good quality rack is going to cost you. Usually, this cost ranges anywhere from $200 to $550. If you desperately need a rack to achieve the type of body you’ve always dreamed of, there are ways to get around the price so that the rack should only cost you about $150 in materials. If you’re good with your hands making your own power rack can be a very fun and satisfying project. You can build it with as many holes as you want, which allows for bars to be placed in a number of positions and you can purchase a variety of attachments to give your rack a truly customized feel.

Many models of squat racks on the market are overdone and too expensive.  Online, with a little research you can find plenty of great designs for homemade racks that won’t cost a fortune to build. You may even have a lot of the materials needed lying around in your garage. This is an option that’s much cheaper than the commercial alternatives and it’s also a fun family project.

Building the Basic Power Cage Frame

This simple design that uses wood instead of steel tubes and allows you to scale the rack to the designated space you have available. You’ll make three separate rectangular frames that will be fitted together after completion. To start, grab a couple of 2x6s, then cut two 2x4s. You’ll be cutting the squat safety bar and the upper support beam. Take care measuring prior to cutting. If you have low ceilings you’ll need to take into consideration the height of the user in order to avoid injury when doing pull-ups, so the length of your 2x6s is up to you, but the length we used was eight feet. The squat safety bar should be placed low enough for the user to move all the way down in a squat position without being tight on space.

Both the squat safety bar and the top support beam are cut at forty-three inches. The top support beam should be secured using a couple of bolts that are drilled through at each end at a forty-five-degree angle. The squat beam only needs to be secured with one bolt at both ends.

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For the last step of the frame, cut the bottom support beam at fifty-six inches. The beam should extend well beyond the sides of the rack for additional support during pull-ups. This should also be secured in place with a couple of bolts placed at both ends using a forty-five-degree angle.

The basic frames should now be built. You should stand it up and eyeball exactly where you’ll want to place pull-up bar flanges. Again, if you have low ceilings be extra careful with your measuring. There should be enough room above the bar for you to pull your chest above the bar and not worry about hitting your head on the ceiling. When adding the flanges, secure a flange to one side, then screw the pipe in for easier installation. Next, screw a flange on the other side, then secure it to the frame.

Put the frames together on the ground, beginning with the pipe. Now you can add a back support beam. The beam should be cut to whatever length measures between the two fifty-six inch support beams on the bottom.

You should now have the basic structure and framing completed, but hold off on doing any pull-ups with this rack, it’s not quite ready. All that is left to do is add a few extra brace and support beams. The length you cut these beams can be done based on the size of your frame, if you decided to go bigger or longer, based on the free space in your home. For the particular rack size frame we made, we used two forty-five degree braces that ran from the back support beam to the frame’s main vertical structure. For the support beams, one is identical to the bottom back support, located at the top of the structure. The other beam was installed so it could connect the top of the frame.

If you do Crossfit, then you’re probably familiar with plenty of pull-up moves that can make even the sturdiest rack wobbly, including kipping pull-ups. So in order to prevent injury during a particularly strenuous exercise, bolt your rack to the wall for much-needed safety and stability.

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The last thing that needs to be added is the squat bar holder. For frame size, we decided to cut ours at ten inches and secured it in place using a couple of bolts. We decided to keep the look of our power cage fairly simple, but if you want to paint it or even stain it, you definitely can. Doing only adds to the customized feel of this cage.  This is a very basic design that anyone can do and it can definitely give you the type of spotter-free workout you’re looking for. When making this power rack, you can also add some gorilla glue for added toughness. If you decide to build it with no glue, be sure to retighten the bolts before the first use.

Power Cage Weight Capacity

This rack can easily handle four hundred pounds.  Pull-ups and ring dips should handle about 350 to 400 pounds no problem. Built tough this wooden cage is a little unique, compared to the traditional steel models you’ll see for sale, but overall it’s a fun project that allows you to get creative and build a power rack based on your fitness goals, workout preferences, and height. Later on, once you have the budget for it, you can check out some major power rack manufacturers such as Valor Athletics or Powerline and find some modifications, accessories or attachments that are compatible and complimentary to your setup. Since you built it with your own two hands you’ll definitely have more appreciation for this piece of equipment and you can even add more features to it as ideas come to you.

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