If you’re serious about working out at home, then you’re going to want some form of power rack or squat rack in your gym in order to get the most out of those workouts. You’ll need somewhere to rack the bar for overheard presses and heavy squats, and you’ll also want something with spotters for your bench press and back squat so you can safely go heavy when alone. You absolutely need a pull-up bar, and that’s already built into a power rack. So, call it a power rack, power cage, or squat rack; call it whatever you want just so long as you own one.
When it comes to buying power racks, there are many different manufacturers and many levels of quality available. Some racks have tons of available features and add on accessories, and some have very few. There are features you know you want, and there will also be things you may not have thought of yet. I’m going to show you a bunch of different power racks, cages, and squat stands in this article, and also give you some things to watch out for when shopping for one, all with the goal of improving the chances that you get everything you want the first time around.
Things to consider when buying a power rack
- Will the rack fit? – Check not only for the necessary floor space, but also make sure to not choose a rack higher than your ceiling will comfortably allow. Remember to factor in head clearance for pull-ups.
- Will it really fit though? – Also consider the equipment space needed. Are you left with any space around the perimeter of the rack? Can you move around the rack to load the bar? Will the bar rub against the wall? Olympic barbells are over 7′ long, so measure twice.
- Does the manufacturer offer the accessories you want? – Who cares how many add-ons they have if they don’t have the ones you want. Some have dozens of accessories, some have only a few, and the worst have none. In some cases, accessories cross-compatible.
- Is it the right size? – If you’re a tall guy, don’t buy an 85″ high rack. If you’re unusually short, maybe don’t buy a 108″ high rack. Consider all the dimensions: the depth (the space between uprights where the bar will travel), the height, and the width (the opening). Generally the cheaper the rack, the shorter and narrower it is.
- Does the rack offer anchor holes? – There are only a handful of power racks that are not intended to be anchored to the foundation or a lifting platform. If you perform kipping pull-ups or want to attach a dip station, you should probably make sure you can anchor the rack down somehow.
- Is the rack easy to use and adjust? – Some standard equipment is annoying to use. For instance, the pin and pipe safety system is what you get with a number of racks by default. It’s slow and horrible to use, and you will probably upgrade sooner rather than later to spotter arms, straps, or drop-ins. It may be cheaper to select the option you prefer when you buy.
- Does the rack have a stabilizer? – Again, most racks are intended to be anchored down. Despite that fact, some racks have a stabilizer bar that runs along the bottom backside of the rack that keeps the rack stable when it’s not anchored. These bars are a hindrance and get in the way of both your feet and your bench. Make sure this bar is either not present, is removable, or is thin enough to almost be flush with the ground. The image below is Rogue’s stabilizer; it’s both optional and removable; as it should be.
- How is it shipped? Make sure the parts fit where you want to assemble it. Some racks are in pieces, others are completely welded except for the crossmembers. Will you be able to get those parts through doorways, curved stairs, narrow hallways, etc?
- How much is shipping? Racks are big and heavy and expensive to ship, and they almost always ship via LTL freight. You may find one with a price you like but the rack costs half as much more just to ship. Some retailers ship certain units for free. Check that shipping rate before you get too attached to any particular rack.
Power Rack vs Squat Stands
There are two typical reasons why someone would consider purchasing a squat stand over a power rack. First is budget. Yes, you can get a squat stand for less money than a power rack. However, for squat stands that offer pull-up bars and safeties, the price difference isn’t really that great; as I’ll show you below.
The second reason people look for squat stands over power racks is because of a perceived lack of space for a full rack. Actually, a squat stand takes up more space than you may think… or rather, power racks can take up less space than you may think. Look at the image below.
The squat stand (Rogue SML-2) on the left has a footprint of 48″ x 49″ and sells for just over $600 with the spotter arms. The power rack (Rogue RML-3) on the right has a footprint of 30″ x 49″ and sells for $750. So while the power rack costs a bit more, it also takes up less space, is more stable when anchored, and has more accessory options.
So it’s one thing to prefer squat stands for some reason or another, but don’t automatically assume you have to settle for squat stands because you’re working with limited space. Check out some of the smaller power racks and half racks before you commit to a squat stand. If you are unsure which to buy, check out a discussion on this topic here.
Commercial Squat Racks
I’m not a fan of squat racks for a home gym. I couldn’t find a single squat rack that had adjustable safety pipes for anywhere near the price tag that would warrant buying it over a power cage. Freemotion Fitness makes a squat rack that adjusts for $1300. No reason to spend that kind of money and not get a pull-up bar, or not have the option to bench or adjust for height. Squat racks are for commercial gyms. Buy a power rack, not a commercial squat rack.
I have one exception to my stance on true squat racks, and that is for the few of you out there that have basement gyms rather than garage gyms. There are some basements out there with incredibly low ceilings, and a power rack is just out of the question. So, I have started to keep my eyes open for basement-appropriate racks so that you’re not stuck with only the “classic” squat stand option. Jump!
There are a number of wall-mounted, folding racks on the market that serve as full-size squat stands when set-up, yet fold away in mere seconds and take up so little space that you can still pull your car in. These folding racks are strong, generally very affordable, and offer a lot versatility. In an effort to not over-crowd this article, I opted to make a separate page for these folding racks and you can see that here.
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Full-Size Power Racks
The first section is made up of your standard, full-size power racks. Some will have four uprights, and some will have six uprights; the rear two being for plate and accessory storage. What separates these from the half racks and squat stands further down the page is the fact that you generally work out inside these racks, and outside half and squat racks. Also, these will tend to require slightly more floor space, although that is not always the case.
Powerlifters and those who enjoy just happen to enjoy heavy-duty accessories will want a full-size rack over stands or half racks. Accessories like the adjustable Monolift, nylon safety straps, reverse hyper attachments, and lever arms require true power racks, not stands.
King Racks – The Rogue R6 and RML-690 Power Racks
Of the three base models of Infinity power racks from Rogue (R3, R4, and R6), the Rogue R6 has the largest footprint. This beautiful rack is essentially an R4 with two extra uprights for plate storage. These two extra uprights eliminate the need for a separate piece of equipment for plates, bands, and chains. Having that storage on board also makes getting the weights on and off the bar quicker and easier as they are just inches from the bar.
The R6 is built using industry standard 2″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel, and 5/8″ hardware for both assembly and the optional accessories. The R6 comes with a ton of plate storage (8 horns, to be exact), 2 different pull up bars including the multi-grip bar (shown above), protective J-cups, band pegs, spotter bars, and it also has Rogue’s famous Westside hole pattern (1″ hole spacing through the bench region). The total footprint of the R6 is 52″ W x 81″ L, and it is 90″ tall. $1495
The Rogue RML-690 on the other hand is more or less a beefier, cooler looking version of the R6. Rather than 2″ x 3″ steel, the 690 is assembled with giant 3″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel, making it an ideal choice for institutions, commercial gyms, etc. This thing is so sturdy and massive it doesn’t even require bolting to the floor or a platform. Other than the steel, the rack is essentially the same, although this one doesn’t come standard with the multi-grip pull-up bar. It still has the Westside hole pattern. $1568
Not everyone has the space for such large racks, but if you do I seriously suggest putting either of these racks on your short list. These racks are solid and I don’t think there is another company on the planet that makes as many accessories for their racks as Rogue does; stuff like spotter arms, straps, dip stations, landmines, reverse-hypers, and on and on. If for some reason you don’t think this is enough rack for you, try the full-on Monster RM-6!
Legend Fitness 3133 Power Cage
As with all Legend exercise equipment, you can’t really go wrong. Made with 3″ x 3″ steel tubing, the Legend 3133 Power Rack is 88″ high, and has a 60″ x 68″ footprint. It has the standard 2″ hole pattern, J-hooks, pipe safety system, pull-up bar, and built in plate storage. This cage, as with all Legend Fitness equipment, is custom order; meaning you get to pick your frame color, but you get to wait for production. A large variety of accessories are available for this unit: Dip attachment, spotter arms, step up attachment, landmines, band pegs, two tone paint, and more.
While definitely a tough, commercial power rack, I’m not a fan of this rack when compared to the R6 by Rogue. My main reason is the R6 has the 1″ hole spacing (Westside) through the bench and pull region rather than 2″ from top to bottom, and that’s a fantastic feature! Also there is a 6 to 8 week lead time on Legend gear. It used to be that you had to go with a commercial vendor for colored racks, but now even Rogue offers the RLM-690 in a multitude of colors.
Vulcan Standard 3×3 Power Rack
The 3×3 Standard Rack by Vulcan Strength is very similar to the RML-490 that I cover following this unit. It uses 3″x3″, 11-gauge steel tubing that’s assembled with beefy 5/8″ hardware. It’s power coated, comes with safeties and J-cups, and has a very similar footprint (4’x4′).
There are a couple of things that set this rack apart from the Rogue. For starters, the feet of the Vulcan Standard are at 9″x9″ – a massive footprint that will allow you to use this unit without anchoring in most cases. Of course you can still anchor if you plan to use accessories that require anchoring; the holes are there. The Vulcan also has 2″ hole spacing up all four sides of each upright which gives you a lot more versatility when using attachments. You’re not limited to only two sides of your rack like with so many other units.
The Vulcan Standard sells for $1100, and shipping is free to many regions of the USA. There is also a decent list of accessories available from Vulcan, as well as compatible accessories from other vendors.
Rogue R4 Power Rack and RML-490 LE Power Rack
I personally own the R4 Power Rack and I absolutely love it. The 4 series is slightly deeper than the 3 series (R3, RM-3, and RML-3) and feels much more like a rack you’d use at the gym. This rack is 43″ between uprights both width and depth. It is 90″ tall and has a 53″ x 53″ total footprint. The frame is 11-gauge 2″ x 3″ steel.
The R4 has a 2″ hole pattern like any rack, but it also has a 1″ hole pattern through the bench and clean zone (Westside hole spacing). This power rack comes with a pair of J-cups, pin and pipe safety system, 4 band pegs, and a fat/skinny pull-up bar. A stabilizer is offered as an option (shown in the picture), but you won’t need or want it once you anchor it down. There is also a massive assortment of optional accessories including a dip attachment, landmines, hyper attachment, spotter arms and straps, multi-grip crossmember, and many more.
I highly recommend this power rack. It is probably the most well-rounded rack for a garage gym considering size, options, available accessories, and price. I also highly recommend you purchase spotter arms rather than use the pin and pipe safety system. I have a full review on this rack that you can read here.
Rogue RML-490C Power Rack
The Rogue RML-490C is the beefier, colored version of the classic Rogue R-4. Instead of using 2×3″ 11-gauge steel like the Infinity line, the RML series (Rogue Monster Lite) uses 3×3″ 11-gauge steel. This upgrade makes for a heavier-duty, more stable rack – both in reality and in appearance.
There is a RML-490 that is offered in black powder coat for about $100 less ($983 versus $1075) and they both have the same technical specifications, but there are some minor cosmetic differences (other than the obvious color choices). For instance, the 490C uses black zinc hardware instead of bright zinc, and the rear crossmember is a classy black nameplate with ‘ROGUE’ stamped in stainless steel. In terms of accessories, all standard Monster Lite accessories work with the 490C, and they look pretty badass too since the accessories are typically black.
Rogue R3 and RML-3 Power Racks
The Rogue R-3 Power Rack is one of Rogue’s Westside-inspired power racks, and easily one of their best selling products. The R3 is the smallest rack in the Infinity line in terms of needed floor space. It has a footprint of 34″ x 53″ and rises 90″ above the ground. It’s made with the standard 2″x3″ 11-gauge steel, is assembled with 5/8″ hardware, and ships with a pair of J-cups, pin and pipe safeties, double pull-up bar, and four band pegs. Because it’s a Westside rack, it has 1″ hole spacing through the bench and clean zone.
The R3 is a well-known rack and has found homes in thousands upon thousands of garage gyms, affiliates, and schools across the country. It’s compact, sturdy, and affordable, and there are countless accessories available for the Infinity line of racks. You may even be able to get away with no anchoring this rack so long as you don’t try to use any accessories that extend outside the rack (trawler, spotter arms, etc.) The R3 should be on the short list for all garage gyms with limited space and/or budget.
The RML-3 Power Rack is the Monster Lite version of the R3. Made with 3″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel, it’s basically just a beefier, heavier version or the R3. It comes with the same accessories, has the same footprint, and still has the Westside hole pattern. Yes, it also looks cooler. Just about everything that applies to the R3 applies to the RML-3, though the accessories are not cross-compatible.
Rogue RM-3 Bolt Together and RM-390 Flat Footed Rack
Even beefier than the R3 and RML-3 covered above, the RM-3 and RM-390F are as solid as they come. Both of these racks are variants of the standard RM-3. All Monster racks use thick 3″x3″ 11-gauge steel for the uprights and are assembled with massive 1″ hardware. Monster racks also have the heaviest-duty accessories available including monolifts, safety straps, drop-ins, and more.
The RM-3 Bolt Together is intended to ease transport and installation in tighter locations that wouldn’t allow fully welded rack pieces to fit through; like stairs to a basement for instance. It comes standard with laser etched numbers for each pin hole, a pair of J-cups, and pin and pipe safeties. The uprights can be ordered in three heights (90″, 100″, 108″), you get to choose all of your cross-members (pull-up bars/crossbeams), and the RM-3 is available in about a dozen colors. It even ships with two Monster wrenches for assembly. Sweet, space-saving rack with no max load capacity.
The RM-390 Flat Foot is for those who cannot anchor their rack down for one reason or another, but still want a slim and beefy power rack. This rack uses the same steel and the same hardware as the RM-3, but sits on top of the Monster Squat Stand base which has four giant 3″ x 3″ rubber feet. This set up keeps the rack from shifting excessively and also protects your floor. These rubber feet add nearly a foot in depth to the racks footprint, but the rack itself offers the same space to workout in. A lot of the same upgrade options are available for the Flat Foot model.
Titan HD Imported Power Rack
I get asked about this rack often enough that I figured I should just add it and talk about it. The Titan HD is basically an imported copy-cat of the Rogue R3, and for significantly less money. The specs on paper are almost completely identical, but the quality is literally night and day. There is a lot wrong with this rack that can’t be seen in an image.
I found an excellent video review of this rack. This guy has both the Titan HD and the Rogue R3 and compares both of them side-by-side. It’s alarming how inferior the Titan is to the Rogue. So much so that the reason the guy has both racks is because he’s replacing his Titan with the R3; the rack he probably wishes he had bought in the first place. I strongly suggest that you watch this video before you blow your cash on this poorly designed power rack.
For those of you who can’t be bothered, here are some of the key points. The J-cups can scratch your barbell, the safeties are hard to use and will probably eventually break, the rack isn’t powder coated and it will rust (just a coat of spray paint), the pass through plates on the cross-members and pull-up bars, and the feet are all razor thin and do not sit flush, there is only four total anchor holes (one per foot) rather than three per foot, the steel is dimpled from being drilled rather than laser cut, the steel is low quality, and the list goes on and on.
You couldn’t give me this rack. Buy at your own risk.
Valor BD-11 Economy Power Rack
I’ve decided to include one full-size economy rack as a way to sort of illustrate why I prefer the mid- to high-range power racks. I selected this Valor rack out of the hundreds of cheap, imported racks because if you straight up can’t afford an American-made rack and are inevitably going to buy an import, at least this is one of the better options. It’s not perfect, but it will do until you need and can afford better.
The Valor BD-11 Power Rack does have a lot of features for its low, <$500 price tag. It comes with two pairs of bar catchers (makeshift J-cups), a set of safety rails, wide pull-up bar, and four standard plate storage horns. This rack also has a base rather than feet, so you won’t need to anchor it. There are no band pegs nor the ability to use them even if you had them, but Valor has a hefty selection of accessories including a lat cable tower; which many people seem to desire.
The BD-11 made from thinner steel than all the other racks on this page, but this is typical of imported power racks. It’s 12-gauge versus 11-gauge, and while that doesn’t seem like much on paper, you will notice the difference. Even though 12-gauge isn’t the weakest steel that’s used for Chinese power racks, it does impact the max capacity. In this case, that capacity is 500-pounds on the catchers, 800-pounds on the safeties and 400-pounds on the pull-up bar.
So in terms of function and affordability, it’s not awful, but it does have its share of negatives. For instance, the bar catchers suck and should have just been J-cups (image below). Also paint and decorative chrome is not at all durable, so this whole rack will chip and rust with use. The storage pegs are useless – you cannot have these mounted and loaded if you intend to use the rack, as the stored plates will be in the way. Finally, this rack lacks Westside spacing. Don’t dismiss that 1″ spacing – it’s a huge feature.
The verdict? Stronger lifters need an 11-gauge rack. 500-pounds on the hooks and 800-pounds on the safeties is too low for someone will a 400+ pound squat. Remember that these are static load maxes, and a failed rep is not always controlled. Also Valor doesn’t have any hardcore accessories, and compatibility with Valor and the American companies does not exist. It’s a fine beginner rack, and maybe even into the early stages of an intermediate, but it’s not an end-game unit by any means. Still, I’d rather see you with this than a $200 unit from the chain store.
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Half racks have very little inside depth to the rack itself, but are still four uprights like a normal power rack rather than two like you’d see on squat stands. It’s best to think of a half rack as a glorified squat stand in that they’re slightly more stable and they offer on-board plate storage. As with squat stands, all the work is done outside the rack, and exercises that utilize safeties usually do so with spotter arms rather than the pipes between uprights like in a standard power rack.
Half racks really do not offer smaller footprints than standard power racks. However, a half rack is a space-saving alternative to power cages with plate storage in that those require six uprights (like the R6 at the top of the page). So if your goal is to have your rack and storage in one unit, a half rack is the way to go if space is an issue.
Valor Pro BD-58 Half Rack
The Valor Pro BD-58 is an interesting half rack option. It’s basically an imported variation of the HR-2 that I’ll discuss next. A lot of accessories that would cost extra with the HR-2 are included with the $700 price tag of the BD-58.
The Valor is made with 11-gauge steel, comes with spotter arms, two hooks for storing your barbells, and has six 10″ plate horns for plate storage. These plate horns are spaced far enough apart that every one of them can hold 450 mm discs (45-pound bumpers basically.) Additionally, there is a multi-grip pull-up bar, and 2 pairs of band pegs.
Drawbacks include lighter-duty J-cups than you’d find on a Rogue or comparable rack, short overall height of 85″ (pull-up bar looks to be about 83″ according to schematic), no accessory compatibility, and a complete lack of customer reviews. Since the J-cups clearly aren’t 11-gauge like the rest of the rack it does make me wonder about the spotter arms, but at least they don’t look obviously thin or anything.
While not as high quality as an American rack, this one at least looks better than the average import. Not bad. Be sure and compare features to the other half racks listed – especially the HR-2.
Rogue HR-2 Half Rack
The HR-2 is a half rack that can be purchased as a whole unit, or as a conversion kit for any of the Rogue Monster Lite Squat Stands (SML-1, 2, or 3). Just like I was saying in the half-rack intro, this is a squat stand with two extra uprights for plate storage. The footprint is the same for the SML’s as it is for the HR-2: 48″ x 49″. Height varies by model, of course.
Assuming you don’t have the squat stand already, the HR-2 runs about $650 for the 92″ high rack and $725 for the 108″ high rack. The height of the rear uprights are 70″ and 90″ respectively. The HR-2 is a Monster Lite, so the uprights are 3″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel and the hardware is 5/8″. The rack comes with a pair of J-cups and pull-up bar, but safety bars (or spotter arms) and plate horns are extra accessories.
If you do already own one of the SML Squat Stands, the conversion kit starts at $245 with all of the same upgrade options for safety and storage. Like the squat stands, this unit does not need to be anchored which is kind of cool.
I am convinced that the HR-2 is one of the best rack options for a garage gym. It takes up a minimal amount of space considering all of its features and add-on options, and as a base rack it’s reasonably priced. Accessories can be added down the road and as needed, and there is no reason that this rack would ever need to be replaced. Complete versatility, no anchoring required, and it’s compatible with a ton of accessories.
IronMaster IM1500 Half Rack
The IronMaster IM1500 Half Rack is pretty solid half rack for the money. For $699 shipped you’re looking at a unit with spotter arms, pull-up bar, bar storage, and plate storage already included in the price. There are also band pegs, numbered holes, and anchor holes should you choose to use them. The two uprights are 11-gauge with a 1000-pound capacity, but I’m assuming a good portion of the rest of the rack is probably 12-gauge based on verbiage in the product description.
So yeah, lot’s of good stuff for only $700, but what about the cons? Well it is relatively short at only 84½” tall – not a great height for tall folks when it comes to chins. It also has 2½” square uprights instead of the standard configurations, which means you’ll probably not be adding much in the way of accessories. Also, the product description says the plate horns hold standard or Olympic plates, and that means the poles are 1″ and they have those silly plastic slide-on sleeves for the Olympic plates. Finally, this is an import, and I know how some of you feel about that.
End of the day this is a pretty good deal, and loaded with enough build-in features that you don’t have to worry about accessory upgrades. The HR-2 is certainly a beefier half rack and an American-made half rack, but you won’t walk away with an HR-2 with the same accessories for only $700. Not even close.
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Squat racks are just what they sound like. Some have pull-up bars, some don’t, and some are just two independent stands that offer nothing more than a way to get under a heavy bar for squats. Squat stands are much less expensive than half racks and power racks, but unless you already own a wall or ceiling mounted pull-up bar, I do suggest you spend a little extra to get stands with a pull-up bar; worth every penny.
Rogue RML-3W Fold Back Wall Mount
You can finally fit a rack in your garage and still park your car at night. This rack is exactly what it looks like, a foldable, wall-mounted squat stand. It’s a Rogue Monster Lite (RML) so it’s made with beefy 3″x3″ 11-gauge steel, and it can be purchased in two different depths (21″ and 41″.) It only sticks out 5″ from the wall when folded up, and takes but a few moments to set it up for use.
This is a really cool idea, and it’s also very affordable when compared to the vertically folding wall racks like the very over-priced PRX. It’s only $495 for the rack and you get J-cups, mounting brackets and hardware, detent pins, plastic feet, and a removable pull-up bar. It even has Westside hole spacing! There are some installation requirements, but you can check those out here.
See a larger variety of wall-mounted folding racks here.
American Barbell PowerHouse Pull Up Squat Rack
The American Barbell Powerhouse Pull Up Squat Rack is not the cheapest squat stand + pull-up option by any means, but it does offer a couple of unique features that may be of interest to some of you.
For starters, it has about the smallest footprint of any full-size squat + pull-up rack out there. The depth of this unit is only 34″ rather than 48″ or more, so you can conceivably fit this thing off to the side of your garage and still get the car in. 34″ in not very deep at all, but it’s still about 10″ deeper than independent stands, so there will be stability. Wouldn’t be my first choice for kipping, but for chins and pulls you’re good to go.
It’s also incredibly beefy; it is constructed with 11-gauge 3″x3″ US-sourced steel and assembled with ¾” hardware. Additionally, it comes with sandwich-style J-cups instead of the light-duty cups typical of just about every other rack. Sandwich cups are generally about a $100-$150 upgrade, which is probably fully included in the price.
Rogue SM-2 Monster Squat Stand
The Monster squat stands are about the best option for squat stands. They are thick 3″ x 3″ steel with massive rubber feet, and they have a pull-up bar (3 out of the 4 available models do anyway). This unit is available in 4 total heights up to a very tall 108″. Unfortunately, the spotter arms are optional and an extra expense.
If you’re looking at squat stands because of limited space, not necessarily budget concerns, this may be the way to go. You have access to most of the monster line accessories (including the matador dip station). I say most because with only two posts, there really isn’t anywhere to attach things like plate storage. This is by far the coolest squat stand I’ve seen.
Rogue MLW-4 Monster Lite Wall Rack
One of the most space saving options for getting a rack in the garage is a wall mounted rack like the Rogue MLW-4. This unit is 9′ tall and has a footprint of 4’x6′. It’s not that much smaller than a rack, but because it’s “backed up” to a wall leaves more floor space around the rack. The MLW-4 is made with 11-gauge 3″x3″ steel and uses 5/8″ hardware. Like other Rogue racks, it has the Westside 1″ hole spacing through the bench zone.
This rack comes with a pair of j-cups and an adjustable pull-up bar. This rack must be anchored to the ground (and wall, of course). Please note that this 9′ rack may be too tall for older homes’ garages, although it does make a great place to hang gymnastic rings if you can fit it.
Rogue S Series Squat Stands
This is the economical Rogue squat stand option. This model uses 11 gauge, 2″ x 3″ steel and is available in 4 heights (3 of which have a pull-up bar attached.) This unit is simple, affordable, and takes very little space. Floor mounting feet, different pull-up attachments, and spotter arms are all optional. This model is surprisingly popular, so take a closer look at it if you plan to go with squat stands.
Body Solid Multi-Press Rack for Basement Gyms
This is my basement gym recommendation. At only 74″ high, this squat rack is over a foot shorter than most power racks and should fit in most basements. Of course, you better measure and make sure!
I’m not normally a fan of the Amazon brands, but this rack is made with the same 2″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel found in many commercial racks so it should be pretty damn tough. It has 14 different rack positions and it comes with spotter arms so you can still bench on this rack, but I’ll bet you need to be fairly strict as the spotters are shorter than what you’d find on a true rack. Downside of a basement gym, I suppose.
Total footprint is 45″L x 64″W x 74″ H. Reviews are great, shipping is included in the price, and you even get some plate storage built into the rack. $550
XMark Multi-Press Squat Rack for Basement Gyms
An even shorter option for low ceiling basement gyms would be the XMark Multi-Press Squat Rack. At about 70″ high, there is no ceiling so low that this shouldn’t fit. It has 9 pre-set, gun rack style positions, short adjustable spotter arms, and horns for plate storage. This squat rack is built with 2″x3″ steel and has a 400-pound maximum capacity; which I’m not saying you should exceed, but with an 11-gauge frame it’s probably fairly conservative.
While not the hugest fan of the box-store brands like XMark, this particular unit is rated very well and looks to be an acceptable alternative to the higher-end brands for those of you who simply cannot fit anything else in their basement gym. The XMark Multi-Press Rack sells for just under $400 and ships for free from Amazon.
Power Rack Review Summary
My suggestion for most people with normal one or two-car garages with an average budget is going to be the Rogue R3 Power Rack, or even the R4 if you have the space necessary for the additional depth. The price along with the fact that you can order it how you want it and be done with it is great. Get the parts you want, not the ones you don’t. For smaller budgets I would suggest looking at the S-series squat stands or other similar units.
No matter which rack you are interested in, I hope this power rack review gave you a clearer idea of what would work best for you; specifically your space and budget. There are many other power racks out there, especially when you include the economy models found in chain stores and on Amazon. I didn’t talk about those because I think that if you’re serious about your workouts and your gym equipment, you’ll want to buy something that will last and be safe for you, your friends, and your family. If you found this post helpful, please share it. I greatly appreciate those likes and shares.