Power Racks & Cages
"You simply can't go wrong with a Power Rack"
You'll hear us repeat this many times, and no doubt you will have heard similar sentiments if you've been researching equipment for your home gym. To the experienced weight trainer, the sheer variety of options offered by a quality power rack are well known. For those who are new to weight lifting, body building or strength training, it might not be so obvious at first, but don’t let the fact it's a commercial piece of gym equipment put you off. In fact it's the flexibility, variety and size that make this a "must have" in your home gym, and for many is the hidden secret to building strength and muscle!
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So How Do They Work?
After all the years working in the industry, and hearing about all the latest fads and crazes, the basics of weight training have always remained the same. If you want to get results, the most effective way is to work at the compound movements – bench press, squats, dead-lifts, pull ups, dips. A power rack lets you hit these exercises hard, with complete safety.
Defined by its four uprights (which you lift inside of), you will often hear terms such as "power cage", "bench press rack", "lifting cage" or "weight cage" used as well. Safety is provided by the adjustable spotter bars that bridge the front and rear uprights. They allow you a full range of motion for bench press, but will stop you from being crushed in the event you can’t complete a repetition. This set up is exactly like the setups you'll see in all the high performance gyms.
What About the Safety Features?
When squatting, the spotters stop you from buckling under a heavy weight. In addition to this, the uprights will stop the bar from bouncing around your gym if you have to dump the weight off your back. So they are a perfect fit for both beginners, all the way through to the advanced weight trainer.
So as you can imagine, they need to be strong, tough and reliable. Even a relatively light weight squat, if dumped off your shoulders, will generate a fair amount of force. So it is all well and good for poor quality power racks to boast about their safety features, but when called upon, they fail under the pressure. That is why we don’t sell cheap and nasty gym racks for lifting, we only specialise in high quality brands who have a proven pedigree in the industry.
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Can They Be Upgraded or Extended?
Power racks have evolved over the years from being a very basic piece of equipment to a being a complete gym. Many of our best power racks have optional lat pull-down attachments. Essentially this is just a high and low pulley system which bolts straight back up to the rear of the rack. This will add tremendous variety to your weight training with quality exercises like the following:
- Lat pull-down
- Seated row
- Bicep curl
- Tricep press-down
Our power racks also feature chin up and dip options. Two extremely powerful exercises in their own right, but these options can also be utilised for a whole lot of other exercises like leg raises, assisted chin ups, inverted rows, push ups and many more. Combined with the compound movements discussed earlier, you can see that the list of exercises and variations is really only limited to your imagination!
How Much Room Will I Need?
Best of all, these complete power rack packages take up only a relatively small footprint considered the number and quality of exercises offered. A 3m x 3m space would be very comfortable, and people fit them in gyms that are a lot smaller. For personal trainers, they are ideal as they effectively replace a room for of gym equipment. We even have a commercial power rack with a pull-down option.
So if your quest in researching gym equipment is going round in circles, the power rack is always the option to fall back on – or should I say the one you won’t fall back when squatting heavy! It allows you to do all the exercises that are required to build strength and muscle. Plus there is loads of variety to keep your training interesting. The only time I tell people to steer clear of them is if they don’t like training with barbells.