Squat Racks & Stands

Squat Racks & Stands

The cheap, space saving yet versatile alternative for your home gym

Squat racks or half racks are similar to a power rack, but instead of having four uprights, they only have two. These are typically bridged at the top with a cross member that nearly always features a chin up bar. This not only adds a tremendous amount of functionality, it makes the set up a lot more solid – which is critical when performing squats.

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Featured Squat Racks & Stands

Megatec Half Rack
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Megatec Half Rack

Product Code: MT-HR

Tight on space? The Megatec Half Rack will be the answer to your prayers! With a depth of only 96cm,..

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$549.00 Ex Tax: $499.09

Megatec Wall Mounted Half Rack
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Megatec Wall Mounted Half Rack

Product Code: MT-HR-WM

A wall mounted half rack is ideal for the weight trainer who is tight on space. The Megatec wall mou..

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$359.00 Ex Tax: $326.36

Barbarian Squat Stands PRO
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Barbarian Squat Stands PRO

Product Code: BB-9036

If you are going to get squat stands, make sure you get some good ones. I am not a fan of cheap gym..

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$629.00 Ex Tax: $571.82

Why would I want a squat stand or squat rack?

Generally my first recommendation for someone who is looking at setting up a free weight training home gym is to go for a power rack. However for many people, especially those that live in the major cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, house prices are through the roof so space is at a premium. Both squat racks and squat stands will take up less space.

The other factor is obviously cost. Both squat racks and squat stands are cheaper than power racks.

Squat Racks and Squat Stands were primarily designed for, and stating the obvious, squats. So it is actually quite common for people to refer to a power rack as a squat rack, as it too was designed primarily for squatting. However I feel the term squat rack is more appropriate for the half rack or half cage. You will see the similarities they share with squat stands.

What features make a squat rack the right choice for me?

Like power racks, they feature j-hooks which can be adjusted to get you in the perfect start/stop position. This also means they can be used for other exercises like bench press. But even more important, the squat racks that we have for sale, also feature adjustable spotter arms. These are set just below the bottom of your range of movement, and provide you with protection from being crushed under the bar if you can’t complete the rep. This is very important for exercises like bench press if you plan on training alone.

For many, the squat is the exercise that you will lift the heaviest weight. So there is no chance that you can lift the weight up on to your shoulders unassisted. This was the age old dilemma that faced the weight trainers of yesteryear and gave rise to the squat stand. Squat stands are two uprights that are not joined, on to which you put your barbell and load up the weight.

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Powertec Half Rack

Powertec Half Rack

Product Code: WB-HR16-B

The perfect free weight training solution for people who have limited space. It is compact and heavy duty. Plus you can expand it later with the Lat Tower Option when you...

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$649.00 Ex Tax: $590.00

Barbarian Commercial Adjustable Squat Rack

Barbarian Commercial Adjustable Squat Rack

Product Code: BB-VP-9036

The Barbarian Commercial Squat Rack is not only extremely heavy duty, it is safe too, with the addition of some very handy adjustable spotter arms.

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$699.00 Ex Tax: $635.45

IM1500 Ironmaster Half Rack

IM1500 Ironmaster Half Rack

Product Code: IM1500

From all the squat racks for sale on the Australian market, I can genuinely say that the Ironmaster..

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$749.00 Ex Tax: $680.91

ATX Squat Rack - Made in Germany

ATX Squat Rack - Made in Germany

Product Code: ATX-FS-240

A genuine commercial squat rack that is built for serious lifting. You won't need to bolt this to the ground as it is more stable than most power racks!

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$1,199.00 Ex Tax: $1,090.00

Megatec Half Rack System
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Megatec Half Rack System

Product Code: MT-HRS

The Megatec Half Rack System is the solution for the free weight trainer who is limited on space. Wi..

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$1,060.00 Ex Tax: $963.64

Barbarian Squat Stands

Barbarian Squat Stands

Product Code: BB-9020

The Barbarian Squat Stands are ideal for the gym or studio that needs a portable solution for squatting or pressing. Their exceptional build quality, make them extremely ...

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$549.00 Ex Tax: $499.09

Ironmaster IM1500 Dip Handles
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Ironmaster IM1500 Dip Handles

Product Code: IM1500DIP

The Ironmaster IM1500 Dip Handles are now available for the IM1500 Squat Racks. Just like all Ironma..

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$99.00 Ex Tax: $90.00

Powertec WB-HR Half Rack Dip Handles

Powertec WB-HR Half Rack Dip Handles

Product Code: P WB-HR15-DBA

Powertec have introduced dip handles for their legendary half rack. This half rack was legendary for..

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$85.00 Ex Tax: $77.27

Powertec Workbench Lat Tower Option
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Powertec Workbench Lat Tower Option

Product Code: WB-LTO16

The Powertec Workbench Lat Tower Option is a great addition to the Powertec Half Rack and Powe..

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$799.00 Ex Tax: $726.36

Powertec 190lbs Weight Stack Option

Powertec 190lbs Weight Stack Option

Product Code: WS-190

You can now add a 190lbs Weight Stack to your Powertec Lat Tower Option, Lat Machine or Functional T..

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$449.00 Ex Tax: $408.18

Megatec J-Hooks

Megatec J-Hooks

Product Code: MT-FH-I

The Megatec J-Hooks can be purchased for the added convenience of training on your power rack and half rack.

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$89.00 Ex Tax: $80.91

BB-9036 Squat Stands Connecting Strut

BB-9036 Squat Stands Connecting Strut

Product Code: BB-9036-TO

The Barbarian Squat Stands Connecting Strut will allow you to bolt together your BB-9036 Commercial ..

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$99.00 Ex Tax: $90.00

The best quality squat racks and stands in Australia - Sam's Fitness

In my highly biased opinion, I believe we stock the best squat racks in Australia. The Megatec and Powertec squat cages both have the option of adding on a lat tower option. This will allow you to do both high and low pulley exercises like lat pulldowns, seated rows and bicep curls. Combined with the barbell functionality on the squat rack, these systems alone offer the complete free weight training experience – without taking up too much precious space.

In the early years, weight trainers would have to improvise, but thankfully now you don’t have to risk death and injury by using something that was not designed for this specific task. However I do issue a strong word of warning – buying cheap squat stands and lifting heavy weight can be deadly! If they utilise poor quality materials combined with a poor design, they may fail or simply fall over just when you really need them after barely completing your last rep of squats.

The Ironmaster IM1500, while not offering the lat option, has built in weight plate and barbell storage. This is often overlooked when browsing for a home gym set up. It is not until you have got your gear built that you realise that you need somewhere to put your plates and barbells.

Squat stands were a very late addition to our range. I was never a big fan from the safety aspect, especially considering the relative affordability of squat racks and power racks. However shortly after the ink on our deal with Barbarian dried, the Barbarian Commercial Squat Stands were one of the first products I ordered. Not only are the built from the highest quality materials – the thick steel tube adds a lot of weight to the stands which is the simplest way to add stability. They also have in built spotter arms. These can be adjusted for safety when both squatting and bench pressing.

The other advantage is that if later on you have the luxury of more space, you don’t need to sell them, you can buy an optional base support that coverts them into a squat rack.

The only downside with the Barbarian squat stands is obviously the price. They actually cost more than the Megatec squat rack, but I refuse to sell anything cheaper or flimsy as in my opinion they are simply are not safe and are an accident waiting to happen. But if you are tight on space, they are worth their weight in gold.

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