Top 5 Power Rack Benefits – (You Need One To Get Stronger)

There are many benefits to owning a power rack, which I’ve covered in the past.

However, there are just a few of the main ones that you should consider when determining if you need one in your home gym!

Short answer: you definitely should have one!

Attachments To Expand Training Options

One of my favorite discoveries in the past few years since buying my original power rack was that you can get attachments for your rack.

If you’re focused on building muscle, you can add cable systems to your rack to train different divisions of your musculature in the most optimal way possible.

Suppose you just want to get as strong as possible. In that case, you can get monolift attachments to make benching and squatting easier. Or even belt squat attachments to push your lower body strength up without beating up your back as much.

Bottom line – no matter what type of lifting you do, getting a power rack compatible with many different attachments is a great idea.

Safety While Training Alone

If you’re like me, you’re training all by your lonesome, and nobody wants to be consistent enough to work out with you long-term.

Trust me, I get you.

When you’re trying to push for new personal records week after week and month after month, you absolutely need to have something in case you misgroove the bar on your bench.

Well, there’s this cool thing you can add to your rack that comes pretty standard, and that’s the safeties that go with them.

You can get these with the following standard safety options:

  • Pin/pipe designs that are cheap but will bang your bar up
  • Strap safeties that are much quieter to drop onto if you need to
  • Flip-down safeties with heavy-duty plastic that protects your bar

Rest assured, if you buy any of the racks mentioned in this post, you can train hard and not worry about injuring yourself, as the safeties are there to bail you out!

Better Gains

This is a big one because we all want to get bigger, stronger, and just better at whatever training we’re attempting to do.

It’s much easier to add weight to the bar on an overhead press when you can just unrack it, press it, and rerack it.

Especially compared to the alternative, which is to clean the bar each set, get set up, waste energy, and press from that position.

If you don’t have a rack, this is a perfectly acceptable solution that will eventually build you up to bigger and stronger over the long haul.

However, if you’re trying to clean and press the bar overhead, drop the bar onto your back, and then squat the weight, you’re not going to get anywhere near your squat potential!

That’s why having a power rack is so essential, as you can simply unrack the bar, do your set, and rerack it. Simple and safe.

Plus, since you have the safeties I mentioned in the last tip, you can train much harder and push yourself, knowing that you’re not going to get injured if you can’t finish your rep.

That peace of mind will allow you to push your strength and muscle mass to new heights.

Exercise Variation

Building on the previous points, having a power rack in your home gym provides you with many different exercise variations!

An adequately set up power rack with nothing else added gives you this movement selection:

  • Bench Press Variations
  • Overhead Press Variations
  • Squat Variations
  • Pull-up Variations

This might not sound like a lot, but that’s the basis of a fantastic strength training program.

Plus, you technically don’t need a power rack to do deadlift and row variations to round everything out.

But now, here’s where adding attachments will give you even more usability than you can possibly imagine!

If you add iso lever arms, you can do many different machine exercises, such as rowing and pressing movements, leg presses, hack squats, belt squats, and more! It really is up to your imagination.

Now, if you add dip bars and landmine attachments, you open a whole new world of movements that use your power rack as its base.

You can include band pegs to make barbell movements more difficult or do the opposite and make your pull-ups and dips easier.

And finally, this is probably the most crucial addition; if you add cable systems to your rack, it literally opens up hundreds of different exercises for you to do!

Things such as:

  • Pulldowns
  • Rows
  • Curls
  • Extensions and Pushdowns
  • Rear Delt and Trap movements
  • Leg Extensions and curls
  • Pressing and Flies
  • And More!

As you can see, there really is so much you can do with a simple power rack and a couple basic accessories.

If you want to get something you can always upgrade over time, get a quality power rack compatible with all the best attachments you might need.

You’ll thank me later!

Highly Adjustable For All Sizes

This is another essential feature you need to consider.

If you train with other people, and you’re not all the same height with the same structures, you’re going to need to make adjustments.

Whether that’s moving your J-cups around or even just getting your safeties in a better position, power racks are fully modular for a reason.

The hole spacing they have allows for many different adjustments to fit pretty much any size lifter.

I recommend you get at least 1″ hole spacing if you lift with others, as it will be much easier to get things set up correctly.

Almost all of the racks I mentioned in this guide have that at minimum, with only a few budget racks having 2″ spacing.

Overall, though, a power rack is highly adjustable by nature, making it perfect for lifters of all shapes and sizes.

Conclusion

While there might be many benefits of a power rack, I think we did a good job of covering the most important ones.

Let me know what the most important benefits of a squat rack is for you!

Until next time!

-Dante

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