Ultimate Power Rack Buying Guide

There are a few things you need to pay attention to when you’re interested in getting a power rack for your home gym.

This guide will cover the most important things you need to consider when buying a power rack.

These aren’t in any particular order, but some are definitely more important than others!

Let’s check them out!

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Price Point

This one should be super obvious, but before anything else, you have to consult your budget before going off and buying a $1,000 rack.

It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but heavy-duty steel costs money, and you need to accept this fact even though it hurts.

Luckily though, I’ve given you guys many options from around $250 all the way up to $5,000+.

They’re all quality racks, so don’t worry too much if you can’t get everything you want in the beginning.

Not everybody needs a rogue power rack after all!

Almost every one of them is upgradeable, so you can add things over time instead of all at once.

Space Needed To Store The Rack

Right after the price, you need a space to store your rack.

If you only have a one-car garage with a super low ceiling, your options are going to be limited.

Thankfully, I had the foresight to include racks with smaller footprints and shorter uprights to fit most home gyms.

I know, I know, you’re welcome!

The Type Of Rack You Need

Everybody has different needs for their garage gym.

You might need one that’s more compact like my last point, or you need something compatible with a specific pulley system because you want cables in your gym.

You might not even want a traditional 4-post power rack and prefer something like a half rack.

The options are limitless, so it’s important to decide what type of training you will do and what you need to get the job done.

Weight Capacity Of The Rack

This is a big one you have to pay attention to!

If you’re a beginner lifter and have no need for a massive 1,000 lb weight capacity, you really don’t need to spend more money on an 11 or 7 gauge power rack when you’re just starting out.

I recommend you do so because you don’t have to upgrade later on, but it isn’t completely necessary.

On the flip side, if you’re a competitive powerlifter or strength athlete, you most likely want a heavy-duty rack. That way, you can train safely without the rack shaking around and crumpling when you miss a big squat.

Aside from the budget racks I’ve recommended, every single rack in this guide has a weight capacity of at least 1000 lbs, so you’re set!

Structural Integrity

This goes right along with the weight capacity of your rack.

Ideally, you want a rack with a lot of stability, can bolt down and has high-quality welds with thick gauge steel.

The better the power racks’ construction, the safer you’ll be and the more gains you’ll be able to make over the long haul.

Just remember, budget racks are fine; cheap racks are not.

Attachment Compatibility

Skip this section if you just want a basic power rack without any other uses.

This is probably one of the biggest benefits of owning a squat rack for everybody else.

If your rack is compatible with many different attachments, you can expand your training arsenal considerably!

Adding pulleys for cable work opens up a bunch of exercise selections that can make a big difference if you’re trying to build the most muscle possible.

Suppose you want something that will mimic many machine exercises. In that case, lever arms give you a ton of new variations to try out.

Then, of course, you have a ton of other options should as different pull-up bars, dip bars, landmine attachments, and more!

The more attachments available for your rack, the better.

Safeties

This is one of the more essential aspects of a power rack you have to consider, the safeties that your rack can use.

If you train alone or don’t trust your mom to spot you with heavy weights, having high-quality safeties to save your life is critical.

We’ve all seen people almost die from failing a bench press, and that really is a shitty way to go.

I recommend either strap or flip-down safeties as they’re much higher quality than pin/pipe ones.

Plus, they protect your barbell instead of damaging it.

Weight Storage

If your rack has optional weight horns or storage options, you can maximize your training space and add more stability to your rack by weighing it down.

This is just a nice way to keep your gym tidier and make loading/unloading your weights much more accessible.

Saving time to focus on training and less time on excuses is always a good thing.

Conclusion

Now I turn it over to you!

What do you think are the most important factors when it comes to choosing a power rack?

Let me know in the comments section below, right now.

Until next time,

-Dante

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