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Buying Squat Racks


#1

My son, age 15, 6', 242, is squatting 225 for reps in our school gym. Can any of you guys point me to a good place to buy racks for a basement gym? With summer coming on, he wants to bulk up for football and I'd like to find some good quality racks.

Any help greatly appreciated!


#2

elitefts.com


#3

http://www.newyorkbarbells.tv/92552.html

I just got this one last week for $330, and it was $120 shipping. It is made in China unfortunately, but was all I could afford, and its really nice for the money. Its very wide too.


#4

I would suggest Craigslist.com for used equipment. I bought a squat rack, bench, 300lb barbell set and dumbells going to 50lbs for $350. People are always selling hardly-used exercise equipment there if you live in a larger city. I am not sure if that helps in smaller towns.


#5

Not sure how handy you are, but you can build one on the cheap if you can weld. I wouldn'y chance it if you're not very comfortable with your shop skills, though. Building something to hold hundreds of pounds above your loved one's is not the time to learn...


#6

newyorkbarballs has awesome sale prices. I just got a safety squat bar for $249 which was $499 from other places-the exact same bar, and I was a little worried about quality but it is excellent-it said 1000 pound test. I believe 700 at least.


#7

Thats one big ass 15 year old.


#8

Thanks, guys!