tcsimon> Thanks for the offer! I might just have to take you up on that. I just ordered the rack a couple days ago and don’t expect it until July. If I think I’ll need a hand I’ll send a message your way. Maybe I could pick your brain that day on makeshift platform and box too…
MidDistanceMac> I’ve been contemplating buying a rack since February. I bought a house in May so I had a long time to research it all. I went with an EliteFTS rack mainly because I’ll be lifting alone most of the time. I want something that I can miss heavy squats and bench presses in. So, I wanted it to be able to handle dropping a weight up to a foot onto the pins AND I want something with 1" spacing for bench press. I don’t want to be at the mercy of the hole spacing for bench press safety, I want to be able to miss with a ME weight and bring it toward my neck from a couple inches with no fear of decapitation.
Plus, I’m in this for the long haul. I’ve been working out bodybuilder style in gyms for over 10 years (with so-so results) and have learned it’s all about compound lifts. I’ll never go back to a gym if I have a rack and this one will last me forever.
If you want something a lot cheaper and are working out with a good spotter try NYBarbell. They use TDS racks which I think are the same thing from Dick’s sporting goods and they’re available on ebay all the time for pretty cheap too.
robo1> Thanks, sounds like I was worrying for nothin. I think I’m just trying to find a reason for buyer’s remorse, $865 is almost all of my tax rebate check.