AAAAAAAAAAARGH. They got rid of their only power rack so that they can put in a new super-smith machine…IT MOVES IN ALL 3 PLANES!!! Fuck me. They have 2 other smith machines, and hell 2 squat racks (one of which is never used). They HAD to get rid of the fucking power rack?
update: ok, so the rack arrived. It actually has safety bars on it. It’s like a smith combined with a regular rack. Here’s the thing though, it’s VERY wide. So resting a bar on the safety bars there’s not much room between where the safety bars end and the knobs on either end of the olympic bar start. There’s like a half inch per side. Really a pain in the ass. Plus the rack is very cluttered, there’s pins and bars all over the place.
So I’ve made a decision; I’m going to destroy the rack. It’s the cheapest piece of shit I’ve ever seen. The safety bars are the flimsiest pieces of shit I’ve ever seen. They might actually be hard plastic. I’m going to rack pull 500 and let it snap them when I re-rack it. The mechanism on the smith portion of it looks cheap as hell, and loose. I’m going to do some sort of explosive movement, maybe cleans?, and see if I can tear the damn thing apart.
I kind of hope the ASE certified personal trainers that lobbied for this thing look on in horror as I demolish this piece of shit. I hope they cry. Their tears will be post workout drink.