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Help with Power Racks

I’ve been looking at racks online for sometime. I really want a rack that has holes every inch or so like the one on elitefts.com.

However 1000 bucks is a bit much for a rack for me. Does anyone know of any other brands that are a little cheaper, but still have the 1 inch holes like elitefts?

ex:

http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=167&pid=6

I have this one.
It doesn’t holes spaced at 1", but that’s such an arguable variable.
http://www.fitnessfactory.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=813&ItemLabel=PPR200X%3A+Powerline+Power+Rack#

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I have this one.
It doesn’t holes spaced at 1", but that’s such an arguable variable.
http://www.fitnessfactory.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=813&ItemLabel=PPR200X%3A+Powerline+Power+Rack#

[/quote]

Yeah I looked at similar like that. Only reason I wanted the 1inch spaces was if I didn’t have a spotter when I want to bench, and can use the safety pins and not worry if the safety pins were too high or too low.

I had a similar problem with my rack. I just “jacked up” the rear of the rack to the proper height so that when I bench, I can touch my chest, but when I release my arch, the bar hits the spotter bars. I used just a couple of small dumbells to jack it up, but I’m sure you can use whatever you have lying around that’s decently solid.

[quote]dcamnc wrote:
I had a similar problem with my rack. I just “jacked up” the rear of the rack to the proper height so that when I bench, I can touch my chest, but when I release my arch, the bar hits the spotter bars. I used just a couple of small dumbells to jack it up, but I’m sure you can use whatever you have lying around that’s decently solid.[/quote]

That’s a good idea…and it’ll save me about 700 bucks, lol.

Another unexpected benefit of using the dumbells (small 5lb ones, solid steel) was that I can “roll” them along the bottom to the proper spot. So if a friend uses the rack, and he/she is smaller or bigger than me, I just move them along the bottom to adjust the spotter bars to their size. It kind of makes the rack infinitely adjustable in a way. Make sure to use something solid to jack the rack up, you don’t want a couple hundered pounds coming down on you.

I got a cheap but sturdy Chinese-made rack from an eBay shop. I countered the problem with pin height by using some sturdy wooden boards to lay on the floor to vary the height the bench is set.
Also plumber’s insulation foam piping is useful to lay over the pins to prevent metal on metal clang. Also useful squat bar pad, etc.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I have this one.
It doesn’t holes spaced at 1", but that’s such an arguable variable.
http://www.fitnessfactory.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=813&ItemLabel=PPR200X%3A+Powerline+Power+Rack#

[/quote]

I have that same rack I got it from sams club for dirt cheap! I want to say shipped and everything even with the membership was like 250! Check there

[quote]Hyperion wrote:
Iron Dwarf wrote:
I have this one.
It doesn’t holes spaced at 1", but that’s such an arguable variable.
http://www.fitnessfactory.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=813&ItemLabel=PPR200X%3A+Powerline+Power+Rack#

I have that same rack I got it from sams club for dirt cheap! I want to say shipped and everything even with the membership was like 250! Check there[/quote]

Looks like a great deal. Even though they have a douchebag in the ad. I bet he does tons of curls in that rack.

Here is the one at which I am looking from Texas Strength Systems: www.texasstrengthsystems.com/powerracks.html.

1 Inch hole spacing everywhere on the track, including the band pegs and the weight storage area.

http://www.legendfitness.com/equipment.php?id=120

Louie Simmons Line from Legend Fitness. 1" spacing in the center, graduating to 2".

PM me for a price quote. Legend Fitness has the highest quality and definitely best value!