Yes, you heard it right. My gym has neither a power rack or a squat stand. Yet I used to swear by them. You see, it used to have a great power rack until some jacked powerlifter decided to do a squat PR, failed miserably and broke his leg. Then they replaced it with a smith machine (The second goddamn one) and suddenly my gym turned to a private fitness club. I've been squatting for like 2 months putting the barbell on the parallel dip bars, but that really pissed some guys off (Who advised me to use the smith machine since "they're the same thing") and it takes a LOT of toil plating the bars on and off (Doing that actually raised my physics grade to A+ as I fully grasped torque by doing so). BUT, my torque understanding eluded me the last time I did squats and the weights fell BOOM BOOM BOOM on the floor. I attempted to leave the gym in shame but not before a personal trainer scolded me.
So here's the question, how do I convince my gym to buy a power rack in such circumstances? I'm planning on appealing to their own profit by saying that I have 3 friends who are olympic lifters that won't join the gym unless there's a power rack and also give scientific evidence why the smith machine is less safe than a power rack and furthermore draw a plan for the gym itself with the power rack (Perhaps also threaten to leave myself?). Any more tips?