After initial investigations into acquiring a power rack/cage (for big squats, b-presses, chins, and dips with a little ingenuity) I have stumbled upon a lack of availability in my country.
I also can’t decide what commercial company to go with, or whether to get one custom built by a local steel or ironworker. I have seen some ‘nice’ Bodysolid, Powertec, Nautilus, York Barbell, Parabody (associated with Hammer Strength) models on US sites, some of which looked to be of a generic type (from the same original source, yet with custom spec and labelling added). I also thought the Husker Rack by Wynmor/York met my requirements. However, I’ve also seen some decent ‘specially made’ cages too. In simple terms, I am looking for cage approaching commercial gym standards: thick struts, heavy duty pins and such like, yet I cannot seem to find one from a UK distributor. This leaves me with the solution of global or European shipping.
Where I live, most mainstream suppliers haven’t ‘caught on’ to the importance of fundamental and basic items for strength training (e.g. power cages, simple bombproof benches).
To give you an example of what I’m talking about, check out one of our main fitness suppliers: www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/equipment. Running machines, ‘semi-recumbent’ bikes and super-duper multi-stations all round I’m afraid. www.yorkfitness.co.uk/uk/ isn’t much better. In other words, what I’m trying to say is, shipping and costs are also very important to me.
If anyone has any ideas with my problem I’d appreciate it.