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Power Racks and Barbells?


#1

I am thinking of buying a power rack for my home gym. But I only have standard barbells with standard plates. I read somewhere that power racks only work with olympic barbells and weights. is this true? Or do power racks work with everything?

Please help me out. Thanks.


#2

And I'm thinking the only thing that matters is the length of the barbell. It should be 7 feet long. Whether it's olympic or standard plates shouldn't matter. Now if all standard bars are less than 7 feet long, then you may have some trouble. I'm only familiar with olympic bars.


#3

Some standard bars are less than 7'. I found that out when I purchased my squat rack and my bar didn't fit correctly.

Just measure and make sure.


#4

Standard bars don't work well in a normal sized power rack. They will probably fit on the J hooks but the weights end up INSIDE the hooks instead of outside.
However, if you have enough $$$ for a powerrack, at least invest in a $100+ 315 lbs Olympic set.

The bar may be crap but the weights are yours for life.
Buy another, better bar sometime in the future when you have more $$$.
I use my old 1" weights for bent rows, stiff leg deads, etc., all the supplemental exercises I do outside the power rack. That way I don't have to unload the bar and move it to the floor and reload it.


#5

I want a power rack because I dont have a spotter. I dont want to kill myself doing squats.

Are there any cheaper alternatives?

Is there something besides a power rack I can buy for me to do squats safely?


#6

A power rack is your best choice. Have you tried finding used ones?

I purchased mine brand new for $264 (Body Solid) along with a 300lb Olympic weight set and bar for $115 and a flat bench for $60.

You could find this stuff used in the paper or a sporting good store that also sells used equipment (Play-it-Again Sports).

I would highly suggest an Olympic bar and weights to go with your Power Rack.