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Where to Find a Power Rack?

I’m building a home gym, and I have a few questions, but the most question is where can I find a good priced power rack? I’ve got some weights now, but trying to find a power rack that is around $300 or less is really hard. Does anyone know a place to get a good, relatively cheap power rack? No one seems to sell it on craigslist.

So after that slightly more in depth question, this is my basic questions:

  1. Where to find a good priced power rack?

  2. Where to find a bench that has incline (and hopefully decline, but thats not a huge deal) but doesn’t have the posts to hold to bar? (so it can easily fit inside the power rack and I could use the power rack posts to hold the weight.)

  3. Is there a cheap piece of equipment that gives like a massage to your muscles? (the reason I am asking this is because I have recently discovered research that says massage after working out helps speed up muscle recovery.)

One more question:

I’m getting a home weight set, but is flooring a good idea? I have thin indoor/outdoor carpet, and is that alright to lift on? Would it provide enough traction for safety? Or should I get some rubber flooring? Flooring would cost another 60-100 bucks.

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uh, I can’t find a single power rack on that site for less than $1000. Not exactly affordable.

[quote]fisch wrote:
I’m building a home gym, and I have a few questions, but the most question is where can I find a good priced power rack? I’ve got some weights now, but trying to find a power rack that is around $300 or less is really hard. Does anyone know a place to get a good, relatively cheap power rack? No one seems to sell it on craigslist.

So after that slightly more in depth question, this is my basic questions:

  1. Where to find a good priced power rack?

  2. Where to find a bench that has incline (and hopefully decline, but thats not a huge deal) but doesn’t have the posts to hold to bar? (so it can easily fit inside the power rack and I could use the power rack posts to hold the weight.)

  3. Is there a cheap piece of equipment that gives like a massage to your muscles? (the reason I am asking this is because I have recently discovered research that says massage after working out helps speed up muscle recovery.)[/quote]

1&2. NY barbell has cheap racks that seem decent.

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/powerracks.html

I have a cheap Weider rack that I bought from a Michigan sporting goods chain called Dunhams. It is limited in the amount of weight it can handle, but it was $300 and came with a bench. Time to move up soon though.

Though if you can swing the elitelifts rack it will be your first and last.

  1. Read this.

If you can’t find a power rack on Craigslist, a yard sale or from a local gym going out of business, then shop at places like Play-It-Again sports where you can get new and used equipment for less. I bought a Body Solid power rack in 2004 for $264. I later upgraded it to include the lat/row attachment.

The best flat, incline, decline bench is the Ironmaster Super Bench. It’s a deal for the price as well. Strong, sturdy and does everything you need for a fraction of the price as most others. They even have a sale going on with all of their equipment good until October 22.

http://www.ironmaster.com/store/Super-Bench-pr-3.html

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As for flooring, go to a feed store or other tractor/feed vendor in your town and ask about 4’ x 6’ rubber (stable) mats. They will cost a lot less and will work much better. I highly recommend using the mats over your carpet. You need something more than the flooring for a home gym.

I’m sure there is a massage device that will suite your needs, but I don’t know of any off the top of my head.

I swear by nybarbells. Their stuff is cheap and the rack is sturdy. 0-90 adjustable bench isn’t half-bad either. EVERYTHING (rack, bench and mats) cost me a little over $400, and that’s the fancy stuff. If you just want a squat rack and a flat bench you might get away with $200 or under.

This is what I have:

Nothing fancy, but it does everything I want it to do without any hassles and it’s very stable. It was only $299 when I ordered it though.