Best Power Racks To Take You To The Next Level Reviewed
Powerlifters always seek to push themselves to the limits. Their seemingly only quest in life is to push themselves to the heights of human capability, lifting ever higher amounts of weight. For them, it’s not just about building bigger muscles or impressing people. It’s about seeing how far they can go and how much they can handle. On this journey to the limits of possibility, specialized equipment is necessary to help them along on their journey.
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Weight-holders for storage
Solid at 107lbs
Designed for stability
Top 10 Picks
1. Titan Power Rack Squat
Weight-holders for storage
Solid at 107lbs
Designed for stability
Can't add attachments
Titan Fitness Distributors is a company that has two main areas of focus. The first is customer service. In regards to their first goal, they are driven to provide the highest-quality customer service possible to each and every single customer. The second area of focus for them is to provide the best quality shipping and distributing experience. Considering that the products they are shipping weigh hundreds of pounds and come with dozens of component parts, it is commendable. The Titan has a 700lb capacity, included j-hooks,
and weight-holders for storage.
1.25inch Chin Up Bar
This product by Titan features a one and one fourth inch chin-up bar. One of most annoying parts of using a chin-up bar is when the bar itself is too thin to let your hands get a solid grip. This product, made with 100% steel uprights, also has a chin-up bar that is crafted from the same steel. Overall, this product is designed to give you a thick and sturdy grip.
With a product that is designed to be supporting your weight, you want to be able to be sure that it is well put together. One of the scariest thoughts is that you could be doing a chin-up or putting down several hundred pounds worth of weight on the frame, and it would be wobbling under your hands. Products such as these need to be strong and sturdy. Luckily, at 107 pounds, the Titan Power Rack Squat is heavy enough to stay put. This product will stay where you place it, and hold its own.
Cost and Value
This product is on the lower end of the price range when compared to other items on this list. It has a lot going for it in terms of features. Notable them are it being made from one hundred and seven pounds of pure steel, its seven hundred pound capacity and included J-hooks. This product is highly rated despite the low investment cost. The only possible downside is that you are unable to add attachments.
1" steel safety short pins
Can add attachments
No factory warranty
Auxiwa is an eclectic company. Their product range is small but diverse. They are notable for their cages, clip-on lights, and an endoscope attachment for your smartphone. Despite being small, this company has managed to produce high-quality, and highly-rated products. The Atlas has several nifty design features, which include, but are not limited to its chrome-plated pieces, thousand-pound capacity, and the ability to add attachments to expand.Read more
1" steel safety and short pins
Safety is the name of the game when you are dealing with potentially over a thousand pounds worth of weight. As they say, "Safety First." Auxiwa cuts no corners in this regard, which is as it should be. Showing a degree of responsibility and accountability in product design, the Atlas has one-inch steel safety pins. You won't have to worry about this product's stability or security.
Sometimes products aren't designed to be held to the highest standards. Sometimes you wind up with something that is far below the standards you were expecting, and the problem isn't with the parts or pieces. The problems started back in the design lab, and the foundational premise of the product is flawed. However, the Atlas has a design that is both simple and ingenious and safe. It's lock-on design, when combined with the pins, gives it a degree of safety that can't be beaten.
Cost and Value
This product sits solidly in the middle when it comes to price. It is highly rated but also won't break the bank. It has several features that other products on this list lack, such as the lock-on design and the capacity to have attachments added later on. However, there is one major drawback to this item, and that is that it does not come with a factory warranty included. However, if this is not a deal-breaker for you, you may want to consider purchasing this item.
3. CAP Barbell Exercise Stand
Powder coat finish
Double gusseted for sturdiness
May be missing parts
CAP is a brand that has a wide array of workout products available. Their product line includes everything from yoga mats and kettlebells to weight plate and dumbbells. In short, they are a company that specializes in providing strength-training equipment for home gyms. The CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand is yet another addition to their specialized roster and features several great points, such as its steel construction and reinforced points for stability.Read more
Powder Coat Finish
Despite the fact that something is made of metal, this is not always a guarantee that it will be durable or long-lasting. There are several ways and techniques that can be used to try and make something made of metal tougher. One of those ways is to apply a powder-coat finish. A powder-coat finish is a type of paint that is applied to metal, especially to exercise equipment, to make them more resistant to scratches and rush.
Double-Gusseted for Sturdiness
There's more to putting a piece of exercise equipment together than simply bolted a few pieces of metal into the right shape. There are design specifications that have to be met to ensure that it is strong enough to take what the lifter can dish out, especially if the item in question will be handling large of weight. For this reason, the CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand is double-gusseted for strength. Gussets are used to reinforce pieces of metal, especially at joints, which are the most susceptible to damage.
Cost and Value
This is by far the least expensive item on our list. It has all of the basic functions as other, more expensive items on this list, with less bulk. The only downside is that this item is a power rack, rather than a power cage. However, for the person who isn't looking to spend hundreds of dollars on a huge piece of equipment that will dominate their gym space, this is a great, affordable option.
4. PowerLine PPR200X
Wide walk-in design
2 saber-style safety rods
10 year frame warranty
Complicated to set up warantee
BodySolid is the larger company that owns the brand PowerLine. The PowerLine brand has been in existence for over fifteen years. Their primary goal is to produce gym-quality workout machines and equipment that customers can use in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Not everyone wants or has the ability to join a gym. However, BodySolid has worked hard on its brands to ensure that there are many options available. Among those options is the PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack. This product has 2 saber-style safety rods, as well as a wide walk-in design.Read more
The liftoff is one of the most important parts of a product such as this one. It is where you will rest your weights--sometimes several hundred pounds of them at a time. Because it will be handling so much weight, you need to be sure that this component of the product, above all others, is sturdy and long-lasting. The PowerLine PPR200X addresses this issue by heat-tempering the liftoffs. Heat-tempering is a process that increases the durability and strength of iron-based alloys. With this feature, you can be sure your equipment is strong.
10-Year Frame Warranty
Sometimes when you buy a product, the company knows that it is not put together very well. Companies such as these rarely, if ever, offer a warranty on such products. A warranty is a sign that the company is confident that their product will stand the test of time and is designed to stand up to standard wear-and-tear, and has the structural integrity to handle what you can dish out. The PowerLine PPR200X is a monument to this assurance, with its 10-year frame warranty. PowerLine has a lot of confidence in the integrity of their product, otherwise, they would not be offering this feature.
Cost and Value
The PowerLine PPR200X is one of the least expensive items on this list. It doesn't have some of the over-the-top add-ons that some items come with, such as workout equipment built right into the cage. However, it does have less-showy features that are equally as impressive in their way: that 10-year frame warranty will give you peace of mind that, should anything happen to your equipment, PowerLine has your back.
5. HulkFit Multi-Function
Two dip bars
Difficult to assemble
HulkFIt is a company that specializes in fitness equipment, especially those pieces of equipment commonly used by bodybuilders and powerlifters. They produce a wide range of products, usually out of steel, for this demographic. This targeted market has allowed them to truly customize their products to the needs of their customer base. Their products are often painted their signature yellow color. The HulkFit Multi-Function has several standout features, among them two dipper bars and a highly adjustable design.Read more
Pull-up bars are great, but you can only do so much with them. A great source of frustration for people who purchase products like these is that there is a lack of versatility with this specific feature. HulkFit saw this problem and decided to address it by designing multi-use grip bars up top. These different kinds of grip bars allow you to do several different kinds of exercises to get the most out of your purchase.
A common issue with products such as these is that they are made from steel, which is hardly the most forgiving material. This is doubly so when it comes to floorings such as hardwood, carpeting, or tile. In addition, steel does not have much traction and can wiggle and walk on flat surfaces. HulkFit designed their product with rubber feet so that you would not have to suffer this issue. These rubber feet give this item extra stability as well as making it more forgiving on your floor.
Cost and Value
This product is one of the least expensive on our list, despite having some of the most diverse sets of features here. It is far less expensive than the most expensive item on our list and has several features that could make it perfect for you. This includes its multi-grip pull-up bars and rubber feet. The only downside is the color; yellow is not perfect for everyone.
6. Valor Fitness BD-7
17 bar positions
Lat pull down station
4 plate storage pegs
May arrive without all components
Valor Fitness is a fitness company that is headquartered in Seminole, Florida. They make a wide range of large-scale fitness machines. Their product range includes, but is not limited to, all manner of heavy-duty weight machines for both gym and home. They also have workout benches and weight stands. Valor Fitness does have a model showroom where you can preview all of their products before purchasing. The Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack is another example of their large-scale workout equipment, featuring 4 plate storage pegs, and a pull-up station with knurled grips.Read more
17 bar positions
One of the most frustrating experiences you can have is to spend a lot of money on a product and to not be able to customize it to meet your needs. With products such as these, different lifters' heights will be different, so a degree of modifiability is extremely important. With this in mind, the Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack has 17 potential positions and heights that you can use. You can adjust it to the perfect fit for your height, for the best possible workout.
Lat pull-down station
A major perk of this model is that it has high-end exercise equipment built right into the design of this product. Most other products on this list only are designed to serve as power cages. However, the Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack has a lat pull-down system incorporated into the frame. Normally you would have to pay several hundred dollars for that piece of equipment, as well as a high price separately for power-lifting stands or cages. However, this item combines two in one.
Cost and Value
This product has a mid-range price when compared to other items we have assembled onto this list. However, this product is an incredible value, considering not only its huge degree of customizability but also the fact that it is essentially two exercise machines in one. Lat pull-down machines generally cost hundreds of dollars, yet one is included here as a freebie. That alone gives this product a standout value.
7. Fitness Reality 810XLT
Easy side-to-side movement
Chrome lock-on safety bars
19 adjustable height levels
Multi-position pull-up bars
Positions for attachments
Optional bench can be unstable
Fitness Reality is a division of Paradigm Health & Wellness Inc. Headquartered in southern California, this company was founded in 2007. Over the past decade, they have designed and delivered hundreds of products for home fitness and gym fitness markets. Specifically, they specialize in large-sized machines designed to assist with strength training and powerlifting. The Fitness Reality 810XLT is one such item. This product allows for easy side-to-side movement and has 19 adjustable height levels and multi-position pull-up bars.Read more
Chrome-plated Safety Bars
Most workout equipment is either untreated or is covered in a matte-black powder-coat finish. While these don't affect the functionality too greatly they don't do much in terms of adding to the aesthetic of the space. The safety bars on this product serve two functions: First, they reinforce it and add for greater stability. Second, the chrome prevents rust and deterioration of the metal it is coating. As an added perk, it is also stylish and sleek.
This is one of the few products on this list that has additional attachments that can be purchased to expand it. Most products like this on the market are either standalone or come with everything included at once. The ability to opt into attachments as you need them or see fit gives this product and upstanding degree of customizability.
Cost and Value
This product as a mid-to-low cost when compared to other items on this list. It is a good basic model that has features that stand up next to similar products. However, a few things make it stand out. If you are looking to start out with a starter product that can be added to later on, look no further. However, if you're looking for an item that has all of the bells and whistles included right out of the box, you may want to consider another item.
8. Fitness Reality X-Class Light
2 additional J-hooks included
Rubber grip handles
No customer support
Fitness Reality brings another product to our list with the X-Class Light. This southern-California company has dedicated its mission and its resources to developing the very best large-scale products for the dedicated bodybuilder and athlete. Aside from products such as these, they also have other workout equipment that can be used in either a home or professional gym. The X-Class Light isRead more
Most products on this list have a capacity that maxes out at about one thousand pounds, though some max out at seven hundred. As you get more serious about your training, you may find yourself hitting these ceilings. Running into the limits of your equipment can prevent you from advancing. Knowing just how far its customers are willing to train themselves, Fitness Reality has designed a product that can take more than double what some similar products can handle.
This is a unique feature on this list. Most similar products rely purely on the strength of the lifter to raise and lower the apparatus. However, this product incorporates a pully system that allows the lifter to get the same great work out with less risk. This pulley system also allows you to target different muscle groups, whereas with traditional cages you are fairly restricted in terms of movement. However, it still has the traditional side-bars should you decide to lift traditionally.
Cost and Value
This is far and away the most expensive item on our list. If you are looking for a basic, inexpensive product, look elsewhere. However, this product has virtually every attachment or expansion you could imagine. If you wound up buying a basic model, and then slowly adding accessories to it, eventually you would wind up spending a lot of money. This product may have a large up-front investment cost, but if you could see yourself purchasing a lot of attachments in the future, this may actually save you money in the long run.
9. Titan Fitness T-3 Series Fold
Can be wall mounted
Laser cut for precision
Durable powder coat finish
Holes may not line up
Titan Fitness Distributors brings another unique, highly-rated item to this list. This customer service oriented company has a track record of pumping out highly rated and long lasting products. Their attention to detail when it comes to shipping is also vital, especially when the items they're shipping have dozens of bits and pieces. Despite the fact that they have the same manufacturer, this product has several unique features that set it apart from its compatriots. Among them are its durable powder coat finish and the fact that it is laser cut for precision.Read more
Most products in this class are free-standing. You walk into them and do your strength training. While these designs are effective, they take up valuable floor space. Titan Fitness took an innovative and creative approach to this issue and put a new spin on the power rack. Instead of being freestanding, they offer this wall-mountable model. It serves the same purpose, is similar in capability, but leaves your floorspace free.
Despite being different in design from its freestanding counterparts, this product is not more difficult to assemble. If anything, it is easier to put together than its freestanding cousins. Coming with fewer parts and clear step-by-step instructions, the installation process will be smooth and breezy. You won't have to worry about getting a tension headache as you try to figure out where all the extra nuts and bolts are supposed to go.
Cost and Value
This product has a low-to-mid range price when compared with others on our list. While it does not have some of the fancier attachments, it does have a solid set of basic features that let it go toe-to-toe with the competition. For a moderate price, you get a unique product that is laser cut for precision and is easy to install.
41" knurled chin up bar
3"x3" vertical supports
20 adjustment levels
Body Solid is a company that sells a variety of fitness equipment and accessories. Their products range from huge to small. They have full-size exercise machines, all the way down to individual resistance bands. The diversity of their product line speaks to their ability to adapt to a wide array of niche markets. The Body-Solid Power Rack is an example of their outstanding design and flexibility. This product featuresRead more
41" knurled chin up bar
It's not much use in having a chin-up bar if you can't get a good grip on it. Sadly, many products in this class simply have a cylindrical metal bar to serve as the chin-up bar. This doesn't give you a whole lot of grip and can lead to slipping, especially if your hands are moist. Luckily, this product has a knurled design to give you extra grip.
This product is designed with a wide entrance that is easy to get in and out of and promotes easy side-to-side movement. Sometimes workout equipment can be a bit claustrophobic, especially when you're closed in on all sides by metal. The easy walk-in design for the Body Solid Power Rack gives you the sturdiness of steel combined with a nice, wide entrance.
Cost and Value
This product is one of the most expensive on our list. It has several drawbacks, mainly being that it doesn't come with any added accessories. For the price, it has features that are comparable to less-expensive models on this list. The steel used to construct it is unusually thick, so if that look of sturdiness is important to you, you could consider purchasing
Criteria Used for Evaluation
adjustable Height for J-hooks: Most of these products have different levels of height for the J-hooks, or weight rests. The range is anywhere between 15 and 20. If you need a higher number of levels for more customizability, go for one that has more levels.
Included Accessories: Some of these come with included accessories, such as a built-in pulley system or a weight bench. Some have space for accessories to be added, but which must be purchased separately. Most have only a basic set of features and few add-ons.
Knurled: Knurling refers to a texture which can be added to a surface for better grip. This texture is generally applied to the pull-up bar, as this is one of the slipperiest parts.
There is a wide range when it comes the amount of weight a given piece of equipment can handle. The lower-end units can handle about 700 pounds. Average units tend to have a 1000 pound weight limit. The higher-end pieces of equipment can handle up to 1500 pounds. Ensure that you are using your machine in a way that isn’t going to cause injury. Always follow instructions, and stay within manufacturer guidelines.
Powder-coat finish: Powder-coat finishes are applied to iron-alloy metals to make them last longer it. It makes sure they are resistant to scratches, rust, and other harms.
Reinforced Joints: Some power racks have reinforced joints. When a piece of equipment is handling hundreds of pounds, it is good to know the joint is secure. Some units have double-gusseted joints to ensure extra stability and security.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
If you're a beginner it's a good idea to find a workout partner, someone more experienced to spot you in case of injuries.
Of course if you have any medical concerns, please visit a doctor. Getting approved before workout is necessary for many.
Other Factors to Consider
There are many different considerations to think about when you’re purchasing a power rack. Depending on your priorities, you may want a model that you can have the option of adding a bunch of attachments to at a later date. Or, alternatively, you could be in the market for a model that already includes all those features. You may be a seasoned pro looking for a rack that has the highest weight-bearing capacity possible, as you are handling greater weights. Conversely, you could be a complete newbie looking for a basic rack to get you started on your powerlifting journey. Whatever your story, there is a product on this list that will get you the results you’re looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How much does this product weight?
There is a range of weights on products like these. For a simple rack, the weight may only be thirty to fifty pounds. However, for a full-sized power cage, they are generally at LEAST a hundred pounds, if not more.
q: How much weight can it hold?
This depends. Usually about a thousand pounds, though some units can go as high as 1500 pounds.
q: What is the setup process?
It varies from unit to unit. However, most will have an included pamphlet or video to walk you through the setup and installation process.
q: What do I do if it’s missing parts when it arrives?
When you order something as large and complex as a power cage, there are a lot of nuts and bolts (literally). If something is missing when your package arrives, contact customer support immediately so they can remediate the situation.