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Old 05-31-2006, 07:54 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for a good squat rack for a garage gym?

I've been poring over them -- but I'm not sure if I should go for a full "cage" or a simple rack to hold bars. I want something sufficient for Crossfit, but I want to make sure I get something safe. Also -- any recommended vendors (esp. in Washington state to avoid shipping charges)?

Also -- is something like this suitable? --> http://www.gymcor.com/worasy.html

I have lots of space, but space efficiency is still important. A squat rack+ bench might be good, and the price seems decent.

Thanks for any and all input!

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Old 05-31-2006, 08:26 AM   #2
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Cages are great if you have the space. If not, I'm a big fan of the Vulcan squat racks from www.IronMind.com . You can get handles for them to double as dips stands. If you need a spotting system you can pair them with the Pillars of Power. They use the Vulcan racks at the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting training center; you can trust them. The great thing about them is how light they are (60#) and how little space they take up. IronMind is a great company to work with.

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/iro...sp?number=1217
http://www6.mailordercentral.com/iro...sp?number=1227

I think York makes a cheaper version of the squatting stands. Allison Foreman from York has offered a deal for Crossfitters in the past, 30% I believe. mailto:allisonforeman@aol.com
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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Thanks!

Those Vulcan stands + dip attachments seem to be ideal. Very space efficient, though I might prefer a separate dip station -- you know, in case we have a WOD "for time" that has dips and squats... :-)

Pity their stand alone dip station is another $350... ouch!



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Old 05-31-2006, 09:02 AM   #4
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If you want the best. Elite Fitness Systems.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:30 AM   #5
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Bryan,
The $360 is the stands with the dip handles instead of the bar uprights. I think it's around $440 for the stands with both the uprights and the handles.

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Old 05-31-2006, 10:12 AM   #6
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I was wondering what the heck it was with your guys' names...

Thanks John. I think I'm definitely adding the Vulcan Racks (and probably the pillars of power, lest I squish myself) -- to my list. Switching out Squat Rack attachments with Dip attachments (to change from squat rack to dip station) doesn't seem so bad if it saves a few hundred bucks (and some space) in the long run.





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Old 05-31-2006, 11:57 AM   #7
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I would get a set of rings instead of the dip attachments. Cheaper and more useful.
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Old 05-31-2006, 06:05 PM   #8
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I just snagged a set of "Northern Lights" squat stands from Play it Again. They come with attached spotting arms and are pretty darn solid. They were $175 for the pair.

Spotting arms are pretty important if you are squatting by yourself. I got stuck at the bottom outside of my cage once and had to roll the bar back off of my back (was using bumper plates thankfully). It worked but my trapezius felt pretty squashed for a few days afterwards.
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Old 05-31-2006, 07:49 PM   #9
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Bryan -

Though these don't solve your shipping problem, they are very nice and extremely similar to the vulcan racks. They are made here in my area (sacramento) and i believe Lincoln has mentioned them before. They are quite a bit less expensive than the vulcan racks.
http://www.bwproducts.com/fitness/eq.../racks/r04.htm
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Old 06-01-2006, 01:29 PM   #10
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Those look very nice! I'll definitely need spotting arms as well. I had to dish some weight once and I didn't have bumper plates (yikes!).

Hoping to add some bumper plates to the mix, of course, but everything will take time. I'm still too broke to move on big purchases. Our new house has a fantastic shop just waiting to be my gym... but now I have no money. :-)

Anyone have any experience with these guys? Price looks good, but I won't skimp on quality to save a few bucks....

http://bestbuyfitness.webdirectbrands.com/product.asp?intProdID=920&productName=Body+Solid+S quat+Rack+%28PSS60W%29

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