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Old 05-12-2014, 06:53 AM   #1
Russell Evans
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Minimalist Squat Rig...

First of all, I'll apologize if this question has already been answered in a previous thread.. I'm expecting there are many others in my same situation and so this maybe a quick and easy answer.

I'm looking for a place to squat.. and that's pretty much the only requirement. Don't need safety bars or any of that. I have matting to support plates falling..

In addition to the rig, I need a bar that can support 500# and probably around 400# of weight to start.. Any good suggestions?

I'd be thrilled if I could get these three things for about $1,000 (I know this might not be enough)..

1. rack
2. bar
3. 400# plates


Anything you can suggest is appreciated!! I don't need a $300 Rogue Rig or an Ohio bar to get my squat work in.. Thanks guys!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

The item you're looking for is called a squat rack, so you'll have a lot more luck finding examples if you search for that term. Since you need a rack capable of handling 400+ lbs, $300 for a rack is actually not an unreasonable amount to spend.

You could definitely get it done for around $1k though. Including shipping, a decent bar will run you around $230, 370 lb set of bumper plates about $550, and rack around $325. So that's about $1100 all in.
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Old 05-13-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

In the past, places like Dicks Sporting Goods and Sports Authority had a deal for something like $200 for a 45 lbs bar and 265 lbs in metal plates (300 lbs total). I can't guarantee that the bar can go up to 500 lbs, but it is a good place to start.

Rogue's ES-1 squat stand costs $275 and ships free if you get 2 more items from their "3 ships free" list (like wrist wraps). It's not the cheapest option, but they state it has been tested with holding 1000 lbs.

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Old 05-13-2014, 08:48 AM   #4
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

Get a MDUSA Econ Squat stand. Best on the market imo.

Free shipping and $249.00
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:11 AM   #5
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

Again Faster Team AF Bar--- $189+ 30 Shipping (On sale right now!)
MDUSA econ squat stand (no pu bar)--- $250.00
Muscledriver USA Pendlay bumper set 340lb - $539.00 (free shipping)
Rogue HG collars-- $39.00
Rogue Chalk $8.00

$1,035 for a budget set.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:01 PM   #6
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

If you want to save yourself some money and you are just interested in doing squats, then I don't think there is a need for a whole set of bumper plates.

Instead, just get 3 pairs of 45 lb bumper plates, and then 4 pairs of iron 10's, 1 pair of 5's and 1 pair of 2.5's. That's enough to get you squatting in the 300's. If you will be squatting closer to 400, get 1 more pair of 45's. You can always find someone on craigslist wanting to get rid of iron plates, and used ones should work just fine.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

Craigslist for your basic rack/iron.
If you want a good barbell or bumpers, you'd probably have to have patience or buy new.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:45 AM   #8
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

FringeSport is opening their Houston location on Saturday and running a sale to go along with it. I would suggest checking them out and buying locally to save some money.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:14 PM   #9
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

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First of all, I'll apologize if this question has already been answered in a previous thread.. I'm expecting there are many others in my same situation and so this maybe a quick and easy answer.

I'm looking for a place to squat.. and that's pretty much the only requirement. Don't need safety bars or any of that. I have matting to support plates falling..

In addition to the rig, I need a bar that can support 500# and probably around 400# of weight to start.. Any good suggestions?

I'd be thrilled if I could get these three things for about $1,000 (I know this might not be enough)..

1. rack
2. bar
3. 400# plates


Anything you can suggest is appreciated!! I don't need a $300 Rogue Rig or an Ohio bar to get my squat work in.. Thanks guys!!!
I am confused, you state no safety bars...but then state you want a rack...one usually entails the other.

you could definitely go get a cheapo rack that will support 500-600lbs, but I wouldnt recommend it, are you planning on bolting this sucker down?

you can get an R3 with an ohio for about 1K, so you could always go that route. But if you don't really want a rack and plan on just doing squats AND dont want safeties get an S2
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:29 PM   #10
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Re: Minimalist Squat Rig...

If you want to go cheap, keep an eye on Craigslist. I bought a squat rack, bar, over 400lbs of iron plates and a couple sets of dumbells for $600. It's not ideal for CF obviously but it fit my budget nicely and allows me to get in plenty of strength sessions from my cluttered garage

Oh it also came with an adjustable flat bench that I immediately sold for $50. Best $550 I've ever spent
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