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Old 07-25-2007, 07:02 AM   #1
Gabriel Ortiz
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I apologize if I have placed this post in the wrong category.

My question is in re: to power racks.

Is a power rack a 'crossfit' recommended item? The reason I ask is because it seems useful for, pullups, as well as lifting. I currently have a pull up bar, taps system(jeff martone), but I cannot kip on that bar(and I recognize that crossfits default pull up is kipping).

My desire is to 'get into it' a bit more. Unfortunately, I leave to work at 4:45 am. Thus, it is difficult to run to the local school or park to jump on their, more sturdy and kip able, bars.

If anyone can share their thoughts I would sure appreciate it.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely, --g.

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Old 07-25-2007, 08:49 AM   #2
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Best to build a pullup bar that can take it.

We started on a power rack. Had to weight it down, or bolt it down to really kip.

The power rack is good for going heavy on squats, can be used for benching (with a flat bench), or as squat stands if your "outside" of the rack, and yes for pullups.

I would say that it's not "required" but is certainly useful.

We have both the York Press Squat stand and a power rack. We have used it as we have as many as 5 people doing stuff in parallel and it helps to add capacity.
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Old 07-25-2007, 10:16 AM   #3
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I apologize if I have placed this post in the wrong category.

My question is in re: to power racks.

Is a power rack a 'crossfit' recommended item? The reason I ask is because it seems useful for, pullups, as well as lifting. I currently have a pull up bar, taps system(jeff martone), but I cannot kip on that bar(and I recognize that crossfits default pull up is kipping).

My desire is to 'get into it' a bit more. Unfortunately, I leave to work at 4:45 am. Thus, it is difficult to run to the local school or park to jump on their, more sturdy and kip able, bars.

If anyone can share their thoughts I would sure appreciate it.

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely, --g.

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Old 07-25-2007, 01:07 PM   #4
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My bar, I ended up screwing some 2x4's into the studs in my garage to keep my power rack from moving when I kip, it works well. Others have put lots of weights on the feet of it, whatever. Some of them are just so stinkin' heavy that they barely move.

You can find them (I got mine from Jesup gym equipment) for like $235 or so shipped if I remember correctly.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:22 PM   #5
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I have a power rack set up that has a built in pull up bar and a detachable dip station. The entire rack seems so much more verasatile to me due to all the configurations available. If you kip though, you may have to anchor it like Matt said, or by the bottom of the rack, unless it's really heavy. Before you drop big coin on a new set up, check your local used sporting goods stores, or even better yet, go to craigslist.com. The prices there are great and most of the equipment is in good shape. I bought all of my equipment there and spent a fraction of what I would have for new(er) pieces.
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Old 07-25-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:14 PM   #7
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Combining with other thread, which is now in Equipment. Please don't cross-post!
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Old 07-26-2007, 02:07 PM   #8
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One general problem with kipping on power racks is the height of the pullup bar. Mine stands 6'6" off the ground, not even close to what I need at 6'1".
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:45 AM   #9
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Thank you very much for all of your help and opinions.

I am still torn, however. The reason I say that is because it seems to be versatile, and it also seems like its possible to use--as one member indicated.

However, as others indicated it might not work, due to height, etc.

So, pretty much, ugh! haha...

But, I do thank everyone for their help!

Sinc, --g.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:09 PM   #10
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Gabriel,

When I started CF the power rack & OLY set were my first purchase. I did all my pullups on it by way of bent leg dead hangs. A few months later I put up a standalone pullup bar to start doing kips but I still used the power rack bar for weighted pullups, L-pullups & jumping pullups. Just a bit more food for thought.
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