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Old 09-17-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

The other similar thread was a question between Squat Stands vs. Squat Racks. I'm more interested in a Press Squat Stand vs the Squat Stands/Racks.

By Press Squat Stand, I mean one 'rack' that supposedly allows you to use it for Squatting and Benching.

One Rack in particular is the York Barbell Press Squat Stands FTS-PSS (48052)
http://www.yorkbarbell.com/images/press_squat_stand.jpg

We (the wife and I) are completely new to olympic lifting and just built our lifting platform this past weekend and we're waiting on our bars & bumpers to show up as I type this. I want to get a set of squat racks (or some sort) and thought the Press Squat Stands would be cool as it would allow us to bench in the future (all we'd need is a basic bench), and also because it would hold both of our bars.

Otherwise, I was looking at the Promaxima FW-7 Squat Stands:
http://promaximamfg.com/files/CPB00000/583.jpg

Oh, and I'm not interested in a power cage, we've already got a couple pullup bars and a couple set of rings.

thanks!
-Mike
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:44 AM   #2
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

Check out Freespotter. It's cheap I think around $125 bucks U.S. and you just lock it in place at shoulder height and when you want to bench, lower it to bench height. I works like those things that climbers use to climb up the ropes. When you grab the bar (normally) you unlock the weight and press. If anything goes wrong you just lift your fingers and it immediately locks in place. Nothing could be simpler or safer. www.shermworks.com

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:50 AM   #4
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

Mike - I've got the York stands you have pictured - good piece of gear.
E-mail Allison. She'll hook you up.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:54 AM   #5
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

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Mike - I've got the York stands you have pictured - good piece of gear.
E-mail Allison. She'll hook you up.
Does it mess up the knurling on the bars? I've read that some stands have inserts to protect the knurling, whereas other stands are just bare metal.

Would it be practical to 'store' 2 bars on it at the same time? One on the 'bench' area and one on the 'squat' area?
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:33 AM   #6
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

If you set the supports out far enough the knurling doesn't set on the stands. As far as the storing the two bars on the rack the bottom one would be in the way when getting under the bar to start a squat.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:22 AM   #7
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

Man, the freight on that Press Squat Stand is $115. I don't even have a bench right now and my main goal is just to have a squat rack... I think I'll just hit my local Sports Authority store and see what they stock so I can save on anymore shipping expenses.

thanks for the help guys,
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:04 AM   #8
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Man, the freight on that Press Squat Stand is $115. I don't even have a bench right now and my main goal is just to have a squat rack... I think I'll just hit my local Sports Authority store and see what they stock so I can save on anymore shipping expenses.

thanks for the help guys,
-mike
man, what a bummer. i went all over the place last night and couldn't find any place that even sold squat racks... sports authority, play it again sports, walmart, sears...
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:19 AM   #9
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Re: Squat Racks/Stands vs Press Squat Stands?

Yep. You may want to consider a power rack. There seems to be a steady stream of those on many craigslists:

(Links are safe)
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/spo/402182065.html
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/spo/404306826.html

Hang the bar on the outside and its basically squat stands. You can go heavy inside on squats, use it for bench etc.

I have and use both the press squat stands and a power rack.

Edit: two links, same guy, I would offer him $150 for the bench and the rack.
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:31 AM   #10
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Yep. You may want to consider a power rack. There seems to be a steady stream of those on many craigslists:

(Links are safe)
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/spo/402182065.html
http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/spo/404306826.html

Hang the bar on the outside and its basically squat stands. You can go heavy inside on squats, use it for bench etc.

I have and use both the press squat stands and a power rack.

Edit: two links, same guy, I would offer him $150 for the bench and the rack.
good call. email sent. not sure how i missed that posting; i've emailed a few other listings on craigslist but no luck yet.

i just built a lifting platform; its your standard cross-fit plywood w/rubber 8x8 platform. would i just sit the power cage on top of it? does it need bolted down? would it give me enough room on the platform to do oly lifts? i'm new to all this stuff
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