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Old 12-01-2006, 07:56 AM   #1
Kristi Folowell
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So weird question. Anyone got a good line on a relatively inexpensive way to keep my oly bar up off the ground? Most of the squat racks I have seen are a bit on the expensive side. Has anyone made something that they found useful or is it another of those just hunt around until you find a good deal kind of things? Thanks a bunch and I hope the question makes sense.
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:06 AM   #2
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Here's a couple good family friendly resources:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/25121.html
http://www.geocities.com/fightraining/safety.html

I've had good luck with Craigslist.
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:00 AM   #3
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Kristi,
Check out Jeff at BW Products,
www.bwproducts.com (SFW)
I picked up a set of portable squat racks from him a while back. Very sturdy and high quality construction.
He's just outside of Sacramento so shipping wouldn't be a killer for you if that's the route you went.
Good luck!
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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Another Source for Body Solid racks

I got my Kraiburgs from these guys (eventually) pre-rubberman. $149-5% (167 for tds and 161 from Bestbuyfitness) I am not sure I like the crossmember, I cannot imagine it is in the wrong place, but it looks hazzardous. Plus I need to easily move tuck them away as my garage is bursting.


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Old 12-01-2006, 02:15 PM   #5
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I have a heavy-duty dip stand that I use as a squat rack from time to time. It's welded, square tubular steel, with a stable base. The grips are twenty-three inches apart and fifty inches from the ground. At home, I don't squat beyond my own bodyweight on the bar, and since the dip stand easily holds me while dipping, I figure it's solid enough for squats up to at least my own weight. It's mostly a matter of balance when returning the bar to the grips, since the stand is not designed for a hard placement. Plus, you have to load it carefully. It's better for front squats, since you can see what you are doing.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:21 PM   #6
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I considered the BodySolid squat rack but I also didn't like the placement of the crossbar. It looks too close to where I'll be standing when racking the bar. The other issue was that I wanted a rack that was adjustable for width. I ordered the portable squat rack from BW products yesterday.
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Old 12-02-2006, 12:15 PM   #7
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http://www.pacillo.com/detail.asp?product=638

Above is a WFS link to some stands I own. Cheapest I've seen, super solid.

Also recommend some homemade 2x4's notched out in 5 gal buckets filled w/ Cement. Mike Burgener first started lifting on this style of stand. 15-20$. Quite eastern bloc. I've had 400lbs on mine, no problem. http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/33584.jpghttp://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/33585.jpg
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Old 12-02-2006, 01:21 PM   #8
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Grady,
hardwood flooring on the patform, dude you don't mess around!

Grady are they pretty stable? Wobbly?
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Old 12-02-2006, 01:57 PM   #9
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You have to be kind of careful taking plates on/off the ends and same w/ re-racking the bar. But they are legit.
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Old 12-02-2006, 02:55 PM   #10
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very cool Grady, I thought it was cool back when I saw Carla's set on Eva's blog, but was weary...

I'm going to make a set and try it out, might make a convenient tool for the new bootcamp classes.

They seem compact enough!
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