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Old 09-16-2007, 04:25 AM   #1
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squat rack or squat stands

what would you all suggest?

Individual squat stands:
http://www.power-systems.com/nav/clo...g/Squat/Stands

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a squat rack like such:
http://www.pacillo.com/detail.asp?product=638

Also, do any of you have any suggestions about brand. I won't be putting a thousand pounds on the bar but I don't want it to collapse when I put just the bar on it.

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Old 09-16-2007, 06:13 AM   #2
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

James,
I have the exact squat rack (TDS) you have in the 2nd picture. I picked it up because it was recommended as being just fine for a budget squat rack by Greg Everett. It's very solid. I would imagine 2 separate stands (as in the 1st picure) might not be as stable. On the other hand, when it comes time to move and store the 2 separate stands, it would be a bit easier than picking up the squat rack and moving it.
The movement issue will probably come into play. I have a garage gym with a lifting platform. I store the squat rack on the platform, but move it often depending on the WOD. I have 3 kids and share the garage with bikes, toys, etc. The TDS squat rack isn't heavy, but has bit of a footprint (takes up more room).
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:51 AM   #3
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

James,

We went with the squat rack set up. It's pretty stable and its adjustable height works for squats as well as bench, not to mention being relatively inexpensive. We picked up ours from ebay: (w/f/s) http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Power-Squat-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:02 AM   #4
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

For a few more dollars I would go with a power rack which allows you to do pullups, knees-to-elbows gives you a place to hang rings for ring rows, and ring dips. Also with a power rack you can buy accessory mounts for your Olympic Bars and Bumper plates. You can often find power racks on Craigslist.

Heres one for $299 and free freight: (WFS Link)
http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92563.html

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Old 09-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #5
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

Matt has an excellent point. Of course, if you have a ceiling mounted pullup bar it becomes moot. The other nice thing about a power rack is that you have a spotting system for back squats and bench presses. When I was newer to squats, having those pins was a comforting thing; I could really push it without worry. If you go with a rack, be sure to get one that has the ability to use the bar cradles on the outside of the rack.

If you don't have the space for the rack, the following squat stands are really nice knock offs of the IronMind Vulcan's. They may even be compatible with the dip handles IronMind makes for the Vulcans. There are more than a couple of folks using saw horses to spot themselves.

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http://bwproducts.com/fitness/equipment/racks/r04.htm

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Old 09-16-2007, 12:04 PM   #6
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

The downside of a full cage is that it works less well than stands for dumping from overhead using bumpers.
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Old 09-16-2007, 07:08 PM   #7
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

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The downside of a full cage is that it works less well than stands for dumping from overhead using bumpers.

Great point. Olympic lifts should not be performed inside the rack. If you have to dump, the bar can bounce off the rack and come right back at you.
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Old 09-16-2007, 08:21 PM   #8
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I have the TDS and it works great. I really don't like power racks anymore, I find them waaaay too confining. If space is not an issue, go with something like the TDS. And you can always learn to dump the bar off your back when a back squat goes wrong (well, 99% of the time . . .)
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:50 AM   #9
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

All excellent points. For me, I like the manuverability of the Promaxima Squat Stands because my studio is space-challenged.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:24 AM   #10
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Re: squat rack or squat stands

We are selling a half rack if you're interested!
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