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Old 10-29-2007, 11:36 AM   #1
Zac Stutts
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Review of New Squat Stands

I recently bought the portable squat stands that can be found on ebay for $140 shipped. I had a tough time deciding between these and the promaxima squat stands, however I finally decided on these because, of course, they were alot less money ($105 less) and they had a smaller footprint. As you will see in the pictures I am short on space so whatever I can get I want to take. I realize because of the smaller footprint they would be less stable;however more on that in the review.

I originally had a bodysolid powerline power rack, but sold it. I wanted some portable squat stands that I could literally move with the flick of a finger to anywhere I wanted to for space conservation. Also, I do alot of bench press - these had more of a range for places to rack the weight.

Here is a link where these were discussed previously on this board:
http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=21648 (safe link)

So, on to the pics
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/8...tandboxno0.jpg

The box was a lot smaller than I expected. It only weighed about 45 pounds so it was easy to carry. I thought it would be alot heavier. My dog says hello.

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/9...openboxbp1.jpg
self explanatory. Looked a little more heavy duty than I thought they would be.

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/3...terialsxn2.jpg
more materials

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Old 10-29-2007, 11:45 AM   #2
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/4...terialskx1.jpg
I put things in relation to the ironmaster super bench for relative size in case anyone is interested

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5...gether1le8.jpg
Starting to put things together...


more to come, stay tuned

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Old 10-29-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/5...gether2xb6.jpg

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/4862/together3dk6.jpg

http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2461/togther4lf0.jpg

The promaxima stands have the plastic to save the bar... well I have socks! They work just fine. $4 for a pack of 12 at walmart.. I used socks for my powerline power rack too.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8...gether5pw5.jpg

And finally.....

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/7901/finisheduj7.jpg

Will post a more specific review on performance after I actually use them in my workout tonight; however right now I can say they seem like a great value and seem plenty sturdy and were just what I was looking for.

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Old 10-29-2007, 12:51 PM   #4
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

They look quite nice and exactly what I will be looking to get shortly; I too have a Body Solid power rack and it is just too big for my space. Have you thought about getting some cheap foam pad from Home Depot/Lowes and cutting/attaching a piece to the rack pins in place of the socks?
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:36 PM   #5
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

Thanks for the write-up. I'm considering a setup like this for my basement gym because you can essentially "tear" them down after use. Since not everyday is a barbell workout, it would be nice to be able to rapidly disassemble a barbell setup and stow it to make room for other exercises.

I am curious about the lower racks. I'd probably be using them as a racking position for things like cleans, bench press, etc. Let me know about the efficacy and functionality of those if you get a chance.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:51 PM   #6
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They look quite nice and exactly what I will be looking to get shortly; I too have a Body Solid power rack and it is just too big for my space. Have you thought about getting some cheap foam pad from Home Depot/Lowes and cutting/attaching a piece to the rack pins in place of the socks?
yea i plan on finding something else but for right now the socks do just fine. not only do they protect the bar but they also deaden the noise.

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Thanks for the write-up. I'm considering a setup like this for my basement gym because you can essentially "tear" them down after use. Since not everyday is a barbell workout, it would be nice to be able to rapidly disassemble a barbell setup and stow it to make room for other exercises.

I am curious about the lower racks. I'd probably be using them as a racking position for things like cleans, bench press, etc. Let me know about the efficacy and functionality of those if you get a chance.
The lower racks are strong as an ox. I had 265 loaded on them putting on/taking off plates for deadlifts and it held just fine. The ONLY thing is they are hard to completely tighten once u adjust them, it has one of those pins u pull out (thats connected to a spring) and then slide the thing to adjust it to where u want to... the spring will click back in the hole but sometimes it is hard to screw it tight... but even then, the 265 i had on there was with it loose - and it still wasnt moving.

Overall after using this for 1 workout so far I am VERY impressed. these things are light as a feather - they literally probably weigh 15 pounds a piece. So you would figure theyd be able to be knocked down easily, etc, but they dont move unless u deliberately slam the bar against the poles. Even then it is obvious they wont tip over.

I am very happy with my purchase and feel these are a tremendous buy especially for the cost.

Aesthetics - 9/10
Durability - 9/10
Portability - 10/10
Value - 12/10

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Old 10-29-2007, 06:22 PM   #7
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

Zac,

Instead of the socks, you might want to try the sliders used for under furniture. They come in different sizes and will probably stick right on. If the sticky part is not strong enough, you could try some other adhesive. I have not tried it myself since I don't own squat stands. But, I think it should work and would not cost alot to try it.

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Instead of the socks, you might want to try the sliders used for under furniture. They come in different sizes and will probably stick right on. If the sticky part is not strong enough, you could try some other adhesive. I have not tried it myself since I don't own squat stands. But, I think it should work and would not cost alot to try it.

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thats exactly what i had in mind actually
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:59 PM   #9
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Re: Review of New Squat Stands

Zac,
Thanks for the review. I was wondering if anybody used these.

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Old 10-30-2007, 10:46 AM   #10
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Very nice review, thank you!
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