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Old 07-22-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

Hello,

I'm looking to build a home gym. Here's my conundrum: squat cages (or power cages) are really great, and I've specced one out that has a proper bar across the top, but there are cheaper options available in the form of smaller squat racks and individual squat stands:

(WFS) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodycraft-F4...2964413&sr=8-4

(WFS) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marcy-SR50-S...964300&sr=8-10

(WFS) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodymax-CF31...2964356&sr=8-2

I can save some money by buying a cheaper option and building a pull-up bar into the ceiling my gym. Apart from the built-in pull-up bar, is there any worth in having a full cage?

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Old 07-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #2
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

Are you comfortable dumping failed squats? If you don't have a spotter, you may want the security of safety rails...
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

I had a power rack, then switched to a squat rack. The foot print is about the same, but there's more space around the unit itself. Personally, I'm comfortable dumping failed lifts, and in fact, you may do more damage to your barbell dumping on the safety rails. I'd go for the squat rack if you're really only doing CrossFit stuff. If you're seriously power lifting and need to pull from numerous heights, or you really need a pullup-bar built into the unit, then yes, a power rack/cage may be the solution. If you don't mind getting a seperate pullup bar, then I'd go with the squat rack.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #4
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

Thank you for the advice. I'm comfortable dropping weights and prefer to. Getting the weights back up again is going to be harder but thats OK.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

The last link says the capacity is only 250lbs- hopefully that's for each stand- otherwise it seems really flimsy..
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #6
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

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The last link says the capacity is only 250lbs- hopefully that's for each stand- otherwise it seems really flimsy..
I was aiming for the rack (the middle link), stands seem a bit too flimsy as you said.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:23 AM   #7
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

In my small garage gym for the past 3-4 years, I use the Powerline Squat Stand. Its inexpensive, has a small footprint and I've used over 400 pounds with out any problems. I'm comfortable dumping the weights and prefer to if necessary. (IMO)
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In my small garage gym for the past 3-4 years, I use the Powerline Squat Stand. Its inexpensive, has a small footprint and I've used over 400 pounds with out any problems. I'm comfortable dumping the weights and prefer to if necessary. (IMO)
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actually, if I want to save some space then maybe decent stands might be better.
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:02 AM   #9
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Re: Advice: is a full squat cage worth it?

Since you are comfortable with ditching the weights, then maybe an all in one squat stand/pullup bar might be the right choice. This one is also capable of turning into a Yoke and a Sled... or you can anchor it down if you choose.

http://hammerheadfitness.com/hammerhead-m92a1-rack/ [wfs]
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Old 07-22-2012, 11:15 AM   #10
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Since you are comfortable with ditching the weights, then maybe an all in one squat stand/pullup bar might be the right choice. This one is also capable of turning into a Yoke and a Sled... or you can anchor it down if you choose.

http://hammerheadfitness.com/hammerhead-m92a1-rack/ [wfs]
That would be quite ideal, but I'm in the UK so I'm not sure that's an option for me.
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