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Best Power Rack For Home Gyms
I believe a power rack is one of the most important equipment pieces in a home gym (or any gym for that matter). The best power rack (aka power cage) allows you to perform all the biggest compound movements. These include: Barbell Squats, Deadlifts, Pull Ups and Bench Press (of course you will also need a weight bench). The bigger lift, the bigger the physiological response, which means more strength gains, more fat loss, more muscle gains, more, more, more.
1. Titan Fitness X2
2. Fitness Reality 810XLT
3. Rep Power Rack
Benefits of Power Racks
There are three main benefits to using a power rack.
1. Less Equipment Needed
Power racks are like an all-in-one piece of equipment giving you the ability to perform multiple exercise from the one platform. My favorite exercise to do from a power rack are Squats, Deadlifts, Pull Ups and Dips.
2. Feel safe going to failure
Power racks are designed with safety in mind using pins and bars along both sides to catch the barbell if you can’t quite get your last rep.
3. Relatively cheaper
Power racks are one of the more expensive pieces of equipment. BUT it’s relatively cheap compared to buying all the individual pieces of equipment needed for bigger lifts. It’s also cheaper than paying for a gym membership each year.
Important Considerations before Investing in a Power Rack
When deciding on the best power rack to purchase for your home gym, you will need to consider a few things.
The weight capacity of a power rack is the amount of weight that the safety catches can withstand holding if you fail your rep. Power racks will also specify the maximum weight that the J-Cups and Pull Up bar can withstand. In addition to any attachments like Dip Bars or Lat Pulldowns.
Power Racks are amazingly versatile, giving you the ability to perform a range of exercises. The best power racks allow more exercises while the more budget power rack options allow slightly less. One thing to take into consideration is whether or not you will be doing dips. If so (which I highly recommend), then ensure your power rack has the ability to add a dip attachment.
Floor Area and Ceiling Height Requirements
When deciding on a power rack, it’s critical that you know how much space you have at home. I.e. whether you can actually fit the power rack into your home gym. You will need to know your available floor space and ceiling height.
Note: make sure you take your head height into account for doing pull ups.
Best Power Rack Reviews
1. Titan X-2 Series Power Rack – Tall
This power rack was engineered with serious lifters in mind. With it’s high weight capacity of 3000lbs, it is clearly designed for big lifts. It can be bolted to the ground and also comes with 4x weight plate storage holders, which means even more stability. It comes in a tall and short version depending on your ceiling height.
The Titan X2 Series power rack is my favorite because it is designed for big compound movements.
Weight Capacity = 3000lbs
In-built Extras = 2x Pull Up Bars each with different grip thickness
Optional Attachments = Dip Bar, Lever Arms, Wrist Roller, Monolift, Rack Mount, Chalk Bowl
Floor Area Requirements (min) = 46 inches width x 28 inches depth
Ceiling Height Requirements (min) = 87 inches height (78 inches for the shorter version)
Total Weight = 226lbs
2. Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage
This power rack is probably the best value in terms of cost vs weight capacity. You could say it’s the best cheap power rack. Power racks are the centerpiece of a home gym and need to provide 100% safety when doing big lifts. This power rack is made to be durable and safe while still remaining affordable.
Weight Capacity = 800lbs
In-built Extras = multi-grip pull up bar
Optional Attachments = Dip Bar, Lat Pulldown
Floor Area Requirements (min) = 50.5 inches Width x 46.5 inches Depth
Ceiling Height Requirements (min) = 83.5 inches Height
Total Weight = 133.5 pounds
3. Rep Fitness Power Rack – PR-1000
This power rack is designed to fit within your budget and more importantly, within your home gym ceiling constraints.
Weight Capacity = 1000lbs
In-built Extras = Single Pullup Bar (400lb capacity)
Optional Attachments = Dip Bar, Lat Pulldown, Cable row
Floor Area Requirements (min) = 48 inches width x 48 inches depth
Ceiling Height Requirements (min) = 84 inches height
Total Weight = 144lbs
Final thoughts about the best power rack for home gyms
When choosing a power rack, it’s important to choose one that fits your requirements. If you’re only doing big lifts, then there’s no need to worry about fancy attachments. If you don’t do big lifts, perhaps it’s better to get one with a lat pulldown or cable row.
By now you now that I’m a big fan of bigger lifts like squats, deadlifts and pullups. So I wouldn’t bother with any attachments if I were you.
So my top pick is the Titan X2 Series Power Rack.
Note: Lat pulldowns (and their attachments) have their place but shouldn’t form part of your core exercises. If you are struggling to perform pull ups, there are so many better ways to improve your pulling strength. A great example is doing body rows at varying degrees of difficulty. Anyone can do these from within their power rack setup. Just get underneath the barbell as it’s sitting in the J-Cups and pull your body to the bar. Once you’ve played around with different grips and you are killing these, you can move to pull up negatives. Again, try different grips. You’ll be doing full range pull ups in a matter of weeks.