Best Cheap Power Rack – 2021 Review

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In this article I share my product evaluations of 9 inexpensive power racks, squat racks, & half racks.

Most of these I tried out in-store or at a gym, plus I also review a couple of popular online-only models that have good ratings from their buyers.

 

A quick word on budget power racks

The best power racks, half racks, & squat stands are made of the strongest materials and are built like tanks — and often cost way over a thousand dollars.

Well, this article isn’t about any of those top-of-the-line models.

This is about having limited funds to spend on home gym equipment and still finding a decent, durable budget power rack that’ll have more than enough weight capacity to handle all your lifts.

You can definitely take your strength training up a notch in your own garage gym when you’re doing your weight lifting in a squat cage or power rack made of solid steel with solid steel safety bars to go with it.

Slide your weight bench in there & you can go heavy without having to flag down an experienced spotter at the local gym a few miles away.

And most of the models in this article have a decent pull up bar up top too.

 

Every product featured in this “cheap power rack” review has owner satisfaction ratings that are above average for this product category, which besides the budget power racks also includes cheap squat racks, squat cages, squat stands, & the half rack.

 

Below are the racks we’ll be looking at, sorted by category.

Best cheap power racks

Rogue R-3 Power Rack

Rep Fitness PR-1100 Power Rack

Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Rack

ETHOS Power Rack 1.0 

Fitness Reality X Class Power Cage

 

Best cheap squat racks & half racks

Rogue SML-2  Monster Lite Squat Stand

Rep Fitness SR-4000 Squat Rack

Fitness Gear Pro Half Rack

Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

 

 

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Science resources included

As is my custom here on heydayDo, I will provide links to all of the relevant sports science & medical resources, clinical studies, and nutritional data used in this article.


Article Notes

Rogue Fitness –  All of the Rogue product links go to the Rogue Fitness website, since Rogue does not sell any of their great powerlifting equipment — racks, barbells, weight plates, etc. — on Amazon. (They only list a couple of small accessories on AMZ.)

 

Rep Fitness – The Rep Fitness product & pic links go to the Rep Fitness website for the same reason.

But they used to offer both the PR-1100 and the PR-1000 power racks on Amazon — so I included Amazon links to those existing pages down below where noted, in case you want to check on their availability there.

(Since COVID’s arrival, Rep has had a difficult time meeting demand on their own website for their most popular items — many things constantly sell out. There’s no monetary incentive for them to sell products on Amazon, who takes a commission off their sale as well.)

 

Ethos Rack & Fitness Gear Half Rack –  Both of these racks are only available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, online & in-store, so their product links in this article go to Dick’s website.

They also offer curbside pickup at their stores when you order online, if you have one in your neighborhood.

 

About the product ratings

The ⭐  rating for each power rack is calculated using all online owner reviews available at the time I wrote this article.

Throughout this review — You can click on the (blue) product name or its pic to check current price & read buyer reviews.

 

Best Budget Power Racks Review Sneak Peek

(Buyer comments about their cheap power rack)

Rogue R-3 Power Rack

4.9⭐  170+ reviews

“I chose the R3 due to its superior fit and finish, durability, many accessories and prior positive experiences with Rogue. It’s a joy to workout at home without feeling like I’m sacrificing safety or performance. I highly recommend the R3…” – GW

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Rep Fitness PR-1100 Power Rack

4.8⭐  500+ reviews

For the price, this is an excellent piece of equipment, at a fraction of the cost of others (be it Rep or other brands). I will definitely purchase more Rep equipment in the future.” – JH

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Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Cage

4.7⭐  8,900+ reviews

“Excellent power rack for a home basement gym. My son and I put it together in a little over an hour. Very simple build. Solid, sturdy, attractive and very useful. It is exactly what we needed and is as good as advertised.” – TA

 

 

Ethos 1.0 Power Rack

4.6⭐  170+ reviews

“…this rack is rock solid. I spent a pretty decent amount of time exploring my options for a rack, and quite honestly didn’t expect Dick’s to come through with a quality product. I was happily mistaken! Buy this power rack with confidence, it won’t let you down.” – Mikey785

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Fitness Reality X-Class Power Rack

4.5⭐  700+ reviews

“Could be 5 stars with a few simple design changes. Overall, this is an excellent rack, and the short review is that I would buy it again. It is well made, sturdy and reasonably priced. I do have a few issues with some of the design features like the lat pull…my first issue is the non-standard dimensions, at least compared to other manufacturers. ” – MH

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Squat Racks, Stands, & Half Racks

Rogue SML-2 Monster Lite Squat Stand

4.9⭐  800+ reviews

“I have made all my gains on this squat rack without any issues. It’s been three years and not a single problem with it. I’ve thrown over 500 lb. on this rack and it doesn’t even budge an inch. When doing pull ups it again doesn’t budge an inch. Highly recommend this product.” – HF

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Rep Fitness SR-4000 Squat Rack

4.9⭐  60+ reviews

“Super sturdy and I can do every lift that I could do in the gym. With a bumper plate or two on the weight-horns, b/c of the broad base, no give or movement at all even with kipping pull-ups. ” – J

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Fitness Gear Pro Half Rack

4.4⭐  270+ reviews

“The overall quality is solid. Don’t get me wrong it shakes a little bit but not enough to affect the functionality. At $350 it’s a great value. I’m really happy with it and would recommend it to anyone who’s looking to purchase a rack for their personal home gym.” – WL

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Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

4.5⭐  4,300+ reviews

“This is a very affordable home rack, for the money you can’t go wrong, I bench press, squat, shoulder press, weighted pull ups, ring dips, you name it… The only thing is the top part will move a little if you are trying to do muscle ups or any kind of kipping moves.” – WL

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Best Budget Power Racks

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In this section I’ll go into more detail on qualities & key features on each of the 9 budget power racks & stands in this article, and pass along some owner feedback as well.

The % numbers you see below are my satisfaction ratings showing the percent of owners who gave their rack 5 & 4-star reviews.

Over 80% is above average, over 90% is very good, 100% is really rare and means the manufacturer built a great piece of fitness equipment.

 

Personal opinion moment: My top cheap power racks among this bunch are the models from Rogue & Rep Fitness, as well as Fitness Reality’s 810XLT.

 

Best budget power rack – Top Pick

Rogue Fitness R-3 Power Rack Review

Owner satisfaction rating 100%  4.9  170+ online reviews

My Note: I got to use this (& the SML-2 reviewed later) at a CrossFit® box that’s in the next town over from mine. It’s not wide or deep like a big power rack you’d see at bodybuilding gyms, but it’s very well built & very sturdy.

 

From the kings of CrossFit® equipment comes another power rack with a perfect rating from all of its owners.

Built with heavy-duty 11-gauge solid steel here in the U.S. of A, it comes in two heights: 90″ or the “Shorty” at 84″.

They come with a fat pull up bar & a skinny pull up bar, both of which you can reposition to your liking.

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Power rack features that I like

Excellent owner satisfaction rating –  100%, can’t get any better than that.

Lifetime warranty – on all structural welding & framing.

Made in Columbus, Ohio.

2″ x 3″ 11-gauge solid steel uprights & laser-cut 5/8″ holes. This makes it compatible with the many add-on accessories Rogue offers, including their Infinity products.

Nice Westside Barbell hole spacing design: 1″ through the benching zone, then 2″ above & below that.

Very compact power rack footprint of just 53″ x 34″.

Comes with 2 J-Cups , 2 spotter pipes,  & 4 band pegs/pins.

Has 2 pull up bars, fat (2″) and skinny (1.25″).

 

 

Any issues?

* No number markings for the holes.

* Bolting this power rack to the floor was not the easiest thing to do, per a few owners.

* 24″ interior depth may seem a little tight for some, more so if you slide in your weight bench.

* Note the taller power rack of the two versions is 7 1/2 feet high if you have a low ceiling to contend with.

 

Some Tech Specs

  • Dimensions: 90″H x 54″W x 30″D
  • Depth: 24″ interior depth
  • Weight capacity: 1000 lb.
  • R-3 weight: 200 lb.
  • Floor mounted: It’s designed to be bolted to the floor.

See price & reviews at Rogue Fitness

 

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Best budget power rack – Top Pick

Rep Fitness PR-1100 Power Rack Review

Owner satisfaction rating 100%  4.8   500+ online reviews

The PR-1100 is a well-built, solid steel power rack with 700 lb. weight capacity (400 lb. on the pull up bars) & a 2-year warranty…plus the PR-1100 has zero dissatisfied owners — an incredible feat in the fitness equipment niche.

My son the athlete & I checked out the PR-1100 & its junior model the PR-1000 at Rep’s showroom, when I visited him up in Denver pre-COVID…both power racks get four thumbs up from us. 😉

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Power rack features that I like

Excellent owner satisfaction rating –  100%, can’t get any better than that.

Warranty – 2 years.

Numbered holes always makes setting up our lifts smoother.

Multi-grip pull up bar setup (wide, neutral, & close) + 2 sizes of pull up bars, fat & skinny.

J-cups & solid steel safety bars come standard.

Add-on options:

  • Dip attachment (400 lb. capacity)
  • Lat pulldown attachment (250 lb. capacity)
  • Plate storage weight horn attachments (sold in pairs)
  • Landmine attachment

 

 

Any issues?

* Assembly instructions were not the clearest they could have been, according to a few buyers.

* No freebie weight pegs or dip bars, they’re add-ons to the power rack package.

 

Some Tech Specs

  • Warranty:  2-year
  • Weight capacity: 700 lb.
  • Pull up bar capacity: 400 lb.
  • 14-gauge steel
  • Dimensions interior: 79”H x 44”W x 46”D
  • Dimensions overall: 84″H x 48″W x 48″D
  • Dimensions with pull up bar upside down: 82″ x 48″ x 48″
  • Holes: 1″ diameter with 3″ spacing
  • PR-1100 weight: 130 lb.

See price & reviews at Rep Fitness

Check Amazon for availability & current price

 

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Best budget power rack for the money

Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Cage Review

Owner satisfaction rating 95%  4.7⭐   8,900+ reviews

Fantastic weight lifting equipment value if you can get it for somewhere near its normal price, which was a little under 300 bucks before all the gyms closed & fitness equipment disappeared from the stores. (Seems like inventory’s improving now…)

 

I tried it, I liked it

The closest Walmart Supercenter used to have this power rack model set up in their sports & fitness section before the Big Shutdown.

I couldn’t do any barbell lifting with it, but I was able to check it out otherwise and think it’s a very good deal for a home gym lifter who’s neither strong as a moose nor a brand snob.

 

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Nice budget power rack for a start up home gym, this 810 XLT has nearly nine thousand buyer reviews and an excellent owners’ rating of 95% 5- & 4-stars.

 

Random factoid: The Fitness Reality brand name took over the Ironman brand for certain pieces of home gym equipment, and this power rack is one of them (formerly known as the Ironman 810XLT).

Both the Ironman & Fitness Reality brands have the same parent company, Paradigm Health & Wellness.

 

What I like

High owner satisfaction rating of 95%

It has an 800 lb. weight capacity and full-length solid steel safety bars

Multi-position pull up/chin up bar

All barbell lifts good to go – The 810XLT can easily handle all Olympic barbell lifts & any compound movement strength training program.

Good for a low ceiling – the XLT is only about 7 feet high.

Sturdy with minimal to no wobble if tightened correctly when assembling.

Assembly is pretty easy – thanks to clear instructions & well-organized parts in packaging.

 

Note this 810 XLT doesn’t have the add-on lat pull attachment like its big brother (reviewed later).

Any issues?

* Minor quibble – While you can use the supplied safety catches as well as those built onto the safety bars to rest your barbell, I wished it came with a pair of J-hooks/J-cups. You have to buy those separately.

* No peg to store a weight plate or four.

* The hardware supplied to fasten everything together is not grade-A; use your own tools instead.

 

Some Tech Specs

  • Warranty: OK not great, 1-year limited.
  • Weight Capacity: 800 lb.
  • Dimensions: 50.5”L x 46.5”W x 83.5”H
  • Weight:  around 140 lb. or so
  • A pair of safety catches supplied, and there are catches on the safety bars.
  • 2” x 2” tubular steel frame with two rear stability crossbars. Guessing the frame uses 14-gauge steel.

See reviews & price on Amazon

 

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Ethos Power Rack 1.0 Review

Owner satisfaction rating 92%  4.6⭐   120+ reviews

Reminder: This power rack is only available at Dick’s Sporting Goods –either online or in-store.

Bottom line: After spending some quality time with an Ethos Power Rack floor model, my opinion is that this model is best-suited for beginning lifters or those who aren’t going to go real heavy (say, no lifts above 350 lb. or so).

 

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What I like

Very good owner satisfaction rating –  at 92%

Numbered holes on the uprights.

Comes with spotter arms, solid steel safety bars, J-hooks, & a monkey bar – all that’s worth a few bucks.

7 feet tall – good if you have a low ceiling.

 

Any issues?

* 2″ hole spacing through the bench zone isn’t industry standard.

* Assembly takes a couple of hours.

* No plate storage pegs.

* No add-on accessories available (lat pulldown, dip bars, etc.).

* I think the highest hole for the J-cups may be too short for guys 6′ 3″+.

 

Some Tech Specs

Overall Dimensions: 59”D x 58”W x 85″H
Overall Weight: 278 lb.
Weight capacity: not listed anywhere I could find
Monkey Bar Diameter: 1-1/8’’
Fat Bar Diameter: 2’’
J-Hook Dimensions: Height: 8.45” Width: 3” Depth: 3.5”
Safety Catch Dimensions: 20” long x 2” wide x 8.3” tall

See reviews & price at Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

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Fitness Reality X-Class Power Rack Review

Owner satisfaction rating 90%  4.5⭐   700+ reviews

Note: I could not find this in a store, so I don’t have any direct experience with it to share with you…

The big brother of the 810XLT we looked at earlier, this has almost double the weight capacity (1500 lb.)…although if you’re anywhere near that strong, there’s no way you’d be shopping online for a budget power rack. 😄

You can order it with a decent lat pulldown attachment that’ll run you around 200 bucks (as of today’s price anyway).

 

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After reading dozens of reviews & going over its technical specs, I don’t believe it is built or designed as well as the Rogue & Rep power racks.

Nor do I think it’s up to the same quality standard as its (cheaper) junior sibling, the 810XLT I reviewed a little earlier in this article.

 

Bottom line: It’s the lowest rated power rack among the 5 I chose for this review for good reasons, but ironically it’s the most expensive one at this time.

So I can’t recommend it given there are superior options available for less money.

 

What I like

✅ High capacity with full-length safety bars. Capacity is 1500 lb.

Dip Handles –Comes with a dip bar assembly that’s a set of 2″ x 20″ rubber grip handles. Dip bars weight capacity is 600 lb.

✅ Good depth – The 71 ½” of depth is real nice if you train with a partner/spotter. A weight bench fits in easily too.

✅ Easy build – Assembly manual is easy to follow; even the lat pull accessory isn’t hard to attach properly.

 

 

What’s not so good

* Bad design problem – safety bars are difficult to align, which makes using this power rack a slight pain in the butt.

* Poor service – Several reports of poor customer support from Paradigm, the parent company of Fitness Reality.

* Personal quibble of mine: ** – The lat pulldown add-on has no leg hold-downs, which I think is kind of shortsighted.

 

Some Tech Specs:

  • Weight capacity: 1500 lb. combined 
  • Dimensions: 86”(h) x 52”(w) x 71.5”(d)
  • Power rack weight: 256 lb.
  • 2″ x 3″ tubular steel frame construction, likely 14-gauge
  • Olympic: For use with with 7′ Olympic bars

See reviews & price on Amazon

 

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Cheap squat racks, squat stands, & half racks

OK, here’s the other group of equipment I evaluated.

If you’re not familiar with the differences between a power rack & a squat rack, half rack, or squat stand — you will be after seeing these models and comparing them to the power racks we just looked at.

Squat racks come in a variety of designs – think of the different types you’ve seen at commercial gyms.

The models I’ve chosen here are tailor-made for home use: more like half of a squat rack or power rack (hence the name half rack.)

 

Rogue SML-2 Monster Lite Squat Stand

Owner satisfaction rating 99%  4.9⭐   340+ online reviews

My Notes: My experience at that CrossFit® box with this SML-2 was all positive. I thought it had a real solid feel for a simple half rack design, and people there were using it for other exercises in addition to just squatting.

 

This affordable stand is one of Rogue’s best-selling squat stands, and is a space-efficient unit that still boasts 1000 lb. of weight capacity.

As you can see, 99% of its buyer reviews left a 4 or 5 star rating  — but more impressively — 92% of all reviews are 5-star.

“The paint finish scratches easily” is the only repeat complaint I found, tho’ no one minded too much given how solid & sturdy this Monster Lite rack is.

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What I like

Excellent owner satisfaction rating –  100%, can’t get any better than that.

Lifetime warranty – on all structural welding & framing.

Made in the USA, in Columbus, OH.

Heavy Duty – frame made with 11-gauge steel.

Small footprint – only needs 49″ x 48″ of floor space.

Precision machining – Laser-cut 5/8″ holes.

Easily customizable with Rogue’s wide range of compatible add-ons.

J-cups – are included and are plastic-lined with high-quality UHMW plastic.

Pull up bar included, choose between skinny/fat combo or a single bar.

 

 

Any issues?

* Paint chips easily per a few owners.

* Minor beef: The spotter arm setup is sold separately as an add-on.

 

Some Tech Specs:

  • SML-2 weight capacity: 1000 lb.
  • Dimensions: 92″H x 49″W x 48″D
  • SML-2 weight: 166 lb.
  • 11-gauge steel: 3″x 3″ uprights, 2″ x 3″ bases

See reviews & price on Rogue Fitness

 

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Rep Fitness SR-4000 Squat Rack

Owner satisfaction rating 100%  4.9⭐   60+ online reviews

Rep Fitness SR-4000 Squat Racks

At a price under 500 bucks, this is another affordable heavy-duty piece of home gym equipment from Rep.

This SR-4000 is made out of 11-gauge steel, has a weight capacity of 1500 lb., and not a single grumpy owner to be found.

This comes in two heights (96″ & 103″) and they’re the latest generation of Rep’s 4000 series, replacing the 4050 if I’m not mistaken.

 

My 2¢: I tried this out the same day I tried Rep’s PR-1100 & PR-1000 power racks…& I’m a little biased towards those. I’m guess I’m not much of a squat rack person; I just prefer the safety & versatility of a power rack.

But this unit is definitely well made & sturdy, & doesn’t wobble when you put a few plates on each of the weight horns.

 

What I like

Excellent owner satisfaction rating – 100%, can’t get any better than that.

Heavy duty – made with 11-gauge steel.

Two versions: the pull up bars that are both easy to height-adjust or remove.

Easy assembly – 20 minutes or so.

Capacity – more than you’ll need, 1500 lb.

J-cups included, & are plastic-lined to protect your barbell knurling.

Band pegs & holes – on the bottom to increase resistance with bands or treat as weight pegs.

 

 

Any issues?

* A few owners ( of the old 4050 version) reported the rack moves a little during dips or re-racking if not bolted to the floor or stabilized with plates on the plate storage horns.

(That sounds pretty typical of a cheap squat rack to me…).

 

Some Tech Specs:

  • Dimensions: 96″ or 103″H x 73″D x 53″W
  • SR-4050 weight: 96″ version is 230 lb., 103″ version is 237 lb.
  • SR-4050 weight capacity: 1,500 lb.
  • Steel: 11 gauge steel with 2″ hole spacing; 1″ spacing in the benching area
  • Upright size: 3″x 3″
  • Plate storage: 2 weight horns in rear for added stability and plate storage.
  • Pull up bars – The standard 1.25″ diameter and a grip/forearm building 2″ fat bar.

See reviews & price on Rep Fitness

 

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Fitness Gear Pro Half Rack

Owner satisfaction rating 9o%  4.4⭐   270+ online reviews

Until recently this half rack enjoyed consistently satisfied customers and a low price under 300 bucks.

Now I see a list price of around $400, and several factory quality control issues have been reported by buyers.

Hmm…

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I was thinking of yanking it off the review due to the recent poor owner reports.

But I’ll leave it here for now, hoping for a return to better times (& its formerly attractive price).

 

What I like

Very good owner satisfaction rating at 90%, though that has declined from 94% from a couple of years ago.

Easy-to-read peg hole numbers.

Included spotter arms are decent.

 

What’s not so good

* Several factory quality issues – missing parts, poorly made parts, & damaged parts affecting several buyers recently. Not a good sign…

* Recent price hike as manufacturing issues increased – bad combo right there.

* No add-ons like those that are offered with quality half racks.

 

Bottom line on the Fitness Gear half rack

Seems that recent events have affected this half rack’s value, and not for the better.

Raising its price to where it’s above the Rep Fitness model & close to the Rogue SML-2 sure doesn’t seem smart, considering this Fitness Gear rack is inferior to both of those models.

I can’t recommend this rack at this time, pending some clear evidence that the factory quality problems have been rectified.

 

Some Tech Specs:

  • Assembled Dimensions: 51″L  x  66”W  x  85”H
  • Weight capacity: 600 lb.
  • Weight: approximately 170 lb.

See reviews & price at Dick’s Sporting Goods

 

 

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Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

Owner satisfaction rating 88%  4.5⭐   4,300+ online reviews

Note: This is the other affordable rack I could not find in a store, so I don’t have any direct experience with it to pass along to you.

But I’m pretty sure Walmart Supercenters used to carry it pre-COVID, maybe it’ll get stocked again.

This is the cheapest model in this Best Budget Power Rack review by at least a hundred bucks last time I checked, but it’s not the lowest rated: that Fitness Gear piece we just looked at is.

This Cap Barbell stand has a few thousand satisfied owners — people who couldn’t afford a more expensive rack, or who didn’t have the space for one.

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Despite its shortcomings, this really inexpensive CAP exercise stand has done a good job for many workout warriors getting it done at home — just check out some of their pics, videos, & comments on Amazon.

 

What I like

Above average owner satisfaction rating of 88% – with over 4,300 owner reviews online.

Super cheap power rack (even post-COVID gym equipment price hikes, it’s still well under $200).

Good for many types of lifts – benching, shoulder press, squats, pull ups, ring dips, suspension training, toes to bar & leg lifts, front levers.

Shipping free on Amazon

 

Any issues?

* Some owners are shipped incomplete or incorrect parts.

* Some reports of it being a little wobbly.

* CAP’s supplied tools are no good; use your own for a better build.

* No safety bars if you plan to max out.

 

Some Tech Specs

  • Weight capacity: 300 lb.
  • Dimensions: 46”D x 50”W x 85”H
  • Steel – Solid steel with 12 & 14 gauge thickness

See reviews & price on Amazon

 

Home gym power rack buyer’s guide

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If this is your first time getting your own power rack, I think there are a few things to get squared up before plunking down your hard-earned money.

You may have already dialed all these factors in, but I just wanted share them with you to make sure. 😉

 

Space

It’s good to have the dimensions of your home gym’s available space handy when shopping for a power rack. 

Compare your available space to each power rack you’re reviewing, and consider these kinds of things if they apply to you: 

* Allow ample room for not only the power rack itself, but also for plate storage, including the space needed to rack & store plates easily.

* Make sure you have enough ceiling height to use the pull up bar the way you want to.

* Does your weight bench have a space to get wheeled to when you switch to squats? 

* Does your power rack need enough depth for a training partner/spotter?  

And so on, making sure the power rack you’re looking at will fit in nicely with your home gym training plans.

 

Add-Ons

Before you spring for your cheap power rack, go over your ideal workouts in your mind.

Determine if there’s anything you want/need with your power rack in the way of attachments or add-on pieces like:

  • dip bars;
  • a lat pulldown machine;
  • a FID* bench;
  • a special type of pull up bar;
  • etc. 

*FID – flat, incline, & decline

 

A power rack may come with accessories

Some manufacturers sell their basic unit with an add-on like these, like Fitness Reality’s X-Class power rack, which comes with a dip bar set.

 

And some have add-on bundles

Many manufacturers also offer add-ons you can bundle up when you buy your power rack. 

The Rep Fitness PR-1100 is sold as a stand-alone power rack but you can add a few different pieces like I mentioned in its review earlier.

Rogue Fitness offers all sorts of similar customizations too.

 

 

Benefits of your own power rack

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Here are a few good reasons to feel good about having your own place to lift instead of paying to go to one.

* A power rack at home is ready whenever you are.

* A power rack at home makes it easier to squeeze workouts into a busy schedule.

* A power rack at home is your equipment set up the way you want it.

* A power rack at home is a huge timesaver & pays for itself many times over too.

 

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Wrapping up

I hope my article on the best budget power racks was helpful to you, and I wish you well on your fitness journey.

-greg

July 2021

 

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Hi I’m Greg Simon. Fitness training & nutrition researching since 1982. Organic food & wine grower. Surfer. Congenital heart disease survivor (so far). Read more…
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When I get curious about something, I’ll dig into whatever sports science & medical facts there are on the topic to learn what’s real & what’s only hype. I also post my experiences product-testing & evaluating home gym equipment & fitness supplements.
 
 It’s an information-sharing, personal opinion blog of mine.
 
So if you’re looking for medical or nutritional advice, please consult with your doctor or health professional for that, since heydayDo does not provide medical advice.