Power Racks, Squat Racks and Cages
The versatility of power racks makes them a valuable tool for every level of weightlifter or fitness enthusiast. From beginners to pro athletes, it is a vital tool to help you progress and maintain your gains.
By using a power rack, you can focus on specific movements to make gains in various exercises, including your deadlift, squat, bench press and overhead press.
Find the right equipment for your commercial or home gym from our range of half and full power racks and squat racks.
You’ll find options with chin-up bars, plate storage and band peg attachment bars.
Our racks with spotting arms and safety rails will give you the confidence to work out without worrying about hurting yourself – or others.
We also offer convenient power rack and squat rack packages with everything you need to start completing some heavy weight lifting.
What’s the difference between a Squat Rack, Power Rack and a Power Cage?
Nothing at all! They are different names for the exact same piece of gym equipment. It all depends on the brand, supplier or website listing them. Most will have a similar design, but quality varies between brands and models. This style of rack or cage has been designed so that the user can be positioned inside the four upright posts that are used to support the frame, barbells and attachments. Most power racks will allow you to do both bench press and squat training as you can adjust the height of the barbell position either by moving the bar catchers, also known as J hooks to the desired height or they will have gun racks bolted to the uprights. They also make it easy to add a bench, and we usually recommend you use a good quality adjustable bench so you or your members can perform all bench press exercises such as Incline Bench Press, Flat Bench Press, Decline Bench Press and Shoulder Press.
Suppose you are concerned about space in your gym. In that case, the width required for either a power rack or half rack is the same as this depends on the width of the barbell being used and for any power racks or half racks, you will usually need to use a 7ft barbell as narrower bars won’t fit due to the width of the racks. The depth may be slightly less on a half rack, but again the base of the half rack is usually about the same as power racks.
What is the difference in squat rack quality?
Quality can vary a lot. The thickness of steel used on power racks will vary from 1.5 mm (17 gauge) to 4 mm (8 gauge). Domestic grade racks use 1.5 mm to 2 mm thick steel. Higher-grade commercial power racks don’t use adjustable J hooks or bar catchers to hold barbells; they use gun racks. They are referred to as gun racks as they are similar in design to racks used to display or store guns. That’s all. Again the quality of these also varies, and they should be at least 4mm thick. If they are too thin, they will bend or fail under heavy loads, which could be disastrous. The thickness of the steel used in manufacturing commercial power racks must be 3-4 mm thick. If the frame is too thin, it will be dangerous to use at heavy. Also, when comparing the gauge thickness of the steel, the lower the number, the thicker the steel. The thickness of the steel reduces by 10% as the number increases, so don’t be fooled by models with higher gauge numbers. A heavy-duty rack will weigh over 100kg. The other thing to look at is whether the frame is mainly welded together or bolted together, as cheaper models will be mainly held together with bolts rather than welding of joints as it’s cheaper to manufacture them this way. Still, it does compromise the strength and safety of the power rack.
NC Fitness Racks can be used to create the perfect home gym. With your rack, you can curl in it as much as you like without worrying about being judged by the squatters.
Check out the complete NC Fitness range online, ready for quick delivery across Australia. You are also welcome to come and experience the wide-ranging benefits of power racks by testing some out at our Melbourne showroom (please keep grunting to a minimum).
We also offer a 14 Day No-Questions-Asked money-back Guarantee, so need to worry if you end up being too light-weight, baby!
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