Best strenght training power cages according to redditors

We found 362 Reddit comments discussing the best strenght training power cages. We ranked the 68 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Rhynegains · 24 pointsr/personalfinance

Here is a post I've seen before that had saved. Note: I have quite a bit of this equipment but there are many options out there. Find stuff similar to this.

Here's the beginner sets I usually recommend:

  • Dicks Sporting Goods 300lb Weight Set which is currently at $190. It also includes a bar. I do not recommend dropping these for Deadlifts, though.

  • Fitness Reality Full Cage which is currently for $260.

  • Fitness Gear Bench which is currently about $90.

    That'll probably run you about $600 after taxes. But that will be everything you would actually need.

    There's several other things I got along the way which I think you would find useful, but not necessary.

    Additional items:

  • Weight Storage Tree which should hold everything from your set.
  • Bar Weight Locks currently $10.
  • Floor Protection
  • Pull Up Bands
  • Back Extension/Sit up Bench

    I made my homegym and I absolutely love it! It's my temple. Here's a note though.... you need to think long and hard on if you will use it. I work out 3-5 times a week. I stretch in there every day. Will you use it for 3 times a week minimum? Are you willing to move it when the time comes? Can you spare a 8x10ft area for this equipment?
u/wayfers · 21 pointsr/DIY

This is the one I found.

u/StrikeOne33 · 14 pointsr/homegym

Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

This rack is popular amongst the budget conscious here.

u/Dense_fordayz · 12 pointsr/Fitness

You could get more out of one of these, one of these and some of these. More compact and takes less putting together time.

u/needupv0tes · 12 pointsr/Weakpots

I'm in the process of cancelling my gym membership and setting up home gym. I found this squat rack on amazon prime that looks good. I just wish it had safety bars. Any one else have a better recommendation on a modest squat rack? I already checked craigslist in my area, nothing great.

No one should have to ever see groce gril titties. That's just gaaayyy.

u/blur927 · 11 pointsr/Fitness
u/ARowdyKissBoy · 11 pointsr/Fitness

you're gonna be hard pressed to find a full cage under that price point.

i used valor fitnessbd-9 power squat stands up until my squat started breaking 300 lbs for reps. after that point, not having full safety bars was getting dicey.

if you're willing to go up to $250, i've been using the fitness reality 810XLT for well over a year, and it's held up beautifully.

u/duffman13jws · 9 pointsr/xxfitness

If I had the grand and the space in my house, A power rack, barbell, bench, and spend the remaining $500 on either craigslist plates and a set of 50lb PowerBlock Elites (expandable to 90), or bumpers plates if crossfit and Oly are more your thing. Either way you go with the second half of the money, that's a solid budget setup for that amount, mostly new gear too.

u/yetanothernerd · 8 pointsr/homegym

That looks a lot like the Titan rack

If so, it's a pretty good deal, if it's in new condition and the J-Hooks that aren't pictured are included.

If it's not in new condition then I think it's a bit overpriced.

u/Gym-gineer · 7 pointsr/homegym

Did a quick little comparison... 107 lbs when setup and cost $309 on Amazon...

Compare to the fitness reality one... 133.5 lbs and cost $199, also powder coat paint, since someone mentioned that about the T2.

PS i help design the fitness reality one and get to design new attachments soon. Yay!!!

Ask me anything!

u/apgomez85 · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

i have this and works great. not too pricey either if you just get the stand.

u/faustin_mn · 7 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

r/homegym will give you some ideas. This set is pretty cheap and will get you thru the first few months of StrongLifts. I used it and didn’t bother spending on a quality bar until after 7 months when my deadlift went over 350 and started bending my starter bar pretty badly. You’ll also need a squat rack or st the very least a half rack. I got mine from Amazon. That’s all you’d need for the main lifts and should serve you well for 6-12 months.

u/WatermelonRhyne · 7 pointsr/homegym

This one goes on sale to $180 pretty often.

FITNESS REALITY 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

It's currently at $250

u/RealLebronJames · 6 pointsr/homegym
u/ccfixx · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Personally, I always feel like the dip bars on power towers are too wide. I've tried a few of them out in Dick's Sporting Goods and it doesn't feel like a good position to sustain for multiple dips. So, that might be something to consider if you purchase one of these. I just did a quick search for more detailed dimensions of that particular model but I didn't have any luck. Maybe, get a power tower with less "features" like this Cap Barbell Power Rack from Amazon and then you can get some rings and throw them over the bar? The price fluctuates quite a bit; at the end of April it was down to $50.59 and occasionally gets down into the $65 price range.

u/ravasaurus · 6 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

If you have the height allowance, I’d recommend a power rack with the dip bar add-ons to give you the flexibility to add barbell work in the future.

u/drhumphrey · 6 pointsr/Fitness

I purchased this power rack and love it. It has a built in pull-up bar and can hold 800 pounds. It feels very sturdy in case you have to dump the weight. Also has accessories for dips and other workouts. It’s on sale for approximately $280USD it was $330 when I purchased

u/reyomnwahs · 5 pointsr/homegym

I have a Valor BD-7, which is nothing special, but there's two things I like about it that might be worth considering for power racks.

  1. The majority of the random rack accessories out there seem to be 2x2, so for example I've added extra spotter bars, another set of long spotter arms so I can bench outside the rack, and some better J-hooks than the ones it came with.

    Sure, accessories exist for 2x2.5 or 2x3, but 2x2 with 1" holes gives you a lot more stuff to choose from in my experience.

  2. I like having an upper / lower cable pull, personally. A lot of people end up fabricating or buying one of the Spud sets but having it built-in is nice.

    Bench wise, it may not matter to you, but if you're already getting something with a leg hold-down, you might as well look for one that has a modular leg extension and a preacher bench that you can swap in and out.
u/Oaysis · 5 pointsr/Fitness

Power rack, some kind of pulley attachment for the power rack (for lat pull downs, face pulls etc), bench, plates, barbell, and some dumbbells. That's all you need for some serious gains

u/CE-sorcerer · 5 pointsr/fatlogic

This is the one I got. It was $99, got it with some of my tax return. It took an hour to assemble, but seems sturdy enough for me. It maxes out at 300 lbs, which I doubt I’ll reach, ever.

u/kmolch · 5 pointsr/homegym

Couldn't agree more regarding the purchase of a rack that includes plate storage. Its more space efficient and leaves more open floor space. I have a fitness reality rack ( with T-2 plate holders, but if I were to buy again I'd think hard about getting a titan T-3 (T-3 over a T-2 because there seems to be more accessory options). However, from personal experience, I'd have to disagree regarding getting a flat bench and a "good" bar.
Regarding the bench, do you plan on doing incline bench/flys/curls/ rows/etc? The general sentiment of this community is buy once/buy forever. If that's the case, buy a good incline bench and call it a day. Otherwise, you buy the flat bench, then buy an adjustable bench down the road, and you're trying to store both of them in your 10x10 room. I got the el cheapo fitness reality ( one for ~$80. It does the job, but isn't super heavy/wide. While it doesn't feel rock solid, I've had people throw up 250#s on it no problem, so for many of us it should do the job. Looking back, I would look into Titan's adjustable bench, as well as the Ethos one from Dicks. The Ethos is a little steep at $250, but is super study and heavy duty feeling.
As far as getting a "good bar" goes, why rush it? What are your numbers currently? I got the Dick's Fitness Gear 300 # set ( for ~$180. It can be had for cheaper if you sign up for their promotion emails and use a $10 or $20 off coupon. I've pulled 300#s and squatted 300#s and the bar hasn't bent yet. Yes, the knurling could be better, and it won't last a lifetime, but until my lifts are consistently over 300#s or the bar does start to bend, buying a "good' bar can wait. It does the job and I could think of several things I'd rather buy first for my home gym. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait until I'm forced to buy a new bar and can get something badass, but if you're on a budget and the 300lb weight set bar works for what you need, I wouldn't rush into getting a better bar.

u/dweezil22 · 5 pointsr/homegym

At that weight basically anything you get will be ok, that said, safeties are still nice to have, so consider the value of a full rack or a half rack instead of just a squat stand. As always, Craigslist or your local alternative can be a lot better deals (and your realism about weights may mean that some of the less popular cheaper stuff will be great for you while everyone else is chasing expensive Rogue gear).

If you do want to go new, Slickdeals just pointed me towards this $250 prime shipping rack on Amazon that looks like one of the cheapest options at the moment: CamelCamelCamel is amazingly reporting it sold for < $150 a few times this year (though I dunno if that included shipping)

u/snipe4fun · 5 pointsr/homegym

$400? for $200 you can get a full sized squat rack on Amazon:

I used to have one of those benches in the CL ad and on the highest setting I'd still have to do a 1/2" squat to get started with squats, plus there's no safety bars to catch if you fail and that goes for bench press too on the lack of safety.

Another hundred bucks and you've got a good quality bench:

Spend the rest on weights (admittedly you'll be just above the $400 price point but you won't be needing to spend more money on the same equipment a few years down the road) and whey and you'll be good to go.

u/jimmyw404 · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I got this two months ago and couldn't be happier:

300lbs weight set: $200

power rack + lat pull attachment: $436

2x 45lbs plates: $70

fitness reality bench $80

dip belt $30

dumbbells $200

I looked pretty hard on craigslist for local deals for a few weeks, but it's hard to beat the above prices.

I've been a member of a few gyms, and don't really have horror stories, but it's so much nicer being in complete control of everything.

u/cpjay2003 · 4 pointsr/intermittentfasting

CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand, Multiple Colors

$100, easy goal. I have this one, concrete anchored to the floor, can do pull ups and swing on it all day. 230lbs, good for 300lbs

u/_CorkTree_ · 4 pointsr/DiWHY

Here is one example. It's just under 6 feet. If you ask me, that's a little too short even, but if that's all the room you have to work with, then it's a good option.

u/DitchWitch13 · 4 pointsr/homegym

I'm also a hobbyist woodworker - I made my own barbell holder from wood, I made a couple bookcases, and I strongly considered building my own for a time. After seeing a few posts like /u/AccomplishedCoyote's about some of the limitations, I'm glad I didn't. My bars tear up the wood on my bar holder. They always have wood dust in the knurling. So you may want to coat it in something (spray bed liner, plastic sheeting, etc.), which is going to add to the cost.

Something to consider: after you price it out, you might find that the cost of the DIY wood rack is not so different compared to a cheap steel rack, and you can get short versions like this one if the ceiling will be a problem. If you don't want to have to make your own everything (like dip bars) then I'd strongly consider a steel rack. Another option might be a separate pullup bar mounted to the wall plus a squat stand.

u/Shak_ · 4 pointsr/Fitness

I assume this is the one you mean? Got positive reviews, looks good.

I'm pretty confident it will be fine. Until you get into 500 lbs zone, I would be surprised if you have to worry about how sturdy the thing is.

Is benching your only goal? Do you do squats?

Lastly, with a power rack, you will almost definitely need to get olympic bar+ weights. I don't think it's an either/or situation. The power rack is there to make sure you can safely execute exercises; the weights allow you to overload those exercises. It's like asking "I just have underwear right now, should I buy a shirt or pants if I want to go out in public". You need both really.


If 100 lb is your max bench, going for more weight might be the better option for now. Just make sure your current bench can handle that much weight (you+weights).

u/Jamieson22 · 4 pointsr/homegym

I know you say you don't have a lot of room and this assumes you don't need to move equipment out of way when not in use but the squat towers with a bench under them would likely be exact same footprint as a power cage like this:

And a cage will offer more safety and flexibility with lifts.

u/Pristinejake · 3 pointsr/homegym

One for 400$ on amazon that I bought. It was the cheapest one they had. I really like it

Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack with LAT Pull Attachment & Pull Up Station

Here’s the link just in case.
I just saw another one for the same price that comes with a bunch of attachments.

u/Paxtian · 3 pointsr/homegym

I haven't used the rack from Dicks, but I recently got the Valor BD-7 from Amazon. It's about the same price, but includes cables for pull-downs and seated rows. I believe they both have the same max weight for the catch bars, but I'm not 100% confident. In any case, I really like the BD-7, so I'd recommend it over the Dick's rack.

u/The_Zeus_Is_Loose · 3 pointsr/ketogains

Valor BD-7. The price fluctuates a decent amount on this. I got it for 365 in July two years ago.

u/carterbrown · 3 pointsr/ketogains

You don't need a power rack. Squat bars are fine...

If you really DO want a power rack, the do make them 72" tall and will fit for you:

There is always a way. :)

u/tecdocti · 3 pointsr/Fitness

This power rack is probably the best deal on amazon. $320 shipped, capacity up to 700lbs. Comes in 2 or 3 boxes. UPS guy probably won't hate you.

u/SidRunsUnshod · 3 pointsr/Fitness

I love my power rack. If cost is a concern, reviewers seem fairly satisfied with this one.

Personally, I got a more expensive one, with potential upgrades in mind.

u/spbx · 3 pointsr/Fitness

You don't need much.

I built my home gym for maybe $600~ and I run a 6 day PPL routine. My numbers aren't anything insane, so I didn't go all out on rogue/big name brand equipment.

Bench $150~ (

Rack $100-$300 (

Barbell + Weights $200+ - Check craigslist first, otherwise you can find some killer deals online. ( - Everybody is going to suggest getting an olympic bar, but if money is tight and you're a novice lifter, there's nothing wrong with going standard. Just remember that, once you do break out of the novice category, for safety reasons, Olympic is eventually the way to go.

Dumbbells - I literally bought the $20 dumbbell set from wal-mart that's adjustable, and I just swap standard plates on it. I go up to 50lbs with no problems on each db.

Over time you can add other things, such as a dip bar. I bought one for $90 on Amazon.

If you want to do pulldowns, check out this:

Remember, you don't need any crazy equipment or anything, and most of the cheap stuff will get you started until you start lifting REALLY heavy. At the end of the day, weights are weights.

A lot of people like to talk down about cheaper equipment, especially bowflex equipment (such as the bench I linked), but unless you're pushing a 300lb bench press, or squatting over 300lbs, this is going to be fine. No need to break the bank on a $300 bench or $600 rogue fitness rack right off the bat.

If your budget is even more limited, get a bench, adjustable dumbbells, and additional weights. Throw in a pull-up bar you can put in a door frame for pull-ups, chin-ups, and knee raises. That's a decent start.

u/OryxCrake · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness
u/Lynntropy · 3 pointsr/Fitness

"Reasonably priced" is..well..relative. I love Rogue products and I respect their American-made ethos greatly and I love how flexible all of their systems are, but you are paying for all of that. You can't get a squat rack under $345 from them (S-1). And, per context of this conversation, that doesn't have the pullup bar; you have to go to the S-2 at $425. Don't get me wrong, that rack is fucking tough, but the price is too.
If you pay less you will get less, but you might not need something as bomb-proof as Rogue.

Here is an off brand on Amazon at $89 dollars. It's all relative...

Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

u/Sir_hisfavoritetoy · 3 pointsr/BDSMcommunity

It looks like a regular work out rack for doing squats. I imagine you can find one just about any place that sells work out equipment. Here's one right off Amazon.

u/cmasterflex · 3 pointsr/P90X

if you have room in your house for it, I got one of these it is awesome! I use it for gymnastic rings also

u/yaffe192 · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

I got this from amazon and they are very steady with the rings. I have had no issues doing the RR on them.

EDIT: Updating answer to help out OP with an alternative.
OP, you can try out rows with towel and a door similar to this till you gain the strength to do the rows with your body directly below the bar.

u/DoomGoober · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

You could, theoretically, rest a bar on the squat rack of this power tower: The squat rack goes "low enough to do bench press" which should be low enough to do rows. The only risk, of course, would be that the bar rolls off the rack while you're doing rows -- but the rack looks pretty deep so that shouldn't be a problem.

u/steverbeaver95 · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/flippieskip · 3 pointsr/weightroom

It looks like it's in stock at amazon for about the same price:

u/throwaway20131103 · 3 pointsr/homegym

> The Vulcan runs for over a grand but I'm looking to spend $200 - $400 max.

The only thing that comes to mind is the Fitness Gear half rack:

With your budget the Titan HD is the better buy:

Edit: Amazon has it too but it's $10 more:

u/sin-eater82 · 3 pointsr/homegym

$280 I believe. But the normal price has gone up quite a bit since then. is a good source for checking price history. I couldn't find the short rack on amazon, but here it is for the normal T3:

u/graintop · 3 pointsr/homegym

Even without the platform, I think you will run into trouble on pullups. That bar is at 80", leaving you five inches to get your head above the bar before hitting the ceiling, or three with your platform. Nah.

Remember that there is a short version of the T2, 71.5" high.

u/robzomba · 3 pointsr/weightroom

Rack -
Bar -
Plates -
Bench -
Not sure why you want a mirror, and probably leave out the kettlebell if you want to stick to basics, feel free to message me if you need some more help. Also craigslist is extremely hit or miss, but is pretty good for buying the plates. Also, given his former SEAL status, consider crowdfunding to help with money.

u/cgeorge5555 · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have the Rep Fitness PR1000 and it's a well built budget rack that we use daily. They just released a slightly newer version (bigger hole spacing) at a really good price of $199+s/h but looks like it's up to $239 now. It's compatible with more attachments than the PR1000 too.

As others mentioned, TDS (aka New York Barbells) has some really great options that are built of slightly better gauge steel, coupled with competitive pricing and free shipping it's hard to beat. Most of their full racks can accommodate an array of different attachments. I've heard their customer service is so-so, but if you deal through Amazon, I'm sure you'd be covered. We have their "Super Open" Half rack and have bolted it down and we're really happy with it. Especially the numbered uprights and pegs for adding bands to our programming.

u/hashcrypt · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/MHmijolnir · 3 pointsr/homegym
  • Rack. Best quality, functionality, and price (240$) I've found is the TDS Open rack on amazon: link (That's what I own, it has all the benefits of a full rack but you can also do OHP from it without having to lift your bar out of your rack.)

  • Rogue Ohio Power Bar (265 bucks). Unbeatable.

  • A marcy SB 315 bench is rated up to 600 lbs and is 50$ on amazon. It's cheap but there's really nothing wrong with it, unless you weigh 200 and are benching 400 lbs... which is somewhat rare... The bench also has good traction and is a moderate/wide width - it's not skinny and sucky.

  • Plates are last and where I'd splurge (if you have the money).... Nice plates are nice.. but if not you can grab some stuff on craigslist/play it again sports. Play it again sells their iron at about .50-75 cents a pound.

  • Adjustable standard-sized dumbells for accessory work. Play it again sports or Dicks.

    All this can be done for under 1k.
u/beowulf_71 · 3 pointsr/homegym

So from the other replies, sounds like you are in a dilemma with being able to spend more on something better/safer. I would agree with another poster if you could save a bit more and purchase the Fitness Reality cage you would be better off. The problem with that cage, like another said, that I see is the lower range max weight it handles. You say you wont go above 140, and maybe so.. but if you get in to this more you may wish you had spent the extra to get a cage that can grow with you. More so, just because you wont go up to the max doesnt mean it may not fail near the max.

If the FR is just way too out of your range regardless, and you might be in a better position to purchase something better later should you need it, then I wouldnt wait on starting to work out and buy the rack. But like another said, you need a decent bar, weights, etc. If you dont have those, are you able to get those too?

u/Victarias · 3 pointsr/Fitness

It's back to full price now, but they typically go on sale pretty often, i got mine for about 185 if i remember correctly. It's a decent rack compared to the $400-$1000 racks.

Check out /r/homegym for ideas and possible deals! I highly suggest setting up a home gym if you're able to and most important, if you're committed.

u/Moneygrowsontrees · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

I have this one and it suits my needs fine. I bought it at Play it Again Sports rather than Amazon, though.

I have it on a flat cement floor and I've found it to be sturdy even doing hanging leg raises (I can't do pullups because it's in my basement with a low ceiling) and it doesn't get bolted down or anything.

I'm 5'-1", for what it's worth.

u/TitaniuIVI · 3 pointsr/homegym

I would go for the rack since it's a lot more versatile than any individual piece of equipment. Also 8x8 isn't very big so you'll want to eliminate as many unitaskers as possible. With a budget of $600 you should try and look at used equipment on OfferUp or Craigslist to get better quality equipment, but new is not out of the question.

Here's a list of what you can get for a pretty decent setup at $600...

(Prices are sale prices. Sign up for CamelCamelCamel or Keepa and set alerts for the items on Amazon. The frequently go down to the prices listed)

Item | Price
Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Rack | $150
Fitness Reality Adjustable Bench | $85
CAP Barbell 300 lb. Olympic Grip Weight Set | $180
4 ft. x 6 ft. x 3/4 in. Thick Rubber Stall Mat | $40 x 3
Valor Fitness MB-A BD-7 Dip Handle Accessory Set | $35
CAP Barbell Olympic 2-Inch Plate and Bar Storage Rack | $30

That gets you to the $600 budget on the dot.

This should cover most of your needs. You can replace the plate tree with some Titan weight pegs to hang from the rack if you want that instead. You can also just throw some plywood on the floor instead of the floor mats or mix and match plywood and floor mats.

This is almost the same setup I have except I was able to pick up some dumbells and plates off OfferUp so it came out a little cheaper. So far my home gym setup is at $520 and all I'm missing is the stall mats so I should be hitting the $600 goal myself once I get those.

u/becoming_alpha · 3 pointsr/marriedredpill

I got the full power rack in the garage, it's $225 on amazon. I love it.

u/flanny0210 · 3 pointsr/homegym


  1. Don’t buy standard weights, you’re limiting your gains.

  2. That setup will make you top-heavy (bench only and is more geared towards upper-body)

    What’s your budget? You should mainly be looking at a bar/plate weight set, power rack, and bench. Those are the essentials to get you started

    Edited with examples:

    [Power Rack] (

    [Bar/Plates] (

    [Bench] (

    Those are just examples of what you should look can adjust according to your budget, and of course always scout out Craigslist/FB Marketplace/any second-hand sites in your area.
u/beardedvikingdad · 3 pointsr/homegym

Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage

u/ice_cream_keto · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

I've had this one for a bit and it's solid. Only complaint are the safety bars are kind of a pain to move up and down because you have to align the pins, I wish they would have just stuck with the basic through rod.

It's nice to have one with a cable attachment because I don't have dumbbells so it gives you more options to your workout.

I had a cheap 2 post rack before this and it was sketchy, would not recommend a 2 post rack for anything.

u/SushiJuice · 3 pointsr/GYM

This'll probably depend on how much you want to spend. A decent set of weights and rack, brand new, could run around $1500-$2000. But if he's a huge gym rat, he'll probably want OLYMPIC weights (as opposed to standard). He'll probably want a RACK so he can do bench press and squats safely. I personally bought this one and love it. A couple ways to reduce the price is look on Craigslist and any used sporting goods stores in your area. Hope that helps

u/CaptainSpaceDinosaur · 3 pointsr/homegym
u/MountainOso · 3 pointsr/homegym

The bench you linked and the squat rack probably only have a weight limit of 300 pounds.

Not worth buying.

For Deadlifts to protect your floor you need something like horse stall mats and a lifting platform. Or horse stall mats and bumpers. (I got horse stall mats and the diamond pro bumpers from Walmart)

This rack gets good reviews (
Look at Rep Fitness (better quality) or Titan (cheaper) for actually equipment that can handle lifting heavy

u/ihaxr · 3 pointsr/bodyweightfitness really like it. Took a bit to put together, but it's solid.

u/amras3 · 3 pointsr/homegym

I have the same squat rack and just upgraded my j-hooks a couple months ago and it was a fantastic decision. They're currently on sale for 25 bucks on Amazon! Highly recommended upgrade.

u/southernm · 2 pointsr/homegym

Looks like a valor fitness bd-7 rack that's been painted blue. It would be a good deal without the plates. Jump on it.

u/PlaceboDefect · 2 pointsr/homegym

Bang for your buck, Titan makes a really nice rack.

Pulley system there's a lot of options. If you're handy, you could even go DIY on this route. Here's a popular one for reference.

Or you could go for an all in one rack, something like the Valor BD-7. I don't know much about it personally.

GHD is a glute hamstring developer. It's the icing on the cake on leg day. There's solo machine, rack attachements, and DIY options on these as well.

u/AfroPrinny · 2 pointsr/Fitness

and an 300 lbs olympic set = best investment i ever made
i share with 2 other friends so we save a lot of money, gas, and time since we all live like 1 min from each other

u/DrTommyNotMD · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I went contrary to most opinions on here and bought new. I bought bar and weights off of xtrainingequipment. I believe a 320lb set of bumper weights came out to 700 with an olympic bar as well.

I bought this rack and although it took about 2 hours to put together by myself, I've absolutely loved it since.

I also bought this bench on Amazon and have no real complaints, although I can't put my finger on why I don't absolutely love it. I've definitely felt better benches at gyms.

u/theconservativelib · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

I bought this rack about a year ago and I'm still happy with my purchase. I didn't think I would use the lat pulldown very often, but I was wrong. It was nice to have a little more variety of exercises available to me - Lat pull, tricep pushdown, seated rows, etc... Literally my only complaint is that the plate storage doesn't hold big weights very well and the pegs don't hold olympic size plates, which I thought was standard. Good luck in your search!

u/brigboy · 2 pointsr/leangains

Good morning Monday!

  1. This is probably slightly dumb, but I've never gotten below 9-10% body fat (and this was some years ago). I think I am roughly 12-13% ish right now at 175lbs. Any thing else I should do differently or mentally prepare for?

    I understand logically it's really straight forward and mathematical - just set your calories threshold lower....focus on maintaining strength (should I prepare for an inevitable strength loss down ahead?) Maybe utilize yohimbine and ephedrine. It's just something I've never done so I'm putting more thought in it then I should.

  2. I think I'm getting to the point where I may want to seriously consider a Power Rack (my ceiling is like 6 1/2 feet?) as I am currently doing heavy dumbbell press (still prefer dumbbells) but want to at least have the mental option of going to a barbell incline press, squat and maybe even rack pulls.

    Does this look good and for its price? Atlas vs. TDS?

    I currently have a squat stand (rated at ~300lbs) and just use stacked chairs as safe guards. I know I can always throw the bar off my back but I'm scared of potentially just screwing up my body or shoulders or something like that. Plus got a credit card....$200 cash back on $500, may as well ;). You would think at this point with the money spent on a home gym.....maybe go to a real gym but it's so convenient but no girls and low ceiling -_-.
u/caa11291 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Squat Cage for 6' Ceiling - Short Power Rack

I've had this rack for about 6 months now. I'm 5'9" and have no size limitations. Easy to switch from squats to bench etc. The fail bars are also reliable. It come in 2 boxes and is easy to assemble; takes about an hour. With my 7 foot ceilings I am able to do full ROM pull-ups, I just have to hang with my feet behind my butt (I'm sure there's a better way to describe this). There are two plate racks in the bottom front that work for a 300lb set however, it would be nice to to have them on the sides of the rack as well.

Edit: I should probably add that I've had no more than 225lbs on the bar so I can't verify its durability with heavier weight.

u/-dsmvwl · 2 pointsr/homegym

Remember that F=ma so the higher you'll be dropping it, the heavier it lands. I recommend the TDS Short Power Rack or Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack. You'll have to sit down for OHP and pull your legs behind for pull-ups though.

u/Gosu-Sheep · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I got one of these guys for 300:

I can't really make any comparisons but I've had it for almost a year now and it's worked out great. Seems like a solid budget option.

u/DaveDYEL · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Power racks start as low as approximately 320 bucks for a new one. you could also check CL to find one way cheaper.

u/ruacomic · 2 pointsr/homegym

You mean the squat stand? Supposedly its the same as the Fuel performance one they sell at walmart. I've seen some people post it on here. 300lb weight limit.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/USMCboot

Looks like it got more expensive since I bought it, but here it is

u/PJLFit · 2 pointsr/Fitness

How's that more affordable than $250?

I have this and this

You already have the weights.

u/trustmeguf · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Hey, i'm kinda in the same boat as OP. I live in an apartment where all my doors meet with corners so I can't put up a door frame pull up bar. Do you think this would work?

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I thought it was an option... this would allow me to hang rings, do pullups and use my TRX.

Any cons you can see, or better solutions?

u/peterpayne · 2 pointsr/startbodyweight
u/papaotter · 2 pointsr/nfl

[Cap Barbell FM-CS705 Power Rack...]( Barbell FM-CS705 Power Rack...

Pretty stable, although for me (6'0'') the bar holders can't fit where I want them to due to the bolts holding it together. End up having to start a little short on press.

u/pharmacist10 · 2 pointsr/DIY

This power rack is pretty good and usually on sale for <$200

I've been able to test it with a full Olympic set (45x2, 35x2, 25x2, 10x2, 5x4, 2.5x2) on each side with no issues (300 pounds including bar). I don't know if I would be loading much more than that, though.

It also doesn't have a bail-out safety for squats.

u/krazy_karl_was_taken · 2 pointsr/homegym

This guy is all you need. I used it for years with upwards of 300# when doing squats and it never failed me. Actually sold it to my buddy who still uses it and loves it as well.

You could get a separate dip station or something I guess

Depending how tall you are will depend on the viability of the pull up bars being tall enough too

u/liquidarity · 2 pointsr/ultimate

A barbell, bumper plates, and a rack will break that couple-hundred bucks alone. You'll definitely need those. I suggest building your own plyo boxes if you can, the standard ones are surprisingly expensive.

u/McCloudsZJ · 2 pointsr/homegym

TDS makes full cage for the same price if that’s something you’d be into. Mines caught 500lbs+ more than a few times.

TDS Power Rack / Squat Cage

u/p1zz1cato · 2 pointsr/homegym

I've been kicking ass on this power rack for some time now. It is really good quality for the money.

u/HPPD2 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

well craigslist would be the best option if you get lucky but a lot of areas aren't great.

for new stuff. power rack:



olympic plates: used on craigslist for under 70 cents a lb. alternatively you can get a "300 lb olympic weight set" from dicks that has 255lb of plates and a bar for $200 and just not use the crappy bar that comes with it, or use it and get a better bar later.

here's a better bench than the adidas I would recommend if you can afford it:

u/m_sporkboy · 2 pointsr/homegym

This one:

The one thing I'd maybe have done differently is get a half rack with spotters, since I wouldn't be always moving jhooks around to do overhead stuff. But similar-priced half racks are mostly junk.

u/schmuckmulligan · 2 pointsr/homegym

I have something like this one (older model) and I would definitely say that it's worth the few extra bucks to get a real cage. There is peace of mind in knowing that if I dump something ugly, I can. Stalk free shipping or find something similar IRL.

u/stamilio · 2 pointsr/Fitness

This open squat rack may be closer to what you want than a full box:
TDS Power, Squat & Open Rack Station
It's open in the front so you can OHP in the rack & pull the bar out from DL.
It doesn't move much with pull ups.
It's cheap.
It is as strong as anything out there.
You can slam 1000lbs on the safety bars and they wont flinch.
Basically, I am in love with it but willing to share.

u/thehomeeconomist · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I do like it! It was a good price, and I like that it's open and lower on the front part so that I can lift the bar out of it easily when I need to for deadlifts and such.

The cat curtains are from Ikea. I couldn't resist them!

Edit: here is the exact rack I bought.

u/New_mom_and_dad · 2 pointsr/weightroom

I have [this](IRONMAN H-Class 810XLT Power Cage with The H-Class 800XT 12 Position Weight Bench Combo

It sells under a different brand name now I believe. It's pretty good all around rack, but I'm not a fan of the pins not being a typical j hook. I got mine for $279.99.

Structural Engineer = smart guy

u/cloake · 2 pointsr/homegym

You can't go wrong with any of those choices. I went full rack over half rack because of height issues and they tend to have the same footprint anyway, and they're usually not cheaper. Full rack tends to have more options down the line.

The goto r/homegym package is incredible bang for your buck:

Fitness Reality

Dick's Barbell/Weight Set

u/d0obysnacks · 2 pointsr/homegym

The fitness reality rack went on sale last night, down to 231. I pulled the trigger plus free shipping!

u/coup-d-etat · 2 pointsr/Fitness

So I’m in the same situation and I’ve been thinking about getting this setup. I believe the max user weight it can hold is around 242. What’s appealing for me is that it’s portable.

Since I live in a small apartment it would be ideal if I can pack it up real quick when guests come over.

Gravity Fitness Portable Bodyweight Mate & Pull Up Rack

u/Tel_FiRE · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

All you would have to do is take something like this:

And add an extra set of bars + support bars. Ideally adjustable. It really shouldn't be that hard to build imo.

Thanks for your input though, I do appreciate the suggestions.

u/username2446 · 2 pointsr/homegym

I guess it all depends on what you are trying to accomplish but I would get something like this and add on weights and a bar

u/Berkamyah · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Not sure what your price range is.... but if you can swing it, get a cage.

I've got the fitness reality power cage as I lift at home alone. Of course it's great for safe squatting, but if you're also gonna lift alone like I do, a cage will allow you to push yourself harder on bench and other push exercises knowing you're not gonna kill yourself if you slip up. Biggest detrimate to progress is injury and we're doing this for our health in the first place right?

u/MikeGolfsPoorly · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Weight Rack

Weight Set I got this when it was on sale.

u/GmoneyShoes · 2 pointsr/gainit

This is what I bought a while ago , but when I got it came with a nice adjustable bench for an extra $50 that was normally like $100 by itself - Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

u/SubjectiveHat · 2 pointsr/homegym

I own this:

It's been great to me so far. I hope that the 800 lb. capacity becomes an issue for me some day. I really do.

I also bougt this dip attachment:

Works great with this rack even though it wasn't designed for it. Not going to lie, though, I did put a couple bags of cement on the back "feet" of the rack to reduce the shakiness when using the dip attachment.

u/N0kout · 2 pointsr/homegym

to piggyback off of /u/HomegymFriend

This is my setup and a little less expensive option:


u/Coniglio_Bianco · 2 pointsr/homegym

Yep, this is the one i got. I really like it.

: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max...

I was looking at a yellow hulk fitness one too, but i don't have any regrets.

u/Sluisifer · 2 pointsr/powerlifting

The Titan stuff is pretty good. /r/homegym likes too.

I think it's important to realize that cheap shit can work just fine if you're willing to baby it a bit. Getting a good barbell would be the best place to spend your money, but something is better than nothing.

u/irememberyou2 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

You can get a fitness reality power rack for around 230 at times.

You can get a bar and 255 lbs of weight 300 total for $180 at dicks sporting goods (200 right now but they have coupons all the time.

Boom, home gym for about 440 after tax, all new! you can find better prices used on things like facebook marketplace and craigslist.

Source: I have this rack and weights, a cheap fitness gear bench, and some super cheap adjustable yes4all dumbells in my homegym

u/RezzBanz · 2 pointsr/homegym

FITNESS REALITY 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with 800lbs Weight Capacity

u/-Kaneki- · 2 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Thanks, I actually just ordered some wooden gymnastic rings a couple days ago. I did a shit load of looking around, unhappy with all the dip and pull up equipment that required tucking your knees and then I found this. The pull up bars are 7ft high, (PERFECT for me), you can buy a multi grip dip attachment that can mount from any height, put your gymnast rings on it, do your rows on the safety bars, it allows for every possible calisthenics workout you could imagine, save for human flags. I think it's funny that I'm buying a squat cage for a butt load of things except it's primary function (squats). So I think it's safe to say I'm set on equipment haha.

u/Zweems · 2 pointsr/homegym

I've seen this guy recommended by homegym in the past, and it happens to be $150 today (down from 250 yesterday)

Fitness Reality Power Cage

u/playingwithdice · 2 pointsr/homegym

I don't have a homegym yet but I have my eye on this rack. From the few I've talked to on this thread who have it, it seems like a solid rack. I do like doing most of my workouts inside the rack so I do like a deeper rack though. Good luck in your search.

u/Jami3San · 2 pointsr/homegym

You might find that "raised bar" near your feet will still end up in the way when trying to squat. I had one similar and it was a pain, I had to squat off the front facing the other way (negating the benefit of having mirrors)

What about this

Puts it in your price range and you still get the Pulley station

u/MikeCheckOneTwo · 2 pointsr/homegym

Fitness reality power rack with lat pull down:

I actually got lucky. The price was the same (549) for the power rack with the lat pull-down and without when I bought it. Someone over there messed up but i'm not complaining.

u/Hype_Man · 2 pointsr/Stronglifts5x5

I just setup my own home 5x5 gym in my garage. This is the list of items I bought.

u/zarakand · 2 pointsr/homegym

I did the Dick's 300lb weight set, this squat rack and bench from Amazon (watch it on camelcamelcamel) Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with The 800 lb Capacity Super Max 1000 Weight Bench Combo, and the horse stall mat.

Total came to right around $600.

u/AuntieApocalypse · 2 pointsr/RightwingLGBT

I picked up quite a bit because I only had a stationary cycle (which finally died) and some dumbbells with light plates (up to five lbs) and a yoga mat at home.

The big thing was that I got this cage and bench. (It was on sale for about $50.00 less when I bought it, so great deal). The guy in the photo must be massive, because the cage is pretty huge.

Picked up two 1" barbells and a curl bar (helps with the tennis elbow) and two more sets of 1" dumbbells so I wouldn't have to constantly be changing plates mid-workout.

I got heavier plates (5 lbs and up) wherever I could find them cheapest per lb. I decided not to be fussy about matching my set.

Got a couple of light medicine balls and some resistance bands for warm up and stretching. Got a jump rope because jump ropes are fun.

Was hesitant but finally got a foam roller, just to massage out my quads: they get uncomfortably tight from squats and sitting around squeezing my quads and thighs looks weird and wasn't really helping the way the foam roller does.

I got some barbell squat pads, but that's for when I use barbells across my thighs on leg day. I don't use them for squats because it throws my balance off.

I lurk on this subreddit a lot: r/homegym. They have cool ideas.

u/rsguide707 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Currently just started working out again recently. I currently have

fitness reality squat rack/bench

CAP 7ft Olympic bar

powerblock elite dumbbels

CAP ez curl bar

Goal: I'm skinny being 6'2 and weighing 140lbs. My goal is to get calves and biceps. When I used to go to the gym all the time. I used to enjoy using their cables to do lat pull downs, standing pull downs etc.

So I'm stuck between a cable machine or maybe something that can workout my calves like a sitting calf raises matchine

u/tge101 · 2 pointsr/homegym

Landmine is up. I'm a little disappointed with the price point on it but I still might pick it up.

u/FelFlash · 1 pointr/Fitness

Looks solid, 2" welded square steel, adjustable safeties, pull up bar, and it looks like an olympic weight lat pulldown attachment in the back.

If it fits in your gym, I'd snatch it up for only $150 unless it looks sketchy as hell in person.

It's similar to this one on Amazon, and its $450 new.

u/Other_Peoples_Posts · 1 pointr/Fitness

I bought a power rack with a lat tower last year. I think it was $430 Valor Athletics BD-7. I guarantee you I can do more than 60 exercises with it, my bench, and my barbell. Having it out in my garage has been awesome. I just started ICF a few weeks ago and I love being able to do it out in my garage.

EDIT: Added link

u/pinnasquared · 1 pointr/Fitness

The Valor BD-7 Power cage is pretty cheap on Amazon right now and holds up to 500lbs per bar holder.

u/awwwyahh · 1 pointr/Fitness

Check out the valor BD-7! I got it for $440. It's a squat rack with a upper and lower pulley system. It also has dip attachments that are only $40. It's great quality and not a crazy price.

u/toadstyle · 1 pointr/Fitness

thanks guys. going with but just found
I feel the 2nd is much better quality. Any reason not to go with the second one? any recommendations on where to buy weights? Im excited to join this reddit. I finally feel motivated!

u/ocho-muerte · 1 pointr/homegym

I have this guy, it fits perfectly in my basement very short ceiling clearance

u/mightystork · 1 pointr/Fitness

I picked up this bench $80 (feels sturdy, I'm not a bench connoisseur)

and this rack $230 (it's not too pretty, welds are uneven but it holds weight and I haven't died yet)

u/dknight90 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I would recommend barbells + weights + squat rack.

If your basement's ceiling is low like mine is, I'd recommend one of these low ceiling squat racks:

u/Slust · 1 pointr/Fitness

Not that I'm particularly advocating for this one in particular, but just in case anyone strolled through here and didn't know the difference between a "Squat Rack" and a "Power Rack"

Big fan of the power rack myself. I always feel more comfortable squatting heavy in it rather than a squat rack due to the ability to set higher safety bars, despite it not actually mattering when you think about it. Just something about an encompassing cage feels more protective.

And then there's the much greater versatility it can offer. So good.

u/nx25 · 1 pointr/Fitness

That Titan rack appears to only be $289 right now. Looks exactly like the Atlas Power Rack people seem to rave about as the Powerline PPR200X killer. That rack tends to sell out and I'm thinking this might be the same manufacturer by a different name. Atlas -> Titan ...
Atlas Rack
Powerline Rack

This Titan rack sells on Amazon for more.
Titan Rack on Amazon

Seems to be really good reviews by people who put it together correctly. I wish I had personal experience but I'm shopping this right now too.
Main complaints seem to be people having trouble putting safety bars in. If you don't put the vertical posts all the same direction the holes won't line up, according to reviews on Amazon.

u/mkruse02 · 1 pointr/homegym

I've been doing the same search. If you want something that is 13 gauge or thicker, holes 2 inches or closer, and less than $400, I have only found 3 options:


New York Barbells

Titan T-2

u/Jib_ · 1 pointr/Fitness

A gym membership at a place that has power racks, or if you're working out at home, a power rack / squat rack with safeties, a flat bench, a barbell and some weight (don't spend more than ~1k in total if you're just starting out).

Everything else is luxuries.

You can get by without those things too, but having them makes things a lot easier.

If you have a half-decent gym nearby I would go with that first for a few months, just so you figure out if you are going to keep lifting weights long term.

If I was doing a basic garage gym setup and didnt want to buy second hand I would grab these things:

They aren't the cheapest option (craigslist is the cheapest, and you can also get new things cheaper) but it strikes a good middle ground of getting things that have been tested and has an ok reputation (so should resell ok) while still being on the cheaper side.

I'd also get some exercise bands for like 20 USD from somewhere to do things like band pullaparts, facepulls and assisted pullups if you can't do full ones yet, and some microplates wherever they are cheap.

With those things, plus running/walking, you can do a full workout.

The next addition I'd get after that would be two dumbbell handles and some more small plates to do dumbbell exercises, but that is luxury. :)

u/maizeeagle86 · 1 pointr/weightroom

Yeah I thought about Craigslist. Thing is I want the equipment to all be the same brand/look/function so we have a look of uniformity and that'd be near impossible to make happen with craigslist. I was looking at maybe seeing if I could fundraise to buy 5-6 of these.

u/Caged666 · 1 pointr/bdsm

I got one on Amazon. Here is the link.

CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand, Multiple Colors

If you go back in my profile a bit you can check out my modifications to it. I was very happy for putting it together for about $130.

u/HighSpeed556 · 1 pointr/homegym

On Amazon. After tax, it cost me $99 to have this thing shipped right to my door.

And, I'm not gonna lie. It's not the sturdiest rack in the world. I can easily make it sway side to side (albeit not much; it still feels decently solid enough). And I can do chinups and pull ups, but I wouldn't be trying to fucking swing from the pull up bar. But...for $94, you're not going to beat it! I've racked up to 250 lb on it, and it seems to have been fine. It's rated at a 300lb max, and I'm sure if I actually get to the point where I can consistently bench/squat that much damn weight, I'll actually invest in something more robust. For my current fat out of shape ass, I'm benching 110 5x5, so I have nothing to worry about for a little while.

Also, for what it's worth, it has holes that allow you to bolt it down to a platform if you wanted to.

I'm happy with the purchase, for $94!

u/ElderKingpin · 1 pointr/Fitness

If I'm just looking for a basic rack so that I can stop using a door-frame pull-up bar would this be ok?

the reviews seem fine, and I'm not really 100% whether or not I should spend a lot more for a rogue fitness stand when those go for 400 dollars.

u/LordButano · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I've been considering this. Reviewers have said that it works for ring excercises as long as there isn't too much kipping.

Haven't actually bought it yet but it's a somewhat cheaper option to consider.

u/Christ-Centered · 1 pointr/Fitness

Progress would stall pretty quickly with goblet squats. I'm just trying to think of what I'd be ok with my wife using. I think the stands in your OP could be trusted if she were to do front squats. They just don't look that stable and it would be awkward trying to re-rack the bar after back squats, but controlling the bar in front of you would be much less cumbersome.

I would still go with something like this as a minimal rack but if you don't have the space you don't have the space. Now you know why I kicked my cars out of the garage.

u/andersonah · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

If you don't need it to be portable, like the one you linked, this has been great for me. I got it for like $89.00 and it does everything I need it to.

u/GrievenLeague · 1 pointr/CasualConversation
u/Shamalamadingdongggg · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I'm 265 and had similar issue with needing something free standing that wasn't very expensive. Bought this: Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand it's extremely well built and sturdy.

u/CheeseSandwich · 1 pointr/P90X

I bought a folding pull up bar from Amazon, which works well enough as long as it is placed on a non-slip surface.

It might look flimsy but it is made of lightweight and extremely strong aluminum.

I switched to this unit because it could accommodate bench and squat presses:

It is not portable, of course, but I have a permanent gym downstairs and it saves on space.

u/zchrykng · 1 pointr/weightroom

Ah, yeah. I should have specified. The squat rack I have includes a pull up bar.

This one -

u/FocusInTheNow · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

This is what you need Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand along with these Rep Wood Gymnastic Rings with Numbered Straps. Then checkout Links below. Total cost is around $200.00.

u/taconstantly · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

The doorways at my place are not very sturdy. Also, I'd rather not drill or anything. I've also read scary stories about people getting injured because of the bar falling down mid-exercise.

Amazon USA link:

u/pugsaredrugs · 1 pointr/Fitness

woah i never realized i could get a power rack for only 130 bucks on amazon! i might have to actually buy these things instead of a gym membership..

u/xmanofsteel69 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

I'm curious if for a person starting BWF for the first time, what is the better equipment:

1: Bowflex Body Tower (

2: Cap Power Rack with rings (

Please note that the doorframe pull up bars won't work for me, and my wife won't allow me to drill holes in the walls/roof (and it's too bloody cold outside for an outdoor set). If you have any other suggestions for stuff, please let me know. 93" basement, I'm 6'5", 275lbs.

u/Simsmac · 1 pointr/gainit

Try craigslist, you can sometimes find cheap power racks on there. You don't need anything fancy, something like this would work, but keep in mind it doesn't have safety bars. You may need to upgrade to something like this later on, because it's easier to bail on a squat with the safety bars. You don't need a spotter if you practice safely failing a rep with an empty/lightly loaded bar.

u/TheWickedApple · 1 pointr/Fitness

Thanks! I'll check those places out. Only reason why I asked about the $100 tag is because of this and this

u/easye7 · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm 6'1" but with a 7" basement ceiling, I don't see pullups happening unless I'm gonna stick my head between the joists each time lol. Same with OHP unfortunately.

I'm looking at normal height racks now, I assumed that with only 2-3" of clearance I would have trouble assembling the rack, but it sounds like that isn't the case. The Powerline PR200X is the current frontrunner.

I don't have a fear of falling backwards or anything, I've been lifting for quite some time and I know my limitations. It looks like I could certainly get a squat stand for much less than a full cage, but I still have concerns about stability. However, I am fairly certain I can just bolt a stand into my basement slab, which would cure stability issues I would think. Also, a cage would allow for some attachments, like dip bars, which would I would definitely want. I'm wondering if I can actually get a good squat stand with safety arms for less than 400 shipped, which is what I'm looking at for the Powerline.

u/frugalNOTcheap · 1 pointr/Fitness

Look for a bar and plates on craigslist. I got a 45 lb olympic bar, 255 lbs of bumper plates, and a weight tree for $200. Then I bought this rack for less than $100.

Although its probably a bad time of the year to buy used with New Years. I bet come February or later people will give up and try to sell their equipment.

u/alexk218 · 1 pointr/homegym

Shipping was really good. It's a bit wobbly but I didnt drill it into the ground yet, im not sure if it will fix it though. It has a capacity of 300lbs so for now it will work for me. I plan on buying a better rack eventually once I start getting stronger. Also it doesnt have safety stands.

u/Micosilver · 1 pointr/Fitness

Totally worth it.

Here is what I got:

Olympic barbell and weights - about 300 lbs. total, bought it used on Craigslist for about $200 (don't remember exactly).

I already had a set of dumbbells for curls and stuff.

This power rack:

This bench:

Couple of rubber mats from Big 5, $20 each.

I roll out of bed at 5, put on workout shorts, no need for shoes, stop at the bathroom - and I am working out. Done by 6:15.

I have to take care of my kids before work - feed them, dress them, take them to school. I wouldn't be able to leave the house for an hour even if I had an gym that it open that early nearby, and I don't. Closest 24 Hour Fitness is 4 miles away, which means that I have to drive or bike, and it will take at least another 20 minutes to get there and back. It is Super Sport, so it would cost me $50 per month. If I spent $500 on my home gym - it will pay off by the end of the year, and I still have all the equipment I can resell.

u/elementwrx · 1 pointr/homegym

Not sure what you plan on doing and how much weight you'll be using, but I'm finishing up assembling my frugal low-space garage gym. I got a few new items because they were not too expensive and hard to find on Craigslist (squat stands and bumper plates namely).

  • Beater barbell off Craigslist ($45)
  • Squat Stands new off Amazon ($70) - if you're doing a lot more weight and/or space isn't an issue, I'd recommend something like this or this
  • Bench off Craigslist ($50)
  • 180lbs Diamond Pro Bumper Plates from Walmart 160lb set + 2x10 set ($227) - with free shipping, it's easy to add on in the future
  • 4x5lb + 2x2.5lb steel plates off Craigslist ($20)

    Total Cost: $412 (or 3.2 months of my CrossFit membership)

    It's not the most awesome home gym, but fits in the corner of my garage, and is heavy enough for me to do my Starting Strength routine and progress a bit before I need to add on.
u/FattyLite · 1 pointr/homegym

Something like this is perfect, you could even remove the safeties and deadlift inside the rack if space is really that much of an issue.

u/inlawoutlaw · 1 pointr/homegym

Sadly, the manufacturer of my current rack doesn't make safety bars for it, and the hole spacing is abnormal, so off-brand accessories are also not an option.

I have been bouncing back and forth between:

u/TheShortestJorts · 1 pointr/homegym

So I'm looking at a CAP power rack for my girlfriend because she's weaker than me, and a Titan series short rack for myself. She'll be fine with a 300 lb limit for a while, but if want a 600 lb for myself. Are these the best two for the price at our weight requirements?

u/newbie80 · 1 pointr/homegym

I got those titan fitness plate holders and they fit perfectly. The rack is narrow enough on the side that they kind of work as dip attachments. I'm going to get a second pair. I want this dip attachment.

u/vincent_van_brogh · 1 pointr/Fitness

This is the one I got and it's a STEAL in my opinion. Very sturdy. Easy Setup. Nice thickness. I think the white looks nice as well.

u/Funkosaurasrex · 1 pointr/homegym

Doesn't look like it would be too solid. I don't know how much you are willing to spend or your requirements but this york rack is very well built and has a 1000 lbs capacity, it was the best value I could find when I was looking. They also make a shorter one that's slightly cheaper.

u/Waitaminute12321 · 1 pointr/homegym

How do I go about building a gym in the garage where there is a slope? (note: No experience with wood work)
I want to be as cost effective as possible. I was thinking of just getting a platform with enough room for squat rack and deadlift. that's it. Can I just get a piece of plywood (or a couple) and put shims under it to level it out (I read this is what people did in some other posts)? I have no idea what shims are and what I should buy? help me find some links.

and as for matting, I see people have mats on the sides and plywood in the middle. Can't I just have the whole thing be mat? Also I need recs for matting, Ik there's the tractor supply horse stall mats but i checked they aren't sold near me where I can easily get them.

would i be able to use this? or

Also this is the equipment I'm planning on getting:

Weights - (just cheap weight plates, the bar I'll use exclusively for bench/ohp)

Bar -

or boneyard rogue bar (someone told me these were good) Which should I get?

Squat rack - (seems decent, has a lot of holes for adjustment and has 1000lbs capacity, I will always have a spotter for bench and for squat I know how to bail)

u/CrititandQuitit · 1 pointr/homegym

I got this very recently and it has been working out very well. the square tube they use is hella thick. it also has safety bars but they are a little short if you need to bail on a squat, would be much safer to bail the bar backwards instead of trying to land on their safety bars. for bench press they are more than adequate though.

u/FF-account · 1 pointr/Fitness

I'm planning on making a home gym on a budget and was deciding between these two squat racks: first and second

The first is what seems to always be suggested as a budget option but I think the second one seems to be more practical as well as cheaper and I don't really see any drawbacks in its design vs an open cage. Can anyone tell me what the disadvantages would be compared to the first cage option if I went with the second option?

u/bloodglider · 1 pointr/Fitness

Investing in a home gym was the best thing I ever did for my body. I hate top 40 pop bullshit and love to blast podcasts and audio books while i workout on my own time with my own shit without waiting one second for a rack while some tool quarter squats or curls.

I can't speak highly enough about this rack: . It is open instead of a box, so you can do ohp in it with safety bars as well as squat and bench. It is sturdy as fuck with safety bars that are rated at 1,000 lbs and i believe it.

I personally prefer to use rings for dips because they cost $20, can be hung from the pullup bar on my rack, and work more stabilizer muscles. I use a weight belt for dips and pullups.

Pull the trigger. I spent about $600 on everything I need a year ago, and after a year without gym fees, I'm basically making money.

u/likewut · 1 pointr/strength_training
u/StampAct · 1 pointr/homegym

Does the bench really hold 800 lbs? Even in an incline position and not flat? If so whats the max incline?

u/crappyMangaka · 1 pointr/homegym

I over estimated most of the prices, but these are things I figured I would need in a home gym if I ever build one. If you take out a few, you can make it fit your budget.

Home gym Equipments
Adjustable dumbells: $100 (
Power Rack + Bench: $310 (
Olympic Barbell: $101 (
Weights: $264 (
Clips: $20 (
Weight Tree: $56 (
Mat: $44 (
Lat Pulldown/Leg Extensions/Leg Curls/Preacher curls/cable flys : $420 (
Decline Bench/Ab crunch: $40 (
dip accessory: $40 (
Hanging knee strap: $20 (
Ab/ decline Bench: $750 (
Treadmill: $3100 (
Seated Cable Row: $400 (

About $2629 without treadmill, and $5729 with treadmill. Another few hundred for some mirrors and paint.

u/simtel20 · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

Depending on where in canada you are... do you have any friends in the US who could order from and you could drive to pick up the equipment? I see for e.g. this at about $130 and that at $150. That on is CDN$585 which seems like one hell of a markup for crossing a border.

u/Cardinal06 · 1 pointr/homegym

I ultimately went with this simply for the price. Should be arriving Friday.

u/wtgreen · 1 pointr/Stronglifts5x5

You might want to check the max weight specs on that rack. I can't find them on the link you provided and people in the comments mention it can be wobbly.

First squat rack I bought was only rated for 310 lbs max. I'd never done squats before and had no idea that I'd be at 300+ lbs in 4 months. I ended up having to buy another rated for more weight.

u/natdm · 1 pointr/homegym

Just installed this yesterday. I would squat and think “is my ass going to hit that bar in the back? Am I going to hit the rear bars?” Every time. I’ll get used to it. It’s fantastic for the price.. and fantastic regardless of the price.

Edit: actually I got this: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with Optional Lat Pull-down Attachment and Adjustable Leg Hold-down

u/havaysard · 1 pointr/Fitness

Here is one I bought 3 moths ago as a beginner. It is very cheap compared to other models but man it is very solid and easy to put together:

u/VegetableJunkie · 1 pointr/Fitness

Body Solid 7' bar - $100
Fitness Reality cage - $180

Get plates at your local sports store or Wal mart. I used a similar set up for 10+ years before the bushings in my barbell wore out.

u/Shotgun-Lobotomy · 1 pointr/homegym

Is there anything wrong with buying a rack like this one?

Seems good enough for what kind of weight I'll be dealing with.

u/ndubes · 1 pointr/homegym

Can't beat this price:

Designed by our very own /u/gym-gineer . Just ordered myself one.

u/_kc_mo_nster · 1 pointr/homegym

does anyone else have this power cage? I recently picked it up and really like it but would enjoy more options on the pull up bar like what's available for the Titan cages. just wondering if anyone has seen or know of options out there i can look into that'll fit properly.

u/PancakeInvaders · 1 pointr/bodyweightfitness

What to buy really depends how much room you have.

I don't know if you plan to squat using your squat rack, but if you do, get a squat rack with the safety pins. Don't squat like the guy does in the picture on your link. Being able to fail safely is important

How to squat safely - Omar Isuf


Note on the squat rack I linked: why the fuck did they have the model squat outside of the safety pins ?

u/ChicagoDogEater · 1 pointr/homegym

I’ve owned this one for about a year, highly recommend it. $300 and free shipping right now, rated for 800 lbs and has a nice varied grip pull-up bar.

u/rlTitan · 1 pointr/homegym

Sorry to hear about the cancelled order. That's frustrating. Have you looked into this one on Amazon? People here seem to like it well enough.

u/yooperman7012 · 1 pointr/loseit

Hey there! Im also 6ft, im more a lean build and look pretty bad unless im at around 167lbs. Id try dropping to around 170, then try to gain 5-10 lbs of muscle especially on the shoulder and back to get a good V-shape.

See if your gym or doctor have a nice weighing scale that can look up your body fat %, if its still high then try different diets (Carb cycling, Keto) and different cardio workouts (HIIT, 3min shadow boxing, sports). Empty stomach cardio in the morning and Keto One meal a day has been rumored to help lose stubborn fat deposits.


If you want to do lifts at home, make sure to buy safety equipment as you can seriously die. Set up one of these in your garage: . and start with 5x5 Stronglifts Workout routine:


If money is an issue then look up the best bodyweight exercises you can do and start doing 100 pushups while your legs are above you on a chair or get your cat to sit on you. Doorway pullup bars are also cheap. Do some squats. You can improvise weights using jugs of water, rope, and a good solid pipe [Check youtube]. Also try to find equipment on craigslist - im sure there is discount stuff if you look. Bid low or ask if you can trade for the rest like your old video games or something.

u/xnet445 · 1 pointr/Fitness

The rack is this one I got off of Amazon for around $150: it is a favorite in r/homegym.

The 350+ lbs of plates, bench, bar and a half rack I plan to flip on CL were $340 used. The material for the platform came to about $200, so around $700 total as pictured, which is what I was spending every 3 months on a trainer and gym I've outgrown.


EDIT: spelling is still hard.

u/tdellaringa · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm actually finding almost nothing on Craigslist. You mention Fitness Reality - something like this would just barely fit in my basement:

Are their comparable ones of less price? For example, I don't need 800# capacity, and I actually don't need a pullup bar. In fact one that high in my basement, I would not be able to get my head above the bar (I have 85" of room - this one goes to 83.5" apparently).

u/keys-open-doors · 1 pointr/Fitness

You can find a full rack $180 (
maybe not as sturdy as the half rack, but still quite a good deal.

u/Powellwx · 1 pointr/fitness30plus

I bought a 300lbs set, complete Olympic plates for $145 with a 7 foot Olympic bar and 2 collars. Also bought a standard bench for $40. From play it again sports.

Bought a squat rack off Amazon, delivered to the house. This one...

Works great. But I wouldn't trust the rack with over 600 lbs on it.... not that I'm threatening that anytime soon. Lol

u/Me_Like_To_Pew_Pew · 1 pointr/homegym

I stated buying things as I found them on sale. The bar and weights I bought on sale from Dicks Sporting Goods a few months before I finally bought the rack. The bench can be removed and I have attachments to do leg extensions/ leg curls and preacher curls. It’s just an ok bench that is affordable.

The rack is this rack from amazon. Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage

u/WolfHawkfield · 1 pointr/homegym

Thanks for the reply. I wonder if the assembly instructions are unclear? Here's some of the other reviews saying the safety bars don't fit:

As I looked into this more, I see that actually most reviews aren't about the safety bars not fitting -- most reviews are about the safety bars being difficult/time consuming to adjust.

It sounds like that is a different issue, and by design.

u/othersteve · 1 pointr/homegym

Was about to invest in this myself until Amazon's price unexpectedly jumped $190 to 789. Not sure what's up, but neither Fitness Reality or Amazon was willing to help. Guess I'll wait and see if it drops again, as the previous price held for 6 months, practically the entire life of the product under the FR brand name...


u/ilikeCRUNCHYturtles · 1 pointr/homegym

Just pulled the trigger on this guy: Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage. Anyone here have one?

u/TF1357 · 1 pointr/homegym

I know it's a little below the standard for 'recommended' racks, but will this suffice? I can't imagine I'll be putting more than 3 plates on this. I'm looking to get the one with the bench. I really don't wanna go above $300 for a rack and bench together. I do 5x5 style workouts, but I'm a small dude and I really don't need a beefy rack.

u/HeroboT · 1 pointr/homegym

I would suggest building a platform for deadlifts - my top sets right now are around 330, I don't drop the weight and use bumpers and I don't feel like the stall mats are gonna be enough for too long.

I don't see a weight limit on that bench, but most of the Marcy ones I have seen are pretty low, like 300-500 lbs. If you're gonna be deadlifting 500 I assume you're gonna be benching at least half that, added to your bodyweight will probably exceed the weight limit, especially under a dynamic load.

Instead of the bench and rack you have chosen, I'd spend a little more and get something like this rack and maybe the Titan fitness flat bench, which has a 1000lb limit.

And the link for the Olympic bar you posted doesn't work.

Edit: that fitness reality cage has an option with a bench too, that might be a good way to go too because it's adjustable and I think it has a pretty high limit.

u/stickerless_cubes · 1 pointr/homegym

I was looking at the fitness reality rack, seems to be good value given it has decent reviews. there's a bundle with a bench priced at 310 right now here, apparently rated to 1000 pounds

Walmart also works as well. there's this cheapass shitty gold's set that I was looking at.

u/DrJWilson · 1 pointr/Fitness

I bought this one a long long time ago and it has served me well, but I somehow got it for under $200 with the bench. It has since then ballooned up in price.

I would say as long as it's not unsafe, a cheap rack would be no problem.

u/ReddKills · 1 pointr/GYM

Thank you for taking the time to respond, that sounds like a great idea, especially because I don't want any hassle when placing the heavy weight on the pegs, have found some for quite cheap as well, a very good suggestion, thank you.

u/gahdzila · 1 pointr/homegym

I have a post landmine by Cap that I am happy with.

Check on Amazon, there are some universal rack mount landmines if you prefer that type.

u/fv2uWZmy · 1 pointr/homegym

Hey everyone,


I'm looking to get rid of my home gym equipment I've accumulated over the years since I'm moving, and I was wondering if anyone has advice on how to best sell it. I've never really sold anything online, I was going to keep the price pretty low but ask the buyer to come pick it up from my apartment since I don't have a car. Should I just go through craigslist or are there some better channels these days?


For reference I have a squat rack with an adjustable bench, an olympic barbell with plates up to 300 lbs, adjustable dumbbells up to 55 lbs, resistance bands and a couple other small things. All in great condition, maybe some signs of wear on the bench. Any advice appreciated.

u/Doctor_Swag · 1 pointr/homegym

I'm just getting started on setting up a very simple basement gym and I'm having a hard time choosing between these two racks.

The Fitness Reality 810XLT seems like the most common beginner rack and comes with a bench for $345. I'd probably want to add on J-hooks and weight holders though, which will add around $60 to the cost. Even more if I want to add the dip bars

This Vanswe rack has caught my eye and comes with pretty much every attachment I could need for a total of $399, except it doesn't include the bench. I haven't been able to find many reviews for this guy but it seems like a slightly better quality rack than the Fitness Reality one?

Does anyone have experience with either of these racks and can help me break the tie? I'm also open to recommendations for a cheap adjustable bench to go with the Vanswe rack

u/xastey_ · 0 pointsr/homegym

May want to look into this one as well

This is the one I have, dip bars, safety rack, and 2 pull up poles as well as a pull system .

u/badleveragetst · 0 pointsr/homegym

Looks like the same cheap ones I bought off amazon from some random seller. No real issues other than the knurling from my Texas power bar slowly grinding away the finish to get to the bare metal which is turning rusty.

Edit: just a little different for the support underneath.