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The home gym might be the ideal location to get sweating.
There are many great reasons to work out at home: zero drive time, no waiting for equipment, freedom to exercise anytime, etc. You’ll get those benefits, but working out at home also often means going without the perks of a gym membership—namely, the wide variety of strength equipment typically available at your local club.
Not anymore. If you can manage the costs and you have the space, build your perfect home gym, starting with one of the best investments any serious weightlifter can make: a power rack (sometimes called a power cage). This essential piece of home gym equipment is available at a variety of price points and include a range of features, from just-the-basics or all the bells and whistles. Decide which features matter the most to you and get shopping.
To start your search, we’ve rounded up six of the best home power racks on the market.
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Marcy Pro Full Cage and Weight Bench
This is the ultimate power cage. The Marcy Fitness pro full cage (measures 61” W x 71.75” D x 86.75” H) offers an adjustable bench, a barbell training station, dip bar, pull-up bar, and even a lat pulldown station. As with most power racks and cages, you’ll have to buy weight plates and barbells separately, but you can score this robust training system for less than 700 bucks.
Yaheetech Adjustable Squat Rack Set
Looking for a low-footprint rack that can still serve as a reliable barbell station? This set of adjustable stands can handle your weights, measuring at 21.5″ (L) x 20″ (W) x 44-70″ (H), but still be easily maneuvered when you’re not working out. You won’t get the bells and whistles that come with some of these other rigs, but minimalists will appreciate the saved space.
SML-2 Rogue 90
Rogue is one of the top rack brands out there, and this 90” squat stand is a great way to score their characteristic quality and function (although you will have to buy a bench, barbell and weight plate set separately). At 49” W x 48” D x 98” H, this rack is pretty compact, so you can easily fit it in your garage. Choose between a fully-integrated fat/skinny pull-up bar or a single 1.25” pull-up bar.
Steelbody Strength Training Monster Cage
This heavy duty rig’s strength is obvious from the name, as its built out of solid steel. Along with weight storage, there’s a pullup bar, dip bars, and even stations to attach resistance bands to vary up your barbell workouts.
CAP Barbell Orange Cap Exercise Power Rack
No frills here. This CAP Barbell power rack stand is for the guy who’s looking for a basic piece of quality equipment that won’t break the bank or take up a ton of space (measures 46” W x 30” D x 85” H). You won’t get a bench, barbell or any fancy attachments, but you’ll be able to practice squats (up to 500 pounds) and pull-ups. Includes built-in bar and weight storage to maximize space.
Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack with LAT Pull Attachment & Pull Up Station
Knock out squats, pull-ups, lat pulldowns, tricep extensions and more with the BD-7 power rack from Valor Fitness (63”W x 58.125” D x 85” H). Easily store weight plates and barbells, plus add a variety of attachments like dip handles, safety bar catches and curl bars (sold separately). Bonus: The integrated pull-up bar includes knurled grips to help you hang on.
Marcy Pro Folding Cage System
The other low-footprint options on the list offer only the basics—but this rack, which can be folded in on itself to make it easier to store—has just about every feature you could ask for in a home rack: lat pulldown station, multiple grip pullup bar, weight storage, and a bench. The rig isn’t exactly small, but when you’re dealing with that many stations, any way to save space is welcome.
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