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Power rack: PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack

by October 16, 2015
Positives:

Suitable for every home gym as an inexpensive start for your fitness journey. It is a reliable basic rack that will fit the bill perfectly.

Negatives:

Almost naturally I would not use this for ultra heavy weights (but this isn't the aim anyway of this starter rack) and you need to be careful with balance. Your rack could tip over to the front if you overload the front safety pins.

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If you are a beginner and are looking for a starter rack which fits the bill perfectly, go with this rack. It will last you for several years and will be steady enough to hold some decent weight. Definitely recommend it for beginners and intermediate lifters.

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I’m using this rack for about 1.5 years and I’m really satisfied with this power rack. Some facts: measures 44 x 82 x 46 inches (W x H x D), complete with 18 positions, two heat tempered lift offs and two saber style safety rods. I fearlessly use this rack with weights of about 300-500lbs and have no problems with stability. It does not seeem very sturdy, but it is. Trust me. Although I wouldn’t use weights over 600lbs. But to be honest, most of you won’t reach those weights for squats or military presses. I use this as a rack in my home gym, which is addition to my gym membership. It is for this price (~330$) a very reliable and basic rack. It is definitely not one of those high-tech power racks and does not have a dip-station, but for the basic powerlifts, it is great for this price. Moreover, you should really have a power rack in your home gym for squats, it is a matter of safety.

I already tried half squats ( pausing the bar on the safety bars) and had no problems using weights of 300lbs. The only concern I would have is that it might tip over if you overload the front with a heavy front squat for example. You still have to be a careful ( but this applies to many things in life) and don’t go crazy with loading different parts of the rack.

Construction was simple and easy. You just need some basic craft skills and you will have your rack constructed in less than a hour.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this rack if your are looking for a nice sturdy beginner rack which does not costs over 500$. It will be a great investment for your fitness goals and a must-have for home gyms.

 

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