WHAT IS A SQUAT RACK?
A squat rack is a piece of weight training equipment that is used to support barbells and free weights during squatting exercises. They are typically found in gyms and weight rooms, but they can also be purchased for home use. They can be used with an adjustable gym bench for exercises like the chest press, or without the adjustable bench for exercises like squats and lunges. You can also use an adjustable bench to provide support or a benchmark for how low to squat down if you need to.
Squat racks are also sometimes referred to as power racks or power cages. They typically have four uprights. These are vertical posts that can have a pull-up bar connecting them.
The variety of materials that squat racks can be made from includes steel, aluminium, and vinyl.
Squat racks are an essential piece of equipment for any weightlifter or bodybuilder who wants to perform free weight squats, bench presses and hundreds of other fundamental exercises - safely and effectively.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHTLIFTING?
We have all seen models and athletes on social media going about their workout routine and their shirtless selfies after a grilling session in the gym. This can sometimes look intimidating, but the reality of weight lifting is that it is for all walks of life and has amazing benefits for everyone.
If you are thinking of getting into fitness or just want to live a healthier lifestyle then let us tell you the benefits of including weightlifting into your workout routine.
We have a range of weightlifting equipment to aid with lifting weights effectively, including weight belts, adjustable FID benches, pendulum squat machines, Olympic barbells, gym mats, and more!
THEY ARE A GREAT WAY TO BUILD MUSCLE
Weightlifting is a great way to build muscle because it allows you to work against resistance with a wide range of motion.
This resistance can come in the form of free weights, such as dumbbells and barbells. Or it can be provided by machines, squat racks and power racks when incorporated with other fitness equipment essentials.
Using a power cage is also a good option for weightlifting, as they provide a safe and sturdy frame for doing exercises like pull-ups and dips.
However, free weight exercises are generally considered to be more effective for building muscle because they allow you to use a greater range of motion. As a result, weightlifting is an excellent way to build muscle mass and strength.
WEIGHTLIFTING BURNS BODY FAT A LOT FASTER
When most people think of weightlifting, they envision large bodybuilders with bulging muscles. However, weightlifting can actually be an excellent way to burn body fat.
This is because lifting weights requires the use of large muscle groups, which in turn, burns more calories.
Additionally, weightlifting increases the metabolic rate, meaning that the body continues to burn calories at a higher rate even after the workout is over.
Finally, lifting weights helps to build lean muscle mass, which in turn helps to burn even more calories. In short, weightlifting is one of the most effective ways to burn body fat.
YOUR BONES & JOINTS WILL BECOME STRONGER
When you squat, press, and pull weights in the gym, you're working your bones and joints as well as your muscles. In response to this stress, your body adapts by getting stronger. This is why weightlifting is an effective way to build bone density and reduce the risk of injuries.
There are several factors that contribute to this increased strength, including the type of equipment you use and the exercises you perform.
For example, squatting with a barbell on your back puts more stress on your bones and joints than squatting with a dumbbell in each hand.
Likewise, free weight exercises like presses and rows typically involve more muscle groups than machine-based exercises like the leg press or pec flye.
As a result, they tend to be more effective at building strength. By using the right equipment and performing the right exercises, you can make your bones and joints stronger and less susceptible to injury.
HELPS PREVENT FUTURE INJURIES
One of the best ways to prevent future injuries is to engage in weightlifting. Weightlifting helps to strengthen muscles and connective tissue, which can protect the body from injuries. A squat rack, power rack, and power cages are all pieces of equipment that can be used for weightlifting.
By squatting, deadlifting, and pressing weights regularly, you can dramatically reduce your risk of future injuries.
In addition, weightlifting can help to improve your balance and coordination, which can also prevent injuries. By engaging in weightlifting, you can proactively prevent future injuries and build a stronger, more resilient body.
YOUR HEART HEALTH CAN IMPROVE
This might come as a surprise to you but weightlifting can improve your overall heart health.
One of the benefits of weightlifting is that it can prevent future heart attacks and strokes. This is because your body’s overall lean muscle mass increases when you regularly lift weights during your workouts, it provides your cardiovascular system with a place to send the blood that is pumped by the heart.
As a result of this, it reduces the pressure on your arteries which in return reduces the chances of you having a heart attack or any heart-related illnesses.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SQUAT RACKS
If you are looking for squat racks for either your home gym you might be swamped by the different types of squat racks.
All of the squat racks that you can find variations in price, quality, and material, and they don’t all look the same. Let us tell you the different types of squat racks that you can find at your nearest fitness centre or online store.
One of the most popular types of the squat rack is the power rack. The power rack is a large, upright frame that typically has four vertical posts with attachment points for barbells and other weight training equipment.
Power racks are often used for squatting exercises, as they provide a safe and stable way to squat without the need for a spotter. Adding the safety strap attachments and squatting inside the cage, will prevent the barbell from being able to hit the ground. So if you lift heavy and fail the lift at the bottom of the lift, it will not fall on top of you.
They can also be used for other exercises such as presses, pull-ups, free weights, and dips. Additionally, power racks are a great addition to any home gym, as they provide a versatile and sturdy piece of equipment that can take your workout to the next level.
The power rack is also the best squat rack for serious lifters because of its safety, and easy usability, and it can be incorporated with other exercises. However, power racks require a lot of storage space so it will not be the best option if you are working out in your garage or home gym.
A couple of the main differences between a half rack and a power rack are the size and number of exercises that can be performed.
To simply put it, the half rack is a smaller version of the power rack with less space and a shorter ceiling. If you are looking for a squat rack that is cheaper than the power rack then the half rack is a good option for you to consider.
Although the half rack is cheaper than the power rack, it does have the same capabilities as the power rack. But if you want to get a squat rack for your home gym then the half rack is for you because one of the main issues with the power rack is the size.
The half rack will easily fit into your garage or home gym.
A squat stand is designed to support the weights as you are performing a squat. The squat stand is comprised of two adjustable metal posts which are to support the barbell.
The difference between a squat stand and a power rack is that the squat stand does not have four uprights that enclose the barbell.
On a squat stand, the barbell must only be used off the front. However, due to their design, they are a lot smaller in size and comparatively cheaper than a power rack.
FOLD AWAY SQUAT RACK
If your living situation does not have a lot of space then you should consider the fold-away squat rack.
The purpose of the fold-away squat rack is in its name, it is meant to be folded away and stored after the workout. If you do not have enough space in your home gym and still wish to have a squat rack, the fold-away squat rack is the solution to your limited space.
The combo rack is a piece of fitness equipment that combines a squat rack with a bench press. This allows users to perform both squats and bench presses in one unit, saving space and making it more convenient for those who want to do both exercises.
The combo rack is a popular choice for home gyms and commercial gyms alike, as it is a versatile and effective piece of equipment.
Those who use the combo rack can enjoy a full-body workout that targets all of the major muscle groups. squats and bench presses are two of the most important exercises for overall fitness, so the combo rack is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who wants to stay in shape.
Thanks to its space-saving design and versatility, the combo rack is a great choice for both home and commercial gyms.
HOW TO SET UP A SQUAT RACK AND POWER RACK
A squat rack is a piece of weightlifting equipment that consists of upright posts with horizontal crossbars, used for supporting a barbell during squats. A power rack is similar to a squat rack but also has additional features such as safety bars and j-hooks.
When setting up a squat rack or power rack, it is important to first find a level area of ground to place the equipment on.
You will then need to assemble the posts and crossbars according to the instructions. Once the rack is assembled, you can then attach the j-hooks or safety bars.
It is important to make sure that the hooks are firmly attached and at the correct height before using the rack.
The final step is to test the stability of the rack by gently pushing on it from different angles. Once you are satisfied that the rack is secure, you can then begin using it to complete your squats or other exercises.
HIGH-QUALITY SQUAT RACKS AND POWER RACKS
THE HEAVY DUTY SQUAT RACKS
If you are looking for a good quality squat rack for your commercial or home gym then consider getting the heavy-duty squat racks.
The heavy-duty squat racks are compatible with all of our commercial attachments (our spotter arms and dip bar attachments will both fit this rack perfectly).
The heavy-duty squat racks have a height of 220cm tall, it is designed to fit most homes because the average house ceiling is much lower than a commercial gym. The heavy-duty squat rack is a great option for a home gym because it is as sturdy as a power cage but it is half the size.
Here are the dimensions:
- 75 x 75mm x 3mm uprights
- 2200mm high
- 1300mm deep
- 1280mm wide
- J Hook barbell holders included
- Fits all Kinta commercial squat rack attachments
The best part is that the heavy-duty squat rack is covered by a lifetime warranty, allowing you to work out in peace.
HALF POWER RACK
The Half Power Rack is built to endure the most serious weight-lifting environments. It features a beautiful powder coating finish, with custom Kinta numbering aligned with each pinhole for a premium look and ease of selecting attachment heights.
The Half Power Rack has 8 individual weight plate pins for storage use. Another great feature is the extended supporting base. This extended base will stop any potential of the power rack toppling over when a heavy load is placed high up on the front upright posts.
Here are the dimensions:
- Upright posts: 75mm x 75mm x 3mm
- Pin attachment holes: 25mm
- Width: 1250mm
- Depth: 1525mm
- Height: 2375mm
At Kinta Fitness, we are so confident in our half power rack at Kinta that we are offering a lifetime warranty. If a part ever breaks under regular use, bring it to us and we can replace the part for you at no charge throughout the life of the squat rack.
WALL MOUNTED SQUAT RACKS, FOLD AWAY
Are you looking for a squat rack but are worried you do not have enough space at home for a traditional squat rack? The fold-away wall-mounted squat rack is the solution to your limited space issue.
The fold-away design allows the rack to be folded back and stored against the wall when you are not using it.
Here are the dimensions:
- Set up: H2310 x W1250 x D640mm
- Folded Away: H2310 x W1250 x D640mm
Here are the features:
- Fold away design
- 2x J-Hooks
- 1x Pull-up bar
- 75 x 75mm 11 gauge steel
- 25mm attachment holes
THE BASE POWER RACK
The Base Power Rack is designed to be space efficient and durable which is why they are perfect for home gyms.
The footprint of the base power rack is 213cm high to accommodate low-hanging ceilings. the width is 120cm which is 5cm narrower than commercial power racks.
The depth of the rack is 130cm, which is narrower compared to commercial power racks but still, it has plenty of space to perform squats, bench press or shoulder press movements from within the rack.
Being a home gym power rack it will unlikely see the same frequency of use or accumulative heavyweight as a commercial gym squat rack would. Therefore we were able to work with a lighter steel tubing of 60mm x 60mm x 2mm thick. For a home gym, this is sufficient enough to load up 400kg internally on the upright posts.
Additional components of the power rack include a multi-grip pull-up bar with a soft knurling for grip. Having the multi-grip pull-up bar allows you to perform supinated grip pull-ups, neutral grip pull-ups and pronated grip pull-ups.
It comes with safety arms that will slide in through the upright post attachment holes. Two pairs of J-hooks for each set of upright posts, and dip bar attachments.
Here are its features:
- 60 x 60mm upright
- Multi-grip pull-up bar with knurled handles
- Dip bar attachment
- 2 x pair of J-hooks
- Power band pegs
- Efficient footprint for space
- Sturdy home gym set-up
ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR SQUAT RACK?
There are many different squat racks and power cages available on the market. We hope that this guide has made it clearer on which one is the right squat rack for you.
If you are looking for high-quality squat racks, at Kinta Fitness, we have a huge selection of high-quality fitness equipment available.
FAQs - Kinta Fitness
Do you have a physical store that I visit?
If you would like to visit our warehouse in Malaga, Western Australia, our outstanding support staff would be delighted to assist you with any questions you may have regarding our offerings.
Our warehouse business hours are:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
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I want to start my own home gym - where should I begin?
Home gyms can be pricey, and it can be difficult to build one that meets all your needs.
Our founder, ex-Army special forces veteran Joe Paps, started Kinta Fitness from his love of fitness and drive and has worked to design and manufacture the best quality equipment on the market.
This is where Kinta Fitness was born - he thinks everyone should have access to a place where they can work to meet their fitness objectives while staying within a budget. Thus we provide facilitation services as well as product advice for anyone wishing to buy their own gym equipment. If you would like any advice on where to start with your home or commercial gym, contact us today and we will endeavour to help you get set up with everything you need.
Will Kinta equipment come set up?
No. All of our equipment is sent out flat-packed with all the nuts, bolts and necessary instructions to get you set up included in the box. This is just so that we are able to conserve space and reduce delivery costs.
If you need help setting up and you're within 40 kilometres of our warehouse, we are able to send a team of specialists to help you install the products. You will be charged an additional fee for this service.
Who should I contact with questions?
We want to ensure that you receive your things as soon and easily as possible. If there is a problem, simply take a photo of the item that was shipped incorrectly or that was not completely functional when it arrived and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. From there we will work with you to ensure we get the problem solved as quickly as possible.