Why are Racks One of the Most Important Pieces of Exercise Equipment?
When people think about buying exercise equipment, they usually start with dumbells, barbells, and benches, following that with cardio machines. While there's nothing wrong with that, on the contrary, one piece often gets neglected—racks.
In this article, we will talk about gym squat racks and power racks, explaining
Different Gym Racks And Cages
First, let's explain common terms people use to describe exercise cages:
● Power rack - also known as the full rack is the biggest piece of equipment that provides maximal safety, as it has two pairs of uprights with two safety bars between them. Power racks can hold the most weight, and therefore are superior piece compared to all others. Power racks are usually commercial racks, as you can most often find them at gyms.
● Half rack - has only two uprights and may or may not have safety bars. However, because these bars are only attached on one side, half racks can hold much less weight.
● Squat rack - today, squat racks and half racks are synonyms. But back in the day, squat racks had fixed safety bars and also fixed "bar holders" instead of adjustable J-cups. They offered much less flexibility than today's racks.
What Makes Racks Great?
Power/squat/half racks allow safe exercising with free weights. We all know how superior free weight training is, compared to machines. Not only because of flexibility, as you can use one barbell with the same plates to train your whole body, but also because of the workout itself. Working out with barbells requires a lot from your body. Movements like squats, presses, and deadlifts target several muscle groups at once, as they are all compound. Furthermore, because free weights are not fixed, your stabilizing muscles need to work hard to keep the weight upright. Working out with free weights is a much better, and more natural way to exercise.
However, safely performing exercises like barbell back squats and bench press is difficult without a power rack. Loading a barbell on your back would be next to impossible while doing bench press without a spotter would bedangerous—people die every year doing that. Racks solve both problems. You can put the bar on the perfect height, and safety bars make sure the weight doesn't fall on you if you fail the rep.
They also make working out much more comfortable, plus, most of them have weight plate holders, where you can store your weights when you finish your workouts. Perfect!
At StrengthAndFitness we have a wide variety of gym workout racks for sale. Our customers love Strengthmax power rack, but any model from our menu will do just fine.
The concept of power racks is simple, but very efficient, as it will make your barbell training complete. There is no way you can perform the most critical weight training exercises safely, without a rack. So don't wait, order one now, you don't want to risk injuries