If you’re trying to figure out the focal point of your home gym, look no further than the squat rack. The rack is an essential piece of equipment that can complement any fitness goal, from bodybuilding to weight loss and help give you the best leg day workout.
If you’ve never tried a squat rack, we’re going to delve into what makes this a valuable piece of gym equipment and why you should consider using it to amp up your leg day training.
A Staple Piece of Equipment
Any gym worth joining will have these essential pieces of equipment: squat rack, dumbbells, barbells, bench press and cardio machines, like an elliptical. While you don’t need to outfit a complete gym in your home, you also shouldn’t overlook the importance of the squat rack.
The squat rack was designed to make lifting safer, and for lifters to work out without the need for a spotter. The rack has branched out from a squat-only machine to the multi-functional power rack (we’ll talk about this more below).
Why YOUR Gym Needs a Squat Rack
When you begin your foray into fitness, bodyweight or light weights are all you need to strengthen your legs; however, as you get stronger. you’re going to need a squat rack to further build strength and increase functionality. Squat racks also allow you to lift heavier weights safely, without help.
What to Look for in a Squat Rack
Not all squat racks are created equally. So, to help you figure out the best Squat Rack for you, you’ll want to consider these pointers:
Size: The size of the rack depends on the amount of space you have in your gym, so measure your space and be realistic about what you need.
Versatility: Know what you need; if you don’t need a multi-functional power rack, buy a good quality squat rack instead!
Quality: You get what you pay for; some squat racks use thinner steel (2”x2”), which means they aren’t as durable and may buckle from repetitive use - what you need is thicker steel like 3”x3”. Another consideration is the gauge of steel; 11-gauge is ideal for home gyms - anything less like 7-gauge is overkill.
Reviews: Consumer reviews exist for a reason, so before adding the rack to your shopping cart, do your due diligence and make sure the rack is highly rated. Have you seen our BodyRock Squat Rack ratings, if not it’s a 5 star investment for your home gym!
Easy to Adjust: If you’re dialled in to your workout, your squat rack’s safety bar should be easy to adjust; otherwise, if it’s a nuisance to adjust you’ll regret your purchase.
Safety Features: Every rack comes with unique safety features, but since the rack is marketed as a substitute for a spotter, the one you choose needs should have excellent safety features. For instance, it should be easy to adjust the safety bar and anchor to the floor for additional safety.
Weight Plate Storage: If your gym is tight for space, you may want a rack that’s capable of storing weight plates.
Accessories: If you’re all-in for a power rack, then your rack may come with many different accessories, like pulldown bars, j-hooks, lat pulls, band pegs (increase the resistance) and dip stations.
Type: There are five types of squat racks:
Power Rack: For the serious heavy lifter, the power rack or power cage is the largest rack available and comes with the biggest price tag; it’s also the most versatile, so you can do more than just squats. However, this bad boy comes with every safety feature so lifters can work out without the need for a spotter.
Half Rack: The half rack is a scaled-back power rack that offers lifters most of the advantages of the power rack without the size. It’s also more affordable, but the downside is you lose some of the versatility.
Squat Rack: A squat rack is an open power rack that lacks safety features, so to safely lift alone, invest in spotter arms.
Combo Rack: The newest rack available, we don’t recommend investing in one as it’s for powerlifter meets.
Fold Away: The fold away rack is for home gyms that are low on space. It performs much the same as regular racks, but when you’re done, it folds away.
If you’re ready to elevate your training,get the leg day workout and take those quads, hamstrings and glutes to the next level, then it’s time you consider adding a squat rack to your home gym!