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If you’re building a gym, either at home or for a business venture, one of the first pieces of kit that you will need to purchase is a power rack. Power racks are essential pieces of equipment when it comes to both functionality and safety, yet with so many different racks to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Luckily for you, that’s where we come in. Because power racks are so popular, more and more manufacturers are building them and selling them to gyms and fitness fanatics every single day, and sadly, some of them suck. When it comes to a power rack, it’s vital that you choose the right rack. Failure to do so will not only hinder your training, it may also put you and other gym users in danger. Here are 4 key things to consider before buying a power rack.

 

Price

Price is something that you must not scrimp on when buying a power rack. They say that you pay for what you get, and this is particularly true when it comes to gym equipment. There are plenty of budget ‘Made in China’ power racks out there that are cheap, poorly made, and downright dangerous, and they should be avoided at all costs if you’ll pardon the pun.

When you set out to buy a power rack, don’t base your search on finding the cheapest rack possible. You don’t need to look for the most expensive either, but don’t focus on looking for the cheapest options because you can’t put a price on safety.

 

Plate storage

Another thing to consider when choosing a power rack is plate storage. Weight plates are a necessity when it comes to training with free weights and the plates need to be stored neatly and in order for future use. This is where built-in weight plate storage trees come so useful. Most power racks come with standard plate storage options. When you look at the storage arms, just be sure that they will indeed fit the plates perfectly and not get in the way. Again, some cheaper budget models do have storage arms that get in the way of certain exercises. Also, if you are using Olympic plates, be sure that the storage arms are actually for Olympic plates rather than standard plates.

 

Bar storage

The more bars you have, the more important bar storage will be. If you’re looking for somewhere to keep your bars, be sure to look for a power rack with integrated bar storage. Different racks offer a different number of storage options, so just be mindful of this when you are looking for somewhere to store the bars.

 

Attachments and extras

If you have the budget, it might be worth looking for a power rack which offers various attachments and extras. Most power racks will offer an in-built chin up bar, though others come with landmine attachments that you can attach your bar to and perform exercises such as T-bar rows.