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Power Racks

Learn about which power rack is best for your home gym

A power rack, otherwise known as a power cage, squat cage or squat rack, allows for barbell weight training without the restriction to motion imposed by Smith machines. Power racks became a popular training accessory during the 1960s, and they're great for performing bench presses and squats, among other upper body exercises. The design is simple: most power racks aren't much more than a series of four connected posts with latches for barbells. There are several different types of power rack, so let's take a look at some of the most popular name brands.

Powertec Power Racks

The Powertec Power Rack design emulates the traditional power rack, but unlike many of its competitors, it features adjustable heavy-duty dip bars. In addition, since many power racks double as chin-up bars, the Powertec design offers dual grips, which makes challenging arm, shoulder and back workouts a little easier on the hands. The Powertec usually retails for $800 to $900.

Body Solid Power Rack

The Body Solid Power Rack offers a more basic, no-frills design than the Powertec, and relies on its durable, high quality heavy-duty 11-gauge high-tensile steel frame to draw consumer dollars. There aren't many adjustable settings here nor is there a grip bar for easier chin-ups, but for the price, usually $700 or less, the Body Solid Power Rack gets the job done.

Powerline Power Rack

Want nothing but four linked poles and a couple horizontal latches? If it's the most basic and affordable design you're looking for, then look no further than the Powerline Power Rack, which offers few features but packs a pretty reasonable price – usually less than $400. Featuring 18 different possible positions, this power rack still offers unique customization in order to get a full-body strength workout.

If you're serious about developing upper body muscle, then it's a good idea to look into purchasing a power rack system for your home, or using one in your local gym. With multiple settings and a variety of price options, they offer a basic and affordable way to get the strength training you need in order to take your workout to the next level.

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