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Squat rack for home use

Does anyone have one that they would recommend for the basement. I want one with the pins and where I dont need a spotter.

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Re: Squat rack for home use

Here is one link to a Swiss supplier + a listing suppliers from Toppreise.ch

You might find what you are looking for in here.

Link: http://www.fitnessshop24.ch/index.ph...quat-rack.html

Link: http://fr.toppreise.ch/index.php?search=Squat+Rack
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You might find what you are looking for in here.

Link: http://www.fitnessshop24.ch/index.ph...quat-rack.html
We've got one of those we've been trying to get rid of for a while, with a complete set of bars and weights, and a bench press too - a Weider 245 like this http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=105055

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Here is one link to a Swiss supplier + a listing suppliers from Toppreise.ch

You might find what you are looking for in here.

Link: http://www.fitnessshop24.ch/index.ph...quat-rack.html

Link: http://fr.toppreise.ch/index.php?search=Squat+Rack
Yeah, looked at a few places also sport Tiedje. Probably would buy over the border given the large disparity in prices though as ones on Amazon are more affordable.
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We've got one of those we've been trying to get rid of for a while, with a complete set of bars and weights, and a bench press too - a Weider 245 like this http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=105055

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Your link didn't work for me, but could be interested.
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Your link didn't work for me, but could be interested.
Weird one, as I'd changed the text of the link, having noticed that the one I had copied from an earlier post no longer worked, but the embedded link itself didn't get updated. It's a Weider 245, and here's a better description anyway http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/...h/10202_p.html
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Re: Squat rack for home use

Thanks Ace. That's a decent bench but not what I am looking for. I want a pure squat rack which means it has to have the ratchets to allow me to stand up underneath it and rest it if needed. Like this one.


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Re: Squat rack for home use

For quality and performance, my recommendation would the Rogue Fitness S-2 with safety spotter arms. It's not the cheapest and you'd have to pay for UPS shipping from Rogue Europe in Finland, but it's very well built and has all the pin placements you need for anything from back/front squats to low positions for bench and high for high-rack overhead squats. With the safety spotter arms, you can drop heavy weight safely & protect yourself at the bottom of squats & bench. I wouldn't bother with a rack that has numerous built-in hooks, as the rack position (where you receive and return the bar) and safety bailout at the bottom are the only needed ones. If you can move both the high and low holders to match your size and lift, you're set. In my opinion, intermediate stops/hooks simply make it too easy for people to quit the lift early and increase risk by moving an unstable lifter too close to the rack at a moment of failure. If the safety bar or chain is properly set, you can go for the finish, but know that you're protected at the bottom with something with more reach than a simple hook. Having good technique, a good spotter, etc. --- these are of course other wise moves, especially when going heavy.

If you've got the height for the S-2 (233cm), you'd have a bar for pull-ups and Ring/TRX work. Throw in a kettlebell and sandbag and you've got a nice home functional gym. If you don't have the height, then the S-1 is an option (but you lose the top bar). Most of my functional training equipment at Hillseeker CrossFit and the equipment for many CrossFit gyms in general is from Rogue (power rack, barbells, bumper plates, etc.) -- it's great gear and shipping hasn't been too bad from thei European center Finland. A budget option is a set of red construction stands from Hornbach ... less than 100 CHF and 3 levels of adjustment. There's no safety though, so you need to be somewhere where your bailout is to drop the weights on the ground (bumper plates on a concrete floor or outside). Not an optimal solution, but very cheap and portable.
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Thanks Ace. That's a decent bench but not what I am looking for. I want a pure squat rack which means it has to have the ratchets to allow me to stand up underneath it and rest it if needed. Like this one.


http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B001...pf_rd_i=301128

Still looking for recommendations... cheers
Yes, you didn't read my post properly. I said that I had one of those and only mentioned that I was also trying to get rid of the weights and the bench press thing.

The squat rack we've got doesn't have the multi-height ratchet-type hooks you mention though, just two fixed (well, adjustable, but not while in use) heights of mounting. Sorry, can't describe it very well, let's see if I can find a picture... let me know if it fits the bill.

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Re: Squat rack for home use

advntur

That could be perfect. Agree with you on too many built in hooks only getting in the way. Price is reasonable for the US site, although cant find a link for the Finland one but will call them when the time is right. I assume you need to buy the spotter arms on top of the stand itself:

http://www.roguefitness.com/s2-squat-stand.php

BTW, I checked out your Hillseeker Crossfit site and videos: wow! Maybe down the line I will have to give that a go...
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Yes, you didn't read my post properly. I said that I had one of those and only mentioned that I was also trying to get rid of the weights and the bench press thing.

The squat rack we've got doesn't have the multi-height ratchet-type hooks you mention though, just two fixed (well, adjustable, but not while in use) heights of mounting. Sorry, can't describe it very well, let's see if I can find a picture... let me know if it fits the bill.
That looks like it could be alright. Does it dismantle, i.e. fit into the back of a car e.g. a golf? What size of weights do you have? Bench? What price were you thinking?

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Price is reasonable for the US site, although cant find a link for the Finland one but will call them when the time is right. I assume you need to buy the spotter arms on top of the stand itself
They still don't have a site for Finland, but you can send a note to team@rogueeurope.eu to request a quote. They usually take the USD pricing and make it a direct EUR price (not converted at current rates, but 1-to-1). e.g. 100 USD = 100 EUR. It's marked up a lot, but cheaper than shipping from the States and usually cheaper than in CH, DE or IT. Shipping from Finland has been much less than I expected and I've had some heavy and long (2.4m) equipment shipped down.

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That looks like it could be alright. Does it dismantle, i.e. fit into the back of a car e.g. a golf? What size of weights do you have? Bench? What price were you thinking?

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Yes, it dismantles easily enough and will easily fit into a golf with the seats down. Just found in an earlier post it's a Domyos RB500 (from Decathlon in France). I have a selection of weights (also branded Domyos) that I bought as a set, I think 4*5kg, 8*2kg, 4*1kg, 2 hand dumbell bars, 1*6ft barbell with padding (as in picture), the Weider 245 bench press as previously mentioned, and a large selection of interlocking padded floor tiles (which you can also see on the picture).

We're really looking to get rid of the whole lot in one go, so if you can pick it up (it's in Alsace, 30 minutes from Basel) and help with disassembly and loading etc. I'm happy to let it all go for just 250chfs .

We'll be around all weekend so PM me for details.

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Re: Squat rack for home use

Yeah, Alsace is pretty far for me to go. Moreover, think I am going to go with advnturs suggestion as I will need to know it can handle big weights which is where I want to go down the line.

Thanks though and good luck with the sale.
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A budget option is a set of red construction stands from Hornbach ... less than 100 CHF and 3 levels of adjustment. There's no safety though, so you need to be somewhere where your bailout is to drop the weights on the ground (bumper plates on a concrete floor or outside). Not an optimal solution, but very cheap and portable.
I'm using something along those lines right now. It wobbles and looks silly, but it works fine. And you can't beat the price.

Bumper plates can act as a safety mechanism - but I've found that dumping heavier (for me!!) squats can cause some problems. I had to dump a 260 lbs load a few weeks ago, and I twisted my left elbow letting it go. No major damage, but it was inflamed for a couple days.

Since then I've noticed that you can use a second set of construction stands as safety rails. Just set up the second pair behind the ones being used to rack the barbell; put them to a height just below bar level at the bottom of your squat. I lift with a friend right now, but I actually prefer my "safety rails" to him spotting when I'm pushing my boundaries on squats. (Just don't starting dropping the bar from any kind of height. The stands can't take that much.)

BTW, I think you've already picked up on this, but advntur/Jeff Grant is right in your backyard, and he has a complete rig, not to mention being a great coach. Nothing in the world like lifting with company ...
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