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Powertec Power Rack for Weight Lifting
The power rack is one of the most highly regarded and often-used pieces of gym equipment available on the market. This is due to its high degree of versatility and the safety that it affords the lifter. Compared to squat racks, the power rack has adjustable spotting bars, is generally more stable, and can be used for many more exercises.
In addition to the usefulness of the basic power rack, many come with additional add-ons that further increase their versatility. For example, you can easily add a pulley machine to almost any power rack. This saves space and money; the add-ons are generally cheaper than stand-alone pulley machines.
Most power racks also come with pull-up and dip bars, which negates the need to mount one on a wall or in the door frame. Pull-up and dip bars are important for triceps, chest, lats, and biceps development. They are often more effective at facilitating growth in these muscle groups than most resistance exercises
Yellow Powertec Power Rack
Power Racks for Weight Lifting
There are a multitude of exercises that can be performed on the power rack. In fact, for many exercises either a power rack or squat rack are required unless you want to be doing significantly less weight than you normally would be able to, and we all know that lifting more weight means faster muscular development. Below is a list of exercises that are often done on the power rack.
Exercises You Can Perform on a Powertec Power Rack
- Back squat
- Front squat
- Rack pulls
- Upright rows
- Standing overhead press
- Seated overhead press
- Bench press
- Incline/decline bench press
- Hang cleans
- Barbell calf raises
Why Not a Squat Rack?
You may be wondering why I prefer the power rack over the squat rack. First, I want to note that both are good exercise tools.
So why one over the other?
You can do almost anything in a power rack that you would be able to do in a squat rack. In addition to this, the power rack often is able to carry heavier weight and has improved functionality. Most squat racks do not have adjustable spotting bars and only have a couple possible rack heights. In addition to this, you can remove the spotting bars on the power rack if you wish. This is not an option with most squat racks.
Even if you're looking to do squats, the power rack is usually better. Shorter people may have a hard time with certain squat racks because of the height of the spotting bars. If you are under, say, 5'8, then you may hit the barbell on the bars in the squat rack if you are performing deep squats. You will not run into this problem with the power rack.
The only advantage that the squat rack has over the power rack (they're usually not even cheaper) is that it allows you to walk out of the rack. Power racks are a cage, so you're confined to dimensions of the cage. This can be a disadvantage for a very few exercises. Overall, though, the power rack is the superior option.
Considerations When Purchasing a Power Rack
If you're looking to purchase a power rack, there are certain things you need to consider. The primary issue that a lot of people have with power racks is that they try to set them up in low-ceiling areas. This won't work, since most power racks are well over six feet high, sometimes over seven. It's important that you measure your clearance and make sure that you can perform the exercises you want without endangering yourself or the ceiling.
The Powertec WB-PR10B power rack, for example, stands 6'6" high. In order to make full use of the rack, you'll need a ceiling of over 6'. Most people have this, but if you don't then you might want to consider setting up the equipment outside in a tent or in an area with more room.
Another problem some have is that they set up their power rack on wood floors. This isn't recommended due to the high loads often placed on the rack and the exercises performed on it. At the very least, I recommended getting some exercise mats to put under the power rack. Optimally, you should be placing the power rack on a concrete floor while using rubber weights with adequate padding on the ground.
If you're a heavy lifter, you'll also want to take note of the maximum load that a power rack can handle. The one mentioned above is capable of sustaining a load of up to 1,000lbs. This should be plenty for almost anyone but the most elite lifters. With that said, some lower quality power racks might be able to hold less. You need to take this into considerations when making a purchase.
Powertec WB-PR10B Workbench Power Rack
This is one of the most popular and highly rated power racks available. It is capable of carrying loads of up to 1,000 pounds and is 79 inches tall. In addition to its formidable stats, the Powertec rack comes with both dip and pull-up bars. If you're looking to do additional exercises, you can purchase the lat tower and utility bench, which are both designed specifically for this power rack, which means they will fit into it perfectly.
This Powertec power rack is available in both black and yellow.
If you plan on purchasing the lat tower add-on, take note that it may need to be modified to fit the WB-PR10B power rack.