My Power Rack





My Power Rack

The picture below shows my power rack accompanied by my weight bench, my 7-foot Olympic bar, my lat station and some weight plates on a weight plate tree. This is all in my garage.
Photograph of my power rack

The picture below shows another, but larger picture of my power rack, but now the lat bar can be seen more clearly, hanging off of the top pulley. Also, I set the angle of my bench to an incline.
Photograph of my power rack showing lat bar

The safeties mark the bottom of an exercise that you are performing, though are set slightly lower than your actual bottom setting (to avoid bashing the bar on the rack) and the hooks are used at the top position. For examples, the squat and the benchpress would both start on the hooks (where you would lift the bar off of these) and then you would perform the movement by lowering to just above the safeties, where you would then begin to drive the weight up. If your strength should fail towards the end of a hard set, then the safeties will catch the bar and you wont get squashed, PROVIDING you have set up the rack properly.

The great thing about this rack (and many others) is that both the safeties and the hooks can move through a large height range to enable you to split up exercises into components - for example you can do partial deadlifts and you can get the starting height right for you. There is also the over-head lockouts (top part of the shoulder press) and the bench shrug. I also use my safeties for setting up my dip station.


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