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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2014, 07:51:42 PM »
LMAO

Step 1:  Split chalk topic to get the off topic power rack posts in a new thread

Step 2: Merge new topic with the original proper equipment topic

Step 3: Collect beer. 

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I'll have a beer as well :D
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2014, 08:40:02 PM »
That looks like a POS and I would never buy it.
Flex,  which rack were you referring to here?  The 16 gauge one or the Body Solid rack?  I think my timeline is going to move up since my wife got a new job and can' make it to the gym as much.  And I want her doing squats and not on the smith at her gym for obvious self-centered reasons.  If I had the rack now i'd be better for her.  I'm leaning towards the BS rack because they offer dip attachments and alternative j-hooks.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2014, 09:15:41 PM »
Both look about the same to me. I'd dig deeper for one with holes closer together than 3" (which isn't bad, but I'd want to use it for benchpresses as well). And I'd love to have a combination pullup bar to do thick grip and neutral grip pullups.  But that's just me.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2014, 09:24:28 PM »
Both look about the same to me. I'd dig deeper for one with holes closer together than 3" (which isn't bad, but I'd want to use it for benchpresses as well). And I'd love to have a combination pullup bar to do thick grip and neutral grip pullups.  But that's just me.
The only ones with close spacing I found were out of my price range for a part-time gym when it came to price + shipping (Rogue & TexasStrengthSystems).  I'm willing to build up a floor of glued plywood to get bench in line with the safeties where I need them and will be bolting the rack to a platform similar to my DL platform I built for stability.  I have an 8' ceiling in my basement, so pullups will not be an option for most racks.  I have a joist-mounted pullup bar in my unfinished half of my basement for those.  Only one thickness, but it does have multiple grip positions including neutral grip.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2014, 06:19:18 PM »
After missing 2 straight leg workouts, I really started thinking more about this project and adding a rack.  Add to that, my wife will be out of town for a few weeks coming up which may really complicate my workout schedule having to be single Dad for a while juggling work and parenting without assistance.

I told the finance department (aka wife)that I decided to get a better rack with better safety features and she agreed.  Her only condition is that I don't ever stop lifting. Looks like I'm going to pull the trigger on a Rogue  R-3 bolt together with 30" pin and pipe safeties and a bench.  I'm not sure if I'm going to bolt this sucker to the floor or a new platform.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2014, 06:40:44 PM »
I told the finance department (aka wife)that I decided to get a better rack with better safety features and she agreed.  Her only condition is that I don't ever stop lifting.

WIN |  WIN

Nicely done.

Can't wait to see the pics...
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2014, 06:47:05 PM »
I told the finance department (aka wife)that I decided to get a better rack with better safety features and she agreed.  Her only condition is that I don't ever stop lifting.

WIN |  WIN

Nicely done.

Can't wait to see the pics...
Just finished placing the order.  I think I'm going to bolt it to my existing platform to save some space but I ordered the anchor bolts just in case.  I'll know for sure when it is delivered.  I'm stoked about this.  Their retail shop is closed this week for an event so I'm not sure if that affects online ordering.  I told my wife I'm going to have her squatting 3x a week to get her off of her lousy gym's smith machine.

I'll post up plenty of pics when it comes in.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2014, 06:50:03 PM »
Wife squatting = Triple win.
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2014, 06:50:59 PM »
That's great. I'm pretty sure the day it's delivered one will be offered on Craigslist for $80 though  :P
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2014, 05:47:39 PM »
Brown Santa just dropped off my stuff.  I'll be putting it all together tonight.

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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2014, 05:53:12 PM »
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2014, 06:33:07 PM »
Hell yes!!!!!  :rocker:
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2014, 10:46:46 PM »
All done!  This thing is solid and heavy.  It would have been nice to have an extra pair of hands.  Luckily, the base plates are big enough that each side was able to hold themselves up while I connected the chinup crossbar.  I didn't account for the extra height of the platform but lucked out with about an inch between the rack and my ceiling.  I still need to bolt it down, but I want to get a few light workouts in before I decide on where to bolt it down at.  It is heavy enough for my benching for tomorrow though.  I really like the bench.  It is very firm and has a surface that doesn't allow me to slide on.




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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2014, 11:05:54 PM »
you're in business now Man, lolz at the clearance, you couldn't have gotten much closer than that 8)
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Re: Looking for an affordable power rack
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2014, 05:21:20 AM »
Tight fit, eh?

Nice piece of equipment.
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