Power Rack Systems Burlington VT
Power Rack Systems
Power Rack Systems
I'll be honest with you power racks aren't very hot home gym items. Their existence is confined mostly to power lifting gyms and health clubs that can accommodate what's typically a 6-foot long, 5-foot wide and 7-foot tall steel monster. However, despite their grandiose stature, bringing a power rack home is the ideal solution for those who simply want to gain strength and muscle mass, but who might have limited time to hit the gym.
If you're having trouble envisioning what a power rack is, it's basically just a rack and not really a workout station at all. Typically power racks have a set of safety bars on the sides that can be adjusted to hold weights at different heights to accommodate whatever exercise you're doing. These bars can also be used as safety spotters for heavy power lifting. Most power racks also have a chin-up bar. The power rack becomes an ideal power lifting station for core muscle building when you add a flat/incline bench and a set of Olympic weights and bars.
Purchasing a power rack, weight bench and Olympic weights and bars will ultimately cost as much as buying a home workout station, but the trade-off is being able to perform convenient basic power movements such as squats, bench press, dead lifts and jerk press without the need for a spotter and a ton of extra equipment.
Let's take for example my all-time favorite power lift the squat. When squatting at home especially when I use weights that might be a little too heavy a spotter is hard to come by. With a power rack all I need to do is set the safety bars just above my chest height to be assure that the Olympic bar and weight won't come crashing down on my neck. Next I assume the squatting position, bending at the knees at no more than a 60-degree angle, and set the second set of safety bars just below my shoulder level at my bending height. This permits me the full range of motion to squat, but the safety bars will be there to catch the weight just in cas...