Finding a good squat cage

Squat racks or cages are needed for all gyms and finding a good squat cage can be hard.  Here we explain some basics of squat cage and hope to assist you in determining if it may be right for you.

Here is a general description of parts to a basic squat rack or cage that you should know when looking to purchase one.

Frame: The frame is the basic structure of the product, and you should look at the dimensions of the frame concerning its height especially when comparing it to where you would be using it in your home.

Safety Bar: The bar which goes on the inside of a cage between the frame. This is what catches the bar if it is dropped.

J-hooks: Hooks that are used either on the inside or outside of the frame to rest the barbell on when you are not using it.

Spotters arm: This is the part of a rack that the weight is under when you step back if you are doing a squat on the outside of the cage.

Here are some positive and negative facts about this piece that anyone would probably look at when thinking of purchasing a squat rack.

Product: Gymax power cage


  • This rack is made of high quality steel which makes up a 2 inch by 2 inch frame and is 84 inches in height
  • Very resistant to rust and corrosion
  • A pull up bar is included with a 450 pound weight capacity
  • There are 14 different options for the safety bars to be placed in, making it useable for military press, bench press, or squats
  • The height is adjustable and you can put it anywhere from 18 to 68 inches in height
  • The safety bars that are used are 40 inches long giving you adequate space for squats
  • The storage rods to place the weights on are interlocking which assures added safety


  • Since chrome rods are used, its unsure if you can replace these with j hooks
  • The rods are not coated which could cause damage to the bar
  • Unsure how much safety bars can hold

This squat rack is good for anyone that wants to start a home gym and needs a rack that is reasonable concerning price. It will work for anyone from a beginner to a intermediate lifter as well. The chrome used being resistant to rust, as well as a pull up bar being included are also nice aspects of this rack.

In conclusion, if you are a beginner to an advanced lifter that wants to start a home gym and needs a good sturdy rack, this rack may be worth looking at. If you are advanced with your resistance training though and see yourself going beyond what this rack will hold I would look at other  options. Overall though, this rack will meet your basic needs.

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