Finding good squat cages

When it comes to finding good squat cages, it can be challenging. Here we explain some basics of a squat cage and hope to assist you in deciding on what may be best for you to use at home for your goals for strength training.

Brand: Fitness Reality

Product: Super Max Power Cage

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.

Support Bar: The support bar is 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: These are the 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. These are more for a basic squat rack and play the same part as a support bar in a 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: Fitness reality 810 XLT

Pros

  • The bench and rack are both very easy to assemble, and the bench can be folded for easy storage if needed
  • This cage includes a chin up bar
  • A 3 year protection plan is offered
  • A spotters bar or floor mount is not needed for this frame

The frame is a standard 2″ by 2″ which means that you can probably purchase additional J hooks if needed from another retailer. It is also 83.5″ in height which will fit most people. If you are taller though, you may want to be cautious of the stability bar in the back.

There are 19 positions for the j hooks to be placed in each 2″ apart, giving you a variety of positions to place the bar in

Safety bars and the bench have a maximum weight support of 800 pounds, so unless you are a serious lifter, this should be fine

Stability bars are included for support and a floor mount is not needed. You could also purchase additional bars to be placed on the side of the frame to hold barbell plates if you would feel safer.

The assembly instructions are very easy to understand

Cons

Due to the way the supports work in place of j hooks, I personally would buy other j hooks that were lined in order to protect the bar from damage.

  • The dip bar is available, but costs extra
  • Bars and plates are not included
  • The bench that can be ordered may have a slight decline to it
  • The cage doesn’t come with a lat pull down machine, but one is able to be used and costs extra if you want it

No holders are included on the side of the cage to hold weights, but these can be purchased separately if needed, or a weight tree could be used to hold the weights.

  • This frame supports the use of only a 7-foot barbell
  • Any extra accessories needed are sold separately.
  • As with anything, possible damage could occur during shipping

There are also some other general concerns about this cage. One, you should not tighten the frame until you are finished assembling it. This way you will not make any cracks in the metal from tightening it too hard and there will be an even amount of pressure.

This cage is a great investment for anyone that wants a piece of equipment for their personal home gym. The only thing that I would say bad about this cage is the concern about the damage due to shipping which is common, as well as the extra money needed for any extra accessories. If you a beginner or intermediate lifter that is not going to lift a tremendous amount of weight and need a good cage for your home gym, this cage is just as good as many others you see, for a much less expensive price.

 

9 Thoughts to “Finding good squat cages”

  1. Barbara

    This is a very interesting post. My son doesn’t like to go to our local gym, he says it’s always packed with too many people and he has been going on about building his own gym at home. I am sure he will be more than happy to get some tips on how to go about ti the right way. Thank you so  much for sharing the info

    1. admin

      Your welcome, Yes I’ve been doing research on different products and how they may work for a home gym. Did you think that the content was understandable and basic enough ?  I tried to put the specifics about it in a list instead of doing a paragraph. Seems like it would be easier to read that way, and you wouldn’t get board. 

  2. Divine13

    Hello. I am a fitness enthusiast and I am looking to make a gym at home. To this effect, I dedicated a room in my new home for that. Equipping the room with gym equipment is the next step for me, and I will definitely do that to the level my budget permits. Thanks for this. 

    1. admin

      You’re welcome. I’ve been researching a number of different products to compare. Did you think that it was simple enough to understand ? I’m trying to put it in the form of a list as opposed to a paragraph. I figured that way people wouldn’t get board of reading and it would keep their interest. I know for me I get board sometimes when reading a long article.  Good luck with starting your gym.

  3. Queen

    Thank you for this insight into this Squat Rack. i have been looking into getting a home gym since its been a bit difficult getting around to the gym lately with so much to deal with. though its the first time I am learning about this Squat Rack, from your description it seems like something that will be quite helpful. so I am looking more into it .

    thanks for this great info

  4. Yormith96

    Hi there, I have enjoyed reading this your article and learning new things from it about home setting up home gym, the rack of course very good since I can do bench press and squat on it, squatting is one of my best exercise because am trying to build my lap and it’s working same with bench press including push up as well. But I will like to get the price of the rack and u didn’t mentioned it in the article 

  5. Babsie Wagner

    Oh, this is perfect for me to get my husband.  I wanted to get him something that my brother and I could actually set up to surprise him, and I like the fact that you stated that it’s easy to assemble.  I mean, we’re ok at putting stuff together, but sometimes instructions can be ridiculous.  So glad to hear.  He’s just beginning this venture, and that’s another thing you stated, that it’s good for beginners.  Myself, I like the size of it.  It’s going to fit perfectly in the space we set up for his home gym stuff.  Thanks!

  6. phranell86

    Building my own gym sounds like a fabulous idea to me. I stay indoors most of the day because of the nature of my work (I work from my home). I haven’t had the time to go to any local gym yet. I definitely need some workout to improve my fitness and energy level. What I love about the squat rack and cage is that it is easy to assemble. I easily get turned off by anything that is so technical and time-consuming. I also love that I can easily fold it up and store it away without requiring much room space.As for the downsides of the squat rack, I really think it is not a big deal to spend a little extra to purchase the necessary accessories. Getting fit is a priority for me these days, and it’s a big plus if I can have my gym equipment at home.

    Can you suggest a way to minimize damage due to shipping, if cost isn’t an issue?

    1. admin

      Hi, no I don’t think cost is an issue. This was probably the most looked at and reviewed one that I’ve researched. It is also one of the least expensive. The only way I can think of minimizing the damage would be to use high cost shipping, but that’s all I can think of. I know that there are some racks that can fold, but I don’t think you can do that with this one. This is from amazon and there is a 3 year protection plan. I should probably list that in the article. I’m not sure if it would cover shipping damage, but you could probably contact amazon and get more info. 

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