Buying good weight cages can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Here we explain some basics of a cage/squat rack and hope to assist you in deciding on what may be best for you concerning your goals for strength training.
Product: Heavy duty 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: 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: Goplus Power Rack
- Unlike most racks which come with 2 safety bars, this cage comes with 4 safety bars, giving you more options
- It’s made of heavy steel construction which is rust resistant, meaning it will last a long time
- Pull up and safety bars with a weight capacity of 450 pounds are included
- This squat cage is 80″ in height
- Very easy to switch safety hooks between exercises
- A floor mount is not needed
- Very compact and saves space
- Although the support and safety bars will hold up to 450 pounds, this may not be adequate for the experienced lifter which would require more weight.
- It is a simple structure, but may take a while for assembly
- It may be an issue if you don’t have a 7-foot bar since this is the only length bar that will work with this cage.
- A dip bar, bar, bench, or plates are included. It is also not possible for a lat pull down to be used
- No j hooks are included due to the type of support bar used. The ends of where the weight is placed though has no padding which could damage the bar. Because of this, I would purchase extra padded j hooks.
- A spotter bar for outside the cage is not possible so if you are doing squats outside the cage, a spotter is needed
- Storage for weights on the side of the cage is not included, but may be able to be purchased from somewhere else and work.
- No warranty is available
- As with any product, shipping damage could occur
This cage is a great investment for anyone that wants a piece of equipment for their personal home gym. I would only recommend this rack for someone who was just starting to workout. This is mainly because it supports only up to 450 pounds and many individuals will surpass this weight in exercises like the squat. 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.
Overall, if you a beginner or intermediate lifter that is not going to lift a tremendous amount of weight, this cage may be good. I would still look at this as being a short term solution though due to the lack of a warranty and the low price which may indicate low quality. It is good though for use as a beginning piece for a home gym though. There are other options though that you may want to look into.