Which Squat Rack
Now if you’re one of those guys that always makes an excuse about not having time to go to the gym (but still manage to watch Eastenders), or you’re one of those people that does work truly mangled working hours where forming any sort of routine is just a nightmare, or there are any other excuses you can think of, but deep down, down in the depths somewhere is someone that actually wants to a bit (or a lot) or exercise, or at least try and keep fit, or get that beach body next time you go away on your summer holiday.
I was one of those people, a little bit lazy and looking for excuses all of the time. That was until I decided that I would get some equipment to work out at home. Fair enough, I have had gym experience in the past so this kind of thing might not be for everyone, but I just found that when I had time to go to the gym, then it would be closed, and the nearest 24 hour gym is 45 minutes away. Bit of a jaunt sometimes after a days work.
So luckily enough I live on my own in a house that is pretty big, so I have a large space in what is supposed to be the garage. I already had a running machine, but it’s difficult to build muscle on that unless you’re sprinting like Usain Bolt. I used to like squatting as well as made sense that the next piece of equipment would be purchase a squat rack. If possible I wanted to combine one with some cables, but that wasn’t a complete necessity, and sometimes with that kind of equipment if they try to do too much, then they end up doing nothing at all. So I was thinking going for a simple squat rack.
For those of you that don’t know anything about squats, they are a very good exercise, if they are properly. It is easy to get your technique wrong and you can end up doing a lot of damage to yourself, sometimes injuries that can take years to prepare. So just be careful and start off with very light weights and just make sure that the technique is right from the start. It’s not embarrassing to squat ten or twenty kilos. It’s better than trying to squat 100kg and breaking your back, everyone has to start somewhere, and some people are just stronger than others, it’s a fact of life. If possible, and you are buying one for your home, then try and make sure you are putting it on a surface that you can either drill or screw into, a surface that is very secure, because when you get strong there could be more than 100kg on that bar, and you need it to be able to save you if you have an accident.
York and Rogue
York do some very good and sturdy racks. At the gyms I used to frequent I’m pretty sure most of the racks were York. There is an American company as well, called Rogue, who also do some very well built and designed squat racks. If you would like to take a closer look at the Rogue range than check out their website http://www.roguefitness.com/strength-equipment/squat-stands. I would highly recommend checking those guys out, and I’m pretty sure they have distributors across the planet. I have used Rogue equipment in the past and some of my bodybuilding friends have setups in their own homes and gyms that incorporate Rogue squat racks. Big thumbs up from the guys that know what they are talking about.
For those of you that perhaps can’t afford a brand new set of kit, or are not that serious at the beginning and don’t want to spend a heap of cash, there are always options to suit most budgets. Equipment like this from the big brands is always well built and will stand the test of time. Sure you will get scratches and scrapes but you’re dealing with heavy equipment, so you have to take that into account, don’t always assume it’s about to fall apart. So with these points considered I would think about buying second-hand equipment, you could save yourself a lot of money and there are great sites like http://www.for-sale.co.uk/squat-rack that have a lot of selection, and if you’re patient then you will no doubt end up with a bargain.