When it comes to building some serious gains only the best will do, making gym racks a great option. But why? Because of their versatility, racks offer the multifunctionality that any strength-building program will benefit from.
If you’re already used to subjecting yourself to an intensive rack-based regime as part of your membership to a gym, the only thing you’re missing is getting your own. Ultimately, a rack helps provide the structure, safety and confidence you need to take your workout to the next level and achieve those concrete muscles you’ve been working so hard for- so you can smash your goals whether you’re surrounded by fellow gym-goers or are working out in your own space.
However, everyone’s training regime will be different, with different goals and limitations, so if you’re thinking of investing in a rack for your gym, you’ll need to make sure you choose a model that’s best going to support your individual fitness journey while maximising your results.
In this article, I’ll take you through some of the different types of exercise racks on offer and key features to look out for to find a rack that meets your needs. But first, let’s take it back to basics.
What is a gym rack?
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already familiar with gym racks. They’ll usually look like a steel cage, or a steel stand, that people stand in to lift, squat, and other strength-building activities- but you already know this.
What you might not know is that even if two racks look the same, things like the quality of the materials, the warranty, service and aftercare and other aspects might vary more significantly.
If you’re buying a rack for the first time, all of these points need to factor into your decision so that you can make the best choice for your gym. For the highest quality racks and adjoining service, always opt for a reputable supplier. Click here to see some of the top things you should look out for.
Why are racks so popular- and what exercises do they support?
Over the past decade or so, a whole new emphasis has been placed on the importance of incorporating strength building as part of a well-rounded training program. As a result, a few key trends have emerged: The ACSM worldwide survey of fitness trends named HIIT, training with free weights, and functional fitness training amongst the top fitness trends of 2020.
The right rack can do a lot to support these types of training programs, providing you with the right tools for an intensive, full-body workout- and while the rack may look like a one-trick pony, it actually enables a variety of moves to be incorporated in the workout.
Some key exercises you can incorporate using a rack include:
- Calf raises
- Shoulder press
- Shoulder shrugs
- Bent-over row
So racks are pretty versatile, but with the array on offer, it can be tricky to figure out which will best support your fitness journey. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the options.
The wall-mounted half rack
Most racks are free-standing, but these can take up a lot of space, whereas wall-mounted racks are ideal for those looking to make the most of their gym space while benefiting from permanent fixtures which provide the credibility you’re looking to build amongst members.
Multi-bay options allow several people to use the equipment at the same time and can include additional features- such as monkey bars, which provide even more versatility to workouts- making them the perfect solution for commercial gyms and personal training studios.
If you’re a seasoned rig user with limited space, our wall-mounted survival rack makes a great minimalist-style option. Rather than protruding out into the floor space like other wall-mounted options, the survival rack sits much closer to the wall. As a result, the user has much more freedom of movement during their workout, while built-in spotters ensure safety isn’t compromised.
As wall-mounted racks are made to last as permanent fixtures, we recommend having a clear vision of what specifications you need, how you want the finished workout space to look, and how you’re going to maximise the practicality of your space. If you’re not sure where to start, get in touch for a gym design consultation.
If you’re a gym owner who constantly finds themselves changing your space to facilitate different kinds of training, or if you simply like to change things up every now and again, the last thing you want is a fixed rack. So if portability is what you need, freestanding rack options with a high-quality durable design are what you should be looking out for.
If you change your gym space around on the regular, our adjustable squat stand is secure and lightweight, making it extremely easy for almost anyone to move. Not only is it portable, but it can also be adjusted for your height- making it a safe, secure and adaptable workout companion for all of your gym members.
If you like having the flexibility to rearrange the setup of your gym, but don’t need to move things around on the daily, you’ll probably benefit from a slightly more heavy-duty free-standing option.
Our power rack XL is a beast, making it the perfect rack to break through that pesky plateau. Fixed to the ground for security, it includes an adjustable pull-up bar to help you take your workout to the next level as well as stainless steel band pegs to hold your choice of weights so that you can pile on the extra KGs as and when you need to.
Another heavy-duty free-standing option is the dreadnought rack. Don’t worry about the name- with built-in spotters- there’s nothing to dread, and you’ll have no regrets about subjecting your muscles to a beasting to this piece of equipment. Like the XL rack, it includes a pull-up bar but takes up a fraction of the space.
To see the full range of premium options that we have on offer, click here.
Galvanised squat racks
When it comes to investing in a piece of gym equipment that’s there to help you lift heavy weights, the last thing you want to do is cut any corners and potentially risk injury, and so only the best should do. The best racks are made out of high-quality materials, such as galvanised steel. This resilient and weather-proof metal will give you the safety, security and longevity that you’d expect- so you can concentrate on what matters most during your workouts: working through the pain and smashing your goals.
As for where the materials have been sourced from? It’s always a good idea to see where your rack supplier sources their materials from. For example, all of our rigs are hand-built with British galvanised steel, and we’re proud to support and have a close working relationship with the family-run British businesses that we source our quality-assured materials from.
Custom build options
It goes without saying quality should always be uncompromising when it comes to your fitness equipment, so nothing beats a quality rig that’s custom-built and delivered with world-class service. Think of it as the cherry on top of that delicious cake you’ve been saving for cheat day.
If you’re considering a custom-built rig, we can take care of all the hard work through every step of the process so that you start the hard work on your muscles with the best equipment available. Following an initial free design consultation, we can manufacture, fabricate, deliver and install a gym that’s tailored to fit in with your needs exactly.
We won’t blame you for wanting to show off your latest kit on the gram, so make sure you check out our custom paintwork and engraving options to create a gym that’s truly unique to you.
Whatever workout you do, you’ll only get out what you put in, but it’s the mark of great gym equipment that gives you the confidence to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and smash your goals, and a rack can do just that.
Hopefully, you’ll now have a better understanding of what type of rig best suits you and has helped show you what’s possible in terms of customisation, as well as what to keep an eye out for when it comes to quality and service.
Whatever option you choose, we’re here to help and support you with our expertise. Click here to get in touch with our friendly customer services.