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    Difference between olympic squat racks and other racks?

    I was wondering, whats the difference between an olympic squat rack used to train professional olympic lifters, and other racks like body solid, powertec, or the efs rack? I including a picture of the olympic squat rack, could you still bench in it? Im just wondering because in the pic the bar is on the outside, and I want to be safe because I have dropped the bar quite a few times. Also is this a better option then getting other racks? I like how its small, but Im not sure if its as good. This rack is going for pretty cheap in craigslist so Im just wondering, im kind of cheap.

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    yea, you could still bench in that, if u had a bench.

    That squat rack would be pretty much like competition. So it would be benifitial to have, but also, going heavy could get dangerous if you dont have spotters..... I should say GOOD spotters.

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    Yeah I was worried about that, I didn't see pins. It has holes though, would I be able to put pins in you think? Rather be safe then sorry. I dont have that good of a spotter, I have still dropped the bar on a squat a couple times, but luckly there was pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian999 View Post
    Yeah I was worried about that, I didn't see pins. It has holes though, would I be able to put pins in you think? Rather be safe then sorry. I dont have that good of a spotter, I have still dropped the bar on a squat a couple times, but luckly there was pins.
    You wont be able to put pins in that rack, cause your squatting on the outside. I mean, you could fabricate something, but I dont know how good of a welder you are.

    I wouldnt even worry about, if you fail, just dump it behind you. Worst case scenario you **** a barbell up (assuming you dump it behind you)

    Risk and Reward.... So Brian, DEAL or NO DEAL?

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    I train with a rack pretty similar to this one. The only exception being that the rack I use also has spotter arms that can be used as an extension of the rack. I have put 400 pounds down on those arms and didn't even scratch them. Of course, I have trained on how to dump the weight in case I need to when squatting. Plan an exit strategy with your workout and you won't regret it when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflance1 View Post
    I train with a rack pretty similar to this one. The only exception being that the rack I use also has spotter arms that can be used as an extension of the rack. I have put 400 pounds down on those arms and didn't even scratch them. Of course, I have trained on how to dump the weight in case I need to when squatting. Plan an exit strategy with your workout and you won't regret it when the time comes.
    Excellent post.

    I have gone to maximal weights without a safety rack, and you have to learn how to get yourself out of a pickle. There is a technique to safely dumping squats.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    Excellent post.

    I have gone to maximal weights without a safety rack, and you have to learn how to get yourself out of a pickle. There is a technique to safely dumping squats.
    Yes, its generally known as the "5 D's of Dodgball" or in this case 5 D's of Powerlifting.


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    Well I reckon that this half rack would work about the same as any other half rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Hernandez View Post
    You wont be able to put pins in that rack, cause your squatting on the outside. I mean, you could fabricate something, but I dont know how good of a welder you are.

    I wouldnt even worry about, if you fail, just dump it behind you. Worst case scenario you **** a barbell up (assuming you dump it behind you)

    Risk and Reward.... So Brian, DEAL or NO DEAL?
    Thanks for the info jesse, but I think im gonna have to pass. It's cheap, but I dont know about not having pins especially since I wanna bench on it, and I dont have a reliable spotter. He trains a couple times a month. I could figure out a way to saftly drop the bar possibly but my space is super limited.

    thanks again for the info though, saved me a trip to his place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian999 View Post
    Thanks for the info jesse, but I think im gonna have to pass. It's cheap, but I dont know about not having pins especially since I wanna bench on it, and I dont have a reliable spotter. He trains a couple times a month. I could figure out a way to saftly drop the bar possibly but my space is super limited.

    thanks again for the info though, saved me a trip to his place.
    You can buy two adjustable saw horses from a hardware store and put those to your sides. Should be pretty cheap.

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