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    Building a home gym

    I plan on using a little tax refund money to buy a power rack and bench for my garage. Any advice on certain brands to look for or stay away from? I'm not against buying new, but I'd rather find a deal used on craigslist. Also, is it easier to do deadlifts on a separate platform outside the rack? What is the best flooring or padding to put under the rack? I'd like to keep from cracking the concrete floor.

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    In my garage gym, I just use two mats sat on top of a thick rug where the weights come down while deadlifting. This was free and it protects the weights and the concrete. I don't have a power rack yet, so my DL station is set up by itself away from my bench and it works just fine. I don't really know much about good brands to look for though.
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    http://m.dickssportinggoods.com/prod...413986.4417718 I use this power rack. Works great for everything.
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    I would either get an EliteFTS 2x2 rack or a Westside R3 rack. You can find the EFS rack from time to time on Craigslist. I would avoid buying anything from a major sports retailer as their racks are usually of poor construction, design, and will not hold up to heavy abuse. Avoid NY Barbell as well.

    I lag screwed my rack to a 2.25 inch base composed of 2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood and 1 sheet of 3/4 inch gym mats / horse stall mats. I dead lift in the rack and also made a band dead lift platform with the same base.

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    I'd go with a Rogue R-3, if money is unilmited. From Rogue Fitness.

    I have a cheap rack from New York Barbells. It has held up over 12 years, but I max squat around 375. So if you have big lifts, don't know how well it would hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFabsik View Post
    I'd go with a Rogue R-3, if money is unilmited. From Rogue Fitness.

    I have a cheap rack from New York Barbells. It has held up over 12 years, but I max squat around 375. So if you have big lifts, don't know how well it would hold up.
    Money is definitely limited. My lifts are not that big yet though.

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    The garage gym is the best gym..... For me, proximity eliminates all excuses.

    For Racks:

    I have this Sumo Rack ($329 plus shipping): http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92565.html

    This one is also good (also $329 plus shipping): http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92563.html

    Flooring/ Deadlift platform: is what you need it to be ~~ If you plan on dropping the bar after lockout, then you'll need a better system than I use. My flooring is simply 2 mated sheets of plywood (18 inches x 18 inches) lying on the garage floor (they're cut into two separate sections ~ so that the plates sit on them). It works well, and they're really mobile, so you can pick them up or put them in the rack to do hack squats, etc.
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    EFS stuff looks top notch, but the shipping is usually the price of the actual apparatus. I wish it was easier to find good local stores that carried good stuff.

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    @ Fearfactory: I was thinking that the Elite Fitness looked overpriced to me. Maybe they're using a thicker than normal gauge steel.
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