Andriy GruntovonMy Custom Power Rack Review And OpinionsHey that is inspiring rack to build, I have a foldable one but I want to build one like yours. What is the brand of your Front porch attachment and dip attachment, or they are custom built? Thank you.
MickeonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListThank you, i will look at that. How much is it okey for the strap to missmatch in length? my inner depth of the cage seams to be 34.5" and Titan has a strap that will fit that is for 36" in depth. I understand that it's hard to give a yes or no answer but any help is welcome :)
AndyonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListGreat info man, thanks for putting this together. Also, regarding the Body-Solid SPR1000: While the holes on the sides of the uprights are 7/8", the hardware used to secure the attachments is actually 3/4". So they will fit on American Barbell 3x3 3/4" hw racks and vice-versa. A small handful of the attachments also use 5/8" hardware besides the J-Cups, like the Jammer Arms (they secure to the front/back of the uprights, not the sides), and the Spotter Arms (SPRSA). I know, not much lol. The flip-down safeties are naturally 5/8" as well but I'm not sure on depth (I'll get back to you on that). The straps use the 3/4" hardware though. To my knowledge, everything else is 3/4", save for the multi-grip pull-up bar (SPRCUA) but I know you don't include bars like that. Anyway, just thought this might be helpful.
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListThe Spud Inc Suspension Straps will fit any rack. It's a little different way of doing it but works fine. https://www.spud-inc-straps.com/suspension-straps-7457331.html Spud's advertising is lousy the way they don't even have any pics of them used this way, only in the video, but it's one of the main things they're for. BOS has a couple pics at the below link where you can see their straps used this way, but between the two I'd trust the Spud straps a little more because Spud has been sewing all kinds of straps like this for years and has a solid reputation for them. https://www.bellsofsteel.us/product/suspension-spotter-straps-and-bodyweight-system/
Richard LiuonWhat Length Barbell Do I Need?Due to space constraints, I want to deadlift in my power rack. However, it's very close - only 1" of space on either side of the rack. I was thinking of selling my current barbell and getting a longer shaft barbell - something along the lines of maybe Rogue's Deadlift Barbell, but ideally to be used for all my movements. I've had a hard time finding longer shaft barbells apart from rogue, and found your articles really helpful in the past - do you have any suggestions on this?
DrewonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListCurrently have a Rogue RM3 and have acquired more space. Will the Titan Series 24'' tentension kit work in order to morph a 6 post rack? I want plate storage and the drop in reverse hyper. I assume yes because they are both 90'', 3x3, and 1'' hardware. Just want to confirm before I purchase. Thanks in advance!
MorganonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)I'm trying to figure out what to do over the vinyl planks in my basement. Vinyl is pretty tough so I figure the interlocking rubber tiles should work. Now I'm wondering if I should put drop cloth underneath. Not planning on doing any olympic lifts, and I figure I can buy separate pads for deadlifts or just be gentle putting the weight down.
David Kieslingon7 Ways a Flat Utility Bench is Better than a FID Bench – Updated 2020Thanks for the comments! As far as a foldable flat bench, Rogue makes the only one I know of offhand that might be good. https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-fold-up-utility-bench It came out this year. The hinges could potentially introduce some wobble. Hopefully Rogue designed it tight to eliminate any wobble like they did with their adjustable bench, from what I've heard.
Rob P.on7 Ways a Flat Utility Bench is Better than a FID Bench – Updated 2020Thanks David I’ve been researching for a couple of weeks and I finally found in you some “non sponsored” opinions. The less moving parts the better for stability. The low to mid level ABs look as sturdy as an ironing board. Now that my suspicions have been confirmed, it’s a solid, good quality FB for me.
David KieslingonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListI've said this in the article and a couple times in the comments, so I'm thinking there's confusion with terminology? A rig = pull up rig, a type of design that is modular to expand to multiple stations for a whole group doing pull ups, squats, and other movements. If it isn't the rig design, it's called a rack, cage, or stand. But just about anything can also be called a rack. Rep's rig is USA made. Their other racks are not.
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListIt has to be the matching size category as per the tables. They will generally fit within the same category despite the metric sizing. The pin holes on the spotter arms might not line up enough, but I don't bother putting the pin in.
Gary WaltononPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHi David, I am trying to extend my Rogue RML-490C to create my own weight stack. Do you know if Rep or Titan Cross members will bolt up to my 490C? I know some of their holes are slightly different but im not sure if they will fit. I saw one comments of people adding Titan plate storage racks to an RML-490C. I am just trying to add 2 more uprights to make a 6 post rack.
MarkInBeantownonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListThanks so much for making this list! Mike at MicroGainz is fantastic. His company's laser-cutting quality is superb, and I believe it's all made right there in Pennsylvania (or certainly most of it). I just got a box full of US-made precision steel Oly weights last week, and they're great.
David KieslingonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListI added a couple more today, Ironmind and Life Fitness. As far as others, generally I want them to be fully functional web stores that ship nationwide and that I have a good feeling about. I try to do at least a tiny bit of research to make sure I'm curating a list of good companies, so some might get left out for now. With some new companies we'll see. Anyway, this list is looking much bigger and better with your help!
David Kieslingon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonI'll have to update this with the Rogue color versions, and a bit about the width issues. Personally I wouldn't get a rack any wider than 48". The 47" R-3W looks appealing to me at the moment for a possible next rack. I see what you mean with the extra room in the Rogue hinge to allow play to accommodate a slope, now that you mention it. That must be an oversight by Titan.
Johnny Wildon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonSo the hybrid Titan T3 / Rogue stringer rack was replaced with a RML-3WC. First thoughts...Titan has a better folding design for the 41.5 vs Rogues 40.5. I miss being able to fold in place vs out to one side. Definitely a bigger footprint. However, a positive for Rogue is you have up/down ability in the hinge to accommodate garage slope, so its a nicer angle. And... I didn’t realize the 3x3 would make the width 49”...gross. I like the 47” width for reracking the bar.
JessiaMjonHow to Get the Stink off New WeightsJust bought a barbell bar and it smelled like someone took a shit in it (the packaging) and lidded it up before shipping. I'm not entirely sure its supposed to smell like that, but given I only use dumbbells and machines - so this is a first. Even the outside smelled like shit, my eyes burned trying to get a sniff. I figured since the it took a one month journey to me from Amazon, it contaminated from other packages. But is this smell normal? I'm getting paranoid that someone purposely shitted on my package or didn't wash their hands. It doesn't have that factory smell I get from my dumbbells.
David KieslingonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListThanks for the suggestions! I added several of these today. Some don't qualify for various reasons. A few companies I'm waiting to hear back from about whether they meet the made in USA standard.
MikeonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListEven though Hulkfit is somewhat unique at 2.56x2.56 (65mm x 65mm), it turns out the Powertech (2.5x2.5) accessories fit. I have the Hulkfit cage but added Powertech j-cups and spotter arms. Works great. I’m going to try and the powertech safety bars. Hope those for the interior depth between the uprights.
JesseonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHey David, thanks for the taking the time to do all the research and type all this out for everyone. Quick question, do for Rogue Monster racks, will the rep iso arms work? It seems like the .02” would make a difference, but should still be able to make it work right?
David KieslingonWhat Length Barbell Do I Need?I've never seen a 7ft bar that would not fit on a rack that size. Do you have a link to a place that sells it, or a pic?
Scott OrnsteinonWhat Length Barbell Do I Need?My Squat rack is 45 inches wide and my standard 7 foot barbell does not fit The collars on the bars do not fit into the J-hook. Any suggestions on what size bar I should get?
David Kieslingon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonThat could work, with the blocks centered under the rack feet. You'll lose some room inside the rack. If you try to move the blocks out of the way as much as possible then it gets dicey.
Jeffon2020 Folding Wall-Mounted Squat Racks ComparisonThanks for the article! I’m tall so I require a higher kipping bar. The requirement of the garage gym dictates a foldable rack however which typically aren’t as tall. In your opinion, Could you mount the rack higher on the wall and support the front feet off the ground? Maybe patio block for example. Thanks again
JayonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHi David, do you know if the Sorinex utility seat will work on the REP PR-4000? Looks like the Rogue utility seat wouldn't work because of the width. https://www.sorinex.com/products/utility-seat https://www.roguecanada.ca/rogue-monster-utility-seat Great resource. Thanks for the work!
MorganonThe Best Freestanding Power Racks for a Home GymI actually pulled the trigger on the Rogue thanks to this review! Then five minutes later I stopped and thought to myself, "gee, I'd better measure my basement rather than just assuming it's high ceilings like the rest of my house". Good thing I did, because I then went and cancelled the order. It's a shame they don't make shorter racks, because I'd love to support a real made-in-the-USA business. Now I'm sitting and waiting for the Rep Fitness or the MyRack to come back in stock. For the MyRack, I'm less of a fan of the 12 gauge construction and lack of extension (unlike the Rep) to add weights on the back to stabilize. But I sure do love the look of that crossover cable attachment they sell. Thanks to your review, I think I'm going to pick up the Rep Fitness when it comes back into stock. Then I'll try to order some other brand's cable crosses. The attachment of, for example, the MyRack crosses doesn't seem particularly complicated; I can just machine a new set of brackets (I have ac…
David KieslingonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Cork sounds like a good idea. From what I understand, cork is a great soundproofer and ought to be solid enough with plywood on top. I will be interested to hear how it works out, and the thickness you use. I would avoid the rubber-EVA tiles. I think any EVA portion will make it too squishy.
David KieslingonThe Best Freestanding Power Racks for a Home GymI'm glad it helps! I try to take the time to make it useful. If you get one of these or a similar one, leave another note here sharing what you think! Also, I should correct the paragraph soon about the Titan X-3 being incompatible with other brands of attachments. They generally are close enough to be compatible with the Rogue Monster Lite and others in the 3x3, 5/8" hardware category: https://www.tworepcave.com/3006/power-rack-attachments-compatibility-master-list/
MorganonThe Best Freestanding Power Racks for a Home GymThanks a ton for this. It's been too long since I've been at the gym since covid, so just like what feels like everyone else in this country, I'm hunting for something to use at home for the next lifetime. Finally, here's an article that isn't just garbage Amazon affiliate spam and instead actually tells you something. Very much appreciated.
AlexonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Hi David, I am on the second floor and have a hardwood floor and planning to put together a small gym in a spare bedroom. My equipment is going to be a squat rack for doing squats, bench press, and some light deadlifts. Not going to be doing any olympic lifts. To prevent damage to the hardwood I plan to put on top of it a layer of plywood and rubber tiles on top of the plywood. My second goal is to make the whole thing as quiet as possible so as to not disturb the neighbors below me. I was thinking to place a thin cork layer under the plywood instead of the drop cloth to help with the sound absorption. Do you think cork will work better than drop cloth for the sound? Will it make the whole thing too squishy? I don’t drop the weights as I lift but worried that if the barbells fall in an accident ... will that damage the hardwood? As an alternative to the rubber tiles I am also considering rubbertop tiles which consisting of a thin rubber layer on top of an EVA layer. I know you advise a…
John Del DucaonMade-in-the-USA Gym Equipment – 2020 Master ListJust to compile the other "Made in USA" gym equipment business from the chat below into one spot for your review Dave in order to add to the above list (which is incredibly helpful and has helped me start my in-house garage gym): Arsenal Athletics/Arsenal StrongmanGrey Man GearBlack Widow Training GearBATLTexas Strength SystemsPure-StrengthKabuki StrengthGolden's Cast Iron (my personal contribution)
Derrick CrassonThe Ultimate Guide to Jerk Blocks for Olympic Weightlifting 2020Hey Dave: Thanks for the nice review! I do not disagree with anything you wrote, but I can offer a couple of explanations as to why I have produced the size and shape of the DC Blocks that I do. Admittedly, the Original (19" x 15.5" x 2", 10.5lbs) is small for jerk blocks, but work great for pulling blocks. This size was meant to be very portable, durable, and versatile in function, as nothing like this existed 10 years ago when I invented them. The robust character from a special blend of recycled HDPE, LDPE, XPE allow for rigidity and flexibility so that they do not fracture or dent. Since these are compression molded vs injection molded, the production cost are not as cheap as one might think. Personally, I priced these at a fair price and back in 2010 cheaper than my competition for pulling blocks and their prices actually came down, or became "on sale." The big expense is the aluminum mold. Once I could afford one, I made a second product: the Double-Wide with dimensions of 31" x…
Tse-yong YaoonGym Flooring Guide: Rubber Mats and Rolls (Updated 2020)Hey Dave, great write up... found this site doing a search for outdoor gyms. I've got this partially enclosed shed that I want to set up my gym in. Problem is the flooring is sort of rickety, basically sheets of plywood attached to 2x6 beams underneath which I believe are sitting directly on the ground (I didn't build it, came with the house when purchased). Additionally, the plywood isn't flat anymore, so... I assume a lifting platform would be a must but given the un-eveness of the floor, guessing this might still not be good enough. Would you think that laying a sheet of stall mats between rickety plywood floor and lifting platform would be sufficient? Shed is ~8'x16' so I could conceivably cover the entire shed floor with stall mats (or maybe a rubber roll) I was hoping to put in a full rack and I'm considering this space so I could do kipping pull ups as well as overhead lifts (my garage ceiling is only 87" high and the only room with sufficiently high ceilings is the living room…
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI've gotten some questions on lat attachments, rear rack extensions, and front foot extensions. I'll see about adding a more prominent note in the article about it, but it's unlikely for anything to be compatible across brands that requires a certain height for the holes, even for racks that look like clones at first glance. Titan's holes are metric spaced, not 2" or 3". Maybe a couple people will try and share their experience.
AndyonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListHey David, Thank you so much for putting all of this together. If you haven't heard it enough, there are so many grateful people. i've searched through all the comments, but I haven't found this question or answer. If i added two 43 in cross members the back bottom and top of my rogue ML-690, could I attach this titan lat pulldown to it? https://www.titan.fitness/racks/rack-accessories/lat-tower-tall-rack-attachment-%E2%80%93-x-2%2C-x-3%2C-and-t-3-series-power-rack-compatible/401036.html
David KieslingonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListIt appears to me that Bolt is only doing in-store sales at their Houston warehouse and does not ship. Their website has some conflicting info on that. But I've added their name to the list of brands on those two tables because they seem to be selling enough units locally that they come up in discussions.
BradleyonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI have a Fitness Gear rack, from Dick's. It is no longer available (date of Feb 2013 on the Model Number sticker), I am having a hell of a time figuring out the exact dimensions to find accessories. The model number on it is STE00500. Anyone know where I can find the exact dimensions so I can shop for accessories/add-ons?
CurtisonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListThis is a great write up David. A few things to add. Titan T-3 accessories will fit perfectly on a Bolt 2x3 rack. If you haven’t heard of Bolt it’s a new Houston Tx based company but I have their rack and a bunch of their stuff. However when they were sold out of somethings that I wanted I found your blog and looked into the Titan accessories since Rogue no longer makes the infinity series racks. I now have Titan lever arms, Titan J hooks and Titan leg press attachments on my Bolt rack. The only thing I’m looking for now is safety straps that will fit a 2x3 with 43” spacing. Titan is too short. Bolt also makes a 3x3 and those attachments I’m sure will fit other 3x3 racks and vise versa. Thanks for the info! And hope this helps.
RosalynonPower Rack Attachments & Compatibility – 2020 Master ListI’d like to add some front extensions to the bottom my power rack for stability to allow for some work in front of the rack. Is there a standard for when the holes typically start at the bottom of the rack for attachments that touch the ground so I can figure out which brands are compatible? I have a Fray Fitness F-1 Savage series power rack which has 3x3 uprights, 1” holes, and 2” spacing.
David KieslingonA Basic Setup for a Home GymThe taller ones on Amazon ought to be fine. The equalizer bar type things are not tall enough to do weighted dips with a dip belt. The SML-1 can fit any monster lite dip attachment. Rogue recommends against it because of tipping risk.