These are the top 10 best squat racks in the UK. The table below contains squat racks, power racks, squat stands, and squat racks with pull up bars.
Top 10 Best Squat Rack Comparison Table
The squat racks/power racks here are not the high-end, overly priced and bulky ones you find in gyms (£1000+). However they are the best on the market in terms of value for money, in which they provide excellent durability, great maximum weight capacity and adequate size for home use.
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|1) MiraFit Squat Rack with Dip Bars - Adjustable||2) Bodymax Squat|
Rack & Dip CF415
|3) Mirafit Power Rack |
Weight Lifting Cage
|4) Mirafit Heavy Duty |
Olympic Power Cage
|5) Bodymax Squat Rack CF480||6)Mirafit Heavy Duty |
Weight Lifting Rack
|7) Bodymax Squat Rack CF315||8) Hardcastle Squat|
|9) Mirafit Squat Rack|
With Lat Pulldown
|10) York Fitness
|Average Rating||(5 / 5)||(4.9 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)||(4.7 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(4.4 / 5)||(4.2 / 5)||(4.1 / 5)|
|Rack Type||Squat Rack||Squat Rack||Power Rack||Power Rack||Squat Rack||Squat Rack||Squat Rack||Squat Rack||Squat Rack||Squat Stand|
|Max Weight |
|Sturdiness Rating||(4 / 5)||(4.2 / 5)||(4.8 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(4 / 5)||(4 / 5)||(4.6 / 5)||(3.7 / 5)|
|Bench Capability||(4.7 / 5)||(4.4 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(5 / 5)||(4.6 / 5)||(4.1 / 5)||(4.5 / 5)||(3.8 / 5)||No Bench|
|Dimensions||W=77cm to 117cm|
|W=65cm to 107cm|
H=103cm to 163cm
|W=65cm to 107cm|
H=103cm to 163cm
|W=77cm to 117cm|
|Rack Height||93cm to 151cm||90cm to 150cm||Fully Adjustable||Fully Adjustable||Preadjusted Heights||83cm to 154.5cm||90cm to 150cm||95cm to 151cm||Preadjusted Heights||110cm to171cm|
|Spot Height||63cm to 93cm||63cm to 93cm||Fully Adjustable||Fully Adjustable||Fully Adjustable||51.5cm to 71.5cm||63cm to 93cm||63cm to 93cm||No Spot||No Spot|
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Squat Rack Features Explained
Are you constantly waiting for the squat rack to be available in your gym? Tired of hearing people asking: “how many sets you have left?”
Investing in a squat rack makes perfect sense which will leave you making continuous gains and banishing your gym membership. Furthermore there is no one to bother you when you train at home. The best squat racks will have spotters if you need support when squatting heavy loads. However squat racks come in all shapes and sizes to suit all. We will go through the most vital features of what makes the best squat rack.
Squat racks are also referred as a power racks which isn’t technically correct, we will also differentiate the between the various rack types. Basic compound movements will help you achieve your fitness goals whether it be to build muscle or to lose fat. The squat is considered the king of leg exercises which also helps you develop powerful glutes and targets your hamstrings to some degree.
The average rating of the squat rack on this table is a combination of our research and customer reviews. The best average rating is not necessarily the best squat rack as price also plays a part. We have rated them by function, quality, value and adaptability.
This is the type of squat rack that the item belongs to. For example if it is a squat rack, power rack etc. We explain the different type of racks and the purpose of what each one serves. This will help you decide on the one ideal for your personal fitness goals.
Max Weight Capacity
The is maximum weight in which the squat rack can withstand. This means the entire weight of the barbell and plates. If you add more weight than what is recommended then this breaks the safety hazard, which potentially very dangerous.
Even though we have highlighted the max weigh capacity limit, we have rated each squat rack by its level of sturdiness. How stable does the rack feel when loaded with a heavy weight?
Does the power rack allow the user to bench press? None of the power racks above include a bench but they do allow one to add a bench so that one can perform barbell bench presses. This rating takes into account the comfortability of the user while bench pressing with the rack. For example; does the rack hooks get in the way? And does the width of the squat rack give the user enough room to bench press comfortably?
The height of the rack where one places the barbell. This is important for very short or very tall users. Our recommendation is to have the rack height below your shoulders. When the bar is stationary on the rack let the bar sit on your traps and ensure that your knees are able bend. This is important because when you rack the barbell back from your exercise you want to make certain it is an easy and safe process. To rack the barbell back you walk over to the rack hooks, then line the barbell and then bend your knees. If the rack is too high you end struggling and tip toeing to reach the rack and this is dangerous.
Spot height gives the measurements in which you can set the spotter. This is a safety precaution to have spotters on a squat rack. The best squat racks will have them but not all is required if your purpose is implement light weight squats in your workout.
Some of the squat rack include certain attachments that allow the user to do different exercises on the rack. Therefore in this feature we highlight the additional exercises one can do. This feature only takes into account use of the squat rack only not if the user decides to add a bench.
Advantages Of Having A Squat Rack At Home
- Train at your own convenience – whatever your life schedule, you can train on your own time even after midnight and not worry about the gym being opened.
- Utilise and master compound movements multiple times a week – the squat rack is available to you 24/7 every day, every week and all year round.
- Privacy – No one to judge you (everyone has to start off somewhere even if you are squatting just the barbell).
- No one to bother you while you train intensely – friends or other gym members distracting you from working out intensely by chatting to you or to others.
- Freedom to train how you like – You can listen to whatever music you want during your workout
- Great investment – money that you spent on your home squat rack means you don’t pay monthly gym memberships and travel going to the gym.
The Different Types of Squat/Power Racks
The most commonly used name for the piece of equipment that holds a barbell in place for one to squat safely is called a squat rack. There are other names like the power rack and the squat stand:
A squat rack is a weightlifting equipment that generally includes a mechanical spotter. Squat racks are highly recommended for those squatting with heavy loads. Squat racks spot the user if he/she is no longer able to squat the weight back up. Therefore the user is able to train to failure but be careful as spot racks are not long enough to catch the barbell if you fall during exercise.
A power rack is an upgrade to the squat rack that features a mechanical spotter for the user. This weightlifting equipment provides more safety as the user is in a cage. This spots the user if he falls forwards or backwards during exercise. The power rack also offer more adjustments so that the user can do other exercises such as: partial deadlifts, shrugs and even pull ups.
Squat Rack With Pull Up Bar
Squat rack with pull up bar is exactly the same equipment as a squat rack but provides a bar to for the user to do pull ups (the ones you find in gyms). Some squat racks are built with a lat pulldown handle and pulley.
Squat stand is the most basic of weightlifting equipment for purpose of squats. They hold the barbell in place but do not provide any spot. Most squat stands require additional weight plate for stabilisation.
Squat Rack Exercises?
The exercises that one can do with a squat rack depends on the type of rack. Generally speaking you can do a variety of squats. To name a few:
- Full squat
- Front squat
- Barbell shoulder press
- Shrugs (depending on lowest rack height or spot height)
- Partial deadlifts (depending on lowest rack height or spot height) – not for short users unless one uses a power rack
- Dips (depending on width adjustments of spot rack)