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#356272 - 08/15/07 03:39 PM need a squat rack
alphawolf Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
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I desperately need a squat rack for a cheap price if anyone of you guys has one you could sell. I can't afford the 400-500 dollar ones right now and after thinking about how i've been training for the past year it is just much too dangerous. When doing squats i position two sturdy chairs horizontal to eachother and lay the barbell across the two chairs, then CRAWL under the bar and hoist the god damn thing up using my back to begin. I do this regularly with around 250 lbs, and considering i only weigh about 160ish now its just too dangerous. I haven't had any accidents so far but after considering the dangers of what i have been doing i need to stop.
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#356273 - 08/15/07 04:00 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: alphawolf]
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Check E-bay, you will get a better response there alphawolf.

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll...&category0=

You are correct, that is extremely dangerous and you are asking for problems. The thing is if you want to work out at home you have to invest otherwise you are limiting yourself or such like yourself, looking at injuring yourself. Your back being compressed like that cannot be good for you and being probably young you may get away with this for a short time but only a short time.

Take care of yourself today so that you can continue to do the things you want in the future. And remember, it may seem like a lot of money but it is an investment.
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#356274 - 08/15/07 04:19 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: Dereck]
MastaFighta Offline
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Registered: 04/10/05
Posts: 260
Loc: United States
You could always get a membership at a gym.

$400-$500 is pretty cheap compared to what a majority of benches (good ones anyway) go for ($1,000-$6,000).

This is the cheapest one I could find on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PSM144X-PowerLine-...8957&sr=1-4

I would strongly recommend you stick with smith machines if you don't have a spotter.

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#356275 - 08/15/07 04:28 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: MastaFighta]
danny81 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 350
i havea better idea. i did this mtyself. get adjustable horses. the ones you use to lay wood across when cutting and use that as a squat rack.

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#356276 - 08/15/07 05:40 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: danny81]
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No, don't do make shift squat racks. You want something that is designed to carry the weight plus designed to hold the weight properly. My squat rack I know all if have to do is walk into it and the bar on my shoulders once it hits the metal holders all I have to do is lower it. You don't want something where the bar can roll forward or backwards or shift on you. Plus taking it off the bar you want something solid and the correct height. You should never have to lower yourself into a crouch or bend over to pick up a weight. It should be a slight down and straight up motion so that you can have the bar squarely on your shoulders so that you can balance it to ensure you have the proper stance before you lower and lift. Properly done you should be able to easily (or semi easily) walk around with the bar on your shoulders never being at risk when first lifting it as you've put not stress on your muscles.

If you are going to do this right then do it right. Don't hammer that nail in with the end of butter knife. The right tool for the right job; the right piece of equipment for the right exercise.
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#356277 - 08/15/07 05:50 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: Dereck]
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Agree with dereck. Makeshift or adapted structures are a recipe for disaster.
Personaly, If i were insistent on spending money on home equipment and not joining a gym, I would get a power rack, an adjustable bench, and an olympic bar and weights set. Look on ebay and in local classifieds- plenty of people with good intentions sell this stuff on at a fraction of the new-price. Also search the net for companies that sell reconditioned professional equipment to gyms- they will sell to private persons as well.

For a good power rack, a heavy duty bench, a 7ft olympic bar and 300lbs of weight you would be looking at $800-$1000 brand new, and will probably have to pay $4-600 second hand. Its a lot of cash, but it is the only bit of kit you will ever truly need.
The other option is to join a gym with these facilities and pay a more manageable monthly fee for their use.
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#356278 - 08/15/07 09:30 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: Cord]
Viator Offline
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Registered: 06/03/07
Posts: 172
There was a thread on sherdog a while ago about building your own power rack. If I recall it ended up costing the guy about $100 dollars in steel, but he had welding expertise and did all the metal work himself. I'll try and look up the thread at work tomorrow, sherdog never seems to work right at home.

btw, alphawolf, stop trying to kill yourself.

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#356279 - 08/16/07 10:47 AM Re: need a squat rack [Re: Viator]
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#356280 - 08/16/07 04:22 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: Viator]
alphawolf Offline
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Registered: 07/19/06
Posts: 137
i am going to a local gym today or tomorrow to check it out, if that doesn't workout i will do some more searching around on ebay.
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#356281 - 08/16/07 06:50 PM Re: need a squat rack [Re: alphawolf]
UKfightfreak Offline
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
It might be worth looking at a site like www.freecycle.org and see if anyone is trying to get rid of a squat rack in your area (I can't see them having a big resale value).

Alternatively you could just go wrestler style and get up to 500 hindu squats (I've never been able to do it)

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