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Finding a Cheap Squat Rack Alternative

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Found 1st Jul 2008
A while ago someone mentioned cheap trestles being sold at a garden centre, which would make a suitable Squat Rack for home gym users on a budget- has anyone got any idea where I could find something like that?

Or are there any alternatives methods for Squatting without having to spend £100s on a purpose made rack?

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There's ]these as well, also at Argos.

Both pretty cheap, really, and probably good enough unless you are squatting powerlifting poundages. Either would probably be OK with olympic bars, and these are the sort of racks that people got along with just fine in the early days.

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Thanks for the replies. I woulda thought I'd only be lifting 50-100KG since I'm fairly new to squatting, so these could do the trick, although even £80 seems like a lot for a 'metal stand'. I bought my friend's second-hand multi gym York weights bench for £50 and would only really want to pay up to £20 for a Squatting rack or alternative. I'm on a serious budget!

Also, if anyone in the south east/ Kent area has a second-hand one they want to sell, let me know. ta

Bomazu;2437700

Thanks for the replies. I woulda thought I'd only be lifting 50-100KG … Thanks for the replies. I woulda thought I'd only be lifting 50-100KG since I'm fairly new to squatting,



Don't rush to load the bar up. Get your technique right - and there's a lot to get right with squats (perhaps not as complex as some olympic lifts, but all the same...). Spend a while with moderate poundages, getting your form spot on - because that matters a lot before ramping up the weight.

Check your form, and a mirror or perhaps somebody observing / filming can help with this. It matters in the early stages with such a power movement. And none of that namby-pamby half measures, or just going to "parallel". All the way to the bottom, way below parallel. Counter-intuitive it may be, but my knee health has never been better since making sure my squats are all truly full range.

Bomazu;2437700

so these could do the trick, although even £80 seems like a lot for a … so these could do the trick, although even £80 seems like a lot for a 'metal stand'.



Well I do get your point, but squats for most lifters will be (or should be) the heaviest lift (or at least the heaviest lift that you need a rack / stands for - deadlifts just start and end with the bar on the floor). So they may well need to hold a fairly substantial weight.

If you feel like you are going to be squatting truly awesome weights eventually, then the racks at £99 might be better, as opposed to the standalone ones at £79. I always feel a bit more secure with a truly heavy bar, when I'm putting it back on something more solid that can't likely move.

Bomazu;2437700

I bought my friend's second-hand multi gym York weights bench for £50 and … I bought my friend's second-hand multi gym York weights bench for £50 and would only really want to pay up to £20 for a Squatting rack or alternative. I'm on a serious budget!



Well if you're handy enough with either some heavy duty wood arrangement, or can work with (or know somebody that can) metal, I would have thought it wouldn't be too difficult to DIY a squat rack - after all, they're hardly a complex design.

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Cheers for the advice Lester. At the moment I'm doing moderate weighted parallel squats at home without a rack, and I'm sure I could do more with a rack since the hard part isn't the squat itself, but getting the barbell up to shoulder height!

Although your suggestion of doing much deeper squats sounds like a good idea- instead of increasing the weight each training session, I can increase the distance I bend my legs for a more challenging routine, and maybe it'll even sort out one of my old knee injuries too?
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