Thoughts on these squat racks?

Looking at just doing squat/bench/row, deadlift/pullup/overhead press. Not planning on lifting more than 60kg. Pulllup bar necessary.

https://www.lsgfitness.com.au/products/gbh-290-power-rack

https://decathlon.com.au/products/weight-training-rack-squat...

What are your thoughts? Definitely thinking about safety considering the budget.

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  • +1 vote

    You'll be fine safety-wise with Decathlon, they're a reputable brand. You can also go in store and try them out.

  • +1 vote

    friend bought the decathalon one, and found that his existing bars weren't long enough.. but apart from that, he said it's fine for what he paid

  • +2 votes

    The decathlon safety bars are tiny.

    I'd go a full rack. The front bars on mine have saved me when I lost balance and fell forward. I got mine years ago second hand. Quality brand and its never dropped value.

    With these half racks do you need to bolt them to the ground for stability?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah that Decathlon doesn't look safe at all, don't get that one.

      Consider Gumtree. Heaps of people buy stuff then end up only using it a couple of times so you'll likely pick up a bargain. you may not think so but you'll likely want more than 60kg of plates. An initial goal of 60kg may be OK pending your size/build but you'll likely pass that fairly quickly. Aim to try and get a selection of plates so you can slowly increase the weight. Having 1.25kg and 2.5kg plates give you the ability to creep up the weight as opposed to only have 5kg or 10kg as your smallest.

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        Ya good idea, I'll scope out marketplace/gumtree.

        I'm a fairly small guy, but I guess deadlifts would still get light pretty quickly.

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      Lack of safety bars was definitely a strike against the Decathlon one for me. I haven't had an experience falling at the gym yet, but I guess at the gym you have the safety net of having other people around if you hurt yourself.

      Hm, I hadn't considered bolting them down, but I imagine that would probably be smart.

  • +2 votes

    You missed out on the Aldi squat rack. If you don't mind waiting on sure they will be released in a few months again. Much cheaper than both of those.

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      I bought the rack but ended up returning it. Didn't seem compatible with bench pressing - I'm curious if anyone got it to line up. The way the uprights were connected meant the mounts for the bar would be either way too low or way too high.

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      Hah, Aldi seems to be doing everything these days. I'll keep an eye out.

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      I think they only come up once a year? Sucks because I just missed that deal too, and I'm not sure if they'll come up again any time in the next 3-6 months :/

  • +1 vote

    agree with going full rack. Safety bars i think i critical if lifting any kind of weight. Also i would think about fixing to the floor if possible also you dont want the rack toppling over if you push against the rack with you bar and its loaded.

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      Yeah, was a big factor against the Decathlon one I linked. Will have to consider space, but full rack definitely ideal.

      • +1 vote

        If space is an issue there are folding power racks out there. They're not common though and I'm not sure why because IMO they're fantastic. I have one and it takes up little room when not in use yet folds out to a full size rack in 30 seconds. You might get lucky if you keep an eye out on gumtree etc.