When it comes to finding good squat cages, it can be challenging. Here we explain some basics of a squat cage and hope to assist you in deciding on what may be best for you to use at home for your goals for strength training.
Brand: Fitness Reality
Product: Super Max Power Cage
Here is a general description of parts to a basic squat rack or cage that you should know when looking to purchase one.
Frame: The frame is the basic structure of the product, and you should look at the dimensions of the frame concerning its height especially when comparing it to where you would be using it in your home.
Support Bar: The support bar is the bar which goes on the inside of a cage between the frame. This is what catches the bar if it is dropped.
J-hooks: These are the hooks that are used either on the inside or outside of the frame to rest the barbell on when you are not using it.
Spotters arm: This is the part of a rack that the weight is under when you step back if you are doing a squat on the outside of the cage. These are more for a basic squat rack and play the same part as a support bar in a cage.
Here are some positive and negative facts about this piece that anyone would probably look at when thinking of purchasing a squat rack.
Product: Fitness reality 810 XLT
- The bench and rack are both very easy to assemble, and the bench can be folded for easy storage if needed
- This cage includes a chin up bar
- A 3 year protection plan is offered
- A spotters bar or floor mount is not needed for this frame
The frame is a standard 2″ by 2″ which means that you can probably purchase additional J hooks if needed from another retailer. It is also 83.5″ in height which will fit most people. If you are taller though, you may want to be cautious of the stability bar in the back.
There are 19 positions for the j hooks to be placed in each 2″ apart, giving you a variety of positions to place the bar in
Safety bars and the bench have a maximum weight support of 800 pounds, so unless you are a serious lifter, this should be fine
Stability bars are included for support and a floor mount is not needed. You could also purchase additional bars to be placed on the side of the frame to hold barbell plates if you would feel safer.
The assembly instructions are very easy to understand
Due to the way the supports work in place of j hooks, I personally would buy other j hooks that were lined in order to protect the bar from damage.
- The dip bar is available, but costs extra
- Bars and plates are not included
- The bench that can be ordered may have a slight decline to it
- The cage doesn’t come with a lat pull down machine, but one is able to be used and costs extra if you want it
No holders are included on the side of the cage to hold weights, but these can be purchased separately if needed, or a weight tree could be used to hold the weights.
- This frame supports the use of only a 7-foot barbell
- Any extra accessories needed are sold separately.
- As with anything, possible damage could occur during shipping
There are also some other general concerns about this cage. One, you should not tighten the frame until you are finished assembling it. This way you will not make any cracks in the metal from tightening it too hard and there will be an even amount of pressure.
This cage is a great investment for anyone that wants a piece of equipment for their personal home gym. The only thing that I would say bad about this cage is the concern about the damage due to shipping which is common, as well as the extra money needed for any extra accessories. If you a beginner or intermediate lifter that is not going to lift a tremendous amount of weight and need a good cage for your home gym, this cage is just as good as many others you see, for a much less expensive price.