The Bodymax CF376R Half Cage Squat Rack provides all the safety you need when performing heavy free weight exercises in your own home gym, while still remaining competitively priced.
This product article takes a look at the rack in more detail, as well as comparing it with two other popular options to help find the best fit for your space, goals, and budget.
For squats, the Bodymax CF376R includes 18 different bar support heights, positioned close together throughout the main uprights.
This helps to account for lifters over 6ft tall, as well as finding a setting that best suits your height and exercise.
The safety bars can also be adjusted through 12 height settings to prevent the barbell moving below a certain point during squats, bench presses, and shoulder presses.
Higher settings also allow you to attach the dip handles, which combine with the pull up handles to provide many of the benefits of a pull up and dip tower.
The base of the rack also features rubber end caps to prevent any unwanted movement during your workout.
Before making any final decisions over which power rack to buy, it can also be useful to know what similar products are available, both in terms of features and price.
If you already have a weights bench at home, one of the Bodymax racks will probably be a better option and usually cost half the price of the Marcy rack and bench.
But if you are looking to put together your first home gym setup, the Marcy Dragon Power Rack comes complete with a cantilever bench for supporting bench press and shoulder press exercises.
One final comparison worth making is the addition of a lat pulldown / cable pulley tower.
Both the Bodymax CF376R and CF375 can be fitted with a lat pulldown attachment, which provides a much wider range of exercise options for your back, biceps, triceps, and shoulders.
Bodymax CF376R – Features Summary
- The CF376R is a flexible squat, bench press and dip half cage configuration designed for flexibility and safety
- Height-adjustable barbell / dipping stands
- Height adjustable bar catcher
- Rugged and durable Bodymax build quality
- Ideal when used in conjunction with CF328 Deluxe Utility Bench
Additional lat attachment
Being optional means that you can always purchase the main rack first, then add the attachment later if you don’t currently have the budget or requirement for the full setup.
With the lat attachment added, you have both a low and high cable pulley to use for a variety of upper and lower body exercises.
Unlike free weights or lever systems, the cable pulleys can be used with additional attachments such as straight bars and single handles to isolate muscle groups much more effectively.
There’s also no weight stack provided, with the resistance created by loading weight plates onto the pegs at base of the attachment.
The importance of compound exercises
Exercises will usually fall into one of two main categories; isolation and compound.
Compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, and bench presses, which allow you to lift much more weight than isolation exercises, including bicep curls and lateral raises.
It’s this extra weight that makes it so important to use a power rack for lifting at home, to create the extra element of safety that a spotter would usually provide.
While isolation exercises are ideal for pre-exhausting or training individual muscle groups to failure, it’s the big compound lifts that work multiple muscle groups which really provide the big strength and size gains.