The Marcy SR50 is a squat rack with a compact design, which helps to save space when used in home gyms, but also makes it possible to support the 6ft and 7ft barbells.
Marcy SR50 Squat Rack Review
[one_half]While many commercial gyms will offer a wide range of different barbell lengths and weights, it may be the case that you just have a 6ft or 7ft barbell at home.
Because of this you will often find that squat racks are designed specifically around the longer 7ft bars. This is one of the benefits of the reduced width of the Marcy SR50, which enables it to also comfortably accommodate the 6ft versions that many barbell weight plate sets include.
While this does mean a relatively narrow frame space, there is still plenty of room to walk into the rack and perform variations of squats.[/one_half]
If you have the space in your home gym and prefer to have a bit more space to move around, then the Bodymax CF480 has been built around 60cm wider and may be worth a look.
The overall strength and stability of the frame is improved through having the upright bar supports angled slightly towards the back of the frame, where the base has also been reinforced with triangular support brackets.
How the SR50 can benefit your workouts
A solid squat rack can bring numerous benefits to both your upper and lower body workouts. The 7 different support bar positions ensure that you can set the bar at higher positions for exercises such as back squats, but easily adjust them to a lower position for exercises such as barbell shrugs.
If you already have a weights bench at home then there is room between the main uprights of the frame to slide this under the bar to perform bench presses or seated barbell shoulder presses.
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Marcy SR50 Squat Rack – Features Summary
- 160kg Weight capacity
- 40″ Crutch Width Accommodates Both 6ft And 7ft Bars
- Oversized Front And Rear Stabilizers Provide Sturdy Base
- Club Style ‘Akimbo’ Uprights With Scratch Resistant Chrome Striker Plates
Ease of assembly
[one_half]Another of the main benefits of a squat rack over a smith machine is the simplicity of the construction. This not only makes it quicker to setup, but also quicker to take apart and transport if required.
The frame comes flat packed with a packet of bolts, washers and aircraft nuts. There are really only 5 main parts to the frame; the two large side sections, two supporting brackets for the base and a central bar to secure the base brackets together.
The Marcy SR50 does come with a detailed instruction manual which will provide you with the steps you need in both textual form and exploded drawings.[/one_half]
There is a full parts list which matches up to the numbers used in the exploded drawings to make it easier to identify which part needs to go where.
Despite the simple construction it can be useful to have someone else available to hold the upright sections while the support brackets are attached. From taking the parts out of the box to full construction should be possible in less than 30 minutes.