The main idea behind the design of the SportTech Heavy Duty Squat Rack is to provide a stable barbell support for when you are preparing to perform a free weight barbell exercise.
There are also safety catches spaced equal distances apart up both sides of the frame. These are primarily to support the bar when you are preparing to start an exercise but can also provide an added element of safety thanks to how close together they are.
With the safety hook catches on the frame of the SportTech Heavy Duty Squat Rack ranging from near the base, up to as close to the top of the frame as possible, this will cater for users of all heights performing a range of exercises.
The higher catches can be used to support the bar when preparing for squat or overhead presses exercises, the catches near the middle are useful when combined with an incline bench and the catches near the bottom are useful for shrug exercises.
Extra safety feature – Safety bars
As well as the rows of saw tooth style safety hooks on either side of the frame, SportTech have also added two larger horizontal safety bars that act as more of a support when you are performing the exercise.
If you have ever taken a set of squats to failure or attempted a one rep max without a spotter then you will know how difficult it can be to get out from under the bar safely.
These safety bars are fully adjustable so that you can set them to just below the lowest range of motion for that exercise. This means that if you can’t push the weight up from that lowest point, you can always let the barbell come to rest on the safety bars without fear of injury.
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SportTech Squat Rack Heavy Duty – Features Summary
Weight plate storage
Due to the SportTech Heavy Duty Squat Rack supporting only 7ft barbells, it’s likely that you will have plenty of room on the bar for lots of weight plates.
The four weight plate storage pegs have been added to help keep these weight plates out of the way when lifting, but easily available if you want to increase the weight on the bar.
Overall frame design
[one_half]The frame has a very simple design that has proved incredibly strong with squat racks over the years. The angle of the vertical frame bars means that the barbell is positioned closer to the center of the rack when resting on the hook catches for extra stability.
This also makes it less likely you will knock the bar on any higher catches when lifting it clear of the rack in exercises such as squats.
The three cross brace connectors and multiple surface contact points on the feet combined with the racks thick, steel frame design guarantee a stable and safe feel for many years of intense use.[/one_half]