The Best Power Rack We Could Possibly Find (For Under $1000)
First of all, don’t get me wrong… you can by a state-of-the-art power rack for over $1000 that might be the most awesome do-everything piece of equipment in the universe. But, for us normal folk out there, dropping $1000+ isn’t the easiest thing to do. Most of us aren’t professional bodybuilders or fitness gurus who’s lives revolve around lifting weights repeatedly. Most of us don’t lift every hour of every day to finally come to the conclusion that yes… gravity is a real thing. However, if you are reading this website, then you probably are relatively into fitness. You might lift weights every day, or perhaps 3-5 times a week. But, your life doesn’t revolve around fitness, it’s just part of your life. Therefore, if you are like me, you probably want to spend a fair amount of money to get a quality piece of equipment that will last you a lifetime. Well, after many different gym memberships, and many pieces of equipment tested, we here at Top Hat Fitness have finally found the best power rack under 1000 USD – The Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack with Lat Pull Attachment.
The Valor Fitness BD-7 With Lat Pull Attachment Power Rack
We here at Top Hat Fitness don’t go easy on our equipment. I (Jason) personally bought my own Valor Fitness BD-7 Power Rack so that I could do a 5×5 program to build a bit more muscle after I lost quite a bit of weight while trimming down for summer. I decided to purchase the rack for my home gym because the lat and low row cables were thrown in for less price than if I had purchased a Power Line Rack with the Lat add-on.
Thank Baby Jesus for the Amazon Reviews on this item, as they helped me purchase all of the accessories that would make this the ultimate power rack even before I made the original purchase. I made sure to read a couple of reviews on Amazon to prevent any problems before they might have occurred. Luckily, the set up of this rack was pretty straight forward. Valor includes an instruction manual with several pages of diagrams to make sure that you don’t screw up the installation. If that wasn’t enough, the nice people at Valor also included 4-5 pages of Step-by-Step suggestions to make the process even easier. The incredible instructions manual alone made this best power rack under 1000 to me (kidding of course, but they were excellent instructions).
Pay attention to where all of the different holes should face on the bigger main beams of the assembly and I can almost promise you that you won’t screw up while putting it together. Just a tip to make sure that you are getting best power rack under 1000 USD that I didn’t do when I originally bought the rack – make sure to purchase some kind of graphite or teflon spray to coat the pulley system with. Out of the box, everything worked fine, but after using the pulleys for over a month without lubricant, I noticed that they didn’t move as smoothly as they did from the start. Prevention is always better than repair, don’t make my mistake.
So, a big question that you might be asking is, “How much weight can this thing hold?” I can’t give you a definite answer, but I put 550lbs on the bar to max squat with and the rack held it fine. I think the average fitness enthusiast won’t have any restrictions when it comes to how much weight they can add to the system. I’ve been continuously loading mine up with 250+ lbs of weight for various lifts and haven’t had a problem.
The main problem I had was my own fault, but I should note it anyways. I didn’t buy any teflon spray or graphite to coat the pulley system with. Because of this, after about a month and a half of using the rack, it started to squeak and have noticeably more friction when I did any lifts involving the pulley system.
Another problem I had with the system was after about 6 months of use, the lat pulldown foam pad started to flake off. Some Amazon Reviewers also had this problem, but it was far and few between. Luckily, this was an easy problem to solve. I bought some Gorilla Tape and wrapped the lat pulldown foam pad completely, problem solved. Even with these minor problems, this is still the best power rack under 1000 that I have ever used. This isn’t really a con, but if you plan to deadlift off of the floor, you will need to make yourself some sort of platform in order to cushion the weight when it hits the ground. I recommend going to your local hardware/home improvement store and buying a couple pieces of 7/8 inch plywood.
Jason’s Personal Overall Rating – 4/5
Amazon Reviewers Overall Rating – 4.5/5