Fitness Equip Buyer’s Guide

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” — Fred DeVito

Is there a difference between an individual who wants to workout to look fit and an individual who wants to workout to be fit? Yes!

  • A “Be Fit” takes the time to research workout regiments and find out which workouts will help them achieve their goals.
  • A “Be Fit” is willing to take the time to learn proper form and adjust their diets to better fuel their bodies.
  • A “Be Fit” will avoid fad diets because they’re willing to put in the sweat and effort to get lasting results.
  • A “Be Fit” changes their lifestyle so that, in the long run, they will look fit year round.
  • Most importantly, a “Be Fit” will actually feel fitter, healthier, and happier.

On the other hand…

  • A “Look Fit” doesn’t take the time to learn what it means to be fit because they are only worried about their physical appearance and are willing to sacrifice their health to achieve their goals.
  • A “Look Fit” doesn’t take the time to learn proper form or modify their diets to help their bodies work at optimum level.
  • A “Look Fit” is more likely to fall prey to dangerous crash diets and compromise their physical well being.
  • A “Look Fit” will typically appear fit only for one season and then returns to “normal” for the rest of the year without experiencing the psychological, emotional, and physiological benefits of fitness.

At Fitness Weights, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to BE fit! One of the most important tools we can offer you on your journey is knowledge.

PLEASE NOTE: We are not doctors. Everyone at Fitness Weights wants to help you achieve your fitness goals, but we must insist that you first speak with your physician before starting a new workout regimen or new diet plan to ensure that it’s the best route for YOUR body and health!

Fitness Power Rack, Cage, and Stand Comparisons 101:

Due to the vast array of fitness brands and equipment available today the terminology used to describe any one piece of equipment can vary significantly depending on who you ask. To keep things as straightforward as possible, we’ve put together a quick primer below to make sure that everyone is on the same page!

Power Rack / Cage: The most recognized free weight system used in commercial gyms. Almost all Power Racks / Power Cages have the following characteristics in common:

  • A single steel structure that is most often used while standing.
  • Lifting benches can be used in conjunction with most racks / cages but are not usually included with the power rack / cage itself.
  • Multiple adjustment options to allow for the safe execution of a variety of lifts without the need of a spotter.
  • Almost always a cube / box configuration to utilize multiple sides of the power rack / cage for storage of free weight equipment and accessories.
  • Can be configured to hold a variety of lifting bars and weights for convenient on-hand storage.
  • Safety catches to prevent weights from going beyond a specified point.
  • Many power racks / power cages have at least one overhead crossbar for pull ups, windshield wipers, hanging leg raises, inverted crunches, etc.
  • Some power racks / cages offer mechanized assisted lift options for safe solo-lifting if you often workout without a spotter.
  • Power racks / cages are the largest structure that Power Racks Now offer and are best suited for larger home gyms or as the main piece of smaller home gyms.

Squat Rack / Stand: Specifically designed to be used for free weight squats. Also found in nearly all commercial gyms, squat racks tend to be about half the height of a power rack / cage and single sided.

  • Can be either a single piece structure or a double-stand (two individual posts) structure.
  • Multiple adjustment options.
  • Most often designed to hold a minimum number of weights and a single lift bar.
  • Perfect for smaller home gyms.

Half Rack: The space saving, slimmer, more compact option for the home gym user who wants the versatility of a power rack but doesn’t need all of the extra bells and whistles.

  • A single steel structure that is most often used while standing.
  • Lifting benches can be used with most half racks but are not usually included with the half rack itself.
  • Multiple adjustment options.
  • Still a box configuration; half to a quarter of the depth of a power rack / cage.
  • Best for storing a single lifting bar with storage for multiple weights and lifting accessories.
  • May or may not have a pullup bar.

Total Body Gyms: The all-in-one home gym machine.

  • Great for small spaces as all of your lifting needs are accommodated by one machine.
  • Typically a single steel structure with attached lifting bench.
  • Multiple adjustment options to allow for vastly different lifts.
  • Great for both genders.

Be Safe, Be Healthy, Be Fit!