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Best Weighted Vests (Updated March 2020)

Best Adjustable Weighted VestIf your workouts have stalled and you’re looking for something to give you that extra oomph, consider a weighted vest.

Similarly if you want a simple way to lose weight while doing everyday things, a vest with weights is perfect for you.

The benefits of a weighted vest are backed by science.

Wearing it while exercising improves strength, power, and endurance while simply wearing it around the house while doing chores increases the rate at which you burn calories (which means that you lose weight!)

Of course not all weighted vests are created equal, and there are tons out there that look good and are comfortable, but break after a couple exercises.

My team and I took a look at as many products as we could find, messed around with them, and came up with this ultimate list.

You’re bound to find a weight vest perfect for you here!

 

Best Weight Vests: Comparison Table

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Cross 101Yes40 lb to 60 lb2.5 lb to 4 lb$$10 / 10

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Empower VestNo8 lbN/A$9.8 / 10

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RUNFast VestYes40 lb to 140 lb3 lb$-$$$$9.8 / 10

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ZFOsportsYes40 lb2.5 lb$$9.7 / 10

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CAP Barbell Short VestYes20 lb to 50 lb1 lb$$9.5 / 10

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HarbingerYes20 lb to 40 lb1 lb to 2 lb$$$9.6 / 10

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CAP Barbell CB020CYes20 lb0.75 lb$9.4 / 10

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Valeo VW40Yes20 lb to 40 lb1 lb to 2 lb$$9.2 / 10

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Pure Fitness VestYes20 lb to 40 lb0.88 lb$$$9.0 / 10

 

Features To Look For

Most weighted vests are quite similar, but there are minor variations that can be the difference between a vest that you can use for years and one that you can’t even use for a day.

 

Shoulder Pads

The heavier the vest is, the more shoulder padding you’ll need. It’s as simple as that. However, everyone has a different weight threshold of where the pain becomes unbearable.

Also, if your shoulders get bruised after you wear the vest once, don’t worry. Your shoulders should adjust after a week or so. However, if it doesn’t get better after 2 weeks or so, you should consider getting a new vest or simply sow in some shoulder padding yourself.

 

Is It Adjustable?

Most weight vests are adjustable, but some of them are locked down to only one weight. Being able to change the weight might not seem like a big deal, but if you want to use the vest for a while, it’s highly important.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you will feel comfortable with whatever weight you pick, and if you have an adjustable vest you can keep challenging yourself, but if you have a simpler one your body will adapt pretty quickly.

 

What Shape is it?

Some of the vests are bigger than the others and some of them have different shapes.

Look for a smaller vest if you’re 5’6” or below, and consider looking at a different shaped vest if you’re a female with a bigger bust as regular weight vests can get quite uncomfortable.

 

Top Weighted Vests

We went through dozens of different weight vests and finally settled on 9 that we think are the best.

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to spend the same amount of time as us researching and testing these products?

You’re welcome. 😉

 

1. Cross 101 Adjustable Vest- Ultimate Winner

Cross 101The Cross 101 is the champion of weighted vests.

It has shoulder pads, it’s adjustable, and it highly durable. (However, we don’t recommend using it for running.)

The biggest downside is that it is only available in camo which might get you some weird looks if you wear it in the gym. (But if it works, it works, am I right?)

It’s very versatile and will fit various body times from petite 5’2” females to 6 foot bodybuilders.

The vest is very reasonably priced and is available in 20 lb, 40 lb, and 60 lb. They even offer fixed price for shipping on all the weights so you pay the same if you buy a 60 lb or a 20 lb product.

You have a choice of buying it with or without shoulder pads, but I’ll make you decision simple: buy the shoulder pads! Your shoulders will thank you.

Even if you get the lightest version your shoulders might still get bruised when you just start out, and the shoulder pads will decrease the bruising and distribute the weight more evenly.

As for the weight increments, the different versions came with different increments, but generally they were around 2.5 lb – 4 lb per baggie, which means that you can find the precise amount of weight you need for the perfect training session.

You can fit two baggies per pocket, and while this can be somewhat difficult don’t worry if one of them sticks out because the flap should keep it secure and safe.

While the vest is great, if you’re looking for something to run in don’t buy this one. There’s a high chance that it’ll rub in multiple places and give you carpet burn.

This doesn’t happen when doing squats, jumping jacks, or walking around so don’t worry about that.

The vest is quite durable, and while we noticed that a couple people had issues with the stitching no one else experienced it so they probably got defective units.

All in all, the Cross 101 is one of the best weighted vests out there and you can’t go wrong with buying it.

 

2. Empower Vest- Most Comfortable for Women

Empower VestThe Empower Vest is hands down the most comfortable weighted vest for women.

It fits great, even for those with a bigger bust, and it is also versatile enough that it can fit petite women.

However, the weight probably won’t be enough for most people for doing resistance training., but if you’re using it while running, walking, or doing something similar to crossfit then it’s perfect for you!

It is one of the cheapest and best made options on the market, and it provides a secure fit so you can be sure that it won’t fall off when you’re running.

This also means that there is almost no up and down movement of the vest which makes sure that you don’t get that nasty carpet burn that other vests are known for.

It has a “phone” pouch, but the pouch is too tiny for most current phones. However, if you have a flip phone you can use it, or you can put your keys in there or a GPS tracker if that’s how you track your workouts.

They also provide a 4 lb version that lights up which is useful for running in the dark, but 4 lb of extra weight isn’t enough to produce noticeable results.

You also can’t add weight to the vest, but it’s hard to design an adjustable weight that also fits women without getting uncomfortable and tight.

The Empower Vest strikes the perfect balance between versatility and price. It can fit users between 5 ft and 6 ft with all types of bust sizes, and best of all, it’s very comfortable!

 

3. RUNFast Adjustable Vest- Highest Capacity

RUNFast VestThe RUNFast has the best durability and highest capacity of all of the vests we looked at.

You can add up to 140 pounds of weight to it!

That’s right, 140 pounds!

Some people might think that there is no point in a weighted vest once you start getting over 80 lb as you can just use dumbbells or barbells, but that’s not always the case.

You can’t use dumbbells when doing pullups, and you can’t use them while walking without quickly tiring your arms.

The weighted vest distributes the weight more evenly which allows you to push past your limit without worrying about dropping something heavy on yourself.

There are multiple options, but be careful! If you get anything less than the 100 lb one, you won’t be able to order extra weight later to add weight to it because the construction of the vest will be different.

The weighted bars are also different between the over 100 lb and under 100 lb vests. Under 100 vests use iron ore baggies while over 100 vests use 3 lb solid metal bars.

The weights come pre-installed, and it’s somewhat hard to remove them from the vest, which is good because this means they won’t fall out during one of your workouts.

You can use this vest for jogging, although we don’t recommend using anything heavier than the 40 lb one for that as it can damage your tendons and will hurt you instead of helping you.

However, feel free to use whatever weight you want when walking as you can get it to fit snugly around you and not bounce up and down when you run or walk.

It’s also quite durable and well worth the money. You won’t regret buying the RunFast!

 

4. ZFOSports Vest

ZFOsportsThe fourth spot belongs to the ZFOSports Vest. There are 30 lb, 40 lb, 60 lb and 80 lb options available, depending on the level of resistance you’re looking for.

There are frequent sales, and the 60 lb option can be nearly 3 times more expensive than the 40 lb one when there’s a good sale going on.

The weights come in 2.5 pound increments and are easy to remove and put into the vest.

It is a bit long, so if you’re on the shorter side then doing squats and lunges might be uncomfortable as it could go past your hips.

However, it’s a great option for walking or running as the straps allow you to get a very tight fit and not worry about getting rug burn on you back.

Setting it up is simple as they provide detailed instructions on the Amazon page, but it can be hard to make it fit perfectly the first time you put it on.

It’ll get easier after a couple times, but you might want to have someone assist you the first time you wear it.

The shoulder straps are a bit thicker than most which means that the weight will be distributed over a larger area and you won’t bruise as much. However, they’re not very well-cushioned which means you might get some bruising the first couple of times you wear it.

All in all the ZFO vest is a great option unless you’re under 5’5” and are planning on using it for squats or lunges.

 

5. CAP Barbell Short Weighted Vest- Best for Crossfit

CAP BarbellIf you’re 5’6” or below and you want a vest that doesn’t look like a skirt on you then the CAP Barbell is perfect for you!

It’s adjustable, and although it only goes up to 20 pounds, it should still be enough to get in a hard workout. Many people use it to train for the MURPH challenge. 1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 situps, 1 mile run, in a 20 pounds weighted vest. Plus, there is a 50 lb version available, but it does cost quite a bit more.

I’m in great shape, but that sounds like a terrible way to spend your afternoon to me…

Anyway, the vest if well-made and if you need to you can always remove the weights and use it for plyometrics or hill sprints. (Some weights are 2 lb and some are 1 lb though, so make sure you take out the right ones!)

The shoulders are well-padded and you won’t be hurting as much after wearing it for the first time.

It’s one of the best crossfit weighted vests out there.

 

6. Harbinger Adjustable Weight Vest

HarbingerThe Harbinger men’s vest is also another great option for crossfitters who are training or who want to participate in the MURPH challenge.

You can either get the 10 lb option with .5 lb increments, the 20 lb option with 1 lb increments, or the 40 lb option with 2 lb increments.

I recommend going with the 40 lb one even if you’re training for MURPH as you can decrease the weight if you need to, but you can’t increase the weight if you buy the 20 lb option.

It’s also good to up the resistance to 25 lb or 30 lb when training for a couple reps and then go back to a lower weight, and you won’t be able to do that if you get the 20 lb option.

It is one size fits all, and it is very comfortable and doesn’t bounce when you run. However, getting the straps adjusted perfectly can be difficult the first couple times you put it on, but you should get used to it fairly quickly.

The vest doesn’t restrict movement and you should have a full range of motion during squats, pushups, and whatever else you might want to do.

We had no issues with the weighted baggies, but a couple people have complained about theirs breaking, so if you want to guarantee that that doesn’t happen you can wrap the weights in tape, or put them in a ziplog baggie if you feel like it might break.

All in all, this is great weight vest for crossfitters or anyone else who doesn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars on what should be a simple purchase.

 

7. CAP Barbell 20lb — Cheapest MURPH vest

CAP Barbell CB020CThis is yet another option for someone training for the MURPH challenge.

This CAP vest is the cheapest 20 lb one that can actually take the beating of the challenge.

All of the other ones are either twice the price of this one, break incredibly quickly, or are too uncomfortable to use while running.

Your shoulders will get beat up the first couple of times you wear it, but eventually your body will get used to it and wearing it won’t hurt anymore.

It’s incredibly easy to assemble, and the weights easily fit in the pockets.

It has a phone holder, and while it’s big enough for the Samsung Galaxy S7, it doesn’t go all the way in in the pocket. It has never fallen out, however, so I wouldn’t be too worried about that.

The weight baggies seem sturdy, and there’s no huge issues that this vest has. It’s a great option if you need a lower-budget, but comfortable, vest for MURPH.

 

8. Valeo VW40

Valeo VW40The Valeo VW is a good vest that balances the weight in front and back which and lets you keep a neutral posture. However, it does lack good shoulder padding so if you use the full 40lb, you’ll either have to deal with very bruised shoulders or sew some padding into the shoulders yourself. (Which is a pain.)

Like most weight vests, putting on the Valeo will be somewhat difficult the first time you do it, but if you put in the weights in the back, put on the vest, and then load in the weights in the front, that’ll make it a bit easier.

The vest says that it’s “one size fits all,” and it actually is one size fits all. You’ll need to adjust it for a while, but it can fit people up to a men’s XXL.

The vest might seem flimsy when you first see it, but don’t be fooled. It’s actually quite strong and resilient.

 

9. Pure Fitness Vest

Pure FitnessEven though the Pure Fitness Vest is the last product on our list, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy it.

All of the products on our list have their own pluses and minuses, and this one is no different.

This vest for example is the only that that has a reflective trim that makes you easier to see at night, so if you plan on running later in the evening, this might be the right choice.

It also provides a great, snug fit which is perfect for running and walking, but it’s not necessarily the best for squatting as it is somewhat long, so for people under 5’6” it might hinder your range of motion and make for a less comfortable experience.

The shoulder padding isn’t the greatest, but also isn’t the worst, which is somewhat surprising considering that this is a fairly expensive 20 lb vest.

You can also buy the 40 lb version which is only 30 dollars more expensive than the 20 lb one.

 

F.A.Q.

Why should I get a weight vest?

If you want to feel like a badass superhero obviously. 😉

In all seriousness, it is great for nearly anyone.

It will help you lose weight, increase explosiveness, and can even help you increase your VO2 max and get better at distance running- all with one simple piece of equipment.

Here are a bunch of great weighted vest workouts to do.

 

Is it safe to use it when running?

Since you’re adding weight to your body, we recommend consulting your health professional beforehand. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can safely get to about 200 or 210 lb total weight (body+weight vest) without risking injury.

Of course if you run on the pavement instead of the grass, or if you have previous joint issues then you shouldn’t use one as it places more stress on your joints.

 

Can I wash it?

Some of them you can wash and others you can’t.

Most of the ones we recommend are washable, but remember to remove the weight pouches or you’ll end up destroying them.

 

Best Weighted Vest: Conclusion

As you can see there are a ton of great products on the market and it’s hard for me to tell you which is the perfect one for you.

However, we chose a variety of products that are good for crossfitters, runners, weightlifters, and more.

We hope that you found the right one for you, but if after reading this whole thing you still have no idea then we recommend getting the Cross 101 because it’s better to just start with something now instead of agonizing over it forever.

Top Rated-Valor Fitness BD-7

Best Power Racks (Updated March 2020)

Let’s say you own a treadmill, adjustable dumbbells, and a pull-up bar. You are relatively fit but you intend to build a home gym where you can accelerate your workout, specifically your strength training.Best power rack on the market

However, you do not have thousands of dollars or a lot of room to spare. So a question pops out of your head: is there one thing that can help you target all muscle groups and get stronger?

If that sounds like where you are at the moment, then a power rack is exactly what you need.

A power rack is a type of weight training equipment that allows you to perform bench presses, squats, and a host of other exercises in between.

It also assists you very much like how a spotter does – keeping you safe while performing heavy lifts.

This article will help you realize that the power rack is going to be the star of your home gym.

To help you choose from a myriad of options, we identified the key characteristics to look for. It is the best way to separate the good products from the inferior ones, right?

You can also get closer to the perfect rack for your need by checking out our selection of the best racks on the market. Consider it as a final list from your personal shopper!

Let’s get down to business and start our power rack-hunting journey.

 

Top 5 Power Racks: Comparison Table

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Valor Fitness BD-743.5" x 23.5"17 holes, 1" apart$$$10 / 10

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Titan T-2 Series44" x 26"28 holes, 2" apart$9.7 / 10

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PowerLine PPR200X44"x 24"18 holes, 3" apart$$9.6 / 10

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TDS Power Rack44" x 26"31 holes, 2" apart$$9.6 / 10

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Body Solid GPR37840" x 34"20 holes, 3" apart$$$$$9.5 / 10

 

Features To Look For

A power rack is a big purchase which does not only require ample space but a significant amount of money as well. Therefore, you wouldn’t want to buy one hastily!

To avert the possibility of ending up with an expensive rack that you don’t even want to use, we are providing you with some important buying guides. Here are the important characteristics that you should examine to make sure you are getting a power rack that will perfectly suit your needs.

 

Durability

We mentioned about power racks being pricey pieces of equipment. If something costs a lot, it should be durable enough to withstand years of use.

However, ensuring its durability is not all about value for money.

More importantly, you need a sturdy power rack that ensures your safety while performing different exercises. Look for one that is made with high-quality steel. Ideally, the frame should be made out of at least 2.5″ 11 gauge square tubing.

Make sure that all components are built securely. Veer away from side frames that use bolt-on construction. Instead, they should be welded to avoid loosening up with time.

 

Weight Capacity

Whether you are a serious lifter or not, your rack should have sufficient weight capacity. In the first place, lower poundage rating usually indicates lower overall quality.

While 500 lbs. is decent, we recommend buying a rack with a capacity to hold 800 to 1,000 lbs. This way you won’t have to replace the rack if you get stronger, and you can feel safer if you accidentally drop the weights.

 

Size

Power racks do not have standard sizes. More than anything, this is actually an advantage because you can select one that fits you perfectly.

Take note that identifying the exact spot where the rack will be placed is very critical. This is because the location’s dimensions will largely dictate the width and the height of the rack that you will purchase.

Don’t forget to also consider the space around the rack’s perimeter. There should be enough room for you to do a large variety of exercises without feeling restricted.

 

Hole Spacing

Another pivotal feature is the distance between the holes where the safety catches are inserted into.

It is typical for power racks to have holes spaced at 1 to 4 inches apart. However, what you should look for is a distance of 1 inch or 2 inches at most.

Why? Because you will be doing various exercises in the cage and these require that the safety catches be placed at different heights. You would want the cage to adapt to the type of exercise that you are performing.

High-end models have the “Westside hole pattern”, which have both 1- and 2- inch increments in the rack for better positioning. They usually cost more but they are definitely worth it.

 

Stabilizer

This bar found at the backside of the bottom rack serves as an additional safety feature. It supports the overall balance and secures the entire structure in place. The last thing you need is a wobbly power rack!

However, some people find it annoying to have something that gets in the way of their feet in the middle of their workout. If you are one of them, you may look for models that provide an option to remove this bar (or ones that have a diagonal shaped bottom to prevent wobbling.)

 

Accessories

For a power rack to be useful, you would need a few accessories. Be aware that some may or may not be included when you purchase a rack.

The essential ones include barbells, weight plates, and a bench.

On the other hand, accessories like pull up bars, dip bar handles, lat pull attachments, and a storage for your weights and barbells are optional.

You will also be pleased to know that some accessories are compatible with different brands.

People have different workout styles. Consequently, accessories that are must-haves for others may be unessential for some. It boils down to choosing which ones are important to you.

 

Best Power Racks: Reviews

Choosing just one product from a multitude of options can be quite confusing. This is especially true for something as valuable as a power rack!

Allow us to trim down those choices so you can just focus on the really good ones. We reviewed all the products available on the market and assessed them based on pivotal and supplementary features.

And so we present to you the best power racks for your home gym.

 

1. Valor Fitness BD-7 – Best Overall Power Rack

Top Rated-Valor Fitness BD-7

Leading the pack is the multi-functional Valor Fitness BD-7. Upon close examination, we completely understand why it is one of the most preferred power cages today.

Its durability is evident in its 2″ x 2″ frame made of 12-gauge steel. The 4 adjustable weight bar supports and the 2 safety bars are also made of solid steel chrome. They are equally solid and they greatly contribute to the overall quality of this cage.

There are 17 positions where you can rest your bar supports, making it adapt to different exercise requirements and user heights.

At the top of the rack, you have a pull-up bar that is approximately 81″ from the floor. It definitely feels solid and you can comfortably grip its knurled ends.

We love the plate storage capacity of the BD-7. There is a total of 4 pegs on the rear uprights, 2 on each side. Each peg is 8″ long, which is quite a lot of storage space.

The pegs can fit both 1″ and 2″ plates, giving you the flexibility to choose between standard and Olympic plates. All you have to do is pick up which plates suit your preferred intensity level.

A distinctive feature of the BD-7 is its lateral pull attachment which provides even more workout options. At the top, you can do lat pull down and tricep pull, while the bottom allows you to perform standing and seated row. Who wouldn’t love a single workout station that allows you to do all these?

While the pulley mechanism is not the smoothest, we still appreciate this feature because it increases the BD-7’s range of motion. It simply adds so much value to the rack.

Do you feel like pulling more than your own weight? A utility bar that stretches across the inside of the rack allows you to do that. Just position your lap under this foam covered bar so it can protect and hold you down. You can also use it for curls.

Although there is sufficient working space inside the cage, the lat pull bar attachment can get in the way when you are working your shoulders or chest.

If you want a versatile power rack that can be your partner in taking your workout to the next level, the Valor Fitness BD-7 is perfect for you.

 

2. Titan Fitness T-2 Series – Best Budget Power Rack

Titan T-2 SeriesA product’s brand usually tells you what to expect in terms of quality and performance. Our runner-up, the Titan Fitness T-2, certainly lives up to its manufacturer’s prestigious name.

Although the T-2 is the lower end version of Titan’s T-3 series, it is certainly no pushover. In fact, you may even prefer it over its more illustrious counterpart, especially if you are just looking for a basic but efficient equipment.

Setting it up is relatively simple. It can be done in less than an hour, but additional hands are recommended. However, the instructions could definitely be better.

It has a wide opening that allows you to step in and out of the cage with ease. The inside space is also enough for you to perform a variety of full body exercises.

The rack has a maximum capacity of 700 lbs. which is more than respectable. Its 2″ x 2″ steel frame creates a solid presence that makes you confident of your safety while inside the cage.

There are 2 holders for your weight plates a few inches away from the rear uprights. When loaded, they contribute to the overall stability of the rack.

The safety bars are not to be left out. Made of 1″ thick solid steel, they can easily take weights that are dropped forcefully. They do live up to their safety tag!

You can choose from the 28 bar support positions depending on the exercise that you are performing. Given this range, you are sure to find a level that will ensure a comfortable and effective workout. The 2″ hole spacing is also good enough.

It has a 1.25″ diameter pull up bar positioned about 80″ off the floor. However, the knurling is a little too smooth for our liking. Sufficient knurling helps you have a good grip on the bar, which is critical in performing pull ups.

Overall, The Titan Fitness T-2 is a solid power rack that competently serves its purpose.

 

3. PowerLine PP200X

PowerLine PPR200XA good product does not always have to cost an arm and a leg. Our third placer, the PowerLine PP200X is concrete proof of that.

You shouldn’t have a problem setting it up. There is no need for extraordinary mechanical skills because the instructions are easy to follow.

Although the package does not include the necessary tools, all you need is an adjustable wrench or a socket wrench, both of which should be available in any household toolbox.

As you know very well by now, durability and stability are fundamental characteristics of a power rack. This 136-pound cage definitely chalks up points in those departments.

It can withstand up to 700 lbs. of weight capacity. The 2 heat-tempered liftoffs and 2 saber-style rods also have sufficient strength.

It includes a 1″ diameter chin up bar that is 41″ wide. We find the knurling a little bit too coarse. While it’s not necessarily bothersome, you may need time to get used to it.

The rack can adapt to various exercises with its 18 adjustment positions. The holes are 3 inches apart and although less than ideal, this spacing is still acceptable by most standards.

Like most products on our list, it also has a wide walk-in design, allowing unrestricted movement during exercises.

There is also an option to include lat attachment accessories. This allows you to expand the rack’s range of motion so you do not have to buy a separate equipment.

It is important to note that the PP200X does not have any plate holder so that is something that you need to buy separately.

One common observation is the paint coming off easily, although it comes with a small bottle of touch-up paint. Again, we consider this a minor flaw. We would go for a strong rack over a pretty one anytime!

In general, the PowerLine PP200X will prove to be a valuable asset in any home gym.

 

4. TDS Power Rack – Best Power Rack For Beginners

TDS Power RackThe fourth spot belongs to the competent but affordable TDS Power Rack.

Assembly is easy enough that a single person can do it without complication. Just remember to put everything in its proper place before tightening the bolts completely.

Several reviews mentioned poor packaging and paint scratches but we found nothing that would be unacceptable.

Once completely set up, you will most likely give yourself a pat on the back for purchasing this rack. Why? Because at the onset, you will know that considering its price, it is one solid piece of equipment. No wonder it can support up to 1000 pounds!

The more height settings a power rack has, the more people can use it. The fact that TDS has 31 holes is quite remarkable.

The holes are set 2 inches apart, allowing you to comfortably find the setting that is perfect for your target exercise.

Furthermore, these holes are labeled with numbers so you can easily identify which holes match each other for a specific height setting. It also helps in remembering the heights for different lifts. How can you not appreciate simple but very useful details like this?

You can rest your barbells on the solid J hooks included in the rack. In cases of a failed rep, a 1″ solid steel safety bar is ready to catch the released weight.

You can also include a chin up component in your workout with its built-in bar. Its 1 1/8″ diameter is just right for a nice grip, as well as the knurling on the ends.

For effectively fusing affordability and competence, the TDS Power Rack is highly recommended.

 

5. Body Solid Pro GPR378 – Highest Quality Power Rack

Body-Solid GPR378Coming in at number five is the Body Solid Pro GPR378. It may be more expensive than the ones listed ahead of it but it is definitely worth the price.

This is actually the best model we reviewed, but it sits at number 5 because of the high cost. The models above provide a better value for money.

Upon delivery, expect three boxes, one of which is really heavy. The packaging is good enough to protect everything while in transit.

It is generally easy to assemble, although Body Solid can do a better job with the instructions. This full cage is made of 3″ x 3″ 11 gauge steel frame. It is quite heavy at 225 lbs., but its weight is instrumental in making the rack strong and stable.

With its 800-pound maximum capacity, it can accommodate a wide range of users – from beginners struggling to clear an overhead press to experienced ones who lift weights that are several times heavier than their own.

While its 40″ interior width is slightly narrower than other racks in this list, its 34″ front to back working space is quite generous.

The manufacturer’s information lists its height at 80″. It might be a little lower than that but its difference is almost nil, except maybe for really tall users.

Its upright bars have 20 adjustment levels. They are spaced every 3″ so the perfect height may not always be possible.

It also has a 41″ wide chin up bar that you can use to work your back, rear shoulders, and arms.

This is one of those racks that does not have plate storage. Although it may be a slight drawback for some, most people wouldn’t mind because having a space for your plates is actually just an add-on feature. You also wouldn’t need the additional weight because the rack is very stable by itself!

Safety is one of the most important benefits of using a power rack. The Body Solid Pro GPR378 helps you have safe and effective workouts with its heat tempered lift-offs and saber-style safety rods. They are as sturdy as the frame so that’s another advantage.

To give you more workout options, it has a provision for a lat attachment and would fit all types of benches.

There is no doubt that the Body Solid Pro GPR378 can take years of abuse as your strength training partner.

 

6. TDS Short Power Rack – Best Short Rack Under $300

TDS Short Power RackIf you have been wanting your own full rack but your low ceiling makes you think twice, here is some good news.

We found the perfect one for you, the TSD Short Power Rack.

Let’s admit it – not all of us have the space for a home gym equipment as bulky as the power rack. A lot of us only have a few square meters to spare, usually in a basement.

At 6′ high, this short rack from TDS is perfect for low ceilings. While it is normal to assume that its height is a major disadvantage, it’s actually not.

It lets you perform almost all of the exercises that you can in a taller rack. If there is any limitation, it would only be in using the pull-up bar, especially if you are more or less than 6 feet tall.

However, you can always lift up your feet during pull-ups and make it work with other exercises, therefore its height shouldn’t be a dealbreaker!

You can perform a wide variety of exercises in this cage because of its 25 adjustment levels. The hole spacing is also decent at 2″ apart.

We love that the holes are properly labeled in bold numbers, making adjustments quick and easy.

Also included in the package are 1″ solid steel safety pins and J-hooks. Although they slide easily through the holes, it is normal to miss and end up scratching the glossy paint – another minor flaw that certainly does not minimize the efficiency of the power rack.

Despite being shorter, it boasts of solid overall construction. In fact, it has a maximum weight capacity of 1000 lbs. For less than $300, that’s a steal!

This TDS cage may be short in size but never in value!

 

7. Titan T-3 Series HD

Titan T3 SeriesComing in at number 7 is one of Titan’s bestsellers, the T-3 Series HD.

You will not encounter any major challenges in setting it up. Titan even made sure that every bolt comes in individual sets, complete with washers and locks. That saves you time instead of rummaging through a huge pile!

For one, its strength is top notch. Given its 2″ x 3″ tubes made of 11 gauge steel, this cage is definitely sturdy. Are you a serious lifter who does 1000 lbs. or even more? The T-3 HD is up to the task!

You may notice that the paint scrapes off easily but you have to realize that power racks are primarily made to be strong and not pretty. If at all, it is a minor flaw that does not impact the performance of the rack.

When it comes to the cage’s interior, you have enough room to do your bench press, dips, and other strength training exercises. The side to side space is 42″ while the area from front to back is 24″.

Each person has unique workout goals and preferences. A personalized workout is more pleasing and more importantly, it yields better results.

The Titan T-3 HD has features that can adapt to your needs.

One of its unique characteristics includes its Westside hole pattern. Instead of having a uniform distance between the holes, they are strategically spaced for better customization.

The lower portion has 1″ spacing so you can adjust the level comfortably for your benching. On the other hand, there is 2″ spacing in the upper portion where you do your squats and overhead presses.

For your pull ups, it has two bars that you can set at different heights. You can also choose between 1.5″ or 2″ diameter bars.

You will also be pleased to know that it is compatible with non-Titan accessories so you can further tailor the cage to meet your needs.

The Titan T-3 Series may be a bit pricey, but its built and overall quality is comparable to other racks that are much more expensive. It’s actually a steal!

 

8. Rep Fitness PR-1000

Rep Fitness PR-1000Rounding up our best of the best list is the a power rack from Rep Fitness.

A quick research will show numerous positive reviews for this cage. And we couldn’t agree more!

Assembly does not take long, thanks to clear and precise instructions. However, if you need further assistance, you can also check out Rep Fitness’ website for a step by step video tutorial.

You will appreciate that the parts are in great condition. There are no sharp edges or rough welds. If details like these are taken care of, you feel assured that you have a good rack in your hands.

It is protected by a matte black powder coating. There is a possibility of scratching this off considering all the adjustments and re-racking that you will do, but who expects a flawless rack, anyway?

Even the smaller parts are given careful attention. The j-cups are lined with a plastic material which works as a protection for the bar’s knurling. It also prevents rusting because of frequent metal to metal contact.

Although it is made of 14 gauge steel, the rack weighs 144 lbs. You can be confident that it is strong and steady enough to support your workouts. In any case, there are plate storage pegs to boost the rack’s stability.

The adjustment holes on the uprights are 2″ apart. For faster modification, there are number labels every fifth hole.

You do not need to worry about having sufficient room to move around while you go about different exercises. The inside width measures 44 inches while the distance between front to back uprights is 26 inches.

On the upper portion, you have two pull up bars, one with 1.25″ standard diameter and another with a 2-inch fat grip. It’s good to alternate between the two because it helps with grip and forearm strength.

This rack also has optional upgrades like a dip attachment and a bench which fits perfectly and feels really durable.

Given its 700 pound capacity, you can continue to use this rack as you get stronger. So go ahead and keep challenging yourself with the Rep Fitness Power Rack!

 

Types Of Power Racks

Before you can determine which product is perfect for you, you first have to know the types of power racks. Are there characteristics specific to one type that you are more interested in?

Once you come up with a decision, it would be easier for you to trim down your choices and finally select a workstation for your weight training needs.

Power racks are generally categorized as either a full-size or a half rack.

 

Full-Size

A full-size rack is also known as a power cage. It typically has 4 uprights, basically enclosing the user in a cage-like structure in most exercises.

However, it is also common to find full-size racks with 6 uprights, with the additional ones located at the back end to serve as a plate and accessory storage.

All full-size racks have safety bars that catch the barbell in the case of a failed rep.

A major consideration in opting for this type is the larger floor space that it requires. If full-size appeals to you more, make sure that you have enough area in your home gym.

 

Half Rack

A half rack, on the other hand, consists of only two uprights. It supports a barbell in certain variations of the squat, making it also known as a squat rack.

Due to lesser materials needed to make a half rack, it is usually less expensive than a full cage.

It also follows that a half rack has a smaller footprint and can easily fit into a corner of your home.

 

Top Power Rack Brands

If you will look closely, you might notice some familiar names in our top 10 list.

Given their years of experience and expertise in the fitness industry, there is no wonder that these brands stood out from the rest of the field.

 

Valor Fitness

A subsidiary of Valor Athletic, Inc., it entered the market in 2006. Although relatively recent, its extensive line of quality fitness equipment for home and light commercial use is enough to propel it to prominence.

Valor FitnessAside from cages and racks, it also manufactures equipment and accessories for strength training as well as fitness and conditioning.

Its products appeal to people who are after simple yet effective fitness equipment. These people aren’t necessarily looking for bells and whistles – just the basics that will help deliver solid results.

Consequently, Valor Fitness products are easy on the pocket.

Quality and affordability is always a favorable combination!

 

Titan Fitness

Titan Fitness is under the umbrella of Titan Manufacturing and Distribution, Inc. Titan Attachments sells pallet forks while Titan Ramps produce incline accessories for ATV’s, motorcycles, lawn mowers, wheelchairs, and more.Titan Fitness

Aside from cages and racks, Titan Fitness also distributes strength training equipment like barbells, benches, dumbells, and weight vests. They also have gym equipment such as power towers, pull up bars, and boxing equipment.

For fitness and conditioning, you can check out their exercise bikes, aerobic steppers, and suspension accessories. What an extensive range!

Titan Racks are characterized by durable materials and solid construction. They also have sufficient weight capacity and good hole spacing. In addition, Titan is also known for superior customer service.

Obviously, a Titan Fitness equipment will rarely let you down.

 

Body Solid

What do you expect from a product manufactured by a 25-year old company that has remained reputable since day one?

It must be made from high-quality materials, carefully engineered by skillful teams, and supported by excellent after-sales services.

Body SolidThose are exactly what Body Solid is all about.

Its multi-station gyms, treadmills, free weight machines, ellipticals, weight plates, and other fitness accessories are preferred in both home and commercial settings. Don’t be surprised if you see Body Solid products when you travel across the country or even in different parts of the world because they are sold in 44 states and 57 countries. There must be a reason why they are really sought-after!

As for power racks, you have a wide range of products to choose from. Whether full cage or half rack, for home or commercial use, you will surely find the perfect product for you. However, its racks commonly have 3″ or 4″ hole spacing so that may be something that you would want to take note of.

Ultimately, their racks are very much worth considering.

 

Power Rack Workouts

Whether you are a serious lifter or a somebody who is new to strength training, you could use a few tips and workout guides.

The 5×5 is one of the most popular workout programs today. Don’t be intimidated because it is very simple, and not to mention, really effective.

It can help you lose fat, gain strength, and build muscle – exactly what you will find on anybody’s fitness goal list!

In a nutshell, this program requires you to perform 5 sets of each exercise, with each set consisting of 5 repetitions. These have to be performed for around 45 minutes each session for 3 days a week.

The objective is to try to get stronger by adding 5 lbs. of weight to each session.

 

Benefits

  • It will help you gain functional strength in your entire body because of using compound movements instead of isolation bodybuilding exercises.
  • As you get stronger, you also build muscle in more areas that are targeted simultaneously.
  • Your body burns more calories required by high-intensity weightlifting.

 

Exercises

Here are the exercises that you need to perform in the 5×5 program.

 

Squat

The squat exercises the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps, and hamstrings. It also engages the lower and upper back, abdominals, and the shoulders and arms.

You can be confident that you are safe while performing squats with a rack. The bar hooks are set at mid-chest height while the safeties are positioned at your starting height.

 

Bench Press

The bench press works the chest, arms, and shoulder muscles by pressing weights upwards while you are in a lying position. A power rack allows you to perform this without the need for a spotter.

 

Deadlift

This is the move that will require you to lift the most weight and therefore, result in most benefits. In the deadlift, you lift a loaded barbell off the ground up to hip-level then back to the ground. It involves different muscle groups: the quadriceps, adductor magnus in the legs, gluteus maximus and hamstrings, and a lot more.

 

Overhead Press

The overhead press works the upper chest, shoulders, and triceps while also engaging the abs, legs, and back. You use the rack instead of lifting the weight directly from the floor.

 

Barbell Row

A barbell row is best for your shoulders, although it also works the core, lower back, legs, and biceps. A power rack helps you lift heavier weights without going down too deep.

 

The 5×5 Workout Program

The workouts are grouped into two:

  • Workout A: squat, bench press, and barbell row
  • Workout B: squat, overhead press, and deadlift

Remember that you need to do 5 sets of 5 repetitions per set. However, for deadlifts, you only need to perform 1 set of 5 repetitions. Because deadlifts and squats use very similar muscles, 1 set of deadlifts should be sufficient.

You need to perform these workouts three days per week, with one day off after each workout. Workout A and B need to be performed alternately. You will then repeat the cycle for the next weeks, and so on.

To make things easier to follow, here is an illustration:

Week 1

  • Workout A (Monday, Friday): squat 5×5, bench press 5×5, and barbell row 5×5
  • Workout B (Wednesday): squat 5×5, overhead press 5×5, and deadlift 1×5

Week 2

  • Workout B (Monday, Friday): squat 5×5, overhead press 5×5, and deadlift 1×5
  • Workout A (Wednesday): squat 5×5, bench press 5×5, and barbell row 5×5

 

Some Tips

  • If you are a beginner, you should start light. As you progress, you will be able to lift heavier weights with more comfort and confidence.
  • Focus on doing the exercises with proper form, which is important for minimizing the risk of injury and improving efficiency.
  • Stick to the exercise order. It is not listed randomly but on purpose. Following the order for maximum results.

Try the 5×5 workout program and get the best out of your new power cage!

 

Best Power Racks: Conclusion

Given the multiple workout options that a power rack gives you, there is no doubt that it is the most useful piece of equipment that your home gym needs.

Apart from being versatile, it is also very easy to use. There are not too many parts or complicated mechanisms.

Most importantly, a power rack gives you peace of mind to perform strength training routines as safely as possible.

We also love that power racks have plenty of customizable features. You can easily make adjustments depending on your workout preferences. You can also share it with the rest of the family, giving even more value for your money.

It may be easy to wonder if they deliver as advertised. Years of scientific evidence as well as personal accounts are readily available, so we say this with full conviction: they really do!

To make sure that you get the right rack, be sure to utilize our buying guide. Know the important features and decide on what works best for you.

Minimize disappointments by going for reputable brands such as Valor Fitness, Titan, and Body Solid. They have a solid track record so you can be sure that your rack is superior in terms of overall quality.

Better yet, try the Valor Fitness BD-7 and experience why it is the number 1 power rack on the market today.

Top Rated Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

Best Wall Or Ceiling Mounted Pull Up Bars (Updated For 2020)

Best Pull Up BarWe often think that being fit requires spending long hours in the gym or using expensive and sophisticated equipment.

While it does call for commitment, fitness doesn’t have to be complicated.

It’s amazing the benefits you can get from a simple bar that you can attach to common features of your home, like a wall or a doorway.

Pull up bars are a great tool to perform basic or intense upper body workouts. There is no need for elaborate equipment. Gravity and your own body weight create resistance.

How much simpler can it get?

It might be simple, but don’t underestimate the benefits of pull ups.

They work your back, shoulders, chest, arms, biceps and triceps. Because more than one muscle group is utilized, you effectively melt extra fat and build muscles faster. Pull ups also help improve posture by enforcing the correct torso position.

Pull up bars are versatile pieces of equipment. Most models also enable you to perform sit ups, push ups and dips using the same bar. Best of all, they are usually really affordable!

In this post, we give you more information about this amazing tool and also list the top pull up bars on the market today.

 

Best Pull Up Bars: Comparison Table

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Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout BarDoorway Leverage Bar300 lbs.$10 / 10

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ProSource Multi-Grip Pull-Up BarDoorway Leverage Bar300 lbs.$9.9 / 10

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Stamina 1690 Power TowerFreestanding Bar250 lbs.$$$$$9.8 / 10

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Ultimate Body Press Wall Mount Pull Up BarWall Mounted Bar300 lbs.$$9.5 / 10

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Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way BarDoorway Telescopic Bar220 lbs.$9.3 / 10

 

Wall/Ceiling Mounted Pull Up Bars: Features To Look For

Pull up bars enable you to have an intense upper body workout without the need for elaborate equipment.

What exactly do you need to know to make sure that you will buy the product that perfectly fits your needs?

Quit the guessing game right now and refer to our checklist below.

 

Size of the Bar

Pull up bars can be anywhere between 24 to 28 inches long. For a wider grip, the bar should be more than 32 inches. As for the diameter, 1.25″ or 1.5″ is ideal. If it is less than 1″, the bar should be foam covered for a better grip.

 

User Weight Support

This could indisputably be the most important factor to consider in choosing a pull up bar. Because you will use your full body weight as resistance, firm support is imperative. While pull up bar weight support varies from 200 to 600 lbs., it would be great if it can hold at least 50% more than your weight.

 

Assembly

Do you intend to install your pull up bar permanently? Or do you have limited wall space and want a bar that can be attached to door frames for more convenience? Whatever your final decision may be, bear in mind that correct installation is vital because any error may result in serious injury.

 

Price

The doorway pull up bars are more affordable while the wall and ceiling mounted ones are slightly more expensive. The freestanding or multi-functional bars are the most pricey among the group.

 

Best Ceiling Or Wall Mounted Pull Up Bars

If you are keen on buying your own pull up bar, look no further because we have the ones that you should consider on your priority list.

We tried each available brand and model there is, from assembly to every exercise routine possible, and found the best pull up bars on the market today.

 

1. Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout BarFor its versatility and ease of use, the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar takes the number 1 spot in our best pull up bars list.

The main advantage of the Iron Gym Workout Bar is the variety of workout options that it offers.

First off, you can do several modifications of the pull up. You can use the overhand grip or have your palms face each other for a neutral grip. You can also do chin ups with a reverse grip. Its 24″ to 32″ width gives you the option to use a narrow grip to work your arms, shoulders and chest, or a wide grip to challenge your lats.

Variation doesn’t end with the pull ups. You can also use this multipurpose bar to perform push ups, tricep dips, and crunches. Although you can do push ups without any equipment, using the Iron Gym Workout Bar makes it much more comfortable for your wrists than just your bare hands flat on the floor. Tricep dips and crunches don’t require it either, but the bar provides some welcome assistance.

We love how easy it is to set up. There may be no screws or bolts but the bar is very stable as long as it is used correctly. There is an optional safety clip to keep the bar from coming off the frame but you have to remember that it is not made for swinging or any similar movement. This solid metal bar can take up to 300 lbs. of user weight.

A key to enjoying the Iron Gym Workout Bar, like any other doorway pull up bar, is to make sure that it is compatible with your door frame. You’re lucky because it fits most standard frames that are 24” to 34” wide and 5.5″ thick. The trim width requirement of 3.5” is also common so that should not be a problem.

Overall, using the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar is an inexpensive, uncomplicated way to build strength and sculpt your upper body.

 

2. ProSource Multi-Grip Pull Up Bar

ProSource Multi-Grip Pull-Up BarMulti-functionality seems to be the name of the game and the ProSource Multi-Grip Pull Up Bar does it so well, worthy of seizing the second spot in our top 5 list.

ProSource didn’t think two or even four grips are enough. Instead, it has 10 cushioned foam grips and 2 PVC textured handles so you can perform wide, neutral or narrow-grip forms of pull ups and chin ups. This 41″ leverage pull up bar gives you room for a wide range of motion. With a single piece of equipment, you can strengthen your back, shoulders, arms, and abs.

We also appreciate its portability. After doing pull ups, you can put it down and position it against the door frame so it holds your feet while you perform sit-ups and crunches. Turn it over on the floor and you have supports for tricep dips and push ups. But if you decide to use it mainly for pull ups, it comes with J brackets so you can mount in on a door frame for a more permanent installation.

This training bar is made of high grade steel and can take up to 300 lbs. of user weight. Even so, it comes with a lifetime warranty!

For versatility and convenience, choose the ProSource Multi-Grip Pull Up Bar.

 

3. Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Stamina 1690 Power TowerEntering the list in third place is a freestanding pull up bar, the Stamina 1690 Power Tower.

If you don’t want to worry about door frame sizes and wall installations, a freestanding bar is perfect for you.

The Stamina 1690 has several workout stations for a comprehensive exercise that you can do right in the comfort of your home. All stations are foam padded for extra comfort.

You will not run out of exercise options with the Stamina 1690. You can choose between the outside or center grips for pull ups or chin ups that shape your back, arms and shoulders. The push up station has raised handle bars that minimize the strain on the wrists. The sit-up station allows you to perform crunches and other ab workouts while your feet rest on comfortable grips. Lastly, the tricep dips station strengthens not only your triceps but also your abs by helping you execute knee raises.

The Stamina 1690 is a stable tower made of sturdy steel frame. Weighing 61 lbs., it can take on users of up to 250 lbs. It also has non-slip end caps that ensure stability while also protecting the floor.

If you want an integrated workout using nothing more than a single solid equipment and your own body weight, you will not go wrong with the Stamina 1690 Power Tower.

 

4. Ultimate Body Press Wall Mount Pull Up Bar

Ultimate Body Press Wall Mount Pull Up BarComing in at fourth place is another multi-purpose bar, this time of the wall-mounted variety. If you are looking for a durable and versatile tool to help boost your upper body strength, the Ultimate Body Press Wall Mount Pull Up Bar will end your search.

It enables you to work different muscle groups by simply changing the grip. At 10, 24, and 36 inches apart, they are perfect for wide or narrow grips. Aside from standard pull ups and chin ups, you can also do neutral or hammer grip pull ups to work your latissimus dorsi or the largest muscle in the back.

Bar stability is vital in pull up exercises. With the Ultimate Body Press Pull Up Bar, you do not have to worry because it stays secure as long as it is mounted correctly on standard 16″ spaced wall studs. Aside from the thick and rigid powder-coated steel bar, the mounting plates are just as solid. It can hold a maximum user weight of 300 lbs.

It’s not all strength as comfort is also a key characteristic of this bar. You can focus on proper body form because your palms snugly rest on handles that are covered in high density foam.

Although setting up the bar can be challenging, you can always support the package instructions with assembly videos available online. We also recommend getting better quality bolts to make sure that you mount the bar perfectly.

To widen your workout options even further, you can opt to buy accessories that are compatible with the Ultimate Body Press Pull Up Bar. You can get the Ab Straps for hanging knee raises that are great for trimming your waist. You can also purchase the Gymnastic Rings for a variety of weight training exercises.

If you prefer wall mounted pull up bars, the Ultimate Body Press Pull Up Bar is a great choice.

 

 5. Sunny Health & Fitness Doorway Bar

Sunny Health And Fitness Door Way BarIf your space and budget are limited, you can opt for a telescopic pull up bar. And one of the best is the Sunny Health & Fitness Doorway Bar.

The Sunny Health & Fitness Doorway Bar is made of sturdy, chrome plated steel bar. It fits any standard door frame but can be adjusted from 24.5″ to 36″ long.

Quick and easy installation is one of the main reasons why a lot of people choose this type of pull up bar. By simply twisting the bar and holding it against the door frame, you instantly have a solid bar for your pull ups and other upper body exercises. Although it is great on its own, you can also use the brackets for more stability.

It may be a single bar but it also chalks up points in the multi-functionality category. Aside from pull ups and chin ups, you can also use it for leg raises. Lower the bar and you have a foot anchor for sit ups and crunches. Whether pull ups or sit ups, you can be sure that your grip will be comfortable and stable because of its soft, non-slip padding.

While its weight capacity is a bit lower than other pull up bars in our list, we have no doubt that it is strong enough to support intense workouts.

For its superior performance, the Sunny Health & Fitness Doorway Bar absolutely gives great value for money.

 

Honorable Mentions

It was fun testing all the pull up bars on the market today. Do you know what the not-so-fun part was? Having to choose just 5 products for this list!

In the spirit of fairness – and to make life even easier for you – we are supplementing our list with two more notable pull up bars.

 

1. Stamina Doorway Trainer Plus

Stamina Doorway Trainer PlusThe Stamina Doorway Trainer Plus is another leverage pull up bar that is definitely worth considering.

Assembly is done in a snap. You can effortlessly attach and remove it from the doorframe, although a lot of people recommend keeping it fixed as a reminder to workout as regularly as possible. It does not leave marks so there is no need to worry about fixing or repainting.

While it says that it fits standard doorways, there is no specific doorframe size requirement. We strongly advise that you check the measurements to make sure that the 37″ bar conforms to your doorway.

This multi-purpose bar allows you to use five grip positions. There are 3 normal grips and 2 hammer grips to strengthen and tone your upper body muscles. You can also put it on the floor and use it for your ab and tricep workouts.

The grips are covered with thick, non-slip padding that is very useful in preventing blisters. If you are comfortable, you are more likely to extend your workout time and achieve better results.

This pull up bar can ably support up to 250 lbs. of user weight.

If you are looking for simplicity, affordability, and efficiency, the Stamina Doorway Trainer Plus could be the perfect pull up bar for you.

 

2. Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Elite

Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym EliteOur last entry is another versatile and easy to use doorway pull up bar, the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Elite. It belongs to a range of the highly-rated pull up equipment from Perfect Fitness.

Its best feature is its adjustable design that allows it to fit door frames up to 33 inches wide and 6 inches deep. It is a common problem to have doorway pull up bars that end up returned or unused because they cannot be installed in the first place. You won’t have to worry about that because this bar can fit different moulding heights and door thicknesses.

Another unique characteristic of the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Elite is its U-shaped grip. Other bars also enable you to perform wide, close and hammer grip pull ups but its ergonomic and padded handles are more comfortable than the more common straight bars.

Aside from pull ups, you can also use the bar on the floor as a support for sit ups, push ups and dips. All that workout for less than $50!

It is generally easy to assemble but we recommend the use of stronger bolts than the ones that come with the bar. You will also love the pads that are thick enough to protect your door frame or floor. Not only is drilling unnecessary, even paint markings will not bother you.

This solid bar has one of the higher weight capacities on the market. It can take up to 300 lbs. and if necessary, you also have the assurance of a 1 year warranty.

Overall, the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Elite is an efficient bar that can help you perform a variety of upper body exercises.

 

Types Of Pull Up Bars

Before you can get hold of the right pull up bar for you, you have to understand your options. What product will best help you in achieving your desired upper body strength?

Read on to get to know the different types of pull up bars.

 

Doorway Pull Up Bars

Doorway pull up bars are simply attached between door frames. It is perfect for those who do not have enough wall space, or if drilling holes is not an option.

There are two types of doorway pull up bars: the leverage and the telescopic or extending pull up bar.

Leverage pull up bars allow you to grip at various distances. You can choose to use a close grip, a neutral grip or a wide grip, thus working out different muscles.

This type does not require permanent installation. Instead, you rest it on top of a door frame while your own body weight keeps it in place. It is usually portable and can even be used for other exercises such as push ups, dips and crunches.

On the other hand, the telescopic pull up bar looks very much like the shower curtain rods in your bathroom. You simply extend the bar so that the ends push against the door frame and you’re ready to go. Because of its uncomplicated design, it is among the cheapest types of pull up bars.

However, your range of motion may be limited because the bar is not wide enough and you need to bend your knees so your feet do not touch the floor.

 

Wall Mounted Pull Up Bars

This type of pull up bar is screwed onto a wall, typically that which is made of brick.

The advantage of wall mounted bars is that they give you a free hand to decide the height of your pull up bar. You are not limited by any structure so you can install it as high as you prefer.

However, there is no option to remove it frequently because it is a permanent fixture. You have to make sure that you select the perfect spot where you will do your workouts regularly.

 

Freestanding Pull Up Bars

Unlike the previous types, freestanding pull up bars are larger pieces of equipment. They also cost more than their portable counterparts.

A freestanding pull up bar can be a tower, a rack, or a frame that stands alone. Aside from pull ups, it also allows you to perform dips, sit-ups, push ups, and leg raises.

Regardless of the type of pull up bar that you end up purchasing, your success is still in your own hands. If it spends more time being idle, not even the most expensive or elaboratelydesignedpull up bar is good enough.

 

Top Pull Up Bar Brands

It does not come as a surprise that our top pull up bars came from highly regarded names like Iron Gym and ProSource. They have extensive years of experience in manufacturing and marketing various fitness products that make an active and healthy lifestyle more possible.

 

Iron Gym

Iron Gym is well-known for versatile and easy-to-use equipment, making them ideal for home training. Do you know that our top-rated pull up bar, the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar, has already sold over 20 million units?Iron Gym Logo

Aside from their pull up bars, they also have barbells, dumbbells, abdominal trainers, and other useful exercise accessories like mats and weight vests.

If you want to own gym quality products that are not only effective but also very affordable, look for the Iron Gym tag.

 

ProSource

Believing that fitness is key to success and happiness, ProSource offers affordable, portable and accessible products. It finds ways to make working out possible even without gym memberships and despite everyone’s busy schedule.ProSource Fit Logo

From selling resistance bands online, it has evolved into a company that provides a wide range of fitness and recovery products. You can check them out for yoga and pilates accessories, cross training and strength and toning equipment, rollers and muscle therapy tools, and their signature resistance bands.

Their pull up bars are easy to install, multi-functional, and portable. Like all of their products, the bars also boast of high-grade materials and solid construction so you could, as their tagline goes, train like a pro.

 

Buying A Pull-Up Bar: Other Things To Consider

Are you still contemplating whether or not you want your own pull up bar?

Let the following advantages convince you further.

 

Convenience

You can achieve similar results with just a pull up bar as from multiple equipment like dumbbells, barbells, or weight machines. Less space requirement, less cost!

 

Compound Exercise

Having your own pull up bar will more likely increase the time you spend working out. And because pull ups use multiple muscles at the same time, you can gain mass quickly and more efficiently. With dedication and consistency, you can say hello to stronger and trimmer back, shoulders, chest and arms!

 

Quick Variations

You can easily switch from one exercise or target muscle to another by simply changing your grip. There is no need for a separate equipment or a major adjustment to the bar itself.

Undeniably, a pull up bar is a simple but powerful equipment to boost your upper body strength and improve overall fitness.

 

Best Pull-Up Bars: Conclusion

If you are lacking the space but not the motivation to workout at home, a pull up bar is your best go-to equipment.

Whether doorway, wall-mounted or freestanding, they require very little or no space at all. And because of the conspicuous location, it’s easy to grab anytime and inject a few minutes of exercise in your hectic schedule.

While they cost as low as $25, you can do different workouts with a single bar. You can do several variations of the pull up. You can also perform sit ups, push ups and tricep dips. Really excellent value for money!

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How Long To Lose Muscle

How Long Does It Take To Lose Muscle?

How Long To Lose MuscleBuilding any appreciative amount of muscle mass takes a lot of dedication.

You not only have to work hard and put in some pain-staking workouts, you have to do so on a consistent basis for a long period of time.

The thought of losing any of the muscle mass you worked so hard for can be a very depressing one. Nobody likes to take a backwards step, especially when you know how hard had to work to gain the muscle you have now.

Unfortunately, life happens and you may sometimes be forced to take time away from the gym or adjust your training for different circumstances.

Of course, being away from the gym too long will cause you to lose some of your muscle. In fact, given a long enough hiatus, most of the muscle you have earned through lifting weights can be lost.

The question then is, how long can you be away from the gym before you begin to lose your muscle?

 

Why We Lose Muscle

The human body is an extremely intricate and clever mechanism; it has the ability to adapt very well to a variety of different demands. Your adaptability is actually the reason you end up building muscle in the first place.

Your body’s primary goal is survival and it will do whatever is necessary to make survival easy by adapting to the demands that are placed upon it. Lifting weights constantly forces your body to get stronger if it wants the task to be easier. Therefore, you build muscle and strength to help you lift those weights.

If you stop lifting those weights for a long enough period of time, your body “realizes” that it no longer needs to be prepared for such tasks. As a result, you will begin to lose the muscle or “atrophy”, as it is known.

As the saying goes: “use it or lose it” and it could not be truer than when it comes to muscle loss.

Although it is probably the primary concern for many of you reading this article, time away from the gym isn’t the only cause of muscle loss. Your diet and training type can also impact your gains.

Not eating enough calories will eventually lead to a decrease in muscle tissue since your body isn’t getting adequate fuel to support it. Muscle is metabolically active tissue so it requires a certain amount of extra energy in order to maintain it from day to day.

Switching your training to more endurance based endeavours can also cause muscle loss. The reason for this is that good old adaptability of your body again. Having a large amount of muscle mass makes endurance activities more difficult so your body adapts by eventually burning some of it.

 

How Long Can You Be Away From The Gym Before You Lose Muscle?

Now comes the big question: how long does it actually take before inactivity begins to reverse your progress? As is the case with so many fitness topics, the answer depends on a few different factors.

 

Training Age

Generally, those who are more experienced in terms of how long they have been training will lose muscle mass more slowly. Somebody that is very new to lifting weights will lose their gains more quickly than someone who has spent a number of years in the gym.

It is important to note that this is likely to only hold true for a certain period of time. Once you are out the “beginner phase” and have been lifting for a while, you will probably hold on to your muscle mass at a similar rate to more experienced trainees. For example, there isn’t likely to be much difference between muscle loss rate for someone who has trained for 2 years versus someone who has trained for 5 years.

 

Current Fitness Level

This one may seem to contradict the above point. However, training age is not equal to fitness level and it was mentioned that training age related muscle loss is probably only relevant to newer lifters.

In any case, there have been observations to suggest that more highly trained individuals will experience a faster rate of muscle loss than those of a lower level. In other words, the more you have to lose, the more quickly you will lose it.

This study observed a loss of muscle mass in as little 2 weeks of inactivity. That particular study compared young people to older people and the younger group, who had more muscle mass, experienced an average loss of 30 percent of their strength. The older group, who had less muscle to lose, lost around 20 percent.

Other texts, such as a 2005 article from the journal of applied physiology, echo the results from above by stating that competitive athletes see a drop in muscle mass within 2-4 weeks of stopping training. Whereas, recreational gym-goers took up to 12 weeks before a decrease was seen.

Using this information, we can estimate that you will begin to see muscle loss in 2-12 weeks of inactivity depending on your current level of fitness, strength and muscle.

 

Training Type

It was mentioned earlier that training for endurance type events may lead to more muscle being sacrificed as your body adapts to the training. However, individuals who have already been training for endurance are likely to experience a slower rate of muscle atrophy than those who train for more explosive endeavors like weight lifting.

This is due to the higher number of slow-twitch muscle fibers found in endurance athletes and the fact that they atrophy slower than the fast-twitch fibers, which are dominant in athletes who compete in sports like weightlifting or sprinting.

The time period for muscle atrophy still ranges from 2-12 weeks but endurance based athletes are more likely to be in the latter part of that spectrum. However, this could be down to the fact that they are also more likely to have less muscle mass to begin with but it is still worth knowing.

 

How Can You Minimize Muscle Loss?

There is a very high chance that you will be forced to take some time out of the gym at some point in your life. Since you are reading this article, the chances are that you have reached one of those points recently.

Depending on how long you are going to be away from the gym, you may have to come to terms with the fact that some muscle atrophy is inevitable. On the bright side, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the impact of inactivity.

 

Stay As Active As Possible

Of course, this will depend largely on your individual circumstances but you should aim to do anything you can in order to keep yourself active. You might not be able to work at the level needed to keep all of your muscle but doing anything will help you to keep hold of more mass than doing nothing at all would.

A good compromise is to simply wear a weighted vest as you do your household chores or other daily activities. This is obviously not as effective as a full workout, but it does ensure your muscles do some extra work.

 

Adjust Your Diet

If you are doing less activity, your diet needs to be adjusted to account for it. Quite often, people carry on eating the same way and end up gaining a lot of fat as well as losing muscle mass. If you focus on at least maintaining your body fat levels, you can put all of your energy into gaining muscle when you get back into the gym, instead of having to worry about fat loss as well.

 

Be Patient

Finally, do not rush to get back in the gym if you are out for medical reasons. Sure, you may lose some of your progress, but it is much more important for you to get healthy.

Whatever muscle mass you lose can be regained and the good news is that it can be regained in a shorter time period than it took you to build it the first time around. So, don’t rush back unnecessarily if you are taking a long hiatus and don’t sweat it at all if you only need to take a few weeks off.

If you do only need a few weeks away from the gym, you will get back to where you left off very quickly. In some cases, the time off can be a good thing as you allow your body to fully recover and come back refreshed, ready to get after it again!

Making Veins Pop

How To Make Veins Pop

Making Veins PopFor a large number of gym goers, particularly bodybuilders, vascularity is a key part of their overall physique and look.

Having bulging veins on your biceps or shoulders makes the muscles stand out that little bit more and many people strive for the look it gives them.

As with almost anything related to physique and training, some people are naturally blessed with better genetics than others. You will have probably come across some people who are more vascular by nature and have probably always been that way.

However, since you are reading this article, it is probably safe to assume you aren’t part of the genetically vascular group. While you can’t alter your genetics, you can definitely still take action to improve upon your current situation.

We’ll give you a list of different methods for getting those veins to pop. You’ll learn to get them to pop instantly but temporarily, and also how to do so on a more long-term, permanent basis.

 

How To Make Veins Pop Instantly

Vascular Veins

Whether it is fat loss, muscle building or being more vascular, everybody wants instant results. In most cases related to improving your physique, instant results aren’t really possible.

However, there are some tactics you can use to appear more vascular right away. The downside to these methods is they will not be permanent so you will only want to use them if you wish to appear more vascular for a short period of time like during a physique competition, for example.

 

Get A Pump

This one may be the most simple and obvious method but it certainly works very well. By focusing on a single muscle and performing multiple reps of a movement, you will force a large amount of blood into the target muscle and make your veins pop out as a result.

To achieve this, you don’t need to use very much weight, the focus should be more on multiple contractions of the target muscle. Be sure to really squeeze the muscle hard at the top of each rep to contract the muscle fully.

 

Blood Flow Restriction

This takes getting a pump to an entirely different level. Blood flow restriction training has actually become a rather popular training method for potential size gains but we will be using it purely to increase the pump and swell your veins even more.

Blood flow restriction involves the use of a tourniquet, which is tightly wrapped above the target muscle. With a bicep curl, it would be wrapped at the very top of the upper arm.

Once a tourniquet is in place, you would perform a high rep set of an isolation exercise with a relatively light weight. In the example of the biceps, a simple dumbbell curl would be perfect.

The idea is that the exercise forces a lot of blood into your target muscle, just like it would when you are getting a pump. However, the tourniquet restricts a lot of the blood from flowing away from the muscle.

The result is an incredible pump and some serious vascularity.

 

Increase Your Body Temperature

When you become warmer, the blood rushes closer to the surface of your skin, which gives the appearance of fuller veins. Eating foods that make you warmer like peppers and spices may give a small bump in vascularity.

A trip to the sauna is also likely to leave you with more visible veins but some of this could be down to water loss, which will be covered later.

One quick trick that some bodybuilders also employ is to physically heat the surface of their skin with a hairdryer to encourage greater blood flow to certain muscles. Of course, this is very temporary and should be used with caution as you could easily burn yourself.

 

Diuretics

Water retention plays a big role in how well you are able to see your veins; if you hold too much water, you will bloat and your veins become hidden beneath the puffier, bloated skin.

Using diuretics can be a quick way to flush out some of the water you are holding on to and to decrease your bloating. Diuretic drugs must be used sparingly and with caution since they can have some unwanted side effects like dehydration if care isn’t taken.

This approach to reducing water retention is only a temporary one and there are some better, more long-term methods that will be discussed later on.

 

Methods For Long-Term Vascularity

As discussed earlier, all of the techniques above will yield a higher level of vascularity but they are only temporary. Your veins will begin to return to their normal size soon after you employ those methods.

If you are looking to become more vascular on a permanent basis, you need to employ longer term strategies that will become part of your lifestyle instead of relying on quick fixes.

 

Burn Fat

This is very likely to be your best bet if you want consistently appear more vascular and is the place to begin for the vast majority of people. Most people simply can’t see their veins because they have too much fat covering them up.

Therefore, removing the layer of fat should lead to an instantly more vascular physique. To burn the fat, you will be required to burn more calories than you ingest each day.

You can achieve this in two ways: exercising to burn more calories and eating fewer calories. Your best option is to combine both.

Begin by upping your activity levels with regular exercise and adjust your diet so that it consists of lower calorie, unprocessed foods. Do weighted vest workouts and start doing more conditioning training on a treadmill, recumbent bike or elliptical.

 

Build Muscle

Gaining muscle should be a given here as becoming vascular without building any muscle will just give you a scrawny, malnourished look.

By building bigger muscles, you increase the demand for oxygen and other nutrients in those muscles. Of course, these nutrients must be provided by increasing blood flow to your muscles, which has the benefit of making your veins appear larger throughout the day.

As an added benefit, building muscle will also help you to burn more calories and get rid of even more of the fat that covers your veins.

 

Decrease Water Retention

In the section on diuretics, we have already discussed a temporary method of flushing out water that your body may be holding on to. If you wish to decrease the bloat caused by water retention for the long-term, there are a few other easy methods of doing so.

Firstly, you should be drinking more water. Although this may sound counter-intuitive, it will actually help your body to continuously pass water instead of holding on to it. Drinking around two liters each day should be sufficient for most people.

You can also turn to your diet as a way of reducing water retention. Excess carbohydrate and sodium both cause your body to hold on to more water that can bloat you.

Reducing the levels of both carbs and sodium may make you appear less puffy and allow your veins to show more.

You shouldn’t completely remove either sodium or carbs from your diet, though. Both are important nutrients so you should make sure you reach a recommended intake of both without over doing it.

 

Increasing Vascularity: Final Thoughts

Even though there are some instant methods for becoming more vascular, you will gain a whole lot more if you put your time and energy into the longer-term tactics that we covered in the second half of the article.

Not only will these tips help your veins pop consistently and more permanently, they will also have greater positive impacts on your overall health and well-being. Of course, the changes will not happen overnight so patience and adherence are key to getting the physique you want.