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I really would like to do my entire workout from my home. Deadlifts and benchpresses I can see being feasible, but the addition of a squat rack seems like a huge space requirement that might not be worth it. And since squats are a crucial part of the workout, I don't want to ditch them.

 

Is it worth it, or should I just get a gym membership and say 'to hell with home workouts'?

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i'd say it depends on the cost of gym membership. A buddy of mine in chicago has a squat rack and he just loves it. I'd probably squat more often if I could just do it at home. But for the $500+ that they cost and the space, it's much more realistic for me to just work out at the gym.

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Home workouts are great when you have the space, but I personally find that when I have to take the time to go somewhere to train, I get in better workouts and am more consistent.

 

That being said....

 

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92565.html

 

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/92565wn.gif

 

This will solve space issues, is only $329.00 with free freight, and should cover anything you'd need. NYBB stuff is decent (so long as it doesn't have any moving parts - my reverse hyper machine is a testament to that ) and this will get the job done. Only drawback is that it doesn't let you set the pins really high if you want to do partials work with short-range squat stuff (which isn't for everyone, anyway, so it may not be a concern), but for the basics, it's cheap, will cover your needs, and will work well in low-clearance ceilings.

 

Otherwise, I think that Parabody is the brand that makes some reasonably-priced full size racks that run around $350-400, and unless you're going to be loading up 700+ lbs, you'll be covered with just about anything you get your hands on

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I would say weigh the cost of the rack against the cost of the gym membership.

 

I pay $34.95 a month and have access to a ton of equipment. That would be the equivalent to over a year and half to pay off the squat rack and all you would get outta that investment is the rack.

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http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image//s/e/sebr2431.jpg

 

That's the one I have. I bought it with a bench, and a 100kg barbell set (got more weights now). The price of all that works out about a 14 month gym membership over here.

 

If it was just the power rack itself, it would work out about a 6 month membership.

 

It wasn't a huge amount of money and I love it. Pull-up bar comes in really handy as well saves using one of the doorway bars. And I'll always have that stuff.

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