I haven't seen any posts/forums about equipment but since this is the training forum, I'll ask it here.
I work out at home so my equipment is pretty basic. I have an idea to make a "power rack" out of wood. I'm thinking a frame made out of doubled up 2x4's.
A good power rack isn't cheap and the money I save can be spent on protein powder and supplements.
The thing about using wood is that if it starts to go, it'll give some warning. The other thing is that wood is cheap. A "box" structure can be made pretty solid, they use 2x4's to frame houses after all.
I think my design for a wood power rack would be very sturdy and cost about $50.
Although I'm just gettin' back into lifting, I want to be able to blast my quads with squats without having to need a spotter and occasionally bench to failure. I'm on a tight budget so the $$ I save can get me a couple more 45lb & 35lb weight plates .
After a month's time, my ligaments, tendons and joints are doing fine so it's time to really start increasing the weight. I just don't want to wait while I save up for that nice shiny steel power rack.
I've got a bad back. I've dumped weight on back squats. It's not hard it happens by itself for me. If you lean forwards I could guess it could be a problem. I'm more worried about bench. I use saw horses for that at home.
Bottom line is that if your worried you won't push yourself. IMHO... I don't trust wood anymore than a random guy I'd ask to spot me. Anything could happen with both. If you dump... that frame could fuck you up. That's what's in my head. I'd go with metal or hang a first aid kit close by to help fill the gap that hangs between metal and wood.
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