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    Arrow UK/EU Budget home power rack?

    I know a lot of equipment is out of stock at the moment but I would like to invest in a home power rack and I can set up some stock alerts and wait if necessary.

    When I was last doing 5 x 5 my squat was increasing each session but I stopped ~150KG due to injury. I am not sure how much more I will be able to lift when I get to that point again, but I do not want to buy a power rack only to soon find I cannot use it. I mentioned this as I know many power racks are limited to 150KG load or even less.

    Please share your recommendation for the best budget power rack - I am interested in recommendations regardless of stock and/or just for what is currently available.
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    The obvious question, what's your budget?, if you're squatting around 150kg you need a decent rack, the term "budget rack" is meaningless terminology, Watson's budget rack will last forever, but will cost you close to £900, most budget racks on the market are just imported generic crap and however cheap are just not worth considering.

    In the lower price bracket I'd be looking at ATX, Again Faster and Strength Shop, with ATX very much top of the list. If I've learned one thing on my equipment journey, spend a little more for quality equipment, buy once, cry once.
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    Thanks for the input. To clarify what I mean by budget: I want to spend the least possible amount but still purchase a quality full size power rack that I will be able to squat past 150KG. There is a Strength Shop here in the Republic of Ireland or at least one with a .ie domain (a lot of UK and EU suppliers will deliver here and there are many more of them) although I am not sure if it is the same as the place you mention and it seems the only full size rack that might be suitable is out of stock: Strength Shop Thor Power Cage - Black at €526.

    Do you mean the ATXFitness website? Their UK link redirects me to Gym Revolution which gives an error 404 and the link for Ireland from the main site brings me to Fitness Fitout where it looks like the cheapest is the ATX-PRX-830 at €683. I cannot post links on this forum.

    I should have mentioned that I will also need to pick up an olympic barbell, a bench, and olympic plates. I had a rack in storage which was lost and other equipment which I sold when I started going to a gym.

    I had thought I could pick up a decent rack and everything else I need for €700/£650). I will be starting again with the bar so I will not need all of the plates to go past 150KG immediately. I am on a very, very fixed income at the moment, but getting back into training is a priority to me, I am saving not having to pay gym membership, and at a stretch, if it is the difference between getting quality equipment and not I could spend as few hundred more.

    I agree with your philosophy spending a little more for quality equipment and crying once!
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    Originally Posted by runswithascript View Post
    Thanks for the input. To clarify what I mean by budget: I want to spend the least possible amount but still purchase a quality full size power rack that I will be able to squat past 150KG. There is a Strength Shop here in the Republic of Ireland or at least one with a .ie domain (a lot of UK and EU suppliers will deliver here and there are many more of them) although I am not sure if it is the same as the place you mention and it seems the only full size rack that might be suitable is out of stock: Strength Shop Thor Power Cage - Black at €526.

    Do you mean the ATXFitness website? Their UK link redirects me to Gym Revolution which gives an error 404 and the link for Ireland from the main site brings me to Fitness Fitout where it looks like the cheapest is the ATX-PRX-830 at €683. I cannot post links on this forum.

    I should have mentioned that I will also need to pick up an olympic barbell, a bench, and olympic plates. I had a rack in storage which was lost and other equipment which I sold when I started going to a gym.

    I had thought I could pick up a decent rack and everything else I need for €700/£650). I will be starting again with the bar so I will not need all of the plates to go past 150KG immediately. I am on a very, very fixed income at the moment, but getting back into training is a priority to me, I am saving not having to pay gym membership, and at a stretch, if it is the difference between getting quality equipment and not I could spend as few hundred more.

    I agree with your philosophy spending a little more for quality equipment and crying once!

    Ah, right, you're in Ireland, in the UK The Gym
    Revolution are the distributors of AtX equipment, another option might be to look at other EU sellers like Megafitnessstore, these companies seem to sell throughout the EU, but shipping may be expensive.
    Since the beginning of the pandemic equipment availability has become a real issue, short supply has led to increasing prices, particularly in the used market, bars and plates are especially in short supply and I've seen used 150kg bar and plate sets making £500 and the quality wasn't particularly good.

    Before covid it was possible to put together a decent rack, bench, bar and plates set up for around £1,000, especially when you could source used equipment. Recently I've seen a rise in the cost of new equipment, I think you'd struggle to put together a decent set up without really increasing your
    budget, particularly as like us in Wales you're about to go back into lock down and I suspect even more lifters will be looking to set up at home.
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    any of the Mirafit ones will be best bang for your buck

    for what you get I think this one is brilliant - https://mirafit.co.uk/mirafit-m3-power-rack.html

    They have cheaper one's too that are perfectly reasonable, but that ^^ would do for life and I prefer westside bench spacing when possible
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    Originally Posted by WolfRose7 View Post
    any of the Mirafit ones will be best bang for your buck

    for what you get I think this one is brilliant - https://mirafit.co.uk/mirafit-m3-power-rack.html

    They have cheaper one's too that are perfectly reasonable, but that ^^ would do for life and I prefer westside bench spacing when possible
    Has Mirafit equipment improved in recent years?, in order to fund my home gym I bought and sold a lot of used equipment, as part of a job lot several older pieces of Mirafit equipment were included in the sales, to be honest at that time all the Mirafit equipment that passed through my hands was of poor quality, apart from a few nice cable attachments.

    These days any trading I do tends to be in commercial quality kit, so I haven't seen any recent Mirafit equipment in person and the rack you linked looks okay for the money.
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    Originally Posted by gym62richard View Post
    Has Mirafit equipment improved in recent years?, in order to fund my home gym I bought and sold a lot of used equipment, as part of a job lot several older pieces of Mirafit equipment were included in the sales, to be honest at that time all the Mirafit equipment that passed through my hands was of poor quality, apart from a few nice cable attachments.

    These days any trading I do tends to be in commercial quality kit, so I haven't seen any recent Mirafit equipment in person and the rack you linked looks okay for the money.
    I didn't know of it years ago, their bumps are fine given the price, hex clamps are fine, though I imagine that's hard to get wrong.
    M2 half rack is solid, their big rack I linked is probably as good as it gets under 500 and tbh probably as good as several nearly double the money. I've used worse commercial.
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