Review: TDS Power Rack

I have had this rack for about 3 months now, and I love it. I wasn’t certain whether I wanted to spend the money, but I had just switched to the Texas Method, changing my training to a more pure strength-based approach, and I knew that the safety that a quality power rack provides would be incredibly helpful. I got this and the bench out of income tax money, and it was well spent. So, here is the breakdown. 

Pros:

  1. This rack is solid. It is definitely in the lower end of the price range for power racks, but it doesn’t feel like it. It was pretty easy to put together (with my wife) and it has been sturdy. 
  2. The safeties are also very reliable. They have probably saved my life twice already. 
  3. The plate-holders on the back are awesome because they not only provide a place for storage, but the weights being on there make it even more stable. 
  4. The pull-up bar is great and the texture is helpful for grip. 
  5. The numbered holes are very helpful, save time on trying to figure out where you should put the hooks on each lift, and are uncommon in this price range. 

Cons

  1. The plastic pieces are easily broken. There are not many of them, but the ones on the plate-holders are especially vulnerable. One of mine broke in the first couple of weeks. 
  2. Once you start getting into the higher weight range, the rack will rock if you forcefully smash the loaded bar back onto the hooks like a barbarian. If you have enough plates to lift and have some on the plate-holders still, this is not really a problem. 
  3. Small children will put small objects in the holes. (Not a con, just awesome when you have to take it apart to get stuff out). 

I would definitely say that I have made strength gains using this that I probably would not have made otherwise. Let me know if you have any questions!

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