How To Choose the Best Home Gym Power Rack

Your search to buy a power rack in Canada is over!

Bells of Steel makes a full line of squat racks and power racks that are designed for lifters, by lifters. Trusted by thousands for our quality, reliability, and value, and backed by dozens of 5-star reviews, you can rest assured that when you buy your next power rack from B.o.S., it will be the last that you ever need to buy!

Why a Squat Rack?

A squat rack; or alternatively, a power rack; is the centerpiece of a gym. Whether it’s a home gym, a studio gym, or a full-size commercial gym, the squat rack is essential. This crucial piece of equipment not only allows you access to squats and the bench press, it also permits you to perform these movements safely; an especially helpful feature when training alone.

It doesn’t end with squats and presses though. Bells of Steel racks and squat stands are loaded with many design features and accessories that allow you access to so much more than these core lifts. We offer multi-grip, fat/skinny pull-up bars, adjustable dip bars, 1″ hole spacing that allow you to fine tune your J-cup and safety settings, and so much more. When it comes down to it, dollar for dollar, Bells of Steel racks are the best money can buy.

Why Bells of Steel Racks?

Here at B.o.S., we designed our power racks and squat stands to be strong enough for even the most serious of athletes. We don’t want you to ever outgrow or feel the need to replace your B.o.S rack. No, we want your B.o.S. power rack to be the last rack you ever have to buy.

To that end, we’ve built all of our power racks and stands with high-quality, high-strength steels. Our racks have reinforced welds and thick-gauge, steel tubing that makes for a sturdier, highly-durable, and safe piece of equipment – a product that will outlive us all. Our racks and squat stands will withstand anything you can throw at them, and we stand by that with a lifetime structural warranty. We truly do want you to have peace of mind and confidence when using your Bells of Steel power rack; hell any Bells of Steel equipment for that matter.

A solid, functional power rack doesn’t end with the frame though. Offering high-quality components and accessories is also essential. All of our power racks come standard with superior J-cups, a safety system, and a pull-up / chin-up bar. Some of our racks come standard with even more equipment than that; like band pegs and concrete anchors.

These standard accessories aren’t just your basic, run-of-the-mill pieces either. We’ve given lots of thought to the design of our rack accessories. Our J-cups, for instance, are triple-padded; able to protect your bar from every possible angle. This keeps your bar’s finish looking new for longer, and it prevents the kind of metal-to-metal contact that can weaken and blunt your bar’s knurling.

Speaking of accessories, it should be said that the majority of our racks and stands feature 1″ hole spacing in the bench region of the uprights. This feature allows you to better tune the placement of your J-cups and safeties; a very convenient and important feature.

We also offer a ton of optional accessories that allow you to turn your power rack into a fully functional gym. We have a cable crossover attachments that gives you access to chest flyes, delt flyes, and tricep pressdowns; to name a few; a rear-mounted lat tower that gives you access to pulldowns, rows, and face pulls; and we offer other exciting and versatile accessories like a dip station, monolift attachments, landmine, lever arms, and more. By using your power rack as the base for these add-ons you are able to maximize your space affordably. With access to so many exercises; both barbell and machine exercises; you’ll feel like you’re at the global gym in your own private gym.

If you have your heart set on an accessory or attachment that we don’t currently offer, it’s completely possible that our power racks and stands are still compatible with that third-party accessory. We use common steel and hole configurations for our products. If you’re not sure about cross-compatibility, just ask us!

B.o.S power racks look great too. We use a durable, black powder coat on most of our racks, not a cheap, glossy paint. It’s consistent, attractive, and resilient, and it won’t flake off. The finish on a power rack is there to prevent the unit from oxidizing, and that finish is no good if it doesn’t last.

Of course, we also wanted to keep the buying process as simple as possible while staying at these affordable price points. We know that buying strength training equipment can be a complicated and even a tedious endeavor. You have a lot of options; varying levels of quality and very different price points. We want to make that process as easy on you as possible. We think we’ve pulled it off, and so do our customers.

At the end of the day, we offer a large selection of racks and stands that we truly believe rivals and often times exceeds our competition’s catalogs. We offer the most reasonable prices in the industry because we offer racks that are designed to be tough and to be used, but not so overbuilt that the cost becomes prohibitive.

If providing you with great options while saving you money isn’t enough to get your attention, we also offer competitive warranties and unbeatable customer service. You can’t go wrong with a Bells of Steel power rack. You simply have nothing to lose and everything to gain with our 30-day money back guarantee.

Our Racks and Stands Ship All Across Canada

Our power racks and squat stands ship from Calgary to anywhere in Canada. We even offer free squat rack shipping and free power rack shipping to 11 cities in Canada when your order totals $600 or more. Remember, the weight lifting rack is the cornerstone of any home gym or garage gym because they allow you to squat and press in a safe and secure atmosphere.

Power Racks and Cages – Overview

power rack 4.1 residential

Residential Power Rack
The budget rack

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  • Excellent price.
  • Small footprint.
  • Straight-bare steel pull up bar.
light commercial power rack

Light Commercial Power Rack
The best-seller rack

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  • Excellent value.
  • Lots of room inside the rack.
  • Packed with unique features.
utility power rack

Multi Purpose
Rack
The Cross-training rack

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  • Perfect for kipping/butterfly pull ups.
  • Narrow footprint and extra tall.
  • Must be bolted to the floor.

Folding Wall Squat Rack
The space-saving rack

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  • Folds away and has almost no footprint.
  • Excellent price.
  • Great for kipping/Butterfly pull ups.

Squat Rack - The Brute 2.1 By B.o.S.

The Brute Power Cage
The superstar rack

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  • The personal rack of WWE superstar Sheamus.
  • Rock solid 400+ lbs of steel.
  • Built for commercial gyms.

Power Rack vs Squat Rack vs Power Cage… ?

A quick note to you in case you have and any confusion in your search and want to know the difference between a squat rack and a power rack. There is none! In addition, power cage, squat cage, fitness cage, and weight lifting rack are also completely interchangeable and mean the same thing.

What’s the difference between a squat stand and a power rack?

Well a power rack; also known as a power cage, squat cage, or squat rack; has four vertical steel uprights in a rectangular or square formation. Typically the lifter works out inside the rack (the “cage”) using a pair of J-cups for racking the bar and some form of safety spotter for catching the bar if a rep is failed. Power racks also have at least one pull-up / chin-up bar; often times a multi-grip bar.

Sometimes a power rack can have an additional row of uprights towards the rear of the cage like our Brute rack. These two additional uprights are there as a place to store weight plates and other accessories like bands, chains, belts, and so forth.

A squat stand, on the other hand, has only two uprights instead of four. Sometimes these two uprights are attached to the same base and sometimes these two uprights are completely independent of one another and have their own base. In some cases, squat stands can even have a pull-up bar. In all cases though, because there are only two uprights, the lifter trains in front of the unit rather than inside it like a power rack.

Safeties are still available on many squat stands in the form of safety spotter arms. Since there is only one upright per side, safety straps, drop-in safeties, and the classic pin and pipe safety system are not an option.

Is one better than the other?

Technically, no. Both power racks and squat stands allow you to squat, overhead press, and bench press, and they both can have available safety systems.

Functionally however, a power rack is more versatile and generally more stable; especially when compared to independent squat stands. More accessory options also exist for a power rack than they do for squat stands.

That said, squat stands require less of a space commitment, and cost significantly less money too. They’re also easy to move around the gym; especially handy if you’re training in a garage and need to make room for a vehicle at the end of the day.

So if you want to dip, kip, rack pull, have somewhere to store plates, and add major accessories like the cable crossover and lever arms, you need a power rack. If all you care about is somewhere to rack your bar for squats and overhead presses, a squat stand would serve you well and save you quite a bit of money.