I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person to do this, but I haven't seen anyone else with a setup like this lol Not bragging or anything, just saying. So I've had this ****ty A-Frame weight tree for some time now, the thing wobbles, doesn't have enough space for all my plates, and it's a pain in the ass to walk around the rack to put plates on the other side of the barbell.
Instead of spending $700+ on R6 parts to attach to my R3, I decided to sacrifice half of my rack and just buy the Vertical Plate Storage pins and Spotter Arms to make a much cheaper version of the R6. It ended up costing me exactly half of the cost of R6 parts so it wouldn't be a total disaster if it didn't work out.
Shipping took 2 days, it arrived last night but I had already lifted and was tired from work so I didn't attempt to attach everything and make this crappy review lol. Once I attached everything to the rack this morning, my initial impression was that it looked bad ass. The Spotter Arms are absolute monsters, they weigh a little over 15Lbs each and are apparently made out of 7 gauge steel. The weight storage on the back made that space look much bigger now and it resembles a more minimalist version of an EFS rack.
I haven't failed a lift in so long I actually can't remember lol But I won't hesitate to drop the bar on the Spotter Arms should I need to, I feel no less secure then I did lifting inside the rack. They're 20" and imo are long enough, unless you completely fell backwards during squats I doubt you'll ever miss them. Another thing I like is the plastic on them, shrugging on the pine/pipe safeties left marks on the safeties and bar so the plastic will offer more protection for my TPB.
The one issue people might find with with Spotter Arms is that because of the different hole spacing, the hole for the pin on the bottom of the Arms will only line up with every other hole, but it would take quite a lot of lateral force to even come close to knocking them out of the hole because of the size.
The Vertical Storage is awesome, they're long enough to hold twice the amount of weights that I have and I doubt any amount of plates could even remotely damage them or the pins that hold them in place.
The one major drawback for me, is that I can't do Suspended Chain GM', Squats, Presses, etc. I'm gonna have to get creative to figure out how to perform these now.
Although I've only done one workout with this setup, I'm incredibly satisfied with the attachments and if someone is looking to get an R6, I highly recommend considering buying an R3 with 4 Single Vertical Storage, 2 Double vertical Storage, and Spotter Arms for $500-$600 less then getting an R6. I hope this terrible review can save someone money, that's pretty much why I decided to do this
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