hey guys, long time lurker here, so i bought a power cage from sports authority.
FreeMotion 620 BE Power Cage ~ i can't post link since i just joined.
this one to be exact. i haven't assembled it yet, i don't know if i want to keep this or not, one of my biggest issue about this cage is j hook holding the bench bar, i'm so used to a single j hook i just can't see myself using that fish fin looking support thing on the freemotion cage.
at the time i didn't know any better and thought that was the only cage i can pick up in my area but than discovered Sears sells power cage as well.
York Barbell York Barbell FTS Power Cage
this one is signfiicantly more expensive since i had a 20 percent off at Sports Authority. however it offers lifetime warranty as oppose to 90 days from freemotion, not that i think it will be all that important since power cage are pretty tough.
but i did notice the free motion demo at the store was a little wobbly, the sales told me its just a demo and if properly assembled it would be alot stronger.
i'm not too sure what to do here, should i keep the free motion and maybe get a j hook attachment for the fish fin rack? or ditch it and get the york power cage. (forgive me if i'm using the wrong terminology here) i would prefer local pick up since shipping would be almost as expensive as the cage itself.
p.s. i definitely like the dip/ leg raise attachment features.
sorry my paragraph is badly structured :/
any help would be greatly appreciated it. this is all i have been thinking about for the past week.
Thread: newbie needs a power cage help!
02-23-2013, 07:58 PM #1
newbie needs a power cage help!
02-23-2013, 08:46 PM #2
What would you like to be able to do in the rack? Ex. Use bands, dips etc.
Does your budget include cost of having to buy a weight bench and barbell / free weights?
02-23-2013, 09:27 PM #3
budget is preferrably under 1k, without the weight bench and barbell/free weights.
bands i dont really mind not having since its not part of my routine, however a dip / leg raise attachment is high on the list.
and no sadly i'm not near ohio, texas, or south carolina, i'm located in long island new york area.
02-23-2013, 09:29 PM #4
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02-23-2013, 09:43 PM #5
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02-23-2013, 10:54 PM #7
So I'll update if everything goes well with the transaction, but they also have a 3% off coupon (coupon code: 3off).
Just checked Sears - they have Weider rack that looks exactly like the Freemotion one - so that's no good.
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02-24-2013, 05:04 AM #8
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This might be worth the drive. Keep your eye on the Craigslist thread here. I'm pretty sure that there was another nice rack downstate NY not long ago as well.
02-24-2013, 06:22 AM #9
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02-24-2013, 09:56 AM #11
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Very true. This Body Solid unit doesn't look bad, either...
I've looked at that Free Motion rack in person at my local SA, and wasn't impressed. Everything about it just seems cheap, flimsy, and more about flash than substance. It does have some nice features, but it kind of struck me as being a (pardon the expression) polished turd.
I'm not a huge fan of the Powertec either, but I'd definitely go with the Powertec over that Free Motion.
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02-24-2013, 01:03 PM #12
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02-24-2013, 06:04 PM #14
alright, it's settle than, i'm taking this 300 pound package back to sports authority first thing next weekend. along with the freemotion bench seat which i found to be too wide for my taste.
now i'm looking at two options, powertec from fitnessfactoryoutlet or York Barbell FTS Power Cage. i guess i'll get the leg raise as a secondary station by itself.
02-24-2013, 06:48 PM #15
02-24-2013, 08:47 PM #16
i had a coupon for sports authority which brought it down to 540.
i do have one problem, the one thing i absolutely love about the freemotion was the 70inch width. i'm 6'3 so when i grip the bar it tends to be longer, the 50inch on the powertec and york kinda scares me a bit if i ever drop the bench on the safety catch.
02-24-2013, 10:31 PM #17
02-25-2013, 06:54 AM #18
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If you've considered the York rack around $800, you should do yourself a favor and consider this rack too. No better rack available for the price, IMO...
02-25-2013, 06:05 PM #19
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02-27-2013, 10:14 PM #22
Im surprised no one posted this yet
Good list of power racks also benches if looking as well as links to forum posts of people who have bought them.You may delay, but time will not.
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02-28-2013, 05:28 PM #23
oh yeah definitely cage + bench + lat system + dip (if it isn't too wobbly)
but for now just a cage and a bench. the cage i wanna stay around 800-900, thats only for the cage. bench i guess the general price from what i seen is around 200. being a utility bench and all.
i definitely appreciate all the input you guys have given me. if it weren't for you guys i would've been pulling my hair out about the freemotion lol
02-28-2013, 07:17 PM #24