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    Use a squat rack for bench pressing

    Hi girls and guys,

    I was looking to use a squat rack also for bench presses. The plan is to put a bench between the squat rack.

    What I'm worried about is the adjustable height.

    Anyone who uses it that way?
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    I don’t get what your concern is. That is how everyone on this forum does it.
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    Is OP talking about a fixed old school squat rack or a power rack? A fixed rack is only going to work if the height of the safeties is suitable, may be able to shim the whole thing with some 2x4's or something. If it's a power rack, yeah, we pretty much all do that. I use a stall mat under my bench because the safeties aren't quite the right height without; worst case scenario OP will have to do something similar.
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    put the bench in - see what height adjustment you need to use the safeties properly and place plywood or rubber mats under the bench till it hits the right height
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    Originally Posted by Cpl.Girthington View Post
    Is OP talking about a fixed old school squat rack or a power rack? A fixed rack is only going to work if the height of the safeties is suitable, may be able to shim the whole thing with some 2x4's or something. If it's a power rack, yeah, we pretty much all do that. I use a stall mat under my bench because the safeties aren't quite the right height without; worst case scenario OP will have to do something similar.
    Exactly
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    Wooden Bench Press

    I am just looking for a bench press made from wooden. Is there anyone who made it at your workshop or anywhere in NYC who makes it in their garage?
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    Why are you wanting a wood bench?
    You can find pretty decent cheap benches used, just about anywhere in lower 48...
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    Ive done them that way for years.
    I don't have to but if you need adjustments use some pieces of hard rubber mats like horse stall mats to adjust height of your bench and to limit slipping around.
    If you make sure the rack your using has holes every inch or inch and a half you should not have an issue with safety bars set slightly below the chest.
    Ive never had anything bad happen when I've failed bench pressing with this set up.
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