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    Question Body Solid Multi-Press Rack Product Info

    Looking for some info from people who own Body Solid home gym equipment.

    Specifically:
    Multi-press rack: http://www.bodysolid.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=493#
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    Adjustable bench: http://www.bodysolid.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=499

    I currently have a home system by body solid (see attachment) that is pretty good and flexible. The info from Body Solid's website is: http://www.bodysolid.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=494 It's not a bad system, but it does lack some functionality (safety bars biggest concern). I have the leg curl, preacher, and high/low cable attachments for this bench which are also compatible with the adjustable bench linked above, so I won't lose any of that equipment usage.

    I know what you're going to say: get a power rack. I normally would agree, unfortunately my basement has a low ceiling and while I believe I can fit the uprights of the multi-press rack in between the rafters, a full power rack is too tall. Also, as you can see from the attached pic, my workout area is very small, about 10x10, so I have to go with pieces that are multi-functional.

    Any comments by people who own the above linked equipment or similar. Looking for pros and cons to help shape my decision. So far I have been happy with Body Solid as far as quality goes, but would be interested in your feedback on the company as well.

    Thanks in advance all!
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    I know what you're going to say: get a power rack. I normally would agree, unfortunately my basement has a low ceiling
    They make short power racks (with open tops):

    http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/powerracks.html

    Can't do pullups on them, but otherwise...might be a better solution than the multi-press rack.
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    I currently own this system. I like it alot. I can do everything on it. It is the same base as the 1/2 multi rack you linked just with every possible option. For the average bodybuilder type guy I would highly reccomend, for more of a powerlifter find a custom cage that meets your height requirements.

    Personally for me, the only drawback is the safety aspect of not having a 4-6 post cage to be inside and the angle on the rack is at a 7* angle which is tough on the shouldlers without a lift-off for benching.

    http://www.bodysolid.com/Item.aspx?I...es+7+Smith+Gym

    I currently own this bench and really like it.

    http://www.bodysolid.com/Item.aspx?I...+Incline+Bench

    As my bench gets closer the the 350#-400# mark (hopefully sooner rather than later) I will probably upgrade to a full commercial unit. I am sure this bench would be fine, I just play it on the safe side, especially working out alone.
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    I agree, power racks are available in 83" heights or open
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    Question More info please

    Originally Posted by jude-o View Post
    They make short power racks (with open tops):

    http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/powerracks.html

    Can't do pullups on them, but otherwise...might be a better solution than the multi-press rack.
    Good link. I had not been able to find a powerrack with an open top. Still might be an issue due to overall floor space, though.

    Why do you feel a power rack is a better solution than the multi-press rack I linked? Interested in your thoughts, anyone?

    Also, anyone come across a short pull-up tower? Again, my short ceiling limits what I can buy and most pull up /dip towers are like 84" high.
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    Safer when you do barbell squat
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    Originally Posted by KSA View Post
    Safer when you do barbell squat
    Yea, I get that. Just trying to find the best balance between safety and space. Considering right now I do squats without any safety catches, any improvement is good.

    Any other benefits to power rack over multi press rack?
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    I have a cheaper weider version of the multi press rack, it has treated me just fine up to this point. You get used to the small safety spots and you just learn if in trouble, you better lean your butt forward or your gonna hurt (or back depending your preference). Eventually I'll probably change over to a power cage.
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    I have the bench and really like it. I don't have that rack, I have the full cage. Body solid makes solid stuff I don't think you will be disappointed.
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    Those short power racks actually have almost exactly the same footprint as the multi-press rack (within a few inches.)

    I would say they're pretty competitive products in terms of function (since you lose the pull-up bar with an open-top rack), but the power rack will give a considerably larger spotter area (and there are bars front-and-back should you have the misfortune of tipping backwards or have to drop the weight in a hurry and miss the ends of the press rack's spotters. ) Not a huge deal.

    The 'gun rack' bar holder is nice (you can get them for power racks as well, although you'd have to drill some holes to install a set.)

    On a power rack, you can add dip bars (and weight holder bars if you wish.)

    My preference would be to trade in the gun racks for the larger spotting area and dip bars; your mileage may vary.
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    I had the BS muti press rack.

    It's a very good rack for bench press, incline press, shoulder press, ...
    But for barbell squat i did not feel safe.

    Now i have a Powertec power rack.

    If i had space i would have the multi press rack and the power rack for barbell squat and deadlift.
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    Bs

    Do not buy anything off the BS web site....it is a rip off. I bought my leverage gym for half the price than what BS offers it for. I would look here...
    http://www.dynamicfitness.com/Search...ID=31&view=all

    they have the rack you want for 349!!!!
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    Originally Posted by TFrog View Post
    Do not buy anything off the BS web site....it is a rip off. I bought my leverage gym for half the price than what BS offers it for. I would look here...
    http://www.dynamicfitness.com/Search...ID=31&view=all

    they have the rack you want for 349!!!!
    Yes, definitely. I was just using their link to show everybody what I was looking at, not that I would buy from them directly.

    I was going to check out my local Play it again Sports as they are a BS dealer. Also, found this one on eBay. Better price and cheap shipping. I love eBay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=005
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    Same setup

    I have the same gear, I like it a lot. Have the same ceiling issues, so it fits with a little room to spare. Even "invented" a couple of lifts on it I otherwise would have needed a machine for. Hang a barbell at the top notch for pull ups/chin ups/hanging leg raises. I'm 6'2", and I just have to keep my knees up a bit to keep from touching the floor. For seated calf raises, I turn my bench sideways, pad the bar real good and rest it on my knees while my feet are on a block. Yeah, not so safe for squats, but it does have some safety catches that you can set at any height. You just have to make sure that if you fail, fall towards the rack!
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    Almost forgot...

    That price is too high. Fitness Factory.com has it much, much cheaper.
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    Originally Posted by bigDADDY205 View Post
    I have the same gear, I like it a lot. Have the same ceiling issues, so it fits with a little room to spare. Even "invented" a couple of lifts on it I otherwise would have needed a machine for. Hang a barbell at the top notch for pull ups/chin ups/hanging leg raises. I'm 6'2", and I just have to keep my knees up a bit to keep from touching the floor. For seated calf raises, I turn my bench sideways, pad the bar real good and rest it on my knees while my feet are on a block. Yeah, not so safe for squats, but it does have some safety catches that you can set at any height. You just have to make sure that if you fail, fall towards the rack!
    Thanks for the good info. I like your idea about the pull ups using the bar at the top notch. I currently have a 2x4 that I mounted to a floor joist for pull ups, but this is crummy.

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    www.jesupgym.com has the multi-press gym for $329 shipped. thats the cheapest i've seen so far.
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