Body-Solid Powerline PSS60X Squat Rack Review

This squat rack can sure take a beating: it’s sturdy when loaded with not-so-heavy weights, and it has robust built. If you are just starting out, and you are not in a position to get a power rack, you can settle for this one without compromising your workouts.

Perhaps you want a rack that will fit in your tiny room, and one that won’t dent your wallet – the Powerline PSS60X fits this exact description of a squat stand.


PowerLine PSS60X Squat Rack
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PowerLine PSS60X Squat Rack
  • Heavy-duty squat rack designed to hold weight bar safely and securely
  • Ideal for flat, incline, and decline bench presses, squats, curls, rows, and more
  • Bar supports adjust from 30 to 60 inches to accommodate several exercises
  • 2-by-2-inch, heavy-gauge steel frame with extra-wide base for stability
  • Measures 48 x 37 x 30 inches (W x H x D); 10-year frame warranty

Which workouts can you do?

Being a small, lightweight but heavy-duty rack, the Powerline PSS60X shines when it comes to squats and bench presses workouts. You can adjust it high enough to hit both back squats and front squats. Still, it’s not only limited to those exercises; you can as well do calf raises, shrugs, upright rows, shoulder presses, curls, and other resistance exercises. 

Built Quality

This squat is rigidly-constructed; a simple design when you look at it, yet elegant because of the world-class welding. It features two uprights with a shelf for resting the barbell; then, a horizontal bar joins the two stands together at the base for extra support. The vertical frames are made of steel; they measure 2-by-2-inches; and, they are strong enough to hold up to a maximum weight of 350 pounds.

The frames are painted with a refreshing coating, but it’s not durable. Although the paint chips off, you can always repaint the posts because the rack comes with a small canister filled with touch-up paint.  

Dimensions

The Powerline PSS60X is designed to be used by both tall and short people. With its adjustable height, you can set the bar supports at the height of 30 inches and 60 inches.  Adjusting the height takes seconds. Just remove the safety pin, slide the barbell holders to your desired position, and then secure the hooks with the small safety pin. 

It has a small footprint, but not so tiny because some power racks have a footprint with almost the same dimensions.  The dimensions of the footprint are 37”L x 48”W x (30-60-inches) H.  However, simply because it has small footprint does not mean there is no space for you to do your workouts.  From column to column, there a wide enough space to allow you to grab the barbell at both wide and narrow angles when benching. Plus, the barbell supports will accommodate 7-ft Olympic barbell.  As for its inner dimensions, it has a depth of 30” and a width of 46”.

Weight and Stability

This squat rack is designed for the lifter with limited space, where it’s impractical to have a cage-type rack.  It’s lightweight, and it does not use up a lot of space. The squat rack weighs only 52 pounds, and it has a maximum weight capacity of around 350 pounds. Because it does not have safety supports, you may need to have a spotter when squatting or benching weights heavier than 250 pounds.

If you are wondering if you will be safe working out with this rack, then don’t be, especially if you are not a masculine guy. Ideally, it has a wide base, and the stand is stable when loaded with light-to-average weights. The only time the rack sways, although not to the point of tipping over, is when one uses force when re-racking while the barbell is loaded with 200+ pounds. Most people who own this stand have positioned it next to a wall or a huge, stable obstacle to keep it from sliding. Also, it helps to have a rubber mat underneath.

If only this squat rack had storage pegs; it would be a big advantage because it would be more stable when added with extra weights. 

Assembling

Assembling the rack is like snapping your finger. Because it's a simple squat rack, there isn’t much work to be done to make it stand on its own. You just need like 20 minutes to finish the job when you have the right tools. Anyone can assemble it, as long as they have the right tools.

Pros

•    It will fit in a tight space.

•    Its price is affordable.

•    Versatile and tough.

•    Sturdy construction. 

•    Easy to assemble.

Cons

•    No safety spotters.

•    It’s not built to withstand heavy weights.

•    Because it’s lightweight, it moves a little bit.

•    Not high enough to do pull-ups.

•    No storage pegs.

•    Its coating comes off.

Verdict

Although PSS60X squat rack is not the best fit for a committed powerlifter, I can vouch for it chiefly because of three good reasons: one, it’s one of the cheapest squats on the market; two, it doesn’t take up much space; and lastly, it’s rigidly welded.

 If you are a beginner, and you are on a tight budget, it’s better to get this rack rather than get caught up in months of paying a gym membership, trying to save for a high-priced power rack.  Sure it lacks many features that you would find in a full cage, but if you think about its price, plus the benefits I’ve just highlighted, it’s worth it.