Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand Review

The CAP Barbell power-rack is not an enclosed  cage (not similar to the usual  squat cage) like most power racks on the market. Perhaps, not everyone wants a squared power rack. Some people are just looking for less bulky training equipment, something portable. The CAP barbell stand-alone rack fits this description. Unlike most power racks that have a square design, this one has only two uprights, securely fixed at the bottom with a pull-up bar at the top.


CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand
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CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand
  • Assembled specs (D x W x H) 46-Inch x50-Inch x85-Inch
  • Steel construction comprised of 12 and 14 steel gauge thickness
  • The structure uprights are double gusseted to reinforce stability and durability
  • 3 step powder coat finish for exceptional durability
  • Bands, bar and plates are not included

Some of the exercises you can do with this rack include strict pull-ups, banded pull-ups, wide pull-ups, archer pull-ups, static pull-ups, levers, toes-to-bar, squats, bench press, leg lifts, military press, and suspension training.

This rack is among the top-rated stand-alone pull-up bars on the market, whose price is about a third that of most averaged-priced deadlift cages. Being a stand-alone rack, we can say it’s one of the cheapest out there.

But the friendly price is not the only motivating factor here.  You will love some other aspects of this exercise stand. 

Dimensions and capacity

The CAP Barbell power rack measures 46D x 50W x 85H inches, and it weighs 75 pounds; for a power rack, that's incredibly light.  If you have a small space, this one will perfectly fit because it does not take up much space. Because it’s lightweight; you can move it around.

Its vertical height from top to bottom is 82.2 inches, with the pull-up bar fixed at 74 inches.  This horizontal pull-up bar measures about 6.5 feet; it’s not adjustable, and you can perform full kip-ups on them. Whether you can do muscle ups depends on the height of your ceiling. If you have a high ceiling, it’s possible to do muscle ups.

As for its side-to-side measurements, you will love its depth; its internal measurements are 43.5” while the external measurements are 46.5”.  This means a 7-ft barbell is compatible with this rack. If you get a shorter bar, its collar will keep on knocking on the hooks.

The holes spacing on its uprights are 1/2” in diameter, and they are unmarked. This means you will have to match the height when adjusting the barbell hooks.

Design & Built Quality

This rack can hold at least 300 pounds; if you bench more than 350 lbs, perhaps this rack is not for you.  It’s designed with two 2”x2” tubular steel rods that have a gauge thickness of 12 and 14. The rods are firmly secured at the bottom with heavy-duty steel plates.

Its rods are finished with a 3-step powder coating, except for the J-hooks that are painted red.  However, the paint on the J-hooks chips off, mostly when you rack a bar on them but that’s not a big deal since they securely hold the weight in place.

Stability

If you don’t exceed its weight capacity of 300 pounds, the rack is rock solid even when doing exercises like strict pull-ups and banded pull-ups.  However, it’s a little shaky when doing kipping pull-ups and muscle ups, even when bolted down on the floor. Even so, you can add some weights on its storage pegs to make it more stable.  Probably, somebody who weighs around 150 pounds can do kipping pull-ups although it wobbles as the weight adds up. The rack will slide around if someone weighing more than 150 pounds does full kip-ups. 

Even so, the rack is more steady once bolted down and some plates hanged on its storage pegs. On each corner, it has a tab with holes measuring 3/8” that makes it possible to bolt down this rack to the floor.

Pull-up bar

At the top, it features a stiff pull-up that’s firmly secured, and it can support a maximum weight of 300 lbs. You could be having doubts about the design of this rack but doing pull-ups and ring dips using this horizontal chin-up bar is a different experience. You could attach a pair of Olympic rings, hanging down from the pull-up bar.

If you have never used a stand-alone rack with a pull-up bar like this one, you may never look back if you are interested in pull-ups. With this pull-up bar, which measures 1.5” in diameter, you don’t only get to attach extra training equipment, but also you can vary your exercises. You can do toes-to-bar, levers, static pull-ups, wide pull-ups, archer pull-ups, banded-pulls and so on. Someone who is 6” or shorter can comfortably do strict pull-ups, although, beyond that height, you may want to get an alternative power rack.

Unlike most power racks with a pull-up bar that has a knurling, this one has a smooth texture; it’s not slippery because the metal has a coating.  That means you don’t need gloves to do your pull-ups because of this coating.

Assembling the rack

It’s easy to join; it takes only an hour and a half to get it standing.

Pros

•    It’s low-priced.

•    It’s functional. 

•    Solid construction.

•    Simple to assemble.

•    Easy to move around because it’s compact and lightweight.

Cons

•    Limited weight capacity.

•    CAP doesn't have safety rails for this rack.

•    Not suitable to do kip-ups if you weigh more than average.

•    It uses up a lot of space.

•    You cannot perform dips on it.

•    It's not suitable for rooms with low ceilings.

Verdict

This is one low-priced rack. I doubt you will find anything cheaper for that quality. Given the amount you will spend on this exercise stand, you can’t complain about it not having some features. It’s worth that price. Sure you will miss out on the advantage of adding more plates to this rack and not having the luxury to fix dip bars or safety bars, but it makes up for that in other ways.

 The CAP barbell power rack is an exciting alternative to any guy who likes sticking to the barbell for his workouts.  Also, it’s a perfect fit for a beginner who is just starting to equip his home gym, and they are looking for an affordable option.