Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Cage Review

With the 810XLT  as one of the best power cage from Fitness Reality, you get to train like a pro, only that you don’t have to dig deeper into your pockets. Plus, the price is just worth for the value this cage delivers.

Some of the workouts you can hit with this power cage include squats, pull-ups, flat bench press, and seated military shoulder press.


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Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with The 800 lb Capacity Super Max 1000 Weight Bench Combo
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Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage with The 800 lb Capacity Super Max 1000 Weight Bench Combo
  • NOTE: 800 lbs weight capacity for both cage and bench. Large walk in space providing easy side to side movement. New OPTIONAL Attachments for J-Hooks, Dip Bars, Weight Plate Holders and Landmine (Sold Separately)
  • 2" x 2" square steel frame construction. Two 3 1/4" long chrome lock on safety bars. Two 23" long chrome dual mounted safety bars
  • 19 adjustable height levels for the safety bars. Safety bars are Compatible with 7' Olympic bars
  • Multi-position over head chin up/pull up grip bars. Olympic bar and weight plates not included
  • Bench: smooth 12 position adjustable backrest by utilizing 2 position front leg adjustment. Can be folded for storage. Folded size: 51" L x 23.5" w x 9" H

Built Quality

The 801XLT features a 2”x2 square steel frame construction with a thickness of 14 gauges (0.086 inches in thickness).  Also, the cage uses two sets of safety bars: it has two 3 1/4” lock on safety bars, and another two 23” long dual mounted safety bars.  The steel tubes have 19 adjustable height levels for fitting the safety bars. Also, the finish on this power rack will undoubtedly impress you.

Capacity & stability

The 810XLT power rack has a maximum capacity of 800 pounds. It’s a heavy and solid power rack. When assembled, the rack has a total weight of approximately 148 pounds. Although you can’t bolt it on a concrete floor because it does not have predrilled holes, it’s still stable. When mounted on the floor, it does not move at all, even when racking and re-racking heavyweights.  For extra stability, the rack is fitted with two rear bars.

You will be alright when doing pull-ups using its overhead bar although the horizontal bar is not that stable for kipping pull-ups. To do kipping pull-ups, you would have to bolt the cage to the floor, which means you have to drill some holes at its base.  If you wish to make it steadier, make sure to place a floor mat underneath it.

Dimensions

The 810XLT footprint measures 46.5” in width, and it has a length of 50.5”. With such a width, the cage can hold any bar that’s longer than 46” from collar to collar. For instance, a 7-ft Olympic barbell is compatible with this rack.

 It’s pull-up bar, which is curved upwards and higher than the uprights, is set at a height of around 83.5” from the floor’s surface while the uprights are only a few inches lower at 79”.

Its working area, that is, the space between one post and another is 42 inches, and the distance from front to back is 24 inches.  The large side-to-side movement of 42 inches is ample space for you to do your workouts, such as low bar squats.

Holes spacing

The holes, which have a diameter of one inch, are set three inches apart. From the floor’s surface, the first hole is set a height of around 13 1/8 inches high. Fitness Reality has fitted a small U-shaped notch, three holes apart, so you don’t get confused when you are adjusting the safety pins or and j-cups.

12 position adjustable backrest

For extra bucks, you can get the adjustable backrest bench designed to go with this rack (they can also be bought together). The backrest is adjustable to 12 positions; it measures 10”W x 33.5” L; and it’s lined with foam, 1.75 inches in thickness.

You can set this bench to assume an incline, flat and decline position. When in decline position, you can adjust it to -20 degrees while for incline angles; you can adjust it to +80 degrees.  When folded, the bench measures 51”L x 23.5”W x 9”.

The smooth backrest uses an adjustable front leg, which you can adjust to two positions.  Also, it has a detachable, adjustable leg for extra stability; this leg can be adjusted to three different positions.

Pull-up bar

At least with the 810XLT, you get to use a multi-position overhead pull-up bar.   If you are curious to know whether you can mount this pull-up bar upside down so it can fit in a low ceiling house – the answer is a yes and no. While it’s possible, the multi-catch bar puts stress on the screws and bolts that hold it in place. Also, placing the pull-up bar in this position will reduce the height of the headroom, such that someone tall will find it uncomfortable to work out inside the cage.  This pull-up bar is fixed at a height of close to 84”. 

Safety bars and hooks

It uses two non-hollow solid safety bars, measuring one inch in diameter and 32 ¼ inches in length. The safety pins will sufficiently cover the rack’s width, that is, the distance from post to post, which is 24 inches. Plus, each safety pin weighs around 7.5 pounds.

The rack has two safety bar catchers measuring 6 3/8 inches long (this length includes the 3¼ inch of the bar catcher that extends outside the rack), and each pin weighs one pound. Both safety bars and hooks have a striking chrome finish, although the knurling on bars may eat away the metal on the safety catchers with time. 

Accessories

You can combine it with a dip attachment, such as the T2 attachment from Titan Fitness, Olympic bars and even attach training suspensions.

Assembling

Just like most racks we have reviewed, putting up together the 810XLT is not a job that will leave you feeling exhausted. With the right tools – a 17mm socket and box wrench – it will take like an hour, at most two hours.

Pros:

•    Easy to assemble.

•    It can handle a lot of weight; 800 pounds.

•    Solid, heavy and steady.

•    Great value for the money. 

•    Attractive finish.

•    It comes with solid safety pins.

•    It has a multi-catch pull-up bar.

•    It has a superior adjustable bench with 12 positions.

Cons

•    No plate storage.

•    Bar catchers need improvement.

Verdict

The 810LXT is an unbelievably functional rack going for a price you can’t complain.  Your workout sessions will be more fun if you combine it with the ergonomic backrest that designed to go with it. If you have already decided to spend more than $200 bucks on a power rack, the 810LXT may just be an excellent choice.