PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack Review

If you want to build more strength, have more power and grow muscle, you have to lift heavy.  With the PPR200X, you can safely lift heavier than normal. You can load up your bar with heavyweights, like when you want to do bench presses or squats, and this unit will comfortably spot you.

With this power rack and more squat racks reviewed here, you could perform many exercises, including squats, shoulder shrugs,  flat bench, incline presses, military presses, calf raises, Deltoid raise, glute kick, seated row, triceps press down, and Lat pull-ups and pull-downs.


PowerLine PPR200X Power Rack
  • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
  • Power rack for helping weightlifters exercise safely and efficiently
  • Wide walk-in design offers plenty of side-to-side movement
  • 2 heat-tempered liftoffs and 2 saber-style safety rods
  • Ideal for squats, incline presses, flat bench, and shoulder shrugs

Capacity & Stability

Although this rack does not have predrilled holes for bolting it on the floor, this unit is surprisingly stable, as long as you don’t overload it with heavyweight than its limit of 500 pounds.   The cage weighs around 136 pounds, and it does not wobble even when you hope on its chin-up to do pull-ups or muscle ups. If you rock more than 500 pounds, it’s best you get a deadlift cage that can sustain the additional weight.

Height and Depth

The PPR200X footprint has dimensions of 44”L x 82”H x 46”D.  With a depth of 46”, you have abundant space to move from side-to-side, making it possible to vary your workouts.  From the inside, it’s spacious enough for you to lift while at a wide stance. A 7-foot barbell will combine well with this power cage; it can be a standard CAP or Olympic bar.

As for its height, its 82” long from the floor. If you are tall, say like 5’11' and above, you should be able to do your thing inside this cage. Also, this means you fit the rack in a high ceiling room. If you space has a low ceiling, the PPR200X is not for you.

Although the cage’s interior is spacious enough to fit a bench and do squats, the rack does not take use up a lot of space on the ground. Some power racks out there can be large and heavy; this one will still fit in a small room, but one with a high ceiling because it’s a tall rack.

Build quality and design

The PPR200X power rack is built with 14 gauge steel frames with dimensions of 2” x 2”. Its uprights have 18 adjustments levels that are spaced out at 3 inches with the uppermost hole set at the height of 68.5”.

Another fine feature is the saber style safety bars; they are solid, firm, and they can take a heavyweight without bending. Then, it has 41” pull-up bar with a knurling on some parts. When brand new, the knurling on the pull-up bar can be rough on your hands. You would have to wear a pair of gloves or apply chalk dust on the sections.

Although it has a lovely finish when brand new, the coating near the rods chip off with time, especially on the parts where you rack the bar; but that should not be a deal breaker as you don’t have to care for it the way would treat a flower vase. You will still be able to hit those workouts that you’ve been yearning to do, but you keep saying it can wait until you’ve renewed your gym membership.

For those of you who prefer j-hooks because it’s super easy to rack a barbell on them, you don’t have that option with the PPR200X unless you add them.  Instead of J-hooks, the Powerline PPR200X uses two heat-tempered liftoffs.

Putting it together

First, the instructions provided for putting up this cage are simple to follow, although it seems some people have had a rough time setting up. It is not a must to have someone to help you put it together, but if you have company, you will erect the cage faster. Arguably, it will take you about an hour to build it up when alone.  Just arm yourself with two 19mm wrenches and you are set to start erecting this beast.

Pros

•     Sturdy rack.

•    Easy to assemble.

•    Favorable height.

•    You can add extra accessories.

•    Affordable price.

•    It supports a lat pull.

Cons

•    Its coating chips off after some time.

•    It’s a tall rack; it’s not suitable for low ceilings.

•    It does not come with weight holders.

•    You can’t bolt it on the floor unless your drill holes on it.

Verdict

The friendly price, sturdy design, and compact size make this rack stand out.  If you want something larger, more robust and premium quality, you should have around $1,000 in your pocket, and be ready to spend it.  However, if you are just starting out, the PPR200X will serve you good.