Our range of Gym Starter Packages combine Benches, Power Racks and / or Squat Racks with various other equipment designed to help kick-start or expand your gym. Put together by fitness experts, they are designed to give you an intuitive combination of equipment that will be the perfect addition to any home or commercial gym, at a competitive, discounted price.
These packages include various combinations of products that are our suggestions only. They are flexible and can be changed to suit your needs. If you've already got your bar and weights and only need a bench and rack package, see them here.
Select a package below to learn more about it - including specifications and included products. If you can't find what you need, we're always happy to build a custom package to your exact specifications. To discuss a tailored package, give us a call today on 03 9462 3943 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A power rack or cage essentially comprises four vertical posts and corresponding crossmembers that make up a box like frame. Added to this are positionable hooks (often described a j-hooks) or pegs and movable spotter arms (these are like horizontal bar catchers) on each side within the rack. The hooks give the lifter somewhere to rest a barbell on while they safely load / unload weight plates from it, and somewhere to and to lift the bar on and off during workout. The spotter arms allows for a safe free-weight workout.
For example, in the bench press, a spotter arm is placed right above the athlete's chest. That way, during workout, it becomes possible to load the barbell with the maximum weight, since the spotter arms will prevent the barbell from crushing the chest in the case of a failure or accident. The same principle applies to squatting, and various other lifts within the rack.
Many power racks also feature accessories like chin-up bars, dip handles, band pegs, and optional add-ons like lat-pulldowns, pec-decs, cable crossovers and plyometric attachments. For someone looking to train safely at home while pushing their weight limits (eg for strength training), a power rack is a safety must.
We also stock a number of rack accessories .
A squat rack or set of squat stands serve a similar purpose to power racks and cages in that they allow the lifter to safely load and unload weight plate from the bar while it is on the rack, and to “lift” the loaded bar off and on the rack. They are generally smaller than power racks, often with only two uprights, but still very stable. Squat racks and stands can also feature accessories similar to power racks, like chin-up bars, dip handles, band pegs and so on. For someone looking to train safely at home but with limited space or budget, a squat rack, or squat stands are a good fit.
A weight bench of some kind can be found in almost any gym, and is a central piece of equipment in almost every weightlifting set. In its simplest form, a weight bench comprises a padded board (s) suspended above the ground on a frame of some kind. The lifter sits, lays downs on his/her stomach, or puts his/her back against the bench and does various exercises. The exercises would generally involve barbells and dumbbells (which is why the bench is called a "weight" bench) but it can be used for body weight exercises or similar. Additional pieces of equipment can be added to or positioned around the bench (such as leg extension or preacher attachments) so that more exercises can be done.
Two primary factors to consider when assessing a weight bench are how sturdy it is (is does it wobble) and the strength of its frame. In order to support the weight of the lifter, dumbbells, and barbells while in use, the bench has to be strong and sturdy. The primary pieces of the bench should be made out of metal, and should be thick enough so as to not bend. The bench should also be balanced and supported so that, when in use, it does not tip. Since many exercises take place at one end of the weight bench, the bench should have sufficient support so that it does not fall over and injure the user when weight is not evenly distributed on top of it.
At Little Bloke Fitness, we stock a large range of products to suit all types of training styles. We can offer personalised advice based on your needs and type of training, whether you’re a professional athlete, just starting out or somewhere in between. Simply call us on 03 9462 3943 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll be happy to help.