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Why is it important to use a power rack?

Are you one of those people who hears about power racks, but don’t fully understand the benefits of using one? There’s no need to worry because you are not alone. Many people see power racks being used in their gyms, but they don’t use it to its full potential. So we’re going to breakdown the benefits and the ways to use power racks to improve your weight training.

Power racks are important for your safety.

Most of the people that do weight training push themselves to failure. People that use heavy weights in their training need to make sure that they incorporate safety measures to avoid injury. The power rack is handy for those exercise that use the Olympic barbell and heavy weights. We have provided some examples below.

Squats

In this video, you will see an example of a guy squatting until failure without a spotter and then screaming for help so that he can get the weight off his back quickly.

In the video below, you will see a demonstration where the power rack is used to add more safety into the exercise.

As you can see, you can easily let go of the weight so that it will land on the rack or if you fall forward, the power rack will save you from getting any serious injuries.

Bench press

The bench press is a favourite with many gym goers, however many people make the critical mistake of benching heavy weights with the barbell without a spotter.

This is one of the easiest ways to pick up an injury and if the person isn’t careful, they could risk having the weight land on their neck, which would cause spinal injury or even death.

It is important to have a spotter when doing this exercise with heavy weights. However, if there isn’t any spotter, it is essential that you use the power racks for your own safety. In the video below, you will see an example of unsafe bench pressing without a power rack.

Fortunately for this young man, he didn’t have the clamps on the bar so he was able to slide the weights off. However, he could have injured his chest or neck, which could have led to something fatal. Had he used a power rack, he would have been able to complete his workout without the risk of injury.

Power racks are an incredibly important piece of equipment that should be used in every gym. Check out the range of power racks from Little Bloke Fitness and invest in a good power rack today!

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