How Much Does a Squat Rack Weigh? (25 Racks Compared)


How Much Does a Squat Rack Weigh

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If you’re in the market for a new squat rack, it’s always good to know how much the squat rack weighs.

For lifting purposes though, knowing the weight of your squat rack can give you an idea of the size (thickness) and quality of your rack.

The average squat rack weighs about 250 pounds, but racks can vary anywhere from 73 pounds for a lightweight wall-mounted rack all the way up to over 600 pounds for a highly customized rack.

For this article, I spent a couple of hours looking up the weights for 25 different squat racks from 10 different companies. You’re welcome.

I categorized each rack by type. So, squat stands are together, half-racks are together, etc.

If you’re not familiar with the different types of racks, like a Squat Stand vs a Power Rack for example – I’ll do my best to briefly explain the difference between each one when we get them.

NOTE: These are NOT Load Capacities! The weights listed here are what the racks themselves weigh, it has nothing to do with how much weight the rack can hold.

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Squat Stand Weights

Squat Stands are very minimalistic squat racks. They are generally two posts designed to sit a barbell on top off with a small base and not much else.

They’re going to take up the smallest amount of space out of any of the rack types (with the exception of wall-mounted racks which I’ll explain in a second).

Squat Stands
Brand Rack Weight* Available At:
Rogue SML-2 157 lbs Rogue
Rogue SML-2C 157 lbs Rogue
Rogue Y2 Yoke 195 lbs Rogue
Titan T-3 Series Short Yoke 166 lbs Titan
Titan T-3 Series Tall Rack 149 lbs Titan
Titan X-3 Series Short Squat Stand 130 lbs Titan

*All Weights are taken from the rack’s product page. Horton Barbell cannot guarantee the accuracy of product pages.

Wall Mounted Rack Weights

Wall Mounted Racks are, well, mounted to the wall. The dimensions listed below are for when the rack is ready to be used.

But, one of the advantages of a wall-mounted rack is that some are made to be folded back into the wall making them take up almost no space at all when not being used.

Wall Mounted Racks
Brand Rack Weight* Available At:
Bells of Steel Wall Mounted Power Rack 73 lbs Bells of Steel

*All Weights are taken from the rack’s product page. Horton Barbell cannot guarantee the accuracy of product pages.

Half Rack Weights

Half-Racks are squat racks that generally have two posts (although some could have 4 including storage extensions) and are open on the front side where all lifts are performed.

They have a much larger base than a squat stand and are much more stable, but because there is no front half of the rack (meaning less material) half-racks are generally cheaper.

Half Racks
Brand Rack Weight* Available At:
Bridge BUILT Phoenix Squat Rack 150 lbs Bridge BUILT
Ghost Strong Combo Rack HD 615 lbs Ghost Strong
Hammer Strength Athletic Half Rack 410 lbs Life Fitness
Rogue HR-2 225 – 255 lbs*** Rogue
Rogue Monster Lite Half Rack 330 lbs Rogue
Sorinex Base Camp Half Rack 422 lbs Sorinex

*All Weights are taken from the rack’s product page. Horton Barbell cannot guarantee the accuracy of product pages.

**Bridge BUILT Phoenix Squat Rack is also available in heights of 87″ and 99″

***Rogue HR-2’s weight varies depending upon the upright selection.

Full Rack Weights

Full Racks, often times referred to as Power Racks, are squat racks that consist of a minimum of 4 posts with enough room to safely perform most exercises within the four posts.

A Power Rack is what most of us visualize when someone uses the term ‘squat rack’.

Full Racks
Brand Rack Weight* Available At:
ATX ATX PRX-755SD-400 149 kg The Gym Revolution
ETHOS Power Rack 1.0 278 lbs Dick’s Sporting Goods
Rogue Monster Lite 390F 295 lbs Rogue
Rogue R3 200 lbs Rogue
Rogue RML-690 530 lbs Rogue
Rogue RML-490 336 lbs Rogue
Sorinex Base Camp Power Rack 561 lbs Sorinex
Sqmize Sq8 73 kg Simple Products
Titan T-2 Series Power Rack 140 lbs** Titan
Titan T-3 Series Power Rack 210 lbs*** Titan
Titan X-3 Series Flat Foot Power Rack 296 lbs^ Titan
Tuff Stuff Evolution Power Cage (CPR-265) 218 lbs Tuff Stuff

*All Weights are taken from the rack’s product page. Horton Barbell cannot guarantee the accuracy of product pages. Also, some racks’ weights are listed in the metric system because their manufacturers are located “across the pond”. If you need to convert, just go to Google.

**The Titan T-2 Series Power Rack also comes in a shorter version that weighs 133 pounds.

***The Titan T-3 Series Power Rack also comes in smaller sizes that weigh as little as 186 pounds.

^The Titan X-3 Series Power Rack also comes in a shorter version that weighs 280 pounds.

Why is Squat Rack Weight Important?

The weight of your squat rack matters for more reasons than just how hard it’s going to be if you need to move it around your gym.

Gauge of Steel

How much your squat rack weighs matters because a heavier squat rack often is an indicator of thicker, or lower gauge, steel.

Squat racks come in all different gauges of steel, with 11-gauge being the ‘gold standard’. As the gauge number goes up (I’ve seen racks as high as 16 gauge) the thinner the steel.

Racks with thinner steel are rated to handle lower loads and while most lifters won’t ever actually need anything more than 600lbs, the thicker the steel the safer, and more durable, the rack.

Size of Uprights and Crossmembers

Another place where heavier means higher quality is in the size (width and depth) of the uprights and cross members (essentially all of the beams) of your rack.

Squat rack beams typically come in three sizes – 3×3, 2×3 and 2×2. The gold standard here is the 3×3. This means the beams are 3″ wide and 3″ deep. In addition to bigger being stronger, many rack attachments are built specifically to fit 3×3 beams.

More Stable

A heavier rack will also tend to be much more stable and less prone to rocking or tipping.

Now, many if not most racks recommend that you should bolt the rack into the ground for safety and to prevent rocking and tipping issues.

However, I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about the idea of drilling holes into my garage floor.

I’m not telling you to go against the manufacturer’s recommendations because that would be extremely reckless on my part. You should absolutely follow all equipment use instructions. All I’m saying is a heavier rack is more inherently stable.

Are there exceptions to all these rules? Of course. Factors like rack design can also play a big part when it comes to quality and stability, but remember those are the exceptions and not the rules.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to squat racks, generally speaking, it’s better to be heavy. And while how much a squat rack weighs shouldn’t be the number one determining factor of which rack you purchase, it should be something you at least consider.

After all, if you’ve ever had to pack up all your weights and move to a new home, you’ll quickly become aware of how much all of your equipment weighs.

Hope this article helped, if nothing else, saved you a ton of time (pun intended) in comparing weights for different racks.

Finally, if you need to be able to quickly compare squat rack sizes, I compared the lengths, widths and heights of 34 different squat racks as well.

 

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Ryan Horton

Horton Barbell was created by Ryan Horton who has served as a Sports Performance Coach for almost 20 years. My mission is to create a training resource to help as many coaches and athletes as possible maximize athletic potential.

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