Village Gym Squat Racks - How To
All our UK gyms have squat racks and we must admit, they are VERY popular! But don’t be intimidated by squat racks, they are easy to set up, simple to use and can accommodate a range of exercises to get your strength levels up.
What is a squat rack?
As the name states, it’s a rack with two metal stands which support a barbell, holding it like a trainer or spotter. Its purpose is to support the weight as you exercise.
How to set up a squat rack?
Make sure you align the bar at the right height, tends to be shoulder height, so you can get the loaded bar off the hooks with ease, but not so high you’re on your tiptoes. Also, if you’re upping the weights or new to the racks, adjust the safety bars to catch you at your lowest squat level giving you room to drop the bar.
How to use a squat rack?
Place the bar just below shoulder level, step under the bar resting it on the back of your shoulders (under your neck). Grip the bar with hands on either side, lift the bar by pushing upwards with your legs and straightening your body upright. Step back, position your legs, toes pointing slightly outwards and start your reps.
Remember to keep your head up at all times to keep the bar aligned!