We are pleased to announce that we have just taken delivery of a second power rack at our private gym on Piccadilly. The more well-informed among you will need no introduction to this exceptionally useful piece of personal training equipment, possibly because you already spend a considerable amount of time using it, whilst being coached by a member of the personal training team.
However, for those of you who haven't been introduced to the power rack (don't worry you soon will be!) here is a brief guide to what it is, what it does and why we as London personal trainers feel that they are an essential component to any gym that takes strength training seriously.
So, what exactly is a Power Rack?
The Power rack is a piece of weight training equipment designed to allow for safe free weight workouts using a barbell without the movement restrictions imposed by equipment such as the Smith machine ( essentially a barbell on a track, a machine masquerading as a free-weight).
It is composed of four vertical posts -like a 4 poster bed, but without the bed- with moveable horizontal safety bars on each side. For extra strength the upright posts are usually linked together at the top and bottom thus producing a cage effect, hence sometimes being called a power cage. It's safe because if a weighted bar is dropped or lift "lost" during for example the bench press then the bar will be caught by the side safety bars.
The power rack can be used for a number of exercises including squats and various over-head presses, partial Bench Presses, Partial Squats and Partial Deadlifts . The partial movements allows for greater weight to be used in a safe way allowing for an overloading of various muscle groups to produce greater strength and muscle growth.
And, finally, for those of you who wanted more weight plates, well Christmas has come early in the form of a set of brightly coloured Olympic styled bumper plates.
We are pleased to announce we have also recently added a new power rack at our Waterloo gym!