I work hard, and now that I’ve got a family, these days I have less and less time to myself. So obviously everything starts to suffer and it was getting harder and harder for me to find the time to get to the gym.
Problem is, I need that gym time. Not just for my physique, though I had been noticing the impact, even after just a few weeks, but for my head as well. That hour with the iron refreshes me like nothing else. The separation from everything else, the focus I have when I’m in the gym, bleeds out into the rest of my life. It not only makes me feel better, it makes me perform better.
I already had a bench, bar and set of dumbells at home, but you know as well as I do that if you’re lifting heavy, you need a cage. That’s why I decided to grab myself a power rack and set it up in my garage. I get home from work earlier, I still get my workouts in, and I can spend more time with my family. Everybody wins.
After looking around, I settled on the Power Rack from a brand I’d never heard of, TDS. It wasn’t expensive, and you know as well as I do that can sometimes mean inferior build quality and cheaper materials, but after looking into it, I wasn’t put off. And I’m glad I wasn’t.
TDS are a solid brand. In business for almost 20 years now, all of their gear is aimed specifically at people who want to train at the highest level and the highest intensity. They’re actually run by powerlifters and weightlifters, and it seems like they aim their marketing at weightlifters as well.
Their site has a picture of the founder on it, and he’s a tank. He’s built something like a human incredible hulk, which fills me full of confidence that their products are going to be solid and effective. After all, who’s going to know what the best weightlifting products are better than actual high-performance weightlifters?
With a no frills build design, the TDS power rack is easy to review. After all, it does exactly what it’s designed to do, and doesn’t need to do anything more.
If you’re looking to create a home gym, you’re going to need a rack for pretty much any proper exercise. At least, if you’re going to lift any amount of weight safely and with proper form. So when you’re setting up your home gym, you’re going to be looking for versatility and performance.
If you’re looking for a simple power rack that’s not too expensive and does everything you want it to do, this is perfect. It’s a good size, which makes it easy to fit in garages and spare rooms. It’s also not actually that tall, so you could probably slam it in a basement or somewhere else with lower ceilings as well.
It’s easy to set up, and simple to use. All you really need to expand is to add a bench and you’re good to go for pretty much everything. Most importantly, it’s got a colossal 1000lbs of weight capacity. Whether you’re a weekend warrior who’s just getting back into the gym game, or a pro looking to compete, this has got enough weight to keep you safe, no matter what you’re lifting.
It’s also relatively cheap. I mean, I understand why. It doesn’t come with any of the mod cons or accessories that you get from the more well-known brands, and it doesn’t look polished or pretty. But it does its job. Incredibly well.
I’ve also got to mention the price. It’s pretty cheap. Especially compared to a lot of other options. And again, even though it’s cheap, it’s rock solid. Probably because TDS decided to put the money into construction rather than looks or flash when they were designing this thing. I won’t list the specific price as it might change, but you can see it here on Amazon.com.
When it arrived, I groaned inside. It was a flatpack box full of parts with instructions that might as well have been in Chinese. Then I got to it. It was actually really simple to put up, and I had the whole thing done in just over an hour. If there had been someone helping me, I would have crushed it in far less than that.
The packaging is an ass. When the delivery guy got it off the truck the cardboard box it came in was ripped and full of holes. I had a look online. Apparently, this is a normal thing.
However, once I got the thing open, it was obvious that nothing had happened to the frame itself. Worth checking yours over once you get it, though, to make sure everything is in top condition.
When I was looking for this, I was legitimately surprised by the sheer range of products out there. I only wanted a cage for squats, deadlifts, and my bench, but you can get products that come with pretty much anything.
Instead of the TDS squat rack, I’ve reviewed here, for a little more money you can get a cage with a built-in lat. bar and weights, like Body solid (view on Amazon.com).
There are also more complete systems, like you’d find in commercial gyms, rather than the raw, basic metal frame the TDS rack has. If that’s something you’d prefer, I’d suggest something like this Cap Barbell’s power cage, which you can check on Amazon.com, that comes with damn near everything, including multigrip pull up station, jump platform, leg raise platform, a bunch of resistance bands and attachment points, and more.
Honestly, I’m really impressed with this. When I train, I don’t need fancy electronics or pretty formed plastic all around me. I don’t care about what I look like or what I’m training inside.
All I need to know is that the rack I’m in will do the job and keep me safe. This does, and it does it well. Considering the price, if that’s what you want, you won’t regret picking this up.
Hey! My name is Paul Sheldon. I live in Nashville, TN and I love all things related to sports. Naturally I love workking out and I do it every day. If you want to talk feel freee to hit me a message or if you happen to be in Nashville we can get a coffee, I know a great place. Peace!