Build your muscles and tone your body with these fitness squat stands, and augment your home gym repertoire. Enjoy getting in shape with these squat stands that feature a solid base and chrome back plate with easily adjusted safety spotters....more
I bought these squat stands to use in my basement where I have limited space. I'm using them primarily for bench press, although I have also used them for squats and for standing overhead presses. I'm using a a flat bench and a standard barbell. The stands are very solid and don't move when I'm racking and un-racking the bar. I like the flexibility of being able to move the stands to suit my needs. I ended up setting them very close to the bench, so I can get a wide grip on the bar. If I was using an olympic bar I would set the stands wide and grip the bar on the inside.
Putting the stands together was simple and took around 30 minutes. You will want to use a socket wrench instead of the included tool which wasn't easy to work with.
If you are cramped for space and don't squat over 500lbs on a regular basis this an excellent alternative to the pricey power racks out there. This product is surprisingly stable and well engineered to handle the 300lb range. Easy to assemble. Delivery was less than a week for me. No complaints except sore glut and quads. I would recommend this product to any intermediate class lifter.
Did the product fit true to size? Yes
How is the quality of the product? Good
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes
First, note that the stand uppers I received were not chrome as described, but less-expensive black. . . . . .
I was impressed with the packaging, design, materials, construction, and finish. It includes a bottle of touch-up paint which I didn't need. Assembly was easy and they seem sturdy, I'd say heavy-home / light-commercial quality. I am not using them for their designed purpose, I use them to support a barbell to do pullups from a chair, for which they work very well. . . . . . . .
The stick-on lower bracket rubber pads, and to a lesser extent the push-on rubber feet, emit a strong new-rubber-tire odor which diminishes somewhat over weeks/months. Fortunately they are easily substituted or left off. . . . .
I am concerned that the full weight of the stand uppers rests entirely on the one-hole lower bracket adjustment pins and not at all on the two-hole safety clips; the clips are less than 3/4 the diameter of the holes (8 mm vs. 11 mm). My engineer sense says this will break the adjustment pins. So currently I leave the lower brackets unused and keep the adjustment pins partially disengaged so that the stand uppers rest entirely on the safety clips. Eventually I will replace the clips. . . . .
Overall I am satisfied that it was the best value for the total price meeting my needs, and I would buy it again.
For the price, these stands are a good addition to a home gym. With that said, the assembly was difficult, the instructions kept referring the wrong number but used the right name for the part. In addition, the cap on the safety arm blocked the hole from feeding through the horizontal upright on the main frame, so I jammed it down, and popped off a plastic cap. It works ok, if you aren't adjusting it constantly for different heights. If you plan on making adjustments to suit different heights, it might be a real pain. I'm just using it for squats (about 250 max). If I ever break the 250 lb barrier, I'll buy something a little beefier. You have to remember you are paying less than $$$ for these, while it's a deal, don't expect it to perform like commercial equipment (adjustment wise).
Everything was a advertised. The order was filled and shipped quickly and arrived without incident.
The squat stands are just fine for our needs. The are sturdy enough for the of use that they receive in our Weightlifting Club
Not bad for the money. If you have limited space, you could do a lot worse than these stands. I have them on a slightly uneven surface and they work great so far, but I've only had them for about a month.
How accurate was the sizing? very
Please tell us about the quality of the product. sturdy, easy to put together, easy to store
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
These are my first squat stands, and I bought them because I felt that they were the most reasonably priced. I was originally looking for a single unit, but this increases cost and shipping due to size. If you go to the Valor web site or you-tube, you can see a simple demo of some of the features. http://valorathleticsinc.com/store/BD-3-Squat-Stands-p-16171.html
The general quality is good, but the assembly documentation could be cleaned up a bit for clarity. Pet peeve of mine is poorly written materials, bad grammar and misspellings. The drawings are good, but assembly and usage instructions are weak..One thing that I puzzled over for several minutes is how to set the height adjusting short arms so that the height adjusting bar could slide independently of it. The "M16 adjusting popper pin" is actually a spring pin that you pull back to make a quick adjustment to the short support bar.The use of this pin is not documented. The stands also comes with a small jar of touch-up paint, but it is not on the parts list. I had to write a note to the manufacturer to ask what it was, because the little jar looked like it was a part of the assembly.
While the stands provide several nice features, such as narrower feet in the front to reduce the chance of tripping when stepping away from the stand, and safety latches at the top for weight changing, they are pretty light weight. Not recommended to load more than #150 lbs. Having said that, when backing up to return the bar to the stands, the separate stands and their light weight can make it a bit tricky to get the weight on the stands without knocking them around. Placing extra weights on the back side feet might help this, and the Valor stands at the next price range have pins at the bottom to store weights.
I am still learning how to make the best use of these stands, but I think they are fine for the home gym and good quality for the price.
How accurate was the sizing? as described
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good quality
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
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