I started off building out my garage gym with building my own squat rack, but after a year (and when it became apparent the gym was here to stay) I decided it was time to say goodbye to my DIY Squat Rack and get something a little more… metal.
So, I started doing my research on squat racks that would do what I wanted, hold up over the long haul and fit my budget. While I’ve bought squat racks many times in my life, they’ve always been for collegiate weight rooms and those were definitely not going to be in my budget.
I wanted to see if I could find a quality squat rack for under $500 and a Memorial Day Sale helped push the Titan T-3 Power Rack over the finish line. I’ve been using my rack for about 3 months now and am going to share my thoughts on what I’ve liked about the rack, what I haven’t and ultimately whether or not I think you should buy one.
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Here we go.
Titan T-3 Power Rack Review
Let’s go through the specs briefly so you can get a clear picture of the details of the T-3 Rack.
|Titan T-3 Squat Rack Specs|
|Rack Height||91″ (also available as 82″)|
|Rack Depth||24″ (also available as 36″)|
|Steel Gauge||2×3 11 gauge steel uprights|
|Rackable Capacity||1100 lbs|
|Max Pull-Up Bar Height (For 91″ Rack)||88″|
|Overall FootPrint (For 24″ Depth Rack)||54″ x 32.75″|
|Total Product Weight (For 91″ Rack)||196 lb|
|Accessories||J Hooks: Included (2)
Weight Plate Holders: Optional
1.25″ Pull-Up Bar: Included
2″ Fat Bar Pull-Up: Included
Bolt-Down Options: Included
The Cost of the T-3 Power Rack is going to vary in the range of just under $500 to over $600 ($489-$649 at time I’m writing this). The final cost is going to depend on the height and the depth of the rack you choose as well as whether you opt for the weight plate holders.
I went with the taller of the two options, 91″ vs 82″. This was an easy choice. I’m 6’4 and trying to do pullups on the shorter rack would have been really annoying.
Depth-wise I chose the narrower option, 24″ vs 36″. This is really just to maximize space and one of the things that I became very aware of after I build and used my own rack is that you really need nearly as much depth on a rack as you think you do.
Finally, I opted not to get the optional weight plate holders. The main reason, besides added cost, is they didn’t make sense space-wise with how my gym is laid out. I have a wall on one side of my rack and a set of stairs on the other. Trying to take plates on and off the rack would have been more of a hassle than benefit.
If my layout was a little different I probably would have paid the extra money and gotten them because have a couple 45s on your rack is the simplest and easiest way to anchor down your rack. (We’ll talk about that more in a minute)
I got lucky with a Memorial Weekend Sale which took a few bucks off and ended up getting my rack for a little less than $500.
Shipping & Assembly
If you’ve read any of my other Titan Reviews then you’re probably aware that one of my favorite things about Titan is their shipping. Not only did my rack show up in about 3 days, it shipped for FREE. Titan ships everything for free, all the time.
I still honestly don’t know how they do this. I shipped an iPhone case the other day and it cost me six bucks. They sent me entire squat rack for free. Crazy.
Overall, assembly was really easy. You will need a 15/16 wrench and ideally two of them. Those aren’t your everyday size wrenches so make sure you’re prepared with the proper tools when your rack arrives.
What I’ve Liked
Besides the cost and the shipping (which are both big thumbs up), I’ve really liked this T-3 Power Rack. It’s been everything I was hoping for. It looks really good, a really clean design and the powder coating thus far has held up great. It is heavy duty and I’ve had no issues with feeling like the rack can’t handle any of the weight I’m using on it.
The size is perfect. I get all the functionality I need without taking up too much space.
I like the multiple pull-up bar options, even if I don’t end up using the fat bar one too often.
At the end of the day, other than looking awesome, a good squat rack should almost go unnoticed – almost taken for granted. If you’re actually noticing the rack a lot then that usually means you’re having issues with it and that’s not a good thing.
What I’ve Not
Really nothing. The one thing I will note is that the rack I got does tip a bit when I do pull-ups. I’m not mad at it though, because I KNEW this was most likely to be an issue.
I opted not to get the optional weight plate holders which would have most likely done the job of holding it down. I could also bolt it down, but I really don’t want to put holes in my garage floor.
I also bought the taller and narrower version of the rack to maximize space, but it does make it more prone to tipping.
After using plates against the rack for awhile, I came up with a DIY hack to keep the rack on the ground while I do pullups. It might look a little odd, but it has worked to perfection.
I screwed hooks into the board that was my wall attachment for my original squat rack (something told me to leave those on the wall). Then I used bungee hooks attached to the board and the top of the rack. Has worked to perfection so far.
Should You Buy a Titan T-3 Power Rack
This is what is all comes down to, right? Should you buy this T-3 Power Rack?
I can’t tell you what you should or shouldn’t do or what fits best for you gym space and your workout needs.
What I can tell you is this: I would buy this rack again in a heartbeat with zero hesitation. I honestly don’t think I could have bought a better rack for the price I paid. It has exceeded my expectations across the board.
If you’re looking for a low cost, but high quality rack, I highly recommend the Titan T-3 Power Rack.