The Titan Power Rack from Titan Fitness is designed to provide an important element of safety to your home strength workouts, with its 700 lb capacity and steel construction.
But how does this compare to similar power racks and squat stands in the same price bracket?
In our review, we take an in-depth look at the competition, as well as the exercise options, design features, and customer feedback. This is to help you decide if Titan Fitness really make the best power rack for the money.
Although we’ll also compare the Titan Power Rack with squat stands and safety racks from other leading fitness companies, we first wanted to cover what’s different between this rack and Titan’s HD version.
After reviewing each rack in detail, we’ve found there to be 3 main differences:
- 1. Base frame design
On the HD version there’s no cross-beam fitted to the base of the frame across the back.
Unless you plan on using a workout bench with a particularly long base, then this probably won’t be an issue. Not having the cross-beam simply offers easier access if you’re not going to be setting this rack up against a wall.
- 2. Weight plate storage
Both racks offer weight plate storage, but do so in slightly different ways.
While the HD Power Rack provides you with 4 plate storage pegs to attach at your chosen height, the standard version features 2 pegs which are fitted to the base.
Being able to change the placement of the storage pegs can be useful for weight distribution, but because they are fitted so low on the standard rack, they still shouldn’t get in the way of your exercises.
- 3. Weight capacity
For anyone just starting a weight lifting / strength program, or even intermediate lifters, this probably won’t be an issue.
The HD version has a capacity of 1000 lbs, compared to the 700 lbs of the Standard version. Even the 700lbs limit of the standard rack we’re reviewing here is more than that offered by CAP Barbell’s top rack, which is more than twice the price.
Aside from the frame strength and weight plate storage, the wide walk-in design offers plenty of side-to-side movement for a variety of total body exercises. The rack also offers a total of 28 positions, helping it accommodate different heights and exercises.
If you’re short on space, the Titan Power Rack also measures up well against its competitors, with a footprint of 48″ x 48″. This is compared to the 54″ x 50″ required by CAP’s top-of-the-line rack – the FM-CB8008.
Titan Power Rack – Features Summary
- Capacity: 700 lbs – 1″ round steel j-hooks – 2″ steel tubes
- Chin up bar: 1 1/4″ diameter – Installation instructions
- Weight: 107 lbs – Height: 83″
- Opening: 44″ – Depth: 48″
- Inside front to back bar: 26″ – Floor space: 48″ x 48″ – Material: Steel
Does this rack have competition?
Before we start writing any review, one of the first thing’s we’ll do is compare it with similar products that are available in the same product space.
With the Titan Power Rack, this would include power racks, cages, squat racks, and even the independent squat stands that are free-standing with no fixed frame.
When we did this for the Titan Rack, we were surprised to find that this was actually one of the lowest priced, yet strongest racks currently available for home gyms.
For our comparisons we mainly focussed on models from the Valor Athletics and Cap Barbell collections, as these tend to be two particularly popular companies in the category of home strength equipment.
But how did they match up to the designs from Titan Fitness?
Even if you’ve only just started researching which power rack or cage to buy, Valor Athletics is a name that you’re probably familiar with.
Their range of squat stands and power racks is easily identifiable by the prefix to their model numbers (BD). Although they have a number of different designs available, it’s the BD-4 and BD-6 Safety Racks that are the closest to Titan in terms of price.
However, both of these are safety racks that offer walk-in squats, bench presses, and a number of other upper and lower body exercises. But the main difference is that the safety supports to catch the bar are fairly narrow.
On both models the height of the supports is fully adjustable, but if you would rather not worry about where these are in relation to the bar, then you’re going to need a power rack with full length safety rails.
Valor actually have two of these, the BD-7 and the BD-11, but these usually retail for around $500 to $550. It’s worth mentioning that both of these offer a lat pulldown attachment for cable pulley exercises, but they are listed as having weight limits of 500 lbs and 650 lbs respectively, which is below the 700 lbs of the rack from Titan Fitness.
So for what is usually going to be a $200 price difference, the Valor Fitness racks offer you 4 weight plate storage pegs and a lat pulldown attachment. Which one you choose will depend on your current gym setup, what you’re looking for from your training, and of course your budget.
When comparing Cap’s racks with the Titan Power Rack, we found that they were in a very similar position to Valor Athletics. Although their range of racks is a little more limited, they have two squat racks priced below the models from Titan, and one cage which usually retails for around $750-$800.
However, the FM-CB8008 does come with a number of unique features, with a heavy design focus around training with resistance bands and other more advanced strength training techniques.
Because that particular model is far beyond that of the racks from Titan, we didn’t think it fair to include further comparisons.
But if you want to find out more, we’ve also put together a detailed review of Cap Barbell’s top-of-the-line fitness cage, which you can find here.
The mid-range rack from CAP – the FM-CB8000F – is closer to Titan’s price range of $300-$400, and offers a more compact footprint, with weight plate storage pegs and resistance band attachment points along the base.
But if we look at the 300 lb weight capacity on bar catches, and the 300 lb user capacity on the workout bar, then it’s clear that this doesn’t quite measure up to the Titan Power rack from a strength perspective.
We’ve covered quite a few points here that could be pivotal in helping you decide on the best power rack for your own training, so we wanted to group these racks into more easily identifiable categories:
- Training for strength – If you’re training for pure strength, you’re going to need a rack that is as safe as possible during the low rep ranges, while also offering impressive frame strength.
In this case our choice would be the rack we’re reviewing here, or Titan’s HD version. They are also two of the lowest priced racks in their category.
- Training for size and tone – Preferably one of the FM-CB8008 from CAP Barbell due to its wide variety of exercise options. However, this is fairly budget dependent, and if this doesn’t happen to be in your price range, then the BD-11 from Valor Athletics would be better.
The BD-11 still has a competitive weight capacity of 500 lbs, but still offers the cable pulley for isolation exercises.
- Training for power and size – Strength and size will often require a rack that’s found a balance between a medium to high weight capacity, and a wide variety of exercise options.
In this case we would recommend the BD-7 over the Titan Power Rack, purely because of its strong frame and lat pulldown combination. It’s still worth taking note of the price difference though.
One of the main reasons for choosing a power rack over a standard squat rack or free-standing barbell supports is its safety features.
Full length safety rails on either side of the frame with a wide range of possible height settings enables you to find the racking position that best suits your height and choice of exercise.
The round steel j-hooks can also be set at the same positions, with their rounded front lip holding the bar in position, without interfering with racking the weight.
Although you don’t have access to the same number of exercise stations as some of the higher priced designs from Valor and CAP, you can still put together a number of effective full body workout routines.
When combined with an Olympic barbell, adjustable bench, and simple weight plate set, you can perform a number of compound exercises in complete safety, without the need for a spotter.
Not only will this reduce the risk of injury, but it will also give you added confidence to attempt heavier weights for more reps, which can help speed up strength and size gains.
Upper and lower body exercises
- Upright row
- Back squat
- Front squat
- Partial deadlifts
- Pull ups
- Chin ups
- Bench press
- Seated shoulder press
- Close grip bench press
- Barbell rows
So far in this review we’ve tried to provide you with objective feedback based on the design of the Titan Power Rack, and its suitability to specific workout and fitness goals.
But whenever you’re buying a new item of fitness equipment, it can be useful to collect as much information from other people’s reviews as possible. This is where e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon can prove so useful.
So before we put together our final summary and recommendation, we decided to read through the collections of customer reviews we found on these sites, then compiled the lists of pros and cons below based on the feedback that was mentioned most frequently.
We actually found the feedback to be overwhelmingly positive, making it difficult to find too many negative points. Those few that we did find are included below.
- Easy to put together
- Sturdy and stable when in use
- Extremely responsive customer service
- Easy to move if required
- Free shipping
- Wide range of racking points
- High weight capacity for its price
- Comes with safety rails and J-hooks
- Pull up bar uses knurling that some may find uncomfortable without gloves or wrapping it with webbing
- Not as many weight plate storage options as some racks