This is not your typical comparison, but nonetheless it is still an important one that concerns many people who are deciding on equipment to either start building their dream home gyms or looking to add more useful equipment to their pre-existing gyms. Before I go any further and talk about the key differences and functions of Power towers and Power Racks, I want to say a few things about the benefits of having your own private gym at home.
While there is nothing wrong with going to the neighborhood gym or a top of the line institute, if you’re a working person, who has to juggle several things on a daily basis, it can be hard and expensive to travel to the gym, when all you want to do is get home and get in a quick workout. Most of the times, even the best gyms with the best trainers are too crowded at that peak hour when you finally get off work. When it is your turn you end up frustrated and what’s worse you only put in half the effort and then you wonder why you’re not achieving the results you thought you would. Add to that every time you make an excuse to skip the gym and you can quickly see why you’re running in the same place and not making any headway. With the home gym, you can simply bypass all that frustration and wasted time and simply just get to it. If you’re still not convinced, you will be after you’re through reading the benefits of owning either a Power tower or a Power Rack.
The power tower was designed keeping in mind the hectic pace of modern life to provide people with the opportunity to get fit and build muscle from the comfort and convenience of their homes. The power tower is a multi-station exercise tower that supports a full body workout. Users can target their back muscles with pull-up/chin-ups, their chest with elevated pushups, their triceps and arms with dips and their core muscles (including their abs) with the padded arm rests and back rest. The greatest benefit of the power tower is that it supports compound movements (multi-joint, multi-muscle movements) like the pull-up, the dip and the push up that work several muscles at the same time which helps in building overall muscle as well as cutting weight. The benefits of compound exercise are numerous especially for novices. An entire session on the power tower won’t take you more than 20-25 mins and you will have worked your entire body.
The power rack is equipment that is designed to allow for a free weight training workout using a barbell. While the Power Tower supports body weight compound movements, the Power Rack supports compound movements with free weight. One can train the body jsut as efficiently with a barbell and weights as with bodyweight. However, many experts would recommend to first train the body using a power tower and then gradually progress to the power rack. With the power rack users can perform squats, deadlifts, barbell rows (all of which work the back, legs and posterior chain of muscles) as well as the military press, bench press, barbell curls ( that work the chest, shoulders and biceps). More advanced exercises include the clean, power clean, clean and jerk and the snatch that are full-body explosive movements that build strenght and power.