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FringeSport Commercial Independent Squat Rack Review

June 21st 2020

The FringeSport commercial independent squat rack can save you both time and money.

If you are looking for a squat rack that has minimal installation time, can be stored fairly easily and can be moved from location to location quickly, you should be looking at purchasing independent squat stands.

Why?

Because independent squat stands are designed to meet those exact criteria.

So, let us dive deep into this review about the FringeSport Commerical Independent Squat Rack.

FringeSport Commercial Independent Squat Rack

FringeSport Commercial Independent Squat Rack Cost

The FringeSport commercial independent squat rack costs $444 (with free shipping)!

 FringeSport Commercial Independent Squat Rack Specifications

  • Dimensions: 28 inches deep, 22 inches wide, and 72 inches tall.
  • Upright Dimensions: 2 inches by 3 inches with 5/8 inch holes.
  • Weight: 48.5 pounds each (97 pounds total)
  • Weight Capacity: 1,000 pounds
  • Material: Powder Coated Steel
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Built in two pieces to easily store and move.
  • Made of a heavy gauge steel giving it a 1,000 pound weight capacity.
  • 2"x3" boxed steel with 5/8" hardware, accepts many aftermarket accessories and our own 2x3 J-Cups. (Metric #4 Allen wrench to replace UHMW)
  • 2" hole spacing through the squat and press positions, 1" hole spacing in the bench positions.
  • Holes are numbered on one side of the uprights to easily line up j-cups evenly.
  • Heavy duty caster wheels included to easily move.
  • Each piece is 28" deep, 22" wide, and 72" tall.
  • Full year satisfaction guarantee, with FREE returns.

This independent squat stand is heavy-duty and serves its purpose of holding your squat weight for you.

Please note that this commercial independent squat rack is different from a commercial squat rack, where there is a connector that links the two stands together.

That is the main and biggest difference between the two squat racks.

FringeSport Commercial Independent Squat Rack Quality

This independent squat rack from FringeSport (along with all of its products) are some of the best in the industry.

How do I know?

There are a few dead giveaways.

Weight capacity levels

FringeSport has a 1000lbs weight capacity on its commercial independent squat rack.

That is confidence combined with high-quality material put together in one product.

Hole spacing

2” spacings for the squats are plenty.

1” spacing for the bench press is ideal.

These independent squat racks have both.

This was difficult to acquire equipment that had westside spacings (1” spacing) for the bench press area a few years ago.

But FringeSport is a pioneer in the field and it never disappoints in the little details.

J-cup hooks

It helps ease some stress from the squat but many lifters will see a significant difference in the bench press if they are used to V-hooks or commercial bench press hooks.

Are Independent Squat Stands Safe?

Independent squat stands are safe to use in any compound lift.

Independent squat stands do not come with safeties so if you need to fail a squat, the weight will hit the platform.

In a few cases, some lifters opt to bench press in independent squat stands (I have not had the opportunity yet but if I had limited equipment, this would be an option).

These lifters increase their risk but ALL commercial bench presses do not have safeties anyway.

So, in terms of relative risk level, it is still very low and you should know how to fail a weight safely anyway.

Independent squat stand vs wall mount

Both squat racks have their pros and cons.

So, I will go over several reasons why the independent squat stands are better or worse than a wall mount squat set-up or retractable squat rack, like the FringeSport retractable power rack. (which was also reviewed.)

Independent squat stands are better; Pros

Can be moved into a different location

With a wall mount, you are basically stuck there.

You can only do your squats in one location.

With independent squat stands, you can move your squatting location anywhere.

You just need open space and your two independent squat stands.

Minimal installation

You do not need to drill holes into the wall to set up your independent squat stands.

This way, there is less hassle and one less thing to worry about prior to creating your own home gym.

Generally costs less

You will find that independent squat stands cost less than a wall mount squat rack.

This saves you money that you can purchase on barbells or plates, something that can very easily add up if you are a strong lifter.

Independent squat stands are worse; Cons

Takes up more space in storage

The wall mount squat racks are most likely retractable, meaning that you can fold them up after using them.

Independent squat stands, while they are minimal in equipment, still takes up some space and needs to be stored after using them.

For a retractable squat rack, you can just fold it into the wall and be done with the clean up in no time.

Less balance and stability

Wall mount racks are connected by pipes and tubes to ensure its rigidity and stability.

For independent squat stands, you do not have this luxury.

If you are a beginner or have not used too many free-weight setups, this might be an extra challenge to overcome.

In the independent squat stands, your stands will be moving a bit as you try to get into a better position, rerack, or even pick up the weight.

Just some day-to-day aspects that some lifters might not pay close attention to but it should play a role into your purchasing decision.

Conclusion

All in all, the Fringesport commercial independent squat rack is one of the best squat stands in the fitness industry.

It meets and exceeds the weight capacity levels for 99% of lifters.

It has proper hole spacing to suit your compound lifts. 

This would be 2” spacings for the squat and 1” spacings for the bench press.

It comes with J-cup hooks that are not too deep but can still provide barbell support so that the barbell does not roll off of the squat stands.

It may be a bit simplistic for some lifters so that should be accounted for.

It deserves to be in nearly all home gyms, wherever you live.

So, what are you waiting for?

Come and get your Fringesport commercial independent squat rack today!


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