PowerTec Fitness WorkBench Power Rack
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|208 lbs||1,000 lbs|
dip & pull-up
Parts: 2 years
Wear: 1 year
The name of this power rack is a little bit misleading, as it does not include a workbench. However, pairing it with a workbench in order to diversify the exercise array is possible, just as for any power rack. In fact, PowerTec Fitness offers two major add-ons for this power rack, one being the WorkBench WB-UB13 and the other one being the Lat Tower WB-LTO14, but these two addons are optional. Also, to avoid any confusion regarding the identity of this power rack, this is the PowerTec Fitness WB-PR14.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 50.8L x 50.6W x 84H inches (129L x 128W x 213H cm)
- Assembled weight: 208 lbs (94.3 kg)
- Max. weight capacity:
- Rack: 1,000 lbs (453.5 kg)
- Dip and chin-up bars: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Possible exercises: 30+
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 2 years / Wear parts 1 year
Frame and parts
The PowerTec WB-PR14 is similar in construction to the Titan T3, but it does not come with peg supports for weight plates. Needless to say, its frame is made of high-tensile steel tubing, featuring a corrosion resistant paint finish, black in color. However, there’s also a version with the upright bars painted yellow, but this one costs about $50 more.
The frame itself, without any additions, is fairly heavy, weighing over 200 lbs. This means it delivers excellent stability for pull-ups, dips or chin-ups. Its bases are simple, square steel tubes, without any adjustable stabilizers, or rubberized pads. They don’t have any holes drilled in them for anchoring the rack to the floor, but you can always do this yourself, if necessary. It will void the warranty, though.
The PowerTec Fitness WorkBench Power Rack doesn’t have an extremely large footprint compared to other fitness machines of home gyms. Its footprint is almost square, taking 50.8″L x 50.6″W (129 x 128 cm) of floor space. It does require a larger work area, though, especially if you will be using a barbell. This will call for at least two feet of clearance on each side. If you’re going to use a fitness bench for chest presses, it will definitely require at least four feet of clearance at the front. Also, the inside width of the rack is approx. 44 and 1/2 inches (113 cm), so you will have enough room for squats and other exercises.
When it comes to height, the frame’s highest point is situated at 84″ (213 cm) above floor level. This being said, the rack won’t fit in a room with a 7′ ceiling. Also, you’ll need at least 20″ (51 cm) of clearance above the rack, for the correct and safe execution of pull-up and chin-ups.
The upright bars of the rack feature 22 adjustment holes for the safety bars, catch bars and dip handles. The highest adjustment hole is approx. 20″ (51 cm) from the rack’s top, while the lowest hole is approx. 12″ (30.4 cm) above floor level.
The PowerTec WB-PR14 power rack has an impressive weight capacity. Its J hooks, safety bars and the rack itself are rated for 1,000 lbs (453 kg). The dip bars and pull-up bar can withstand weights up to 400 lbs (181.4 kg). These being said, you can perform weighted dips or pull-ups without any issues.
The included parts and accessories with the black version of the PowerTec WB-PR14 rack are two dip handles, two catch bars (or J hooks), two safety bars and two pull-up handles. The yellow version features a pull-up bar rather than two handles, thus offering the possibility to perform close grip pull-ups or chin-ups. The grips on the dip and pull-up handles are knurled not rubberized. Also, the dip handles are slightly curved inward, in order to deliver a more natural grip for the related exercises.
This rack is meant for Olympic 7-foot barbells. Of course, you can use shorter barbells with it as long as the loaded weight plates on its pegs will extend outside the rack. Barbell and weight plates are not included with this power cage, nor are any peg supports for your weight plates.
PowerTec offers two main add-ons for this power rack, the PowerTec WB-UB13 utility bench, and the PowerTec Lat Tower WB-LTO14; these are not included with the parent rack, being sold separately.
PowerTec WB-UB13 Utility Bench
This workbench is quite versatile, offering several angles from incline to 90-degree position. It features a heavy-duty construction, with an all-steel frame, and a wide base. It’s 56″ (142 cm) long and 27″ (68.5 cm) wide; therefore, in case you want to opt for a different bench, these dimensions should serve as a starting point for your choice.
The bench is rated for a maximum weight load of 600 lbs (272 kg). It integrates a patented linkage mechanism that allows the bench section to pivot from the front to the rear locked position with ease for the purpose of the shoulder press exercise and to provide front stability support for various other accessories. The rear position can also be used to save space when the bench is not in use.
The rear base of its frame includes a set of wheels for easy transport. Its front part accepts a curl pad or a leg developer. The seat is also equipped with lateral arms for gripping during leg exercises.
PowerTec WB-LTO14 Lat Tower
This lat tower features a simple construction, being equipped with pegs for Olympic weight plates. It’s rated for 300 lbs (136 kg) and does not come with any weight plates. It has a high pulley for lat exercises and a low pulley for seated rows or leg abductions. It includes the lat bar as well as the short bar for the low pulley. It integrates aircraft rated cables and nylon reinforced pulleys, with steel ball bearings.
- Wide grip pull-ups
- Muscle pull-ups
- Behind head pull-ups
- Around the world pull-ups
- One arm pull-ups
- Weighted pull-ups
- Close grip chin-ups
- Wide grip chin-ups
- One hand chin-ups
- Weighted chin-ups
- Weighted dips
- Band-resisted dips
- Dip to leg raise
- Side-to-side dips
- Gironda dips
- Reverse Gironda dips
- Hanging knee raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Calf raises
- Wide squats
- Twisting squats
- … and more
Assembly and Maintenance
Just as any other power rack the PowerTec WB-PR14 is far from being a complicated item of fitness equipment. Therefore, its assembly is pretty much straightforward and can be done by a single person. First, you’ll have to put together the base bars, then add the upright bars, the top bars, and finally the rest of the accessories. This shouldn’t take more than two hours. The included manual offers comprehensive and concise step-by-step assembly instructions. Tools are not included, though. Thus, you’ll need two adjustable wrenches.
In terms of maintenance, apart from a periodic check for loose bolts and parts, there isn’t much required.
- Extremely sturdy frame, all-steel made, rated for loads up to 1,000 lbs;
- Pull-up and dip handles included, rated for loads up to 400 lbs;
- Solid steel safety bars and J-hooks;
- 22 adjustment positions for the safety bars, J hooks and dip handles;
- Utility bench and lat tower options available (not included, though);
- Over 30 possible exercises;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- The tools required for assembly are not included;
- Requires a usage space with a ceiling of at least 8′;
- Bases are not equipped with rubberized pads, therefore placing it on a rubber mat may be required.
The PowerTec Fitness WB-PR14 is a power rack with a weight capacity of 1,000 lbs. It offers a bit more than a basic rack, as it’s equipped with a set of dip handles and a set of pull-up handles, which are rated for 400 lbs.
It’s an extremely stable rack, and due to its overall weight, it doesn’t necessarily have to be bolted to the floor. It’s spacious enough inside, providing the safe execution of most exercises with a barbell. It actually supports the full range of exercises that can be performed by using a power cage of this type. Also, a utility bench and a lat tower are available options (not included) for it. In all, it’s a decent power rack, with an excellent price/value ratio.