Valor Fitness BD-58 Squat Rack
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|277 lbs||750 lbs||25+||Safety bars,
The Valor Fitness BD-58 is one of the squat racks available since 2016. It’s a strength training unit similar up to a point to the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-XF9933. However, its pull-up bar attachment has a different design offering more grip possibilities.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 53L x 50W x 94H inches (135L x 127W x 239H cm)
- Assembled weight: 277 lbs (125.6 kg)
- Max. weight capacity: 750 lbs (340 kg)
- Possible exercises: 25+
- Warranty: 5 years
The Valor Fitness BD-58 features a heavy-duty frame made of 3″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel tubing. The main frame features a durable black paint finish, while the j-hooks and safety bars are painted gray. The pegs for the elastic bands are made of stainless steel while the plate storage pegs are chrome-plated.
Since it’s a half rack (not a full cage), the unit is not super large. Its assembled footprint is approx. 53″L x 50″W (135 x 127 cm). However, since it’s designed for Olympic size barbells which are 7-foot (213 cm) long, you should allow at least two feet of clearance on each side of it. Also, if you’re going to work with a bench (not included), you will also have to allow at least a few extra feet of clearance at the front of the unit.
The height of the rack is 86″ (218 cm). However, the top section with the pull-up bar assembly is adjustable and can exceed the height of the two main pillars. Thus, the rack can have a total height of 94″ (239 cm). Either way, it won’t fit in a room with a 7-foot ceiling. Also, it is recommended to allow at least one foot of clearance above the unit, to be able to execute all the pull-up exercises correctly.
The fully assembled rack is pretty heavy. Its net weight (without any plates or barbells attached) is 277 lbs (125.6 kg). This being said, it offers excellent stability itself, which you can always improve further by adding weight plates on the storage pegs.
The base frame of the unit does not have adjustable levelers but does have pre-drilled holes so you can anchor it to the floor. It also has a curved bar at the rear for extra reinforcement.
The rack’s upright pillars feature 16 holes for attaching the j-hooks and safety bars. These are 1″ (2.54 cm) in diameter. The rest of the holes, the ones for the bolts and nuts are 1/2″ (1.27 cm) in diameter. Also, for the record, the bolts included with the rack are M12 (19 mm) bolts.
Last but not least, the Valor Fitness BD-58 squat rack is rated for a maximum load of 750 lbs (340 kg). Although multiple sources place it at a capacity of 1,000 lbs (453.5 kg), Valor Fitness recommended a maximum load of 750 lbs (340 kg). Also, users have reported using 450 lbs (204 kg) loads on this rack without any issues.
Other accessories and attachments
Most half racks come with included j-hooks and safety bars, and the Valor BD-58 makes no exception. The safety bars are 23″ (58.4 cm) long so they shouldn’t have any problem catching and holding a heavy bar during a failed squat. They have 6 holes each for the elastic band pegs. They’re equipped with spring action safety pins while the j-hooks have screw pins for securing them in place. Both the j-hooks and the safety bars are rubberized to prevent paint finish damage and to reduce the noise when you place a heavy bar on them.
The Valor BD-58 rack includes four long pins that can be inserted into the holes of the safety bars. They can serve as support for elastic bands either for extra stability and resistance during squats or for other elastic band exercises. Elastic bands are not included with the rack, though. Also, the rack has special attachment points for the four elastic band pins.
An important attachment included with this Valor Fitness power rack is the multi-grip pull-up bar assembly. It offers the possibility to perform pull-ups or chin-ups with a wide grip, close parallel grip, oblique grip, or a standard grip. As we’ve mentioned above, its height is adjustable. The upright pillars of the rack feature six attachment holes for the pull-up bar assembly so you can connect it at three different heights, with the highest at approx. 94″ (239 cm), and the lowest at 79″ (200.6 cm). The distance between the end points of the bar’s curved grips is approx. 48″ (122 cm).
The rack includes six weight plate storage posts as well (three for each side). They attach to the rear upright bars of the rack. They’re meant for Olympic plates (with 2″ holes) only. The distance between them is 19″ (48.2 cm), with the lowest one at approx. 13″ (33 cm) above the floor. Each post should be able to hold more than 225 lbs (102 kg), and you can basically load approx. 5-6 large plates on each one.
Finally, the rack includes two Olympic bar holders. They attach to the upper sections of the support pillars. It’s important to mention, though, that the Valor Fitness BD-58 squat rack does not include a barbell or weight plates.
- Wide grip pull-ups
- Muscle pull-ups
- Behind head pull-ups
- Around the world pull-ups
- Parallel grip pull-ups
- Oblique grip pull-ups
- One-arm pull-ups
- Weighted pull-ups
- Close grip chin-ups
- Wide grip chin-ups
- Parallel grip chin-ups
- Oblique grip chin-ups
- One hand chin-ups
- Weighted chin-ups
- Hanging knee raises
- Hanging leg raises
- Calf raises
- Wide squats
- Twisting squats
- All kinds of resistance bands exercises
- … and more.
Of course, you can always add a bench to this squat rack and perform chest presses and other exercises that require a bench/rack combo. It’s important to mention, though, that a lat machine attachment is not available for this particular Valor Fitness rack. It also does not have an attachment point for a landmine add-on.
Assembly and Maintenance
The Valor Fitness BD-58 squat rack comes packed in four boxes, the heaviest one being 75 lbs (34 kg). It requires complete user assembly, but the whole task is pretty straightforward. You will basically have to start with the base of the rack, add the upright pillars, close the rack with the pull-up bar assembly, then add the rest of the attachments and accessories. The whole process shouldn’t last for more than two hours and the manual provides clear assembly instructions.
Once the rack is fully assembled, you don’t have to worry too much about maintenance. It is recommended, though, to wipe off any sweat droplets that may fall onto the frame at the end of the workout. Other than this, you should also periodically inspect the rack, checking for loose bolts and parts, and re-tighten them if it’s the case.
- Solid frame, 11-ga, 3″ x 3″ steel;
- Excellent weight limit – 750 lbs (340 kg);
- Adjustable pull-up bar assembly with multiple grips;
- Rubberized j-hooks and safety bars;
- Safety bars have holes for resistance band pegs;
- Four resistance band pegs included;
- 16 adjustment positions for the safety bars and j-hooks;
- 6 weight plate storage posts;
- 2 storage attachments for Olympic barbells;
- Anchor points on the base bars of the cage;
- Over 25 possible exercises;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- Plate storage posts are for Olympic plates only;
- No attachment possibilities for a landmine add-on.
The Valor Fitness BD-58 is a half rack designed for home use. It offers an excellent weight capacity of 750 lbs, it comes with safety bars, j-hooks, plate storage posts, a multi-grip pull-up bar assembly, and resistance band pegs. It offers the possibility to perform more than 25 exercises and even more than that if you opt for a bench or other available attachments. In all, it’s a fairly decent power cage for users of all levels, offering excellent value and quality for the price.