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Everything You Should Know About The Body-Solid SPR1000 Power Rack [A Review]

body-solid spr1000 power rack review

The SPR1000 is one of Body-Solid’s premiere home power racks and as such, it comes with heavy-duty components and a spacious interior, allowing more than enough room to perform any lift you can think of.

More specifically, this rack comes with 3″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel uprights and a 1,000 lb weight capacity, making it tough enough to handle even the most gifted lifters out there.

It’s also compatible with a ton of attachments and backed by a lifetime warranty.

The downsides to this rack are few and far between, but most notably, the SPR1000 takes up a good hunk of floor space, so odds are it won’t fit in everyone’s gym.

It also isn’t cheap, so folks looking for a budget rack should likely consider other options.

But if you’re looking for a legit power rack, I think this is easily one of the best options out there – but I think I’m getting a little ahead of myself.

In this review, I’ll be going over everything the SPR1000 has to offer – we’re talking performance specs, features, warranties, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

After reading, you’ll know exactly what this rack is all about and whether or not it’s the right fit for your home gym.

Well, let’s get to it already.

The Body-Solid SPR1000 Power Rack

Body-Solid SPR1000 Commercial Power Rack - SPR1000

Body-Solid’s a great brand when it comes to home gyms, racks, and pretty much anything else weight lifting related.

They’ve got a huge lineup of equipment to choose from and their stuff tends to be high-quality.

They’re especially popular for their home gyms, like their EXM2500S, which finds itself on everyone’s best home gym list year in and year out.

But their power racks are no slouch either.

Body-Solid’s a great brand to look at if you have low ceilings too, because they offer several short racks that are under 7′ tall.

The SPR1000 we’re here to look at now is their highest-end full cage to date and comes with an MSRP of $1765, but you can usually get it for around $1300 on Fitness Factory.

Anyway, let’s start things off by looking at what this rack is made of… literally.

Pros

  • 3″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel uprights
  • 1000 lb weight limit
  • Westside hole spacing in bench zone
  • Laser cut hole numbers
  • Spacious interior
  • Compatible with a lot of attachments
  • 2x J-cups included
  • 2x safety bars included
  • Pull up bar
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Takes up a lot of floor space
  • Little pricey

Uprights

Power racks are really basic pieces of equipment when you think about it.

True, some are compatible with a ton of fancy attachments that can certainly add more complexity, but when you strip away all that stuff, the rack itself is just a steel frame.

That said, not all racks are created equal.

The uprights are the vertical posts you’ll find at each corner of a power rack and they’re responsible for bearing the majority of the weight you’ll be loading on it.

And since these racks are there really for the sole purpose of holding weight, it’s important to consider how good that rack is going to be at just that.

That’s why I encourage everyone to compare the upright specs when deciding on a rack.

All power rack uprights are built out of steel, but the size and thickness of that steel can vary.

Generally speaking, you’ll see upright dimensions that are 2″ x 2″, 2″ x 3″, or 3″ x 3″ (Rogue does have a rack with even larger 4″ x 3″ uprights, but that’s not the norm).

There are also a few racks out there with other dimensions, but generally speaking, most racks use the above sizes.

Having a larger upright is always a good thing because it makes for a more stable base.

With this in mind, consider that the SPR1000 comes with 3″ x 3″ uprights – which is realistically the largest you can expect to find on a home rack.

So, the size of the uprights is great, but what about the thickness?

Well, this is where the gauge comes in.

The “gauge” is just another term for the thickness of the steel and when it comes to steel gauges, lower numbers refer to thicker metal.

Most home power racks will come in 14-, 12-, or 11-gauge steel (with 11-gauge being the thickest of all these).

The uprights on the SPR1000 are 11-gauge.

With 3″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel uprights, the SPR1000 is about as structurally sound as home racks come.

And with a weight limit of 1000 lb, it should be able to handle any lift you’re trying to pull off.

Something else which is nice, the uprights come with Westside hole spacing (1″) in the bottom third of each upright, giving you more control over bar placement for bench presses.

The rest of the uprights come with 2″ hold spacing, which is pretty standard.

The SPR1000 also comes with laser cut numbering along the uprights, making it a little easier to line everything up when changing bar heights.

I mentioned in the intro that this rack takes up a lot of space – more specifically, this rack takes up a foot print of 81″ x 53″ (L x W) and is 90″ tall.

This size is great when it comes to having plenty of interior cage space to perform your lifts, but this is a full size rack and isn’t going to fit in everyone’s home.

So you just have to make sure you actually have enough floor space for it before deciding.

Overall though, the SPR1000 scores highly with its large, thick uprights and spacious interior. With this rack, you won’t have to worry about it feeling unstable.

Attachments

The SPR1000 comes with the following attachments included:

  • Pull up bar
  • 2x J-cups
  • 2x safety bars

Ok, so just the basics, but it does come with pretty much everything you need to get started after assembly (minus the bars and weights of course).

The SPR1000 is also compatible with several optional attachments too, including:

  • Weight plate horns
  • Band pegs
  • Multiple pull up bars/monkey bars
  • Landmine station
  • Rear extension kit
  • Heavy bag hanger
  • Safety straps
  • Storage tray
  • Rope anchors
  • Dip station attachment
  • Barbell storage
  • Ball rebounder

I think I missed a few, but the point is the SPR1000 is compatible with a lot of different attachments and storage options.

And, since this rack uses standard, 3″ x 3″ uprights, it should be compatible with a lot of attachments from other brands too.

The only thing I’m a little disappointed with here, is that this rack doesn’t include any band pegs with purchase – most Rogue racks, like their RML-490C come with band pegs… just sayin’.

Overall though, this rack includes all the basic safety stuff you need to get started and can easily grow over time through the inclusion of attachments.

Warranty

Body-Solid backs their SPR1000 Power Rack with the following residential warranty:

  • Lifetime frame/welds
  • Lifetime hardware

Yeah, Body-Solid doesn’t mess around when it comes to the warranty.

No BS, just a lifetime guarantee from top to bottom – can’t beat it.

Body-Solid actually offers a commercial warranty on this rack too:

  • Lifetime frame/welds
  • 3 year hardware

I think the fact that Body-Solid offers a commercial warranty on this rack too says a lot for its quality, especially at this price range.

Overall, this is as good as warranties come.

Final Thoughts

Alrighty, I think that about does it for the SPR1000.

There’s really not much to complain about here.

I like that this rack comes with heavy-duty, 3″ x 3″, 11-gauge steel uprights and I like that it’s a full size rack with plenty of interior space.

I also appreciate the lifetime warranty and all the attachment options Body-Solid offers.

I mentioned the space concern earlier – as a full size rack, this bad boy does take up a lot of floor space, so you have to make sure you have enough room for it.

The only other concern I would have is cost – the SPR1000 is a little pricey compared to other similar racks.

For example, Rogue’s RML-490 is very comparable to the SPR1000 in pretty much every way (although smaller footprint) and it goes for around $1100.

Not a huge difference, but Body-Solid is still a little higher.

Overall though, you know what they say – you get what you pay for.

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty power rack that’ll last a lifetime, I think Body-Solid’s SPR1000 is a great choice. Easily one of the best home power racks around.

Will

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