You may have already seen the brand new Olympic Power Rack Lifting Platform on the gym floor.
If not, you’re missing out. Lifting platforms are excellent ways to boost your strength, develop muscle, and really tone the body. You can see great results in just a short time too.
However, lifting weights can be daunting. And platforms like this can often look intimidating to the uninitiated. But in reality, they are a great benefit to anyone who wants to weight lift for maximum results, and they are the ideal place to start.
The benefits of the rack
The biggest draw of our fixed new power rack is the support it offers. It provides a safe and effective platform for lifting weights, regardless of your ability.
One key benefit is the safety features. The pins, safety catches and guards are all designed to catch a falling weight and protect you or anyone else from injury. In practice this means that you can exercise without the need for a spotter watching you, so you can get that workout in on your own, in a safe manner.
The modular pieces are moveable to meet your training needs too, and can give you peace of mind and a confidence boost to push yourself hard. Put the pins in place at your limit, and you’ll know you can work through to the max, with the confidence that the rack will support the weights if you falter.
You can also use the pins in different places to support a variety of exercises, including both full and partial reps. This will help you get a full range of motions in your workout, and ensure you keep correct form too!
Top exercises to try
This is the most common exercise on the power rack. Set the pins and bar at a height parallel to your shoulders, and place the safety catches at the deepest part of your squat. Perform either a back squat with the bar resting on your shoulders, or a front squat with the bar on your chest.
Remember, the safety catches are there if you need to bail, and can be used to relieve the tension for a second before you explode back up!
The Push Press
Work your arm muscles with this press up movement. Place the safety catches and bar at chest height, and with your arms bent, take the weight in your hands. You’ll then extend your arms and push the bar up and over your head.
Put the pins above your head at the maximum range of your movement, and you’ll be able to drop the bar into them if you struggle.
This exercise targets your lower back, so be wary if you do experience pain or issues there. It forms the first part of a power clean movement, as keeping your back straight and parallel to the floor, you bend with the knees to reach down and pick up the loaded barbell from the floor, standing straight and returning your back to its upright position. Hold the barbell with straight arms, and return to the floor.
If you’re not very flexible or new to the exercise, start with the barbell raised from the floor on the safety catches, to ease into the range of motion.
Why everyone should lift weights
Lifting weights is beneficial to both men and women:
- It supports more effective fat loss, as your body still burns fat after a workout
- It burns more calories, as more muscles need more energy
- It builds and sustains those sexy curves, ensuring shape isn’t lost through cardio endurance workouts
- It boosts your bone mass, promoting good bone health and helping to prevent osteoporosis
And of course, weight lifting is a great form of exercise, so you’ll benefit from better sleep, reduced stress, more energy, and generally, an improved healthy lifestyle!
If you’re not sure about how to use the brand new rack at Hale Country Club & Spa, don’t worry. Our trainers are always on hand to help out, whenever you need them!