Squats are one of the best all-around exercises for athletes. Not only do they work out your legs, but the back, core and stabilizer muscles gain strength as well.
Squat racks and squat cages are a necessary piece of equipment if you want to go heavy.
While you could purchase one online, a homemade squat stand is a fraction of the cost. It’s the best choice if you want to build a gym on a budget. In this article, we’re going to show you the best wooden DIY squat racks and share the plans to build them.
- Read our related article: How to build a DIY deadlift platform
Garage Gym On A Budget
In this video, Carlos Acuna shares how he built a wooden home gym for under $150. The gym includes a squat stand, bench, and pull up bar. The rig is wall-mounted so it’s extremely sturdy.
We like that this build has adjustable j-hooks so you can make adjustments based on the workout type.
The Tools To Build A DIY Squat Rack
Most of the plans in this article use minimal tools and equipment. At a minimum, you should have the following tools:
- Tape measure
- Hand saw
- Electric drill
- Drill bit set
- Ratchet and socket set
Additionally, if you want these projects to go significantly faster you should use:
- Table saw or circular saw
- Sawhorses or 5-gallon buckets
Tips For Making Your Homemade Squat Rack Even Better
Place rubber padding on the area that the bar rests. This will protect your knurling from wear.
Attach the rack to a base plate to reinforce the boards and add extra stabilization.