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What makes a good power cage?

Power cages, up until recently, were something that was not used very often with the fitness equipment industry including in gyms.

Thanks to crossfit, functional training, and other power lifting trends. Power cages are now an essential part of any complete gym.

So what makes a good power cage? There are a few different ways to determine whether a power cage will suit your needs. We will touch on those in the following article.


Thick, heavy-duty frame

A quality, thick frame is critical to making sure the power cage will handle the weight you throw on them. We recommend a minimum 2mm thick steel with 60mm x 60mm tubing.

Good quality weld

Tack welds are no good, as far as power cages are concerned. You will need to look for an even, clean finished weld, well-formed all around the edges and especially your jay hooks. This will ensure longevity and allows for a greater weight rating.

Quality power coating

A good powder coating is essential if you want your cage to last past the first year of use. To make sure the power coating is done well, you should inspect the inside of the frame and look for any signs of rust. Badly coated power cages tend to scratch easily and will not be powder coated thoroughly on the inside of the frame.

Add on attachments:

For home use, power cages and light commercial units, you will find a ton of attachments that you can use with your power cages.

>Lat pulldown attachment

>Bicep and row attachments, this is and is not limited to the following

>Cable crossover attachment

>Dip attachments


Having a power cage that has all the above qualities is good, but what it always comes down to is functionality. The things to look out for are not limited to the following

  • >How easy is it to adjust the jay hooks
  • >Is there numbering to determine where the jay hooks sit?
  • >How good are your spotters and can they adjust to suit every size?
  • >How far apart are your jay hooks? Are you able to bench comfortably on the inside of the frame.
  • >If you were to place a bench inside and attempt to shoulder press will you have any space in the back for your bench to go or will it be obstructed by a back support beam?


In conclusion, although power cages can look simple and similar, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing one. Feel free to have a look at our range of power cages in the store or online on