Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage Review
Many people choose to get fit. But to get fit, there is no single way to do it right. The most popular option is a commercial gym – by joining one you get access to all the machines and free weights it offers. On the other hand, you will also have to pay every month. And not everybody likes to exercise with other people. To combat this issue, different kinds of home gyms exist for folks who still want to get in shape. One popular option is Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage. Let me introduce you to this apparatus and its benefits!
Briefly about the machine
Valor Fitness BD-41 is a power cage that, by itself, looks pretty simple. But let me tell you, it offers the possibility to do some of the best strength training exercises known to a mankind. The main frame is made of 2.5″ x 2.5″ steel, a sturdy material that will bear the weight of even more advanced users.
What exercises is this Valor good for?
Now comes the best part of the unit! The moves you can do with the power cage are so-called “money exercises” – recruiting a lot of muscle groups at the same time, signaling them to grow in size and strength. I’m talking about the following exercises:
Squat – Yep, you can obviously do a squat with this machine. Both back and front variations are possible. They are a great leg developer, and if you go for the front squat version, also your upper back will get a workout (it is required to stabilize the load in front of you).
Pull-ups – This is, in my opinion, the king of upper body exercises. By pulling yourself up, you’re recruiting your whole upper back and biceps. Abs are needed for stabilization. The pull-up bridge of Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage is constructed so that you can indeed do pull ups with palms facing you, facing each other or facing away from you. These variations load muscles a bit differently, you should do all of them.
Military press – A great exercise to get your shoulders big and strong! Of course, you’ll need a bar for that, but this Valor will help you with racking and unracking the bar from a perfect weight. In another words, by using a rack like this for military press you don’t need to clean (lift) the bar off the floor when starting and finishing the set.
Bench press – Bench press, in a form or another, is a staple in any strength training program. It will grow your chest greatly. And it’s not only the flat bench you can do – incline and decline versions are available as well to specifically target your upper or lower chest. However, just remember that bench is sold separately.
Advantages of Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage
Two pairs of freely adjustable J-hooks – the hooks that are used to racking and unracking the barbell – are included. You can change their height and put them inside or outside the rack as you please. There is also a third pair but it is fixed to the safety bars and thus not freely adjustable.
There are four pegs for storing your plates. They are the four short ones sticking to sides you see in the picture. They accommodate both Olympic and standard plates, with the peg diameter being tad smaller than one inch.
The two safety bars (in the middle of the picture) can also be freely adjusted to your liking. There are 26 heights where you can place the J hooks or safety bars, ranging from 16 inches to 67 inches.
Not one or two but more reviews say Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage is solid. For example, a person dropped a four hundred pounds squat to the safety bars and the cage endured. Doing pull ups at +250 pounds body weight is not an issue, the cage will bear all that as well. Indeed, 800 pounds is the limit for safety bars. For J hooks set up inside, the weight limit is 750 pounds, and set up outside, the limit is 500 pounds.
Everything you see in the picture will be included, for example the pull-up bridge for several types of chin ups.
The unfortunate thing for benchers is that bench is not included. You need to factor that in to the total cost. Another thing that is missing is the bar itself! You will definitely need that if you want to do other exercises than pull-ups.
The paint on storage pegs and safety bars will slowly chip off after using this for some time.
Size and assembly
The real assembled dimensions of Valor Fitness BD-41 Heavy Duty Power Cage are: 86″ height, 64″ width and 55″ depth. The height is calculated from the top of the black pull-up bar, which is the highest spot of this machine. It is, however, possible to mount the pull-up bar upside down. This reduces the height to 80 inches.
The unit is shipped in three boxes:
– Box 1: 65lbs / 79″L x 7″W x 7″H
– Box 2: 78lbs / 56″L x 15″W x 9″H
– Box 3: 73lbs / 45″L x 13″W x 6″H
According to user reports, the assembly itself is easy. One person can do it in a couple of hours with a wrench or two.
Summing it up
Valor Fitness BD-41 is known as Heavy Duty Power Cage for a reason. First, the exercise options with this machine are golden. And second, it will hold tremendous amounts of weight for those golden exercises. People say it feels stable in use, despite the price being a fraction of what you’d be paying to a commercial gym in the long run. If you have the drive and willpower to use this apparatus for a few months and watch what you eat, you will absolutely see either fat being lost or new muscle being built in your body. And after that you will be excited and want to keep using the Valor even more!