Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand Review
So, have you decided to get in shape without leaving your home? That surely sounds like a dream: look good by working out in your place. There are many ways to skin this cat – many people opt for a home gym with many different stations, but also some buy a more specialized equipment which excels at a few different movements. Such an apparatus is Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand, and in this review I’ll let you know what it is and how it can help you achieve your fitness goals…
What is this apparatus?
This Valor is two adjustable stands with hooks in them. It’s meant for squats mostly but a couple of other exercises are doable as well (more on that below). It has received extremely positive reviews over Internet which is a strong indicator about high quality and usefulness!
What can I do with Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand?
There are three exercises you can easily do with this unit. They are squats, bench presses and military presses. Indeed, the variety isn’t that big, but let me tell you – those all are money exercises and one of the best ones no matter your goal (fat loss or muscle building).
Squats are an excellent lower-body movement. Simply put, you go down and up with a bar on your back, or in the front of shoulders if doing the front squat. They strengthen the legs and abs/core. Also upper back will be worked if you opt for the front squat version.
Bench press is one of the best movements for chest. And it’s not only the flat bench press you can do, possible are incline and decline versions too if you buy a suitable bench for Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand. Those angled versions hit your chest a bit differently, for example the incline bench press will build upper chest which is often the lacking part on most guys.
Military press is where you push the bar straight up from the front of your shoulders and let it go down back. It’s an excellent shoulder exercise and when done long enough, will give width to your shoulders.
I have also read reports of people using this Valor for pull-ups. Well, the squat stand is not really meant for those. But if you set the top catches at the highest position which is 78 inches and place a bar there, you have an impromptu pull-up bar there. You’ll need to bend your knees to do pull ups, but the stand will bear your weight.
The middle hooks you use for bench press can hold Olympic bar or even a thick (fat) bar. Also, you can move the stands farther or closer apart, so bars of different length fit to the stands nicely.
The top catches can take a 500lbs weight, the hooks below and spotting arms are good for 350lbs. In other words, 500 pounds is the limit for squats and 350 pounds is the limit for bench presses. The storage pets are 1″ in diameter, so Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand can store Olympic and standard plates.
The bar catches can adjusted on the main frame. The lowest position for the bar seems to be at 4’1½” and the highest at 6’6″. Obviously, you’ll want to rest the bar on your upper back, so if your upper back is between those two measurements you are good to use this apparatus for squatting.
Spotting arms are 6.7 inches long, they might be too short for properly spotting squats (they’re good for bench spotting however).
You need to keep some weights on the storage arms, otherwise the posts might not stand firmly when you’re squatting. However, the base is adjustable which gives you some support for heavy weights too.
Weights and bar are not included, you must buy them separately.
Is this better than going to a commercial gym?
This is a question I get asked the most. Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand can absolutely be better than a commercial gym depending on your goals, wants and needs! The advantage of this is the private exercising, there are no prying eyes when you’re using the Valor in your home. Also, it’s dirt cheap – the Valor costs the same than few months in a gym while this squat stand is practically for lifetime. The advantage for gym is the selection of exercises – with this squat stand, you are limited to three or four. But doing those couple exercises with this is pretty much the same than in gym, there’s no difference in equipment quality.
How about assembly and dimensions?
You just need a 11/16 wrench to set this up, no other tools are required. Talking about assembly time, most people got it together in an hour working alone.
The assembled dimensions of Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand are 28″ x 20.5″ x 49.5″ to 79″ depending on how high you set the bar. The unit is shipped in one box weighing 59 pounds.
The dimensions for each base are 24″ depth and 22.5″ (back) and 15″ (front) width. The lowest point for safety catches is 22 inches from the ground.
It is true that Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand is not really a home gym. The squat stand has fewer exercises than home fitness machine, but for those movements it supports the Valor is great! Provided you put some weights on the bottom, it will not wobble and squatting or benching hundreds of pounds will be a piece of cake as far as equipment is concerned. Every arm or peg is also adjustable to your liking, so there won’t be problems with persons that are very short or long. For the little money it costs, this Valor is a recommended choice for all the home fitness maniacs who want to pack some serious muscle!