Titan Fitness T-3 Power Rack Review

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Editor’s Conclusion
If you are on the hunt for a good quality power rack, but find yourself a bit shocked at just how expensive some of the higher-end brands can get, the Titan Fitness T-3 Power Rack is worth checking out. It boasts many of the same supportive and durable features found on brands such as Rogue but comes in at a fraction of the cost.

This 36-inch deep rack hosts advanced features such as Westside spacing for a perfect launching point for squats, bench presses, and deadlifts. It is able to accommodate a wide variety of extra equipment and accessories making it an ideal starting point to build out your home gym. It also has features not found on the more expensive models, such as a 3-tier weight plate rack to store plates for quick and snappy drop sets.

Below, I wanted to dive into all of the features that make the Titan Fitness T3 power rack a great addition to your home gym.
Titan Fitness T-3 Power Rack ReviewReview Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Westside hole spacing
3-tier plate rack
Compatible with most Titan accessories
Affordable price point
Powder-coated finish is rust-resistant
Dual width pull up bars

Cons

The frame is not welded
J-hooks are a little flimsy and shallow

Key Features

MATERIALS

This rack is composed of strong and durable 11 gauge steel the boasts a powder-coated finish that is resistant to rusting. It has a matte finish that not only looks sharp but also prevents the frame from becoming nicked and scratched over the years of continued use. The build of this rack also comes with supplementary pieces that allow you to adjust the depth from 24 inches wide or can be swapped out to make it 36-inches deep. These strong and durable steel pieces are anchored together with steel polished steel hardware that is provided with purchase.

Unlike higher-end brands, these bars are not welded together. However, when properly assembled, this rack is just as strong and durable as the welded models. However, if your rack lives in a humid basement or garage, you may notice that the hardware will start to rust over time and will need to be replaced to ensure that your rack stays as strong and reliable as the day you purchased it!

ASSEMBLY

One of the things that users love about this design is that it ships in a few different boxes and organizes the pieces to make it a little bit easier for you to put it together. It comes with all of the hardware you will need to put it together, but you will have to bust out the trusty toolbox to really tighten those bolts securely. Due to the fact that all of the pieces are screwed in place instead of welded, you really need to take your time to ensure that these pieces are tightly secured in place to ensure that your unit stays strong and wobble-free under powerlifting weight.

Overall, it took many users between 30-60 minutes to fully assemble their rack. If you find that the handyman gene skipped a generation, it may be in your best interest to employ the pros to assemble your rack for you. Sure, this rack is made from high-quality steel components, but if it isn’t assembled properly you run the risk of damaging the frame or having the rack fail on you in the middle of a heavy set.

USE

This Titan power rack is built for just about anything. It provides users with catch-hooks that can be moved up and down the rack to conquer all three of the big powerlifting lifts, which include squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. What makes this rack special is that it is also able to tackle deadlift, which is something many racks can’t do. The holes run all the way to the bottom of the rack, which allows a stable base to launch your deadlifts. This deadlift rack will also help you protect your flooring in the event of a fail-out.

Speaking of fail-outs, this rack has a strong and secure central catch bar that prevents your bar from crashing on the ground if you fail out on a squat, deadlift, or bench press. If you don’t have anyone to spot you while you work out at home, this rack can be a literal lifesaver!

This rack can also be used for bench presses, but you must provide your own weight bench. The good news is that Titan Fitness also has an extensive lineup of weight benches that also come in at a super affordable price point.

WEIGHT CAPACITY

While it comes in at a reasonable price point, it is not due to its overall strength and weight capacity. The rack itself weighs over 220 pounds, which provides users with a strong and sturdy base that is wobble-free. It is able to handle up to 1,00 pounds of rackable weight, and over 4,000 on its frame (which basically means that you need not be shy about storing every plate you own on its strong frame).

When compared back-to-back with many of the higher-end brands out there on the market, the Titan Power Rack is able to keep up with the big dogs. The overall weight capacity is similar to brands such as Rogue but comes in at a fraction of the cost.

ADVANCED FEATURES

I think what makes this rack unique is all of the advanced features that help you get the most out of your lifts. What I love most about this design is that it has a 3-tier weight plate rack that runs along both sides of the tower. You won’t need to spend extra money on a plate rack with this tower. Also, it makes loading and unloading plates quick and easy, and also makes drop sets a breeze.

What I also love about this rack is that it comes with a set of resistance band hooks. These steel hooks easily lock into a pair of holes and have a J-curve to them that works with most resistance bands out there on the market. Resistance band training is essential to any powerlifting routine, and the Titan Power Rack is made for the challenge.

This rack also has a set of dual pull-up bars that run along the top. These two bars are placed on the front and the back of the rack and offer varied grips. Included with purchase is a skinny pull-up bar, as well as a bar with a wider grip.

PRICE

The price point is where this rack really shines. It comes with all of the features you need in an effective rack, and it is made from strong 11-gauge steel materials, but comes in at a super affordable price point. If you are looking for a quality rack that won’t break the bank, and you don’t want to skimp on quality, the Titan T-3 Power rack is one of your best options currently out there on the market.

Comparisons to Previous Versions

When compared back-to-back with the T-2 series, the T-3 is the obviously better choice, even though it costs about 100 dollars more than the T-2. At face value, both racks look fairly similar, but the T-3 is just built better. One of the biggest differences between the two models is the overall weight capacity. The T-3 is able to rack well over 1,000 pounds, while the T-2 is only able to rack 850. When you are inching up to powerlifting territory for deadlifts, this slight degradation in strength can make a really big difference. Plus, many lifters can get away with not bolting the T-3 to the floor, while the lighter weight capacity demands that you bust out the toolbox for the T-2.

The T-3 also possessed more quality-of-life features when compared to the previous model. The newer model has the 3-tier weight plate rack, while the T-2 does not. It also has Westcoast hole spacing that allows for smaller adjustments to the placement of the bar, which is essential when trying to find that perfect launching position for heavy squats. This rack also weighs over 100 pounds heavier than the T-2, making it insanely strong and secure for a wider variety of lifts.

Verdict

If you are working on a strict budget, the Titan T-3 Power rack is one of your best options. While it isn’t the most affordable rack out there on the market, it gives you the biggest bang for your buck. It is composed of the same quality materials found in the higher-end brands and even provides a little something extra in terms of accessory compatibility and plate storage. Weighing in at over 200 pounds, you can really load this rack up with quite a bit of weight without it even flinching. While Titan recommends bolting this rack to the floor, many users found that this extra step isn’t exactly necessary.

Whether you are a casual lifter or a powerlifter, this power rack from Titan Fitness is up to the challenge! It's composed of strong and supportive materials that make a great jumping-off point as you start to build out your home weight lifting gym.