As an area of special interest for us, we wanted to design a product that we would be happy to use in any commercial gym. Not only that, we wanted to be able to produce relatively low-cost accessories for the squat rack that would increase the range of exercises possible with this single piece of equipment, without the need to spend thousands on other pieces of equipment.
With that in mind, we wanted a product that looks and feels substantial, is multi-purpose, modular, expandable, isn’t overly expensive and, most of all, safe.
Since this was our own project, we had no set deadline for completion. We wanted to ensure due diligence was paid in designing the product that best fit the above criteria. Below is a condensed list of the many, many hours spent developing this product:
- Extensive market research was completed to see the competition on the market, and to set a reasonable price point.
- All ISO/EN standards applicable to stationary training equipment were gleaned of useful information.
- Concept drawing and brain-storming of ideas.
- Structural calculations were completed to determine steel sizes for the rack, in an iterative approach.
A prototype squat rack was produced and tested, the results were examined. Changes were made to the design to increase strength and stability in some areas and reduce weight in others to ensure the best value for money for both the end user and us, as a business.
Structural calculations were repeated to verify the rack would stand up to the expected loading.
A squat rack design that meets the above brief.