Free weight power racks are designed for performing free-weight exercises, such as squats, bench presses and dead lifts. Also known as “half racks” “squat cages” or “power cages”, this type of exercise equipment is typically constructed from steel and shaped as a simple, open cage. Within the sides of the rack are horizontal safety spotters that can be adjusted. There are no mechanical movement parts.
A Smith machine is designed for controlled barbell strength training. This exercise equipment consists of a barbell with weights that are secured between two steel rails, which allows for only vertical movements. The Smith machine can be used for several types of exercises but is mainly used for doing squats and presses.
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