Valor Fitness BD-11 Hard Power Rack w/Available Bundle Options for a Complete Home Gym
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- Bundles Available: BD-11, BD-11BL, BD-11BCC, BD-11BCCL
- BD-11 is the Power Rack
- BD-11BL is the Rack & the Lat Pull attachment
- BD-11BCC is Rack with the Cable Crossover Attachment
- BD-11BCCL is the Rack with Cable Crossover & Lat Pull Attachment
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The Valor Fitness BD-11 Power Rack frame, constructed of 2.5" x 2.5" heavy duty gauge steel, is covered for 3 years by the manufacturer against defects in workmanship and is a great addition to home gyms. Main exercise features include Squats, Pull Ups, Bench Press (bench sold separately). It comes with 4 solid steel adjustable bar catches. Easy to locate 27 count number system on uprights offering a wide range of bar adjustments. Solid steel knurled chin-up/pull-up station, chrome finish, double bolted to frame with external face plates for stability during workouts. Rear stabilizing face plates support heavier weight loads during lat pull exercises (if attached). Frame design includes 4 plate storage pegs on back uprights (2 each side), standard 1" post measuring 8" in length and enough space between to accommodate 2" Olympic Bumper Plates. Four rubber base caps encase each foot providing added stability along with floor protection.
Safety concerns are met with 2 solid steel bars running front to back through the frame. While these bars provide added stability and strength to the function of the frame itself, they are also utilized as a safety bar catch during both the squat and bench press exercises. Simply rotate the safety bar to unlock from frame, remove the bar and return to desired height. Safety bars should be placed just below your squat or bench press threshold so in the event you cannot return the bar back to resting top position, the safety bars will catch it. Max load on either safety bar is well over 1,000lbs each. Your bar will bend long before the safety bars bend. Overall, the BD-11 is a versatile piece of equipment with a usable max weight of 800lbs.
Now see below and decide which bundle is best for you. There are three to choose from, all backed by the Valor Fitness Name and Quality.
Valor Fitness BD-11L Lat Pull Attachment
The Lat Pull attachment transforms the Valor Fitness BD-11 Power Rack into a complete home gym using 2.5” x 2.5” 13-gauge steel tubing. Adding the 39" Lat Pull Bar along with the 18.5” Curl/Row Bar increases exercise options from Lat Pulls to Tricep Extensions, Upright Rows, Curls and Leg Extensions just to name a few. Both accessory bars easily attach to the 2000lb rated rubber coated cable using solid steel carabiner clips. Accessory chain provided allows multiple starting positions, maximizing your range of motion. With the main function of this attachment being lat pull downs, the lap bar allows the user to be securely seated while exercising. Adding weight plates evenly on each 8.5" carriage allows a smooth up and down movement on the chrome plated shaft. For longer wear and tear, gently return the carriage to the starting position.
Valor Fitness BD-CC2.5 Cage Cable Crossover Attachment 2.5" Frame
To achieve total body conditioning, improve athletic performance, and sculpt your body add the BD-CC2.5 Cable Crossover Attachment. It transforms your power cage into a full cable crossover machine, providing you the ability to get the full benefit of a gym style crossover machine in your home or studio without breaking the bank. Constructed of heavy duty steel, with 17 adjustable positions and a pulley system that works with you as your step out for more stretch, you will target a variety of muscle groups. Each pulley has a double bar track that creates more stability and a smoother movement when using either Olympic or standard plates. Two single adjustable handles are included.
Valor Fitness Bundles for the BD-11 Power Rack
BD-11BL includes the Valor Fitness BD-11 Power Rack with the BD-11L Lat Pull Attachment
BD-11BCC includes the Valor Fitness BD-11 Power Rack with the BD-CC2.5 Cable Crossover Attachment
BD-11BCCL includes the Valor Fitness BD-11 Power Rack with the BD-CC2.5 Cable Crossover & the Lat Pull Attachment
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Two extremely well packed boxes. No scratches or chips at all. Very unusual experience for so many metal parts. Rack went together easily. We use it daily and have no complaints at all.
Only Negative: It is painted a grey color. would look sharper if it were white or black but it is fine as an industrial grey. Used all the hardware (no spare pieces at all but also not necessary). Included a little bottle of touch up paint.
We will not likely stress this rack as a more serious lifter may. This is working great for 3 of us in the 6 ft to 6 ft 3" size. Doesnt move at all. The pull up bar is solid and high enough to work well.
Looked at the Powertech but couldnt justify the $ particularly the $100 + for shipping.
However, it was easy to assemble, is well built and solid. No play or "creaking" when being abused. On this, I also used an impact to torque down hardware.
I do plan on anchoring mine to the floor, so wish it had mounting holes already. But this isn't necessary, it's sterdy by itself.
It's a good size, plenty of room and yet it doesn't take up an incredible amount of space.
Pull up bar is solid, but if you like to do really wide pull ups, you are limited.
We also purchased the lat pull down attachment. This is also a great addition and built well. Easy assembly. I purchase the Olympic sleeve adapters because it has standard 1" weight holders.
The Lat pull down bar that it comes with works and will get the job down for most home users. But it's kind of cheap feeling and narrow. I plan on purchasing Valors 48" solid pull down bar.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the quality, price, and bang for the buck.
Perfect addition for a home gym.
Also to note, I've been waiting for my heavy bag stand to come in. Since this came in first, I could help but to hang my 80lbs bag from it.
Even with the bag swinging, this had no problem. I was limited on foot work, but if you don't have any alternative, it worked.
The only downside is that the pull-up bar is UNGODLY rough. I've lifted my whole life and had callouses on my hand since I was in high school, so I'm used to that sort of thing, but ffs this was brutal. However, I just watched a video on YouTube for possible cover solutions, so I bought some hockey stick tape, wrapped it around, and now it feels great.
This is a decent home gym power rack that falls somewhere between the Proline PPR200x and the Body-Solid GPR378 in terms of strength. I say that because I believe the Proline is 2x2 12 gauge, while the Body-Solid is 3x3 11 gauge. This has 12 gauge, 2.5” x 2.5” frame members, and is manufacturer-rated for 650 pounds. It is advertised as having 3” saber hole spacing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find mine had 2” spacing when I opened my boxes. It came with two safety sabers and 4 saber-type lift-offs. Interior space front-to-back is 35”, and side-to-side, 44”. Side to side exterior is a fairly standard 49”. I can just do an overhead press in this and I’m 6’ 0” tall (although my ceiling won’t allow for it). I did have an issue with the chinning bar, but am working with the manufacturer to rectify this, and am confident they will. If they can clear up their QC, this would be a contender in the home gym market.
This is plenty sturdy for most home gym users. While not 11 gauge, which might be preferable for serious lifters, it is also not 14 gauge like some of the sports store offerings, and the members are 2.5" square 12 gauge. When assembled it is very solid with almost no rocking side to side when pressed. There is no question in my mind that this will be plenty beefy for my needs.
The two inch spacing was a very nice surprise! It shows as 3" spacing on Amazon and the Valor website, so I can't say anyone getting one now will get 2" spacing. It is unclear whether it is a design change, but even the Valor website lists 3" spacing, so if it changed, they are probably trying to get rid of stock with 3" spacing. It also came with numbered sticker strips with hole numbers on them, I just have not put them on yet, so they don't show in the photo.
The lat tower is very nice. The top member is on top of the upper cross piece so no part of this gets in your way inside the work area when benching or squatting. With a little bit of silicone spray it is surprisingly smooth in its operation and the leg hold down is a nice addition. It's not as nice as the selectorized weight stack on my Body-Solid smith machine at my Philly home, but it is not priced like it, either. I am delighted with this, and it is perfect for my small apartment, there's no way I could also have a dedicated lat machine in there. I purchased plastic olympic adapters for them, but they probably are not necessary.
Instructions were sufficient, but make sure you line up the bolts and check the part numbers in the diagrams. I had to remove a couple of bolts and move them but that was my not paying attention. All parts were included, bolts, washers and nuts were on a blister pack card, and assembly was pretty straightforward. I did not time myself and I did the assembly on two separate days. It took about an hour with a helper to get the rack assembled. I put the lat tower on today without help in about an hour.
This has plate storage pegs for the rear uprights, but I did not put them on because members here have said on this type of rack, plates get in the way when bench pressing. But I want you to know they do have them. They are for standard plates. (Edit: I later installed them, keeping 25 and smaller plates on the bottom pegs for the lat tower, and fractional plates on the upper ones)
The welding jigs and workmanship are not as high quality as on Body-Solid, a brand I am familiar with. For example, when all tightened up, some of the bolting plates on the cross members are a little off flat. You could get a shim in there under one side or the other. This does not affect solidity, however! All cross members and the lat tower parts that attach to them have thick backing plates and when tightened up this thing is very solid. It's just cosmetic and you don't have the pride of ownership feeling you get with the Body-Solid. I'm probably too anal and that's why it bugs me, it really does not affect functionality. Everything fit, nothing had to be forced, and it doesn't rock at all.
Although my parts arrived undamaged, packaging could be better. The parts are laid inside a sturdy box with corrugated padding inside and corner stiffeners on the outside. But The parts could have done with some styrofoam spacers or even some more cardboard wrapping. Other reviewers on Amazon complain of dinged parts and just laying the parts in the box is amateurish in my opinion. I also unpacked the Ironmaster Superbench at the same time, so the difference in packing was painfully obvious. Again, no issues for me, but I can see why folks get these with dinged parts.
The chinning bar won't fit in the holes for it in the upright. The holes for it are 9 7/8" wide, but the pieces on the chinning bar that go in them are only 9 3/4" inches apart, and everything is stiff enough (as it should be!) that that 1/8" difference will not allow the chinning bar to go on. It may as well be a mile. I am working with Valor Fitness to have this resolved, and based on other reviewer's experiences, they will fix it to my satisfaction. But other reviewers have had parts not fit, also. This just speaks to the quality control issues.
On the dip bars, on one side the part that goes around the square piece to keep them from falling out is too tight and will eventually wear away some paint. Same for one of the sabers. If I had a vice, I could probably open these up a bit, but I shouldn't have to. They don't need to be so snug to keep the pieces from falling out. Again, not a disaster, but another irritant.
Assuming I will get the chinning bar sorted out, I am very happy with this purchase. I will probably spread those parts of the one dip handle and the saber I mentioned above and be happy with that. I am delighted with the design, ecstatic about the surprise 2" hole spacing and numbered decals, and totally confident in the strength of this piece of safety equipment to do what it is supposed to do. Because of the 2" spacing, I am glad I got this, actually.
But I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this to others. If I did and yours arrived dinged up, or with parts that did not fit, I'd feel responsible. If this rack was put together with the same quality control as a Body-Solid, if it was packed a bit more carefully, and if it came with one set of the upgraded lift offs along with one set of the saber style lift offs, and was priced around $500 delivered, I think it would be a fantastic choice for the home gym.
As it is, with the quality control issues and packing, I would say this is a great design with fantastic potential, but not quite ready for prime time. It is sooooo close, though. So close.
I hope this helps anyone trying to evaluate this piece of equipment. Again, I'm happy with mine (assuming the chinning bar gets sorted out), but as for a recommendation, I'd have to say stay with the better known names in this market level, Body Solid, Bodycraft, Powertec, etcetera.
--- Later addition after receiving my replacement upper cross piece and chinning bar ---
I mentioned in the OP that the chinning bar would not go into the top cross piece, but they sent me an assembled unit which I got today.
Unfortunately, the black cross piece is gouged and has paint scraped off of it in a few places, and is not nearly as clean as the one that came with my rack. I thought about trying to see if the new chinning bar would fit in my current crosspiece, but when I looked at it, it appeared to be wedged pretty tightly on the insides of the holes in the cross piece--in other words, it may have been a tight fit (whereas my original was an impossible fit). I decided to leave it alone, it's piece of workout equipment after all, not high-end furniture. I will say the importer was cheerful about sending the new piece.
In keeping with the "nice design, poor execution" theme I started in the OP, here is a closeup of the vertical for the lat tower. You can see that the metal itself is not too smooth. I happened to be in a Fitness Factory near Chicago today and I was inspecting some of the Body-Solid lat towers of this design and they are mirror smooth. I still have no complaints about the operation of the lat tower, I generously lubed it with silicone spray and it feels fine, it doesn't catch. but the Body-Solid units at the store are much smoother and quieter. Again, it's a piece of workout equipment, it's going to work out fine for its intended purpose, this is a minor nit.
I did mention I was DELIGHTED to find my rack has 2-inch hole spacing (I would not count on that, however, their website and Amazon indicates 3" spacing), and that it came with some thoughtful numbered sticker strips for the uprights. They are on three strips about 18" long, and they work quite well. A nice touch.
And finally, I did mount the lower plate posts, as I determined they would not interfere with bench pressing. I suspect the upper ones would, but I have a plate tree, so no big deal there. But at least I can keep all the plates I'll need for the lat tower on those which is convenient.
FINAL VERDICT: Pretty much the same as in the OP. This is a nicely designed rack for the home gym with a number of features I really like. For my efficiency apartment at my work location, this is going to serve me quite well, indeed, I am happy with it. I like the size, I like the functionality, but unfortunately I still feel it is not quite ready for prime time. If they could work out the QC issues at their factory, getting the fit & finish up to Body-Solid standards, and if they learned how to pack the darn thing (take a page from Ironmaster's book here), this could be a real contender. The 12 gauge metal is good enough for most of us, and with the 2.5" square section tubing, it is definitely stronger than the Powerline PPR200x, but not quite as tough as the Body-Solid GPR378. Now that I have it all assembled and can start using it I am happy as a clam.
I would not recommend this to anyone, however, as I believe their QC issues are enough that it's kind of a crap shoot what you'll see when you open your box. Several Amazon reviewers have had similar parts fit issues. My guess is if they want to fix this, they'll have to find a new manufacturer. Body-Solid's gear is made in China, as well, but there are good manufacturers, meeting strict ISO standards, and putting out outstanding gear like theirs--and there are the second tier shops making stuff like this Valor BD-11. I'm happy with it, in the end. But I'd suggest others considering this stick with Body-Solid, Bodycraft, Powertec, etcetera, and wait to see if this matures into a top-quality brand. You are more likely to get a properly fitted, working, and clean unit from those brands, IMO.
Photos are of ill-fitting plate joint and the chromed vertical for the lat tower.
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