How to Properly Rack a Bar

We totally get it. Using gym equipement that you aren’t familiar with can be very intimidating, and sometimes be the reason you avoid that area of the gym or the gym all together! Well, there is no shame in not knowing here at Booty Lab! We are here to help guide you through your fitness journey whether that be bodyweight movements, movements with weights, or just gym etiquette.


Getting Started

It helps by keeping the same mindset as when lifting the weight—keeping your core braced and tense in the bar. Racking is such an important part of training. Unfortunately, lots of injuries happen at this moment. So here are a few tips to keep you safe and meeting those goals:

1. Walk straight into the rack
2. Look both ways
3. Keep feet under your hips

Important Tips

Walking straight into the rack is important because first, you have heavy weights, and now is not the time to adjust up or down in your height. Second, I promise you won’t hurt the rack!

Look both ways. It seems simple, but I’ve seen this happen too many times. You rack the bar, or you think you did, and oops. Make sure you are checking both sides to see that the bar is in a locked position.

Keep feet under your hips. This one is so easy to miss. So you are tired and ready to end the exercise, lean forward, and boom, low back pain! Maintaining a neutral spine helps minimize rounding and less room for mistakes.

Check out this video demonstration of how to property rack the bar!

While it might seem intimidating at first, we promise you will get the hang of it! Pretty soon it will become second nature to you. If you need more guidance on properly racking the bar, come workout with us! We always demonstrate how to do each and every movement both in the gym and on the app to make sure you get the most out of your workout! 

Also, be on the lookout for more tips and tricks like this here on our blog and on our TikTok or Instagram!

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