I know, I know, it wasn’t that long ago when we reviewed BD-11 heavy duty power cage. But since it would be inhuman to leave a dear sibling out of the reviews, I’ve decided to put together a comprehensive review for the last brother in the Valor family, the Valor Fitness BD-33 power rack.
From the 1st look you would say that there isn’t any particular difference between BD-33 and BD-11, however, there is more to it than it appears to the naked eye. Or is there?
As with most my reviews, we will start with the features and specs, then move to testing, where we will go through most BD11 vs. BD33 comparison, then pros and cons and finally, the conclusion. Let’s get to it.
Valor Fitness BD-33 Power Rack Reviewed
49.88" D x 63.13" W x 86.25" H
Max Weight Capacity
500 lbs Out-cage, 650 lbs In-cage, 750 lbs for safety bars, 200 lbs on Cable Crossover
Number Of Level Adjustments
3-year frame, 2-year cable, and 1-year hardware
The frame is made of 2” x 2” 12-gauge heavy duty steel. The each foot base is covered in rubber for maximum floor protection and your safety.
The included versatile multi-grip pull-up station is placed at the top of the rack and it also acts as a rack-frame connector.
BD-33 comes with 27 variable positions for bar support, ranging in height from 15” to 67”. The numbering system simplifies the last-used height recognition. The base and top frames are also holed for additional band/strap pegs (MB-L) and spring clips (SC-1), which are sold separately.
The power rack comes with 4 storage pegs, each with 7.5” length for weight plate storage. There is also cable crossover and lat pull optional attachments available.
Inside cage max supported weight is 500 lbs (226.8 kg), while outside catchers support up to 650 lbs of weight (294.8 kg). Valor Fitness offers 3-year frame warranty and 1-year hardware warranty.
The assembled inside-cage dimensions are 44” x 32” x 82” (111.8 x 81.3 x 208.3 cm).
No, I Don’t Need Help with Assembly!
Valor Fitness ships two boxes that are tightly and firmly packed with all the parts. The provided instructions are quite straightforward.
If you don’t have two left hands (no offense to left handed guys, I’m myself left handed lol), you should be able to put it together on your own (* tough look intensifies*). With that being said, have at least a rubber ready for small alignment corrections, if needed.
Valor Fitness BD-33 For the Win!
After you have this fella ready on your floor, I guess you will notice that it’s pretty sturdy, even when not anchored to the floor. However, regarding the frame, while sturdy, I’ve noticed that Valor Fitness use 2”x 2” 12-gauge steel, while BD-11 prides itself with 2.5”x 2.5” steel. Ha! I see what you did there, Valor Fitness!
Another, possibly the biggest difference between BD-33 and BD-11 is the pull-up bar. Personally, I like the one with BD-33 better.
It is a versatile multi-purpose pull-up bar which can be used for pull-ups, chin-ups, muscle-ups, wide chin-ups and thanks to the design; it has four additional internal grips.
Everything you’d need from a pull-up bar.
Regarding the 27 variable, numbered holes, they are exactly the same as with BD-11. Even the height is exactly the same, as it starts with 15” and ends with 67”.
Storage pegs are great and they are basically the same as with BD-11. Four storage pegs, each with 7.5” length should take care of all your Olympic and standard weight plates. No longer will your plates lie helplessly on the floor. #WeightPlatesHaveFeelingsToo
Lastly, as with other Valor Fitness racks, I’m sorry to say that BD-33 comes without a dip station. They should seriously consider at least one rack with a dip station.
Pros and Cons
Now the summary most of you folks are waiting for:
Okay, here we go. As some of my regular readers know, I pride myself with my authentic reviews and not madly recommending every single product as if it was a freaking gold mine. With that being said, I’d say that Valor Fitness BD-33 is worth the money.
As long as you do not mind the missing dip station, with the cable cross and lat pulldown attachments it’s one hell of a rack. However, if you are a heavier / bulkier guy, I might advise to either anchor the rack to the floor, or take a look at something with heavier frame, like BD-11.
If you would prefer something of a full-commercial quality, then check out Fitness Reality X-Class power rack.