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Sumo Base

A Sumo Base or Sumo capable power rack/gym system allow the lifter to place his/her feet wider than a standard power rack width. This is typically achieved by either constructing the bottom frame tubing wider or elevating the bottom tubing so that a lifters feet can slide underneath. The sumo style rack is a nice feature too to have, offering more flexibility but there are some “Gotchas” to look out for when selecting a Sumo Base rack. The wider positioning of the bottom tubing (depending on design) can make it difficult to use Band Pegs at the right locations. Also, if the frame is too high on a raised tubing design, it can restrict how low a barbell can be placed inside the rack causing problems for Rack Pulls for example.