UPDATE: The Titan X-2 power rack was discontinued in late 2021 along with all X-2 attachments. If you’re looking for alternatives, I recommend checking out the Titan T-3 (see my T-3 review), X-3 (see my X-3 review) or the T-2.
The Titan X-2 Power Rack is the latest in Titan’s line of power racks.
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Rated 4 out of 5 in Power Racks
The X-2 came out in mid-October of 2017, which was a few weeks after the X-3 Sumo Base Power Rack was dropped. Before that was the X-3 Flat Foot Power Rack, which I reviewed. The Titan X-2 is unlike the X-3 Sumo Base and X-3 Flat Foot power racks. In fact, it is quite different than ALL other Titan power racks up until now.
I think it’s actually a cool rack, and broadens the Titan power rack lineup, making it even more likely that any lifter can find a Titan rack that meets their needs and wants.
In this Titan X-2 Power Rack review, I’ll tell you what’s unique about it and whether or not it’s the right choice for you.
Top 3 Features
2″ x 2″ 9 Gauge Steel Frame with Welded Side Bracings
The frame is VERY strong. Despite the uprights being just 2″ x 2″ compared to the X-3’s 3″ x 3″ uprights, the frame is significantly more robust. This is due to the steel being 9 gauge thick (5/32″ or 0.156″), which is REALLY thick as far as power racks go.
Compare it to the X-3, which is a very heavy duty rack: it is 11 gauge (1/8″ or 0.125″).
And the thickness of the super expensive high-end power racks you’ll typically find in any given Gold’s Gym or 24 Hour Fitness (e.g. Hammer Strength power racks) is 7 gauge (3/16″ or 0.188″).
So the X-2 frame gauge falls right in the middle between these two examples.
NOTE: For gauge, higher is thinner; lower is thicker
Thick Steel + Welded Frame = 3000 Lb. Capacity
This is by far the highest weight capacity of all the Titan power racks. The power rack with the next highest capacity is the Titan X-3, which is rated for 1500 lbs. So, the X-2 is twice as strong in that respect.
Now, for pretty much everyone on the planet, anything more than 1500 lbs (heck, even 1000 lbs) is overkill and won’t make a difference from a practical standpoint. Still, it’s nice knowing that IF you did need that extra capacity, you’d have it. Plus, it gives you something to brag about to other power rack owners! ;-P
If you haven’t inferred how the X-2 has this ridiculously high weight capacity, it’s thanks to these two key characteristics:
- Super-thick 9 gauge steel frame: The 9 gauge steel is significantly thicker than the 11 gauge steel used on all other comparable Titan racks. This added thickness more than compensates for the smaller 2″ x 2″ tubing that makes up the X-2 frame, compared to the 2″ x 3″ tubing of the T-3 racks and the 3″ x 3″ tubing of the X-3 racks.
- Upper and lower side bracings welded onto the uprights: The X-2 is currently the only Titan power rack with the side bracings welded to the uprights. Having these welded on greatly increase the stability and strength of the rack.
Very Low Price!
This is quite possibly the cheapest (in price) light commercial quality power rack with Westside hole spacing on the market. I looked and couldn’t find a comparable rack for less.
The prices for the short and full-height versions of the X-2 as of the time of writing this (November 2017) are:
I’d say this is the best rack if you’re on a tight budget, assuming you’ll be able to bolt it into the floor.
Other X-2 Power Rack Features
Besides the smaller yet thicker frame size and greater weight capacity, the X-2 Power Rack shares all other major features that the Titan X-3 and flagship Titan T-3 power rack also share…
…I’ll discuss all of these features below:
The X-2 has a sumo base. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s this: the crossbeams on the lower left and right of the rack are raised a few inches above the floor.
This gives you enough space to slide your feet underneath if you want to use an extra wide (sumo-style) stance.
The most common exercises where this is used include:
- Sumo deadlifts
- Sumo squats
An incidental, but nonetheless important benefit of the sumo base is that it these lower beams have holes across their entire length. These are where you can insert band pegs if you want to do any band resisted exercises such as:
- Band resisted squats
- Band resisted deadlifts
- Band resisted bench press
- Band resisted pull ups
Compare this to the X-3’s flat foot base, which doesn’t have these holes on the feet (necessary for structural integrity). There are workarounds for installing lower bands on a flat foot rack, which I will discuss in my upcoming X-3 power rack review.
However, the simple fact is that it’s simply not as convenient or straightforward as with a sumo base like on the X-2 power rack.
Westside Hole Spacing
Westside hole spacing is a must-have in my book if I’m going to invest in a power rack for my home gym.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it refers to 1″ hole spacing in the region where you need the greatest precision (i.e. where you’ll be setting the j-hooks and/or spotters for bench and rack deadlifts); and 2″ hole spacing where you don’t need quite as much precision (e.g. for squats).
Luckily, the X-2 has this feature, as does every other Titan power rack–except for their lowest end T-2 power rack model.
Pair of J-Hooks
As you should expect, you get a pair of j-hooks standard with the X-2. After all, you need somewhere to rack and unrack the barbell, right?
The X-2 Power Rack has the same type of well-designed j-hook that comes standard on the X-3/X-6 and the T-3/T-6 power racks, except they have one noteworthy improvement:
- There is a left j-hook and right j-hook: J-hooks for the other racks are both right j-hooks, meaning that the j-hook you put on the left upright wraps around the inside of the upright. Titan improved the design because they got feedback from lifters using a wide grip on squats; they had to be extra careful to not pinch their left pinky finger when racking the weight. I’m a high bar squatter, so this would never have been an issue for me, but it’s great to see Titan listening to customer feedback.
Other than that, the X-2 J-hooks share these key characteristics with the aforementioned Titan racks:
- Tall upper portion for protecting the uprights when you rack the bar too high
- Short angled lip for easy and safe unracking during on all exercises, but especially on bench press
- UHMW plastic that covers the upper and lower portions, so as to avoid the metal-to-metal contact that wears down barbell knurling on unprotected j-hooks
Fat Pull Up Bar & Skinny Pull Up Bars
The X-2 comes standard with 2 different pull up bars:
- 2-inch diameter “fat” pull up bar: The thick diameter of the fat pull up bar makes it much more challenging to hold onto. As such, it is a great tool for training grip strength and developing your forearms while you simultaneously train your back with pull ups.
- 1.25-inch diameter “skinny” pull up bar: The “skinny” pull up bar is just the default thickness of any normal pull up bar. This is the bar you want to use if you want to focus just on your back muscles during pull ups. You won’t have to worry as much about your grip failing before your back is sufficiently fatigued
The inclusion of both a fat and a skinny pull up bar is standard on the X-2 as well as all other Titan power racks (except for the T-2, which comes with just one skinny pull up bar).
Pin & Pipe Safety Spotter Bars
No power rack is complete without a pair of safety spotters. After all, safety is one of the primary functions that power racks serve.
The pin & pipe safety is a particular style of safety bars that is designed with 2 primary objectives:
- To maximize the amount of weight that it can support without a bulky design:
- To be compatible in racks with the small 5/8″ holes that are needed for Westside hole spacing
It achieves the first objective of high weight capacity/minimal profile by having a 1/2-inch diameter solid steel pin that gives the safety a very strong base. However, a 1/2-inch pin would not be strong enough by itself. Not to mention, if you were to use just the 1/2-inch pin, it would cause lots of damage to the barbell when dropped, since it’s so narrow.
This is were the pipe comes in. After the pin is inserted into one upright, you then slide it through the pipe and then through the other upright. So, the pipe acts as pin’s the sheath, completely covering it in the the area between the two power rack uprights.
The pipe adds additional strength to the safety spotter as whole. More than that, it absorbs the impact from the barbell, spreading it more evenly over the entire length of the safety bar.
Thus, this pin and pipe safety spotter design achieves the following:
- Greatly reduces noise when barbell is dropped
- Eliminates or minimizes damage to the barbell damage
- Reduces wear to the power rack frame and hardware over time by reducing the vibration/rattling that’s transferred into the rack on impact
All Titan power racks with 5/8″ holes and Westside hole spacing come standard with a pair of this same pin/pipe style of safety spotter bars.
Of course, the lengths of the safety bars differ depending on the depth dimension of the power rack (i.e. a 30-inch deep X-3 rack will have longer pin/pipe safeties than the 24-inch deep X-2 power rack)…
…However, the pin/pipe safeties for a 24-inch deep T-3 power rack will be compatible with the 24-inch deep X-2 power rack. I mention this because Titan currently does not sell X-2 pin/pipe safeties separately on the X-2 accessories page. So if for some reason you wanted a second pair, you could simply buy these 24-inch T-3 pin/pipe safeties.
4 Weight Plate Storage Holders
Need a place to put your weight plates when they’re not on the barbell? Well, you could buy a weight storage tree…
…Or you could just use the four plate storage pegs that come standard with the Titan X-2 power rack.
Storage pegs come standard on other Titan racks like the T-3, T-6 and X-3 Sumo Base power rack. However, you must purchase them separately on the X-3 and X-6 Flat Foot power racks as well as on the T-2 power rack.
Also, it’s worth noting that the all T-3, T-6, X-3 (flat feet and sumo base) and X-6 power racks have adjustable j-hook style plate holders available. Whereas, the X-2 currently only has these bolt-on plate holders available. It’s very likely that Titan will eventually come out with these in the future, as they add accessories incrementally.
Additionally, let’s say you wanted more than four of these bolt-on X-2 weight holders. Unfortunately, you cannot buy more of the holders as a standalone optional accessory, which you can do for the other racks. In all likelihood, it’s just a matter of time until this option is available.
So how do these bolt-on X-2 plate holders work? The idea is simple: bolt the pegs onto the sides of the uprights, then slide the weights on and off as needed.
Now, there is a potential flaw to this solution. That is, the plates, when on the holders, extend forward into the usable space of the power rack. Depending on the exercise you’re doing and where you install the storage pegs, the plates may get in the way of the barbell’s path…
…Here’s a few ways to prevent, or at least minimize the stored plates from getting in the way:
- Install the storage pegs you’re least likely to be moving the barbell. Typically, this will mean having all four storage pegs installed lower on the rack (two per side). Or, having two installed lower on the rack (lower left and lower right) with the other two installed toward the top of the rack (upper left and upper right).
- You can purchase the optional 10″ X-2 rack extension. This extension adds two uprights to the back of the rack, with 10 inches of space between them and rear uprights on the main rack. The extra space guarantees the plates will not encroach on the usable area of the main rack. Not even a little bit. Plus, you get several more weight plate holders when you buy the extension.
- You can buy a separate weight tree, as suggested earlier. This is a much cheaper option compared to getting the 10″ rack extension (by about $100). However, you lose out on the convenience of storing the weights on the rack itself.
4 Band Pegs
The X-2 power rack comes standard with 4 band pegs.
They allow you to do band-resisted or reverse band exercises such as:
- Band squats and reverse band squats
- Band bench press and reverse band bench press
- Band deadlifts and reverse band deadlifts
- Band-resisted pull ups and band-assisted pull ups
- Band-resisted dips and band-assisted dips
- And more!
You insert the band pegs into the desired holes on the power rack. Typically, this means:
- Inserting the pegs on the left and right lower side bracings (i.e. the sumo base, as discussed earlier) for band resisted exercises
- Inserting the pegs on the left and right upper side bracings (i.e. the top left and top right of the frame) for reverse band movements
Once you insert the band pegs, you loop one end of a band over the peg and loop the other end around the barbell. Then do the same with another band on the other side of the rack.
IMPORTANT: You should be bolting the X-2 to the floor anyway. But this is especially crucial to do if you’re doing band exercises. If not, then you can very easily slide, tilt or completely flip the rack over while you’re inside doing the exercise. NOT safe!
X-2 Power Rack Height & Dimensions
Now that we’ve covered some of the more “glamorous” features, let’s get into the more boring (but very important!) specs regarding the X-2 power rack’s dimensions.
X-2 Power Rack Height Options: Short & Tall
One of the most important specs, which I noticed is unique to only the X-2 (compared to all other Titan racks), is the height its full-height and short versions:
- X-2 Short Power Rack Height = 78″ (compared to 82.375″ for the X-3 Short Flat Foot Power Rack, and 80″ for the X-3 Short Sumo Base Power Rack, and 82.25″ for the T-3 Short Power Rack)
- X-2 Full-Height Power Rack Height = 87″ (compared to 92″ for the X-3 Full-Height Flat Foot Power Rack, 90″ for the X-3 Full-Height Sumo Base Power Rack, and 91.125″ for the T-3 Full-Height Power Rack)
To summarize from the above, the X-2 racks are the shortest of all the Titan racks.
BUT, here’s the cool part: The usable height (i.e. internal height) is actually comparable to the other racks.
The other racks actually much more unusable height as a result of their construction.
Here’s how the X-2 is able to maximize usable height while minimizing overall rack height.
- The X-2 has welded side bracings. This means the top of the side bracings is the top of the rack. There is no need for the uprights to extend any further up. Whereas, the other Titan power racks all have bolt-on side bracings. In order to bolt the side bracings to the uprights, the bracings have end plates that extend up and down, so as to line up with holes above and below the side bracing tube to insert the bolt. To accommodate for this design, the uprights need to extend 3-4 inches above the top of the side bracing tube–all unusable space as far as exercises are concerned.
- The X-2 has a 2″ x 2″ frame. This includes the upper side bracings. Compare this to the other Titan racks that have either 2″ x 3″ or 3″ x 3″ upper side bracings. They all take up 3 inches of vertical space, whereas the X-2’s take up just 2 inches. That’s an extra inch of space that isn’t wasted.
Okay, so I’ve told you that X-2 racks are the shortest of all comparable Titan racks in terms of overall height (though usable internal heights are similar). And I’ve told you why this is the case.
Now, let me explain why can make a HUGE difference for many home gym lifters:..
…If you’re building a home gym in your basement or garage, chances are you won’t exactly have the tallest ceilings. Depending on how tall, or rather, how short your ceilings are, even an inch of extra power rack height can make the difference between a rack fitting or not. Or it may barely fit, but you have insufficient head room for pull ups.
In other words, every inch counts when you have limited ceiling space. So the fact that both the X-2 short and full height racks are anywhere from 2 inches to 5 inches shorter than their X-3 and T-3 counterparts is a BIG deal if:
- Your ceilings are kind of in-between short and tall, and you want a tall rack. But because you’re in this grey area of ceiling height, the X-3 and T-3 full-height racks may be just slightly too tall for your ceilings. In this case, you should be able to fit the 87″ full-height X-2 and maybe even have a little extra space to spare!
- You have REALLY short ceilings and even the short versions of the X-3 and T-3 racks are too tall. In this case, hopefully the low clearance of the 78″ X-2 Short Power Rack is just short enough to fit in. I bought the X-3 Short Flat Foot power rack and I barely had enough clearance for it’s 82.375″ height–I made it by less than half an inch! If my ceilings were any shorter, then the X-2 Short Power Rack would’ve been the best option. Though, since I am not allowed to drill bolts into the basement floor (I’m renting), I would’ve had to buy or more likely build a lifting platform and then bolt the rack to the platform. Luckily, though, my ceilings were just tall enough for the short X-3. But if yours aren’t, you should definitely consider the X-2.
This is the top of my X-3 Short Flat Foot power rack. The rack was less than a 1/2-inch from not fitting in my basement. Close call! If your ceilings are much shorter than mine, then the 78″ X-2 Short Power Rack should be a top contender (you may also be able to fit the 80″ X-3 Short Sumo Base Rack).
X-2 Power Rack Depth, Width & Weight
I would argue that the X-2 racks’ heights vs the heights of the X-3 and T-3 racks is the most impactful difference compared to the other rack dimensions.
However, there are other dimensions that differ between the X-2 and the X-3 and T-3. Similarly, some dimensions are the same.
Here are all of the other rack specs, including those unique to the X-2 as well as though that match up with the X-3 and or the T-3 power racks:
- External Depth (not including bolt-down floor plates) = 28″ (less deep than the default depth T-3 power racks at 30″; less deep than the T-3 deep power racks at 42″; less deep than the X-3 Flat Foot power racks at 36″; same depth as the default depth X-3 Sumo Base power racks at 30″; less deep than the deep X-3 Sumo Base power racks at 42″)
- Internal Depth = 24″ (same depth as the default depth T-3 power racks; less deep than the T-3 deep power racks at 36″; less deep than the X-3 Flat Foot power racks at 30″; same depth as the default depth X-3 Sumo Base power racks; less deep than the deep X-3 Sumo Base power racks at 36″)
- External Width (not including bolt-down floor plates) = 46″ (same width as the T-3 power racks; narrower than the X-3 Flat Foot power racks as well as the X-3 Sumo Base power racks at 48″)
- Internal Width = 42″ (same width as both the X-3 and T-3)
- Weight = 217 Lbs for the short X-2 and 226 Lbs for the full-height X-2
X-2 Power Rack Cons
Here are some of the negatives of the X-2 Power Rack:
Currently a Very Limited Number of Accessories
Since this is such a new power rack, Titan only has a couple of optional accessories available to expand its capabilities.
Right now, this includes the X-2 Mounted Step-Up Platform and the X-2 Dual Pull Up Stabilizer Bar. I’ll discuss these in detail later.
Compare this to the literally dozens of accessories available for the X-3 and T-3 racks. That said, Titan had said that they will be adding more products to the X-2 line of accessories over time. However, there is no official timeline available or any indication of which specific accessories will be released. Only time will tell.
Only a Short 10″ Rack Extension is Available
One of the major initial complaints from people who have bought or are considering buying the X-2, is that it only has a 10″ rack extension available for purchase separately.
Now, don’t get me wrong — a short rack extension like this 10″ one is perfectly adequate if your goal is simply to store your weights on the rack and have them completely out of the way of the main rack section.
However, if you wanted a second section for squatting and doing any other power rack exercises, then 10″ is simply not enough. The X-3 and T-3 both have 24″ rack extensions available that allow you to do exactly that. They also have 10″ extensions for just weight storage.
Unfortunately, the X-3 does not have a 24″ rack extension. At least, not at this time. And although Titan has stated that they will be coming out with more X-2 accessories in the future, it is not clear if they will release a 24″ rack extension.
Needs to be Bolted Down
The X-2 needs to be bolted down to ensure it’s properly secured. This is the trade-off that comes with any rack that has a sumo base instead of a flat foot base.
For lifters such as myself, bolting the rack to the floor is not an option. I rent and my landlord wouldn’t allow it. So this is a MAJOR negative.
Other lifters may be able to bolt it to the floor, yet they might not want to. Maybe they’re terrible with tools. Maybe they can’t get access to the necessary tools (i.e. a drill). Or maybe they want to be able to easily move the rack around to a different position in the future. Whatever the reason, in these such cases, bolting the rack is a more moderate negative point against X-2, but maybe not a deal breaker.
Finally, there are also plenty of lifters who want to bolt their rack down so they can have a sumo base power rack that has absolutely rock solid stability. In this case, of course, it’s not a negative at all. It’s a major positive. However, I’ve put it in the “cons” section, because that’s how I see it. And hey–it’s my review after all! ;-P
Optional Accessories & Extensions
X-2 Mounted Step-Up Platform
The X-2 Mounted Step-Up Platform is a pretty cool accessory. Currently, the only other Titan rack that has its own version of this accessory is the T-3, and that was a very recent edition.
So what is it exactly? Well, it is basically like having a plyometric box. Or really, several plyometric boxes of different sizes, since it is an adjustable platform. Therefore, you can do just about any exercise you could do if you had a set of plyometric boxes, including:
- Step ups
- Box jumps
- Burpee box jumps
- Burpee step overs
- Lateral step overs
- Box dips (same as bench dips)
- V-ups on box
- Bulgarian split squats
- Incline push ups (hands elevated)
- Decline push ups (feet elevated)
- Incline planks
- Decline planks
- Elevated knee touches
- And more!
Adjusting the height is very easy, as well. It uses the quick-pin mechanism some of the other Titan accessories use.
The process is simple: First, you line up the hole on the step up platform’s support bracket with any hole on the power rack’s upright. Then, you just insert the pin through. That’s it–very quick.
This is an excellent accessory to buy if you want to add a lot of variety to your lower body training.
Here are all of its technical specs:
- Material: Solid steel with diamond plate covering of step platform for extra traction
- Platform Size: 22″ x 15″ (width x depth)
- Support Bracket Size: 13.75″ tall (this is the triangle shaped bracket that holds the step up platform on its top and sets against the power rack upright on its side)
- Weight: 39 Lbs
- Distance from Rack: 23″ (from the upright to the front edge of the platform)
- Height from Floor: Adjustable via quick-pin mechanism on any of the rack’s uprights
- Retail Price: $65
X-2 Dual Pull Up Stabilizer Bar
The X-2 Dual Pull Up Stabilizer Bar is a handy accessory if you’re a big fan of pull ups.
It’s not just for pull ups, though. As the name suggests, it also serves to improve the stability of the rack by bolstering the connection at the top. However, considering most lifters would consider the rack to be plenty stable on its own, the added stability is really a secondary benefit.
The primary benefit is having a dedicated station for pull ups and related accessories.
So, what’s this accessory all about? For starters, it comes with 2 pull up bars (hence “dual” in its name) welded into its structure. Here’s what you need to know about them:
- Both are straight pull up bars
- Both are 1.275″ in diameter. This is almost exactly the same diameter as the 1.25″ “skinny” pull up bar that comes standard with the X-2 power rack.
- One of the bars is at the same height as the stabilizer bar, which the same height as the top of the rack. It is located about 8 inches away from the stabilizer bar from a horizontal perspective.
- The other pull up bar is located directly below the stabilizer bar, about 8 inches down, in line with the uprights. This bar’s positioning will actually be very useful for some people. Specifically, those whose ceilings are tall enough to accommodate the rack itself, but not tall enough to allow them to do a full range of motion pull up without hitting their head. If you saw the picture I showed earlier in this review of my X-3 Short Flat Foot power rack, you’ll know that I have the same problem with my rack. And so, I can see the value in this; it would give me the clearance needed to do full range of motion pull ups. Titan actually makes the same accessory for the X-3, so I’m definitely considering it for the future (in the meantime, I’ll probably just move one of the existing pull up bars from the top of the rack to lower on the uprights.
Other than improved stability and getting another two pull up bars to add to your rack, there are other interesting ways you use this attachment. You can add other accessories to the stabilizer bar, which has holes spaced 2 inches apart along its full length. Here are some ideas:
- Pull up spheres: You can attach the pull up spheres to the stabilizer bar. Since each sphere attaches separately you can easily adjust the distance between them by choosing two holes closer together or further apart. Pull up spheres are an excellent tool for developing your forearms, and especially for building up your grip strength. The X-2 doesn’t have any currently listed on the accessories page. However, the ones for T-3 will work just fine. They’re available in two sizes: 3″ spheres and 5″ spheres.
- Band pegs: You can attach band pegs directly to the stabilizer bar. This is the optimal position for band-assisted dips, which is in my opinion the best assisted pull up variation for building your way up to an unassisted full range of motion pull up. I’m sure band pegs on this stabilizer bar would be excellent for other exercises, too–But this one in particular comes to mind.
NOTE: The Titan site says that you can use the rotating pull up handles with these. However, I don’t see how that would be feasible, simply because one of the pull up bars is directly below the stabilizer bar. As such, the bar would get in the way of your forearms if you were to install the rotating handles and hold onto them.
Here are the technical specs for the X-2 Dual Pull Up Stabilizer Bar:
- Material: 2″ x 2″ 9 gauge steel stabilizer bar
- Connection: Side gussets with laser cut Titan logo; gussets have 1-inch holes along its two edges for bolting it to the rack; hardware included.
- Pull Up Bars: (2) 1.275″ diameter pull up bars welded onto gussets, staggered at different heights and horizontal positions; approx. 8″ vertical distance and 8″ horizontal distance between the bars.
- Hole Spacing: 2″ hole spacing along stabilizer (on all 4 sides) for accessories
- Weight: 42 Lbs
- Width: 42″
- Height from Floor: Adjustable via quick-pin mechanism on any of the rack’s uprights
- Retail Price: $90
X-2 Power Rack Extensions
The Titan X-2 Extension Kits are made for both the short X-2 power rack and the full-height X-2 power rack.
They attach to the rear of the rack and add on two more uprights. This effectively makes a larger power rack with six uprights and separate sections.
The X-2 extensions are made of the same 2″ x 2″ 9 gauge steel that the main rack is made of. They are secured to the rack with side bracings that are bolted on, at the top and the bottom.
However, it is worth noting that the top side bracings aren’t actually 2″ x 2″ tubing, but rather a flat (yet thick) metal strip, which has the Titan logo laser cut on it. The bottom side bracings are tubing.
As I discussed earlier, the X-2 only has 10-inch rack extensions. That means the second section is just 10 inches deep. Other Titan racks all have 24-inch extension kits available in addition to the 10-inch kits.
Having the option for a 24-inch extension would be awesome, so you could set up a second section that you actually do lifts in–Basically, it’d be like having two power racks in one. But that’s just not an option with the X-2. It may be in the future, but Titan hasn’t indicated it explicitly.
Still, the 10″ extension is still a worthwhile investment if you want:
- To store all your weight plates on the rack, without them getting in the way of your main rack.
- Increase the stability of your rack. You may actually be able to get away with not bolting down your rack by adding these two extra uprights, especially if you keep a couple of hundred pounds of plates on the weight holders–though it’s still probably best to bolt it down if you’re lifting heavy weights.
Here are the technical specs of the X-2 10″ extension kits:
- Material: 2″ x 2″ 9 gauge steel
- Height: 78″ for the short version / 87″ for the full-height version
- Weight: 108 lbs for the short version / 115 lbs for the full-height version
- Internal Depth: 10″
- External Depth: 12″
- Internal Width: 42″
- External Width: 46″
- Retail Price: $175 for the short version / $190 for the full-height version
Where to Buy the X-2 Power Rack?
Are you convinced the X-2 is the best power rack for you? If so and you’re ready to buy one, then go to the Titan Fitness website for the best price.
See the links below for the relevant product pages:
- X-2 Power Rack (Retail price: $350)
- X-2 Short Power Rack: (Retail price: $335)
- X-2 Accessories
- X-2 Extensions
Note: Prices above may vary in the future. I put the retail price at the date of publishing this review.
If you think one of the other Titan racks mentioned in this article may be a better fit for you than the X-2, then check the links below:
Titan X-2 Power Rack
The Titan X-2 power rack is a robust yet low-cost power rack with some not-so-common specs. It features small 2"x2" uprights made of super thick 9-gauge steel. This combo makes for a strong yet affordable rack that's perfect for powerlifters on a budget.
Product Brand: Titan Fitness
Product In-Stock: InStock
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Do the hole spacings allow the pull up bars to be mounted to the sides of the uprights rather than the top? So the rack fits between ceiling joists with the pull-up bars below. Thanks!
Yes, you can adjust the pull up bars to go lower on the rack, using the accessory holes on the uprights, near the top of the rack–circled in the image below:
The holes on the pull up bars will line up perfectly with the accessory holes on the uprights, since they are spaced 2″ apart, just like they are on the top side bracings (where the pull up bars would normally go).
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Just wanted to say that I haven’t seen such an in depth and awesome review as this one and the T-3 one. I am waiting for Titan to start shipping the Europe and in the mean time deciding which one to buy so I have been looking at different reviews and this one just blows all the others out of the water 🙂 Keep up the good work, appreciate it 🙂
Thanks, Thomas. I always try to go all-out on my reviews. Hopefully Titan starts shipping to Europe soon. Do you know if they have plans to? If not, maybe you could look into an ordering from the US site, but using an international freight forwarding service–I’ve never done this and it may be prohibitively expensive to do it for a power rack, but apparently it’s something a lot of international online shoppers uses.
awesome detailed review on both of these racks…im trying to decide which one will work best for my home gym and this was incredibly honest and helpful
Thanks, Kelly. Happy to help you make a more informed decision — Enjoy your new rack!
So it’s late August 2019 and I still don’t see much talk or reviews about the X2. It seems very unpopular compared to the T3. I mean in my opinion the X2 seems like a way better option. Thicker Steel, welded sides. But I am a little bit afraid of getting it because even as of now, there are not many accessories. It’s almost like the long-lost cousin, even Titan doesn’t really promote it that well. Why do you think the X2 never really took off? Thanks
Hi Ricky, good question. I agree that it’s less popular than the T3. But that’s not because it’s lower quality or anything like that. In fact, it can be a better choice for the right person.
The main reason I think it’s less popular is that there’s only one inside width option — 24″. While 24″ gives you enough room for all the main lifts, many people prefer having more room to move without worrying about getting too close to the uprights. Also, some exercises really need more room (e.g. box squats — though you could do those outside the rack).
You touched on another reason — the lower number of attachments available for the X-2 compared to Titan’s other racks. But also related to the attachments, is the fact that there are very few other 2″x2″ power racks with 5/8″ holes on the market — which means there’s fewer attachments available from other manufacturers that would work on this rack. Whereas, the T-3 is 2″x3″ with 5/8″ holes, as are many other racks on the market…Many people get the T-3, in part, because they want to use compatible accessories from other manufacturers.
Lastly, part of the relative lack of popularity is because the side bracings are welded — this prevents some people from getting it into their home gym (i.e. it might be impossible to fit these tall and wide pieces around a staircase depending on the space).
All that being said, there are still plenty of people who buy this rack. And it’s an excellent choice, particularly if one or more of there are true:
Lastly — after reviewing the X-2 accessories again — there is certainly fewer available than for the T-3. However, all the basics are there (different dip attachments & pull up options, different safety options, spotter arms, weight holders), and several others that are beyond the basics but still very useful (e.g. lever arms, pulley system, lat tower, step up platform). Then there a several others that are obscure/less useful. Unless there’s specific ones available for the T-3 you want and the X-2 doesn’t have then, then I think the X-2 is more than okay, at least as far as accessories are concerned.
Anyhow, those are my thoughts on the matter. Let me know if you’ve got any other questions.
Whichever rack you end up getting, enjoy!
Thank you very much for the in depth review of all the racks and also for answering my questions so thoroughly. I honestly cannot say that I’ve heard of anyone else in the fitness Product review field that’s so thorough about details. Love it!
Thanks for the extremely thorough review. The detailed analysis it takes for someone to make your “usable height vs. overall height” comparison to the T-3 and the X-3 truly represents why you’re King of The Gym.
Now, because of your review, I decided to pick up an X-2 during Covid quarantine. Can’t wait to receive it, but also worried I won’t be able to find the tall rack 10″ extension in stock. Based on my research, the short rack extension attaches to the 13th and 14th holes above the westside spacing, while the tall rack extension attaches to 17 and 18. Is it safe to say that a short rack extension would be able to attach to a tall rack on holes 13 and 14? As you suggest in your review, it’s mainly going to be weight storage.
Thanks again for the great work you do.
That’s a pretty safe assumption. Not sure about the exact hole numbers it’d attach in, but you’d be well above the middle (1″ spacing) section of the rack. Let me know how it works out.
Thank you for this review! Very helpful. It persuaded me to purchase it (when it gets back in stock). Do you know what the bolt-down floor plates add to the dimensions on the ground? I ask as I’m planning out the lifting platform to which I’ll attach it. Thanks!
Thanks, Jonathan. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact dimensions. However, based no the photos, it looks like the plates go no more than 3″ beyond the outside of each upright (so, an extra 6″ width, giving a max overall width of approx 52″); and I’d say the floor plates go about 1.5″ beyond the uprights in terms of depth (so, an extra 3″ depth, giving a max overall depth of approx. 31″). Again, these are just my estimates based on studying the photos.
If you need to know the precise specs before ordering, I would get in contact with Titan support. Try to speak with someone on their product team if the main customer service people can’t help you out.