Marking the Holes on Your Rack/Cage to Easily Remember J-hook and Safety Pin Placements

So one of the slight annoyances of having a squat rack/power cage is dealing with remembering where to place your J-hooks and Safety Pins for the big exercises like the Squat, Bench, OH Press and Deadlift.

Recently I decided to solve this problem once and for all on my current Squat Rack housed in what I call the “Temple of Steel”.

I started doing research online and came across 3 ways to mark the holes on your Squat Rack/Power Cage:

1. Use a Silver Sharpie

So, this is what I have done with my prior squat racks and it works very well!

Here is an example of what I mean:

Using a silver sharpie to mark the holes on your squat rack / power cage.
Using a silver sharpie to mark the holes on your squat rack / power cage.

Now, keep in mind you don’t have to just number them. You could mark specific placements for your Squat, Press, etc.

I couldn’t find these sharpies anywhere but Amazon and here is the type I got when I did this last a few years ago:

Sharpie 39108PP Fine Point Metallic Silver Permanent Marker
Sharpie 39108PP Fine Point Metallic Silver Permanent Marker (Click to Visit)

2. Use Stickers

I also found that to mark their rack holes some people get numbered stickers from Amazon. The downside with this is that you can’t customize what you put on the stickers. Still, you could combine the numbered stickers with Silver sharpie if you want and get the best of both worlds!

Some decent stickers I found (Click on Pic to visit product)

3. Use colored printable labels

So, this is the method I settled on and what I like the most. Below are pics from my actual squat rack.

I printed the labels out on my printer and I create labels not for the numbers but for the specific place to put my J-Hooks or Safety Pins. Safety Pin Labels go on the inside and J-Hook Labels go on the outside.

Below are the labels I purchased on Amazon. They work quite well!

Labels I purchased
Labels I purchased (Click to View)

How do You Mark Your Holes?

Do you have another way of marking your J-Hook and Safety Pin holes? Please let me know in the comment section below.

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