Jake Purdy
2021-10-13

What is an ATR Unit and how did it come into conception?

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introduction

ATR stands for Auxiliary Training Rack which was an idea that was born after speaking to hundreds of coaches about how to efficiently use their floor space.  The theme that always came up was – “How do we make the most of our space”.  Originally we called these space saving set-ups “Fire-Out” stations as they were mainly used with bands for assisted and resisted sprint work and a whole host of other band exercises.  But when not doing bands, these would serve as lifting stations. 

After spending time in facilities, the one thing that was obvious everyone had cable machines, the problem was that they only used certain cables on certain days. Sometimes going a few workouts that didn’t use any cables, we did the math and cables typically represent about 1 out of 10 exercises. The other 90% of the time that floor space served no purpose so by integrating machines into lifting stations coaches can get the best of both worlds out of their facility. 

Modular system

Many people ask what is the difference between an ATR unit and a rack as they use the same parts, the answer lies in how those parts are configured. ATR units often are backed up against a wall, our early ATR units were mounted to the wall. Our goal is to use as few unique parts as possible to create a Erector-Set like modular system that can take the shape of whatever it needs to depending on the space and the functionality needed for that particular sports performance center at this point in time as athletic programs are always evolving. 

In the same way racks are modular allowing us to take a half rack add a few parts to it and turn it into a full rack ATR units are too. If you are on a tight budget you can purchase only part of your dream ATR unit and continue to add to it by purchasing parts and adding them on. 

Integrating Machines

We realized that ATR units were the answer to many facilities problems. It made that same floor space programmable the entire work-out.   One exercise with the cable, then set-it for Dips, Landmines or bodyweight work.  When teams get a big turn-out in the weight room ATR units can be turned into a extra lifting station. All this using only 30” inches from a wall creating a big space saver compared to Functional Trainers, stand alone Lat Pulldowns, etc. 

 

Storage

Every weight room needs storage for dumbbells, kettlebells, balls, ropes, foam rollers and other items so why not make that storage space functional by adding Lat pull down machines, belt squats or cable columns. With ATR units you can use the same floor print a dumbbell rack would fit in and instead put an ATR functional trainer at 72” with trays between the two ATR machines

attachments

All the attachments on our racks can be used on ATR’s as they use 1” holes. Add Jammer Arms for endless movement possibilities, move our removable land mines from your rack and put them on the ATR now you can get a new group into the racks and finish another group on the ATR’s.

Final thoughts

ATR units are the missing tool you need to get the most out of every square foot of your facility, have those extra lifting stations you need to get big groups through your facility.  Store those rollers and house those cable units. The possibilities are almost endless. 

If you would like a rendering of the custom ATR unit you have dreamed up you can reach out to us for a rendering of the unit that will allow you to view the unit before purchasing and will also help to visualize the unit for aesthetic and space purposes. If you need help creating a custom ATR unit reach out to us our sales reps would be more than happy to help you.

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