ding ding fucking ding. the plate trees are bolted down in between each rack, which doesnt seem so bad until you realize they are positioned midway between each upright. given how close each rack is to the next , this means that you cannot actually do anything in the rack without the bar hitting the plate tree. can't squat, can't bench. could barely shrug and rack pull, having about 6 inches of clearance between the upright and the space occupied by the plate tree.
the best part was when i told the trainer supervising the facility about it. she insisted that i was wrong and i could mount the pins on the outside of the rack, until i realized she was talking about the j-hooks. when i told her this, she informed me that the space inside the rack was actually for storing the bench while people were squatting, and that the actual pins were just there for support. the inside of the squat rack was not actually used for squatting, duh. silly me.
i am actually fucking infuriated at how fucking stupid this entire situation is