Rogue Froning RML-4100 Power Rack
For those of you who are not familiar, Rich Froning is a legendary Cross-Fit celebrity and an inspirational member of the whole fitness community. Rogue Fitness supplies the power racks for the World CrossFit Games. Together they teamed up to make a signature power rack and named it the Rogue Froning RML-4100.
They started the popular R-4 Power Rack which has a Westside-inspired design. It has the 3 inch by 3-inch 11-gauge steel uprights which makes it one of the sturdiest and strongest racks in the industry. This rack is built at the Rogue Fitness headquarters in Columbus, Ohio and is built to withstand small garage gyms, facilities that are for professional strength training, military training bases, and collegiate weight rooms as well.
This rack is a collaboration with one of CrossFit's most talented athletes.
It comes with a set of 43-inch safety straps
Comes with bare single steel pull up bar
It might be too tall for a lot of gym areas at 100 inches tall, taller than a standard Rogue rack
At 100 inches, the uprights are taller than the R-4. Rogue Froning RML-4100 allows you to perform a greater range of over the head movements and pull up exercises such as muscle-ups. A bare steel pull-up bar allows for enhanced gripping power when performing high rep pull up workouts.
This unit ships with a pair of 43-inch safety straps. These provide a simple but extremely effective way to protect your body and the bar when performing your heavy lifts. This Froning Edition Monster Lite rack is compatible with a large range of additional extras, including the Monster Matador, Monster Safety Spotter Arms, and the Monster Landmine. As with all Rogue racks, this edition also features the Westside hole system that varies between 1 inch and 2-inch hole spacing to allow for precision bar placement.
Who Is Rich Froning?
Now Froning has assisted in developing his own line of athletic equipment, including med balls, barbell, speed rope, and a line of t-shirts. He also wrote a book about his experiences. When it came time for a power rack, the whole Rogue team worked to build the ultimate, CrossFit rack tailor-made and featuring all the elements which were chosen by Froning himself.
What This Purchase Includes
The RML-4100 also comes standard with a set of 43-inch safety straps. This system gives you a simple solution to help protect your body and your equipment during even the heaviest lifts. This set is only compatible with the Rogue rigs and racks. It includes thick-formed steel brackets and pin, and a pair of reinforced black nylon straps which are rated for over 10,000 pounds. These straphangers can be mounted at different heights so you can position the strap to catch the barbell and roll it safely away from you.
We highly recommend you get a set of the Safety Spotter Arms, especially if you work out in your gym alone. These arms are designed for protecting the bar but especially for protecting the lifter. Since safety arms have to be strong and depending, these are made of 11 gauge steel tubing with welded on end plates for even more safety. They also feature a plastic insert to protect your bar knurling.
In the new version, the design has been updated to a J-Cup style pin and swing system, which lets you make height adjustments quickly and easily without having to take out the pin. You just put the pin at the height you want, swing down the clasp and then the safeties are ready.
The RML-4100 is a power rack that is specially designed for CrossFit workouts as well as the normal exercises. You can do several different exercises including lunges, bench press, shoulder press, calf raises, bent over row, bicep curls, shoulder shrugs, and deadlifts. Of course, most of the exercises are classic power lift. The power rack is designed to spot you during these moves, which is so much safer if you are working out by yourself or if you are using more weight that one person could spot safely.
Since the power racks have become more popular in home and garage gyms, many more options are available. The RML-4100 has a pull-up bar included and is compatible with the attachments from Rogue Fitness so you can do other exercises like dips, lat pulldowns, and rows. You can order the accessories separately to get exactly the tools you want for the work out that will get you to your goals.
Power Rack vs Squat Rack
Some people call the squat racks “half cages,” because basically it is half a power cage. A power rack is safer because you are working inside a cage full of safety bars on each side so you get a better spot for safety. You can adjust the height of the safety bars to wherever you need for the exercise you are doing, and the power rack can provide a huge variety of exercises you can use to customize your workout. Power rack usually holds more weight than a squat rack too. Especially if you are into doing some seriously heavy lifting, the power rack is probably your safest bet.
The disadvantages of a power rack? Probably the biggest one is space. Power racks tend to take up a lot of it. Most of them have a larger footprint you can stand inside to get your workout. They are also quite tall so your gym area is going to need higher ceilings. Squat racks are smaller and also cheaper since they have a lot less hardware.