Monster Lite RML-690-C Review

The Rogue Monster Lite RML-690-C is the power rack version of the Monster Lite rig and rack. It is, in fact, a hybrid between the Rogue R6 Power rack and the RM-6 Monster Rack. While being a step up from the Infinity series, it is not quite as robust as the Monster series. This is a popular model for serious heavy lifters who require robust support when under the heavy iron.

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RML-690-C

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The RML-690-C comes in your choice of ten custom colors, which are finished in a semi-gloss powder-coat. It also features the Westside hole pattern, where you get one inch spacing through the bench press zone and two inches through the squatting and deadlifting range. You also get a pair of very sturdy Monster Lite j-cups, pin / pipe safeties and eight handy bumper bar storage posts. As an extra bonus you even get four band pegs to allow you to get into some band training.

This Monster Lite power rack provides you with an excellent way to work your upper back. You get a 43-inch single skinny pull up bar. There is also a 43-inch beam with the Rogue nameplate for enhanced rigidity. The unit is very solid, even when you don’t bolt it to the ground. When you do, it is virtually indestructible. However, you do not have to bolt this unit to the floor, which is a bonus for many people.

The Monster Lite RM-690-C weighs in at 530 pounds. It has a length of 76 inches, with a width of 49 inches and a height of 90 ⅜ inches, giving you plenty of overhead room.​

PROS

  • 3 x 3 inch, 11-gauge steel
  • 43-inch skinny bar
  • Bumper bar storage posts

CONS

  • No spotter stands

Monster Lite RM-690-C Alternatives

BodyCraft F430 Power Rack

BodyCraft F430 Power Rack

The BodyCraft F430 Power Rack is the most hardcore rack out out by BodyCraft. The frame is made from 2 x 3 inch 11-gauge square steel, compared with the 3 x 3 inch steel used for the Rogue Monster Lite. The unit feels very solid and robust. As with the Rogue rack the hardware (nuts and bolts) are ⅝ inch in diameter.

There are a lot of attachments that are available with BodyCraft F430 Power Rack. You can get a lat pull-down complete with a 200-pound weight stack as well as a very effective cable cross-over. This is something that you don’t find on many home-use power racks. You get a pair of spotter arms as standard. This allows you to go heavy when you don’t have a spotter present. There are also bar catches to make you even more safe.

PROS

  • Lots of attachments
  • Spotter arms
  • Bar catches

CONS

  • Not as robust as the Rogue Monster Lite

CAP Barbell Ultimate Power Cage

CAP Barbell Ultimate Power Cage

The CAP Barbell Ultimate Power cage is the latest offering from CAP Barbell. This unit provides you with a very solid power cage that is fitted with a host of cool extras. This guarantees that this unit will become the central focus of your home gym. You get rubber lined safety spotters which gives you 26 marked adjustment options. In addition, your safety is guaranteed with rubber lined adjustable bar catches with 24 marked adjustment options.

ABS glide inserts are adjustable to prevent binding. You also get oversized easy grip pop pins to make it easy for you to make your bar adjustments. The rack has a wide sumo design to give you a larger interior work space than you find on many home use power racks.

The steel frame construction is from 2 x 2 inch 12 and 14-gauge steel. There are two Olympic weight plate storage posts. The three step powder coat finish gives you an extra level of durability while providing a great look to the unit.​

PROS

  • 12-14-gauge steel uprights
  • ABS glide inserts
  • Rubber lined safety spotters

CONS

  • Only 2 x 2 frame thickness

XMark XM-7620

XMark XM-7620

The XMark XM 7620 is a very solid single user home power rack that you can pick up at a budget price. It is made from the same 11-gauge steel as the Rogue Monster Lite. Unlike the Monster Lite, though, it comes with four pairs of u-shaped bar catches. This is quite rare on home use power racks and makes this a great option if you are often lifting heavy without a spotter.

The uprights provide you with 24 adjustment holes. XMark XM 7620 do not have Westside hole spacing. Hole spacing is uniform at two inches.

The XM760 is finished in a grey scratch resistant powder coat. Optional extras include adjustable pull-pin safety spotters, triceps dip handles and a split grip chin up / pull up bar. Optional extras include a lat pull-down and low pulley row.​

PROS

  • 11 gauge steel framing
  • Four pairs of u-shaped bar catches
  • Suitable for people up to 6’4”

CONS

  • No Westside hole spacing
  • No plate holders

Conclusion

The Rogue RML-690-C is a heavy duty rack system which is very popular in semi-commercial and private strength gym around the world. It delivers a superior level of strength, stability and robustness. It will make a great central point of any home gym.

For something not quite as heavy duty (and considerably cheaper) you should seriously consider the BodyCraft F430 Power Rack, the CAP Barbell Ultimate Power cage and the XMark XM 7620. Of the three, we prefer the BodyCraft F430 Power Rack which provides you with spotter arms and bar catches for greater levels of safety.


Monster Lite RML-690-C Review
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