Monster Lite RMC-3WC Power Rack Review
Updated December 11, 2018
The Rogue Lite RMC-3WC Power Rack is a fold-back rack that is the ideal solution for the space challenged iron pumper. Whereas many foldable racks that are out there inevitably compromise on strength, you don’t have any of those issues with the Rogue foldable. This rack can be folded both inwards and outwards for more space savings. Yet it still provides all of the sturdiness that you’ve come to expect from the Rogue Monster Lite series.
In this article we take a close look at the Rogue Lite RMC-3WC Power Rack. We’ll also consider foldable power racks that are competitors to Rogue and see which one deserves to be in your garage gym.
The Rogue Lite RMC-3WC Power Rack Up Close
The Rogue RMC-3WC fold-back power rack is constructed from the most heavy duty steel in the Rogue factory - 3 x 3 inch 11 gauge. That means that you have the most rigid, supportive uprights to support your heavy squats that are on the market. This steel is laser cut in Columbus, Ohio to Rogue’s high specifications.
Rogue RMC-3WC fold-back power rack uses Westside hole spacing, which provides you with a highly customized way to get the ideal bar placement. Throughout the bench press zone, you get one inch on center hole spacing, which spreads out to two inches above and below that zone. In order to provide an easy to operate and sturdy folding mechanism, the team or engineers at Rogue developed a unique pin and hinge system that is easy to install and yet still remains rock solid.
The RMC-3WC makes use of heavy duty ⅝ inch nuts and bolts to ensure that this unit fits together with rock solid rigidity. The rack is available in two depths, 21.5 and 41.5 inches. When you swing the sides of the rack inward or inward they will position themselves flush with the wall. The 21.5-inch depth is the ideal choice for most powerlifting application. It will provide plenty of room to squat, bench or deadlift. If you are planning on doing gymnastic moves you should consider the 42.5 inch depth.
When stowed away this fold-back power rack takes up less than 5 inches of space from the wall. That means that you can have a world quality Rogue power rack in your garage and still be able to park your car in the garage.
- 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel frame
- Foldable onwards and outwards
- Choice of depth
- None identified
Rogue Lite RMC-3WC Power Rack Alternatives
The PRX Performance Profile Rack is a foldable rack that, while a little less thick in terms of steel width than the Rogue foldable, still gives you a very sturdy frame to work from. It requires just four feet of floor space. The uprights are made from 2 x 3-inch square steel tubing. 100-pound gas shocks and safety locking pins provide you with extra rigidity and safety.
The PRX Performance rack comes with a 42-inch kipping bar. Heavy duty j cups allow you to squat and deadlift in safety. It is finished in stylish black onyx. All of the installation hardware is included with your purchase. Going from a stored to an active user position takes just a few seconds.
- Very compact
- Kipping bar
- Gas shocks
- Uprights not as thick as Rogue single user models
- Limited pull up options
- Does not have Westside hole spacing
The Fringe Sport Retractable Power Rack is made from 2.5 x 2.5 inch 11-gauge square steel tubing. This is a half inch thinner than the steel uprights used by the Rogue foldable power rack. However, it still provides you with an impressive level of rigidity and strength. The bar spacing holes are placed at distances of one inch.
Fringe Sport Retractable Power Rack folds inward and outward to allow you to store it away when not in use. It will fold flat against the wall, allowing you to easily park your cart alongside. The 1.25-inch quarter pull up bar ranges between 70 and 88 inches from the floor. UHMW plastic coated j-hooks provide you with a high level of stability when you are squatting.
The maximum user weight on this foldable rack is 800 pounds. The dimensions are 49 inches wide by 90.5 inches high and 25 -inches depth from the wall.
- Folds inward and outward
- One-inch hole spacing
- 90.5-inches high
The Valor Pro BD-20 Wall Mounted foldable squat rack is made from 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch square steel tubing, which is similar to the Fringe Power Rack but not as strong as the Rogue Power Rack. It folds back against the wall in order to provide you with the most garage space you can get. However, this rack is not quite as solid and stable as the Rogue foldable.
Valor PRO BD-20 Wall Mount Foldable Squat Rack comes with a pair of j-hooks, each of which has a max weight capacity of 350 pounds. You also get a straight pull up station. There are a number of attachments that you can purchase to extend the usability of this unit.
- Very compact
- 350-pound j-hooks
- Attachments available
- Not as strong as Rogue
The Rogue RMC-3WC fold-back power rack is the best foldable power rack that we have yet come across. It is made from extremely solid 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel uprights to provide with a level of rigidity that is very rare in a foldable home use power rack. You also get the Westside hole spacing pattern which is a Rogue trademark, and is foldable both inwards and outwards. We highly recommend this product.
In terms of alternatives to the Rogue foldable power rack, there is nothing out there that provides the same level of frame rigidity or foldable integrity. The best cheaper option is the Fringe Sport Retractable Power Rack, which provides you with a 90.5-inch height, one inch hole spacing and inward and outward fold options.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.