Rogue RM-3 Monster Power Rack Review
Updated January 1, 2019
The Rogue RM-3 Monster Power Rack is the first in the Monster Series and was designed to meet the high end needs of the best professional, collegiate, and high school athletic facilities around the world. That doesn’t mean that it’s not an ideal power rack unit for the home gym. While the RM-3 Monster might be overkill for some, if you are a hard core powerlifter who’s used to throwing around some seriously heavy iron, the RM-3 may be just what you’re looking for.
The Rogue RM-3 Monster Power Rack Up Close
The Rogue RM-3 is made from the most robust componentry that is available in the whole Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio. The framing is made from 3 inch by 3 inch, 11-gauge square steel just like the Monster Lite series. Unlike that series, however, the RM-3 uses one-inch hardware (nuts and bolts). That makes for some very serious parts.
This is the new and revised version of the Rogue RM-3. It has added a wide spectrum of color options, laser cut pin position numbers in both uprights and bottom cross beams. There is always a keyhole pattern on the side of each upright. This makes the unit compatible with a whole range of cool accessory units.
The Rogue RM-3 gives you unprecedented custom options. You have the choice of the following maximum upright heights:
This allows you to position the 43 inch single pull up bar at a range of heights. Keyholes on the sides of each upright, along with 40 numbered holes on the front and back to provide you with a clear view from both inside and outside of the rack.
The machine also comes with a Monster pin and pipe safety set, along with a safety strap set made from 3-inch reinforced nylon straps. This will safely roll the bar away from you if you fail on a lift. It is rated to 10,000 pounds.
- 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel framing
- One-inch hardware
- Safety strap set
- No Westside Hole patterning
Rogue RM-3 Monster Power Rack Alternatives
The Valor Athletics Power rack is not as powerful as the Rogue RM-3, but, then again, nothing but others in the Rogue rack stable is. This rack is made from two inch by two inch, 12-gauge steel framing. This is a lesser steel width but slightly higher grade. It doesn’t have a powerful hardware, though. The Valor nuts and bolts are 5/8th inch, compared to one inch for the Rogue RM-3.
You get a pair of safety spotter bars with the Valor Athletics bar. This provides a high level of safety when you fail with your squat or deadlift. The rack has a total length of 55 inches with a width of 23.5 inches. This provides you with plenty of space to move within the rack.
You get lat pulldown unit as standard with the Valor power rack. You also get four eight-inch plate storage pegs on the rack.
- Lat pull-down
- Budget price
- Safety spotter bars
- Uprights not as solid as Rogue RM-3
- Not suitable for multi users
The Vulcan Tandem Power Rack is a multi user unit that allows two workers to get in a great workout side by side. It is constructed from the same heavy duty 3 x3 inch, 11-gauge steel as the Rogue RM-3. The uprights have 2-inch hole spacings for custom bar placement. 9 x9 inch wide foot pads ensure that the unit is very stable, even when you start pushing the heavy iron.
The Vulcan Tandem is a very solid dual trainer rack system. It provides you with plenty of room inside the cage to allow you to move freely. However, it doesn’t provide you with safety spotter arms as part of the basic package. It does come with one inch safety rods.
- 3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel frame
- 9 x 9-inch wide foot pads
- One-inch safety rods
The CFF 14’ Rig and Rack system is a rig and rack system that is very solid and reliable. It is constructed from 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel. This is the same gauge, but an inch thinner than the Rogue RM-3. The basic unit comes with four bench and squat stations and as many as ten pull up bars. Four j-hooks are of top quality and give you safety spotting options.
Unless you are competing for Strongman competition or elite level powerlifting competition this unit will deliver the power that you need when pushing the heavy iron. The rig can be expanded to allow you to increase your gym’s capabilities.
- Robust and secure
- Lots of pull up options
- Solid and safe spotting system
- Not as strong as the Rogue RM-3
The Rogue RM-3 is a hardcore power rack that is extremely popular with colleges and professional athletes around the world. It is the ideal unit for hardcore trainers who are looking for a more powerful rack than the Monster Lite series. It provides you with3 x 3 inch 11-gauge steel framing, one inch hardware and a safety strap set.
For a less expensive option, our favorite alternative is the CFF 14 inch rig and rack, which is robust and secure and includes a solid and safe spotting system.
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.