The Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack 2.0 Up Close Review
updated August 3, 2018
Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack 2.0
When it comes to power racks, the Rogue models just keep getting bigger and badder. Just when you thought the Rogue RM-3 was as good as it gets, along comes the RM-4 which is even more hardcore than the RM-3. When you are on the lookout for a real heavy duty rack, whether it’s for your college, strength training facility or your home gym, you need to take a serious look at the Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack 2.0.
In this article, we zoom in on the Version 2 of the Rogue RM-4.
The Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack is a fully customizable unit. That means that you have the freedom to create the rack that perfectly suits your needs and your training environment. You can choose your own upright height, color, type of cross members and pull up bars. J-cup design and safety systems.
The uprights of Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack are made from 3 x 3 inch, 11-gauge steel and make use of huge 1-inch diameter hardware (nuts and bolts). The bolt together design makes for easier portability and affordable shipping. The new version of this rack introduces a larger range of custom colors, laser cut pin position numbers on the uprights and the bottom cross-members. There is also a new keyhole pattern on the sides of each upright. This makes the unit more compatible with greater range of add-ons.
In terms of your customization options, you have the choice of 90, 100 or 108 inch upright heights. At the highest elevation, a 43” single pull up bar is mounted at a maximum height of 102 inches from the ground. You have five cross-member options, from a 43 inch single pull up bar to a Monster fat / skinny pull up bar.
You also have a choice of j-cups. either the standard Monster j-cup pair or the Sandwich j-cups which have a UHNW plastic covering to offer full protection against the bar knurling. A choice of three safety spotter systems allows you to select from a pin and pipe system to safety strap set up.
- 1-inch hardware
- Completely customizable
- 108-inch max height
- Single user only
Rogue RM-4 Rack 2.0 Monster Rack Alternatives
The Body Solid Pro Rack is made from high tensile 11-gauge steel and features all four side welded construction. Oversized industrial strength hardware ensures absolute rigidity. This rack has a wide walk in design which provides you with plenty of room to work with inside the rack. Heat tempered lifts off and saber style safety rods ensure that you are able to train in safety, even when you’re on your own.
The uprights on the Body Solid power rack feature 20 holes which are spaced three inches apart. A 41-inch wide knurled pull up bar sits atop the unit. The rack has a max recommended weight of 800 pounds. It is a very solid and sturdy unit. This unit does not have to be bolted down.
- High tensile 11-gauge steel framing
- Het tempered lift offs
- 800-pound max weight
- No plate storage pegs
The Titan T-3 Power Rack is constructed of 2 x 3-inch square steel tubing, making it not quite as thick around as the Rogue Monster-4. Unlike most competitors, this rack does follow Rogue’s lead in using the Westside hole pattern which gives you a one inch spacing through the bench press zone and two inch spacing above and below that zone.
The Titan T-3 rack come with one inch round j-hooks as standard. All hardware is ⅝ inch in diameter which, while quite as big as that on the Rogue rack, still provides you with plenty of structural integrity. You also get plate storage pins on this rack. The max allowable weight on the unit is an impressive 1,000 pounds.
- One inch round j-hooks
- Westside hole pattern
- Plate storage pins
- 1000-pound max weight capacity
- May rock slightly if not bolted down
Read our article to learn why a Power Rack is so much better than other gym equipment.
The Valor Athletics Power rack is constructed from 12-gauge steel, which is slightly higher tensile than the Rogue power rack. However, the uprights, at two inches by two inches, are an inch thinner than the Rogue model. Hardware is ⅝ inch diameter, which is still hardcore, just not as hardcore as the Rogue Monster. You will still get plenty of rigidity and functionality out of this rack.
Valor Athletics Power Rack comes with a pair of safety spotter bars. It also comes with a lat pulldown unit as standard, as well as four 8-inch plate storage pegs to add rigidity to the base and keep your training areas tidy. The dimensions of the rack are 55 inches long by 23.5 inches wide, providing a generous level of room to exercise.
- Lat pull-down
- Budget price
- Safety spotter bars
- Uprights not as solid as Rogue RM-4
- Not suitable for multi users
The Rogue RM-4 Monster Power Rack maxes up the hardware of your power rack to provide you with super strength and rigidity. One of the great benefits of this rack is that it gives you plenty of customizable options to get the ideal rack to suit your needs. This really is the ideal rack for heavy lifters.
None of the Rogue alternatives can match it in terms of sheer strength of build. The Rogue, however, is considerably more expensive than all three alternatives. For a cheaper option that will still provide plenty of grunt we recommend the Titan T-3 Power Rack, with its 1000-pound max poundage, Westside hole pattern and plate storage pins.