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Rep Fitness has long been seen as a budget home gym retailer. As of late, however, they’ve decided to increase the quality and features of their equipment to compete with the top of the line equipment manufacturers.
The Rep PR-4000 combines nearly all of the features that have made the Rogue Monster Lite series one of the most popular racks in the world. 3”x3 11-gauge steel uprights make up the frame of the power rack. ⅝” holes are laser-cut throughout in order to be compatible with a wide range of accessories offered on the market from both Rep and competitors.
In addition to the standard steel quality, Rep is now using robotic welders for cleaner and more consistent welds that mirror what the competition is offering. The better quality welds also make the six different powdercoat colors that are available look that much better. The PR-4000 is available in the following colors:
The color/coating that is the most interesting is the clear coat. Although labeled “Clear Coat,” it’s actually most similar to the clear grind popularized by Sorinex on their Base Camp and XL Series racks and quite possibly the most well-liked squat rack color available outside of black. We’ve tested many different Sorinex Power Racks with the clear grind and if it’s anything like theirs, it’s sure to be a stunner.
A few additional features of the PR-4000 include a Stainless Steel Nameplate that can be added or removed as desired, laser-cut hole numbers on the uprights for every 5th hole (a cost-saving measure that I don’t think most people will mind, and 1” hole spacing modeled after the Westside Hole Spacing on the Rogue Monster Lite and Infinity Series of racks that has become the industry standard.
Although the Rep PR-4000 Power Rack appears to be very similar to the Rogue Monster Lite Series of racks, it does differ in a couple of areas that we see. The most noticeable area of difference is the outside width of the uprights. The Rogue Monster Lite Series has an outside width of 49”. This doesn’t mean anything without context, but 49” makes it more difficult to re-rack your weights because a barbell shaft is typically around 52” between the sleeve collars. This means more ramming your plates against the upright as well as more scarring of your plates and rack. The PR-4000 Rack from Rep Fitness has a 47” outside width, which is similar to Sorinex and is really the ideal width.
The Rep PR-4000 has a large number of accessories available and has it stated on their website that, “We expect to continually release new attachments for our 4000 and 5000 series.” This is important because nobody wants a rack that can’t be expanded upon, however, considering the rack is compatible with all 3”x3” ⅝” hole accessories, your options are rather large. This means you can use all of the Monster Lite Accessories from Rogue as well as various ones from Titan Fitness, Vulcan Strength, and others.
The accessories available contain all of the usual suspects from landmines to spotter arms, but the one that is most interesting is the Cable Pulley Attachment available to be bolted on to the back of the unit. This is an awesome offering for an all-in-one rack that maximizes versatility per square foot.
We’re excited to get the rack in for a review and will update this release article when it is live for your reading pleasure.
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