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The REP Omni Rackis a flat-footed power rack version of the almighty PR-5000 V2. Its ability to sit on a home gym floor unbolted, yet still sturdy while also offering the potential to go from a half rack to full rack is unique. We recommend the Omni Rack just as we recommend the PR-5000. However, the two squat racks are extremely similar–for most people, we feel the PR-5000 V2 is a better option for reasons explained in our review.
Omni Rack Review
The REP Omni Rack delivers stability and function without compromise. We combined the durability and utility of the V1 HR-5000 Half Rack with the versatility and customizability of our 5000 series power racks to create the ultimate configurable power rack. The Omni Rack boasts a flat-foot design with several potential configurations including a 30”-depth half rack, 41”-depth half rack, or 6-post power rack, making it the best rack for home gyms, commercial facilities, and collegiate settings. Not only does the base of this rack eliminate the need to bolt into the ground, but the flat-foot base is where this rack draws all its versatility. If you’re looking for a rack that can adapt to your training style, then consider this evolved HR-5000 the end of your search. Regardless of the type of physical fitness you pursue – functional fitness, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, etc. – you will find that the REP OMNI rack delivers the functionality you need.
Rep Fitness doesn’t have an extensive selection of squat racks, so when they release a new one, there’s a lot of anticipation. This is certainly true for the release of the REP Omni Rack. A rack they claim as “the ultimate configurable power rack” and even went as far as to say it’s “the best rack for home gyms.” Although we think it’s a good rack and enjoy the half rack capabilities, we’re not sold on the fact that it’s somehow superior to the PR-5000 V2. There are just so many similarities and so few differences between the two.
Should you Add the REP Omni Rack to Your Home Gym?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s answer the question most important: is the REP Omni Rack going to suit your training style, budget, and space? Squat racks are a staple in garage gyms the world over, but picking the best squat rack depends mostly on the trainee. Here are my recommendations.
Who I recommend the Omni Rack for
- Garage gym owners who want a half rack will love the stability of the Omni Rack.
- If you want a high-quality power rack, but want to start with a smaller half rack, the Omni Rack’s ability to upgrade over time is great for those on a budget.
- Those that don’t want to bolt their rack to the ground and don’t plan on adding weight posts will like the flat foot design of the Omni Rack similar to the REP SR-4000 Squat Stand we’ve reviewed.
- If you want a lat pulldown attached to your rack, REP is offering the best option currently and it works with the Omni Rack.
Who I don’t recommend the Omni Rack for
- I’d steer those that want to start with a full 6-post power rack towards the PR-5000 V2 from REP or a different rack from our best squat racksguide.
- The Omni Rack has a large footprint even when only used as a half rack, so if your home gym is a small space, I’d look elsewhere.
- If you’re on a strict budget, there many less expensive racks we’d recommend.
REP Omni Rack Setup
Before we dive into the details and performance, let’s talk about the unboxing and assembly.
As with most REP products, the Omni Rack showed up in front of my garage in boxes secured to an extra-long pallet. My delivery guy was gracious enough to bring it all the way through the snow and drop it off as close to the gym as possible.
The boxes were all in good shape with no visible damage to the packaging or even the saran wrap. We removed the boxes from the pallet and brought them into the garage and began unboxing. Pulling out the uprights revealed the familiar light red that REP has chosen for their racks and best-weight benches.
Total assembly time took about 35 minutes, but we used power tools that sped up the process. Assembly was very similar as other modular racks except instead of having individual bottom cross-members, the Omni Rack sits on flat-footed 3”x3” beams to which the uprights are bolted to. We made sure to leave all the bolts unfastened until fully erect and then went back and secured them all.
I was a little disappointed to see the feet use a metallic black instead of a textured black that would match the arch logo and the cross-members I ordered. However, you only really notice it when you’re up close.
With the rack setup, it was time to get to work.
Using the REP Omni Rack
The first exercise that must be done on any new power rack in the garage gym is squats. Despite reviewing hundreds of racks, I have yet to do anything other than squat as the first movement within a rack. It just feels right. Be sure to see the best weightlifting belts guide here.
As soon as I placed the barbell in the j-cups, it became clear just how stable the Omni Rack is, which is one of it’s biggest strengths.
A flat foot rack is designed in such a way that allows it to be stable without having to be bolted to the ground. In the past, many power racks had to be bolted to the ground. One of the first squat racks I had was the Rogue R-3 Westside Power Rack and to keep me from having to bolt it to concrete, I bolted it to myDIY Weightlifting Platform.
As with many modern racks, the Omni Rack uses 3”x3” 11-gauge steel uprights (although they’re slightly smaller due to using the metric system instead of imperial) and has 1” holes. This means it works with most Rogue Monster and Sorinex attachments. It’s also 47” wide which is preferable by many so the barbell sleeve collars don’t hit the rack during the walkout of a squat or the lift-off on a bench press.
Before I made the rack into a 6 post power rack, I decided to try it out as a half rack with four posts, using the back posts for storage for the best bumper plates. Although the Omni Rack is the name REP chose, it really is the second version of our previously reviewed HR-5000 and I wish they would have stuck with it. The name ‘Omni’ is cool and conjures up visions of superheroes, which is what we build in garage gyms. However, it’s confusing as the Omni Rack is best suited as a half rack in my opinion.
The problem that is solved with the Omni Rack that many half racks miss is its stability without being bolted down or even without having weight stored on the back. For the same reason we liked the SR-4000 Squat Stand, the Omni Rack’s ability to be sturdy under heavy load or during dynamic movements like muscle-ups and kipping pull-ups are done on the multi-grip pull-up bar is outstanding.
The flat foot base makes it easy to connect uprights and grow over time, but it’s not that much different to upgrade on from the PR-5000 V2.
One nice feature we tested on the Omni Rack is the band pegs that slot into the bottom feet. Due to how heavy the rack is, you can use heavy tensioned bands without worrying about it moving or lifting up. I like throwing some bands over my shoulders and grabbing the multi-grip pull-up bar on the fat grip side and knocking out a set of chest-to-bar pull-ups. Or, even using the band pegs like a deadlift platform for accommodating resistance.
This is one of the nice parts of using the Omni Rack as a half rack. The ability to lift outside the rack while still using the functionalities of the feet that extend out and below the bar on a deadlift so you really don’t need a platform is fantastic and a feature many overlook. Banded deadlifts and squats are some of my favorite lifts (banded box squats are the G.O.A.T, in my opinion.)
I don’t want to downplay the use of the Omni Rack as a 6-post rack. It works pretty much equally as well as the PR-5000 V2 for that purpose. But, the Omni Rack has fewer options and lower future upgradeability at this juncture as it currently only comes with 93” tall uprights.
Everything about the Omni Rack is as I’d say with the PR-5000 V2. It’s a great value, high-quality, modular power rack that most home gym owners would love to have. The problem is, the PR-5000 V2 checks the same boxes and has the potential for a smaller footprint.
REP Omni Rack vs REP PR-5000 V2 Power Rack
The question we’ve been getting most often while teasing the Omni Rack is, “what separates the Omni Rack from the PR-5000?”
Omni Rack vs PR-5000
The Rep PR-5000 Power Rack V2 is our top of the line power rack system and allows for virtually limitless configurations and attachment setups. Featuring 3x3" 11-gauge steel with oversize 1" diameter hardware, this is the type of rack found in universities, professional athletic facilities, and commercial gyms that are serious about strength training. In a home gym, it's all you'll ever need. The 4-way laser-cut hole design gives you limitless possibilities in configuring your attachments to suit your space. Features Include: Laser-cut numbering on the front and back of uprights and each side of crossmembers for ease of lining up j-cups, safeties, and other attachments. 1" diameter hardware for the ultimate in peace-of-mind under heavy load. 2" hole spacing throughout entire rack. Large logo brace with stainless steel faceplate for additional rigidity and side-to-side stability. Stainless steel accents on j-cups and other attachments for a high-end classic look. Exclusive attachments taking advantage of the 1" diameter holes. All attachments include UHMW liners to protect bar knurl and/or paint on your uprights where appropriate. Optional Upgrades: Uniquely shaped base stabilizer for removing the need to bolt down 48” depth, and also serves as an anchor point for the pulley system and low row foot plate. *REQUIRED FOR LAT/LOW ROW PULLEY SYSTEM. Improved lat pulldown/low-row with foot brace to help brace legs during low row. Optional leg-roller pad to keep you seated during lat pulldown. Dip Attachment with bolt-together design for less shipping cost on our most popular attachment. Band pegs - Set of 4 for adding band resistance to your barbell workouts. Landmine attachment for multiple uses including many core movements. Weight horns with new urethane coating that makes them longer-lasting and better able to protect your plates. 12" size is great for larger iron plates and bumper plates, while 6" is ideal for 10 lb and less iron or change plates. Front Foot extension for working outside the rack without bolting down. Allows you to add spotter arms off the front of the rack and have dedicated setups for benching and squatting without changing j-cup or safety height. 24" Spotter arms with UHMW liners. Lowered J-cup option effectively allows 1" hole spacing on the uprights by holding your bar 1" lower than our standard or flat-sandwich j-cups. You must have a pair of standard or flat-sandwich in combination with a lowered j-cup pair to achieve this effect. In Development: Adjustable Monolift with detent pin for added security - $349 (ETA: Jan/Feb 2019) Iso Lever Arms - $399 (ETA: Jan/Feb 2020) Belt Squat Attachment - $279 (ETA: Jan/Feb 2020) 80" upright Lat/Low Row Attachment - $349 (ETA: January 2020)
The main reason we’d recommend the Omni Rack over the PR-5000 is if you wanted the half rack functionality with the long base or we’re scared of using the PR-5000 without bolting it down.
Both the Omni Rack and PR-5000 can use all of the REP accessories including the ISO Arms that we’ve reviewed as well as the Monolift Attachment that we’ve also reviewed.
The only attachment that doesn’t seem to work is the REP Belt Squat, although its current iteration had so quirks that we didn’t love.
For most people, we’d prefer the PR-5000 V2, although they’re so similar I think you could go either way.
My Final Thoughts About the REP Omni Rack
If I could sum up the best and worst of the Omni Rack, this is what I’d say.
My favorite things about the Omni Rack
- I think the Omni Rack is tremendous as a half rack that also has a large footprint. Honestly, it’s one of the best half racks available.
- The stability offered by the flat foot design makes it so it doesn’t have to be bolted down, even if the weight storage isn’t used. The bolt can even boost with the right and best home gym flooring.
- Most all of the REP attachments work well on the Omni Rack.
My complaints about the Omni Rack
- In my opinion, the Omni Rack is best suited as a half rack and I’d prefer the PR-5000 V2 in the 6-post variety. The other thing that’s a complaint and is really just a requirement to have stability is the footprint of the rack as a half rack. The footprint doesn’t change no matter how many uprights are connected, which means it’s going to have the same depth as a squat stand, half rack, or full rack.
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