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Rep Fitness has completely come up from behind as a fitness equipment company selling racks, bars, and accessories for CrossFit Boxes to being an extremely popular and well-respected name in the garage gym space. 2019, in many ways, has been a coming-out year for Rep, and the PR-5000 V2 is their magnum opus.
It’s Built Like a Tank with Infinite Expandability
There’s a lot to like about the PR-5000, but by and large, the best feature is the materials chosen.
The PR-5000 uses 3-inch by 3-inch uprights and crossmembers that are 11-gauge steel which is approximately ⅛” thick steel tubing. This gauge of steel has pretty much become the standard for squat racks today and can be seen on nearly every rack (worth recommending) on the market. Although 7-gauge is a thicker steel that was initially displayed on some of the earlier Ferrari’s of racks, it’s truly overkill.
In order to make the rack infinitely expandable and have the ability for trainees to customize nearly every part, Rep has made the smart decision (in our opinion) to laser cut 1” holes from top to bottom, on every side of the upright, 2” on center. It appears by strength history lore that Sorinex was the first to offer a 4-way hole design, however, it’s since become the go-to and is ideal (even better than 7-gauge racking seen on companies like Legend Fitness and Hammer Strength.)
The reason we like a 4-way hole design so much is that it allows the user to decide how to configure. There are many racks on the market today with great designs, but because they use two different hole sizes (say 1” holes for the squat area and ⅝” holes for the attachment and crossmember area,) it becomes very difficult for the user to build the rack however they’d like. I don’t know about you, but if I’m spending nearly two grand on a squat rack, I want to make it how I’d like and have the ability to change it as my needs and goals change (which by the way happens often for me. I change the layout of my garage gym nearly once a month.)
If you’re a commercial gym owner or are looking to add new racks to your University, a 4-way hole design like what the PR-5000 V2 has will allow you to string racks together, put racks back to back, and make racks with 20 posts if you want. The options are only limited to your imagination and bank account.
In order to attach all of the crossmembers, uprights, pull-up bars, and other attachments, Rep uses oversized, absolutely beefy 1” hardware. One-inch bolts and nuts are massive and completely unnecessary, but they look awesome. Using ⅝” hardware like what’s seen on the Rep PR-4000 Rack Series or Rogue Monster Lite Series works well, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as 1” hardware. Honestly, putting ⅝” hardware on a 3”x3” tube is like throwing slim tires on a Ford F-350 Truck; it just looks out of place.
Rep Fitness Thought Through the Details
Just so we’re clear in case this is your first time to Garage Gym Reviews, I really like details. I like knowing that a company put extra thought into various aspects of their products. Simply making a product and slapping a logo on it is fine for a basic, cheap piece of equipment. But if you’re going to charge what the Rep Rack costs (especially for an imported product) then you better believe I (and most of the market) expect well-engineered and well-designed features.e text
First off is laser-cut numbers. I like laser-cut numbers on every hole as much as the next guy, but more numbers mean increased manufacturing costs which then, in turn, means a higher cost to the customer. Although the PR-5000 V2 is an expensive power rack, it’s still somewhat budget-friendly in comparison to some of the competition. Rep, in an effort I would assume to save costs, has added laser-cut numbers in the areas most used. Meaning, they have numbers for 1-30 on the front and back of the uprights as well as on the inside and outside of the bottom and top cross members (I’m really glad they added numbers on the cross members, by the way.)
Laser-cut numbers make it easy to switch your j-cups and barbell when going from squatting to bench pressing as well as when you’re adding attachments. They prevent the rack from having chalk and tape that is often used by home gym owners to identify where they bench and squat.
In addition to the numbers, Rep Fitness hasn’t used any stickers on the PR-5000 V2, at all. I’ve been rather vocal about companies using stickers on expensive pieces of equipment and it’s nice to see that Rep has listened. To replace the stickers Rep has laser-cut their logo (tastefully) on their arch logo, j-cups, safety bars, uprights, and other places. They didn’t make the logos gaudy or put them everywhere, just in enough places that you know who made it and can be proud of it.
In addition to the details of the rack, there is a wide array of options to choose from. There are many powder coat colors including:
In addition to the colors, there are height options including:
There are also depth options including 30” which makes a big, yet somewhat compact rack and 41” for those that like a lot of space to work with when doing box squats, plyometrics in the rack, or other strength training movements.
Even the welds on the racks are better than we expected. Although they’re not quite as good as Rogue or Sorinex, Rep is using robot tube welders that apply rather clean lines with little overspray. This is done throughout the rack and extends to many of the accessories.
Lastly, the PR-5000 is 47” from in width. 47” is preferred by most as it allows for easier re-racking of an Olympic barbell. This has never been a huge deal for me, but to many, it’s very important. Rogue is known for having 49” which has caused quite an annoyance to some, so I would say 47” was a good choice by Rep (although that means many of Rogue’s pull-up bars won’t work on Rep, and vice versa.)
It’s obvious that the rack has had a ton of thought put into it, and one only needs to do one workout on it to realize.
The PR-5000 V2 Rack Has A Full Line of Accessories With Competitor Compatibility
If a company comes out with a squat rack without committing to having a full line of compatible attachments, they’re going to have a hard time gaining wide acceptance. We’ve seen this with the Titan TITAN Series Rack that for all intents and purposes is very similar to the Rep PR-5000 V2, however, they have few options and even fewer accessories.
Rep decided to come out with an entire line of accessories for the PR-5000 Series which has been done in a similar fashion on their PR-4000 series (another great rack we recommend.)
The list of current accessories available for the rack plus ones announced (as of this writing) is as follows:
And this is just the announced list, there’s still likely many more that will come down the pipeline as Rep expands.
This is one of the benefits to a rack with holes throughout and why we recommend them to home gym owners. Buying a rack that is limited on holes and therefore limited on accessories is a big mistake. So is buying a rack with unusual sizing. For instance, Rep Fitness used to sell racks that were in between 2” and 3” in width. This prevented people from adding the accessories they wanted.
In addition to all of Rep’s accessories being compatible, so are those from Rogue Fitness, Sorinex Exercise Equipment, and Titan Fitness that are made for 3”x3” uprights with 1” hole sizing. This means, if you don’t like Rep’s accessories, but like the price and quality of their rack, then you can add the attachments from Sorinex and Rogue later on. We’ll talk about this more in-depth in a bit, but the quality of Rogue and Sorinex’s attachments are better, so combining the two is a good idea. I plan to use accessories from all sorts of the companies on the rack and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be allowed to.
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.
3"x3" 11-Gauge Steel