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The Rogue Z-Hyper is Rogue Fitness premiere reverse hyper designed to be as sturdy and stable as possible. After using and reviewing the Z-Hyper and comparing it to other options, we think for most people that the Rogue RH-2 or Rogue Westside Scout Hyper is a better option for a home gym. However, if you plan to upgrade to the Rogue Donkey someday, the Z-Hyper is a good option.
The Rogue Z-Hyper is one of the most sturdy reverse hypers on the market. Although it has some improvements over it’s younger brother, the Rogue RH-2 like adjustable handles, it’s not very evolutionary. We like the Z-Hyper, but that’s because we like the RH-2. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good reverse hyper machine, but there are better value’s available. You could even make a DIY Reverse Hyper.
The Rogue Z-Hyper is one of Rogue’s more overdone, heavyweight versions of the World Famous Reverse Hyper created by Louie Simmons. This Z-Hyper is constructed with 3x3 11-gauge steel posts creating an uber solid version of the age-old design.
With many options of reverse hypers on the market today, this is a somewhat affordable take on a fully commercial piece of equipment that will last longer than you will.
The reverse hyper was originally designed as a rehab device to allow decompression of the spine. However, all reverse hypers are able to increase dynamic strength development as well. They’re great machines, although they do take up a lot of space.
The Z-Hyper from Rogue Fitness is not their first foray into making reverse hypers. The RH-2 is a hyper we’ve tested and reviewed over the years and will accomplish, essentially, the same thing that the Z-Hyper will.
The Rogue Z-Hyper is Rogue’s most stable reverse hypers that they’ve released to date. With a massively overdone frame and a high attention to detail construction, you get more than you pay for with this legitimately commercial-grade product. In this design, Rogue took the same uprights they use for their Monster Squat Racks and chopped them down to frame this behemoth.
It is seriously thick and overdone.
In fact, for some home gym owners with tight space, it’s a bit excessive. But, more on that later.
The 11 gauge steel construction brings the Z-Hyper to weigh in at 320 pounds. And, that’s not even including the weight when it’s fully loaded along with the trainee on top of the table. Unlike their other models, Rogue doesn’t even bother to put a weight capacity rating on the product page because, trust me, you will not be testing this machine’s capacity.
Have hundred pound plates? Throw them on.
Although a monstrous piece of equipment, Rogue designers made the machine quite ergonomic in that it is quite comfortable to use. The padding is clearly high quality and is super firm, yet comfortable on your hips. It’s the same that’s used on the Rogue RH-2 Reverse Hyper and very similar, if not the same to what’s used on the Rogue Abram GHD 2.0, which we’ve reviewed.
From use, I know that many llower end, more budget-concious reverse hypers leave users with hip bruising and overall discomfort due to poor padding in that area. The pad also compresses quickly over time and makes it somewhat concave on the edge.
One key difference between the Z-Hyper and the RH-2 other than the stability is that the handles on the Z-Hyper adjust forward and back. This allows the unit to fit nearly any sized trainee. It’s a nice feature to have, but certainly not revolutionary. It’s also something that’s been copied by Titan Fitness on their H-PND Reverse Hyper that we’ve reviewed.
On the theme of an overkill build, the 10.5-inch loadable pins make these machines adequate for even the heaviest powerlifters or strongman competitors. For reference, this holds 4-5 cast iron hundred-pound plates. PER SIDE. S, theres no need to worry that this machine won’t be able to hold enough weight for your hypers. With high quality plated pins and an optional roller attachment for your legs, this isn’t as feature filled as some of the Westside Barbell Reverse Hypers, but it’s quality nonetheless.
For all the patriots out there, this Rogue Hyper is fully made in America. Yet, Rogue managed to minimize shipping costs by making this machine mostly a bolt-together frame, saving size and, if need be, making it easier to transport should you ever move it. Not nearly as portable as the Rogue Scout Hyper, but enough to make you appreciate the bolt-together construction.
One of the cooler features of the Z-Hyper is that it can convert into the Rogue Donkey, a reverse hyper/GHD combo unit. It’s massive, but probably one of the more stable GHD’s or reverse hypers available. If you have any inclination that you’d like a Donkey in the future, it may be worth it to just get the Z-Hyper in the beginning.
Although the price point of about $1,000 after shipping isn’t a steal by any means, compared to many other high quality made in America hypers, it is quite a discounted rate. Compared to Sorinex’s Frankenhyper which would run you $4,000+ after fees, The Z-hyper could be made into a comparable Rogue Donkey for a ballpark $2,000, half of its competitor.
Overall, if you have the money, and more importantly the space, for this beast, I would recommend the Rogue Z-Hyper as you will get a professional machine that will last many lifetimes. However, I don’t think it’s significantly enough better than the RH-2 for most people. Or even the Rogue Westside Scout Hyper, which is the ideal reverse hyper for a home gym in my opinion.
Although a high-quality machine, the Z-hyper is not without its flaws. To be completely honest, 3x3” 11 gauge steel tubing is a cool thing to add, but the RH-2 was perfectly stable with its 2x2” steel tubing. While it looks pretty sweet, the super thick uprights are pretty overkill since they aren’t really used for anything. Although they help contribute to a super stable base, I don’t believe I ever heard anyone complain about the stability of Rogue’s less built-up options.
While super useful, the footprint makes this machine pretty impractical for a home gym unless you’re working with a 3-car garage or a huge space. At nearly 4 by 4.5 feet with lots of space needed for your kickback, this just won’t work for your average home gym owner. This is one of those hypers, that when brought into a home gym, inevitably turns into a storage bench.
Although super high quality, you just don’t get the use out of the 20 square feet needed to store it to make it worth it. I’d love to see some innovation around making reverse hypers more useful. In their current state, they’re just to
Another thing that I believe should apply to more than just this piece of equipment by Rogue is the color options. Yeah, the black looks cool, but we want to see more colors available to match the racks.
Rogue’s wide array of Reverse Hypers are capped by the Rogue Westside Scout Hyper, the Rogue RH-2 Reverse Hyper and the Z-Hyper. These three machines offer three different levels to the infamous Reverse Hyper.
The Z-Hyper and the RH-2 are quite similar in their construction but the Z-Hyper is slightly more beefy with larger posts and a more stable handhold. Both of these two machines hold the same weight and function very similarly. If you’re looking for the best, the Z-Hyper is for you. However, for most of the people out there, you aren’t working with unlimited space and unlimited pockets. The Rogue Scout Hyper would be the best machine for a smaller workspace such as a garage gym or home gym. At nearly half the price of the other two machines, there would be no reason to clutter your basement and drop the extra $400+ for one of the beefier rigs.
For a commercial weight room or a collegiate weight room setting, I would recommend the Z-Hyper for a number of reasons. First off, any person of any size can use this with no issues. Second of all, these tanks will take a beating for as long as they are needed. With 3x3 posts, this thing isn’t going anywhere. Possibly the most appealing reason is that this Hyper can be turned into a Rogue Donkey very easily. This gives you the functionality of the rogue GHD and of a hyper.
Last but not least, the Rogue Z-Hyper and the RH-2 are made in America whereas the Rogue Scout Hyper is made in China. Some people believe strongly in Made in America whereas others do not.
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