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Old 10-31-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
Nick Fontenot
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Has anyone tried Rogue's RE-4 rack?

Well, I'm scooping out equipment for my home gym and am leaning towards the RE-4 since I always used racks made out of 2x2 steel during football work outs. I'm just wondering about the stability of it for pull ups and what not.

Any first hand experience?
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: Has anyone tried Rogue's RE-4 rack?

The specs recommend that you bolt it to the floor.

My guess is if you do that, you'll have no problems with pullups.

If you choose not to, the risk is tipping the rack if you use bands, kip with a heavy person. You could try weighing the base down with plate storage.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: Has anyone tried Rogue's RE-4 rack?

You'd have to buy the stabilizer too if you weren't going to bolt it to the floor. Doing pullups would probably be fine, but you may be able to tip it if you kip and it's not weighted down.

A couple of things about that rack though, compared to the R-4: the j-cups are not plastic lined, so you won't get protection for the knurling on your bar, and a lot of the add-ons won't work with it.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
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Re: Has anyone tried Rogue's RE-4 rack?

Matt Chan does a comparison of Rogue's different systems here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP7GcDEyuAk (wfs)

The Echo series means E for Economy. It has the slightest rattle when you dump weight on it or the slightest wobble when doing kipping pull-ups. It won't fail on you, especially if it is bolted to the floor. If you don't mind a little shake, it's a great system.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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Re: Has anyone tried Rogue's RE-4 rack?

The Echo series rigs, racks and stands are made with the 2X2 11 Gauge steel. Same steel tube used in the racks at Westside Barbell so no worries on load capacity. When we launched the R-3-4 we used 2X3 steel to bump up the front to back stability and used 5/8" hardware etc. The nice thing to many lifters is that the inside dimensions are larger than 3X3 tubes.

Rack stability comes from one or a combo of:

1) Footprint

2) Total Rack weight to include weight storage

3) Securing the rack to a platform or floor

4) Rack material size: Steel tube type, steel plates, hardware etc

I made the RE-4 to trim out some of the cost and still have the capabilities of a full rack.

The movements that trigger more need for stability are band work, lifting off the front of the rack and gymnastic movements. Doing banded pulls for example you need the rack to weigh more than the upward force.

Easiest way to secure a rack is to a wood platform(Westside Style) or with concrete anchors if directly to the ground.

Hope that helps

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