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Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 vs TITAN chest supported T bar row machine

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 12, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 vs TITAN chest supported T bar row machine

This is a comparison of the Rogue Monster Rig and the TITAN chest supported T bar row machine including pros, cons, and alternatives. Follow the links for more details.

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Overview and review of the TITAN chest supported T bar row machine $249

This is an overview of the TITAN chest supported T Bar row machine including pros, cons and alternatives. This article was originally posted in Which gym machine to get from TITAN. Follow the links for additional information.

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Overview of the TITAN chest supported bar to row machine

 
The chest supported to bar row machine from TITAN is the low budget version of the T bar row from TITAN. You will get a T bar row as you can find in many gyms around the country for a consumer price. This chest supported T bar row has multiple handles to vary your workout and attack your back from multiple angles. Loading plates is easier as with a barbell as you can go directly from the front. The downsides of this machine are that it eats massively into your home gym space and the finish is not great. The full specifications of this machine are:
 
- Adjustable footplate and handle. 
- Diamond plated footplate for grip. 
- Fits Olympic Weights.  
- High quality vinyl chest pad.  
- Heavy gauge steel.  
 
- Overall Footprint: 84-in x 43-in. 
- Chest Pad: 20-in x 10-in. 
- Footplate: 23.5-in x 17.5-in. 
- Weight Sleeve Length: 13.5-in.  
- Vertical Grip Length: 9-in. 
- Vertical Grip Spread: 17.5-in. 
- Horizontal Grip Length: 5.5-in. 
- Horizontal Grip Spread: 20-in - 31-in.  
- Product Weight: 103 lb. 
 
You probably wont find  a new T bar row machine for a lower price that still has a warranty. If you have the space at home or just want to throw an additional t bar row into your commercial gym you found the right address with this.
 

Pros of the TITAN chest supported bar T row machine

 
 
  • Low price
  • Multiple handles
 
This is a great machine for a home gym or a commercial gym to add to an already existing setup for a low price to vary the training more. T bar rows are great to build a bigger and more defined back or just go berserk after a challenging workout to finish off the day. This machine delivers without robbing you of a half months wage in the process.
 

Cons of the Titan chest supported T bar row machine

 
 
  • Space requirements
  • Low weight
  • TITAN finish
 
The biggest con of this machine is that it eats up a lot of space. As it is build with relatively flimsy material to save cost it is more suited to home gym use. For that you have to give up quite a bit of space to make this one work where you could place a leg press or belt squat machine. Those are two options I personally prefer any day over a T bar row as barbell rows also do it for me.
 
The low weight of the chest supported T bar row machine is also something to note. If you can T bar row 500 pounds and weigh 300 pounds yourself you might not want to do that on machine that only weighs 103 lbs. That is how nasty accidents happen so this machine is more suited to the general public rather than the hardcore Iron den. For this cases get the beefier T bar row from TITAN that still saves you money compared to the direct competition.
 
TITAN needs to cut corners to offer you the lowest possible pricing on industrial grade training equipment. This machine is no exception and some of the parts need to be forced for assembly. This does not take away from the functionality of the machine, but with TITAN there is usually some minor or even major problem for assembly. This makes this a better fit for gyms that do not care too much about optics and where the honor does not mind to do some DIY on the machines.
 

Alternatives to the Titan chest supported T bar row machine

 
Alternatives to the Titan Chest supported T bar row are:
 
 
The TITAN T bar row machine is little more expensive than the chest supported version, but weighs more. That makes it a more stable solution in a commercial setting where you have to account for extreme stupidity or performance. I personally would not feel great about leaving the smaller Tbar row unsupervised in a blind corner of the gym I own unless I use it myself.
 
The TITAN plate loaded seated row is the safe option for building backs. You will get a little less back activation out of this machine while it is save and easy to use. Good option for spacious home gyms and I personally think a commercial gym without one of these is incomplete.
 
The Rogue lat pull machine is the current gold standard in the industry  for a lat pull down. There are many variations on this machine and the one from Rogue is one of the most overbuilt you can find. As it also doubles up as a rowing machine it can address your needs to build a bigger back.
 

Conclusion for the Titan chest supported T bar row machine

 
This is a great machine for a home gym with space that wants to save money on building a full park of bodybuilding machines. When your space or limited or you have to account for stupid people who might ant to sue you, go for the bigger T bar row to be on the safe site.

Overview and review of the Rogue Monster Rig 2.0

 

 

Price: 1.845 - 6.095$

This review was originally posted in the longer article "Which strength equipment to buy from rogue" in in which you can read about 25 products of Rogue which cost more than 1.000$. The Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 can be a good start to build your first commercial gym. See the details in this article.

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Overview of the Rogue Monster Rig

 
The concept behind the rigs is the backbone of any CrossFit "box" gym. This design is genius in its adaptability and flexibility. As with all highly flexible and adaptable systems, this makes the purchase process a bit more complicated. Before you buy a rig, make sure you have measured your gym, made some reasonable assumptions about your potential clients, or even better asked them directly. You can spend thousands of Dollars on attachments and space, that your clients might not even use and you, therefore, don't need.
 
The constant factors in the Monster Rig built are the width, height, steel notes, and built pattern. The Rogue Monster rig is 6' wide and 9' high. The steel nodes come in 3x3 11- Gauge steel. The rigs will be built in a 4-6-4 pattern, which means that the squat/bench stations are 4' wide while there is 6' space between the stations. The main variations are the length and edition of the Rogue Monster Rig. The editions are from lowest to highest price:
 
  • Base 2.0 Edition
  • Standard 2.0 Edition
  • Racked 2.0 Edition
 
The base version has the lowest cost, The construction gets its stability from double pull up bars. If you have no clients who want to do muscle ups and you do not want options to place rogue accessories up high for climbing exercises this is the way to go. If you want to be able to do muscle ups ask rogue whether you can swap the double bars to dirty south bars. This provides the double beam while moving the pull-up bars out to be able to do muscle ups. The standard Edition might be more cost effective for this purpose.
 
The standard edition comes in at a slightly higher cost. For this, you get the second generation of the rigs. Rogue changed their pull up bars so that muscle ups are possible and there's more support where the bars attach to the beams of the rig. The upper construction has also been optimized that it can take more accessories. This leaves you with more options for upgrades and more stability, as the upper construction is now sturdier. The base and standard edition are optimized for Crossfit as you can move around the ground more freely. For gyms focused on weight training & powerlifting, you might want more stability and beams.
 
The Racked Edition of the Rig adds considerable cost. In return, you will get more rack space. Each bench/squat station now basically turns into an RM6 rack with one full rack in front and a half rack in the back. The half racks could be filled with Rhino belt squat machines. This setup also enables band work in and outside of the rack and opens more storage options for plates. The downside is that this setup is suboptimal for CrossFit gyms. There is too much going on on the ground to freely move around.
 
The Rogue Monster RIg is available in 4 different lengths which are
 
  • 10'
    • 2 Squat/Bench Stations
    • 6 Pull-up Stations
  • 14'
    • 4 Squat/Bench stations
    • 8 Pull up stations
  • 20' 
    • 4 Squat/Bench Stations
    • 12 Pull up Stations
  • 24'
    • 6 Squat/Bench stations
    • 14 Pull up Stations
The more clients you want to serve in parallel the longer the rig should be. Choose wisely between the setups especially on your first purchase. Remember that you can always buy more at a later stage. You can even make it a business goal to be able to justify to make your Rig longer based on growing numbers in classes.
 

Pros of the Rogue Monster Rig

 
The Rigs are highly modular and versatile. You can find an option for almost any budget and can do a multitude of exercises in them. The general feedback in the market is that Rogue comes in at a higher price and delivers with solid builds. You can also see how Rogue incorporated client feedback and kept improving their RIgs based on it. Buying anything out of the Monster series also protects your investment for the future. Most upgrades are first released for Monster and are only later made available for Monster lite if it all.
 

Cons of the Rogue Monster Rig

Some clients might be put off by the open design of the Rigs. It all depends on whom you are targeting. Exercising in a Rig means that others are very near to you. If you expect to have clients which want to be more private go for separate racks, rather than connected setups with rigs. 
 
 

How many clients should the Monster Rig 2.0 bring you?

 
Your first monster Rig purchase will be very important. If you are at this juncture take a really hard look at your business plan. 
 
  • How many people live in the area?
  • How many people are already on your books?
  • What kind of training do they like?
  • Are there other gyms in the area?
  • What kind of equipment do they have?
  • What do you like?
  • What do you dislike?
  • What kind of equipment do you have yourself?
  • Is it compatible with the Rogue Monster Rig?
  • How much space do you have?
  • Where are the doors?
  • Where are major obstructions?
  • Where will you store equipment?
 
Just to name a few. It is easy to get excited about Rogue's great equipment and get carried away. If you are flush with cash have fun. If you are cash-stricken do multiple iterations of the planning process and reflect with others over it to get the optimum for your dime.
 
If you think that the Monster Rig will bring you 7 to 21 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 4.200$ to  12.600$ in net new revenue against an investment of 1.895$ to 6.095$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly. If this Rogue is being bought for opening the doors also factor in running costs like electricity, insurance, staff education, and labor. 
 

Alternatives to the Monster Monster Rig

 
For this, I will go with the average between of 1.895 and 6.095 which computes to 4.995$.
 
 
This is the minimum configuration of the little brother of the Monster Rig.
 
  • Base Edition
  • Rig length 10'
 
The main difference are the holes which have been drilled into the material. This means that usually more accessories work with the Monster than with the Monster lite. Most rogue material is overbuilt for the purpose. I would not worry too much about stability and safety between the Monster Lite and Monster versions.
 
1x Monster Lite High End @ 5.095$
 
This is the maximum configuration of the rogue Monster Lite Rig. Same applies as for the minimum edition at 1.000$ less than Monster. The longer the Rig you want to build, the more financial sense it makes to go with Monster Lite.  
 

Conclusion

The Rogue Monster Rig 2.0 is an uncompromising start to your new gym. Even the biggest athletes will be able to brutalize it without significant impact or movement in the structure. If you have the money and want to build the best of the best, this is the way to go.

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