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TITAN T-3 Series Yoke vs Rogue combo rack

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Jan 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

TITAN T-3 Series Yoke vs Rogue combo rack

This is a comparison between the TITAN T-3 series Yoke and Rogue combo rack including pros, cons, and alternatives. The Original was published in Which Strongman equipment to get from TITAN. Follow the links for details

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Overview and review of the Rogue combo rack

The rogue combo rack comes in at a price of $2500 and is the ultimate rack for your powerlifting meet. This overview was first published in "which rack to buy from Rogue". See for yourself whether this rack is the right choice for you or you might want to steer to other options from Rogue.

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Overview of the combo rack

 
The Rogue combo rack is the gold standard from Rogue for powerlifting meets. It has been designed for the environment of a powerlifting meet where you have professional athletes of different sizes stepping up to the platform. The Rogue Combo rack is IPF certified and manufactured in Columbus Ohio. Special features are the lever arm jack, telescoping uprights which can be angled and the removable bench.
 
The rogue combo rack comes in black and weighs 505lb. It is 77.25'' long when the bench is attached. The total width is 80.25'' and the inside width comes to 43.5''. When it is fully extended the maximum height is 78'' for the squat and 17.5'' for the bench press. The Notes are cut from 3x3 Gauge steel as with all products from the Rogue Monster series. The overall footprint of the combo rack is 77.25'' x 80.25''.
 
This is the flagship rack of Rogue that has been built for showing off the best national and international athletes.  That the IPF put its stamp of approval on it shows that Rogue means business. If you want to organize one big meet or multiple meets throughout a year this rack is for you. If you are serious about competing on an international level you might want to get this for your home or local gym, so that you can simulate competition as close as possible. 
 

Pros of the combo rack

 
This rack is sturdy and can be easily adjusted. It also does not need to be bolted down to the ground as Rogue is making use of their flat foot design. This is handy if you are putting up a competition in a local hotel or on any stage where you are not allowed to bolt a rack into the ground. Another advantage is that the uprights can be angled. This is great when you have very big athletes competing who want to grip the bar outside of the J Cups as they are so massive. The removable bench will safe time for your meet is you do not have to haul off one piece of equipment of the stage and replace it with another. You will also get a westside Monster bench and squat stand in one purchase. This saves money if you are serious about power and strength and know what you are doing. 
 

Cons of the combo rack

 
The first con is the price. For 2.500$ you can also get an RM6 from Rogue or two midrange RM4 or R4 racks. This rack is also not user-friendly. It has been designed with a powerlifting meet in mind. To operate it most effectively you need 2 - 4 spotters who get everything ready for the athlete. Great in a powerlifting meet. Suboptimal when you are training by yourself or have a gym where beginners will just wreck themselves with the setup. There are also no safeties for the squat as a spotter crew is assumed. This is the right piece of equipment for someone who wants to get a powerlifting meet organized and done with as little waiting time for the crowd and athletes between lifts as possible. The home gym or commercial gym owner will make their lives unnecessarily hard.
 

Alternatives to the combo rack

 
For 2.500$ you can get the following other options from Rogue
 
If you are looking at the Combo rack I am quite sure that you are serious about lifting and probably already own a gym or seriously consider to build a massive home gym. If you are not planning to become the local powerlifting meet go to point or you do not have a serious team of powerlifters around to work the combo rack while someone lifts, consider getting something else. 
 
The Rogue RM6 rack is a great option for anyone starting a home gym who wants storage and rack space combined in one rack. You can also upgrade this rack with the Monster Lat pull down and Rhino belt Squat Drop in.  Innovation at Rogue also always comes first for the Monster line and trickles down from there. If you have the budget and want the best for your home gym, this can be an excellent choice instead of the combo rack.
 
The Rogue Rhino monster Belt Squat saves you money compared to the combo rack and is a great option for someone who has space and already owns a rack to squat and bench press in. If you own a gym think about what your clients need. If your clients are mainly powerlifters who compete often, you might want to get the combo rack. If your gym has a more mixed clientele and many older powerlifters with lower back problems, you definitely want to get the belt squat. 
 
If you are opening your first gym or a new gym you will probably be better of investing the money in a Monster or Monster lite rig. For 2.500$ you will get one of the shorter ones. This will give you more options to create revenue streams, as the rig can be used for more different styles of training. A rig sets you up for powerlifting, CrossFit, Weightlifting and Tabata classes. The combo rack is for powerlifters only. 
 
The Prone leg curl can be an option for a commercial gym or home gym owners who want to present more options for leg development. If you have a lot of bodybuilders or footballers in your gym this might be the better option than the combo rack. 

Overview and review of the TITAN T-3 Series Yoke

This is an overview of the TITAN T-3 series Yoke including pros, cons, and alternatives. The Original was published in Which Strongman equipment to get from TITAN. Follow the links for details

 

TITAN T-3 series Yoke $380

 

Overview of the TITAN T3 series Yoke

 
The TITAN T3 series Yoke is the Yoke version of the best selling TITAN T3 rack. With the yoke you get an additional fat crossbar to use it as a yoke, feet, and four uprights four plate storage. This unit also easily breaks down for storage and is very space efficient. Yokes are often overlooked as a very good, cheap alternative to a squat stand or rack. What you will need to purchase in addition is a pir of spotter arms and J cups to use the Yoke in this way. That bring the overall investment nearer to the $500 to $600 mark. Still, I highly recommend yokes, especially if you place it in a garage gym. The full list of specifications for this yoke is:
 
- Great alternative to a Power Rack - Serves the same purpose with other functions in one.
- Use as a Squat / Press Stand, Push or Drag Sled, or Yoke. 
- A staple for Strongman training.
- Adjustable crossbar to custom fit your height.
- Integrated vertical plate storage. 
- 2" hole spacing on uprights | 1" Westside spacing through the bench zone.
- Compact 72" design means you can use the Titan Yoke anywhere you train.
- 2.95" Crossbar Diameter.
- Now compatible with competition plates!
 
- Weight: 166 LB
- Height: 72"
- Inside width: 45" 
- Footprint: 51" x 52"
- Uprights: 2"x3" 11 gauge steel 
- Weight capacity: 750 LB
 
This is a great budget option for a commercial gym or home gym, that wants to get the maximum out of their dollar. Apart from yoke carries this yoke can be used for stone lifts over the bar, be used as a regular squat stand and plate storage. It also comes with feet so that you do not need to bolt it to the ground to be safe.
 

Pros of the TITAN T-3 series Yoke

 
Pros of the TITAN T-3 Yoke are:
 
  • Versatility
  • Price
  • Compact design
 
The TITAN comes with a wide range of possible exercise you can do it with it. You can use it as a squat stand, pull up bar, plate storage and create a complete gym in itself at a lower cost than a full rack. The price of TITAN T-3 Yoke is great compared to other rack options from TITAN, but also compared to the Rogue Y1 which costs $495 instead of the $380 ask price from TITAN. The compact design also helps to collapse and store it away quickly if you need to. This makes it a good option for a garage gym setup, where you also want to use the garage for its original purpose or as a workshop.
 
Cons of the TITAN T-3 series Yoke
 
Cons of the TITAN T-3 series Yoke are:
 
  • TITAN finish
  • Bigger footprint compared to a half rack
  • No Full safeties, only spotter arms
  • Spotter arms and J-cups not included
 
The TITAN finish means that TITAN generally as a higher risk of the coating being not optimal or the welds being a bit sloppy compared to other brands in the market like Eleiko and Rogue Fitness. As most of the TITAN equipment costs considerably less than the competition they need to cut corners by hiring part time or summer workers, or a bit more lenient quality control. That doesn't make the equipment unusable, but if you want consistent quality with your purchase and not have a bad feeling about how it might turn out on delivery, Rogue and Eleiko are the safer bet. That being said, for a yoke it is a great price.
 
If space is a concern you have to keep in mind that the four uprights including the plates you might store on them make the footprint f a yoke considerably larger compared to a simple half rack. If space is a concern for you, but you still want to train heavy, you might want to look into a half rack rather than a yoke to save some space. The trade off is that a half rack can not be used for any carries or sled pushes.
 
The last thing is that Yokes only have two instead of four uprights. This means that you can only use potter arms as a safety. I personally hugely dislike spotter arms as this is the only piece of equipment I have manged to break with rack pulls. It was not pretty. I also find that you are easy to miss the spotter arms on a bench press or squat. The longer the spotter arms, the easier it is to actually hit them on a fail, but the more likely they become to break at the fixation point. If you want to squat heavy by yourself and know that you fail from time to time, you are better of getting a half rack or full rack with safety pins.
 
What is a bit of a shame is that the J-Cups and spotter arms are not included with the purchase at $380 which would make it a really sweet deal to build a home gym. The matching T-series spotter arms are an additional $100 and the J-Cups another $70 to complete a home gym setup that can also be safely used for squats and bench presses.
 

Alternatives to the TITAN T-3 series Yoke

 
Alternatives to the TITAN T-3 Yoke include
 
 
The TITAN T3 rack is made of the steel gauges than the Yoke. IT can also be purchased in color and various heights, depending on your needs. The TITAN T-3 is a long staple of TITAN and a solid option for a home gym when someone is bench pressing and squatting heavy on a regular basis. If you do not like spotter arms or dropping weights when you go all balls out, this is the better option from TITAN. The price will be about $100 to $200 higher than for the yoke as you will get more steel in your delivery.
 
The X-3 series from TITAN is one step up from The T series and uses thicker uprights which makes these racks more stable. Compared to the T-3 Yoke you will probably invest $200 to $300 more depending on what you ultimately decide for. The X-3 line also has racks which offer feet on the bottom of the rack so that it does not need to be bolted to the ground. This is a good option for home gym for someone who does not only lift heavy, but also will do a lot of pull ups, band pulls and other exercises where you pull the rack in different directions. The extra thickness of the tubing makes this rack more stable for these scenarios than the T-3- line. This is not relevant if you only squat and bench press as this doesn't shake the rack as much.
 
The Rogue RML 390 rack is a half rack from Rogue comes in various colors and starts at a price of $1.015. While the price is considerably higher than the TITAN racks and yokes, you will get some of the finest fitness equipment that money can buy. Rogue is not the best option when you are on a budget but is almost unmatched in quality, customer service and forward thinking in the market. If you want to make sure that some american veterans get paid for the making your rack, you have a way higher chance of your equipment being made by someone who is fairly paid and in a stable job by buying Rogue equipment. If you only want the cheapest price tag, Rogue is the wrong place to look.
 
The Rogue Yoke is the original from which TITAN made a lower cost copy. Rogue offer their Yoke in two different heights at a price point of $495 and $560. While Rogue caters a little more towards the crossfit crowd and suburban dads, TITAN caters a little more to the ones who want to build a steel dungeon in their basement for cheap. I am a huge Rogue Fan and therefore biased and would get the Rogue Yoke if it was only between a Yoke from Rogue or Yoke from TITAN as the prices are fairly close together. $100 bucks for piece of mind that a might not have to force some components, have some missing screws on delivery or any other funny business is worth the while for me. However, if you are intending to build a steel dungeon and also buy a bunch of plate loaded machines on the same ticket / outfit an entire home gym on a budget, than TITAN is a serious contender as you can save a lot and also have a wider choice in machines. 
 

Conclusion for the TITAN T-3 series Yoke

 
The TITAN T-3 Yoke is a great option for building a simple home gym. In fact, Yokes are often overlooked for this purpose, especially if you have quite a bit of space to play around with. Be careful to also put the spotter arms and J-Cups into your basket when you are purchasing as it can be frustrating to buy these things piece meal and then have to wait and pay for shipping twice. It does what it says on the tin, but if you are lifting several hundred pounds of weight regularly by yourself, get a full cage instead. I know there is many people out there who do it just with a squat stand, but better to be safe than sorry.

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