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Overview and review of the Rogue Monster Collegiate half racks [Article, Vdeo]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jul 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Overview and review of the Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Racks


Price: 1.160

This review was originally posted in the longer article "Which strength equipment to buy from rogue" in which you can read about 25 products of Rogue which cost more than 1.000$. The Rogue Monster collegiate racks are a good solution when you want to build along lane of racks with plates in the middle. See the details in this article.

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What else to consider from Rogue

Most popular Rogue racks in 2020

Attached you find which Rogue racks have been most popular on in terms of views of their reviews and click through rates to Rogue Fitness for purchases. If you want to learn more about the details of the composition of the data you can read the full analyses under what were the most popular Rogue products in 2020.


Most popular Rogue racks in 2020

The most popular rogue racks based on views of their reviews on Marathon-CrossFit in 2020 are:
The Rogue HR2 rack is part of the Rogue Monster lite series. What it has going for itself is its moderate place and lower space requirements compared to other racks of Rogue. I can also see how this rack can be a best seller as it is practical, not pricey and ticks most boxes. You can learn more about the details and alternatives in the review of the HR2 rack.
The Rogue RM8 is one of the most expensive items you can get from Rogue. The RM8 incorporates all of the major developments from Rogue like cerakote coating, a Rhino drop-in unit, and the LT1 50 cal lever arms. Its high price helps with popularity but I do not think that it is a high volume sales product based on its sheer size and high price tag. You can read a full review of the RM8 on this blog.
The RML 390 F is a half-rack from Rogue that does not need to be bolted to the ground. This makes it a very likely candidate from Rogue to have a very high sales volume. The small footprint and reasonable price further underpin this. Compared to the RM8 it is affordable so popularity is more likely to directly transfer to sales. You can read the full review of the RML 390F on my blog here.
The RM4 Fortis is a cheaper version of the RM4 Monster rack from Rogue. You will have fewer color options and get fewer pins and extras with your order. This is a good option if you want more space in the rack than with a half rack without shelling out thousands of dollars. You can ted the fu review of the RM4 fortis rack here.
The RML 390c is a half-rack from Rogue with a color option. Compared to the 390F it needs to be bolted to the ground to avoid sliding while it comes in at a similar price. You can read the full review of the 390c on my blog by following this link.

Rogue Monster vs Monster lite series 


If you are torn between the Rogue Monster and Rogue Monster Lite Series then this video is for you. Commercial buyers should lean more towards the Monster Series as it gets more attention from the Rogue Product development team and will also take a bigger beating due to the sturdier nuts and bolts. Home gym buyers ought to have a good look at the upgrade paths and accessories for the Monster and Monster lite line.


Personally, I am a huge fan of the RM3 as it puts you at the entry-level of budget to get into the Monster line. However, with the 3.0 upgrade of the Monster lite series, there is not a lot to compromise anymore between the two lines. So, if you are not into the big upgrades and just want to upgrade a Monster lite rack to the max with your available budget, then that is also a great road to travel.


Overview of the Rogue collegiate rack

The Monster Collegiate half rack is another special purpose rack and one of the newer developments in the Rogue portfolio. You get the full benefit of the design when you opt for the double rack option. This leaves the plate storage in the middle of two training stations optimizing footprint and rack stations in a long line which can be accessed from both ends. In addition, the design makes it easy to switch between band/rope work and heavy lifts in the same session due to the prolonged sockets. 

How many clients should the collegiate rack bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Monster Collegiate will bring you 4 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 2.400$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.160$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Pros of the collegiate rack


The Rogue Monster Collegiate is a low price option to enter the Rogue Monster Series family of Rogue. If you want to train many people in parallel this is a good option. 

Cons of the collegiate rack

There are not many cons to this low price monster rack except that you do not get a full rack to train in.

Alternatives to the collegiate rack

Here are some alternatives at a price point of 1.160$ to the Collegiate rack:
With this rack, you get a nice full rack with special branding at a slightöly lower price than the collegiate rack. This can be a good option when you want more space inside the rack to do your workouts. 
This is an option that leaves you with a full rack and the option to choose your color. The disadvantage is that you get the Monster LIte to make instead of the Monster base for your rack.


If you want a rack that is not too expensive and can be used inside and outside a rack for band work, this is the one to go for. It is also a good option when you have limited space and want o make maximum use of your setup.

Further reading

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