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Which strength equipment to buy from Rogue? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Feb 3, 2019 1:15:05 PM


Which strength equipment to buy from Rogue

Which strength equipment to buy from Rogue

This article is aimed at anyone who wants to invest considerable money with Rogue Fitness for their gym. The biggest and best equipment is being analyzed and compared in terms of budget and functionality. Each home gym or professional planner should go away with some new ideas of looking at their purchase before checking out for good.


This article covers strength equipment of Rogue ordered by price. Each option will be discussed for its Pros and cons and alternatives for the same budget given. The order is descending in price from top to bottom.
All of these options will be looked at in more detail in the next chapters.

What to buy for the impatient ones

Rolls Royce?
Your first rig?
Home gym long but not wide?
Home gym square?
No drilling?
2nd Rig impressive?
2nd rig storage?
Want more bodybuilders?
Many old powerlifters?
Train outside?
Maximum Pullup for $$$?

What is your budget 

5.000$ will cover all options you have here. Zour first rig will come in at 2.000$ minimum if you want something proper go for 3.000$. Home gym warriors can start at 1.500$ and go up to 3.000$. Always be aware that you still need plates and bars for a full outfit.

How many plates should you buy?

Most home gym owners will be fine with 200kg. A good rule of thumb for Crossfit boxes would be 80kg on the average per athlete who trains in parallel. 

Which barbells to buy with the equipment?

The Rogue Ohio Bar is a safe bet to be bought in bulk. If you want to read up on the topic please refer to my guide "Which Rogue barbell to buy"

Bolt it down yes or no?

If you want to be insured, yes. However must racks will also be ok, if you do not bolt them down based on my research. This is not recommended though.
RM8 Banshee

Rogue RM8 Power rack

Price $7.350

The Rogue RM8 is the new flagship of the rogue rack portfolio and replaces the RM6 at the top of the food chain. Rogue takes its latest inventions and combines them to a new masterpiece. 

Overview of the RM8 

The RM8 is the newest edition to the Rogue Monster line up. After publishing the 50cal, Rhino belt squat and a multitude of new bar designs using the Cerakote finish Rogue out it all together and went even bigger. This is the ultimate station to get stronger, especially for anyone who wants to squat heavy up until older age. 
As part of the Rogue monster series, you will get the 3x3 Gauge steel with the big bolts. The finish is currently only Cerakote black also I am quite positive that this will change in the foreseeable future. The RM8 has the following dimensions: 
  • Length 10’6”
  • Width 6’4”
  • Width Rack inside 43”
  • Height 100.375”
  • Footprint 10’6” x 53”
You will basically get an RM6 on steroids with all the plate storage you need and extra functionality to attack your muscles from every angle. Here is the list of items:
The Rhino belt squat is one of the most interesting new developments in the Rogue portfolio. It is especially good to train heavy for squats without putting too much strain on your lower back. An older lifter will appreciate it, you get lifters will be able to get more volume in. The stand-alone version of the Rhino comes in at roughly $2000 and I have already written about the Rhino belt squat it on my blog. 
The loadable weight trolleys are two lever arms with the 50cal mechanism. Again Rogue has shown innovation on these. They revised that the original lever arms were cumbersome to adjust and can up with these. Footballers and Rugby players will appreciate the tackling training which can be done with them. Strongman athletes will have a good piece of equipment to simulate car deadlifts or uneven loads. Bodybuilders will have options to simulate all kinds of rowing and pressing machines when combined with an adjustable bench. Finally, powerlifters can use the setup to create a mini monolift. 
The pull-up bar with knurling gives you extra grip. It is one of the newer additions to the rack options of Rogue. Still, it is a bar, not a lot to be said about it. 
The custom rogue nameplates look cool, but that is about it. It’s a pity that Rogue does not allow the configuration to be changed to a simple cross member. The nameplate renders the beam almost unusable for any attachments. Still, it looks dang cool. 
That plate pins are great as they safe you the extra hassle and cost to provide for plate storage. If you have children in your home I recommend getting spring collars to make the plates safe. Some like to put the plate pins as high as possible. I would not do that as the plates will drop from a height into anything below if they come off the rack. Most children won’t be able to move the spring collars, so at least you have some safety. 
The band legs can be used to train with the west side method. You attach bands to the pegs and barbell for added resistance. You can see an example of how that works in the two videos below.  

Pros of the RM8 

The RM8 is the one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest that Rogue has to offer. The Rhino belt squat will give you many variations to train while keeping your lower back safe. You can switch from resisted jumps to band assisted squats. The potential is limitless. It is really great to see that products can still be made better in a market which you thought was saturated. If you have the money the Banshee won’t disappoint. 

Cons of the RM8

$7000 is a big price tag for a rack. You can get 7 Fortis racks for this price if you were to equip a commercial gym. Another option would be a monkey rig which gives many more options to run classes of them. This beast is aimed at in e or two people. Of course, you can have more people train at it, but this is definitely the ultimate celebrity or athlete home gym, not the commercial option. Unless you are an NFL team and do not care about multiplying out the 7000 over half the numbers of players you have. 
Another con is that for the biggest price tag you get no color option. That is a shame and hopefully changes soon. They probably assemble it by hand and coat it as they don’t have a production line for the RM8 yet. Stay tuned in this space. 

Alternatives to the RM8 

There are no alternatives if you want all the best toys of Rogue in one rack. But not everyone has 7000 to spend on a rack. Here are some alternatives to spend your hard-earned money on excellent Rogue equipment: 
If you have the same amount of money to spend but also think about how to make that money back in a professional gym setup the monkey Rig or a monster rig might be a better choice. A Rig leaves you with more options for circuit training and positing people up. You can read more about rigs in my monkey and monster rig articles
If you want to spend money on a very good rack for your home gym you can go for the RM6 instead. The RM6 comes with different height and color options and leaves you with more choice rather than the take it or leave it approach of the banshee. If you were to come to money at after stage you can still upgrade with the Rhino Drop in and the 50cal trolley arms separately. You can learn about the RM6 in my review. 
The RM4 fortis is the best rack option from Rogue under 1.000. If you wanted to equip a commercial gym with seven racks rather than one rolls Royce that is the option to go for. The RM4 is still a great rack and your customers will be happy. 
3WC is a rack option which can fold in and be snug against the wall. This way it is an ideal setup for a garage gym when you still want to park your car. It also comes in at around $500. 

Summary of the RM8 

The RM8 is the best to be had from Rogue. You can use the Rhino when your lower back is at you or do resisted pull-ups while the rest of the rack offers everything for plate storage to a pull-up station. Of course, it is over the top, but that’s the whole point. 

Monster Lite Monkey Rig



The Rogue Monster Lite Monkey Rig is an impressive piece of hardware which will catch the eye of anyone who will cast an eye on it. The main addition to the normal Rogue setups are the Monkey bars at various heights. If you want to prepare your athletes for CrossFit competitions or to compete in the Ninja warrior series, this is the way to go. 
The monkey rig is constructed by 3x3 11- Gauge steel with 0.625 holes and Westside spacing. Its length is 24', width 6' and height 9'. This makes for a total footprint of 24'-3'' x 6'-8''. On this space, you will create 6 squat/bench stations and more than 10 pull up stations. It comes in black and ships in 6-8 weeks. 
Be aware that it does not ship with barbells or plates when you purchase it. These are additions to your budget. You can read up on my blog if you are not sure yet which rogue barbell to buy. to get an overview of the portfolio.


The Monster lite Monkey Rig makes a big statement. If you want to differentiate yourself from other CrossFit boxes in an area where you have a lot of fit people around it makes sense. If your clients are also collectively moving into a direction where they want to compete in CrossFit team sports, this is a good bet. It will also open your gym up to clients who are more interested in climbing. 
In addition to the Monkey bars, you will also get a fully functioning 24' Monster Lite Pull-up rig. This is already a full gym. It is ideally suited to training which incorporates a lot of kipping pull-ups and muscle ups. The middle also creates a corridor which can be used for sprints and other aerobic ideas like bear crawls.


This thing is massive! Most gyms will not have enough space. If I was to open a gym I would think of the Monster lite Monkey Rig as something to aspire to rather than a first purchase. Most of your clients will not be able to do pull-ups, muscle-ups or climb the entire Rig. This is something that the fitness community you will build has to grow into. The 5.000$ might be invested more wisely in other equipment in a first purchase unless you have unlimited sources, space and want to build the most impressive gym in the entire city (which is also a valid business strategy, if you have good financial backing).
It is a pity that you can not get the monkey rig in individual colors and that there is no conversion kit available at the moment for already existing 24' rigs. Also be aware that the Monster Lite series is not compatible with all of the Rogue accessory. Think about what additional equipment you want to get before you hit the purchase button. In my opinion, it also does not make sense to have beams at the lower end of this setup. Therefore you will not be able to use band pegs for the squat/bench stations. You will also have to store the weight plates away from the rig. To protect your clients from injury you want to take special care that this setup is not cluttered with plates

How many clients should this rig bring you?

If you think the Monkey Rig can attract 17 new clients which you can sign up for 50$ a month on a 1-year retainer, make the purchase. This equals net new revenue of 10.200$ against 5.000$ in the first year. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to the monkey rig

Depending on which clients you serve and how much floor space you have here some alternatives from Rogue based on a 5K budget excluding barbells and plates:


This configuration will give you more opportunities to generate revenue from beginning weightlifters and gives you some color options. 
  • 2x RM6 @ 2095 each
  • 2x Monster Single Post Shelf @ 95$ each
  • 2x Monster Single Post Kettlebell Shelf
This configuration will give you more options in terms of training styles, especially when most of your clients cannot do pull-ups yet. This configuration leans more towards a powerlifting gym or an upgrade of the free weight section of a commercial gym. The Single Post shelves are often overlooked when buying the 6er series of Rogue. If your clients are used to half racks you can leave the back free. More often than not new additions to the Rogue portfolio are made exclusively or earlier available to the Monster range and not to the Monster lite range. Keep that in mind when making your investment.

Rogue ISO Leg Press 



Price: 4.750



The Rogue Iso Leg press is one of the products of Rogue which have recently appeared in the portfolio. In my opinion, you can clearly see that Rogue wants to use the Lat pulldown machine, Prone Leg Curl and ISO Leg press to gain market share in the commercial gym sector to diversify their business beyond CrossFit gyms. While Rogue has already mastered the mass production of barbells and rigs, the production of big machines is done more manual. You might get a cheaper, more refined machine from somewhere else who has specialized in these for decades. Still, this will be most likely not American made and definitely not fit the rest of your Rogue gym setup. 
The future looks promising as the Rhino Belt Squat has been a great release with a positive reception in the market. I am sure rogue will take the new technological developments from the 50 cals (locking system) and the Rhino (Pulley System) to create more refined machines in the future which will take over the market. 
The Rogue ISO press can load up to 2475lb and has four load pegs. Rogue claims a 60% true weight ratio for the leg press. Machines are often criticized that too much of the load gets lost and does not have an effect on the lifter. This is why you see some people on Youtube leg pressing a bunch of plates and four Chinese girls on a leg press machine. They have better leverage than in a barbell squat. 
The Rogue ISO leg press weighs 708lbs with a footprint of 64'' x 98''. It is 98'' long, 64'' wide and 47'' high. 


Rogue has paid attention to the feedback from other machines by working on the true weight ratio. The four loadable pegs will go down well with your stronger clients who like big machines and also cannot find sufficient machinery in other gyms. 
The fact that each leg can be addressed individually will be interesting to rehab clients and professional athletes alike. Not many leg press machines bear this feature.
You will also get a machine that has been made by American hands in Columbus. There is quite some work to be done to finish this beast and you will always know that this has been done by an American.
A leg press machine is also less intimidating to many clients than a barbell squat. Anyone who feels like they are hurting their back with the barbell squat can be put on a leg press machine instead. 


The leg press machine is a single purpose machine with a relatively big footprint. This does not make it a suitable option for most gyms with a small footprint. You will also be buying outside of Rogues core business with less volume. Expect that customer services have fewer options to help you out with parts/replacements/repairs as the order volume on these is lower. There is less storage to draw from and all parts are welded together for the ISO (which means if you want to return it, they probably have to weld another from scratch or move someone else's order). 
For this price, especially if you buy multiple, maybe ask Rogue whether you can inspect the machines on site before delivery. Bring your biggest and smallest athlete/client&relative, Based on the test ask whether small alterations can be made before the machines are finished (coated etc) and shipped. 

How many clients should this leg press bring you?

If you think that the ISO leg press will bring you 16 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 9.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 4.750$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to the ISO leg press

Here are some alternatives to the Rogue Iso leg press which come in at roughly the same budget. 
The Rogue Wingspan Rig only costs about 250 USD more but is an all in one gym for that price. You have a pull-up station, rack, lots of storage room, a crown pull up bar for various grip variations and space to store up to five barbells. While the ISO leg press is on one end of the spectrum as a leg training giant, this is one of the most versatile options from Rogue in the same price range.
This would be an alternative for a weightlifting gym that has no need for pull up bars and has a lot of space. You have to teach your clients how to drop a bar safely when there is enough room. The Rhino belt squat can be used by athletes with shoulder injuries or for heavy squats/volume work. It still loads enough weights for mere mortals. 
The belt squat is the poor man's version of the leg press. It does more for balance and natural movement patterns and can not be loaded as heavy as the Rhino Belt Squat or Leg press machine. If you already have jerk blocks or pylo jump boxes this is probably the most cost-efficient version to get close to a leg press. Be aware that the setup is tedious and the injury risk is high if you do not assist your clients in setting this up.

Overview and review of the Rogue LP2

The Rogue LP-2 lat pulldown is the latest installation in the Lat pull down series of Rogue and comes in at $3195. Rogue used the recent Monster slinger developments to make the design even better and also out the weight stacks into a cage. The specifications of the LP-2 are:
  • Made in the USA
  • Stand-Alone Construction, 3x3” 11-gauge steel (Must be bolted to the floor, mounting hardware not included)
  • Product Weight: 775 LBS
  • Height: 108”
  • Foot Print 70” x 43”
  • NEW 300 LB Weight Stack (10 LB increments), machined in USA
  • NEW 6” Machined Aluminum Pulleys + UHMW covers, machined in USA
  • ¼” Cable built to US Mil-Spec for aircraft cable
  • Stainless Steel clevises for cable attachment, machined in USA
  • MB Black powdercoat finish
  • (1) Stainless Steel Lat Bar, built by Rogue
  • (1) Set of Plastic Covered Band Attachment pins
  • (2) Custom Black Carabiners
  • (1) Diamond Tread Footplate: 18.75" wide x 8" tall, with 10 adjustment positions spaced 1.5" on center.
  • (1) Foam Seat: 16.5" long x 11.75" wide.
  • NEW (1) Set of Flip Down Foot Pegs for the Low Row: 8 total adjustment positions spaced 2” on center
  • NEW (1) Swing-Arm Foam Leg Roller Assembly: 8 total adjustment positions spaced 0.83" on center
This is a proper lat pulldown machine that has gone through multiple iterations of design at Rogue fitness. If you have space and money in your home gym it is definitely worth the investment. 

Pros of the LP-2 

The pros of the LP-2 are: 
  • Encased 
  • Sturdy 
  • Easy adjustments 
The LP-2 is a proper machine for a commercial or home gym to perform rows and lat pulldowns. This is a great pulley which has been refined over several years by one of the leading fitness suppliers in the industry. If you can afford it and have space you will definitely s be happier with this than a makeshift pulley.

Cons of the LP-2 

The cons of the LP-2 are: 
  • Price
  • Space Requirements 
The LP-2 does what it says on the tin. There is no question about that. But this comes at a hefty price and will take quite a bit more space up in your home gym. For a commercial gym, it is a great option. Home gym owners might want to save money and space. 

Alternatives to the LP-2 

The alternatives to the LP-2 are: 
The monster lat pull down is an earlier version of the LP-2 with less encasing. You will save some money compared to the LP-2 and more of a raw look. The monster lat pulldown also does not make use of the slinger upgrades for the pulley. 
The monster slinger is a great option for someone who already has a rogue rack at home. The slinger can be in the way for your regular workouts, but is stable and can take some plates. The downside is that you can not uninstall the slinger as fast as a simple pulley. 
The spud inc is the cheapest and most makeshift of the options. You save money and it will take less time to get the pulley on and off for training. The downside is that it will be the least stable solution of all for repeatable high loads. 

Summary for the LP-2 

The LP-2 is the current flagship from Rogue for lat pull exercises. You can rest assured that you make a good investment if you buy it. Keep in mind that this is a machine from professionals for professionals. If you only train occasionally it is absolute overkill.

Monster Lat pull down stand alone

Price: 2.950



The Monster Lat pulldown Standalone is a lat pulldown machine for the expert athlete. As with all Rogue equipment this machine is built like a tank. The lat pulldown machine is a great example of how Rogue takes pride in what they do and takes their customer feedback series. 
If you read between the lines you can see that the pulley, the bar, cable, and Steel eye were not up to Rogue's standards in the V1 of this machine. All of these parts have been consequently brought in-house and are not bought from 3rd parties anymore. These things are normal when new production lines are being built, a new market is tested and new processes build around them.
At least Rogue took the right learnings from this and perfected their Rhino launch. The prone leg curl and the ISO leg press have not gotten a V2 overhaul yet whereas the Lat pull down has. Be aware of this when you buy from Rogue. I am positive they will accommodate valid feedback, especially on big orders. If you buy for your home gym, maybe wait on the leg press and curl until there is more feedback available or find a gym nearby to test them.
The Rogue Lat pulldown weighs 605lb and offers up to 300lb resistance in plates in 10lb increments. It has a footprint of 40'' by 60''. It is 60'' long, 40'' wide and 96'' high. The steel notes are 3x3 11-gauge steel just like the rest of the Rogue Monster series.


This lat pulldown is also a rowing machine so you get two for the price of one. The difference to many other rowing machines is that Rogue came up with an idea that does not make the bench longer. By positioning a footrest under the seat this lat pulldown machine turns into a rowing machine without adding extra length. 
Another big pro is that this machine allows the use of bands with the lat pull. This is very unique and I have not seen many machines like this. Especially when you have experienced athletes you will appreciate that you can work with bands.



A lat pulldown is a big machine. It will take up quite a bit of space where a pull-up bar might create a similar effect. Especially in a home gym scenario, you might be better off getting dumbbells and a pull-up bar which takes up less floor space. As with other machines, the pulley system takes maintenance. Oiling this system and keeping it in check might not be for everyone.

How many clients do you need for the lat pulldown?

If you think that the Lat pulldown will bring you 10 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 6.000$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.950$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to the Lat pull down from Rogue

Here are some alternatives to the Rogue lat pull down
The Rhino belt including the half rack will give you a better pulley system and the necessary rack to play around with it. It will not exactly be the same and the workarounds might be not ideal, however, it is possible. I would also be very surprised if Rogue did not capitalize on the opportunity to deliver a system that combines the RM6 and Rhino to a fully built all-purpose gym station. Stay tuned for that one.
1x Monster Lite Rig @ 2.495$
A monster lite rig will provide you with
  • 4 Squat/ Bench Stations
  • 8 Pull up Stations
For less than the price for one lat pulldown machine. If you are aiming to open a small CrossFit gym this is the way to go. This also shows you that Rogue still has to work on optimizing their costs on building machines. The upshot is that you will get a machine that is fully made in the US. If you work for the government this might even be a requirement for purchase. 

Rogue Monster Wingspan Rig

Price: 2.950



The Rogue Monster Wingspan Rack combines the Rogue M4 series rack with a lot of storage and multiple options for your personal customization. The rack includes a Single pull up bar, Standard J-Cups, and Monster Strap Safety Set. The color is black and it will take up a footprint of 10'6''x16'7'' in your gym. Currently, it only comes in one height at 100.375''.
The base will put you back 2.950$. With the customizations and storage options, you will be more likely around  5.000$. The Rogue Monster Wingspan is a great option for someone who wants to train clients from their garage or basement if they can fit it. Everything will be organized and your plates, kettlebells, sandbags, and barbells will find a good home. If you have a bigger CrossFit box you might want to consider adding one of the Wingspans instead of another rig. This way you have all of your little bits and bits tidy.


The Rogue Wingspan creates a great room for storage and will be an eye-catching addition to your gym. The design also allows creating a secluded area within your gym. I can imagine that you can use Monster Stall bars on each side to create a kids area in which the little ones can exercise while Mom and Dad are in class. Of course, under proper supervision.
A personal trainer operating from their own basement or a bigger garage will also have everything they need to train any type of client in the Wingspan. Pull-ups, stretching, movement demos, and barbell work can be done in a compact place. The WIngspan is compatible with the Rogue accessories out of the Monster series. You can swap and change according to your client's needs.


For the floor space the Wingspan takes up, you get very little Pull-up and squat/Bench stations. The angled beams at the front also might not sit well with all floor spaces you have. While the design creates more space inside the Wingspan it might not align as well with your already existing layout in straight lines. If you want to maximize the people you can train in the smallest amount of floor space this is not the rig to go for. If you are getting annoyed that your gym always looks like a mess and your clients throw their stuff wherever they want, the Wingspan fixes this.

How many clients should the WIngspan bring you?

If you think the Wingspan can attract 17 new clients which you can sign up for 50$ a month on a 1-year retainer, make the purchase. This equals net new revenue of 10.200$ against 5.000$ in the first year. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly. I have gone for 5.000$ rather than 2.950$ assuming you will beef it up with storage space. About 1.000$ in this go for the Monster Stall bars and the flying pull up bar.

Alternatives to the Wingspan

Here are some alternative thoughts in the Wingspan Rig based on a budget of 5.000$ USD
I personally think the Monkey or Wingspan Rig are not the first purchase for most gyms unless you are directly outfitting a huge floor space and have coffers full of cash. If your classes are growing and you need new challenges for advanced athletes the Monkey Rig can be a good alternative to the Wingspan. Especially when you have already figured out how to master the clutter without it taking up too much time. If you want to create a separate area in your gym for certain groups which are not able to do pull-ups, go with the Wingspan and pack it full with the necessary toys for them.
If it is storage your after, well buy storage from Rogue. 2x 3-Tier Mass Storage Systems from Rogue will come at a fraction of the cost of the Wingspan and provide roughly the same storage space. In addition, they also come on wheels. This makes it possible to reconfigure quickly. The downside compared to the Wingspan is that this won't create a separate compartment to your gym for less experienced athletes or people who want to do their thing away from the group training.

Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat / Rack



Price: 2.750



The Rhino Belt squat machine is one of the latest additions to the big machine line up of Rogue. The version including a rack delivers a half rack including the Rhino setup to your home. It comes in Rogue black with a length of 51.5'', width of 49'' and height of 100.375''.  The unloaded trolley weight is 27.5lb.
Squat belt machines are popular to get more leg work in while putting less stress on the lower back. Especially older athletes tend to get upper body injuries or ailments in the lower back. To take away a bit of the strain created by the barbell back squat or front squat you can supplement with Belt squats. 
The Rhino includes the newest pulley system designed by Rogue, which seem to be living up to the hype. You will get a very versatile machine for this price. This configuration also includes J cups to be ready to go for squatting inside or outside this half rack.


This is a well-built machine which will give you the best pulley system of Rogue to date. If you want to build a home gym that does not take up a lot of space and also allows to train without a barbell, the Rhino Belt Squat hits the spot. You get 2 weight posts with 15.75'' loading capacity on each side. The belt can also be used for dips and other exercises. 


This is a machine that is mainly targeted at clients and athletes who want to lift heavy and can not use a barbell to do this. Especially powerlifters will like this machine. If your clients are not powerlifters, injured often or just simply do not move heavy weights you might be better off investing your money in equipment that covers their needs better. 

How many clients should the Rhino belt squat bring you?

If you think that the Rhino Belt with Rack will bring you 10 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 6.000$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.750$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to the Rhino belt Squat

There are a couple of alternatives to the Rhino Belt squat from the Rogue Portfolio. These are:
This version saves you a bit of money and even more important than that, floor space. If you already own one or multiple RM6 racks you should seriously consider this upgrade for your gym. Especially when almost no one is using the half racks at the back. This is also a great option for home gym owners who are a bit older or get injured often who want to have a backup plan to barbell squats, without losing too much footprint.
The squat Standalone version is the right option if you already own one or more racks and have plenty of floor space to fill. This saves you about 1.000$ which you can invest in other equipment like barbells and plates
This would be the most cost-efficient and versatile option. The jerk blocks can be set up for a belt squat so that the athlete stands on the blocks. You can use the dip belt to attach the weight. This setup usually requires a second person to help out. Otherwise, you have to climb the boxes with the weight attached or do some other wild acrobatics. The pros of this package are that the blocks can also be used for deadlift block pulls, jerk training and even as storage.

Monster Lat Pull Down / Low Row Rack option

Price: 2.550


This lat pulldown machine is compatible with all 3x3 Monster series racks. It offers up to 300lb in resistance and hooks to attach bands to the weight. The rack-mounted version weighs 555lb, is 57'' long, 24.5'' wide and 96'' high. The footprint is 18.75'' x 57''. 
The rack mounted version of the Rogue Lat pulldown machine uses a beam of a monster rack to be attached to. This lowers the footprint and enhances your rack with another working station. The lat pull down from Rogue can be set up for lat pulldowns and rows. If you want to do rows you can use the footrest which is attached under the seat. This creates a clever design that minimizes footprint while maximizing the number of exercises you can do at this machine.
After the first version of the lat pull machine, Rogue brought an update V2 to the market which improved the customer experience. You can see the changes made in the specs list of Rogue marked as "NEW".


A lat pulldown is a big machine which is secure. The band pegs provide a differentiator that I personally have not seen in many other machines. The 3x3 structure ensures compatibility with the Rogue Monster series and attachments if you want to build onto your existing gym. 300lb is plenty of weight for most of your customers. If that still is not enough you can use the bands to get to higher resistances.


If you do not have a big budget a lat pulldown is quite a big investment for something that you can build yourself with material from the home depot. A simple pulley system that can be used with your existing plates is relatively easy to build. Often these makeshift solutions do not match the look and feel of the rest of the gym and are safety hazards. Ok for a home gym, subpar for a commercial setup.

How many clients should the Lat pulldown bring you?

If you think that the Lat pulldown will bring you 9 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 5.400$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.550$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to Lat pull down

Here is an alternative to the lat pulldown machine from Rogue:
1x Adjustable bench @ 545$
This setup is a lot more makeshift than the lat pull-down. Pay attention when switching weights. The injury risk is higher and you should learn how to use this setup safely. The pro is that it costs less and also leaves more space in your gym for other equipment. Here is a video on the pulley system to make up your mind.

Monster Rig 2.0



Price: 1.845 - 6.095$


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.


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.


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.  

Monster Lite Rig 2.0

Price: 1.795$ - 5.095$


The Monster Lite Rig is the little brother of the Monster Rig. The main difference is that the bolts and holes which are used to attach equipment are smaller. Monster lite uses the same 4'-6'-4' pattern as the Monster series. You will get 3x3'' 11-Gauge steel uprights for a solid base to built your gym around.
With the 2.0 upgrade, you are now able to choose different colors for your rig. Rogue also worked on the overall stability of their rigs compared to earlier models including different beams. The double pull up bars have been swapped for single pull up bars to make muscle ups easier to perform. The main ideas of the rigs are that you customize them in many different ways to your personal needs. You will get to choose from three different editions which are:

  • Base 2.0 Edition
  • Standard 2.0 Edition
  • Racked 2.0 edition
which are increasing in price as more material is used in each of these versions.
The base 2.0 edition comes with double pull up bars at the top for stability and to do pull-ups. This version is the most cost-efficient and leaves the most room around the beams to allow free movement. If you are on a budget and do a lot of cardio drills which are mixed with weightlifting and pull-ups. This is great for a gym with members who do are not much interested in powerlifting and whose fitness levels are not very high. The downsides of the base edition are less stability compared to other versions and obstructions when you want to do muscle ups. You also have fewer options to upgrade in the feature as the top beams do not provide holes to attach additional equipment too.
The standard edition mainly changes the top part of your rig. The double pull-up bars are swapped for beams. This frees up space for muscle ups along the rig, gives it more stability and options to attach extra equipment at the top of the rig. Examples can be climbing ropes and the Rogue climbing boards. You still keep the option to move freely around at the bottom. This is the right choice for gyms that have a bit more budget, want more upgrade possibilities while still being able to move around freely. If your members are gradually getting fitter you also might consider changing a base model to standard model.
The racked edition gives you the most amount of metal for the Monster Lite rig. You will create half racks at the back of each squat/bench station. This also provides more options for storage and more stability to the entire rig. If you have a lot of big football players around who move heavy weight and do little to no pull-ups or running around in the gym, this is the configuration to get. The downside of the racked edition is that any kind of running inside the rig for circuit training is not possible. You will also have a harder time to maximize the number of people doing pull-ups in parallel. 
The Rig is available in 10', 14', 20', and 24' from Rogue. It can be prolonged to whichever length you want based on your available space. The combination of the edition and length will determine the price. The longer the Rig and the more material is used, the higher the price tag will be. With these various lengths you can create the following stations for your gym:
  • 10'
    • 2 Squat/Bench stations
    • 5 pull up stations
  • 14'
    • 4 Squat/Bench stations
    • 6 Pull up stations
  • 20'
    • 4 Squat/Bench stations
    • 9 Pull up stations
  • 24' 
    • 6 Squat/Bench stations
    • 10 pull up stations
 Take some time to think about what you are planning in advance.
  • How many clients should the Monster lite Rig bring you
If you think that the Monster lite Rig will bring you 6 -17 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3590$ - 10.190$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.795 - 5095$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The monster lite rig gives you the freedom to play with many different configurations. It also comes in at a lower price than the Monster series Rig which can help if you want to save costs. Most of the accessories for rigs also cost slightly less in the Monster Lite version than the monster version. It will be easier to transport and disassemble than the Monster rig if you have to that often. 


The Monster Lite rig is not compatible with all Rogue equipment. As Rogue is pushing into the machines space now expect that most of the heavy machinery will be only or firstly available for the more stable monster construction. Also, some of the accessories you can get for the Monster series might not be available. If you exactly know what your gym should look like and you will have no needs for future upgrades, go for Monster Lite to optimize your price. If you are unsure how your gym and client base will develop, go with Monster to leave you with more options.

Alternatives to the Monster lite series

Here are some alternatives to the Monster lite series which you can consider:
This is the minimum configuration of the big brother of the Monster lite series which includes:
  • Base edition
  • Rig length of 10'
You get the same rig, just a bit more sturdy and with more upgrade options for the future. I am always a fan of overengineering when possible. Especially when you do not buy a long rig this upgrade makes sense as you only spend about 100$ more. The longer the rig gets, the more it hurts your purse to go for Monster.
This is the maximum you can go to on the Monster Rig. As you can see the difference in price between the maximum config for Monster Lite and Monster is 1.000$. Pay special attention to these economies of scale when you are outfitting a very big gym. You also might want to consider buying separate RM6 racks instead of a Rig, when you already see a need for so many heavy duty squat/bench stations. That leaves you with more options to utilize your space as you are probably not going to run around a lot in this config anyway.
  • 1x RM6 @ 2.000$
The rogue RM 6 might be an alternative for home gym owner. Think about how likely it will actually be that all of the family will train at the same time in the garage or basement gym. It is probably a lot less than you think. In this case, it might be a better alternative to get an RM6 instead of a 14' Rig to accommodate the needs of your family. If you run your personal trainer business from home ask your self how many clients will you have at the same time and what are their needs. You can get up to three people on an RM6 to train in parallel and save some depth in your basement.

Prone Leg Curl

Price: 2.295


As Rogue expanding and branching out into fitness machines they have added a prone leg curl machine to their portfolio. It weighs 450lb and can offer your athletes up to 200lb of resistance for leg curls. As with all other Rogue machines the Prone Leg machine is fully manufactured in the US. The machine has a footprint of 53.375''x27.75''. You will have 5 easy pop pin settings for your legs and a 20 degree arched pad.

How many clients should the Prone leg curl bring you?

If you think that the Pron leg Curl will bring you 8 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 4.590$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.295$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The pros of a leg curl machine are that you have a solid, safe machine which can be used to train your hamstrings. Especially bigger athletes will appreciate that they do not have to dangle from a GHD setup. The leg curl machine is also a staple of bodybuilders to attack the calves. This machine is sturdy and well build. If you have struggled and lost competitions over your puny calves this might be the machine to get.


This is a single purpose machine with quite a big footprint. Garage gyms and basement gyms will mostly not have the extra space to fit another machine. Most people also do not really like to get into a leg prone machine. It is awkward to get into it backward and then starting to curl your legs. For the money you pay, you might get very little use or extra clients out of it. 

Alternatives to the Prone leg curl

Here are some alternatives to the Prone Leg Curl for the same budget:
For the same money, you can get a fully functioning rack, half rack and several pull up options by going for the Monster Lite Racked option. With this configuration, you also have more options for upgrades and to grow. This is a fully functioning gym that can be placed in your basement or garage and fulfills a lot more applications than the prone leg curl.
The GH-1 has a slightly bigger footprint, but only weighs 195LB. The exercises you can do on a GHD work similar muscle groups to a Prone Leg Curl. You also have more options in terms of what you want to do on the GHD as sit-ups are also possible. The only back draw is that very big athletes usually are not big fans of GHD machines and that the movements are very hard to load.

Rogue RM 6 Monster Rack



Price: 2.000 - 2.640


The RM6 is the flagship rack of Rogue. If you buy a 24' Monster Rig in the racked configuration you basically buy multiple RM6 with pull up bars in between them. This is the rack for serious home warriors or small gyms who do not want to compromise. 
The RM6 has a length of 76'' and width of 49''. You can get the rack in three different heights ranging from 90'' through 100'' to 108''. The Footprint comes in at 80'' x 53''.  The new keyhole design also makes it easier for you to fit smaller attachments into the Monster series. You can choose from the following colors for the RM6:
  • Bright blue
  • Bright Green
  • Burnt Orange
  • Dark Blue
  • Dark Red
  • Gun Metal
  • Light Gray
  • Rogue Red
  • White
  • Satin Clear
  • Satin Black (Standard)
All of these options come in a medium gloss powder coat. Above this, you have many options to customize the top crossmembers, safeties and J Cups. The better the options you pick the higher the price. If you go for all the finest it drives the price to 2.640$. Then you have the fanciest pull-up bars, flip down safeties and J cups that money can buy from Rogue. 

How many clients should the RM6 bring you?

If you think that the RM6 will bring you 7 -9 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 4.000$ - 5.400$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.000$ - 2.600$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


This rack gives you a full and a half rack in one go. With this, you can train more athletes at the same time. If you do not want to train multiple athletes on the same rack, you can use the half rack for storage. Another option is to install a Rhino belt squat Drop in at the back of this rack. This can be a very powerful configuration to attract powerlifters to your gym. 


A lot of people will argue that this rack is completely overbuilt. The little sisters of the Rogue line, Echo, Infinity and Monster lite bear this reputation. You can definitely save a lot of money by going with other options. It depends on your needs. For myself, I only want the best to be the best. No one in the market argues that Rogue products are built to last, only price is a concern. 

Alternatives to the RM6

Based on this budget here are some alternatives you might want to consider to the RM6:
  • 1x RM4 1.300$ to 2.000$
If you do not know exactly how you are going to use the half rack at the back of the RM6 you are better of going with an RM4. Ask yourself whether your gym already has enough storage options for plates and whether your clients will use a half rack. Often the answer is that you already have enough storage and clients do not like to use half racks. Same goes for basement and garage gyms. You can use the saved space for something else. The only disadvantage of this option is that you can not install a Rhino belt squat in the back of the rack. You can remedy this by buying a racked Rhino version at a later stage.
The RML is the Monster Lite version of the RM6. It gives you the same space and storage options with less sturdy beams. This is more than enough for most applications. If you want to save money and still have a very sturdy rack, this is the option with extra storage and a half rack at the back.
Rogue Donkey

Rogue Donkey

Price $1945

The Rogue Donkey is the ultimate machine from Rogue to address your lower back and core. You have everything in one place and with 500 pounds of weight, this thing is not going anywhere, just like any good old donkey

Overview of the Rogue donkey

The Rogue Donkey brings the reverse hyper and GHD space to a new level. Rogue thought about their designs again and combined the Z hyper and the Abram GHD into an all-purpose lower back machine.
The benefit of this is that you only need to buy one piece of equipment which fits both purposes. This means money and floor space saved. The dimensions of the Rogue Donkey aa followed:
  • Made in the USA
  • Color: Black 
  • Weight: 500LB 
  • Length: 73”
  • Width: 44”
  • Height:54.5”
  • 3x3 Gauge Steel
  • 73” x 44”
This is a great machine to have in a serious home gym or powerlifting establishment. Some CrossFit boxes might also want to consider getting one of these. 

Pros of the Rogue Donkey 

The Rogue Donkey has a lot going for itself, of you are interested in a machine for back extensions, reverse hypers and glute ham raises. I have yet to find a machine that is better thought through for these purposes and therefore saves space in your gym. 

Cons of the Rogue Donkey 

The price and weight might be off-putting for some. Not everyone wants to have a 500-pound piece of equipment in their home gym or get on one in a commercial gym. Reverse hypers and back extensions are also not the most popular movements, so watch out whether you are getting your money’s worth. 

Alternatives to the Rogue Donkey 

I think there are no better options than the donkey from Rogue for what it does. However, $2000 can be a hefty price tag, especially for first-time buyers. Here are some other options from Rogue for $2000:
The fortis rack is the best rack from rogue under $1000. Combined with an adjustable bench and with a little stretch of the budget an Ohio bar you have a fully functioning gym for the price of a donkey. The only downsides would be no color option and that you somehow have to take care of plate storage. 
If you prefer plate storage and a color option because you already have a bench you can go for the RML 690C and Ohio bar. The budget would even allow getting one of the fancy Cerakote bars. My favorite is the Fraser bar. 
If you want to build a garage gym with all of the things needed to do CrossFit you can also go for the 3WC and Alpha CrossFit package. This way you will have a foldable rack and everything including plates to get started with CrossFit. 


If you already have the bases covered and you are looking into expanding your gym the donkey is a great option to be considered. It is not necessarily your first big purchase from Rogue

Rogue V2 Castro Rig



Price: 1.866


Rogue describes the Castro V2 as the ultimate backyard gym. Its basis is the Rogue Monster Lite system. With the Castro you get everything you need from squatting stations, to pull up bars and the height you need for rope climbs. 
The Castro rig weighs 474LB with a footprint of 80'' x 53''. It is 70'' long and has a width f 43''. IT is 144'' high which makes it one of the highest options in the Rogue portfolio. For the price tag, it comes with all components ready to assemble. If you want to get some extra toys it is also compatible with Rogue Monster lite accessory series. 

How many clients should the Castro Rig bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Castro V2 will bring you 7 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 4.200$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.866$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The Rogue V2 Rig provides everything you need for calisthenics and climbing needs in your own home. Bars at different heights for muscle ups. Anchors to attach ropes to. A fully functioning rack setup to put your barbell on and get ready to rumble.


The con of the Castro V2 rig is that it is definitely an outdoor option unless you install it in a big industry hangar. I don't know about your backyard, but I live in Ireland and I wouldn't put it there. 

Alternatives to the V2 Castro Rig

Here are some alternatives to the V2 Castro Rig based on budget
The Rogue RML 690 is a cost-effective, sturdy option for a fully functioning home gym in your basement or garage. The height of the Castro rig only makes it possible to install it outdoors for most homes, unless you are Oprah. If you do not want to spend more than 2.000$ on the skeleton of your gym this is a good option. You save money compared to the RM6 or RMLC versions while still providing multiple squat stations and plate storage space. The only downside is that it does not have the height for rope climbs. Find a tree in your backyard. 
  • 1x Rogue USMC PUll up rig @ 1.550$
If you want to train outside and have a lot of people to take care of the USMC Pull up rig is your go to. This setup maximizes the pull-up stations you get at a minimum price. The pull up always has been a staple of marine training it works. They are a force to be reckoned with. So can your local football or rugby team by installing this beauty next to the pitch. 

Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat Stand Alone



Price: 1.750


The Rogue Rhino belt Squat Stand Alone version makes belt squats possible in areas with low ceilings. You can also add it to environments in which you do not want to put up additional racks. The Rhino comes in Black and weighs 530LB. It is 60.5'' long and 49'' wide. The total height is 78.5''. The total footprint of the Rhino will take up 53'' c 60.5'' of floor space wherever you will place it. Rogue delivers the Rhino with a Spud Inc Belt included. 
Belt squats can be used to train your legs for longer without taxing your upper back, elbows, and shoulders as much as with the barbell squat or safety squat. Especially seasoned athletes or people who had back injuries from former training will appreciate this rest from taxing their backs while still being able to train the legs hard.

How many clients should the Rhino Stand alone bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Rhino Standalone will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.750$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The Rhino Standalone is great when you already have a squat stand or do not have a rack that is compatible with the Drop-in version of the Rhino. In addition, many garage gyms might not have the right ceiling height to take the rack version of the Rhino in.



The Rhino will take up additional space in your gym and is not as versatile as a rack, even though it comes in at roughly the same price. If you are just starting a gym it would probably not be one of the first pieces of equipment you should get. 


Here are some alternatives to the Rogue Rhino Stand alone based on the budget
  • 1x Rogue RML690C Power Rack @1.750$
The Rogue RML690C would be a better piece of equipment to start your gym. It provides a full and a half rack to you which means you can have multiple athletes on the same rack or use the half rack for storage in your home gym. It can also be used for pull-ups and leaves you with more upgrade options with Rogue extensive list of accessories. As an extra, you can choose the color of this rack. 
If your gym already covers all the basics and you are considering to add extra machines to attract more clients and provide more services a GHD machine might be the better choice than a Belt Squat. The belt squat is more suited to very exüerienced athletes and legs can be trained in a rack or already existing leg press. Most gyms do not have GHDs and it might attract more clientele. 

Rogue RML 690C Power Rack



Price: 1.750


The Rogue RML690C Rack weighs in at 530LB. It has 76'' of length while being 49'' in width. The height comes in at 90.375''. When you want to place the RML690C into your gym the footprint will be 80''x53''. With this rack, you are getting the little sister of the RM6 rack. It is compatible with the Monster Lite series and gives you a full and half rack to work with. The half rack can either be used for plate storage or have more athletes train in the rack. 
The 690C is available in the following colors:
  • Bright Blue
  • Bright Green
  • Burnt Orange
  • Dark Blue
  • Dark Red
  • Gun Metal
  • Light Gray
  • Rogue Red
  • Satin Black
  • Satin clear
  • White
In a Semi-Gloss Powdercoat. You have Westside hole spacing at the bottom to have more options for bench pressing setups. Another big advantage of this rack is that it does not need to be bolted to the floor. 
The Rogue RML690C is a solid all in one solution for storage and training space for a home gym or in a professional gym to make the best of the space. 

How many clients should the Rogue RML690C bring you?

If you think that the Rogue RML 690C will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.750$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The Rogue RML 690C is a bit lighter on the budget than its bigger brother the RM6. It still provides storage options and space to train multiple athletes and hold plates at the same time. It comes in different colors to fit your taste or gym setup depending on how you want to express your branding. 


The Rogue RML690C might be a bit too big for home setups. There are reports of people who purchased it for personal use and came to the conclusion that the 490 would have more than sufficed. Think about how you will use the additional half rack, as otherwise, it will only be a waste of valuable floor space. You can also not use the RML 690C with the Rhino Drop in, which is one of my personal biggest reasons not to get it.


Here are some alternatives for you from Rogue for a budget of 1.750$

The RML4 still gives you the option to choose a color of your liking while saving you 700$ USD which can be used towards a barbell and plates on your first purchase for a home gym. For professional uses, you can also fit more 490C into your facilities if you already have solutions for string the plates
If you do not want to compromise on having a full and half rack at your disposal you can go for the R6. The R6 is part of the Infinity series which uses less material to build the racks. It is still more than enough to train heavy in them as the Monster Lite and Monster series bear their names for a reason. With this, you would still be able to sneak in an Ohio Bar while staying under 2.000$. 

Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat - Drop In



Price: 1.595


The Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat Drop-in version is the least expensive one of the three Rhino Belt Squat installations. It weighs 455LB with a length 48.5''. The width comes in at 49'' and it is 78.5'' high. IT has the same footprint as an RM3 fortis rack or the half rack / Back of an RM6
The ides of the Drop-in is to only deliver the parts of the Rhino Belt Squat to be built into an already existing half rack. This is a good option for gyms who have a row of free-standing RM6 in which the half racks are underutilized. You can get a drop in for every second rack in the row to make the gym more versatile. 
Belt squats are an excellent option for seasoned athletes with shoulder and elbow problems are to bring up the leg work volume for elite athletes without straining their backs too much. 

How many new clients should the Rhino Belt squat Drop in bring you

If you think that the Rogue Rhino Drop in will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.595$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The drop in is a great option to put your existing half racks to good use and get the most out of your floor space. If you are an athlete at home you can also think about the future by investing in one together with an RM6 to take a bit of strain of your back while saving floor space compared to the Standalone version.


The drop in only works with the Monster series. Therefore it is really only an option for big gyms or people who are buying an RM6 straight of the bat. This droves the price of your entire gym up as the Monster series racks and accessories come in at higher prices than the Monster Lite or Infinity series. 

Alternatives to the Rhino Belt Squat drop in 

Here are some alternatives from Rogue to the Rhino Belt Squat Drop in for 1.595$
  • 1x RML690 Power rack @1568$
The RML690 is based on the Monster Lite series. It comes in black and provides you with a half and full rack. If you do not mind what kind of color your rack comes in this is a good option to start a top-notch home gym or put some extra rack space in your existing gym.
If you are already interested in a Belt squat machine it is not unlikely that you are a powerlifter. if you do not have a GHD machine yet the Swing arm might be a good alternative for you. The rack you have provides for leg work already. You might want to consider training your hamstrings also before buying a belt squat.

Rogue RML 690 Power Rack



Price: 1.568


The RML 690 is a hybrid of the Rogue R6 Power rack and the RM6 Monster rack. The RML 690 is compatible with the Rogue Monster lite series and provides you with a full and half rack in one go. The half rack can either be used for storage or to train additional athletes/clients. 
The RML 690 comes in at 530 LB with a length of 76'''. It is 49'' wide and has a height of 90.375''.  The entire footprint comes to 80'' x 53''. It can be mounted to a wall with the Monster Lite Rack Wall mount kit. IT comes in black and therefore retails at a lower price than the RML690C

How many new clients should the Rhino Belt squat Drop in bring you?

If you think that the Rogue RML690 will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.568$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The RML690 gives you the needed storage and training capabilities to have multiple clients or athletes train at the same time. As long as you have space this full/half rack combo provides a gym in itself. If you will use it for your home gym you can also convert the back rack into shelving for your kettlebells and dumbbells


In many applications, the half racks at the back are poorly utilized and therefore a waste of space. If you already have good plate storage options or have a home gym with limited space you might be better of saving many and space by going for a 490 instead of a 690


For the same budget of 1.568$, you can get the following alternatives from Rogue
With this alternative, you can save 500$ and get to choose your favorite color for your rack. If you do not have specific plans for the back half rack, this is a great option to save money and still get better value out of your purchase. 
If you are running a gym and want to run more classes to maximize revenue the USMC Pull up rig might be a better choice for you than the RML 690C. You can have more people train at the same time at this rig, as long as they do not want to lift heavy at the same time.

Rogue USMC PUll up Rig

Price: 1.550


The Rogue USMC PUll up rig cuts away the fat to get to the heart of maximizing pull up stations by square foot. You can fit 8 - 12 athletes on this rig to do pull-ups. It comes in Black at a height of 9' and a diameter of 1 1/4'. The footprint of this simple rig comes to 6'x12',6'x24' or 6'x36' depending on which length you choose. 
The USMC PUll up rig is a good value for money option if you want to easily expand your gym with more pull up stations without having to think about it too hard. 

How many new clients should the Rogue USMC Pullup Rig in bring you

If you think that the Rogue USMC Pull up rig will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.550$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The USMC pull up is compatible with the Econ, Monster lite and monster series from Rogue. You will get a lot of pull-ups for little money in the Rogue portfolio


The cons of the USMC rig are that you can always do better in the Rogue portfolio. The monster lite and Monster rig series can be modified in the same way and have more stable beams. 


For the same budget of 1.550$, you can go for 
The Rogue R6 power rack was the first generation of Rogue racks to go at the ultimate home gym for Dad. Purposefully oversized Rogue went with that idea and never looked back when they introduced the Monster lite and Monster series. The only way is up. The R6 is a great option for your home gym to have everything one person needs to do most of the exercises under the sun. If you already have a rig which is mainly laid out for pull-ups, this can be a good addition to your gym to make your heavy lifters happy. 
  • 1x Rogue West Side Bench @1.195$
If you are looking for ways to attract more business to our gym you might also want to look at the west Side bench. This is one of the sturdiest bench press setups you find in the market and can be a good addition when you are trying to attract more clients to your gym. 

Rogue R6 Power rack

Price: 1.495


The R6 is part of the Rogue Infinity series. It provides you with a full and half rack including the posts for plate storage. In its full strength, it weighs 300LB and is 76'' long. The height comes in at 90.375'' and it is 47'' wide. This leaves you with a footprint of 80''x53''. The R6 is compatible with all equipment out of Rogue's INifnity series. 
The R6 was one of Rogue's first stabs out big racks with plate storage at the back. Since then the Monster Lite and Monster series has outstripped the Infinity series in sales and development. The INfifnity series is great, however, that is not where Rogue currently spends most of their time to develop new products. If you want Rogue at a lower budget the Infinity series is for you. Expect that you have to wait for attachments like the 50 calibers or Rhino to make their way down the production chain if they do at all. 

How many new clients should the R6 bring you

If you think that the Rogue R6 will bring you 6 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.600$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.495$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


You will get a full station to train and store your equipment. This can be the pride of a home gym or a gym within a gym depending on your needs. The construction leaves you with many options to upgrade and attach further accessories. It is also more budget-friendly than the Monster lite and Monster versions of the same architecture.


As businesses grow they will focus more on the products which have a higher retail price for development. Rogue's brand is heading in the direction of being the best and attracting people who care little about price tags. The Infinity series will be kept around but my bet is, that Rogue will not do a lot to get new shiny things into the market for this line.


Alternatives to the Rogue R6 based on a budget of 1.495$
The Rogue RM4 is a full rack without color options. If you are planning to equip your gym in different phases depending on available funds this might be a better option. With this rack, you enter Rogue's flagship line to protect your investment for the future. The con is that you get locked in to pay more on each transaction as the Monster series is built from more material.
This rack is also a Monster Rack with the advantage of not having to bolt it to the floor. It provides a half rack to do your thing and is compatible with the Rogue Monster series. 

Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD



Price: 1.395


The Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD is a machine built from professionals for professionals. It weighs 250LB with a length of 34''. It is 62'' wide and comes in at a height of 50''. The footprint is 34''x62''. With the GHD you can train Russian Twists, Sit-ups, and Glute Ham Raises. 
What is especially interesting about this GHD machine is the Quick release lever. One of the most annoying things about GHD machines is that they are cumbersome to adjust for different athletes. The Quick release lever makes this easier. 

How many new clients should the Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD will bring you 5 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.000$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.395$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The Rogue Monster Swing Arm GHD is the king of GHDs on the market. Completely overbuilt and with some little extras you get a solid machine for a highly effective exercise. This GHD might lure some customers over from your competition, especially the ones who are willing to pay a premium for having the right equipment around.


This GHD is big for very little use. Many home gym owners sell their GHDs as they do not use them often and they take up a lot of space in their home gym. Keep this in mind before you click the purchase button, especially when you buy for your own use. You can get a complete set of 459kg of steel plates for roughly the same price. 


Here are some alternatives to the Rogue GHD machine based on the same budget
For about a third of the price, you can get the GH1. This is the better option for home gym owners and wors for professional gyms. You will not adjust the machine often when you use it at home, therefore you do not need comfort for changing it often. If you are a professional gym owner with many clients, stay away from this one. Customers will get annoyed adjusting it to their needs and most likely not use it unless they are very determined.
  • 1x Rogue RM4 Monster rack @1300$
The Rogue RM4 can be an additional training station or the start of your home gym at the same price as the Monster GHD. Think about how you want to lay out your floor space and what you get out of it before purchasing.

Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack



Price: 1.300 - 1765$


The RM4 is the core of the Rogue Monster rack series. This is the full rack that can be built onto in many ways. As it is part of the Monster series you can choose between 90'', 100'' and 108'' in height. The RM4 is 49'' long and wide. The overall footprint comes to 53''x53''. You get westside spacing and a multitude of colors to choose from. These are:
  • Bright Blue
  • Bright Green
  • Burnt Orange
  • Dark Blue
  • Gun Metal
  • Light Gray
  • Rogue Red
  • White
  • Satin Clear
  • Satin Black
With the MOnster rack, you are entering Rogue's flagship series of construction. This protects your investment for the future. You can choose from multiple options like Flip down safeties and 2'' Monster Sandwich J cups for your own comfort. 

How many clients should the Rogue RM4 Monster Rack bring you?

If you think that the Rogue RM4 will bring you 5 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 3.000$ net new revenue against an investment of 1.300$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


This is a rack that can be upgraded easily while still being in the Monster series of Rogue. This is one of the most cost-effective options to get into the Monster portfolio with a relatively standard product to build upon. There are less costly options in the Monster series, but they are specialty racks which might lead to challenges when upgrading.


The biggest con for the Monster series is the price tag. You can get a lot more rack for the same price out of the Infinity series. 


Here are some alternatives within the Rogue portfolio based on a budget of 1.300$
With the Rogue RML 490C, you basically get the same amount of rack space at a lower space. The Monster Lite series is built a bit less sturdy than the Monster series. Some of the bigger machines also do not attach to the Monster Lite series. Apart from this, you save 300$ for more or less the same effect. 
If you are considering to upgrade your existing gym you might want to consider metal jerk blocks instead. This will help to attract professional weightlifters to your gym who usually pay more and stay for longer. This is only an option when you have the basics already covered. 

Rogue RM 390F Flat Foot Monster Rack



Price: 1.211


The RM390F is a special rack in the Rogue Line up. IT is one of two racks with the flat foot design. The flat foot design makes it possible that you do not have to drill the rack into the ground to anchor it. This makes the flat foot a very popular option in scenarios where a wood, carpet or rubber floor have already been installed and should not be damaged. 
The Flat Foot weighs 335LB and comes in with a width of 24''. It is 93'' high and therefore has a footprint of 54''x'50''.  The flat foot is compatible with the accessories of the Monster series. The only thing to consider is that Band pegs and safety spotter arms should not be used with the Flat Foot Monster rack. Get safety pins instead.

How many clients should the Rogue RM390F bring you?

If you think that the Rogue RM390F 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 1.211$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The biggest pro of this rack is the flat foot design. This means you can install this rack anywhere where there is space. No nasty holes in the floor which need to be refilled once you want to move the rack somewhere else.


If you get a half rack you have to think about where to store your plates. In addition, not everyone likes to train in a half rack. IT can be a bit tight for a three-step walk out. 


For the same budget of 1.211$ you have the following alternatives with Rogue:
  • 1x RML 390F Monster Lite @795$
The Rogue RML 390F is the Monster Lite version of the flat foot design. This is a very viable option to save about 500$. You are already in the market for a solution with a small footprint for home use and small athletes. You might as well save a bit more money by going for the slightly less sturdy construction of the same product.
If you want a full rack that gets you close to the champions this is the rack to go for. Think of the fittest man on earth while training to set new PRs in a full rack dedicated to the greatest CrossFitter of all time.

Rogue Monster West Side Bench



Price: 1.195


The Rogue Monster Westside bench has been built with the ideas of Louie Simmons in mind. It took the first Westside bench design to the Monster series. This is the ultimate bench press machine. If you have a bunch of football players running around who break normal benches and equipment, because they are so savage, this is the piece of equipment to go for. 
The Rogue West Side Monster bench comes in black. It weighs 342LB with a footprint of 53''x34''. It is 54.75'' high and provides everything you need to train heavy bench pressing including extra large band holders at the bottom.  The plate at the back also enables a spotter to get into the right position to spot a very heavy bench press. If you want to break world records or do a 300 pound with bands for reps competition, this is the bench you need.

How many clients should the Monster Westside Bench bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Monster West side 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 1.195$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


This will never break and provide support to even the biggest athletes you can dream up. Never have your Rhinos complaining or injured again because their equipment does not support their massive bodies.


This is overbuilt. I mean seriously overbuilt. Don't get this for your wife or kids, They will get frightened. 


These are the Alternatives to the Rogue Monster West Side bench you can get on the same budget:

  • 1x Rogue west side bench 2.0 @725$
This is the little sister of the Monster version of the bench. It still has the spotter platform so that someone can help on a 300 pound and more bench press which has been missed.  This is still massive and will cover the needs of most people unless you are Thor who is being spotted by Brian Shaw.

Monster Collegiate Half Racks



Price: 1.160


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.



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. 


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


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.

Rogue Froning RML 4100 C Power Rack



Price: 1.150


The Froning rack is a special edition of the RML 490C rack which has been adapted for the needs of CrossFit. You get some extra equipment included in the price based on the special edition. The Rogue Froning RML weighs in at 340LB. It is 100.375'' high and takes up a footprint of 53'' x 53'' inches. It is 49'' in length and width. 
The design is compatible with the Monster Lite series of Rogue and comes with a pair of Monster Lite J Cups and 4 band pegs. IT also has the Westside hole spacing to make smaller increments on the bench press starting point possible for you. Overall this is a solid rack for many purposes in your home gym or as an addition to your already existing establishment.

How many clients should the Rogue Froning RML 4100 C bring you?

If you think that the Rogue Froning RML 4100 C 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 1.150$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


Compared to other racks you can feel a little closer to Rich Froning as this rack bears his name. You will also get some little extras which you otherwise have to pay for.


The Rogue Froning RML 4100C is branded and therefore comes with a little extra coin to make it to your home. If you want the most rack for the dollar you might want to opt for something else. 


For a budget of 1.150$ you can also opt for 
  • 1x Rogue RM3 Monster rack @ 1.145$
Rather than going with the Froning rack out of the Monster Lite series you can go for the RM3 Monster half rack. This has the advantage that you can freely choose the height and color of your rack while giving you less space in the rack itself.
This is the basis that the Froing rack is built on. You will get a Monser Lite full rack where you can freely choose the color.

Metal Jerk Blocks



Price: 1.150


These are top notch jerk blocks which can take the punishment for generations. They come in at 265LB per block with a footprint of 26.5''x38.5''. They have 31.25'' in length and 24'' in width. You can also get pecs for the inside to store plates in the blocks themselves. 
These metal blocks can be adjusted in height to fit your athlete's needs. You have a versatile piece of equipment which will last forever to address the needs of your weightlifting clients.

How many clients should the Rogue Metal jerk blocks bring you?

If you think that the Metal Jerk Blocks 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 1.150$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


These blocks are full metal and will, therefore, last longer than wooden jerk blocks. They are also less susceptible to damp and wet environments which wooden jerk bocks usually struggle more with.


Compared to wooden jerk blocks the metal counterparts are harder to adjust for different heights and harder to transport. What you gain in stability you use in flexibility. That might be even a fact of life.


For the same budget, you can get the following alternatives
This is is just one example. Have a look at the wooden Jerk blocks for more combinations of different blocks available for roughly 1200$.

Rogue RM3 Monster Rack 2.0

Price: 1.145


The RM3 is a half rack out of the Rogue Monster series which comes in at a height of 90'', 100'' or 108''. The footprint if this rack takes up to 40''x53''. It is 36'' in length and 49'' in width. This rack can be a solid solution in space constraint environments to start your home gym. It can also be used in bigger estaböishments to maximize floor space or make use of little corners which have not been turned into rack space yet. 
With the RM3 you will be entering the Rogue Monster series for further upgrades in the future. This the product line of Rogue which they currently spend most time on development and attention to detail on. This will protect your investment if you want to upgrade with Rogue in the future. 

How many clients should the RM3 bring you?

If you think that the RM3 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 1.145$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


Half racks have the advantage that they cost less money will providing the essentials to start a home gym or attract powerlifters to your gym. With the Monster base, you have many possibilities for the future.


Half racks are usually not popular with beginners or big athletes. You do not have a lot of space to squat inside of the rack. For the same amount of money, you can go fora full rack out of the Monster lite series to provide more space for your athletes and clients.


An alternative for the same budget would be the Rogue RML 490C. With this rack, you get everything that you have with the RM3 but with more space inside the rack. The only disadvantage is that the Monster Lite serious is built less sturdy.

Rogue RML 490C Power Rack



Price: 1.075


The Rogue RML490C weighs 340LB and comes in with a footprint of 53''x53''. This is a solid full rack in the mid-range price area of Rogue. It is 90.375'' high and comes with a free choice of color. The colors to choose from are:
  • Bright Blue
  • Bright Green
  • Burnt Orange
  • Dark BLue
  • Dark Red
  • Gun Metal
  • Light Gray
  • Rogue Red
  • Satin Black
  • Satin Clear
  • White
With this rack, you will be entering the Monster Lite series of Rogue and accessories. You can also have a look at the Monster Lite rigs to built a solid CrossFit gym. This is a good entry point to build from for powerlifters and other heavy lifting needs alike. Rogue provides a long list of accessories for their Monster lite series. 

How many clients should the Rogue RML 490C bring you?

If you think that the RML 490C 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 1.075$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.


The Monster Lite gives you a full rack in which you can train with space. You will be secure and be able to maneuver without feeling cramped


The 490C does not leave a lot of room to store any plates. Be prepared to find other solutions to store the plates or upgrade to a 690C rack to get the plates organized.

Topics: Fitness, Strength, Rogue