The Grind Fitness Chaos 4000 Power Rack has one of the best names in fitness.
Grind? Chaos? Fitness? I’m all for it!
I figured it would be an excellent time to review the next step up from Grind Fitness.
For those looking into the Power Rack and want to see what it’s all about, let’s get started!
First, we’re going to get started with all the positive things this rack does right.
Smaller Dimensions Allow For Easy Storage
There’s a ton of crappy power racks out there and even crappier half racks. Which is what the Grind Chaos 4000 Power Rack is, a half rack.
Half racks allow you to save space in your garage or home gym compared to a full-sized 4 post power rack.
One of the significant parts of this rack is the space requirements being lower than beefier racks.
Easy To Assemble
The majority of the reviews I read from most people are just how easy it is to assemble the Chaos 4000 Rack.
Some people finished in around 40 minutes up to 90 minutes by themselves or with a helper.
Nothing is worse than getting your new power rack in the mail, and it takes a couple of hours to set it up.
The majority of the half racks that I’ve seen are unfortunately very flimsy and basically just crappier squat stands.
With the built-in storage this rack has, it is a lot easier to keep the rack grounded when plates weigh it down.
On top of that, saving space with built-in storage compared to purchasing a separate weight tree is always a bonus.
Neutral Grip Pull-up Bar
Once again, a lot of really bad half racks out there only have a standard straight pullup bar.
Grind Fitness has managed to fit in a neutral grip pull up bar, which is always better than just a straight bar.
Having a neutral grip bar option allows you to do hanging leg raises easier, and obviously neutral grip pullups. Which I definitely think is the best variation anyways!
J-Cups Have Rubber Coating To Protect Barbells
I’ve seen a bunch of power racks with additional j-cups that are just bare steel.
This is going to slowly wear down your barbell and decrease the life expectancy of it.
Considering your barbell is the most critical piece of equipment you need for a gym, this is vital!
The Chaos 4000 has a rubberized coating on its j-cups, which allows you to save your barbell’s outer coating.
As you can see in the picture above of the J-Cups, this rack has numbered uprights.
The “number” of power racks I’ve seen without numbered uprights is over 9000!!!
Just kidding…but it’s up there for sure!
The most significant benefit of having numbered uprights is not having to look back and forth to ensure your barbell is even before training.
Believe me, it’s a massive headache and wastes a lot of training time. Especially if you train with multiple people and have to keep switching the j-cups back and forth.
Grind Fitness has it figured out as all of their power racks have numbered uprights luckily.
So please power rack manufacturers, make numbered uprights a standard thing, and save us the headache!
Now that we have the positives done let’s move onto the negatives, which are quite numerous, honestly.
This is always my favorite part of reviewing equipment like this.
Especially when my goal is to help people make smart decisions when it comes to investing in quality power racks, barbells, adjustable benches, amongst others.
Many people out there will review expensive power racks overly positive, so they can make as much money as possible.
But I won’t do that, I refuse to give you guys recommendations based on money.
Integrity, honesty, and respect are words I live by, and I’ll prove it right now.
The Grind Chaos 4000 Power Rack with it’s million naming schemes is not a good power rack for the price.
If this was 300 dollars cheaper, I would feel comfortable recommending it, but I just can’t.
So let’s get to tearing this down so you can find out why.
But don’t leave yet! Because afterward, I’m going to tell you what you should get instead that’s priced similarly!
Let the Chaos begin! See what I did there? No? Ok…
Only Made With 14 Gauge Steel
One of the most critical factors you need to consider when investing in a power rack is the steel gauge.
For those that don’t know, “Gauge is the measurement used to measure the thickness of steel. In the gauge system the higher the number the thinner the steel. As an example, 12 gauge steel is thicker and stronger than 14 gauge steel.”
Obviously, a power rack made with 14 gauge steel is going to be nowhere near as stable as an 11 gauge steel rack.
Which is actually the standard that most high-level racks are made out of.
A rack can say it has a weight capacity of 1500 lbs like the Chaos 4000 rack does, but that doesn’t mean it’s true.
The fact that this Power Rack is $650 and is only made of 14 gauge steel shows just low the value of it really is.
There are tons of 14 gauge Power racks on Amazon, and the majority of them are half the price of this rack.
Just something to think about, the value just isn’t there.
A lot of the reviews I’ve looked over repeated the same problems. Bad welds, pieces don’t fit together perfectly, etc.
The poor craftsmanship is pretty plain to see, and once again, for a rack that’s priced so high, this is unacceptable.
Paint Chips Off Quickly
I don’t know about you, but I hate when I buy a new premium power rack for over 600 DOLLARS, and the powder-coated paint falls off immediately.
Oh wait, that’s never happened ever. And yet, multiple people have reported scuffing the paint off instantly even while being careful.
A lot of people aren’t going to care about the pain scuffing off on their rack. Normal wear and tear over time make perfect sense, of course.
But scraping the pain off instantly as some of the pictures show is just insane.
For a 3 or 4th time, I’ve lost count…
A power rack priced at over 600 dollars should not have its paint scraping off from one workout. That just doesn’t make sense whatsoever.
Only Has 2″ Spacing
The standard spacing for most power racks such as Rogue, Rep Fitness, and other name brands is 1″ spacing.
This makes sense; not everybody is the same height after all. Power Racks require 1″ spacing to allow for small adjustments to unrack the bar from the correct height.
Another complaint that’s been voiced often is that this rack only has 2″ spacing. This causes the j-cups to be either too high or too low, depending on what exercise you’re trying to do.
It’s not so bad for Squatting, however for Benching, it’s a little more annoying. It can cause injury if you’re unracking from the wrong position, obviously.
I recommend you save yourself the headache and get literally any other rack that’s more durable and has 1″ spacing.
Safeties Are Not Flush With The Rack & Too Short
Another significant issue is the safeties. When training in a garage gym without a spotter, the only thing to save you is the safeties.
The safeties on the Chaos 4000 are too short to do much good, and they aren’t flush with the uprights, which makes them unsafe.
Because the safeties are too short, every time you do a squat, you have to be close to the rack. Many buyers have commented, saying they’ve hit the j-cups on the way up.
Obviously, this isn’t safe whatsoever and another main reason why I wouldn’t recommend this rack to anybody.
J-Cups Don’t Lock In & Wiggle
Like the safeties, the J-cups don’t have the best welding, which makes them wiggle around.
If your J-cups don’t lock in and stay in place, it’s possible to miss them while racking your weights.
I shouldn’t have to explain why this is bad.
Overpriced For What You Get
And finally, the biggest reason I can’t recommend the GRIND Chaos 4000 Power Rack, is because of the price point.
At $649, this rack is completely overpriced for what you’re getting.
If it was 11 gauge steel, the entire rack would probably be better, honestly.
That plus the 2×3 uprights makes this rack very overpriced and not worth the value that you’re getting whatsoever.
But with that said, let’s go over a rack that is not only a much better buy, but it’s also much more upgradeable.
Chaos 4000 vs PR-4000
REP Fitness Pr-4000 Power Rack
The rep fitness pr-4000 is my absolute favorite rack on the market.
It checks off every single thing you could possibly need in a power rack:
- 1,000 lb rated commercial grade power rack
- Features 3×3 11 gauge steel
- 1″ hole spacing which should be the standard
- Solid welding and everything is laser cut for maximum stability
The other awesome thing about this rack and all of rep fitness other racks is that they all have the best customization options on the market!
Here are some of the accessories you can add on:
- Built-in Lat pulldown/low row attachment. This attaches directly to the rack and allows you to add even more stability to the rack. It also has a foot brace to brace your legs while doing rows and Pulldowns. You can even add a leg roller attachment, which will keep you secure when the weights get heavier on the Pulldowns.
- Rear base stabilizer. You can add a base stabilizer for those that don’t have the means to bolt this down into the ground. I would say you probably don’t need this if you have added the other accessories to weigh it down, but that option is nice.
- Spotter arms and front base stabilizers. You can also add front base stabilizers if you choose to get the spotter arms for the front of the rack. This is actually a really cool feature for specific exercises and might be something you need for your training.
- Dip Attachment. Many racks don’t have a dip attachment, which is a shame because dips are one of the best exercises, as I’ve shown in my article on the best exercises to get stronger forever. The best part about REP Fitness dip attachment is that they attach outside the rack instead of inside, where you can hit your head. Or maybe that’s just me, lol.
- Band pegs. For those that like to use bands, you can get band pegs to use for whatever you could possibly need.
- Multiple color options. I’ve seen a bunch of cool racks that weren’t in the colors I liked. And I’m sure others have had the same problem! Rep fitness offers a variety of different color schemes to suit anybody’s needs.
- Different variations of safeties and J-cups. Some people prefer straps instead of metal safeties. It makes sense though, if you have durable strap safeties, they’ll keep your barbell from being banged up if you have to dump a squat. The same thing for rack pulls, gently setting down the bar onto standard metal safeties, can cause warping over time depending on the bar and weight that you’re using. The J-cups also have various options depending on what style you prefer.
- Choices between standard, neutral grip, and globe-grip pull up bars. Having the option to choose what types of pull up bars you want is definitely a nice addition to an already great rack.
And suppose all of that wasn’t enough, they’re currently working on an Adjustable ISO Lever Arms and they recently released their belt squat attachment as well!
Between these upgrades and standard options that come with the rack, you can see why it would be my #1 recommendation!
The chaos 4000 could definitely be a good rack if they fixed a couple of the significant issues.
Mainly the price, higher gauge steel, and the overall construction.
At $650, there are
I can’t recommend this rack simply due to the primary reasons I’ve shown above.
However, that being said, what do you guys think?
Am I unfairly judging the Chaos 4000 Power Rack?
Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Until next time,