I wanted to upgrade my older power rack that I’ve had for over ten years.
The two main ones I was interested in replacing it with, were the
I eventually decided on the
So today, I’ll go over my review of the
The PR-4000 is constructed of 3×3″ 11 gauge steel and is rated at 1,000 lbs.
Meaning it can handle any weights thrown at it other than powerlifters squatting over 1,000 lbs.
Which is less than 1% of the population as it’s so rare.
Rest assured, this rack isn’t going anywhere.
It also has 1″ west side spacing through the bench zone as well as 5/8″ holes.
You also have a couple of different options for uprights and cross members, depending on what configuration you’re looking for.
The uprights have a choice between 80″ and 93″. I went with 80″ as I lift in a garage and appreciate the extra space.
You can also choose between 4 post and 6 post racks in a bunch of cross member sizes. They have 24″, 30″, and 41″ available for whatever size footprint you’re looking for.
I went with the 41″ as it allows me the full space necessary to bench and squat inside the rack.
You can also pick 24″ cross members inside and use Spotter arms outside the rack instead.
It’s cheaper than a standard 6 post and will still allow you to add on-plate storage as well as the pulldown/cable row attachments.
More on that later.
I went with a 6 post
This gives me enough space above the rack to not bang into my garage door while also being wide enough to accommodate multiple lifters.
As you can see, just the base specs on this power rack make it an awesome investment.
As for the price, the cheapest configuration is definitely a great value without a doubt.
Now onto the main reason, I’m a huge fan of the
One of my favorite things about REP Fitness is all of the accessories they can offer at a solid price point.
The PR-4000 has an ever-expanding variety which makes it easy to buy just the base rack and upgrade your setup over time.
Here are all of the accessories you can get on the
The base setup requires that you pick a pull-up bar, safeties, and j-cups at a minimum.
Everything else is optional!
- Pull-up Bars
- 2″ Standard Pull-Up Bar
- Multi-Grip Pull-Up Bar
- Globe Front Mount Pull-Up Bar
- Pin-Pipe Safeties
- Flip-Down Safeties
- Strap Safeties
- Standard J-Cups
- Flat Sandwich J-Cups
- Round Sandwich J-Cups
- Spotter Arms
- Front Extensions
- Dip Attachment
- Weight Horns – 6″ & 12″
- Band Pegs
- Leg Rollers
Iso Lever Arms
- Lat Pulldown/Cable Row Attachment
- Belt Squat
For my own case, I started with the basic 6 post rack, multi-grip pull-up bar, strap safeties, flat sandwich j-cups, and a pair of weight horns.
I’m in the process of adding the iso lever arms and pulldowns as it will expand my training options tremendously.
REP Fitness is constantly adding new accessories for all of their racks, and I’m sure that will continue in the coming years!
I want to go more in-depth into the different pieces and accessories that comprise the PR-4000 so that you can decide which ones are right for you!
The uprights offered with the PR-4000 come in two different sizes. Depending on the space you have available, you can get these in either 80″ or 93″ variations.
As of now, they also offer these in a couple of different colors. Ranging from Matte Black and Metallic Black to Red and Blue.
As you can see from the pictures, I went with the red uprights, and it looks pretty sleek, in my opinion!
These uprights come in boxes of 2, so you’ll need to select 2 for a 4 post rack and 3 for a 6-post rack.
They also include 4 anchor bolts if you want to anchor your rack to the ground. I don’t think you need to, though, unless you plan on getting the iso lever arms.
It’s heavy enough by itself to stay put, which is awesome!
These uprights also have 5/8″ hardware which is still really overbuilt compared to other power racks on the market, so don’t worry. The
REP Fitness has quite a few options for PR-4000 crossmembers.
You can get them in 16″, 24″, 30″, and 41″ sizes which allow for various configurations depending on the footprint of your gym.
These crossmembers come in matte black, metallic black, blue, orange, green, and red.
Just like the uprights, they also have 5/8″ hardware, so your rack is going to be much more sturdy than lesser racks.
Also, as you can tell, there are many different ways you can set up your
The different crossmember sizes and color options allow you to configure your rack however you like.
These kinds of features are part of why I recommend this rack and REP Fitness so much in general.
There are a few different pull-up bars you can get with the
These are great if you just want to do standard pull-ups and chin-ups without spending much.
The next option is their Multi-Grip Pull-up Bar which is the one that I went with!
This one is definitely the best bang for your buck, in my opinion. It has two neutral grip positions, a set of angled grips, as well as standard and fat grips.
This pretty much covers all of your bases when it comes to the majority of pull-up variations, so I highly recommend it if you’re big on pull-ups in general!
The final options they have are the front-mount and side-mount globe grips.
These are very similar to the multi-grip pull-up grips, but the main difference is they have what is known as globe grips.
These are much more difficult to hold onto, so they work awesome for building your grip strength up.
If you want a pull-up bar that has pretty much every option you can think of, this might be a good choice for you!
Like everything else on this rack, you have a couple of different options when it comes to the safeties you choose.
The cheapest you can get is the pin-pipe safeties. However, I’m not a huge fan of them as I want my barbells to stay in the best condition possible.
However, from the reviews that I’ve read, while the pipe does get banged up, your barbell shouldn’t get beat up as well.
You can get these in 24″, 30″, and 41″ sizes to fit whatever size rack you decide to build.
The next option that I’m a huge fan of is the PR-4000 Strap Safeties. These strap safeties are constructed of reinforced nylon and will not break under any circumstance.
Upgrade from the standard pin-pipe safeties to REP Strap Safeties to protect your barbell in the long run! These reinforced nylon straps are designed to prevent knurling damage to your bar from any missed lifts. Uses heavy-duty bolts to secure straps to bracket so your safeties will remain perfectly in place.
Also, because they’re straps instead of solid steel, you don’t have to worry about your barbell being damaged if you miss a lift!
That’s the best part and exactly why I recommend these out of all the safeties that REP Fitness offers.
The final and most expensive option is the PR-4000 Flip-Down Safeties.
These are much higher quality than standard steel safeties from lower-quality racks.
They also have UHMW plastic on top, which stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene.
This plastic offers high abrasion, wear, and impact resistance while being very lightweight. Thus, making it much easier to protect your barbell on failed reps.
These also have 1″ numbered holes, so you can use them with a ton of accessories at any height you choose.
You can even attach these to your iso lever arms to do leg press and hack squats as well.
I must say, it’s actually pretty crazy what you can do with a proper power rack in a home gym these days.
They have UHMW plastic covering the front, bottom, and back of the cup. Protecting your barbell and rack from scratches and general abrasion.
Considering the price of these and the fact that they fit on 3×3″ racks make this an incredible value.
Next up, we have the PR-4000 flat sandwich j-cups.
These are much easier to unrack and rack your barbell, from what I’ve found after using both.
They also have an entire block of UHMW plastic that protects your barbell and adds a ton of stability to the j-cup as well.
On top of that, they have REPs’ laser engraved logo on the side, which just looks awesome in general.
I’m a huge fan of these and definitely recommend them even though they’re a little more expensive than the standard j-cups.
The final j-cups that REP offers are the rounded sandwich j-cups. These are very similar to the normal sandwich j-cups, but because they’re rounded when you rack and unrack the weight, the bar only has one place to go.
This is awesome as most j-cups allow the bar a little room to roll, which isn’t always super secure. So if you’re worried about the bar rolling off the j-cup and onto your face on the bench or even off your back while you’re trying to squat, these rounded j-cups ensure your bar will stay secure.
They look almost identical to the standard sandwich j-cups and are only slightly more expensive.
These are definitely a good option, and I recommend them if you want the security they afford.
These can be used outside the rack and work great for overhead press or even just to rack your barbell rows, Romanian deadlift, or other exercises.
It must be said, though, if you get these, you need to bolt your rack down or get the front Foot Extensions.
If you don’t, it’s possible to flip your rack like some other fail videos shown online. And I’m sure none of you reading this want to end up on one of those compilation videos if you miss a lift.
The great thing about these Spotter Arms, like all things REP, they’re covered in UHMW plastic to protect your barbell, which is fantastic but expected.
PR-4000 Front Foot Extensions
Front Foot extension for working outside the rack without bolting down. REQUIRED if using Spotter Arms without bolting your rack down.
Allows you to add spotter arms off the front of the rack and have dedicated setups for benching and squatting without changing j-cup or safety height .
These Front Foot Extensions are an awesome add-on if you plan on training outside of the rack and need the extra security.
If you don’t have the means to bolt your rack down, you’ll need these if you plan to use the iso lever arms or the previously mentioned Spotter Arms.
These get the job done and have holes if you want to set up Band Pegs or other accessories outside the rack.
The dip attachment for the
The angle of the handles also allows you to work closer and wider to bias different parts of your musculature.
There is a little bit of wiggle in it while attached to the rack, but it definitely isn’t substantial compared to lesser dip bars.
The main issue with landmine movements is that you’re usually limited to the corner of your gym.
This makes your landmine exercises much more stable and allows for a large variety of exercises as well.
If you enjoy different landmine exercises, this might work perfectly for your setup.
I should also point out that because there’s nothing to protect your bar inside the sleeve, you should definitely use a beater bar as it will most likely get scratched.
You also have to use the included Allen Wrench to adjust where you want the landmine.
If they used a pin instead, I think it would make it easier to adjust, but for now, keep that Allen Wrench handy if you plan on moving the landmine around often.
Overall though, it’s solid and works great.
Weight Horns – 6″ and 12″
These are available in 6″ as well as 12″ options. I went with the full set to attach 3 of the 12″ and 3 of the 6″ Weight Horns to the rack.
With the setup I went with, you can use the smaller Horns for 2.5s and 5 lb plates. While the longer Horns work awesome for any plates larger than that.
Getting your weights off of a standard weight tree and onto your rack has been awesome!
It saves space in my garage and also adds stability to the already sturdy
I definitely recommend these if you need a storage solution for your gym.
If you need band pegs for banded movements, you can get them in sets of 4 for less than 20 bucks, which is awesome.
Nothing more really needs to be said about them, honestly.
The Leg Roller attachments for the
The main and most obvious one allows you to brace properly while doing pulldown variations. In addition, setting them at knee height while seated will prevent you from moving during heavy back work.
Another way you can use them is with split Squats, as it’ll be much more comfortable than placing your back foot on a bench.
I’ve also seen these used for Back Extensions inside your rack, handles for Hack squats, and many more!
My only gripe with these is that they really should offer them as a set of 2 for the price they’re going for.
I still recommend them but would like to see them a little cheaper for sure.
Monolifts are an awesome addition to home gyms as it allows you to unrack your bench press and squat a lot easier.
With the squat, you literally just get under the bar with your proper foot position, take your breath, and stand up.
Then, instead of walking the weight back, the Monolift Attachment swings out of the way so you can start squatting from that position.
It works the same for the bench press and any other movement you choose to do.
Some have said they don’t have a lot of room while squatting, but they may have fixed this with newer models.
If anybody has access to it, let us know how it works for you in the comments below!
Iso Lever Arms
Our ISO arms replace many machines you might rely on in a commercial gym, giving you even more reason to bring the gym home! This innovative power rack attachment offer a ton of versatility and save you precious floor space by replacing bulky equipment and easily storing out of the way when not in use.
The Iso Lever Arms available for the
For home gyms, it’s easy to just use barbells and dumbbells for your training. Those are simple to get access to and use.
Cables are a little harder but definitely more doable if you only want them for pulldowns, pushdowns, Cable rows, and other similar exercises.
Machines, however, are by far the hardest thing to replicate in a home gym.
That’s where the REP Iso Lever Arms come in!
These arms attach to the front of your power rack and allow you to do various exercises.
You can do Leg Presses, Hack Squats, Belt Squats, Shoulder and Chest Presses, Machine Rows, Hip Thrusts, and a whole lot more!
If you’re interested in adding machines into your home gym, these
I highly recommend these and look forward to reviewing them when my pair finally ships.
Lat Pulldown/Cable Row Attachment
Another important piece of equipment I think everybody needs is a Lat Pulldown/Cable Row attachment.
This attachment from REP attaches directly into the back of the rack, is plate loaded, and even comes with a rear base stabilizer included.
The weight limit is 350 lbs which should be enough for most people when it comes to cable exercises.
Some say that it isn’t as smooth as pulldown machines in box gyms, but a little silicone spray on the guide rods is all it needs.
You can reapply it every couple of months or whenever you need, and you should be good to go!
The REP Belt Squat is more versatile than any other belt squat unit on the market today and comes at an unbeatable price point. It can be moved within your power rack to perform dozens of exercises such as belt squats, hip thrusts, rack pulls, pull-ups, rows, deadlifts, dips, bulgarian split squats, calf raises, and many more.
The Belt Squat attachment for the
These are a great option if you have issues squatting with a barbell and still want to squat pain-free.
You do need the lat and low row cable attachment to use this, but it’s a pretty solid system that’s very stable considering it attaches to your rack.
This Belt Squat attachment is constructed of heavy-duty 11-gauge steel. However, it’s actually really easy to set up and disassemble when not in use.
You can do a ton of different exercises using this belt squat attachment.
Things such as:
- Hip Thrusts
- Rack Pulls
- Split Squats
- Calf Raises
- Belt Squats, obviously
There’s one issue some people have had with this belt squat, but it has an easy fix!
Some have issues hitting depth even if you set up the chain correctly. If this happens to you, it’s pretty easy, just put some plates down and raise yourself up to your desired height.
I do think you can do something similar just by utilizing the low row and belt squatting there too.
If anybody has the REP Belt Squat, let us know in the comments to see if this is possible!
PR-4000 vs. Rogue Monster Lite Racks
There’s a whole series of racks from Rogue that are commonly compared to REPs PR-4000. These are called Rogue Monster Lite Racks and are definitely top of the line compared to the rest of the industry.
These range in price from around $815-$1200 depending on what type of rack you’re looking for.
These prices are for the rack, pull-up bar, monster lite J-Cups, pin/pipe safeties, and band pegs.
This is already a solid deal and definitely worth the investment as Rogue is the best at what they do. Their stuff lasts forever, and they’ve proven themselves time and time again.
The cheapest price for the
So they’re very similar in prices starting out.
To get something closer in price to the top monster lite series, you’ll have to add accessories and other add-ons to even it out.
You need to add a dip attachment, Front Extensions, upgraded j-cups, safeties, and pull-up bar for the same price as the most expensive monster lite rack.
So I think from the numbers, the
Sure, you can upgrade and get different accessories from Rogue, but the ability to go from a 4-post to a 6-post rack or even just build a half rack to your specifications is fantastic!
REP definitely takes the win for that as well.
As for the build quality, Rogue is known for their incredible quality more than anything. When people talk about Rogue Fitness, it’s always about the quality they bring to the table.
Their Monster Lite racks are no exception. REP Fitness has high-quality equipment, but it’s just right behind Rogue, which is totally fine!
REP offers a better value for what you’re getting, so it really depends on what you VALUE more in your power rack.
See what I did there? I did, obviously…
No matter which rack you choose, though, you can’t go wrong with the
They’re both solid and provide a ton of accessories to upgrade your rack for whatever goals you may have!
PR-4000 vs. PR-5000
This is another comparison that’s brought up quite often, the
The main difference will be the cost, which ranges from around $230-$620 difference between them depending on if you get the base model or load it up with accessories.
So what’s different about them other than the price?
While both racks are made of the same 3×3″ steel, the
The PR-5000 V2 is our most configurable and heavy-duty power rack system, giving you nearly limitless attachment setups. Overbuilt with 11-gauge steel and 1” hardware, this power rack is the kind of gear found in universities, professional athletic facilities, and commercial gyms. In a home or garage gym, it’s the only power rack you’ll ever need.
Laser cutting every single hole on the uprights and crossmembers is costly but will ultimately be super convenient for setting up your j-cups, safeties, and other accessories.
Plus, the 1″ hardware is definitely going to make the PR-5000 much more sturdy and stable compared to the
The PR-5000 doesn’t have the 24″ crossmember option, however, so if you need something smaller for your garage gym, the
The hole spacing is also slightly different on the PR-5000; instead of the 2″ spacing throughout and the 1″ west side spacing through the bench area, it only has 2″ hole spacing.
However, REP offers special J-Cups called the V2 Lowered J-Cups. These allow you to turn that 2″ spacing into 1″ spacing wherever you need it on the rack! Pretty smart solution for sure!
The final main difference is the overall appearance of these two racks. The PR-5000 obviously has the bigger hardware, and every hole is numbered. It also has a larger nameplate which looks premium for sure.
The main thing, though, is that it attaches to the uprights as a support, making the rack even more rigid overall.
Depending on what you need for your home gym, both of these racks are seriously impressive. No matter what you go with, you’re going to get a high-quality rack that can handle any and all weights that you throw at them.
I guarantee it.
PR-4000 need to be bolted down?
Or, you can just buy the front foot extensions, and that should get the job done as well. It’s still a good idea to bolt it down if you can to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere.
If you don’t want to anchor them to your garage floor, or you just can’t because you’re renting your house, you can make a platform and attach it directly to that instead.
I just used two layers of plywood for my platform, threw my horse stall mats on top, and I can attach the rack to it when I need to.
You can do something similar or just get the front foot extensions. Your choice!
Does the REP
PR-4000 come with J cups?
The REP PR-4000 Power Rack comes with standard J-cups which can also be upgraded to flat or rounded sandwich J-Cups.
As mentioned in the J-Cup section before, they all get the job done, and all of them have UHMW plastic to protect your rack and bars.
I recommend either of the sandwich J-Cups as they have a block of heavy-duty plastic throughout the entire cup. This makes it even more rigid and protects your barbell more.
Since buying my PR-4000, I’ve saved a ton of space with the included storage, and I can add any accessories I want.
The main ones I’m in the process of ordering are the iso lever arms and the front foot extension, so the whole thing doesn’t flip and kill me.
What do you think of the PR-4000 and everything it has to offer?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Until next time,