If you are looking for a heavy-duty, top-of-the-line power rack, you have only a few options to choose from because the demand for such equipment is very limited. Moreover, all those options have the same build quality. Plus, they are priced so competitively that it often becomes really difficult to choose the one that will be most suitable for your needs.
For your convenience, we have already selected and reviewed some of the best high-end squat racks, so you don’t have to brainstorm a lot. You just need to do a brief comparison and we believe that should help you select a product that you would probably never have to upgrade.
As expected, Rep Fitness PR 5000 power rack is one of the products that has made it to our list of best heavy-duty squat rack. The others are Rogue RM series Monster rack, Rogue R series racks, Rep Fitness PR 4000 power rack, Titan T3 and Titan X3 power cages.
In this article, we will provide you with a detailed review of the Rep Fitness PR 5000 power rack. We will also brief you on how it performs when compared to other competitive products so you don’t have to do a lot of guesswork.
Let’s get started!
Quick Review Summary
Rep Fitness PR 5000 is a budget-friendly alternative to Rogue Monster series power racks. It is available in two different heights and depths, so even if you have a compact home gym in the basement or a garden shed, you will still be able to use it. The frame is made of 3” X 3” 11 gauge steel, making it suitable for hardcore training sessions. You can customize it in numerous ways and buy add-ons of your choice. The best thing about the Rep Fitness PR 5000 squat rack is that it uses bulky 1” hardware that helps make it even more heavy-duty. The only possible issue we could figure out is the lack of Westside hole spacing.
- Has 3” X 3” uprights
- Has 1” hardware
- Can be customized in many ways
- Cheaper than many competitive products
- Tons of accessories and add-ons available
- Westside hole spacing is missing in the benching area
We are giving this a rating of 4.7 out of 5.0.
Now on to our full review.
- Dimensions: fixed 47” width, you can choose between 80” and 93” height and 30” or 41” depth.
- Weight capacity- 1000lbs
- Frame material: 3” X 3” 11 gauge steel
- The 30” depth rack needs to be bolted to the floor. 41” may not be bolted provided you add the rear stability bar although flooring anchoring is the safest way to use squat racks.
- Does Not have Westside hole spacing. The holes have 2” space throughout the uprights.
- Holes are laser cut. Logos are laser cut too so they won’t lose their charm any time soon.
- All four sides of the uprights have holes.
- The holes are 1” in diameter.
- You get a wide variety of color options to choose from.
- You can customize the pull up bar and the j-hooks. You can also buy many good-to-have add-ons such as foot extenders, leg rollers, dip bars, rear stabilizer bars, and band pegs.
Rep Fitness PR 5000 squat cage is built like a tank
The 3″ X 3″ uprights are really thick and heavy-duty. This type of frame is pretty standard for commercial-grade products, so you can be assured that it can truly support all your training needs.
The paint job is well done using robotic welding and coating but the texture could have been smoother. The welds are better than what we had expected considering that it is not a ‘made in USA' product. Assembly is easy but you would need an extra pair of hands.
One thing we really like about the REP Fitness PR 5000 power cage is that it lets you customize every possible part of it. Want to add a multi grip pull up bar or a globe grip pull up bar? What to have sandwich j-hooks to protect the frame as well as the barbell from scratching? Want to buy an extra pair of spotter arms? Want to add a weight storage section so you can arrange your plates off the floor?
Rep Fitness lets you design your rack exactly as you want and you pay for only those things that you buy. For example; if you want to bolt the rack to the floor, you may not buy the rear stability bar and that can help you save a few hundred dollars.
1” hardware are massive
Image Source: Bodybuilding.com
Look at the above image. The nuts and bolts are huge in size and that's exactly what you need when you are lifting heavy and rough. No wonder why Rep Fitness confidently claims that its PR 5000 power cage can cater to advanced trainers, powerlifters, bodybuilders, military personnels, and almost anyone who lifts an enormous amount of weight.
Rep Fitness PR 5000 power cage offers infinite expandability
Just like the Rogue Monster series rack, The Rep Fitness PR 5000 power rack too has symmetrical holes on all 4 sides of the uprights. There are holes in the cross members as well as in the foot extenders. Basically, there are as many holes as possible so you can add an endless number of accessories at any convenient spot.
The holes are laser cut to ensure a high level of precision compared to what the drilled ones provide. This means you will be able to use addons from any brands that are designed for 1″ holes. You don't have to necessarily stick with Rep Fitness or you don't have to settle down for something less.
What we want to say here is that you are less likely to experience compatibility issues. Further, laser cut holes make it easier to switch accessories as and when needed.
The only thing that you may have to order separately is a drop pad to reduce noise and vibration.
Westside hole spacing is missing in the benching area
That's the only possible flaw we could find in the Rep Fitness PR 5000 squat rack. As we said at the beginning of the article, it has 2″ hole spacing throughout the uprights. Now, 2″ is OK if you are squatting but if you are benching, an extra inch could mean compromising with your form or comfort. Honestly, it's not a big deal but you should know what to expect from it. Moreover, all other competitive products feature a Westside hole spacing pattern in the benching area.
Rep PR 5000 versus PR 4000 squat cage
There are two major differences between these two siblings; one is the hole size and the other one is the hole spacing pattern. Rep Fitness PR 5000 power cages have 1″ holes whereas the PR 4000 has 5/8″ holes. This means the PR 5000 is beefier than its younger brother. However, the PR 4000 squat stand features Westside hole spacing in the benching area, which is missing in its elder brother.
Rep PR 5000 versus Rogue Monster series and Titan X3 series power cages
To be honest there is no major difference between Rep Fitness PR 5000 squat Rack and its major competitors i.e. the Rogue Monster series power racks and the Titan X3 series Power racks. Their build quality is almost the same but their pricing varies widely, which is majorly because of the customization options and add-ons you get with your product.
Rogue Monster series power racks are widely customizable and they come with more and better accessories than the PR 5000 squat rack. That's why they are more expensive. The Titan X series power racks, however, are not that customizable, which is why they are cheaper than the Rep Fitness products.
We are giving this a rating of 4.7 out of 5.0.
Rep Fitness PR 5000 squat rack is quite impressive for its price range. Although being an imported product, it gives a tough competition to the locally made expensive products. The two height options and the two width options make it suitable for small home gyms as well.
That’s all we have to say for this article.