This is a power rack review for the Rogue R4 Infinity Rack. I’ve had my R4 for a little over a year now and I figure that’s plenty of time to form an opinion on it. I’ll go over what I like about the R4 and what I don’t like about it. I’ll cover everything from the rack’s specifications, included equipment, available accessories, price and hopefully everything in between. First, I’ll briefly explain the difference in the Rogue rack lines and why I chose the R4.
The Infinity Line of Power Racks
Rogue offers four series of power racks. The R4 is part of the Infinity family which uses 2″x3″ 11 gauge steel for the uprights & cross-members, and 5/8″ hardware for bolting the rack together. This is the most popular configuration among Rogue racks and it is pretty much the industry standard as well.
The other series offered by Rogue are the Echo (2″x2″ steel), the Monster Lite (3″x3″ steel) and the Monster (3″x3″ steel with beefy 1″ hardware – also available in 7 gauge steel).
The steel and hardware used in the Infinity line is more than tough enough for commercial use and Crossfit affiliates, so it’s certainly more than enough power rack for a garage gym. While the Monster R4 is definitely one hell of a rack, I didn’t even consider buying this version as it starts at $500 more than the Infinity version. The extra money wouldn’t have stopped at the initial cost either, the accessories for the Monster’s 3×3 steel are going to cost more as well. I saw no reason to buy that beefy of a power cage for my garage gym.
Infinity & R4 Specifications
Of all the Infinity power racks available (R3, R4, and R6) the R4 is probably the best rack for a garage or home gym. I feel that the R3 is too narrow and compact and I think the R6 is just too big for most garages. Since they all have the same 43″ rack opening, the only real difference is in the depth of the racks.
The R3 depth is small with only 24″ between the front and back uprights – not a lot of wiggle room. The R4 has 43″ between the front and back uprights – which is just right in my opinion. The R6 is basically an R3 and R4 merged together, as it has 6 total uprights. The rear uprights are for plate storage as you can see in the image below.
Other than bragging rights, the only true benefit to owning the R6 over the R4 is the storage capabilities. The lifting area of the R6 is identical to the R4. It’s the same height, width, and uses the same hardware and accessories. I didn’t go with the R6 both because of the increased price and the additional floor space the rack occupies. However, if you have the cash and the floor space for it feel free to check it out.
In any case, since this power rack review is about the R4, I will now focus on that model.
Like most power racks, this rack is meant to be anchored to the ground for stability. Because of that, the rack has feet that extend out past the uprights giving it a total footprint of 51″x53″. The dimensions inside the uprights is 43″x43″… this is the space you have to enter the rack and the lateral space for the barbell to travel inside the rack.
The uprights themselves are 90″ tall and the rack has two pull-up bars; one in the front and a fat/skinny bar in the back. The total weight of the rack before any add-ons is about 250 pounds. The only accessories it comes with are the pin/pipe safety system, 4 band pegs, and 2 j-cups. The price before any accessories is $960 and this does include free shipping.
The Pros of the R4
First of all, I love this rack. There are a few things I would have done differently and I will address those, but let me tell you why this rack is better than a lot of other racks on the market; especially in this price range.
- Westside hole pattern – Having 1″ holes through the bench region is awesome. Most racks have the same 2″ hole pattern from top to bottom and that will almost always lead to your safety bar either being too low or too high. High five to Rogue for going with the Westside.
- Accessories – The Infinity racks have sooooo many accessories available. I own a lot of them already and have more to buy. Some of the lesser power racks have only one or two accessories and that blows. From dip stations to additional pull-up bars, landmines, and ways to attach and hang things, Rogue has thought of everything in the way of add-ons.
- Black on black – I think the Rogue black theme is just awesome looking. I know some of the commercial manufacturers offer all colors under the sun, but you pay for that. If I’m not going to get a color choice, at least it’s black. Also their black coating stays on the metal. It doesn’t flake off.
- J-cups – I really like how easy the j-cups are to get on and off the rack. Additionally, they have the thick black plastic that prevents our Olympic bars from getting scratched and damaged when racking.
- Stability – This thing is sturdy as hell when it’s anchored down. You can’t rattle the thing. Once you see what it’s like bolted to the ground, you’ll think it was silly of you to wish you had the Monster version for all that extra money. It would have been serious overkill.
Infinity Rack Accessories
There are countless accessories available for the R4. I have a number of them already and there is not a one that I regret buying. Here are some of the accessories I have used and own. You can see the entire list of available accessories here.
-Matador for Rogue R4 Power Rack
The Matador was one of the first accessories I purchased for my R4 power rack. It’s only like $83. It’s very simple to attach to the rack and very simple to take off. Boom, dip station.
-Multi Grip Crossmember
I bought this because you can do any pull-up/chin-up you can imagine from it. I also hoped that it would make my rack tall enough for me to hang without touching the ground. It did not.
-Rogue Double Landmine
The Landmine attachment is available as a single landmine or a double like the one pictured. So easy to attach. They are $95 for the single or $165 for the double.
The Cons of the R4
I need to mention that I’m a tall guy. I’m 6’4″ so some of my problems with this rack may not be your problems. However, if you are tall like me, pay attention to this section. Here are my issues with the R4 (not all height related).
- Rack width – I could stand to have one more inch between uprights, maybe two. A half inch or so over on each side would still leave plenty of room to rack the barbell but would make all the difference in the world to me. Why? Well if I don’t get perfectly centered with my bench (I mean literally perfectly 100% OCD centered) I can brush my elbows on the spotter arms during bench presses and that’s very distracting.
- Default spotters – I’ve said it time and time again; pipe and pin safety systems are junk. They are the default for the Rogue racks and the default for most other rack builders as well. Stop making these things please. They are cumbersome, cheap, and take too much time to set up in between lifts. I paid the extra money for the spotter arms about a month out, but I wish I could have swapped them out at the time of purchase and saved a few bucks.
- Stabilizer – This isn’t included with the rack by default, but you need it if you’re not planning to anchor the rack to the ground. I didn’t anchor mine right away, but when I discovered how much of a pain in the ass having that stabilizer was, I promptly anchored the rack and removed it. Anchor the thing, it feels like a rock once it’s anchored and it’s a pretty simple process.
What I would have done differently
Rogue offers uprights in different heights than what the racks come standard with (90″). It never occurred to me that I may not be tall enough to hang from the pull-up bar and not have my feet on the ground. Turns out, I need at least another six inches to free hang. If you are going to buy a power rack and you are anywhere near 6 feet tall, either accept you won’t be able to free hang or buy the 9 foot uprights at least for the front two uprights.
It should go without saying that you should measure your ceiling height. Not everyone has vaulted ceilings and older homes have only 8 foot ceilings. You can find the 9′ uprights here. Rogue will work with you if you buy these at the time you buy the rack itself so be sure and call them before you order.
R4 Power Rack Review Summary
I think that this is a badass power rack. Most the issues I have with it have everything to do with my height and not Rogue or the rack itself. Matter of fact, after I did my power rack shopping guide, I discovered that this rack is slightly taller than most other racks of this caliber. Only when you buy full commercial racks do you start finding power racks that are over 8′ tall.
I do not regret buying this rack at all, nor any of the accessories I’ve purchased in the last year. I’ve always had great experiences with Rogue when I’ve need support, had questions, and even when I had to do a return once. Even if the R4 isn’t for you because of space limitations (or maybe because you want something even bigger!), I’m sure Rogue has a rack you’ll be excited about.
If you aren’t sure you can take just my word for it, read the reviews at Rogue. Every single rack in the Infinity line has a perfect 5-star review. You can read the reviews on the product pages, of course. Here is the link to that page.
Further Reading / Videos:
For those of you interested in the differences in the power rack product lines at Rogue, check out this video here:
Check out this video to see the differences of the R3 and R4