At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I don’t see any other companies disrupting the market as much as Rep Fitness.
They are putting out impressive pieces with real innovation at a rapid pace… and at really strong prices to boot.
After releasing the PR-5000 series a few months back, they went back to the drawing board to refine some things, add some features, and upfit the rack to handle some great looking attachments in the pipeline.
The new Rep Fitness PR-5000 v2 offers several options including different dimensions, multiple colors (including stainless steel), and various attachments.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the rack specs, the overall customization options, and why you may consider this one over the Rep Fitness PR-4000.
Rep Fitness PR-5000 v2 Rack
In terms of general specs, the PR-5000 v2 is made of 3×3″ 11-gauge steel and it includes 1″ holes with 2″ spacing throughout the rack. As you’ll read below, they have created a new style of j-cups that allows for 1″ spacing throughout the rack to really dial in the adjustments. The uprights include lasered hole numbers on each hole, which differs from the PR-4000 (every 5th hole). The uprights additionally include a 4-way hole design with the same size holes in every direction. They are slightly offset from each other (i.e. front/back vs. sides), but this still allows for a very efficient rack layout with a ton of optionality.
You can buy the rack with three different height options: 80″, 93″, or 100″. This differs from the PR-4000, which doesn’t include a 100″ option. Pricing will depend largely on the color/finish option you select in addition to the height option, of course. In addition to the height, you can also select between a 30″ interior depth or a 48″ interior depth. This will partly depend on your preference of internal lifting space and then also on your preference of anchoring the rack. A 30″ rack should be anchored to the floor unless you have the front feet stabilizer, whereas a 48″ doesn’t necessarily need to be as long as you have the rear stabilizer (with or without the front stabilizer). Use your best judgment here – you may want to anchor a 30″ rack regardless.
In addition to these options, you also have the ability to add a plate storage area, which will convert the PR-5000 v2 from a 4-post rack to a 6-post rack. If you do add plates to the storage area, this will largely eliminate the need to anchor your rack (again, use your best judgment) due to the sheer weight of the entire assembly. The upcharge on this will again depend on the height of the rack as well as the color/finish level.
To summarize, this rack should be bolted into the ground unless either of the following is true:
- You purchase a 6-post rack.
- You purchase the rear base stabilizer with the 48″ interior 4-post rack.
- You purchase the front foot extensions.
For attachments, the PR-5000 v2 is launching with several great options, and they have several more in the queue, including mono arms, lever arms, etc… The following three categories represent your necessary attachments. Your rack will automatically come with the base version of them, and then you can upgrade as you wish. For example, the rack comes with pin & pipe safeties. These cost $59, but that is already included in the price of the rack. If you want to upgrade to the flip-down safeties ($149), you would only pay the difference between them ($90).
- Pull-Up Bars – With the PR-5000 v2, you have the choice between a 1.25″ pull-up bar or a 2″ pull-up bar as standard. You can then upgrade to a multi-grip pull-up bar or a front-mounted globe pull-up bar with multiple hand-hold options. The upcharges for the non-standard bars are $60 and $120, respectively. Keep in mind that if you invert the multi-grip bar it will add some additional height to the overall rack.
- Safeties – The rack comes with pin & pipe safeties, as mentioned above. You can upgrade to a pair of flip-downs for $90 more or you can upgrade to safety straps for $40 more. Keep in mind the price of the safeties will depend on the interior depth you choose. I used the 30″ depth. The 48″ depth will come with a higher cost as well as a slightly higher price differential between options.
- J-Cups –The J-cups on the PR-5000 v2 are pretty slick. Rep Fitness has created some very nice looking sandwich cups with stainless steel accents. The unique thing about what Rep is creating here is a regular height cup (3.5″ measured from the pin to the top of the j-curve) and a lowered height cup (4.5″). When used in tandem it creates a scenario where you can achieve 1″ hole (A.K.A. Westside) spacing. If you do the lowered cup option, you would purchase this as a package. If you elect for the lowered sandwich cup, it adds $40 over the regular lowered option ($168 vs. $118). Of course, you can always just choose the single cups which range from $49 (standard) to $119 (rounded sandwich).
In addition to these necessary attachments, you also have the option to pick from a list of cool accessory attachments. Here are a few of the notable ones:
- Spotter arms – If you like working off the front of your rack like I do, these are really helpful. Keep in mind that if your rack is not bolted down, you will need the front stabilizer feet to use these. Price is $159.
- Front Foot Extension – These are required if your rack isn’t bolted down (or otherwise stabilized) and you want to use the spotter arms. Price is $99.
- Lat Pulldown/Low Row – This is an awesome attachment that, as the name implies, allows you to perform lat pulldowns, low rows, and other cable movements. It also comes with the rear stabilizer that is required to use this attachment. It can also be combined with the incoming integrated belt squat attachment coming from Rep Fitness in the next few months. This is currently only available for the 93″ rack, but the other versions will be available in the coming months. Price is $448.
- Leg Rollers – Leg rollers are effective for several things, including split squats, sissy squats, stretching, etc… They also can be used with the PR-5000 to stabilize the legs during the lat pulldown. This is an awesome concept. Price is $139 for the pair.
You can also buy items such a dip attachment, barbell holder, landmine, etc…
Where I think Rep Fitness is really shining is in their attachment pipeline. Coming in the first quarter of 2020 include a few awesome attachments:
- Adjustable Monolift
- Lever Arms
- Integrated Belt Squat
Rep Fitness PR-5000 v2 vs. Rep Fitness PR-4000
One question that is starting to arise is ‘why the PR-5000 v2 over the PR-4000’? Both are great racks, but here are a few quick reasons why one may pick the PR-5000 v2 over the PR-4000:
- Stainless Steel – The PR-5000 v2 rack is available in stainless steel, whereas the PR-4000 comes in silver or clear coat. If you’re looking for a stainless rack, the PR-5000 v2 is going to be a very attractive option.
- 100″ Height – The PR-5000 v2 comes in three heights, including a 100″ option. The PR-4000 comes in two heights, with 93″ being the tallest.
- Laser Numbered Holes – The PR-5000 v2 includes laser number holes on every hole, whereas the PR-4000 includes number holes on every 5th hole.
- 1″ Holes/Hardware – The PR-5000 v2 includes 1″ holes and hardware vs. 5/8″ holes on the PR-4000.
- Exclusive Attachment – It remains to be seen exactly what this will entail, but given the different hole sizes, the attachments will be slightly different. It also appears as though the PR-5000 will include some unique attachments, while they will also share similar style attachments across both systems.
Working in favor of the PR-4000 include its price and potentially the integrated Westside spacing. Westside can be achieved on the PR-5000 with the lowered j-cups.
All-in-all, this looks to be an outstanding offering from Rep Fitness… attractive price point, great options, healthy attachment lineup/pipeline, etc…