Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack
- Manufacturer: Rogue Fitness
- Rack Type: Half Rack
- Tube Size: 3×3 11-Gauge Steel
- Hole Size: 1″
- Hole Spacing: 2″
- Height: 90.475″ or 100.375″
- Footprint: 62″ Deep/53″ Wide (49″ Upright Width)
- Weight: N/A
- Numbered Uprights: Yes
- Color: Black
- Made In: USA
Read below to get a detailed look at the Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack including product details, features, real user feedback, and more.
Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack
The Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack is Rogue’s top-end half-rack. This rack is constructed with 3×3 11-gauge steel and it offers 1″ holes and 2″ spacing. Its depth allows users to lift in or outside of the rack while maintaining the same stability and storage benefits of half racks.
It includes a black color scheme with a full ROGUE-branded arch. Also included are storage pegs, pull-bar choice, safety choice, front foot stabilizers, and more. It’s compatible with Rogue’s Monster attachments as well as some attachments from other companies.
The Monster line is the most future-proof rack offering from Rogue. It continues to evolve/improve and Rogue has shown they’re committed to growing this line.
Read more below.
Features & Highlights
- Steel Size – The Monster Collegiate Half Rack rack from Rogue is a part of their Monster lineup. It’s constructed with 3×3 11-gauge steel and it’s easily assembled with a bolt-together design. 3×3 steel is becoming increasingly popular for its strength, attachment compatibility, and its overall aesthetic.
- Space-Friendly Design – Half racks are sized similarly to smaller 4-post racks with the main difference being that you will mainly lift outside of the rack. This allows for convenient on-rack storage on the back uprights, which can be challenging on a 4-post rack when lifting inside. While most half racks require you to lift outside of the rack, this half rack is deep enough to technically lift inside.
- No Bolt-Down Required – One of the biggest benefits of this half rack is that you don’t have to bolt it down to the ground. The front foot stabilizers serve as support so when you’re lifting on the front of the rack, there’s no tipping concern. Rogue still gives you the option to bolt down if you prefer total stability.
- Hole/Hardware Sizing – This rack uses 1″ hardware, which is also increasing in popularity. 1″ hardware racks tend to get the best, most refined attachments. The rack will accommodate all of Rogue’s Monster Attachments/Accessories as well as some from other companies (read more in the compatibility section below).
- Hole Spacing – The Monster Collegiate Half Rack offers 2″ hole spacing throughout. Side holes are offset from front-to-back holes, and they also include the keyhole design that the Monster line is known for. This increases versatility and attachment compatibility.
- Exterior Rack Dimensions – This rack has a total length of 62″ and a total width of 53″ (includes footplates). The uprights themselves are 49″ wide, which is fairly common for 3×3 racks. One of the downsides to this width is you have less room between the uprights and the plates. This requires a more efficient walk-out/re-rack since there’s a greater risk of hitting the uprights with your plates. Some racks from REP and Sorinex, for example, have 47″ wide racks which provide more space to work with. The back uprights stand 90″ tall and the front uprights stand 100″ tall. With the footplates, the total height is slightly higher at 90 3/8 and 100 3/8″, respectively. You can also ask Rogue to include only 90″ tall uprights throughout if ceiling height is a concern.
- Interior Rack Dimensions – The Collegiate Half Rack has a 24″ interior depth which is a depth sometimes seen on 4-post racks. The Rogue R-3 is an example. In this sense, the half rack could serve as a standard 4-post rack. Keep in mind, however, that if you store plates on this rack, it’s best to lift from the outside of the front uprights.
- Safety Options – This rack does not come standard with safeties, however, you can add them to your cart directly on the product page. If you plan to lift inside the rack, you can purchase the pin & pipes or the safety straps. I strongly recommend the straps if you go in this direction. If you plan to lift outside of the rack, you can add the spotter arms, which I also highly recommend for safety as well as versatility. With these spotters, you can perform rack pulls, etc… and they also include side holes for even more applications.
- Lasered Hole Numbers – The Monster line includes laser-cut numbers on every hole, which is a great feature for easy adjustments on J-cups, safeties, etc… It’s also much more aesthetic than non-numbered uprights, in my opinion.
- No Color Options – This rack is not available in colors beyond the black scheme. While I would love to see other options as on some other Monster offerings, this aesthetic is really clean. The arch does include a pop of red, which looks very nice.
- Made in America – The Collegiate Half Rack is made in Ohio.
What’s Included in the Box
The Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack includes several pieces as standard:
- (2) Monster J-Cups with UHMW Lining
- (4) Band Pegs
- (8) Plate Storage Pegs
- (1) 43″ Single Skinny or Single Fat Pull-Up Bar
- (1) 43″ Rear Arch in Red
- (2) 30″ Front Foot Stabilizers with Side Holes and Top/Bottom Holes
- (4) 24″ Crossmembers with Side Holes and Top/Bottom holes
- (2) 90″ Back Uprights with Side Holes
- (2) 100″ Front Uprights with Side Holes
Optionally, you can add pin & pipes safeties, strap safeties, or safety spotter arms directly on the product page.
The Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack is constructed with 3×3 steel and 1″ hardware, which is compatible with Rogue’s Monster Attachments.
Here you can add additional accessories to your rack or you can upgrade the ones that come standard with the RM-4 (as above). In general, the Monster accessories are the best that Rogue offers
Some attachments that I think are worthy of considering include the Rogue Monster Matador, the Rogue Monster Landmine, the Adjustable Monolift, the Monster Sandwich J-Cups, and either the Safety Straps or the Spotter Arms.
The Matador allows for a portable dip station, the monolift eliminates the squat walk-out and makes bench setup MUCH easier, and the landmines open up a ton of barbell movement versatility. The sandwich cups are a big improvement over the standard J-cups, and the safety straps are a big improvement over the pin & pipes.
As for attachment compatibility outside of Rogue Fitness, notable places to look are REP Fitness, Sorinex, Titan Fitness, Fray Fitness, Griffin Fitness, and Fringe Sport. Each of these companies offers attachments that will fit 3×3 and 1″ hardware (REP PR-5000, Various Sorinex, Titan Series, Fray Savage, Griffin GR3, Fringe 3×3). One thing to keep in mind is that imported racks use the metric system vs. the imperial system on USA-made racks (Rogue and Sorinex). This means that hole spacing will be slightly shorter. If you find an attachment that has two pins (or a single pin with a second hitch pin) then it may not fit properly. Single-pin attachments tend to work fine.
Another thing to consider is that REP, Sorinex, Fray, and Griffin use 47″ wide racks vs. 49″, so any attachment that spans the width of their racks will not fit the Rogue racks without modification.
What They’re Saying at Rogue Fitness
The Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack receives great feedback from users. With an average rating of 5/5, here are some of the things people have said at roguefitness.com.
- “Had a small space, and wanted weight storage on the rack. Ordered a custom setup with flat top crossmember by calling Rogue. Very easy customization. Love how solid it is, and the 1 inch bolts look awesome. Setup includes safety spotter arms, and its a great solution. Front legs give me peace of mind when working alone that it won’t tip forward when working outside the rack. My old gym had Monster Lite equipment, and I’m very impressed with how much more substantial Monster series is. Really glad I went with Monster vs Monster Lite.”
- “This rack can be ordered without the angled crossmembers. My ceiling in the basement isn’t all that high so I had both pairs of uprights shipped as 90″ tall. Rogue was happy to comply with my request and everything shipped within a few days (despite saying 30-60 days)”
- “Not a lot of reviews on this and was conflicted between this and the rm6. chose this because I used my previous rack as a half rack and have enough stuff in my gym that I didn’t want any space to be wasted. thing looks great in person. I added the rotating chin bar, landmine and sandwich j cups and the leg roller. The monster is definitely worth the upgrade, better paint, laser cut holes, lined attachments, better designed attachments, and some of the attachments like the rotating chin bar and the utility seat both of which I have are monster only attachments… the weight storage pins are keyhole design and are far far nicer than the rml ones and give more flexibility as to where you store the weights as there is only one attachment point needed with the keyhole. only negative is the some of the holes to bolt the rack are too close to the upright so aren’t useable. so only one bolt per leg and per foot, I have over 1200 lbs on the pins…on back.”
- “just purchased a couple of power racks for my gym and the members absolutely love them. they are built more solid than i imagined. best gym buy in years“
- “Couldn’t be more happy with this purchase! Love the quality and space efficiency. Built a 10×16’ shed in the backyard for a home gym and it’s the perfect solution to maximize the space. Neighbors are jealous so it’s a win!”
- “Be sure your ceiling height exceeds 100″ before buying but know that you can adjust the position of the pull up bar along the front posts to suit your needs (I set my bar at 87″ and it works perfect for me). If deciding between the Monster and the Monster Lite half racks, the cost of the attachments should factor into your decision since the former kitted out will cost you a lot more than the latter. Also look elsewhere if you want to work inside the rack (unless you choose not to install the weight horns) as there isn’t enough space (24″) with the weight horns in place. Consider ordering the shims at the time of purchase. You may need them even if you think your floor is level (though any shim will work). For us Canadian buyers, you will save a lot of money on shipping if you purchase everything at once. I own several Rogue products and have never been disappointed.”
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