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9 Best REP Fitness Squat Racks by Budget and Type (Power, Half, Folding, and Other)

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REP makes 10 racks… Some are decent, some good, but only a few are great.

Today, we’ll pinpoint the one that’s THE BEST FOR YOU.

“Who’s this guy?”

Good question.

My name is Steve Hoyles. I’m a weightlifting coach, a personal trainer, and a gym owner.

I know racks…I know them inside out…bolt to paint.

I’ve bought, used, and sold them – over and again for the last 20 years.

REP, Rogue, Titan, Sorinex…you name it.

What we did for this guide

To choose the best REP rack, I joined forces with some of the top industry experts and the in-house talent here at Strong Home Gym.

We looked at all of it…

We compared ALL REP racks in 18 categories – from steel thickness to compatibility with attachments, from profile size to colors, from legs to pull-up bars.

OCD meets rack knowledge

We’re borderline OCD about the stuff we recommend.

That attention to detail gets me in trouble when my wife and I need to choose a new color for the bedroom walls.

But it’s also crucial in guides like this one…

…Guides in which you’re splitting hairs because the units are similar, and there’s so few of them.

So, the OCD comes in handy.

We also aimed to make the list versatile – find the perfect rack for different needs, spaces, and budgets.

We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s dig in…

Half Rack Option

REP Fitness Apollo Half Rack Builder

Apollo Half Rack

Best Overall

REP PR-4000 Power Rack

PR-4000 Power Rack

Wall-Mounted Option

REP Fitness PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack

PR-4100 Folding Rack

9 best REP Fitness squat racks

Name of the REP RackBest in categoryRating
(out of 100)
PriceDefining feature/characteristic
PR-4000 power rackBest overall82.41$$$Well-rounded, great value for money
Apollo half-rackHalf rack77.99$$$$Saves space
PR-4100 folding rackWall-mounted folding rack for small spaces77.01$$Fold almost flush to the wall
SR-4000Squat stand with two uprights76.44$$$Minimal “air” space
PR-1100Full-sized budget rack75.86$$Cheap
PR-1050Short rack for low ceilings75.29$$Great for basements
Omni RackBest flat-footed REP rack74.71$$$$$Stable without bolts
REP AresCable attachmentn/a$$$$$Versatile
REP AthenaFunctional trainer attachmentn/a$$Requires no extra space, cheaper than Ares

1 – Best REP Fitness power rack overall (top value)PR-4000

Rating: 84.21 out of 100

REP PR-4000 Power Rack

Who it’s for: Any conservative buyer looking for a power rack that has it all.


  • Competitively priced (strong value).
  • Rugged build and high capacity (3×3, 11 gauge steel).
  • Westside spacing.
  • Customizable – 4 depth options, 2 heights, 6 colors, 4 or 6 uprights.
  • Compatible with Ares and Athena (cable and functional-trainer attachments).


  • It’s not cheap (despite the value).


PR-4000 is the best REP Fitness power rack for two key reasons:

  1. Compared to the PR-5000, it’s better value for money.

    I also think it’s the superior rack in absolute terms…more on that in a second.
  2. It’s better than cheaper REP racks in most key aspects.

    This one is obvious – it’s hunkier, more stable, and more versatile.

Let’s unpack point #1 – Compared to the PR-5000

Value-wise, the PR-4000 easily takes the cake.

PR-5000 is pricier, whichever way you look at it:

  • The minimal price is about 15% higher.
  • The price of the max configuration is about 30% higher.
  • Attachments from the 5000 series cost more.

I’ll give you an example…

Let’s look at a simple attachment like spotter arms. The one in the 5000 Series cost about 40% more.

Bottom line – by the time you’re finished building your rack, the price differences will add up, and you’ll likely spend $1000+ more for the PR-5000.

That buys you a lot of gym toys.

A lot.

PR-4000 is the superior rack, regardless of the price

If I didn’t know the prices and had to choose between the two, I’d go with the PR-4000.

The #1 reason is the Westside spacing.

The 1-inch spacing in the benching area makes a difference.

Just imagine this…

You’re benching a personal best, and you’re alone.

How important is that one inch when you’re close to failure with a ton of steel looming over you?

I’d say “very.”

The no-middle-ground issue

Few people talk about this…

All power racks with 1-inch holes are 30 inches or deeper.


PR-4000 and 5000 offer a 16-inch version, but you can’t lift inside that.

So, it’s not a “real” power rack but a half-rack.

True power racks start at 24 inches of depth. The 5000 skips that middle ground and goes to 30.

That’s a big win for the 4000!

The trade-offs aren’t major

The 5000 can’t have Westside spacing because the 1-inch holes make it physically impossible.

Even if they tried with 1.5-inch spacing, it would present a structural liability.

On the other hand…

There are 3 main benefits of racks with 1-inch holes…at least there used to be.

  1. Robustness of attachments.
  2. Side-holes.
  3. Hole numbering.

#1 – The most apparent benefit is the extra beefy attachments.

That’s cool but not substantial enough to justify the price difference.

#2 – There are fewer holes on the lower uprights of the 4000.

They’re also further apart – 4 inches on-center.

Fewer holes means less flexibility of where you mount attachments.

Again…a minor issue…not a big deal.

#3 – Lastly, every hole on the 5000 is numbered.

On the 4000, it’s every 5th.

Still, smaller holes make this a non-issue because it’s obvious what goes where.

And once you find your sweet spots, you’ll never think about it again.

Bottom line

PR-4000 is hands-down the best REP Fitness power rack. It’s also the top value in the industry…beyond the REP brand.


Profile size and steel thickness (inches, gauge)3×3, 11 gauge
Weight capacity (lbs)1,000
Width (inches)50.8
Distance between uprights (inches)Optional – 16, 24, 30 or 41
Height (inches)Optional – 80 or 93

2 – Best REP Fitness half rack – the Apollo

Rating: 77.99 out of 100

REP Fitness Apollo Half Rack Builder

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a classic half-rack on a budget.


  • Takes up less room (without compromising stability).
  • Cheaper than power racks with similar setups.
  • More customizable color combos.


  • Less versatile than power racks.
  • You can’t lift “inside” it.
  • Large base footprint.

*Ares and Athena are popular cable attachments from REP. More about them in a minute…


The Apollo is the best standalone REP Fitness half-rack…probably because it’s the only one.

Jokes aside…

The operating word here is “standalone.”

At 16 inches of depth, the PR-4000 also becomes a half rack. But you’d have to bolt it down to use it safely.

The Apollo is a classic half rack.

It’s the best of two worlds

Apollo has a big ol’ base but takes up little “air” space.

Here’s what I mean by “air space”…

It’s pretty much the same footprint as the biggest version of the PR-4000 (17.47 and 17.6 , respectively).

However, the uprights are as close as on the smallest version (16 inches).

What that means for you

It means stability without sacrificing too much space.


The flat-foot design* and the bolt-down plates are the cherry on top of the stability cake. Don’t let the half rack element fool you – this thing isn’t budging, no matter what you lift with it. 

*Flat-foot design means edge-to-edge contact between the base and the floor.

The purty colors

Apollo is the cheapest REP rack that still allows for fully customized colors.

You can choose the colors of the uprights and cross-members separately.

Personal-grievance moment: The clear coat is as badass as it gets. It’s a shame you can’t get it for the Apollo uprights (only an option for the top crossmembers).

Bottom line

The Apollo is as stable as the biggest version of the PR-4000 but takes up less room. If lifting inside the rack isn’t a must, it’s a great way to save space and money.


Profile size and steel thickness (inches, gauge)3×3, 11 gauge
Weight capacity (lbs)1,000
Depth of the base (inches)48
Distance between uprights (inches)16
Height (inches)Optional – 80 or 93

3 – Best REP Fitness rack for small spaces – PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack

Rating: 77.01 out of 100

REP Fitness PR-4100 Folding Squat Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone with a small home gym.


  • Space-saver – folds away when not in use.
  • Cheap – both compared to other REP racks and similar units from other brands.
  • As sturdy and stable as any rack.


  • Set-up is not as straightforward as with “regular” racks.
  • Less space for attachments.
  • Setup before every workout can be annoying.


The value proposal of the PR-4100 is simple – a cheaper rack that folds away.

Now, folding racks aren’t as revolutionary as some “experts” would have you believe.

But we’ll get to that in a second…

First, the good stuff

PR-4100 is not a gimmick.

It’s a beastly thing based on the PR-4000 uprights (11 gauge, 3×3, ⅝ holes).

Here’s how it works…

You mount it onto a wall.

You “open” it for a workout.

You “close” it down when you’re done.

When folded, it’s almost flush with the wall (only 6 inches deep).

That’s about 4 times less than the smallest version of the PR-4000 or 5000.

When unfolded, it’s a full-on rack.

When numbers lie

Going by the numbers above, you’d think a folding rack is a universal fit.

The reality is not as clear-cut.

Beware the fold arches

There’s one caveat to the space-saving story that’s universally overlooked but can be a deal breaker for your space.

You still have to rotate the uprights in and out.

The space required to do that is what I call the fold arches.

And they’re a crucial consideration because you can’t put anything that can’t be easily moved within the arches.

Think about this if your gym is also a parking space.

The picture below explains the concept of fold arches better than I ever could.

An illustration of fold arches on a REP Fitness folding rack

Do arches make a folding rack bad or less of a space-saver?

They absolutely do not.

They’re still a crucial piece of information.

Sometimes, they’ll reveal that a rack isn’t a good fit for the space (and save you the hassle of moving stuff around every day).

Bottom line and a bonus tip

If you’re tight on space or prefer a gym without a massive rack, PR-4100 is THE unit for you.

Bonus tip: If you like the 4100 but can’t spare the space for the fold arches, consider a rack that lifts up, like the Profile One by PRx.

Check the price of the PRx Profile One here.

Specs of the REP PR-4100 folding rack

Upright distance – width (inches)46
Depth options (wall to outer edge, inches)21.5 and 41
Profile size and thickness3 x 3 “, 11 gauge
Capacity (lbs)1,000

4 – Best REP Fitness squat stand (two uprights)SR-4000

Rating: 76.44 out of 100

REP Fitness SR-4000 Squat Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a simple squat stand with an extra-high pull-up bar.


  • Occupies minimal vertical space.
  • More stable than independent stands.
  • Available as extra high (103 inches).
  • Weight pegs on the base (add storage space and stability).


  • Not as stable as a “regular” rack.
  • Costs more than most indy stands.


The SR-4000 is a flat-footed, extra-long, extra-tall rack with only two uprights.

At 71.4 inches, it’s by far the deepest rack here.

If you do the math, that translates to almost 4 square feet of direct rack-to-floor contact.

What that means for you

It means stability without bolts and with minimal “air space” sacrificed.

It’s also cheaper than regular racks with the same uprights (3×3, 11-gauge with Westside spacing).

Finally, it’s THE HIGHEST rack in the REP universe, standing at 103 inches.

For reference, even the top-tier standalone pull-up stations (like the famous Khanh Trinh) max out at around 100 inches.

So, if you’re tall and into kipping, this is as good as it gets.

Bottom line

If two uprights are all you need, the SR-4000 might be what the doctor ordered. Get it weighed down with spare plates though – the height plus the relatively light weight (less than 240 lbs) can lead to instability if you’re not careful.


5 – Best budget REP Fitness power rack – PR-1100

Rating: 75.86 out of 100

REP PR-1100

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a solid rack on a shoestring budget.


  • Cheap for a full-sized rack.
  • Features a multi-grip bar.
  • Custom colors (not common in the price range).


  • Not as thick or stable as the pricier REP racks.
  • 3-inch hole spacing.
  • Less versatile than most.


The PR-1100 is the top-rated budget rack from REP.

Its only competitor for the label is PR-1000.

In that stand-off, the 1100 wins because of the multi-grip pull-up bar.

The addition of a neutral grip is a big plus.

That’s especially true when compatibility with attachment is limited to a handful, which is the case with both the 1000 and the 1100.

The main downside is the 3-inch spacing between holes.

That gives you less control over J-hook placement, which can be a big deal if you’re a powerlifter. If you’re a general lifter after a great deal, look no further than the PR-1100.

Bottom line

If you want to get a REP rack on a budget, we recommend the PR-1100 (if you’re OK with the 3-inch spacing).

If you’re not, go with the PR-1000 (2-inch spacing).


Width at base – front and back (inches)44.1 / 58
Depth at base (inches)48
Height (inches) 72
Profile size and thickness2 x 2 “, 14 gauge
Hole spacing2-inch
Capacity (lbs)700

6 – Best REP Fitness rack for low ceilings and basements – PR-1050 short rack

Rating: 75.29 out of 100

REP Fitness PR-1050 Short Power Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone with lower-than-average ceilings and basement home gyms.


  • Short – great option for low ceilings and basements.
  • Cheap.
  • Safeties included in the price.


  • Not as stable as other REP racks.
  • Lower weight capacity.
  • Fewer compatible attachments.


The PR-1050 is the obvious choice for people with low ceilings.

It’s the only short rack from REP.

At only 72 inches, it will easily fit a regulation basement ceiling (7ft, 84 inches) with 12 inches of clearance.


The 1050 is packing more than you’d expect for the price:

  • Two pull-up bars – regular and fat  (1.25 and 2 inches thick).
  • Pipe safeties with extra space outside the rack.
  • Weight horns on the back.

Finally, the finishes and attention to detail are better compared to direct competitors like the Titan T-2.

Still, the 1050 costs less.

The trade-off in that comparison is steel thickness – T2 is 12-gauge, and PR-1050 is 14.

Bottom line

If ceiling height is a problem, the PR-1050 might be the solution. Just mind your head when unracking.


Width at base – front and back (inches)44.1 / 58
Depth at base (inches)48
Height (inches) 72
Profile size and thickness2 x 2 “, 14 gauge
Hole spacing2-inch
Capacity (lbs)700

7 – Best flat-footed REP rack – the Omni rack builder

Rating: 75.29 out of 100

REP Fitness Omni Rack Builder

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a top-tier rack but is still unsure about the exact configuration.


  • Large flat-foot base translates to stability without bolts and plates.
  • Uniquely versatile.
  • Available with short uprights.


  • Deep base (66.5 “) and big footprint even at the closest upright setup.
  • Entry-model price higher than any REP rack.
  • Not compatible with the Ares or the belt-squat attachment.


I feel strongly about this – the Omni rack isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

REP’s unclear market positioning probably played a role here.

There’s no real clarity on the advantages, trade-offs, and overall differences between Omni and the PR-5000.

Let’s correct that

These are the 4 main differences:

  1. The Omni has a large, flat-footed base.

    PR-5000 stands on posts, which means less contact surface between the rack and the floor.
  2. Omni is stable enough to be used as a half rack (without bolts or plates) and easily upgraded to a full 6-post rack.

The downside is the footprint – it’s the same big ol’ base for any depth. That might rule out those with smaller gyms. 

  1. Omni is the only REP rack that allows for open 6-post configuration – with short front uprights.

This “open” configuration gives you (almost) all the benefits of  6 posts for less money.

The bottom line is this – the open 6-post Omni costs less than PR-5000 with the same configuration and add-ons.

  1. The Omni is not compatible with the Ares and the squat belt attachment.

Bottom line

If you want to start with a half-rack but keep the option to cheaply upgrade to a full 6-post, get the Omni.


Style options (number of posts)4 or 6
Uprights profile – dimensions and gauge3 x 3”, 11-gauge
Depth options (inches)16, 30 and 41
Height options (inches)80 or 93
Holes – spacing and diameter (inches)2 / 1

Note: The following two picks aren’t racks but cable attachments – REP Ares and Athena.

I’m including them here for 3 reasons:

  1. They’re very popular.
  2. They add tremendous value/versatility to a rack.
  3. Most importantly, the information about Ares and Athena is lacking, especially regarding rack compatibility and the number of posts they work with.

    That goes for both reviews and the REP website.

Since these aren’t racks, I’ll keep this brief and stick to the basics:

  • What they are.
  • What they do and how much they cost.
  • How to know if they’re compatible with your REP rack.

Note: To complete this section, I emailed back and forth with REP customer service about all the things that were confusing.

Both guys I talked to were helpful and fast in their replies and used the kind of clear language that should be on their website, too.

8 – REP Ares

Rating: n/a

REP Fitness Ares Builder

Who it’s for: Anyone who needs a versatile cable machine but doesn’t have the space for the standalone units.


  • Adds versatility of a lat pulldown, functional trainer, and a low row.
  • Heavy stacks with optional upgrades (260+50 lbs each).
  • Convenient – selectorized.
  • Top-notch finishes and attention to detail.


  • Pricey.
  • Requires extra space.


What is REP Ares?

It’s a high-end cable attachment for REP PR-4000 and 5000 racks.

What does it do?

It adds three stations to your rack – a lat pulldown, a functional trainer and a low row.

It effectively turns your rack into a full-on cable machine. It opens the versatility up, transforming your rack from a hanger for a barbell, to a legit multi-gym.

Clarification of compatibility – specific racks and number of posts

Ares is compatible ONLY with two REP racks – the PR-4000 and PR-5000.

Below are some clarification points on the number of posts and depth configurations.

Ares only works with 16-inch crossmembers

Ares can either be a part of a 6-post or a 4-post rack.

In either configuration, it HAS to go on a 16-inch crossmember.

If it’s a 4-post, you save a lot of space but trade-off convenience and some functionality.

“Why’s that?”

Two reasons:

  1. It’s a big stack, and it eats up the space between the 4 posts.
  2. The trolleys of the functional trainer go on the front posts, which means you have to move stuff around to slide the trolleys down. By “stuff,” I mean other attachments like J-hooks or spotter arms.

Bottom line – if you have the space, pair the Ares with a 6-post. It’s the more convenient setup because it puts the functional trainer at the front and J-hooks “inside.”

The picture below shows the two configurations side by side.

Side by side representation of the two REP Ares configurations

Pulley ratio of the Ares – stacks vs. resistance

The stacks are 260 lbs each, which brings the total weight to 520. You can get an extra 50 for each, but most people won’t need it.

Here’s why…

The pulley ratio is 2:1, which means that half of the selected weight turns into effective resistance on your end of the cable.

So, you select 200 lbs, and it feels like a 100.

However, you can double that by using the banana connector or attaching both stacks to the lat bar.

(I recommend the former because it creates a single attachment point, making the pull smoother.)

Is the Ares worth it?

Ares is expensive…no two ways about it.

Pair it with a PR-5000, add a few attachments, and you get to $5K+ real fast.

That’s serious money, and the question of “worth” becomes moot because the Ares doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

At that price range, the question is whether Ares is better for you than an all-in-one gym like the Force USA G-20.

Bottom line

Ares is a crazy versatile cable attachment with a price tag to match. Just make sure you understand the compatibility stuff before swiping the card.


Weight of the stacks (lbs per stack)260 (can be upgraded to 310)
Pulley ratio2:1
Cable and trolley capacity450

9 – REP Athena

Rating: n/a

REP Fitness Athena Plate-Loaded Side-Mount Functional Trainer

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to add a functional trainer to their rack without wasting extra space.


  • Space-saver – mounts within the rack footprint.
  • Can be a single-sides stack.
  • Exists as a plate-loaded version – cheaper.
  • Comes with resistance bands.


  • Less resistance compared to Ares.
  • REP doesn’t make a dedicated seat for it.


Athena is a functional trainer attachment for the REP PR-4000 and 5000 racks.

It mounts between the uprights, and the cables travel to the front trolleys. It’s primarily a functional trainer but can also be used as a lat pulldown.

It’s not as versatile as the Ares, but it’s also cheaper and takes up less space.

For example…

A single-side selectorized Athena will cost 60-70% less than the Ares. That discount could be a sufficient saving for you to opt-in.

If you do take the upgrade, you’re adding serious versatility to your machine.

Some compatibility details

Athena is compatible only with the PR-4000 and 5000.

That’s clear enough.

It’s the details about the 4 and 6 posts that need clarifying.


  1. It can only be mounted onto 16-inch crossmembers.
  2. It does work with 4 and 6 posts, with one exception – REP only makes a 4-post variant for the PR-5000.
  3. The plate-loaded Athena has no 4-post option because there’s no stack to stabilize it.

Less resistance than Ares, but still enough for most people

Athena has a 2:1 resistance with 170 lbs per stack (can be upgraded to 220 lbs).

In reality, you’re limited by the cable capacity (540 lbs per side).

You can add resistance via bend pegs (integrated) or add-on pins and plates.

Still, if you’re buying an attachment with lat pulldowns in mind, Ares is the superior machine.

Bottom line

If you’re not pulling crazy weights and don’t need a low row, Athena might hit the spot for you. The lower price point is an additional bonus, and could make the upgrade within reach for you. If it is, go for it. You won’t regret it.


VariantsSelectorized or plate-loaded
Weight of the stacks (lbs per stack)170 (can be upgraded to 220)
Pulley ratio2:1
Cable capacity (lbs)540

Buyer’s guide to REP Fitness power racks

In the section below, I’ll go into more detail about the stuff we looked at when choosing the best REP Fitness rack.

I’ll keep it short, sweet, and actionable.

I’ll also skip the basic information and put things into perspective.

You know…not just explain what’s what but how it all applies TO YOU.

If I do a good job, you have some AHA! moments here.

9 primary factors to look for in a REP rack

Buyer’s guide to best REP Fitness racks

#1 – Type of REP Fitness rack

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

REP Fitness makes all the main rack types that exist on the market – from indy stands to yoke racks and husky power cages.

They also do a good job of “tinkering” with the materials and attachments to cater to different budgets.

What that means for you

If you decide to go with REP, the versatility of their portfolio is great news.

It means you’ll likely find a rack that fits your space and budget.


You’ll likely pay less than you would for similar stuff from Rogue.

We know that because we went in-depth on notable manufacturers’ range of racks on offer when doing our best Rogue Fitness power racks and best Titan Fitness power racks guides.

Knowing what you need – a step-by-step refresher

If you’re reading this, you probably already understand the PROs and CONs of each type.

That story is no different for REP racks, but a refresher is always good.

Let’s do that here.

Below are ALL REP Fitness racks, sorted by type.

TypeBenefits/downsidesList of all REP racks of this type
REP Fitness power rack
REP PR-4000 Power Rack
Most versatile because it works with a range of attachments. It’s also safest if you lift inside.*PR-4000*PR-5000*PR-1000*PR-1100*Omni Rack
REP short power rack
REP Fitness PR-1050 Short Power Rack
Ticks most boxes of a traditional rack but fits low ceilings and basements better.*PR-1050
REP Fitness half rack
REP Fitness Apollo Half Rack Builder
A space-saving option for those who have no intention of squatting “inside.”*Apollo**PR-4000
(**can be a half-rack if you go with the 16-inch crossmembers and stabilizing legs.)
REP folding squat rack
REP Fitness PR 4100 Folding Squat Rack
Folds to the wall, great for small spaces.*PR-4100
REP Fitness Yoke rack
REP Fitness Oxylus Yoke
A powerlifter’s thing – allows you to carry the whole thing for yoke walks, Zercher carries, and Anderson squats.

(If this sounds like gibberish, you don’t need a Yoke rack.)
*REP Oxylus Yoke rack
Squat stand / one-upright rack
REP Fitness SR-4000 Squat Rack
Only two uprights. Bites minimal vertical space, exists with an extra tall pull-up bar.*SR-4000

What’s missing

If you’re looking for one of these, you won’t find them in the REP universe:

1. REP has no independent stands.

The SR-4000 is the closest to an indy stand in the REP portfolio. If you’re looking for separate stands, you won’t find them here.

We have a separate guide on the best squat stands here.

2. REP has no combo racks.

Combo racks are specifically designed for squatting and bench pressing.

An image of a Rogue Combo Rack

REP makes exactly zero of these.

You can see our guide on the best combo racks here.

#2 – Size/footprint of the REP Fitness racks – the math and the graphs

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

A REP Fitness rack can take up less than 9 square feet.

It can also be twice that size.

Here’s the kicker – those 2 statements can be true even for the same rack.

The PR-4000 is a case in point

Below is the footprint math for the 4000.

(I’ll put it into perspective in a minute, so bear with me here…)

  • The depth starts at 16 inches (measured between the uprights) and goes up to 41.
  • The edge-to-edge dimensions are approximately 9 inches greater than the distance between the uprights (8.9 to be exact).
  • The width is 50.8 inches, including the bolt-down plates.
  • That means the footprint starts at 8.78 square feet (for 16-inch crossmembers) and goes up to 17.60 sqft. (for 41 inches).

NOTE: All the math above is for the 4-post version of the PR-400 and without weight pegs or attachments.

REP doesn’t list it in the specs, but the 6-post version adds 5.9 inches to the depth.

Make a mental note of this.

Why all the math?

Because that’s the best advice I can offer if you’re unsure about the rack size.

It should be small enough to fit your space.

And yet big enough for your needs.


It comes down to these steps:

  1. Put pen to paper and draw your gym from a bird’s perspective.
  2. Do the math above and add the rack to the floor plan.
  3. Consider the ceiling height. If you’re doing chin-ups, add no less than 18 inches to the rack height.
  4. Add a minimum of 2.5 feet to the sides of the REP rack for maneuvering.
  5. For weight pegs on the back uprights, add a minimum of 12 inches behind the rack (that’s half the diameter of a standard 50-lbs plate plus 5 inches).
  6. Think of any attachments you’ll need.

    The space needed to effectively use an attachment is pretty common sense; just think in terms of biomechanics – i.e. how you’ll move when using it. To make that easier, below is an example of how that looks with a landmine attachment.
Landmine Traingle With Rotational Presses
Landmine Traingle Without Rotational Presses
  1. Do a few iterations of the math – with 4 and 6 posts, with and without weight pegs, with and without a cable attachment.
  2. If it’s a folding rack – have the setup in mind (fold arches).
  3. Move stuff around and if things don’t fit, consider a smaller rack (or a shallower version).

Nine times out of ten, these steps will reveal a clear winner for your space.

The graphs for reference

Below are two sizing graphs for REP racks – the minimal and maximum footprint.

The two footprints are different for racks with optional depth, like the Omni, PR-4000, and 5000.

For the other units (fixed depth), they’re the same.

Minimal footprints of REP racks compared
Maximum footprint of REP racks compared

#3 – Height of the REP racks

(0 to 11.5 points in two separate categories)

Exactly 60% of REP Fitness racks allow you to choose the height.

The 4 that don’t are in the table below – 3 budget units and 1 folding.

RackFixed height in inches
PR-4100 (folding)92.3

The rest of them are in the 77 to 103 inches range

The classic REP rack typically offers two heights;

  1. Lower – at 80 inches.
  2. Higher – at 92, 93, or 103 inches.

That’s all standard.

Here‘s the critical part – the outliers

The extra tall

If you’re extra tall and into kipping (and other crazy sh**), 90-93 inches might not be enough.

The outlier for you is the SR-4000, which offers a height of 103 inches.

That puts your pull-up bar at 100+ inches.

The extra low

If you have a basement gym or just low ceilings, you have two options from REP.

The low outliers are the PR-1050 and the Oxylus Yoke (72 and 77 inches tall, respectively).

Graphs for reference

Below are two graphs that show the minimal and maximum height of REP racks.

Minimal height of REP racks compared
Maximal height of REP racks compared

#4 – Structural build of REP Fitness racks – steel thickness and profile size

(0 to 13.8 points across three rated categories)

In terms of build and weight capacity, all 10 REP racks fall into 2 groups:

  1. 3×3 profile, 11-gauge steel with a 1,000 capacity (7 of them)
  2. 2×2 profile, 14 gauge steel with 700 lbs capacity (PR-1000, 1050, and 1100)

That simplifies the choice.

Ultimately, it comes down to stability and the inherent wobble of the thinner units.


Because if you’re squatting over 500 lbs, you’re considered an elite athlete.

At 600, you’re world-class.

All REP racks can handle that.

For the thicker racks, it’s shoulder dust.

#5 – Compatibility with attachments

(no specific number of points in our ratings, but reflected in other categories)

All the main REP attachments are made for the 4000 or the 5000 series.

So, if the rack you’ve chosen is a 3×3, you’re good.

If it’s a 2×2, it’s slim pickings

If you go with something like the PR-1000, the choices narrow down to a few attachments.

Beyond the basics (like weight pegs, j-cups, and safeties), there’s the dip bar, lat-pulldown, landmine, and cannonball grips.

In the specs, REP says that’s “a ton.”

Let’s be real here…it’s not A TON.

Furthermore…some more bad news

I’m just looking at our database of 466 attachments (from all brands), and only 15 are for 2×2 profiles with 1-inch holes.

That’s a meager 3.2%.

The good news

There are easy workarounds for the sizing issue.

Sizing adapters like these F&F Kaizen will allow you to use any 5000 attachments with the 2×2 racks.

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#6 – Compatibility with Ares and Athena cable attachments

(0 to 4.6 points in our ratings)

Ares and Athena are only compatible with the PR-4000 and PR-5000 racks.

Even with those two racks, there are exceptions.

For example, if you want to get the Athena on 4-posts, you’ll have to go with the PR-5000.

They don’t make it for the 4000 series.

I’ve already outlined details like this in the mini reviews.

Click here to skip back to the Ares

Click here to skip back to the Athena

#7 – Design of the base – flat-foot, raised or capped

The best REP Fitness power racks are either flat-footed or raised.

Three designs of REP Fitness racks - flat-footed, raised with gussets and end-caps

Flat feet

Flat-footed racks have full contact between the base and the floor with gussets at the ends.

REP makes 4 of these –  Apollo, Omni, Oxylus, and SR-4000.

Their main forte is unparalleled stability.

Raised legs with gussets

Raised legs aren’t as stable without bolts.

That’s why I like to see bolt-down gussets at the ends.

They might need to be bolted down, but they allow you to use resistance bands (unlike flat feet).

End-caps – the least stable

Finally, the budget racks feature a flat base with end-caps.

The base here doesn’t touch the ground (so there’s no extra friction to stabilize the rack) , and it’s not high enough to take band pegs.

That’s the worst of the two worlds.

Bonus safety tip: If you’re lifting heavy and using safety spotter arms, bolt your rack down. That angular momentum outside of the footprint skyrockets the tipping risk.

The alternative is packing enough plates on the storage pegs to “sink” the thing in place. Although it sounds basic, it’s actually a really effective method (as long as you have enough spare plates!)

#8 – Price of the top REP Fitness racks

(0 to 28.74 points in our ratings)

You’ll pay anywhere from $350 to $2.8K for a REP rack.

On the lower end of that range, you have the PR-1050 short rack.

The top-tier is the biggest version of the PR-5000, covered in a clear coat and with the “high-end” attachment package.

Note: The high-end package does not include the Ares or the Athena. Getting the whole shebang can set you back over $5.5K.

That’s a lot!

I’m not saying it’s not worth it, but I’ve seen people create awesome home gyms for that money.

#9 – Warranty on REP racks

(0 to 8.05 points in our ratings, awarded for the purposes of comparing REP to other brands)

All REP racks have a lifetime warranty on the frame.

That adds to the brand’s value proposition, especially in lower price ranges.

Methodology – how we assess and rate REP Fitness racks

Our methodology is unique in the home-gym space.

It’s all driven by data and only shaped by personal experience and first-hand testing.

It’s a brag but it’s true…

That also goes for rating and choosing the best among the REP squat racks.

Here’s a step-by-step overview of that process:

  1. We created a database of all the good racks on the market – all types, all prices, and all brands.

    That’s 460 racks and growing.
  2. We filtered it down to only REP racks and then checked that against the REP website.
  3. We created a mini-database with only 10 racks that REP currently makes.
  4. We worked with some of the top industry experts to define the rating criteria and balance their importance (gravity) in the overall score.

We ended up with 18 factors.

The gravities range from 2.3 (for low-impact factors like compatibility with Ares and Athena) to 28.74 for price.

  1. We decided on the number of REP racks to present in the guide.

The goal was to cover all types, price ranges, and needs. We landed on 7 racks and 2 attachments.

  1. We update the REP-rack guide regularly to make sure the information is relevant.

FAQs about REP Fitness power racks

Let’s address a few of the most commonly asked questions about REP racks.

Do Rogue attachments fit on REP racks?

Yes, one-pin Rogue attachments (like the Matador dip bar) will fit REP racks.

Monster Series attachments will fit the PR-5000 racks and the Monster Lite Series will fit the PR-4000 racks.

The opposite (REP attachment on Rogue racks) isn’t always a fit because REP uprights are smaller for the same listed dimensions. The difference is a fraction of an inch, but it can be a problem.

What is the difference between REP 4000 and 5000 power racks?

The main difference between the REP 4000 and REP 5000 racks is the hole diameter and distribution.

PR-4000 has ⅝-inch holes distributed in a Westside pattern (1-inch in the benching area), while the PR-5000 has 1-inch holes with 2-inch spacing.

The PR-5000 also costs about 10-30% more.

What’s the best REP power rack?

PR-4000 is the best REP power rack because it’s versatile, has good value for money, and features Westside spacing.

REP racks that cost more (like the PR-5000) don’t offer any game-changing benefits.

There are cheaper racks, but they’re not as robust or stable as the 4000 series.

Other REP Fitness racks – close-but-no-cigar

Three REP racks didn’t make the cut, and none of them has any deal-breaking flaws.

Any of these might be THE RACK for you:

  • PR-5000PR-4000’s beefier twin with 1-inch pegs. It costs more, both in terms of the initial investment and the attachments.
  • Oxylus Yoke rack – built with powerlifters in mind. You can drag or carry the whole thing. The appeal is not universal enough to make it a top pick.
  • PR-1000 – structurally the same as the PR-1100, only with better 2-inch spacing. The multi-grip pull-up ultimately gave the 1100 a slight edge, despite the 3-inch spacing.

Best REP Fitness power racks – resume and key takeaways

I honestly believe this page is the ultimate guide on REP racks.

We dug deep and clarified some gray areas (like the Ares and Athena situation).

The deep dig yielded bits of information you won’t find anywhere else.

Here’s a quick resume

  • The best value overall is the PR-4000 rack. That goes beyond the REP brand and extends to the whole rack industry.
  • If you want to save space, go with the Apollo half-rack or PR-4100 folding rack.
  • If you’re on a budget, go with the PR-1100 (3-inch spacing on the uprights) or the PR-1000 (2-inch spacing).

If it’s all still hazy, click here to go back to the table with the top 9 picks.

If you need more time, bookmark this page, come back later, and give me ONE MORE REP!

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Steve Hoyles is a certified personal trainer and gym owner. Since graduating with his Sports Science degree in 2004 he's worked in the fitness industry, helping thousands of people reach their health and fitness goals. His writing has been read by millions of people in over 200 countries as he inspires to help as many people as possible live a healthy lifestyle.

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