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REP PR-1000 Home Gym Power Rack Review | Buying Guide

June 30th 2020

The Rep PR-1000 power rack series is one piece of gym equipment you will not regret purchasing.

If you know me, you will know that I am a sucker for all-in-one fitness tools.

Being able to perform all the exercises I need using only one piece of equipment is what I call efficiency of time, space, and money.

Unfortunately, most all-in-one fitness tools are expensive and only allow a suboptimal performance of certain exercises due to its build.

What I mean by this is that many all-in-one fitness equipment sacrifice range of motion on certain exercises due to structural constraints.

Fortunately, the REP PR-1000 made by Rep Fitness is a power rack that resolves both of these issues.

Not only is the REP PR-1000 a budget-friendly power rack, but it is also highly customizable with the ability to turn it from a power rack into an entire home gym, that doesn’t require the sacrifice of range of motion.

So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly power rack so that you can train barbell lifts, or are looking for a tool that can be turned into an all-in-one fitness equipment at a fair price, then you should check out the REP PR-1000.

In this article, we will discuss the REP PR-1000, give a brief overview of what it offers, and our final recommendation.

What is the REP PR-1000?

In its base form, the REP PR-1000 is a power rack.

The REP PR-1000 is designed to allow you to perform all barbell exercises, all the way from the squat to the bench press.

The reason why the power rack allows you to perform all of these exercises is that the power rack has an adjustable attachment to hold the barbell (j-cups), as well as an adjustable safety bar.

An adjustable safety bar is paramount. We always recommend lifting with a safety bar, especially if you plan to push yourself, and if you don’t have a spotter.

The power rack is also connected at the top, completing its caged aesthetic. It can be used for pullups or for a wide array of attachments such as gymnastic rings.

As mentioned in the introduction, the REP PR-1000 can be transformed from a simple power rack into an all-in-one fitness machine.

You have the option to add in a cable system with a lat bar, and a dip bar.

A cable system ranks second in important gym equipment, only second to barbells.

The reason is that just like a barbell, cables allow you the choice to perform many different types of exercises and unlike a barbell, cables will constantly place your muscle under tension.

Strap on a pull-down bar to perform some lat pulldowns or switch it to a rope attachment to perform triceps extensions.

Set the cable low so you can perform bicep curls, or face away to perform triceps kickbacks, and even lateral raises.

There are countless exercises you can perform with a simple cable machine.

Pair cable exercises with barbell exercises and you cover your bases for both strength and size.

This is what I like about the REP PR-1000.

At a fair price and a few modifications, it can an entire home gym.

REP PR-1000 Home Gym Power Rack Picture

REP PR-1000 Home Gym Power Rack Cost

The REP PR-1000 Home Gym Power Rack costs $275!

REP PR-1000 Home Gym Power Rack Specifications

  • 83"(height) x 48"(width) x 48"(depth) - 58" wide at rear bottom brace
  • 26" depth inside to inside, 44" wide inside to inside
  • 2x2" steel
  • Plastic lined j-cups to protect bar knurl
  • 2" hole spacing throughout working area
  • 1.25" and 2" Pull up bars
  • Numbered uprights every 5th hole
  • Extra bar holders on the front of safeties, great for pressing outside the rack
  • 2 Weight horns on rear base for storage and added stability
  • 700lb weight capacity
  • 400lb pull up bar capacity
  • 400lb dip attachment capacity (dip attachment is an optional upgrade)

In the following section, I will go over some of the most notable specifications for this equipment.

Dimensions

Standing at 83” or 6.9 ft, it fits perfectly in any room with a typical 8 ft or 96” ceiling.

In addition, by being only 48” (4 ft) wide and long, for a power rack, it doesn’t take up very much room.

It’s 26” depth inside-to-inside also allows enough room to perform your exercises without the worry of accidentally banging the bar on the sides of the rack.

However, if you plan to add attachments, be sure to take extra measurements to ensure you will have enough room.

Weight capacity

I know what you are thinking, how could this small piece of equipment handle any type of weight?

Well, the power rack is capable of handling 700 lbs.

Unless you have been training for years on years (I’m talking 10+), it will take quite a bit of time until you outgrow this power rack.

So, unless you think you can get to a 700 lb. squat any time soon, then it will be enough for you.

Hole spacing

When you are adjusting the height of the safety bar, one factor that plays a role is hole spacing.

Hole spacing is the vertical distance from one hole to the next.

The smaller the hole spacing, the more precise you can set the safety bar.

This might not seem important for exercises such as the squat, but for the bench press where inches matter, this is very important.

One of my favorite aspects of this equipment is its 2” hold spacings, which allows you to precisely position the safety bar.

2” is the typical spacing for a power rack, but I have seen racks with 3” which makes it a struggle between choosing to stay safe and choosing to be able to complete the exercise with full range of motion.

For those who need even more precise positioning of the safety bar, there is also westside hole spacing.

Westside hole spacing includes typical 2” hole spacings at the middle/top of the rack where spacing doesn’t matter as much, and smaller spacing near the bottom of the rack where you usually perform the bench press.

Unfortunately, the REP PR-1000 does not include Westside hole spacings, but this is understandable because it is a beginner power rack.

14-gauge steel

Gauge measures the thickness of the steel.

The lower the number, the thicker and heavier the power rack will be.

You would want a heavier power rack if you are lifting heavy weights to reduce the possibility of wobbling the power rack.

Typically, power racks are 11-gauge so the REP PR-1000 can be considered less stable.

But this can be counteracted by bolting the rack into the floor, though many of you may not want to do this to your home or apartment.

I would say this is a bigger factor for those who are advanced lifters capable of squatting at least 315 lbs.

Pros

  • Numbered uprights every 5th hole
  • 2” hole spacings for precise safety bar placement
  • Weight capacity of 700 lbs.
  • Space-efficient
  • Fully customizable
  • Fair price

Cons

  • Does not have westside hole spacing which would be even more precise
  • 14-gauge steel

Final Review

The REP PR-1000 is a great power rack for any beginner lifter interested in starting their home gym.

It is inexpensive, it is customizable, and it is more than enough for those who are interested in barbell exercises.

I think the cons of the REP PR-1000 can be forgiven due to how inexpensive it is. It includes everything that a typical power rack would normally have at a much cheaper price point.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the REP PR-1000 and I can assure you that you will be too.

 


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