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    Hi everyone:

    I'm in the process of planning a garage gym for a new house, and I'm looking at either the Rogue R-3 rack (bolted into a platform or directly into the concrete) OR the Rogue RML-490C rack (not bolted). I'm thinking of doing more than one rack (either two R-3s or one RML-490c and one R-3) to allow multiple members of my family to train together in different racks.

    I like Austin Baraki's setup in the "SQUATS w/the Barbell Medicine Crew" video on YouTube. It looks like those R-3 cages in Austin's setup are bolted into the platforms, not the floor. I assume from the looks of it in the video that they're very stable that way. But,
    1. what size are those platforms, 6'x8" or 8'x8"?
    2. does the size of those platforms leave enough room to deadlift outside the rack, at the end of the platform?
    3. how is bench pressing in such a setup--specifically, bench pressing with one's feet on the wood of the platform? Any foot slippage due to lack of grip? does the bench itself slide on the wood?
    Thanks in advance to Austin or anyone else who can jump in and answer those questions!

  • #2
    1. 6 x 8
    2. Yes, I deadlift in front of the rack
    3. I have no problems benching on that setup. My wife sometimes reports some foot slippage, so she'll throw down a mat for her feet and that fixes the issue.
    IG / YT

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    • #3
      Allan Thrall has a good platform construction video but he builds 4x8, so maybe not big enough for you. I have my 4x8 deadlift platform separate from my rack. no platform under my rack, just the concrete floor. when i'm using the rack for any exercise, the plates never contact the floor.

      if you have the funds, I'd consider the RML-490c because the bigger size is better if you want to use the back of rack itself for plate storage.
      Last edited by sjalbrec; 04-24-2019, 10:53 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by livesay View Post
        Hi everyone:

        I'm in the process of planning a garage gym for a new house, and I'm looking at either the Rogue R-3 rack (bolted into a platform or directly into the concrete) OR the Rogue RML-490C rack (not bolted). I'm thinking of doing more than one rack (either two R-3s or one RML-490c and one R-3) to allow multiple members of my family to train together in different racks.

        I like Austin Baraki's setup in the "SQUATS w/the Barbell Medicine Crew" video on YouTube. It looks like those R-3 cages in Austin's setup are bolted into the platforms, not the floor. I assume from the looks of it in the video that they're very stable that way. But,
        1. what size are those platforms, 6'x8" or 8'x8"?
        2. does the size of those platforms leave enough room to deadlift outside the rack, at the end of the platform?
        3. how is bench pressing in such a setup--specifically, bench pressing with one's feet on the wood of the platform? Any foot slippage due to lack of grip? does the bench itself slide on the wood?
        Thanks in advance to Austin or anyone else who can jump in and answer those questions!
        My platform is 8x8 as the plywood I found at Lowes/Home Depot were mostly 4x8 so it made the construction easy. If you have the space for 8x8 I'd recommend it as it give you a little more room which is nice for oly lifts.

        If you did go the 6x8 route, yes you would have plenty of room for deadlifts.

        No foot slippage when I bench, mainly bc my shoes have a nice rubber sole. I put a coat of polyurethane on the top sheet of plywood and it feels like a basketball court.

        *one thing I would recommending considering is (if you have the space) making the platform 8x12 and putting the rack in the middle of the platform. That way you can set up JHooks on the outsides of the rack and have multiple people using it on different sides at the same time. You can then get two sets of safety bars so everyone can squat safely. So instead of buying a new rack, you'd just need a second set of JHooks and safety bars if you prefer.

        Another thing I'll say is, despite what you may see and read online, the R-3 is really all you need. It's built like a tank. I couldn't imagine needing an RML or RM rack and you've seen the Barbell Medicine crew stacking 600+ lbs on the R3. It can handle just about anything. I bolted mine to my platform using lag screws and it has very little wiggle. see pic.
        Last edited by IceColeFitness; 04-24-2019, 11:42 PM.

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        • IceColeFitness
          IceColeFitness commented
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          @ Rod,

          https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

          this is the one I bought. I just could not bring myself to spend $500+ on an adjustable bench. This one is stable enough and the gap is there but it isn't bad and I personally dont' notice. it. Yes, Rogue bench would have more stability and a smaller gap but for me, the added cost wasn't worth it and I'm happy with the Rep bench. Hope this helps!
          Last edited by IceColeFitness; 05-07-2019, 02:40 PM.

        • Rod
          Rod commented
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          Thank you for the info and the link. I've had my eye on that bench. Glad to know you're happy with it. Thanks again.

        • livesay
          livesay commented
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          Nice setup and great info! May I ask: with the R3 rack and 8x8 platform, how does it feel doing oly lifts out in front of the cage? Do you feel like you have enough room or do you feel cramped at all?

      • #5
        Thanks so much to everyone for the responses--this is terrific information!!

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ID:	36650 Yes, I would definitely recommend the R3 Power Rack and flat bench. The R3 is as solid as a tank anchored to my basement floor—No forward or side to side movement. My gym is in my mechanical room, which is only 12’ wide x 8’ deep. It is a little right, but it works great and beats training in a freezing cold/burning hot garage!

          Currently, I just have 3/4” rubber stall mats cut to size, but I plan to make a platform like at Horn Strength and Conditioning.

          -Paul

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          • #7
            I have an R3 with the R3 add-on attachment. And a Titan squat rack for my son. Two people can use the rack set up at once but it’s distracting. Not an issue for alternating. Right now it has my Viking press left above the side I bench on and I squat and overhead press on the other side. I leave my ssb above the squat/press side and just tie it up with a cable. Sheer laziness/time restrictions.

            If you have the space and funds for two... do that. Definitely. It’s safer and much easier. My choice was made before Rogue started making pretty much the same thing at a higher price. And it was much cheaper than two racks.

            My rack, his rack, the heavy bag, and platform surround our gymnastics/grappling mats. Life is good that way. And the R3 is more than enough rack. But if you want the new and fancy stuff, they make you buy monsters. Plan ahead for that now.

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            • #8
              It's been mentioned before but Alan Thrall has an awesome video on how to make a platform. I would recommend however that you buy the most expensive wood, and take the time to sand it with a super fine grit sand paper and then stain it, you will thank me later. It's well worth the investment, because you don't want to be replacing concrete flooring in a garage or basement.

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              • #9
                Austin Baraki (or anyone else who can chime in): with the R-3 bolted to a 6x8 platform, do you have enough room to overhead press in front of the rack? I assume you do, since you said you have room to deadlift in front of the rack, but I just want to be sure.

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                • #10
                  Yes, there is enough room
                  IG / YT

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Austin Baraki View Post
                    Yes, there is enough room
                    Thanks, Austin!

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