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Is Rogue’s RML-3W The Best Folding Squat Rack Around? [A Review]

rogue RML-3W review

Heavy lifters and CrossFit athletes know a quality rack is essential to any proper home gym. Unfortunately, these rigs can take up a lot of floor space- and spouse’s aren’t always cool with having to give up their garage.

Rogue Fitness has solved this problem with their RML-3W folding rack. This wall-mounted, folding squat rack is designed to turn any garage into a power lifter’s dream gym.

And after your workout, you can simply fold it up against the wall, allowing the garage to fulfill its primary duty as a car holder.

Highlights of the rack include 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel columns, a quick attach pull up bar, and a unique folding system. It’s also backed by Rogue’s lifetime guarantee.

If you’re looking for a squat rack that won’t completely take over your garage, the RML-3W could be the answer- this review is here to help you make that decision.

We’ll take a close look at all the specs and features that this rack has to offer. After reading, you’ll know everything you need to in order to decide whether or not this is the right option for your home gym.

The Rogue RML-3W Fold Back Wall Mount Rack

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Photo courtesy of Rogue Fitness

Rogue Fitness has made a name for themselves over the last 15 years or so as one of the premiere suppliers of home lifting gear. Although they cater to CrossFit athletes (because CrossFitters often have a need for a lot of their equipment), their products fill the demand for anyone looking to add gym quality gear to their home gym.

Rogue specializes in lifting rigs- we’re talking power racks, squat racks, barbells, and all the other accessories you need to use that stuff.

They provide all the plates and dumbbells you could ever need and even have their own clothing line.

In other words, their product inventory is impressive.

Rogue racks are available in 4 different tiers based on the heavy-dutiness (is that a word?) of the steel and hardware used. The different tiers are: monster, monster lite, infinity, and echo.

The monster series is their most heavy-duty line, using 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel columns and 1″ diameter bolts.

The RML-3W Fold Back Rack is part of their monster lite series (I think that’s what the “ML” in the name stand for). They offer 3 or 4 variations on their Fold Back Rack, including a “monster” series variation with larger hardware.


  • 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel components
  • Wall-mounted, folding design
  • Powder coating
  • 5/8″ hardware
  • Quick-attach pull up bar included
  • Pair of J-cups included
  • Plastic foot plates
  • All mounting hardware included
  • Compatible with all “monster lite” attachments
  • Westside spacing
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Great price


  • Takes longer to fold
  • Stringers aren’t included


The frame is the most important part of a squat rack- kinda the only part when you think about it. And when you’re looking for a rack that could potentially be holding hundreds of pounds at a time (with you underneath it), strength and durability are of the utmost importance.

The RML-3W comes with 2 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel columns that are just over 90″ tall. These columns act as the primary weight bearing structures of the rack, with the rear of the system being attached to a wall in your garage.

A 3″ x 3″ column is the largest you’re going to come across, regardless if you’re talking free-standing or wall-mounted. The larger columns instantly add an extra level of frame integrity and allow the rack to safely hold more weight.

For the sake of comparison, some other more affordable rigs use 2″x2″ or 2″ x 3″ steel columns, which may be fine depending on how much weight you’re moving around.

But if you’re looking for the strongest system 3″x3″ is the way to go.

Rogue doesn’t mention any weight limits for the RML-3W, but based on similar rigs, it would have to be at least 1000 lb. I know the PRx Profile Squat Rack can hold 1000 lb and it only uses 2″x3″ columns.

Keep in mind these limits are describing static hold maximums- this means the rack can hold this much weight without any movement involved.

Some racks will have a rating for drop tests, where they actually test dropping barbells loaded with weight onto the rack to see how much it can hold in these dynamic situations.

Dropping a loaded barbell onto a rack obviously puts more stress on it than simply having a loaded barbell resting there, so the weight capacity in these dynamic situations would be less.

Moving on, the RML-3W comes with 5/8″ bolts and laser cut holes. At 5/8″, the hardware is large enough and strong enough to withstand the immense forces that occur when loading barbells on the rack.

For those looking for the strongest set up available, Rogue’s RM-3W Fold Back Rack comes with massive 1″ hardware.

This system will cost ya a few hundred bucks more, but may be worth it if you know you’ll piling serious weight on or have multiple users in your home.

During the assembly process, the folks at Rogue inspect every weld individually to ensure the highest quality. They inspect everything again after they apply their powder coating, which helps protect the rack from corrosion and damage.

Also gives it a mean look.

The rig is built like a tank, but it’s also foldable. In order to accomplish this, there are 4 detent pins that are used to lock and unlock the support beams that attach the rack to the wall.

After your workout, you pull the pins out, fold the rack against the wall, and reinsert them to lock it in place. In its folded position, the RML-3W sticks out about 5″ from the wall- which is pretty impressive considering how robust this squat rack is.

You have a couple of options on how you fold the rack against the wall- you can fold each column to the middle (which I think looks the best) or 1 to the middle and 1 out. I guess you could fold both columns out as well if you wanted to.

Having a few options is handy because it could make it easier to fit on your garage wall, depending on what other shelving or storage stuff you might have.

There aren’t many folding racks to compare this one to, but of the other models, most use a similar folding pattern. The PRx rack I mentioned above uses a vertical folding pattern, which is a little faster and more convenient (but more expensive).

Overall, the RML-3W scores very highly in terms of frame integrity- this rack uses large, heavy-duty components that are as durable as any on the market. The folding mechanism is easy to use as well.


The RML-3W comes with the following features:

Quick-attach pull up bar- Rogue includes an attachable pull up bar with this rack. Using 2 hitch pins, you can easily attach and detach the solid steel bar for added workout variety.

Pair of J-cups- this squat rack comes with 2 J-cups that are compatible with any rack in their monster lite line up. The J-cups are easy to glide up and down the columns for quick adjustments during your workouts.

2 plastic floor caps- the bottom of each column is covered with a plastic floor cap to protect your garage floor from any unwanted scraping. It also ensures a sturdy, level surface for each column to rest on.

Westside spacing- this rack includes Westside hole spacing toward the bottom, giving you the ability to precisely position your J-cups for bench press moves. Smaller spacing (25mm) allows you to fine tune your starting and stopping position, which comes in especially handy when benching higher weights.

Choice of depth- the RML-3W comes with 2 options for rack depth: 21.5″ and 41.5″. The standard depth is 21.5″ and this should work fine for most users, but if you want a little more room away from the wall you can pay the extra $80 and get an extra 20″ (which does come in handy when doing more gymnastic style movements on the pull up bar). Keep in mind the 41.5″ depth will cause there to be some overlap of the columns when both are folded toward the middle (thus increasing the distance they stick out from the wall).


The biggest complaint users have about the RML-3W is usually that it takes some doing to install. These are large, heavy-duty parts so they’re pretty heavy and can be difficult to manage- especially if you’re assembling by yourself (which isn’t recommended).

This rack comes with all the mounting brackets and hardware necessary for installation, but Rogue highly recommends that you opt for the optional stringers at an additional cost ($50).

The stringers make installation a lot easier because they have pre-cut holes in all the right places- simply line up on the studs and you know you have the holes in all the right places.

The stringers also add another level of stability to the rack. These plates are also constructed out of 11 gauge steel and powder coated.

Speaking of studs, the stringers (and standard brackets) come with the hardware necessary for installation on wood studs. You can install this rack on other types of walls, but you’d be responsible for acquiring that hardware separately.

Rogue has a video of 2 guys installing the RML-3W in 15 minutes (check it out below)- these guys are obviously professionals and have probably installed a 100 of these things. Realistically, it’ll probably take most folks a few hours to get the job done.

Overall though, installation with the stringers shouldn’t be too bad as long as you have all the necessary tools and a helper.


Rogue Fitness backs the RML-3W with the following warranty:

  • Lifetime guarantee

If for some reason any part of this squat rack becomes faulty during normal use, Rogue will repair or replace without charge to you.

If it’s obvious you were trying to adapt or adjust the equipment in a way that isn’t recommended the warranty is voided.

This is a great guarantee and a sign of how well-made this rig really is. As heavy-duty as this thing is, I’m not sure how you could find a way to damage it anyway. But if you do, it’s nice to know it’ll be taken care of.

Final Thoughts

Rogue has developed a reputation for making some of the best lifting equipment out there. And after taking a close look at their RML-3W, it’s easy to see why.

They start with the best materials, add the best hardware, and finish with a lifetime guarantee. A simple formula really.

Seriously though, I would say this is probably the nicest folding squat rack currently on the market. Technically, their RM-3W is heavier-duty with the upgraded hardware, but I think most of us mortals would do just fine with the RML-3W.

The biggest competition for this rack is probably the PRx Profile, which is also a wall-mounted, folding system. The Profile isn’t quite as heavy-duty, but it comes with a faster, more convenient vertical folding system. It’s also about $350 more expensive.

For the price, the RML-3W Fold Back Wall Mount Rack is a great buy. It does take a little longer to fold/unfold, but it’s tougher than any rack in its price range.

I wish Rogue would include the stringers with purchase- even if means bumping the price up $50. They make installation easier and the whole system even more secure.

Overall, if you want a squat rack that can hold up to heavy use and still fold away for easy storage, the Rogue’s RML-3W is a smart choice (getting those stringers is also a smart choice). Highly recommended.


Will's a licensed physical therapist (DPT) with over 15 years of experience treating patients from all backgrounds. He's been lifting weights and exercising in one form or another since middle school and has been working out in his own home gym for over a decade. When it comes to fitness equipment, there isn't much he hasn't tried. In his spare time, if he isn't writing or working out, he's likely playing basketball, watching movies, or hanging with his family.

16 thoughts on “Is Rogue’s RML-3W The Best Folding Squat Rack Around? [A Review]”

  1. I’m thinking of getting this for a home gym but am wondering if the space is too tight for toes to bar on the pull up bar. Any thoughts?

    1. Great question- I think you should be fine doing toes to bar because you could position yourself inside the cage (facing out) to perform. The standard rig is 20.5″ away from the wall during use and I think that would be enough room. You can also opt for the 40.5″ option, which will give you a lot more room inside the cage, but of course it’ll take up more room during use (and when folded).

    1. The 21″ depth comes out about 5″ from the wall when folded. If you go with the 41″ depth, you could fold them inside together, but they would have to overlap a little, which should put it about 8″ or so from the wall (the uprights are 3″ wide + the original 5″). But, you don’t have to fold them in, you can fold one in and the other out, in which case they would still only come out about 5″ from the wall (but additional wall space would be necessary with the one side folded out away from the center). Hope that helps.

    1. The biggest risk I can think of would be if you accidentally dropped the loaded barbell on your floor- depending on the weight and the height from which it was dropped, you could totally crack a cement garage floor. Otherwise, the plastic feet on the bottom of the uprights will protect your floor from any unwanted scratches or damage. Otherwise, I can’t think of any possible damage (when the rack is loaded, all of the weight is going vertically toward the floor, so you shouldn’t have to worry about the rack detaching from the wall or anything like that).

  2. How sturdy is the rack? I’m just concerned on whether it can take the weight. I plan to use it for heavy use in the garage but the garage wall is only one brick thick. Will I have to drill and bolt all the way through the wall to enough that it can take the weight?

    1. The rack itself is quite sturdy. Keep in mind it comes with 3″x3″, 11-gauge steel uprights. As I mentioned above, Rogue doesn’t provide an exact weight limit, but with 3″x3″ uprights it’s gotta be at least 1000 lb. Now the RML-3W is designed with installation onto a wall with standard wood studs in mind (4 studs to be exact). Rogue highly recommends the optional pair of stringers to make installation easier, but I think they also add a little stability to the setup. If you’d be attaching the rack to a brick wall or any other type of wall that doesn’t use wood studs, I’d recommend contacting Rogue directly for more guidance, because you may need additional hardware to get the job done securely. Hope that helps.

  3. When securing the rack to the wall, do the bottom stringers need to be close to the ground? Looking to install in a garage with a cement foundation, so I would want to install the stringers at least 16 inches above the ground. Would this cause any issues?

    1. It looks like you’ve got some play in where you position that bottom attachment to the uprights, but I’m not sure if 16″ would be too high or not. To be sure, I’d contact Rogue directly before purchasing. Here’s a contact number for them: (614) 358-6190.

    2. Hi,
      I am a bit concerned about the weight distribution. Do the steel columns touch the floor when unfolded ? Or is the weight entirely distributed to the wall ?

  4. Excellent review thanks. Any comment on the sturdiness when doing pull ups or toes to bar? Is there much movement in the rig with those kind of movements?

    1. I haven’t come across any user complaints regarding unwanted movement or wobbling. The general consensus is that this rack is rock solid. And a lot of folks do take advantage of the pull up bar- these racks are very popular with the CrossFit crowd.

  5. I have recently purchased the Rogue RML-3W Fold Back Rack for my garage. I bought all sorts of stuff for it when I did, including this dip bar. I never saw anything on the site mention this prior to purchase, but the Matador Lite came with instructions and mentioned that it should only be used with racks that are bolted to the floor

    Does that mean I cannot/should not use this product with my fold back rack? I have the stringers and everything so I would THINK it should be fine, but want to err on the side of caution. I also will have stall mats underneath the rack so that it is basically flush with the floor

    1. Ah, yeah that’s a great question. I would also think you would be fine to use it, but ultimately you have to go by what the Rogue instructions say (and I also couldn’t find anything online saying the rack had to be bolted). To cover all your bases, I would contact Rogue ((614) 358-6190) and ask them directly to see what they say. Sorry I’m not much help here, but I’d love to hear back once you hear from Rogue to see what they say.

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