Jan 29th, 2011
The Rogue R-4
Right around the New Year, CrossFit Oakland received a shipment of matte black steel that weighed a few hundred pounds. After a short time, said steel was assembled and bolted to the floor on the side of the Sayoc Room to serve as a proper squat rack for the gym. The squat rack was a gift from David Sally, Mike Minium, and me to CrossFit Oakland. We wanted to provide an area where people could work on strength without getting in the way of the normally scheduled CrossFit classes.
In addition to making some room on the main gym floor, the rack provides a few niceties not previously available. The assembly provides extra stability when handling heavier weights and has a built-in set of safety chains to allow for a graceful exit from a failed squat. The chains also provide the ability for trainees to work on rack pulls, or barbell shrugs, should they desire to do so. The rack has precision-cut holes along the main uprights to allow for fine height adjustments of the j-hooks that hold the bar. Those looking to work on bench presses need only grab one of the flat benches from out on the floor and bring it into the rack to have a marvelously solid station from which to work. Holes are also drilled along the bottom and top beams to allow for band pegs. Devotees of Westside Barbell training methods will appreciate that capability. Lastly, the cross members at the top of the rack can be used as pullup bars, including the larger-than-normal diameter pullup bar in the back. Of course, we have lots and lots of pullup bars at CFO thanks to Daniel Hester’s amazing fabrication skills, so this is just icing on the cake.
The rack is open to all CFO members that want to use it. It is not really intended to be a go-to choice for regular CrossFit workouts, but for those trainees that want to train their lifts, it is patiently waiting in the next room. Enjoy the rack and take good care of it. We are excited that it is here.