AML-2 Adjustable Monolift 2.0 - Monster Lite

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.1
16 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.

AML-2 Adjustable Monolift 2.0 - Monster Lite

★★★★★
★★★★★
4.1
16 Reviews
Made in U.S.A.
$390.00

Gear Specs

BrandRogue Fitness
ColorBlack / Red
Made In USAYes
Product Weight51LB (Pair)
Length16.75" (total depth from mounting face) / 3.25" (jaw depth)
Width4" (overall) / 1.25" (jaw)
Height17" (overall) / 18" (when loaded)
Material TypeUHMW Protective Plastic
Steel Notes0.25” and 0.375” Steel
Other Product SpecsTested at 1000+LB
Product Description

Compatible with any Monster Lite Series power rack or rig,* the AML-2 Rogue Adjustable Monolift gives athletes a way to comfortably unrack and rerack heavy weight without having to worry about walking the bar out during squats or avoiding J-cups while benching. With Version 2.0, we’ve upgraded the strength of the attachment and re-engineered the center of mass around the handle, removing unnecessary weight and enabling easier, one-hand adjustments. A new stainless steel key can also lock the Monolift’s jaws in place, further simplifying adjustments and allowing the hooks to be utilized as traditional J-cups.

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AML-2 Adjustable Monolift 2.0 - Monster Lite

Compatible with any Monster Lite Series power rack or rig,* the AML-2 Rogue Adjustable Monolift gives athletes a way to comfortably unrack and rerack heavy weight without having to worry about walking the bar out during squats or avoiding J-cups while benching. With Version 2.0, we’ve upgraded the strength of the attachment and re-engineered the center of mass around the handle, removing unnecessary weight and enabling easier, one-hand adjustments. A new stainless steel key can also lock the Monolift’s jaws in place, further simplifying adjustments and allowing the hooks to be utilized as traditional J-cups.

Important: The Monolift ships unassembled. A list of required tools for set-up is included below. [For owners of a Monster rig/rack, Rogue also offers a Monster version of the Monolift 2.0., sold separately.]

A cost-effective alternative to expensive, full-scale monolift units, the AML-2 Adjustable Monolift mounts to your rack’s uprights via a pair of 1/4” steel brackets (MG Black finish) and 5/8” detent pins. The 1.25" wide jaw sections feature a Texture Red finish and are placed in recessed hook plastic, with an extended 8” of vertical space for re-racking (2” more than the previous model). A set of 3/8” thick steel counterweights (Texture Black finish) provide the necessary torque so that—when you lift the bar off the Monolift—the hooks will swing back approximately 5.5” toward the rack and stay there. This clears up enough extra space to go straight into your workout, and also enables safe re-racking, as the slanted angle of the unloaded hooks makes it easy to guide the bar in, overriding the counterweights and moving the Monolift back into its original position.

Height adjustments can be made in increments as small as 2”, and with Rogue’s unique design—featuring a “backstop” bolt above each primary hook bolt—the Monolift cannot move further away from the rack while the user is setting up. This feature is not found on most comparable attachments on the market.

Tools Needed For Assembly:

  • 7/32" Hex Key (Included)
  • 5/16" Hex Key (Included) 
  • 9/16" Socket/Wrench
  • 3/4" Socket/Wrench


*Please Note: While the AML-2 can be safe for solo use, it’s always recommended to have spotters available for heavier lifts. Rogue also highly recommends mounting the Monolift to a rack or rig that’s securely fastened to the floor and/or wall.

Gear Specs

Specifications:

  • Made in the USA
  • Compatible with Rogue Monster Lite Series racks and rigs
  • 0.25” and 0.375” Steel construction
  • Protective UHMW Plastic
  • Weight: 51LB (Pair)
  • Width: 4" (overall) / 1.25" (jaw)
  • Height: 17" (overall) / 18" (when loaded)
  • Length: 16.75" (total depth from mounting face) / 3.25" (jaw depth)
  • Finishes: MG Black brackets, Texture Red outer jaws, Texture Black counterweights
  • Tested at 1,000+ LBS
  • Compatible with nearly all standard barbells, as well as some specialty bars like the Camber Bar and Safety Squat Bar.
  • Tools Needed for Assembly: 7/32" Hex Key (Included), 5/16" Hex Key(Included), 9/16" Socket/Wrench, 3/4" Socket/Wrench
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KEY FEATURES OF THE ROGUE ADJUSTABLE MONOLIFT 2.0

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A Better Way to Unrack and Re-Rack Heavyweight

The rack-mounted Adjustable Monolift 2.0 is compatible with any Rogue Monster Lite Series rack or rig, giving athletes a new means of performing heavy-weight squats and other lifts without having to walk the bar out or worry about dodging J-cups. The system, which has been tested at a capacity of 1,000+ LBS, includes (2) steel mounting brackets in MG Black (with laser-cut Rogue branding), (2) 1.25" wide plastic-lined J-Hooks in Texture Red, (2) steel counterweights in Texture Black, (2) 5/8” detent pins, and a set of 3/8” stopper bolts. The hooks are designed to swing back 5.5” when the weight is removed, clearing up space to lift. The athlete can then guide the bar back into the jaws, overriding the counterweights and returning the Monolift to its beginning position.

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Easier Adjustments

Height changes can be made in as little as 2” increments (using the included detent pins), and Version 2.0 of the Rogue Monolift has made it much easier to make these adjustments. Each side of the Monolift now weighs just 25.5 LBS (down from 28.5 LBS), and a grip-friendly design on the bracket allows for more comfortable maneuverability. The jaws also now sit about 10” below the rack attachment point (several inches closer than Version 1.0), creating more options for positioning the Monolift.

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Quality Rogue Construction - Made in the USA

Each AML-2 unit is manufactured in the USA using quality 0.25” and 0.375” steel (with laser-cut Rogue branding in the brackets) and UHMW plastic. The resting J-Hook is protected by 8 vertical inches of plastic, providing the user ample space for reracking compared to the original model, which offers about 6” of vertical plastic. Plastic linings in the bracket and along the entire inside channel—combined with button heads along the inside face of both Monolift segments—help protect the user from sharp edges and bolt threads while also preventing any damage to your rack’s uprights during adjustments.

Please Note: The Monolift ships unassembled, and the following tools will be required for set-up: 

  • 7/32" Hex Key (Included)
  • 5/16" Hex Key (Included) 
  • 9/16" Socket/Wrench
  • 3/4" Socket/Wrench
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Space Efficiency

In resting position, the Monolift 2.0 extends just 16.75” from the mounting face of the rack to the end of the counterweight. This is a reduction of about 6” compared to the previous model, creating substantial, additional clearance for small training spaces. The swing distance--meaning the distance the hook moves out of the way once the bar has been unracked--has also been improved from about 5” to 5.5”. This extra half inch can be significant in helping to prevent any interference between the Monolift and the user during their lifts.

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Stainless Steel Locking Key

A stainless steel locking key with a snake knotted tether is also included with the AML-2. This allows the user to lock the J-Hook in place for a more convenient adjustment or for the purposes of using the Monolift as a traditional J-Cup. The locking key is simply inserted through the rectangular opening in the bracket and J-Hook while the J-Hook is in the resting position. There is a rectangular opening towards the back of the bracket designed to hold the key when it is not in use. The key’s connected tether should also ensure it won’t be misplaced.

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Reviews

1 - 8 of 16 Reviews
dghheonmd
Oklahoma
★★★★★
★★★★★
August 7
love these monolifts
such a great addition to my Monster Lite rack.. Helps tremendously when I am lifting alone.
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 0
No · 0
Snack_guy
Wheat Ridge, CO
★★★★★
★★★★★
June 11
Not pleased
No matter how much I loosen the bolt or how much WD40 I put on it, one of the attachments won’t return. This is unusable.
Helpful?
Yes · 1
No · 0

Response from Rogue Fitness:

June 13
We are very sorry to hear of any issues and our team will be reaching out to assist ASAP!
Vincent tran
Saltillo m,Ms
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 29
Saved my shoulders
I was having shoulder pain unracking my benchpress. Now it feels like im getting a lift off every time
Yes, I recommend this product
Helpful?
Yes · 3
No · 0
Coleman
Booyah Barbell
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 29
Awesome Attachment
I bought this for my Monster Lite rack. Very high quality attachment. Very versatile. Easy to assemble and easy to adjust.
Helpful?
Yes · 1
No · 0
Yazherix
Milwaukee, WI
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 15
Monster level attachment for my Monster Lite
Finally, I don’t feel like wanting West Side hole spacing has left me as a second-class citizen in the Rogue environment. Nearly everything about this monolift attachment feels premium. Most importantly, UHMW covers all three sides that come in contact with the rack. This combined with the pin-only attachment means that it is very easy to adjust the monolifts for different exercises. You may experience a learning curve when using these if you are not used to using monolifts. I realized I had a Squat habit of pushing hard against the rack during my setup. So I have had to change my squat setup. Bench took no setup modification for me and I am easily lifting more as I am not aggravating my shoulder injuries during lift-off. If I had to agree with any of the complaints it would be that the keys used to lock the arms against the rack do feel like they want to jump out easily. However, I have never seen a key even move out of place unless I am moving the monolifts up or down the post.
Yes, I recommend this product
Bench Example
Helpful?
Yes · 4
No · 0
Smallz
PA
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 12
Hit or....Miss
I bought these because I wasn't sure about the longevity of other 'spring' style versions coming to the market and because these are much more compact than v1. My main goal was to use them to simulate handoffs when benching heavy. Pros: Compact, easy to adjust up and down once on the rack, swing back effortlessly, UHMW everywhere, fit and finish were pristine. Cons: 1. The height adjustment is not in small enough increments. The spacing between the side holes on the ML racks and the 2 inch drilled adjustments on these mono's do not give you that 1inch height adjustment you might need to find the perfect spot for lifting off. This leads to either being a little high or a little low with the lift off, making these very bad at the intended use. 2. If you choose to be at the better, higher height, it's likely that you will actually have to unlock your shoulders to get the bar over the lip for bench. The design of these is either such that the lip lands a little higher when in the final position touching the rack OR the distance from the start position for your bench to the end position of racking is slightly lower. When you are lifting heavy weights, you don't really want to have to try to overcome the higher lip position where the mono ends up. 3. These do not function well as regular jcups. In the locked position with the 2inch spacing (mentioned in #1) you are again a little high or a little low. With squats, I'd prefer to be a little low as it will be easier to rack once you have weight on the bar. Being a little low in this case (locked position) will not work because your unrack will immediately run into the angle of the mono arms. 4. Another, smaller complaint and continued design issue is that when using the lowest hole, you can actually contact the orange pin handle with the plates if the handle is out. This can be remedied by putting the orange handle on the inside of the rack and only pushing it through halfway. 5. I normally set up two sets of jcups so I can move from bench to squat easily. These take up too much vertical space on the rack to allow that. IF you can use them for bench and squat (due to spacing) then you can just move them up. However, if, like me, you have issues running into the arm when the mono is in the locked position, you'll have to move these off the rack and then set up your jcups. In conclusion, I cannot recommend these given the high price. The design concept is awesome, but the execution is lacking in MAJOR ways. Also note that mine took 37 days with no help from CS on eta (despite the 14-30 day estimate). Finally, these are shipped unassembled, which isn't really an issue until you talk to CS and realize they CANNOT be returned once they have been assembled (unless there is a 'quality' issue for which these complaints do not qualify). I have purchased many things from Rogue and will likely to continue to do so. CS has generally been extremely helpful. However, this product is a big miss for me.
Locked Position hitting the arms
Retracted Mono Lip Height too high
Helpful?
Yes · 17
No · 1

Response from Rogue Fitness:

April 21
Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback, and we have passed this on to the team. We apologize for any confusion, but we are happy to accept these for a return/exchange. Someone will be reaching out to you now.
HockeyDad
Philly
★★★★★
★★★★★
April 1
I hope this helps
For starters, I have the Rogue RML-3WC Fold Back Wall Mount rack. It's important to note this because some of the issue I had may not be issue at all for other racks. SQUATTING One of the reasons I bought the Monolift was to help with squatting - to avoid to have to take any steps back. The only problem is that the top holes of the rack, where the Monolift should go for my height (5'9''), are already being used for the arms that mount the rack to the walls. So if you 5'9 or bigger and have a FOLD BACK RACK you can't use the Monolift for squatting cause the mounting bolts are in the way. SEATED MILITARY PRESS Another reason I purchased the Monolift was to help relieve some strain on my back when lifting the bar off the J-clips for seated military press. This movement is also NOT an option with the Monolift because the bar when pushing upwards hits the bottom of the Monolift arms. Granted I could inch back some, so when I'm lifting the bar off it won't hit the bottom of the Monolift, but then I'm just doing the same movement, putting the same stress on my lower back, as if I was using J-Clips, and I was trying to avoid that. BENCH PRESS Now if your main reason for buying these is for benching then they work PERFECTLY!. Granted there is a little bit of a "learning curve" when it comes to reracking the weight. (It's hard to explain but it is different). But that's very minor and doesn't take long to get adjusted to. Once you master that the Monolift, once the your raise the bar, is in a perfect position (as if you had a spotter help you get the weight off the rack) to bench. Anyway... I hoped this helped.
Helpful?
Yes · 5
No · 0
No_Calves
★★★★★
★★★★★
March 23
Just Okay
I have the same issues that everyone else is mentioning with the bushing and screw torque to allow it to swing freely and then the key not staying in place. I'd rather see a smooth shaft on the bushing area and stop or actual bearings to allow it to swing freely and avoid fine tuning of the torque all together. I also wish it had west side spacing like the upright does since I mainly use this for bench as a shoulder saver; I basically want to be in between two of the holes for ideal position. I use the key as a stop to prevent the arms from swinging all of the way back, so a different shape and retention would be ideal (probably just circular). The loaded position is lower than the unloaded position, which makes it harder to re-rack (I have to protract my shoulders to get it all the way up and back). The smaller footprint and UHMW is really nice and overall good build quality, but I don't think it's quite there unless you will use it for squats exclusively.
Helpful?
Yes · 5
No · 0

Response from Rogue Fitness:

March 24
We want to make sure these are working properly for you. Our team will be reaching out via email.
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