Rogue KS-1 Squat Stand

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Rogue KS-1 Squat Stand Review Facts

The Rogue KS-1 squat stand is the first and only rack by Rogue Fitness specifically designed for children. As such it adapts the top quality features of the standard Rogue for a younger audience. Unlike the vast majority of other kid’s training gear, this unit is no toy. It is made from 2 inches by 2 inches, 11 gauge steel and is four feet tall, making it the ultimate compact unit for your youngster.

Crossfit helps to fight against childhood obesity and improve your child’s overall health. It teaches discipline and gives your youngster a head start if they are interested in pursuing competitive athletics in their future. The variety keeps kids interested and gives them a nice introduction to fun with fitness.

Getting quality exercise is proven to improve a child’s grades in school which can point to a link between focus and discipline. The only real issue is having to sift through all of the kids’ equipment on the market these days. In this article, we provide an in-depth review of the Rogue KS-1 so you can make an informed decision before purchasing.

Editor's Pros & Cons

It is designed especially for younger users with the same quality materials as the adult version

It is 28 inches wide and 32 inches deep which is ample space for kids

The uprights and base are capped for safety and protection against injury


It would be nice if it was a little taller so your child could keep using it as they get older


Introducing the Rogue KS-1, a squat stand designed especially for kids. You may think this is an odd toy to get a child, but this is no toy. This is a fully functional stand designed with the same quality features as the adult versions of this product. It has a weight capacity of 150 pounds which is plenty for those young boys and girls who are just learning the lifting techniques. It is 48 inches tall with 2-inch by 2-inch solid steel uprights. It is held stable with triangle base plates and wide feet, and the whole unit is held together by quality half inch bright zinc hardware. The J-cups provided are designed especially for the KS-1. The whole set up weighs 65 pounds.

Quality Construction

Rogue Fitness takes a lot of pride in the work they do at their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The KS-1 Squat Stand has a pair of 48-inch uprights made from a durable 11-Gauge Steel which are 2x2 inches squared. It also features a stabilizing base, made stronger with triangle base plates and a strong back cross member. The holes are drilled up both sides of the uprights. They are a half-inch in diameter and are spaced 2 inches apart from each other. They feature a Rogue “R” logo branding laser cut into the metal. When you receive this product, you will see it comes with half-inch bright zinc hardware. There are safety caps on the top of each upright and on the base tubes. The assembled unit weighs 65 pounds. It has a maximum weight capacity of 150 pounds.

When the rack is in the manufacturing process, every laser cut and every weld of the KS-1 is inspected at each step to make sure it is strong and looks professional and sturdy. Once the black and a red powder coating are applied, each aspect is once again inspected individually for the perfect finish. The entire set up package gets a one more complete quality assurance check before it is shipped out to the customer.


Since this rack is for kids, safety is a special consideration. First and foremost, it should never be used without adult supervision. Rogue does its best to keep it safe by providing caps on the uprights and the base to avoid sharp edges. It has robust triangle plates to keep the stand in place during a lift and nice wide feet keep it sturdy as well. This stand set up also includes special sturdy J-Cups which are designed specifically for this unit and this size.


The Rogue T-2.5KG Technique Bar, which is also designed and manufactured in Ohio, is the ideal complement barbell for this KS-1 Squat Stand. Even though it is made for kids, the T-2.5KG will work with your standard Olympics plates. It also includes three sets of the knurl marks to match professional standards. If your child already has barbells, this equipment is uniquely compatible with most types, standing at 48 inches tall. This stand will give your child a “leg up” while working on the most important muscle group.

Exclusive J-Cups

The J-cups which are included with the purchase are a new design that was made exclusively for this junior stand. They are bent using a single piece of steel, not counting the pin that goes through the upright to hold it in place. These J-cups also have a hook portion which is fully UHMW plastic. That helps to avoid injury from any potentially sharp edges. They are not compatible with any of the other Rogue racks or stands.

Lifting Weights For Kids

You would not necessarily think of strength training as a kid activity, but if they are excited to share the activity with their parents or if they are wanting to get an early start in competition preparation, strength training is definitely going to be as interest. It has become popular for kids as young as 7 or 8 years old.

Strength training for kids is perfectly safe as long as they have good balance, they can follow directions, and can do the work with good form. Adult supervision has to be a must as well. Be sure to check in with their doctor before starting a program especially if they have medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart issues, or seizures.

Strength training, like most exercises, is a fantastic way to get your kids active. With a well-designed, supervised program they will be able to improve their overall fitness and get ready for future competition sports. They will build lean body mass, get rid of fat and burn more calories. Working out helps to make their bones stronger and even helps to improve mental health.

The Rogue KS-1 is the perfect piece of equipment for this task since it is a quality tool designed especially for kids and built to meet their needs for durability and safety. Your child can begin to develop a healthy regiment at a young age, learning how to use the squat stand safety and practicing proper technique.

Strength Training Guidelines

Once you receive the KS-1 and get it set up, show your child the machine and explain the safety protocol to them. If they are going to be doing serious training, you may want to get an instructor for them who is certified in strength-training and has experience working with kids and assessing their needs.

They will want to start with a good warm-up of 5 to 10 minutes of aerobic activity and stretching. Then they are ready for the KS-1. You can start them out with one set of around 10 reps. Choose 6 to 8 exercises that will put special focus on the main muscle groups in the upper body, lower body, and core.

They can start with exercises that use bodyweight like push-ups and sit-ups to work on their technique first. Once they have mastered the proper techniques, they can start with relatively lightweight and high reps. Gradually as their strength improves they can add weight, a higher number of sets or the type of exercises. It is good to do these workouts for 20 to 30 minutes for 2-3 days a week. They should take at least one day off in between.

Their strength training should be just one part of their fitness program. Kids and teens need at least one hour a day of physical activity every day. This can include things like aerobics, or just running, biking, and playing outside being a kid. Be sure your child stays hydrated and eats healthy as well to help their performance and recovery.


The Rogue KS-1 is a wonderful piece of equipment to help your child further his or her interest in fitness and give them the best chance to exercise without risking any injury. The KS-1 squat stand is designed specifically for them, not like some plastic toy but as a genuine piece of fitness equipment on a scale perfect for their size.

They will be able to use this equipment to learn the technique. It will teach them focus and discipline which can be helpful in so many other aspects of life as well. At their age, they will not build up the bulk, but they will build strength. They will also build endurance and improve their sports performance.
Get the best exercise without injury. Designed in the perfect ratio so they can learn the technique. Teach to focus. Teach discipline. Will not build bulk but will build strength and improve better cardiorespiratory function. Strength training will help protect your child's joints and muscles from injuries during other activities. They will get stronger bones and lowered blood cholesterol levels. Best of all, they learn a good exercise habit which will last for the rest of their life. It is important for your kids to develop self-confidence and an early interest in their health. They will learn the concept of goal setting.

The Final Word

The Rogue KS-1 squat stand is an interesting product, specially designed to get your kids interested in physical fitness and help them with strength training using a piece of equipment which is their size and safe. Rogue Fitness is well known for the highest quality of fitness equipment and this squat stand is no exception. It is built with sturdy steel and protected with a durable powder coat. The stands and base are capped for an added safety measure and the whole stand is about four feet tall.

We have discussed the many benefits of strength training and physical exercise for kids as well as a few tips for their workout. Rogue Fitness is providing the best equipment to get the job done.