Rogue S-2 Squat Stand
The Rogue S-2 squat stand sits between the S-1 and S-3, providing you with 2 inches by 3 inches, 11 gauge steel framing, backed up by 5/8 inch bolts and fasteners.
Though we’re quite taken with the S-2, we need to note that it is not a squat rack or even a half rack. It is a squat stand. It can double as a bench upright, but its low profile means there are no options for plate storage and no capability for belt squats.
The S-2 does feature Westside hole spacing, allowing you to customize your bench press placement with staggered spacing as you move up the stand. Above and below the bench zone, the holes are set at two inches apart. The base of this rack has been redesigned with bolted triangle plates to provide you with a sturdier base.
The Rogue S-2 is compatible with a full range of accessories that allow you to turn it into the central feature of your gym. These include safety spotter arms, the Matador dip attachment, and more via the Rogue website.
Tall 92 inch uprights
Westside hole spacing pattern for safety, custom starting point
Choice of skinny or fat pull up bar
48X48 footprint--extra space, room for upgrades
Triangle plate base means no floor bolts needed
146 pounds, light for what it is
Works as an upright for any bench
No plate storage options
More expensive than some Rogue full racks
With a height of 92 inches, the Rogue S-2 provides you with plenty of room overhead for your pull up and chin up work. But it will fit into an eight-foot ceiling room, and it comes with a compact 49 inch by 48-inch footprint. This rack comes with your choice of two pull up bars as standard. The fat / skinny pull up bar is set at 80.5 inches from the floor, while the single skinny bar is set at 88 inches. The rack has a maximum weight capacity of 1,000 pounds.
It is possible, too, to store plates temporarily on the bar itself. With a 1,000 pound capacity, the stand can take the weight of almost any hobbyist lifter’s entire set. Make sure you pair the stand with a quality Rogue barbell or one from a maker of similar caliber. Even a specialty bar like the Kabuki Strength Duffalo bar will be at home on this rack, though you’d need to get used to using the bar upside down since the central dip won’t let the Duffalo rest right-side up. You could order Kabuki’s custom J-Cups as a workaround, though. They will fit perfectly in the post holes on the S-2.
Uprights are made of 2X3 inch 11 gauge steel, the same size used in many Rogue half racks like the HR-2. Full and power racks use 3X3 inch steel. The change makes the unit less bulky, without compromising the strength and resilience Rogue is known for. A triangle plate base stand provides rock-solid stability and motion control. Those plates are an upgrade from the formed socket foundation used in older S-2 releases.
The steel is finished with black powder coating, for persistent resistance to rust, moisture, corrosion, staining, and nicks from stray bars or dumbbells. J-Cups feature a hard plastic liner, which protects the knurl on your bars and also makes the stand even more durable. Rogue J-Cups will not wear over time, so your safety is assured and you can lift with ultimate peace of mind.
Ease of Use
The pull-up bar, situated 92 inches above the ground, will also be easy to use. There aren’t contoured grips with either the skinny or fat bar, but there is plenty of room for you to use a wide, narrow, or median grip for pull-ups. We would like to see padding or texturing on the pull-up bar, but it’s a minor comfort complaint and does not affect how long this stand will perform for you.
Because there’s no way to catch weights if you lose control, you’ll want to limit your working weight with any squat stand. Also, consider using rubberized bumper plates instead of old fashioned iron. They will do less damage to your floor if the worst thing that can happen happens one day. The squat stand also doesn’t make deadlifts possible, the way a full cage would.
The advantage of a stand, of course, is that it will save you space. It can even go into a corner or almost up against a wall. Should you decide to move the stand, it will be easier provided you have a helper or a large hydraulic dolly. The squat stands also have fewer upgrade and customization options, as evidenced by Rogue only offering a bench as an upgrade accessory on the product page. That same page does let you choose a skinny or fat pull up bar, but whichever you choose is standard issue and not a custom upgrade.
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What People Are Saying
We were unable to find any Amazon reviews at the time of this writing, but similar products from Cap Barbell and Titan Fitness received lower Amazon ratings compared to what we found on the Rogue site. All reviews came from confirmed purchasers.