Rogue SM-1 Squat Stand Review

Updated January 1, 2019

The Rogue SM Series bridges the gap between hard core squat rack and full blown power rack. The SM-1 provides you with the thickest, most rigid framing that you will find on any Rogue rack anywhere. This compact, solid upright squat rack is very secure and stable. While it doesn’t include a pull up bar option, the SM-1 will provide you with some great safety features.

In this article we review the SM-1 Squat Stand, along with three alternative racks.

The Rogue SM-1 Squat Stand Up Close

The Rogue SM-1 Squat Stand is an extremely sturdy pared down version of the Monster power rack series. With uprights that are made of 3 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel, this is a mega solid unit. The bolt together base and triangle plate provide you with the maximum level of stability.

At 73 inches in height, the uprights are not as tall as on either the SM-2 or most Rogue power racks. However, it is an ideal height for low ceiling garages and basements. There is no pull up option on Rogue SM-1 Squat Stand. A new keyhole pattern on the uprights provides you with a greater range of attachment compatibility. This allows you to use your squat rack as the base from which to perform a large number of additional exercises. The hole spacing on the uprights is two inches.

The SM-1 is manufactured in Columbus, Ohio in Rogue’s state of the art manufacturing facility. The Monster j-cups come with plastic UHMW inserts and backs. The unit is finished in a black satin powder coat finish. With a 50 inch by 54 inch footprint, this rack gives you a generous amount of room to move. The spotter arms are extremely solid and easy to move. The max user weight of this squat rack is 1,000 pounds.


  • 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge framing
  • Large walk in space
  • Very rigid spotter arms
  • 1,000 pound max weight allowance


  • No pull up bar

Rogue SM-1 Squat Stand Alternatives

X-Mark Multi-Press Squat Rack XM-7619

The X-Mark XM-7610 is made from 2 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel framing, providing you with a sturdy base to work from. Though not as thick as the uprights of the SM-1, this rack still provides you with plenty of grunt. Your safety is assured thanks to the two fully adjustable safety hooks.

X-Mark XM-7610 provides you with four weight storage pegs at the back. This provides you with enhanced stability while also allowing you to keep your training area clean and safe. The max weight capacity on this rack is 400 pounds, which is considerably less than the Rogue SM-1 (1,000 pounds). The base of the rack is extra wide and slightly curved to prevent the rack from swaying.


  • 2 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights
  • 4 weight storage pegs
  • Extra wide base


  • Max weight only 400 pounds

In this article we review best power racks based on value, budget, space and affordability. Also, checkout which is the best overall power rack.

Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Rack

The Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Rack is a heavy user pair of uprights. It features a pair of tubular uprights that are 42.7 inches long. As this is not a rack or cage set up, there is no provision for extra movements such as pull ups here. However, the base of the unit is fully customizable so you can make it larger or smaller as the need may be.

The Valor BD-9 has max weight capacity of 500 pounds. This is about half of the weight allowance on the Rogue SM-1. A pair of storage pegs on the bottom of each upright allows you to store your plates. It also adds to the sturdinesss of the uprights. This rack is a great option for those who don’t have the space or budget for a full scale squat rack.


  • No pull up bar
  • Storage pegs
  • Space saving design


  • Max weight only 500 pounds
CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack

The CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack is made from heavy duty steel, with a combined 12 to 14 gauge thick mainframe. The 3-step powder coating finish provides you with enhanced durability. All of the tubular seams on the rack are welded together for greater stability.

Your safety is assured on CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack thanks to a pair of extra long safety catch bars. ABS sleeves protect your lifting bar from scratches. There are also storage pegs on the sides of the uprights. These prevent the frame from twisting. You even get pair of anchors for attaching resistance tubes on this rack. At the top of the rack is a solid pull up bar for working your back and biceps. However, the max weight of this rack is limited to 300 pounds.


  • 12 to 14 gauge steel uprights
  • 3 step powder coating finish
  • Extra long safety catches


  • Max weight capacity only 300 pounds


The Rogue SM-1 Squat Rack is a heavy duty rack that allows you to squat, bench and deadlift in complete safety and security in even the tightest of training environments. It is compact and solid, yet provides you with a solid walk in space. With a 1,000 pound max weight allowance, this is a great rack for compact spaces.

If you are after a budget squat rack, we suggest checking out the X-Mark XM-7610, with its 2 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights, 4 weight storage pegs and extra wide base for stability and squat room.

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My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.