Rogue SM-2 Squat Stand Review

Updated January 11, 2019

The Rogue SM-2 squat stand is the big brother of the SM-1. While it offers the same heavy duty 3 x 3, 11 gauge square steel as the SM-1, this larger version gives you more overhead height. It also adds a pull up bar along with new keyhole pattern on the uprights for greater attachment capability. This is by far the most popular of the Monster Series squat racks that Rogue produces. It’s a great option for any home gym.

In this article, we provide an in-depth review of the Rogue SM-2, along with three alternative models.

The Rogue SM-2 Squat Stand Up Close

The Rogue SM-2 is an amazingly solid rack that is constructed from 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel. The one inch hardware (bolts and fasteners) add even more strength and rigidity. At 93 inches, the uprights are quite a lot higher than those on the SM-1. It provides you with the option of either 43 inch single skinny pull up bar or a 43 inch fat / skinny bar.

The solid uprights of the SM-2 feature laser cut pin position holes to make it easy to position the bar. Holes are spaced two inches apart and do not make use of the Westside hole spacing method. With a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, this is a heavy duty squat rack that will provide you with all the stability you will ever need.

With a walk in space of 54 inches by 50 inches, this rack provides you with a good amount of walk in space, allowing you to squat and bench press without impediment. The triangle base and solid cross member provides you with enhanced rigidity. Rubber feet give you added stability and floor protection.

The two j-cups are covered in UHMW plastic inserts and backs to provide you with squatting safety while also protecting the frame and your bar. The unit is finished in a stylish black powder coat finish. Your purchase comes with a 12-month warranty.


  • 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel
  • 54 x 50 inch walk in space
  • Pull up bar


  • No plate storage capacity

Rogue SM-2 Squat Stand Alternatives

Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar

The Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar is a far more compact, streamlined unit that than the Rogue S-2 rack. It features 2 inch by 2 inch, 11 gauge square steel framing. This is an inch square thinner than than the Rogue rack, but still gives you plenty of squatting power. In fact, it has a max weight allowance of 1,000 pounds, which is a match for the Rogue S-2.

With a height of 110 cm, Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar provides you with both a fat and a skinny pull up bar. You get plenty of safety support for when you’re training alone, including a pair of very secure safety bars, along with j-cups. The rack also comes with band pegs and dip bars. The rack is finished in durable matte black powder coating.


  • 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel
  • 1,000 pound max weight
  • Double pull up bars


  • At 110cm, it may be too tall for some home gyms

Akonza 2 Piece Adjustable Squat Rack

The Akonza 2 Piece Adjustable squat rack is made from two inch square tubing heavy duty steel construction. However, with a max load of just 395 pounds, this rack is best for beginner and intermediate level user training. The rack is completely adjustable to suit your height with a bar range between 34.5 and 62 inches. This makes the rack ideal for pressing, benching, squatting and pressing moves.

The Akonza rack provides you with an adjustable safety bar with popper pins that allow for quick adjustment. Rubber end caps protect your floor from scratching. This is a budget rack that provides you with a sturdy and secure rack for the average user.


  • Heavy duty steel construction
  • Popper pin safety bars
  • Completely adjustable rack


  • Max weight only 395 pounds

Read our comprehensive guide on how to choose and use power racks and squat cages.

Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand

The Valor Fitness BD-9 Power Squat Stand consists of two stand alone uprights that are made of rigid 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge square steel. The max user weight on this rack is 500 pounds, which is half of what you get with the Rogue S-2. A pair of 5-inch chrome back plates provide you with catch bars as you take the bar from the rack.

The Valor Fitness rack provides you with an adjustable base so you can get the squat range that you need. Plate storage pegs are fitted at the base of the stands to provide extra stability. The max height of the rack has been extended and can now accommodate power squat trainers who are up to 7 feet tall.


  • 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel
  • 5-inch chrome back plates
  • Adjustable base


  • Max weight only 500 pounds


The Rogue S-2 Squat Rack is the beefiest home use squat rack that we have ever come across. It provides you with 3 inch square steel framing, two inch hole spacing, laser cut pin position numbers and generous foot print. It is also compatible with a lot of extra attachments, making it an ideal center piece for your home gym.

If you’re after a cheaper alternative to the Rogue S-2, our preferred option is the Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar, which provides you with 2 x 2 inch, 11 gauge steel framing, a 1,000 pound max weight allowance and double pull up bars.

The Rogue SM-2 Squat Stand Up Close

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jim roose

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.