Rogue SM-2.5 Squat Stand
The SM-2.5 takes the popular SM-2 rack and beefs it up to a new level. This rack gives you an extra 10 inches of room overhead so you can do upper body moves such as pull-ups. The frame is constructed from the same quality steel gauge thickness that Rogue uses to make the SM-2. This rack is the perfect choice for a larger, taller user who does not fit as well under a smaller squat rack. In this article, we will go through an in-depth review of the Rogue SM-2.5 and talk a little about squat racks and power racks.
Has wide rubber feet which keep the rack stable and will help protect your floor
It is protected with a satin back powder coat finish.
Includes a keyhole design on the uprights which gives greater flexibility and options for accessories
It does not have storage pegs to keep track of your extra plates.
Each of the uprights is 103 inches in height and provides you with keyhole design on the side. Rogue SM-2.5 makes the unit far more versatile in terms of adding many of the attachments that come with the Rogue Monster range of racks. The unit is finished in a cool stain black powder-coated finish.
With the Rogue SM-2.5, you have the option of either the 43-inch single skinny bar, which has a 1.25 diameter bar, or the 43-inch fat / skinny bar, which gives you both 2 inch and 1.25-inch bar options. The max weight capacity on this rack is an impressive 1,000 pounds.
With a footprint of 54 inches by 50 inches, you are able to get plenty of walk-in space to allow you to set yourself ideally for squatting or pressing. Rubber feet add stability and ensure that your floor stays protected. Your safety is assured with Monster j-cups with UHMV plastic inserts to protect your bar.
Squat Stands And Power Racks
A power rack, which is often called by different names, is a rack with four feet which are connected by four metal bars overhead. They have three low stabilizing bars, and two safety arms to catch a loaded barbell. They can be used for mass amounts of different exercises. A squat stand has two feet instead of four and is designed for squatting, hence the name. A good squat stand has safety arms and is connected at the top by a sturdy bar. It also has a wide base which will not tip.
This stand has two uprights like a squat stand but is much taller like a rack. They have rubber feet for good stability which will protect the floor and is a little easier to move. Like a power rack, you can use it for a wide variety of exercises. The SM-2.5 is the best of both.
The Monster Matador is very popular with this rack. It gives you an instant set up for an adjustable dip station. It has welded joints for durability and a lock-in anchoring system to keep it stable throughout your workout. It has a comfort grip handle which is set up at an angle to give you a variety of grip options.
We also highly recommend that you order a set of the Monster Safety Spotter Arms. These arms are sold in pairs and have been tested to protect falls of up to 800 pounds. They are dependable and will protect you from accidental drops.
Take a look at all of the Rogue Fitness accessories to see which ones are compatible and make sure you can find and use the ones which you care about for your workout the most. You will also want to consider the height and width to be sure it will match your body shape. You want a rack which is easy to adjust and use.
Most power racks are meant to be anchored down to a platform or to the floor. Some racks have a stabilizer running along the bottom of the rack which keeps it stable like the SM-2.5 so consider if they will be in the way of your exercise.
The SM-2.5 is manufactured at the Rogue Fitness headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, using heavy-duty 11-gauge laser-cut steel uprights and 11-gauge steel base tubes to give the stand optimal stability. All of the welds, as well as the laser-cuts at Rogue Fitness, are each individually inspected at each step along the manufacturing process for integrity and appearance. Then they are inspected again for a quality finish after the powder coat process. Before it is shipped out, the entire package is given another final comprehensive quality assurance check. Then once you receive it, your stand is guaranteed for life.
They are easy to install on the uprights. Just put them horizontally into a slot on the rack. Then twist them so they are vertical. Once they are locked into place, they are ready to for any intense workout you wish to put them through.
The Final Word
Do you want a power rack or a squat stand? With the SM-2.5 you do not have to decide. It gives you the best of both. The durability and versatility of Rogue Fitness products are unmatched and once you receive your rack, it is guaranteed for life.