The Rogue SML-1 Squat Stand
The Rogue SML-1 is a squat stand which is designed to be a combination of the best parts of Rogue's lightweight series of racks and their more sturdy “Monster” line. The SML-1 incorporates the same heavy-duty gauge steel uprights featured in the Monster line and adds the quality hardware and Westside special hole spacing of the lightweight S-1 squat rack. This is a versatile rack which will fit perfectly in your home gym. It is also sturdy and durable enough to work in a professional weight-training facility. In this article, we will give you all the information you need of the SML-1 stand so you can make an informed buying decision.
It is very compact with a small footprint and not too tall
Includes heavy-duty J-cups to hold your bar and protective plastic covers
The 1,000-pound weight capacity
It does not include a pull-up bar.
The SML-1 is a compact unit which is perfect for a user with limited space for equipment. The footprint is 49 inches by 48 inches, and the rack is 72 inches tall. It has 3x3 inch 11 gauge steel uprights with the Westside Hole Pattern.
It also comes with the Rogue Fitness Monster Lite J-Cups. They have UHMW inserts, which stands for ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene and is durable hard plastic. These will keep your Oly bar from getting dinged up from repeated racking. Unfortunately, they are the only accessory which comes with the SML-1 rack.
Every laser-cut and weld on each product manufactured at this company is individually inspected at every step during the process for the appearance and integrity of each product. After the powder coat process, they are inspected again for finish and quality. Then the whole stand gets one more check for quality assurance before the company ships it out. Once you receive it, Rogue guarantees it for life.
The SML-1 offers 11-gauge steel uprights that are black powder-coated and measure 3 inches by 3-inch. It also has a base that measures 2-inch by 3-inch, which makes them not only look sleek and tough but also makes them extremely durable. They set the bar high for squat racks. Rogue Fitness competitors try their very best to copy them. When it comes to Rogue, you will never question the integrity of the company or ever have to worry about having a rack that is unstable or of poor quality. Another positive that comes along with this rack is that it is easy to put together and the stands are built to withstand a lifetime of extreme workouts and abuse.
A great reason to go out and get a squat stand is so you can train properly and safely while you are alone. But in order to do that, you need a stand that comes equipped with spotter's arms for safety. The spotter arms used with the Monster Lite stands are called SAML-24 and are probably some of the best spotter arms you will find on the market. The only thing is, you have to buy them separately. They are a little spendy, almost half the cost of the racks themselves. This means some already expensive equipment will cost even a little more. You get what you pay for though. When you receive the squat rack you will understand what we mean. The workmanship is the ultimate quality, and it is guaranteed for life. This is unmatched by any other supplier you will find.
The SML-1 is set up with Westside hole spacing on the uprights. This means there is a 1 inch spacing in the area where your bench will be, which lets you put the spotter arms at the exact height you need for your benches. The rest of the holes on the uprights have a 2-inch spacing. This is actually a nice little touch by Rogue Fitness, and its value cannot be overstated. It is extremely annoying, not to mention dangerous when you cannot get the spotter arms at the right height for your benches.
In addition to the spotter's arms, there are a bunch of other accessories available you can purchase to make your SML squat stand even more effective. There are Dip Arms which give you the tool for doing dips, one of the best exercises using your body weight that there is. A Wheel Bracket Set will give you more portability so you can roll the stand out of the way when you are not using it. If you are not worried about portability, you could get the Floor Mounting Feet to bolt your stand to a floor or platform. It is handy to have a Single Bar Holder. If you have a couple of bars, one of them can sit on the J-Cups and the other one on this bar holder.
There are also short or long plate storage posts available. They come in pairs and give you a convenient place to store your steel plates or bumpers. When they are loaded up, your rack will be even more stable.
What is SML
Squat Stand Or Power Rack
The other reason someone might choose to look for a squat stand over a power rack is that they do not feel they will have enough space for a full rack. Actually, the fact is that a squat stand can take up more space than you might think, or you could say that a power rack can take up less space.
There are lots of reasons to prefer a squat stand over a power rack for some reason or another, but you do not want to automatically assume you have to settle for one just because you are working with limited space. There are definitely some smaller power racks and half racks you can check out before you commit to a squat stand.
The Final Word
This rack is the perfect basic equipment to start building your gym. Rogue Fitness is a well-known quality brand and is durable enough to last. It is a rack you will be able to get accessories for and add on to later. So if this sounds like the equipment you have in mind, the SML-1 will be a great choice for your home gym.