The Roque SML-1 Squat Stand Reviewed
Updated January 10, 2019
The Rogue SML-1 squat stand is a hybrid unit that combines the best elements of the S-Series and Monster line. It features the same heavy duty 3 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge steel uprights as the Monster SM-1, with the added benefit of 5/8 inch hardware and Westside hole spacing of the S-1 squat rack. This versatile rack works equally well in your home gym or in a full on weight-training facility.
In this article, we review the SML-1 Squat Stand, along with three alternative racks.
The Rogue SML-1 Squat S is an impressively space efficient squat rack. As the most compact of the Monster Lite squat stands, it will fit in where bulkier racks will not. The assembled unit stands at six feet tall and has a footprint of 48 inches by 49 inches.
The heavy gauge American steel and hardware that has gone into the manufacture of the SML-1 gives you the confidence that this rack can stand up to the heaviest of workouts. It is made from heavy duty 11 gauge 3 inch by 3 inch square laser-cut steel on the uprights. The solid base tubes are made from 2 x 3 11 gauge steel, providing optimum stability.
This rack can be fully customized with the addition of a wide range of Rogue accessories. You can add a bar, bench and plates along with safety spotter arms, a wheel bracket set to make the rack portable and a pair of floor mounting feet to lock your unit in place.
The SML-1 is the shortest of the three racks in the SML range at just 72 inches. That means that it does not come with a pull up bar. However, you do get a set of heavy duty j-cups, along with protective plastic covers. The weight capacity of this impressive unit is 1,000 pounds.
- Very compact
- 3 x 3 inch 11 gauge steel uprights
- Fully customizable
- No Pull Up bar
Rogue SML-1 Squat Stand Alternatives
The F2C squat rack consists of a pair of individual squat stands with wide stable bases and extended bar support arms. This provides you with the advantage of being able to customize the squatting width to suit your needs as well as being able to easily store the stands away when not in use.
The steel uprights of F2C Pair Squat Rack are made from sturdy 2 inch by 2 inch square steel tubing and fit into a very stable “H” base with triangle supports. This gives each stand a rigid support. However, the max weight on this rack is limited to just 390 pounds. That will be plenty enough for most beginner and intermediate lifters but experienced trainers will soon outgrow this capacity.
- Individual rack uprights
- Height adjustable
- Sturdy and durable steel construction
- Maximum weight 390 pounds
The Titan Series Short Power Rack is a full on power rack that is constructed from 2 inch 2 inch, 12-gauge steel framing. One inch round full length steel j-hooks provide plenty of safety and support when you’re squatting. This rack allows you to squat safely with 700 pounds on your back.
Titan T-Series Short Power Rack comes with a pull up bar which is set at 68.5 inches from the floor. With an opening of 44 inches and a depth of 45 inches, this rack gives you plenty of room to move within the cage. You also get a pair of plate storage pegs at the end of the rack. This greatly enhances the stability of the rack.
You get a total of 21 bar position holes on the uprights, providing you with plenty of placement options.
- Deep, walk in design
- 21 bar placement options
- Pull up bar
- Quite bulky
If you want to explore more about power racks, please refer to our article about best racks available in the market to cater your needs.
The Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar is one of the few racks we’ve found that can match up to Rogue when it comes to maximum weight allowance. This heavy hitter allows you to work with up to 1,000 pounds. It can do this thanks to the 2 inch by 2 inch, 11 gauge steel used on the uprights.
Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar than the SML-1, with a height of 110cm, compared with just 72 cm for the Rogue rack. This means that it is nowhere near as compact, but it does provide you with plenty of room to work overhead. This includes coming with a fat / skinny pull up bar. It also comes with dip bars and band pegs, in addition to solid safety squatting bars.
- 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
The Rogue SML-1 Squat Rack is a great hybrid rack for those who don’t have the room for a full on Monster Rack but still want the grunt that comes with the Monster label. It is fully customizable, giving it the potential to be the base unit of your entire gym. It’s only downfall is that is doesn’t come with a pull up bar.
If you are a more budget friendly squat rack that still does the business, our recommendation is the Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up bar, which provides you with 2 x 2 inch 11 gauge steel framing, dip bars and a 1,000 pound max weight.
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.