Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand
The Rogue SML-2C squat stand gives you the strength and versatility of a power rack in a pared-down, compact design. It comes in your choice of eleven custom colors and sports Rogue’s trademark 3 x 3 inch, 11-gauge square steel uprights. The bolt-together triangle base is durable and stable. All hardware is finished in a stylish satin black and made of hard-wearing zinc alloy. With the added benefit of the Westside hole pattern, this squat stand is an affordable and customizable middle ground between the Rogue S-2 and the Monster SM-2.
At the top of the SML-2C, you get an adjustable fat-skinny pull-up bar. The walk-in space on this rack is 48 inches, which provides you plenty of room to perform everything from squats to deadlifts and rack pulls.
The package comes with a pair of high-quality J-Cups, protected with a UHMW plastic covering that won’t damage the finish on your barbells. The max weight capacity of this unit is 1000 pounds. The stand is 92 inches high, but the pull up bars don’t use all that available space. With the combination fat/skinny bar, the bar sits at 80.5 inches. A single skinny bar gets you an 88-inch high bar. The footprint is 49 by 48 inches. The stand weighs 157 pounds fully assembled. Mounting hardware is black zinc, bolts that won’t shear once you tighten them in place.
Easy to configure for different lifts
Option of both a fat and skinny bar
No floor or wall bolting needed
Option to add safety spotter arms, casters, and mounting feet with bolt holes
3 by 3-inch steel--some of Rogue’s economy racks has 2 by 3 inch
Compatible with Monster Lite series to make a whole rack
No options for plate storage
Quality of Life Impact
More than almost any other tool, then, a well-built squat stand or rack can tie your entire gym together and give you something that will grow with you and provide a reliable way for you to start and end your lifts every time you train.
Rogue racks are exceptionally well-built. The company goes the extra mile by making all its own steel and hardware at its Columbus, Ohio facility. The SML-2C will last for years without excess wear, will not need much maintenance, and will fight stains, corrosion, and rust, thanks to the finish. The 157-pound weight makes the stand portable, especially if you add the caster upgrade that Rogue offers. With a capacity of 1,000 pounds, you can push yourself to your max without ever coming close to equipment failure.
We are confident that the Rogue SML-2C will take you where you need to go with both your lifting practice and your life outside the gym. The fact that it’s not a rack means no plate storage, and you won’t be able to do certain lifts, but for most of us who live on bench presses and squats, the unit will not let us down.
Safety and Accessibility
The color options, including red, blue, grey and others, are an extra. Other Rogue squat stands come in black only. The addition of a combined fat/skinny bar is a nice touch, one we haven’t seen elsewhere. It is a tradeoff, though, since that configuration gives you 8 fewer inches of height.
Other add-ons, each with a separate price, include safety spotter arms, casters and brackets, and S-Base mounting feet that let you bolt the stand to your floor.
Rogue is a leader and innovator in the fitness equipment industry, with one of the best reputations and a track record going back more than a decade. If you have any questions or issues, or if you just need help with installation, you can call Rogue or chat with an agent on their website. The company will tackle your problem with enthusiasm.
There are limitations to any squat stand if you compare them to a massive and full-featured power rack. You won’t have access to certain lifts, including belt squats and cable pulls. If you understand and accept these limitations, and can use the stand consistently as part of your overall training regimen, the SML-2C will repay you with a lifetime of convenient and hassle-free service. Make your workouts as grueling as you want them to be--your lifting frame should be easy and make you want to keep coming back.