Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand Review

Updated January 10, 2019

The Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand provides you with the strength and versatility of a power rack in a pared down, compact design. It comes in your choice of eleven custom colors and is built from premium 3 x 3 inch, 11-gauge square steel uprights. The bolt-together triangle base is extremely hard wearing and exceptionally 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 impressive unit is a very functional hybrid between the Rogue S-2 and the Monster SM-2.

In this article we provide an in depth review of the Rogue SML-2C squat rack, along with 3 alternative models.

Rogue SML-2C Squat in detail

The Rogue SML-2C squat rack is a 92-inch high squat rack that delivers the same heavy duty framing as the SML-2C, but comes in a more compact design so that you can fit it into your home training facility more readily. The framing is made from 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel, making for a hugely robust squat rack for your home gym. The bolts that secure the unit together are made from 5/8 inch steel.

The SML-2C is available in Rogue’s widest spectrum of colors with 11 different shoes on the uprights. The bolt together triangle base comes in standard black satin finish. All of the hardware for this unit is made from powerful zinc alloy.

At the top of the SML-2C sits an adjustable fat-skinny pull up bar. The uprights feature the famous Westside hole spacing pattern, which provides you with one inch spacing through the bench press range of motion area, with 2 inch spacing above and below that zone. 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, that are protected with a UHMW plastic covering. The max height capacity on this unit is 1000 pounds.


  • Very compact
  • 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel framing
  • Westside hole spacing


  • No plate holders

Rogue SML-2C Monster Squat Stand Alternatives

Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar

The Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar is made of thinner steel than the SML-2C, with 2 inch by 2-inch steel uprights. This compares with 3 inch by 3 inch framing on the SML-2C. Despite this, the Rep Rack provides you with the same maximum level of user weight of 1,000 pounds.

Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar has an upright height of 110 cm. This is about the same height as the Rogue SM-3 and quite a bit higher than the SML-2C. This is good news for taller users, but not so good for people with low ceiling heights in their basement. The rack comes with both a fat and skinny bar and dip bars come as standard on this unit. Band pegs are an additional standard feature on this rack. The rack comes in a stylish black matte powder coated finish.


  • 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
CAP Barbell Power Rack

The CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack is a budget quality rack. The maximum weight rating on this rack is 300 pounds, which limits its use to beginner and intermediate level lifters. The uprights are constructed from 2 inch square, 11 gauge steel, making it a little less substantial than the Rogue SML-2C.

A bonus with CAP Barbell Power Rack is that it comes with extra long safety catch bars, which is a part of its built-in safety system. The CAP Barbell Deluxe Power Rack comes with a pull up bar, storage pegs and a pair of anchors to allow you to connect resistance tubes. The unit is finished with a 3-step powder coating finish. This not only looks great; it also provides you with enhanced durability.


  • 12 to 14 gauge steel uprights
  • 3 step powder coating finish
  • Extra long safety catches


  • Max weight capacity only 300 pounds
Soozier Ultimate Strength Training Power Cage

The Soozier strength cage / power rack provides you with a solid squat cage at a very good price point. It is constructed from two inch square steel uprights in a compact, functional design. A wide walk in space gives you plenty of room to train and move laterally when you’re working inside the power cage.

The Soozier power cage is very user friendly. It bolts together easily so that you can put it together with no hassles. Although it doesn’t use the Westside hole spacing pattern, you get 15 bar hole spacings, which are placed two inches apart. This limits your options for placement when doing the bench press. The maximum weight allowed when using this rack is 300 pounds, which is quite limiting. The actual weight of the unit is 110 pounds.


  • Easy to assemble
  • Wide walk-in design
  • 15 bar adjustments


  • Max weight allowance limited to 330 pounds

An in depth review of best power rack options based on your workout requirements and budget. 


The SML-2C is a hybrid between a conventional squat rack and a power rack. This is a very compact rack that will fit into even the most challenging of workout spaces. It features the Westside hole spacing pattern to provide you with plenty of bar customization options. This is a great option for those after a compact squatting unit on a budget.

When it comes to alternatives to the SML-2C, we prefer the Rep Squat Rack with Pull Up Bar, which provides you with a 1,000 maximum user weight, just like the SML-2C and double pull up bars.

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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.