Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand Review
updated October 10, 2018
The Rogue SML-2 is a hybrid between the Rogue 90 inch S-2 and the Monster SM-2. As such, it delivers the strength of a power rack and the functionality of a squat rack. It is made from 3 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge laser cut square steel tubing, along with 5/8 inch hardware. With a compact 49 inch by 48 inch footprint, it will fit into challenging workout spaces.
In this article we provide an in depth review of the Rogue SML-2 squat rack, along with 3 alternative models.
The Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand is constructed from Rogues most robust material, 3 inch by 3 inch laser cut, 11 gauge square steel. This is reinforced by rugged 5/8 inch hardware. The uprights are 92 inches tall and are fitted with both a fat and skinny bar to provide you with the very best pull up and muscle up options.
Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand comes with the Westside hole spacing pattern to provide you with customized bar placement options, with one inch spacing through the bench press zine and two inch spacing above and below. You also get a pair of j-cups with protective UHMV plastic covers to protect your lifting bar.
The Rogue SML-2 is a very versatile rack. In fact, it can be used as a full scale power rack. This includes the ability to perform everything from the bench press to pull ups, the floor press and clean pulls. With a max weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, this rack allows you to lift some serious weight. It also has a compact footprint, making it suitable for home gyms with tight spaces.
This squat rack is highly compatible with a full range of Rogue accessories. You are able to add a bar, bench and plates, along with Monster Lite Safety Spotter arms, a wheel bracket set for ease of transport and a single bar holder for better storage capability.
- 3 x 3 inch, 11 gauge steel framing
- Max weight 1,000 pounds
- Westside hole spacing
- No plate storage capacity
Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand Alternatives
The Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Rack has upright steel framing that is an inch thinner than the Rogue SML-2. However, it still provides you with a very solid base to work from, especially when you take the price into account. The maximum amount of weight you can safely lift on this rack is 800 pounds, so it will meet the needs of most advanced lifters. Your purchase includes a 12 position adjustable bench, making for even better value for money.
The Fitness Reality 810XLT is built for safety. It comes with a pair of 23-inch long chrome lock-on safety bars as standard. You also get 19 bar placement holes on the uprights, though this unit does not feature the Westside hole system. A multi position pull up bar is provided overhead for all your lat work.
- 2 x 2-inch square steel framing
- 12 position adjustable bench
- Multi-position pull-up bar
- No Westside hole spacing
To explore more rack options, please read our in depth analysis on best racks choices available, and how to choose one.
The TDS Squat Cage short power rack is especially built for challenging workout spaces. In fact, you can get it into a room which has a ceiling that is just six feet from the ground. The framing is made from 2 inch by 2 inch square steel framing. This makes it a full inch thinner than the Rogue SML-2, but still makes for a sturdy unit. It has a max weight capacity of 660 pounds.
Unlike the SML-2, the TDS rack comes with dip bars as standard fittings. You also get a professionally knurled chin up bar, plate holders, j hooks, and jumbo hooks. The low height of the rack, however, makes it challenging to get a full range of motion when doing pull ups on this unit.
- Dip bars
- Plate holders
- Not as robust as the Rogue RML-2
The Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack is a budget single user rack that is made from 2 inch by 2 inch laser cut square, 11 gauge steel. These are slightly lower specs than for the Rogue SML-2, but enough to make for an impressively solid rack.
The uprights on Titan T-2 Series Short Power Rack provide you with a full run of bar placement holes, spaced two inches apart. It does not provide one inch spacing through the bench press zone as offered by the Rogue SML-2. A pull up bar with a 1.25 inch diameter sits at the top of the rack. Secure steel j-hooks are also provided.
- Budget single user rack
- Strong and rigid
- Steel j-hooks
- Uprights not as strong as the Rogue SML-2
The Rogue SML-2 squat rack is really a hybrid between a squat and a power rack, providing you with more functionality that you’d expect in a traditional squat rack. It has an extremely solid base, with 3 inch by 3 inch, 11 gauge square steel. It also provides you with Westside hole spacing and a max resistance of 1,000 pounds, making for a very impressive, compact home gym rack.
Our best choice for an SML-2 alternative is the Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Rack, with its 2 x 2-inch square steel framing, 12 position adjustable bench and multi-position pull-up bar