Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand

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Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand Review Facts

The Rogue SML-2 combines the best features of the Rogue 90 inch S-2 and the Monster SM-2. It gives you the strength of a power rack and the functionality of a squat rack. The uprights are made from 3 inches by 3 inches, 11 gauge laser-cut square steel tubing and are put together with 5/8 inch hardware. It will fit into a limited workout space since the rack has a very compact footprint. In this article, we are going to provide you with an in-depth review of the Rogue SML-2 squat rack, all the information you need to make an educated purchase. 

Editor's Pros & Cons

You can choose between two different pull-up bars, either a single bar or a fat/skinny bar.

There are many accessories available you can add to this stand, including safety arms.

Comes with durable J-cups which have protective UHMV plastic covers.


There is no place to store your weights


The Rogue SML-2 is a sturdy, versatile stand from the quality of Rogue Fitness. It is made of durable steel tubing and put together with quality hardware. The footprint is compact to fit into a smaller workout space and has a Westside hole pattern for easy setup, making sure you can put your bar at exactly the right height. It also comes with nice J-cups with protective UHMV plastic covers to keep your bar from getting nicked. The stand is also 92 inches tall which means you have enough room for a pull-up bar.


The Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand is constructed from Rogue's most robust material, 3 inches by 3-inch laser-cut, 11 gauge square steel. This is reinforced by rugged 5/8 inch hardware. The uprights stand 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.

The SML-2 is manufactured at the Rogue Fitness headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, constructed from heavy-duty steel uprights that are 11-gauge steel and also have laser-cut and base tubes that are 11-gauge steel as well, which gives the stand the ultimate stability. This unit includes both SAE grade 5 bolts and laser-cut holes that measure 5/8" in diameter. Then it is finished off with a signature black powder coating.

Every laser-cut and every single weld at overall appearance and integrity. Then they are inspected again after the special powder coat is applied to ensure maximum quality. Before it is shipped out, they inspect the package as a whole for optimal quality assurance. Then once you receive it, your stand is guaranteed for life.


Once you have your own Rogue SML-2 stand, you can customize it simply by adding one or more of the list compatible tools and accessories. There is a whole array of choices. If you want to add a bar, plates, and or a specific bench to your order, you simply just look for what's compatible with your unit and you'll be on your way to reaching those fitness goals in no time at all. You can also customize the stand with Monster Lite Spotter Arms for added safety, a set of Wheel Brackets to help with portability and storage or even the Floor Mounting Feet. A Single Bar Holder attachment would also make a great choice when it comes to freeing up more space.

A really good reason to go and get a squat stand is so you can train in the comfort of your own home and approach things safely. But in order for that to happen, your stand needs to be equipped with spotter safety arms. The spotter arms used with the Monster Lite are likely among the best spotters you will find out there today. The only thing is, you have to buy them separately, and they can be quite expensive. They run close to half the cost of the actual racks themselves. With that being said, this means that you will have to spend even more money as if the racks weren't expensive enough on their own. The good news is. when it comes to the racks and necessary accessories, you will always get your money's worth. Once you get the squat rack you will know exactly what we are talking about. The workmanship is top of the line and comes along with a lifetime warranty by Rogue. No other supplier will offer this kind of a deal.

The Lite Stands are all set up with uprights that offer holes with Westside spacing. This means that the range for bench presses is a 1-inch space, which lets you put your spotter arms in precisely the perfect height for you and your bench. The other holes offer a 2-inch spacing. Talk about a nice little bonus by Rogue Fitness! Just another reason why the overall value cannot be overstated. It is extremely dangerous, not to mention slightly annoying when you cannot get the arms at the exact height for you and your bench.

Along with SAML-24 arms, Rogue offers quite a few other accessories that complement your squat stand. There are arms called Matador Dip, which give you the capability to conquer dips, which is considered a must-do when it comes to the different bodyweight exercises out there. A set of Wheel Brackets 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 that bolt the stand onto a floor or any other platform. It is handy to have a Single Bar Holder. If you own a couple of different bars and don't feel like setting them on a floor, you can place one of them onto the handy J-Cups for easy storage and place the other bar on the single bar holder.

There are also posts to store your long plates or short plates. Instead of purchasing them separately, they actually come in a set, which offers up a really convenient place to store your bumpers or steel plates. When they are loaded up properly, your rack will be even sturdier and more stable.


The Rogue SML-2 is a very versatile rack. You can even use it as a full-scale power rack which takes up less space. It can be used for performing everything from a bench press to your pull-ups, a floor press, and clean pulls. This stand has a max weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, so this rack will let you lift some serious weight. With a compact footprint, it is also suitable for home gyms with tight spaces.

While it is referred to as a squat stand, the SML-2 can be used a lot like your average power rack allowing you to do the exercises you want to complete a full work, from pull-ups to floor presses, to bench work, and more. Offering a 1,000-pound weight capacity makes your options close to limitless. The fact that it is space-efficient makes it even more versatile because of the fact that its size doesn't impact the overall functionality of this machine.

What Is Included?

The Rogue SML-2 comes with the upright and base set up, including your choice of either a Fat/Skinny Bar or Single Pull-Up Bar. It has all of the essential hardware and accessories necessary in order to have a superior squat stand to use. It comes equipped with all necessary fasteners and 5/8" bolts, as well as a pair of J-Cups which come with protective plastic inserts.

Fat/Skinny Combo Pull Up Bar

When you go to purchase the Squat Stand, you will be asked if you are looking for a single skinny bar or if you would rather go with the combination of the fat and skinny bar. Before you decide which one you want, consider your height to make sure a combination would not be a problem. Most users will probably want a single skinny bar. The reason is that for most reading this, you are doing Crossfit workouts and will probably not use the fat bar much. The bar is bolted to the rack so flipping it can take some time. If you are doing mostly Metcons, go for the skinny bar. It is the one you will find in any Crossfit Gym and the one you will use most often.

The J-Cups

The J-cups which come with the SML-2 are top quality. They are made out of thick powder-coated steel and weigh around 7.5 pounds each. They are rated to hold 1000 pounds and come with protective UHMV plastic covers. Rogue has great attention to detail. The welds are all even and clean, and to protect the knurling on your bar they bolt UHMW plastic on top of the J-Cups.

They are easy to install on the uprights. Just put them in the rack horizontally. Once they are all the way in, drop them to vertical. They are locked in ready to take any abuse you throw at them.

Benefits Of Spotter Arms

If you bench at home alone using the Squat Stand, we highly recommend that you invest in a pair of the Safety Spotter Arms. You do not want to be pinned by a heavy bar by yourself in your garage. That would be a tragedy just waiting to happen.

These Spotter Arms come with the same UHMW plastic which will protect your bar. They also have hitch pins to keep the spotter arms in place which you can use if you feel they are needed. These are a little spendy, but they are vitally worth the expense if you are planning to work in your home gym alone.

Power Rack vs Squat Stand

You will read a lot about power racks and squat stands, which one is better, what they should be used for, and the differences between them. We want to clearly explain the few differences between squat stands and power racks and what they are used for.

Power racks are constructed with four uprights. You can choose to use the squat inside the rack that offers safeties or you can choose to use the outside rack. Most of the power racks on the market today include a place where you can hold the plates you are not using on the sides. Many of them will also have a pull-up bar that goes along the top. Those who use power racks tend to like them a bit more than squat stand, simply because you are not just limited to doing squats. Although, if you have a smaller area for your home gym, you might have a more challenging time finding an area where a power rack will fit, considering the size and height of most power racks.

A squat stand is essentially just a stand for squats. You can use squat stands for things like bench presses and shoulder presses with these kinds of racks, but they are mostly designed to support your body weight when you are squatting. These stands will often come with a base with two uprights that extend upwards to help hold weight. They may be connected or they could be two individual uprights which you need to set up before you do your lifting.

What Is SML?

The SML stands for Stand Monster Lite. They are the perfect mixture of value and sturdiness. They are a combination of the Squat Stands S-Series and the Monster Squat Stands (SM Series). S-Series are lightweight stands and while the Monster Stands are the beefy, heavy-duty squat stands. This makes the Monster Lites much lighter and affordable enough to be perfect for a home gym, but they are also solid enough to withstand the abuse if used in a commercial setup.

The Final Word

The Rogue SML-2 squat rack is a quality product from Rogue Fitness. It is a design that combines the benefits of a squat and a power rack and gives you much more functionality than you would expect in a traditional squat rack. It has an extremely solid base, with 3 inches by 3 inches, 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. You will be impressed with the durability and versatility of this rack which even includes a choice of pull up rack types. You may feel the price is a bit of a large investment, but be confident that the investment will be worth it.