SML-2 Rogue 90" Monster Lite Squat Stand is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Billy B from
Safest squat stand available!I've had this stand for about a year. With the spotter arms this thing is very safe to use when working out alone. I have since bought a lot of accessories and upgraded this to a RML-390F rack. The options for this stand and what it can become in your home gym are amazing. Great job Rogue!
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 5 out of
J Soto from
Better than expected!I bought this about a two months ago when Rogue had the shipping deals during the CrossFit Games. I was originally planning on getting the HR-2, but figured I could get the HR-2 conversion kit down the road. I actually may not bother as the SML-2 is more than adequate for my purposes. I was able to put it together easily once I was able to get a 15/16" socket wrench. I have the long plate storage pins and safety arms as well on my SML-2. The rack is stable with hardly any sway when performing kipping pull-ups (mine is sitting on 3/4" rubber stall mats). I would agree with other reviews that "skinny" is relative as the single skinny bar is actually thicker compared to any other pull-up bars I have used on other half-racks and multi-stations at my local gym. The J-cups have done well protecting the knurling on my Ohio bar. Overall, an excellent option if you want a squat rack and pull-up bar, but don't want to bolt your rack into the ground.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of
Wow, tougher than I was expectingI finally found a beefy and reasonably priced rack to complement my Ironmaster 950. I searched a long time, but everything reputable is much more expensive and safety arms can't go as low. I'm still in awe at how solid the SML-2 is. My first impression was, "Yikes, should I have gotten the Infinity instead?" The safety arms are really hefty too. Really simple to assemble, did it by myself with 2 adjustable wrenches. The precision of the bolts and holes is amazing--practically a perfect fit. Though not bad, I wish the paint is more like an enamel. I had a few contacts with service, and am very impressed with the quality of care each time. "Made in USA" was also important to me.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of
Monster Lite?If this is the lite version, I can't even imagine the Monster version! I took advantage of the ships free deal on Sunday night and ordered it with the single skinny. I got an email saying it will be about a 7 - 10 day wait, which was also on the website at the time. I was ok with that seeing how I had waited 6 months or so to be able to order it. Though no, it wasn't 7 days, nor was it 10 days, I got tracking numbers a little over a day later! I was STOKED! I'm glad I didn't settle and get a full rack from "Ama***.com". And believe me, the pictures and Youtube videos do this stuff NO justice! The craftsmanship of it all is incredible, nothing like you would find in your "local gyms". The uprights of the stand are the most impressive, just tall, massive square tubing with well machined holes and an awesome Rogue badge on the sides. The next most impressive parts are the J-cups lol! They are as wide as my forearm and beefy. To be honest this setup is so overkill and comical but in an AWESOME way! When putting it together, it reminded me of those Erector Sets when I was young but on a massive scale. Lucky for me I'm not far from Ohio so it got here quick and in great shape by way of a UPS ground truck. Every part for the stand and every piece of hardware was there and packaged well! There really is nothing to putting it together. After checking out the instructions, I did it myself with a pair of vice grips after getting most of the nuts finger tight and then I had to get a 15/16 wrench and socket to tighten everything completely after it settled and leveled out. And after a bit of a wipe down to get the scuffs off from being in the boxes, it ends up being this sick looking, matte black stand that you can't help but stare at. Even those who don't lift would be impressed by it's presence lol!
Only two things more I could mention. One is I don't think it's quite 166lbs as stated, more like 120lbs +/- as I'm able to move it around easier than you would think for being 166lbs. The other is the "skinny" pullup bar. It's not as skinny as you would think, so don't let that deter you from just getting the single in fear that you may not like it. It's similar to the feel of a barbell in your hands but maybe a tick thicker. It's very nice. Also, I'm 5' 11 1/2" @ 185lbs. I was swinging from this thing like you would as a kid on a tree branch or jungle gym lol and I don't think it moved even a 1/8 inch. I know some may like to do kipping pullups as they say, I really don't think you'll have a problem. You would have to be quite aggressive with it to get it to start rocking and especially to tip it over.
Anyway, this was well worth the wait. It was sort of like the feeling many get when they order a Harley or a Vette and have to wait a certain time period to get it. And I'm sure you can imagine the feeling of finally getting it in your hands!
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 5 out of
Long-lasting squat rackI received the SML-2 about 2 weeks ago and had several workouts to evaluate it. Shipping was quick and easy, although my UPS guy was probably not too pleased with all the boxes. Assembly was straightforward, if not simple, as the bolts took a socket head bigger than anything I had, necessitating a run to the hardware store. The bolts are huge though, and you will not be worried about the amount of weight this thing can hold. Also had to have help from a friend holding the uprights to bolt them in, but that's not a problem. Follow the instruction to not tighten everything until the rack is fully assembled, I had to go back and loosen and re-tighten some bolts to get out some wobble. My garage floor isn't perfectly flat, so there is still a bit of wobble, but I shimmed up one side with cardboard from one of the shipping boxes (there was plenty) and now everything is fine. The fat/skinny bar is great. I recommend getting the wheel set, but you may need to mount them on a different side of the rack, which requires more bolts. Mine are in the back up against a wall, so they aren't really useful. I'm going to switch them around the to the front once I get more hardware. The J cups are great, I put some cardboard in the bottom of them for even more bar protection, but that's probably not necessary. Also got the spotter arms which look strong as well and have the same plastic lining on them as the J cups. Haven't had to use them yet, but they make me feel better about working out alone in the garage. I also like the fact that I can upgrade it to a full rack if I ever have the space and/or inclination.
In summary: This rack is a tank and will last a long time. Perfect for home gyms.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of
Brian Steele from
Great RackThis is a solid squat rack. I use it for power lifting mostly and it can take drops easily with heavy missed lifts. Only thing I noticed was that there were some blemishes on a couple pieces when I received up but it does not bother me but some it does. This is a great piece of equipment that can take some abuse.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 5 out of
Timothy Fluegge from
PerfectWhen I started shopping Rogue rigs, I was very skeptical about all the 5-star reviews. Seemed sketchy to me that almost no one ever leaves sub-4-star reviews about Rogue products. But I did my due diligence and was soon convinced that this stuff was legit. I was shipping the thing overseas, so it was imperative that everything arrived in a timely and orderly fashion. As soon as I got my order and peeked inside the boxes, I knew this stuff was everything it was supposed to be and more. Shipping was very fast (less than 4 days, I believe) there were no missing parts, nothing was damaged. I resealed the boxes and threw them on a shipping container.
I was moving to the Dominican Republic and had only a 7'3" x 7'"10 room in which to set up my gym. Footprint was a major selling point and this thing came in at just the right size. With a six foot bar, I have just enough room to do everything I need to do. I'm sure it would be nice to have a full squat stand, but on the other hand, even with a larger room I would love the freedom and openness of this rig. Sure, maybe you have more room to do squats in a full-sized rig, but the safety arms on this bad boy are plenty long enough to spot you on a failed squat.
The American steel this stuff is made cannot be beaten. It is rock solid and there are zero stability issues for squats and pullups. Even with shipping included, this was the absolute best product I could find for the price. I researched just about every stand available in the $400-$800 range and this is THE best, IMHO.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of
Mark Schwarzer from
Amazing product and even better pricing.Ok first review didn't post about a month ago, so here is an updated and shortened one.
I got this about 4 days after it was shipped. Actual shipping costs were reasonable, especially since I ordered a decent amount of bumper plates with this stand. UPS dropped off the two pallets I ordered, but this comes on one long pallet balanced on a normal sized pallet. It isn't wrapped very well at all, but nowhere near as bad as the bumper plates were wrapped. Those came muddy and dusty (not that I care, just stating for reference). This came fine other than the fat/skinny pull-up bar being slightly damaged, as well as the rack. It's just the paint on two corners and a nick where you might place your hand for a wide pull-up, but it is felt. The rack has a larger gouge missing on the upright 3x3 section (about the size of a pinky, 1-2 pennies deep). One bolt didn't line up correctly either with the pull-up bar, but it was fixed in a few minutes time. The rack isn't fully compatible with the Monster Lite Spotter Arms I ordered either. They work and are beefy, not doubt about that... but the hole spacing on this rack doesn't always allow for the bottom pin to be inserted at times. Problem? Not really, just something I noticed immediately. The arms can only be placed so far down (sorry, no rack pulls at or below knee for taller people (I'm 6'0")) since they are limited by the two plates holding the squat rack upright pieces together. No numbers to indicate which hole you are on, but that isn't an issue with the stand. It's advertised that way and can easily be marked with a silver Sharpe, colored paint/stickers/magnets, etc.
So that's what I don't like about the rack, and it's mostly trivial. It still works and does what it is supposed to. It's beefy, easy to build, stable, super easy to build, priced right, looks great, and only has 3 steps to build it so it's super easy! Does not include wrenches, but includes all hardware. If you are thinking about any squat rack (which can really be used for so, so much more), this one is a great option. The pictures are said to not do it justice, but they do. It is just as nice in picture or person. It's the spotter arms that don't get justice from pictures, those things are worth the, almost, $200. They have already saved me on bench presses.
Overall 4.5/5 for the issues it came with. Just because it's USA made doesn't mean it's perfect, but it sure is close for the money.