The Best Squat Stand – Rogue SML-1 Review

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This review is for the Rogue SML-1, but I have included the whole line of the SML series for comparison.

I do actually own and use the SML-1 as seen below;  it’s the best squat stand you can buy!


When I first decided I wanted to build a home gym, I knew that I needed something versatile that would allow me to squat and do pressing movements, so I got a power rack.

This was great when my plan was to train in my garage. During the warm months it was great, but when winter came… and trying to keep my garage warm enough to even want to train was brutal.

On top of that, all the extra money I was spending on propane for my heater, I had to come up with a new game-plan, fast!

I started to do my research on more space efficient racks because I decided to train in my basement instead of the garage.

I wish I would have thought of this before buying a power rack that wouldn’t fit in my basement because it was too tall.

I began to look for something that would fit in my basement because I have a low ceiling, so I came across Rogue Fitness and found the SML-1 and instantly knew that’s what I’m going to get.


The SML-1 is American Made and super heavy-duty; built to hold 1000+lbs.

This squat stand works well in any environment from home gym to commercial gym. The SML-1 is built like a tank and can handle any lifter’s needs from beginner to advanced.

The SML line has Westside hole spacing for a more precise rack position for the bar.

This squat stand is very versatile allowing for:

  • Squats
  • Bench Press
  • Seated OHP
  • Floor Press
  • Rack Pulls

There are many other variations of exercises you can do.

The SML-1 allows for everything you would want or get in a larger power rack except it does not come with a pull-up bar. If you have the overhead space and want a pull-up bar go with the SML-2 or SML-3.

The Benefit of a Squat Stand over a Rack

The main reasons to go with a squat stand over a rack:

  1. Space efficiency
  2. Price

You can get everything you would possible need in the SML-1 that you can get in a rack, but it really comes down to the amount of space you have and what you can afford. These are the main benefits of going with a squat stand over a rack.

I have both, a rack and a squat stand, so I can truly give solid advice to those of you who are thinking about building a home gym.

I’m not saying that one is better than the other, but I will say that you have to do what makes most sense for your situation.

You should think about what is going to work best for you based on your needs and wants.

The SML-1 squat stand works great for my training and I have no regrets.

Also, if you plan to compete in powerlifting most federation use a squat stand not a rack.

Another great benefit of the SML-1 is that you can get the heavy-duty spotter arms to help keep you safe in the case of a missed lift.

Some other beneficial features:

  • Floor mounting feet in case you want to use bands.
  • Wheel bracket set for portability.
  • Bar holder for storage.
  • Safety spotter arms.
  • Many other attachments worth checking out.

These features are extra. The main one that I highly recommend is the safety spotter arms, especially if you plan to train alone. Even if you have training partners, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Get the spotter arms for sure!

Rogue SML-1


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  • Made in the USA
  • 3×3″ 11 Gauge Uprights, 2×3″ 11 Gauge Bases
  • Weight Capacity: 1,000 + lbs
  • Color: Black
  • Height: 72″
  • Length: 48″
  • Width: 49″
  • Product Weight: 122lbs
  • Rated: 5/5
  • Price: $365
  • Warranty: Lifetime!

Rogue SML-2


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  • Made in USA
  • 3×3″ 11 Gauge Uprights, 2×3″ 11 Gauge Bases with Pull-up Bar
  • Weight Capacity: 1,000 + lbs
  • Color: Black
  • Height: 92″
  • Length: 48″
  • Width: 49″
  • Product Weight: 157lbs.
  • Rated: 4.9/5
  • Price: $445
  • Warranty: Lifetime!

Rogue SML-3


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  • Made in USA
  • 3×3″ 11 Gauge Uprights, 2×3″ 11 Gauge Bases with Pull-up Bar
  • Weight Capacity: 1,000 + lbs
  • Color: Black
  • Height: 108″
  • Length: 48″
  • Width: 49″
  • Product Weight: 167lbs.
  • Rated: 4.9/5
  • Price: $475
  • Warranty: Lifetime!


The Best Exercises to Build Muscle

If you want to build the most muscle efficiently you need to do compound barbell exercises. With the SML-1 you can do many compound movements that will help you build muscle and make you stronger.

The SML-1 works great for many exercises that will target both upper-body and lower-body giving you the option to do full-body training and switching between upper/ lower-body exercises with ease.


For example, you can back squat, then bench press, and do front squats in the same workout, no problem.

Also, for those that like to do barbell curls and heavy shrugs the SML-1 is built in a way that will accommodate for just about any exercise you can think of with a smaller foot print than a larger full size rack.

To get started building your home gym all you really need is the SML-1, Bench, Power Bar and Weight Set to get jacked and strong.

Building a home gym is one of the best investments I have made and has changed my life for the better tremendously.

It could do the same for you!

If you build it, the gains will come!

Built Strong to Make you Stronger!

Rogue Fitness prides themselves on their top-notch quality that is crafted and manufactured in the USA.

They are also proud sponsors for powerlifting, strongman, and crossfit competitions.

Rogue stands behind their quality offering a lifetime warranty for the whole SML line giving you the confidence and peace of mind that you are making a great investment.

If you are looking for the best squat stand get one from the SML line and you will not be disappointed.

I’ve had mine for a little over 5 years and it’s as solid as the first day I put it together.

If you have any questions or comments leave it below. I would like to hear what you think of my review on the SML-1!

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All the best,




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Marcus is a man of God, married to a wonderful women and has 4 children. He is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and aspiring Powerlifter. He has a passion for helping others achieve personal growth through a healthy fitness and nutrition based lifestyle. With hard work and dedication anything is possible. God bless

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