Squat Stands, Racks and Rigs

With so many choices out there, deciding which option to buy for your gym or garage can be a difficult one. This is the first in a series of articles about picking the right one for you.

The first question you should ask is whether you need the stand or rack to be portable? There are many reasons why you might want portability. You may have limited space and need to reconfigure the gym for different workouts, you may be renting and not want to install anything, you may even want the ability to take the stand out to the park for workouts on nice days. 

If you need portability, for the most part that will mean a squat stand. Portability is one of the big advantages of squat stands, the other is the fact that stands are generally more affordable than racks or rigs. 

Traditionally there are 2 disadvantages to using a squat stand instead of a rack. 

1. The stand is less stable and can move on you when racking the weight. 

2. The stands do not have a spotting mechanism. 

However, the ES-1, S-1, S-2 and S-3 have minimized these problems. The bases are stable enough that there is no way that you are going to knock them over racking the weight, with the addition of our spotter arms, you can squat alone in safety. If you need maximum portability and the smallest possible storage footprint, our S-4 H base  squat stands are the most stable independent squat stands on the market. 

When choosing from among these options here are some questions you might ask.
 
1.  Do you need to do Pullups on the stand?

If you are looking to do pull-ups on the squat stands, the S-2 and S-3 add this capability. If you have 8 foot ceilings, the S-2 is for you. If you have 9.5 foot or higher ceilings, you can take advantage of the S-3′s extra height.

2. Do you need the Westside hole pattern?

All of these stands with the exception of the ES-1 have the Westside hole pattern. 1 inch spacing in the bench/clean/pull area and 2inch spacing every where else. The ES-1 has 2 inch spacing throughout. The Westside hole pattern allows for greater flexibility for your starting positions. 

3. Do you need to be able to add attachments for things like spotter arms or dip bars?

All of our stands other than the ES-1 and S-4 are compatible with the vast array of Infinity Rig add ons.

4. Do you want to be able to use the stands as a yoke?

I you want to add the functionality of a yoke while also using the stand for squats, look into the Y Series yokes, based on the same design as our S Series squat stands. 

Finally, if you do not need portablility and would like additional stability for kipping pullups, you can add mounting feet and bolt the stand into the ground.

The stands are available here

Tomorrow: Power Racks.

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Buy 3 & They Ship Free

Choose three or more of any of the Buy 3 & They Ship Free items and those items will ship for FREE on your order.

This applies to all apparel and other select items including the Rogue ES-1 Econ Squat Stand

If you order additional items that are not from this section, you will only be charged to ship those items that are not from this page, you will NOT be charged to ship the “Buy 3 & They Ship Free” items.

Look for the “Buy 3 & They Ship Free” logo on the items page or go to the Buy 3 & They Ship Free page.

Only valid in the US 48 contiguous states.

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Pit Shark

The Pit Shark is the best way to add a little or a lot of weight to body weight movements like pullups and dips.

It is also a great way to do belt squats without having a bunch of weight swinging between your legs while balancing on plyo boxes.

Both weight and band resistance or any combination of the two can be added and removed very quickly.

Here is an explaination of the benefits of the belt squat as well as a demonstration of the Pit Shark in use.

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Resistance Band Training

Westside barbell brought band use to the cutting edge of powerlifting technology, and for the past 10 years powerlifting records have been repeatedly broken.

There are two main benefits to band training that have led to this increase in performance.

1. With traditional weight, the resistance is constant over the whole range of motion, but in certain parts of the range of motion your own mechanical advantage makes this weight easier or harder to lift. For example in a deadlift, initiating the movement is the hardest part of the motion, because of the angle of the back and the position of your legs. Once the weight is above your knees, lifting it is quite a bit easier. For bands, the opposite is true. What this means is, that in lifts like, squats, deadlifts and bench press where your mechanical advantage is the least at the bottom, the resistance from the band is also the least, and at the top of the movement, where it is normally easier, the bands provide greater resistance. This allows you to train with resistance over the whole range of motion and build strength in the part of the movement that is normally neglected. You can also combine, weight and band resistance to emphasize different portions of the range of motion.

2. In order to overcome the resistance of the bands, speed out of the bottom is required. If you try to come up slowly, the lift simply will not happen. This helps athletes build explosiveness that translates into increased power for the for all types of athletic performance.

Rogue carries two lengths of Monster Bands including our original 41″ Rogue Monster Bands and our brand new 12″ Rogue Shorty Monster Bands that can be used in situations where the longer bands would have to be doubled or tripled over band pegs in order to create tension.

Of course bands can also be used for assisting body weight exercises, stretching, plyometrics and many additional exercises.

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Rogue Fat Bar Grips

There are multiple versions of the new Fat Bar Grips. All are 3″ bars that can be used for pullups, farmers walks, band work, chain, barbell or odd object lifting to train your grip, but each has its own unique features.

The double bar has 2 anchor points and can be used for super fat bar pullups or lifts.

The single has an attachment point in the center, requiring additional balance and coordination.

The mini is perfect for pullups, farmers walks and accessory work.

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Dog Bone Pull Up Bar

The Dog Bone Pullup Bar is a multitasker with two uniqe grip training areas. The center is a fat, 3″, suspended Pullup bar and each end is an even larger 5″ sphere to further challenge your finger strength. In both areas the single center suspension point adds the additional difficulty of balancing yourself and your effort. This will also show any discrepencies between the strength of your arms so the can be corrected.

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Bar Shopping

www.roguefitness.com is now the best place in the world to shop for a new bar. Not only can you be sure that any bar that you buy from our site will be top quality, it is now much easier to choose a bar to perfectly fit your needs.

We have a huge selection of bars, ranging from needle bearing Olympic weightlifting bars, to men’s and women’s multipurpose bars. We also have bars ranging from powerlifting bars to junior and technique bars and even specialty bars, as well as everything in between with the tools and knowledge that will enable you to pick the bar that is perfect for your application.

If you are looking for a certain brand, an intended use, a feature, a shaft diameter, a knurling texture, a construction method, a specific tensile strength, a coating, or even a certain color, it has never been easier to find what you are looking for.

Whether you are looking for a men’s weightlifting bar, a women’s bar or need something more specific like a 28 MM bar with bushings and no center knurl or 29 MM bar made from 185K PSI steel with powerlifting knurl markings finding what you need is as easy as picking from the categories on the left side of the page. Keep choosing categories to narrow down the choices until you have found exactly the bar you are looking for.

Check out our Bars Page to try it out.

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Storage

A well organized gym is a more functional gym.

So you have bought the bars, plates, dumbbells, Kettlebells and medicine balls. Now you need somewhere to put them so you can make the most of the space in your garage, or affiliate.

We have all your storage solutions, including stand alone solutions, products that will attach to your existing stands, racks and rigs as well as specialized shelving.

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Rogue Flat Utility Bench

Quality shows, even in simple things. The Rogue Flat Utility Bench is so much more stable than the competition, that once you try it, you will not be able to go back to your old bench. The 2×2″ 11 gauge steel tubing, combined with the sturdy neoprene padding and the precision American construction make the bench a joy to use. Because of the superior design and constrution, this bench is used on every USMC base in the world.

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Get your own custom bar

Maybe you would like a bar that is bright or black zinc all over. Maybe you want a bare steel shaft with olive drab sleeves. Whatever combination you are looking for, you can build it here.

Not only can you order a bar with a custom finish to fit your style, the bar is based on the Rogue Bar, the bar used at the CrossFit Games, because of its ability to excel for both Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting movements.

It is made from 155K PSI steel that will whip enough for Olympic Weightlifting movements, with our famous understated knurl with both Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting markings and no center knurl. It also has snap ring sleeves with high end bushings for reliable spin.

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