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Our rack-mounted version of the Squatmax-MD features an adjustable, laser-cut steel platform (18” to 24” height) with a loading pin that moves up and down a special guide rod welded to the base of the unit. This design keeps the weight load in the vertical plane as you train, creating a pure, free-weight movement that truly mimics the optimal lower body activation of a traditional barbell back squat—with little or no need for supervision.
Because the weight can be centered directly under the lifter’s hip musculature with band resistance, the Squatmax-MD also reduces the shearing effect on the lower back that’s sometimes created by lever-arm and pulley-based belt squat systems. This difference, combined with the system’s mobility and decompression benefits (“MD”), make the Squatmax a great option not only for athletes with back/shoulder limitations, but any gym looking for a safe, effective, spotter-free alternative to barbell back squats.
How To Use: The Squatmax-MD will mount to most standard 2x3” or 3x3” power racks or squat stands that feature two vertical uprights between 27" and 50" apart. Once set up, users can add plates to the loading pin while it is in the upright position and supported by the unit’s latch plates. Wearing the included Rogue Multi Belt with carabiner, users can then connect to the loading pin, pick up the weight slightly, and turn the 1x1 square tube steel handles away to hinge the latch plates out of the way and begin squatting.
The Squatmax-MD can also be used in a similar fashion for box squats, deadlifts, hip thrusters, and more.
|Made In USA||Yes|
|Width||29" depth (platform)|
|Height||Platform height adjustable from 18" - 24"|
|Other Product Specs||Rogue Multi Belt and narrow stance plate included|
|Monster Lite Compatible||Yes|
Rather than a fixed leverage arm or pulley cable, the Squatmax-MD utilizes an open platform with a loading pin (connected to a Rogue Multi Belt via carabiner) that moves up and down a solid steel guide rod. With this free weight design, there is no neuromuscular disconnect between the athlete and the load tension, making the movement a far more accurate re-creation of a standard barbell back squat. As a free weight squat, the lifter is also able to work within their natural range of motion, maximizing focus on the hips, glutes, and hamstrings..
This version of the Squatmax-MD is designed to be mounted to an existing 2x3” or 3x3” power rack or stand; any unit with uprights that are between 27" and 50" apart (this could include Rogue Infinity, Monster Lite, and Monster Series racks). For mounting the belt squat unit to the rack, we’ve included 3/8" thick steel clamps with UHMW covers to protect the finish of the uprights. Rack-mounting not only ensures a solid, stable set-up, but is also a helpful space-efficient solution for garage gyms and large-scale facilities, alike.
Adapting Brian Henesey’s innovative design, Rogue’s American-made Squatmax-MD easily ranks with the best built and most versatile belt squat systems in the industry. The standing platform (44.75” L x 29” W) is supported by 2x2” 7-gauge steel legs, and is adjustable by 2” increments from 18” to 24” in height. The 19” loading pin is supported by two 5/16" thick x 2" wide latch plates and includes welded-on band pegs for quick-attach band resistance movements. A solid steel guide rod, welded to the base of the Squatmax, keeps the loading pin moving in the vertical plane as you train. A texture black finish completes the look and ensures reliable grip/traction.
The Squatmax-MD belt squat has rehab and injury prevention benefits for athletes dealing with upper back / shoulder issues (since there is no barbell), as well as lower back issues (less shearing impact than other hip belt squats). Better still, because the weight load is perfectly centered when using band resistance, there is a beneficial traction effect as the lower vertebrae are pulled apart (decompressed), as well as a dynamic, mobilizing stretch of the hip flexors. This mobility + decompression gives the Squatmax the “MD” in its name.
Along with the platform, base, loading pin, guide rod, latch plates and handles, all orders ship standard with rack-mounting clamps, one Rogue Multi Belt, a carabiner, and a narrow-stance plate that can be dropped in on top of the platform. The narrow-stance plate allows users to place their feet closer together when performing movements (only steel 25LB plates or smaller can be used for loading when the narrow stance plate is installed).
The Squatmax-MD ships freight from our Columbus, Ohio headquarters. You can follow the progress of your order from our warehouse floor to your door using the Rogue Shipping System.