Information on how to run faster, lift stronger and think deeper

Overview and review of the Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat [Article, Video]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Apr 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Overview and review of the Rogue Monster Rhino Belt Squat




Price: 2.750

his review was originally posted in the longer article "Which strength equipment to buy from rogue" in which you can read about 25 products of Rogue which cost more than 1.000$. The Rogue Monster Rhino Squat belt will create big quads in your gym and keep older athletes healthier. See the details in this article.

Download the free Rogue barbell Overview

What else to consider from Rogue

Most popular Rogue accessory in 2020

This is an overview of the most popular Rogue accessory on in 2020 based on views of the reviews and click throughs to the Rogue fitness shop for purchases. If want to know more about the details on how this data was collected you can read what were the most popular rogue products in 2020.

Most popular Rogue accessory in 2020

These were the most popular accessories from Rogue on The ranking is as followed:
The LT1 50 cal lever arm had a huge surge in interest this year. It can be used to turn your rack into multiple different gym machines by attaching arms to it. The secret sauce is a pop and lock system to adjust the height which has been inspired by the 50 cal machine gun. These are a little pricey as you can get a full rack for the same price, but they are worth it if you compare it to getting all of the separate machines instead. If you are considering these, you are probably a Rogue fanboy/girl anyway and the price won’t be what matters most to you. You can read the full review of the Rogue LT1 50 cal lever arm by following this link.
The Rhino belt squat could also be classified as a rack or gym machine. For this popularity contest, I chose to enter it in accessories as it also can be bought as a drop in unit to an RM6 rack. I am surprised that it wasn’t more popular on as it is a great machine, especially for anyone who wants to build massive legs without wrecking their backs. You can read the full review of the Rogue Rhino belt squat via this link.
The flip-down safeties are an accessory you can get for the Rogue Monster racks instead of safety pins. The big pros of the flip-down safeties are that they are way easier to set up than pins and also have holes in them for attachments. If you are in a cramped space or hate to fiddle safety pins in the right holes in the rack then these are for you. Combined with a Rogue utility seat they can provide a lot of variation to your training. You can read the full review of the flip-down safeties via this link.
The squat max MD surprised me in its popularity. Probably there are fewer reviews out there compared to the Rhino belt squat and therefore got a bigger cut of the overall search volume. The Squat Max MD is cheaper than the Rhino and also closer to free weight training as it does not work with a pulley. This makes it a better option for strongman competitors while also leaving more money in the bank. The only downside is the higher platform that you have to step into. You can read the full review of the Squat Max MD by following this link.
The last accessory on the list is the Rogue Monster slinger which I personally would not recommend. Rogue put this out to monetize on people who already have a Rogue rack and have no space for a lat pull. The monster slinger is basically the pulley system that is being used on the newer lat pull towers from Rogue. While this is sound commercial thinking, Rogue did not pay enough attention to detail on how someone would actually use this pulley she attached to the rack. It’s a nice toy to get but for the money, I think you are better off getting a couple of strongman sandbags or a pair of loadable dumbbells from Rogue. They are fun and you will get some tricep activation out of them too. You can follow this link to read the full review of the Rogue Monster slinger.

Overview of the Rhino belt Squat

The Rhino Belt squat machine is one of the latest additions to the big machine line up of Rogue. The version including a rack delivers a half rack including the Rhino setup to your home. It comes in Rogue black with a length of 51.5'', width of 49'' and height of 100.375''.  The unloaded trolley weight is 27.5lb.
Squat belt machines are popular to get more leg work in while putting less stress on the lower back. Especially older athletes tend to get upper body injuries or ailments in the lower back. To take away a bit of the strain created by the barbell back squat or front squat you can supplement with Belt squats. 
The Rhino includes the newest pulley system designed by Rogue, which seem to be living up to the hype. You will get a very versatile machine for this price. This configuration also includes J cups to be ready to go for squatting inside or outside this half rack.

Pros of the Rhino belt Squat

This is a well-built machine which will give you the best pulley system of Rogue to date. If you want to build a home gym that does not take up a lot of space and also allows to train without a barbell, the Rhino Belt Squat hits the spot. You get 2 weight posts with 15.75'' loading capacity on each side. The belt can also be used for dips and other exercises. 

Cons of the Rhino Belt Squat

This is a machine that is mainly targeted at clients and athletes who want to lift heavy and can not use a barbell to do this. Especially powerlifters will like this machine. If your clients are not powerlifters, injured often or just simply do not move heavy weights you might be better off investing your money in equipment that covers their needs better. 

How many clients should the Rhino belt squat bring you?

If you think that the Rhino Belt with Rack will bring you 10 new clients who pay you 50$ on a 1-year retainer it is worth the investment. This will yield 6.000$ net new revenue against an investment of 2.750$. Adjust the numbers for your own gym accordingly.

Alternatives to the Rhino belt Squat

There are a couple of alternatives to the Rhino Belt squat from the Rogue Portfolio. These are:
This version saves you a bit of money and even more important than that, floor space. If you already own one or multiple RM6 racks you should seriously consider this upgrade for your gym. Especially when almost no one is using the half racks at the back. This is also a great option for home gym owners who are a bit older or get injured often who want to have a backup plan to barbell squats, without losing too much footprint.
The squat Standalone version is the right option if you already own one or more racks and have plenty of floor space to fill. This saves you about 1.000$ which you can invest in other equipment like barbells and plates
This would be the most cost-efficient and versatile option. The jerk blocks can be set up for a belt squat so that the athlete stands on the blocks. You can use the dip belt to attach the weight. This setup usually requires a second person to help out. Otherwise, you have to climb the boxes with the weight attached or do some other wild acrobatics. The pros of this package are that the blocks can also be used for deadlift block pulls, jerk training and even as storage.


The Rhino Belt squat is especially a good investment if your gym is very powerlifting or rehabilitation focused. With this machine you can still train heavy while giving big athlete's lower backs a rest. In case of injuries the belt squat machine can be used to securely progress back to barbell work while not compromising intensity of the workouts.

Topics: Squat, Rogue, Powerlifting, Garagegym, Home Gym