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Belt Squat Machine 2.0 With Belt


From pain-free squats to insane quad pumps, the Belt Squat Machine does it all — without loading your torso or spine.

FEATURES • 13 unracking heights • Side or top-mounted pegs • 700lb capacity • 264lb weight • 11-gauge steel • Black powder coat • Belt included

“Amazing machine. Heavy duty and useful for not only belt squats but also deadlifts! 0 pain.” – Joshua S.


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From pain-free squats to insane quad pumps, the Belt Squat Machine does it all — without loading your torso or spine.

Whether you want to build your quads to squat more (or just be able to squat, period), this back-friendly Belt Squat Machine will actually have you excited for leg day.

Benefits of the Belt Squat Machine

    Barbell back squats are great, but back issues and upper-body injuries can leave you doing diddly-squat for months (or years)… until now! This belt squat machine transfers the load from your back onto your hips, so you can squat with ZERO spinal loading or upper body involvement. But don’t take our word for it; a research study using a similar lever-style belt squat machine found that “Belt squats may be a suitable alternative to back squats in order to avoid stressing low back or trunk musculature.” So, grab your squat shoes and belt up. It’s time to squat heavy again!
    If you want a huge squat, you need strong quads (source). And to target them effectively, you need to squat deep enough. So, it makes us pull our hair out when we see belt squat machines that don’t even let you squat to parallel (SERIOUSLY, whyyy?!) But with our Belt Squat Machine, the plate pegs (weight horns) can be mounted vertically, so your weight plates don’t bottom out on the floor before you go ATG. The platform also has a center cut-out to allow the middle beam another couple inches of depth, letting you squat deep enough that you’ll finish your set saying, “Oh my QUAD!”
    It’s no surprise that standalone belt squat machines aren’t cheap. Just look at some of our competitors, where you’ll pay at least $2,000… BEFORE shipping fees. Our Belt Squat Machine was made to be the best bang-for-your-buck option — intelligently designed while still being affordable enough for home gym enthusiasts. But if you’d prefer something compact and more economical, no biggie! You’ll probably dig the Belt Squat Lever Arm Rack Attachment.

Belt Squat Machine Specs

Brand Bells of Steel
Weight 264lbs/119.7kg
Widest Width 81"/2057mm
Narrowest Width 52.5"/1334mm
Depth 51"/1295mm
Height 40"/1016mm
Handlebar Diameter 0.98"/25mm
Plate Peg Diameter 1.89"/48mm
Loadable Peg Length 13.5"/343mm
Steel Thickness 11-Gauge
Machine Coating Black Powder Coat
Starting/Empty Weight 40lbs/18.1kg
Total Weight Capacity 700lbs/317.5kg
Warranty Limited Lifetime

IMPORTANT: The belt squat machine has 13 adjustable heights but is not guaranteed to allow all lifters to squat ATG (ass-to-grass). If you bottom out early, standing on bumpers or stackable pull blocks will give you the extra range of motion you need.

More AWESOME features of the Belt Squat Machine.

Built Like A Tank

This belt squat machine is built like a tank and boasts an impressive 700lb capacity. Its 264lb weight, 11-gauge steel frame, fully-welded platform and 3mm thick top make it stable enough to use as a standalone unit. So when leg day rolls around, you’ll be ready to go to war 💪🏻

Highly Versatile Machine

This belt squat machine was specifically built for belt squats (duh), but it’s actually a one-stop (exercise) shop. From deadlifts to split squats and rows to bicep curls, the amount of movements you can do is only limited by your creativity. For ultra-creative souls, check out our Cable Tower.

Better Than DIY Setups

There’s no shortage of DIY belt squat setups that save money. But beyond the cost savings, a standalone belt squat machine will beat almost every DIY version. The setup is faster, the movement is safer, and the gains are more transferrable to back squatting — it’s a win-win-win.

Adjustable To Your Liking

The j-cups have 13 adjustable heights to fit a variety of lifters. Add some resistance bands to the band pegs for more tension. You can mount the plate pegs horizontally for easier plate unloading or vertically to reduce the overall machine width by 28.5″ (#spacegainzzz).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the weight of the belt squat machine?

    The weight of the belt squat machine is 264lbs/119.75kg.

  • What are the dimensions of the belt squat machine?

    The dimensions of the belt squat machine are:

    • 81″/2057mm width (plate pegs horizontal)
    • 51″/1295mm depth
    • 40″/1016mm height

    *When the plate pegs are mounted vertically, the total width reduces to 52.5″/1334mm.

  • What are the dimensions of the platform on the belt squat machine?

    The dimensions of the platform on the belt squat machine are:

    • “/mm width
    • “/mm depth
    • “/mm height
  • What is the weight capacity of the belt squat machine?

    The weight capacity of the belt squat machine is 700lbs/317.5kg total, or 350lbs/158.75kg per side of the machine.

  • What is the coating on the belt squat machine?

    The coating on the belt squat machine is a lightly-textured black powder coating.

  • What is the loadable sleeve length of the plate pegs on the belt squat machine?

    The loadable sleeve length of the plate pegs on the belt squat machine is 13.5″/343mm.

  • How should the plate pegs be mounted on the belt squat machine?

    The plate pegs (also called “weight horns”) can be mounted in two ways on the belt squat machine. Side-mounted is easier plate loading & unloading, but takes up more space. Top-mounted saves over 2 feet of width, but loading & unloading plates is more difficult. The choice is yours!

  • How to use the belt squat machine?

    To use the belt squat machine, step on the platform. Put on the belt and squat down to attach it to the eyelet. Stand up and pull the handle towards you. Do your squats, then push the handle away and squat down to rest the lever back on the uprights. Take off the belt and step off the platform.

  • What is the starting weight of the belt squat machine?

    The starting (empty) weight of this belt squat machine is 40 pounds. That includes the weight of the lever system, the belt and the carabiner used to attach it to the machine.

  • What bearings are used on the Belt Squat Machine?

    This belt squat machine uses p204 bearings, which are commercial-grade pillow block bearings with Zerk fittings. Zerk fittings are important because it means that the bearings are greaseable, making for easier maintenance and a longer, squeak-free life.

  • What to do if bottoming out while using the belt squat machine?

    If you’re bottoming out while using the belt squat machine, there are a few fixes. First, try clipping your belt directly to the eyelet without using the chain. Next, try standing on bumpers or mats, like our Stackable Pull Blocks. Lastly, we’ve heard of customers who have placed a horse stall mat on top of the platform with a section cut out for the lever to travel unobstructed.

  • Can tall people use the belt squat machine?

    Yes, tall people can use our Belt Squat Machine. We’ve had many lifters over 6 feet tall who use this machine regularly with no issues. Remember to adjust the chain length as needed.

  • How smooth is the belt squat machine?

    This belt squat machine is nice and smooth, thanks to the commercial-grade bearings with greaseable Zerk fittings.

  • What weight plates fit the plate pegs of the belt squat machine?

    Only Olympic weight plates will fit the plate pegs of the belt squat machine, as the diameter of the plate pegs is 48mm.

  • What is included with the belt squat machine?

    This is what’s included with this belt squat machine:

  • What tools are needed to assemble the belt squat machine?

    The tools needed to assemble the belt squat machine are:

    • 17mm wrench & socket
    • 19mm wrench & socket
    • 24mm wrench & socket
    • One ratchet to fit the sockets above

    *Correctly sized box-end, adjustable & socket wrenches are suitable alternatives.

  • What are the shipping box dimensions of the belt squat machine?

    The shipping box dimensions of the belt squat machine are:

    Box 1:

    • 147lb weight
    • 37″ length
    • 37″ width
    • 6″ height

    Box 2:

    • 132lb weight
    • 50.25″ length
    • 16.5″ width
    • 5.5″ height
  • What is the warranty on the belt squat machine?

    The belt squat machine is covered under our Limited Lifetime Warranty, which guarantees that it will not break under normal use and protects against defects in material, function and workmanship.

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Alexander R.
  • My Fitness Goal Is: building muscle

Excellent Machine

Amazing quad stimulus with this machine. I love that I now have a squat movement that I can safely push to failure at home and removes one of the reasons I missed the gym (leg machines). I have no problem giving this machine a 10/10. The value you get for your money is excellent. The one and only Con would be that the packages arrived in really bad condition. Without even cutting the plastic straps holding the boxes together I was able to reach in and physically remove two loose bolts which had escaped their internal packaging. No parts were missing but that was pure luck. the boxes each weight 100 pounds so its natural that they are difficult to ship but when you spend 1000 dollars on something I would like to hope it arrives without looking like it went through a war zone.


Bells of Steel

Hi Alexander, Thank you so much for your awesome review of our Squat Machine 2.0. We are thrilled you have found great use of this machine and we hope you continue to do so. As for the packaging, unfortunately as of late our carriers have been particularly hard with our stuff. This is something we are actively trying to correct. Thanks again for the excellent feedback! Sincerely, Marcus & the BoS team

Timothy T.
  • My Fitness Goal Is: Stronger lower body

Good product

First the positives. I like that I can go full depth on the squats and even safely go to failure. Also like that you can add band resistance and do RDLs, rows etc. only have two negatives. The support arm barely clears the lever and you have to hold it. Doing exercises other than squat where you are holding an attachment you have to use a band to keep the support out of the way. I feel like the support should come farther forward and stay put on its own. Also when unpacked the base had a small dimple dent. Tiny but I notice it every time I use it. The way that it was packed no chance it occurred during shipping. Overall great product for the price


Bells of Steel

Hi Timothy, Thank you so much for reviewing our bumper Belt squat machine! We are so happy that youre enjoying your new equipment. We will certainly take into account the cons you have mentioned. Thanks again, we hope to see you again soon! Marcus & the BoS team

Josh S.
  • My Fitness Goal Is: Build muscle, functional strength

Great machine

We are absolutely thrilled with this machine. Amazing for squats, Romanian dead lifts, calves, rows, shrugs, etc. I run a farm which requires lots of daily manual work, and we love having a versatile machine that enables great lower body workouts without so much wear and tear on the joints. I can train more often and with more volume thanks to this machine. And the versatility means it gets used almost every session, upper or lower body.


Bells of Steel

Hi Josh, Thank you so much for taking the time to review our Belt Squat Machine 2.0. We are delighted that you have found great use of this machine and it has overall made workouts easier on your joints. We hope you continue to love it! Sincerely, Marcus and the BoS team

Alexandre m.
  • My Fitness Goal Is: Stay in shape


Although advertised for home we placed this in our studio and all our clients have absolutely loved this. Not only useful for squats but also accommodating for other exercises and greatly helps they have a YouTube video with the set up. A must for everyone looking taking their fitness to the next level.

Bells of Steel Belt Squat Machine 2.0 With Belt Review

Bells of Steel

Hi Alexandre, Thank you for the 5 star review of our Belt squat machine. We are thrilled that it has been perfect for your studio and we hope you continue to love it! Marcus & the BoS team

Jeremiah O.
  • My Fitness Goal Is: Better equipment

Looks better than it performs

As a gym owner, I purchased this with high hopes of attaining a valuable belt squat addition for the gym. I’ll get right to the point- the machine is extremely difficult to get into. It’s not designed for all abilities as a result of this. The height that you can adjust the machine to, to make it easier for you to get into, leaves you stuck and unable to unrack the weight to begin your set… so you’re stuck having to get in a very uncomfortable position to even get the belt on. This machine needs to be redesigned. I have used many belt squat machines and most of them allow you to load weight out in front of you, whereas this one- as you can see the weight distribution is out to the sides. It almost feels like the quads are more engaged than anything else. I’d recommend going with Arsenal if you had to pick a better belt squat brand. The steel is good quality, but the paint must not have been applied on multiple layers as it’s already beginning to rust one year in.


Bells of Steel

Hi Jeremiah, Thank you for taking the time to review our Belt Squat Machine 2.0. We are very to hear your experience has not been entirely positive and are certainly taking all your points into consideration. Please dont hesitate to reach out to us at support@bellsofsteel.com with any concerns or problems. Thanks again, Marcus and the BoS crew