4.0 out of 5 stars | Good starter bench set for beginners
I’ve been wanting to assemble a home gym in my home for some time now. Let’s face it, we all need to work out more. And I don’t want a device that’s just going to hold laundry (you know what I’m talking about). I’m going to admit, I’m a newcomer when it relates to a workout routine. But I know I need something versatile and that can workout every body group. So what did I want? I needed something easy to use and had multiple ways to work out my body. Let’s get right to it! Assembly was fairly easy. The “multi tool” that comes with the bench are a bit of a joke. I’m sure one could assemble this with these tools but it would be a pain in the glutes. I used my own tools and was able to fully assemble the bench in about an hour or so. Construction was solid and secure and the instructions were fairly easy to read. I’ve been using this set for about three weeks and I’m already seeing results. I use the bench press to work out my chest. If I need to work out different parts of my chest, adjusting the seat and the height of the weights is very easy. CAUTION: there are a pair of silver safety guards that help prevent the weights from accidentally being lifted out. Make sure to disengage these latches before you start your routine. There’s also a pad that helps you work out your biceps from the weights at the foot of the bench. Again, adjusting the height is easy and quick. The weight rod can hold about 8 standard weights for you to use. It also comes with an Olympic buffer for larger size weights. How many can that hold? I’m not sure, because I’m using standard weights. When I graduate to Olympic size I’ll update this review. I also stand and use a rowing motion to workout my triceps, shoulders, and upper back. The handles are very mobile so it’s easy transition from one set to the next. Also at the foot of the bench are two sets of padded fittings to work out your legs. Simply sit at the end of the bench and place your feet on the lower pads and you can work out your quadriceps, the muscles on your thighs. Lay on your belly and place the back of your feet on the higher pads and you can work out your hamstrings. This machine will work all your “beach body” muscles. It’s not a total workout system, but for the price, you really can’t beat the overall quality and results (AS LONG AS YOU WORK OUT!!). The only thing this doesn’t come with is a set of instructional guides that show you how to use each component. I know I’m doing something right because I’m seeing results, but is there something I could be doing better? Are there more ways to use the machine? I don’t know. For the quality I give this set 4 stars, but if it had those instructions, i would have given it 5 stars.
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018 by Michael J. McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars | Love It !!!
Just got the bench today. See pics. So, from the time I cut the straps on the box to complete finish it took me 2hrs exactly. I used, 1 17mm socket, 1 17mm wrench, 1 14mm wrench and 1 13mm wrench. There was 2 bolts missing and 2 extra, but I happen to have the exact size bolts that was missing in the package. A 6ft bar does fit perfect, and I have 1" hole plates. I did load 3 50lb plates on front, leg extension peg for total of 150lbs. Could of held more I'd say. The bench, on my 6ft bar I loaded 6 50lb plates, plus my bar weighs 17lbs for a total of 317lbs, again, could of held more I'd say. And see pics.
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2016 by ABC
4.0 out of 5 stars | Very good product. Better than expected!
Very good product. I was a little afraid of it being not so good in terms of material and workmanship, but I was proved wrong. Some folks complained about assembly instructions but they are very easy. With a little help from my son (which I didn't really need), I was able to assemble the bench in a little less than two hours. The parts were all there and they fit very well too so no issues in assembling. The tools provided are clearly not going to work so you do need a couple of tools (spanners only) and I have included pictures. The only reason I give 4 stars is because there's not enough spacing between the different parts. For example, if you are doing leg lifts, you may have to remove another part to have the right amount of room. You certainly need a 6 foot bar for bench press. You need about 8'x8' space in order to have enough room to use this bench.
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2017 by VGore
4.0 out of 5 stars | Good enough, but there is a room for improvements
Good machine overall, and I like it. It is solid built, especially for the price. It has set of minor issues that are not showstoppers, but they cause some annoyance. Assembly: + Not much complicated - Tools included are garbage. You can assemble it with the tools provided, but you will be much better with set of socket wrenches and adjustable wrench. Preacher curl + Does its job. - It is attached with the knob, and every time you take it off to do legs, you have to screw/unscrew it. Pull-out pin would fit much better. (hack: I'm using pin from arm curl bar) Arm Curl Bar + Easy to reach - Grips are not rotating. When you pull up your hands your wrists rotate slightly. Now the handles are covered in rubber foam, and do not rotate at all. This is sure way to give you blisters. Gloves help a bit though. Leg part + Does its job + Has adapter for olympic weights - (front facing) Arm Curl Bar. I'm a big guy, and when I straighten my legs fully, handles are hitting my knees. So instead of fixating arm curl bar with the pin as it should be, I'm pushing it all the way out. Bench + Nice, sturdy. - When you put bar on bar catch, it is blocking adjustment of backrest. You can't simply pull it up, you need to at least lift bar a bit. Overall I'm satisfied. I use it daily, and it does its job just fine. But I plan to do at least few upgrades to it very soon.
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars | Great Bench Press for tall people
To answer all the important questions: YES, it can go 90 degrees for military position. NO, you can not do squats on this (unless you are under 5 feet tall, in which case you would legally be a midget) YES, it is sturdy. YES, it is comfortable (especially for tall people) Here are some of the exercises you can do on this baby: * Bench Press * Seated Overhead Press * Incline Press * Preacher Curls * Leg Extensions * Seated Cable Rows * Hamstring curls * Situps (various degrees of incline) BEFORE YOU BUY IT, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TWO BIG ADJUSTABLE WRENCHES (or you will murder your hands) Cons: If you fail your repetition on the bench press and you don't have a spotter, you will literally die.
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2016 by Scooter