Rep Fitness produces some of the best weight benches, ranging from Olympic and decline, to flat and adjustable. Their latest take on the adjustable bench can totally change how you work out at home and offers the same type of versatility as the weight benches you’ll find at the gym.
The AB300 by Rep Fitness can give you that killer workout you’re looking for, and it’s one of the only benches that somehow manages to pull off decline, incline, and flat positions without hitting your wallet too hard. It offers an extensive range of settings and features a comfortable, firm padding, so you’ll get plenty of leverage as you push through a challenging workout. Rated as one of the best in the industry, this adjustable bench has it all.
Overview and Features
This isn’t a commercial bench, yet it’s still very versatile, built solid, and priced reasonably.
The FID bench features a basic steel ladder that makes back pad adjustments easy. The ladder is made out of nine-gauge steel, so you know this bench is built to last. The rung that catches the ladder notches is pretty chunky.
In terms of position options, this bench offers a total of seven. The lowest position you’ll find is the decline at twenty degrees. Next up is the flat position. The remaining five notches on the ladder are designed for a variety of incline levels including eighty-five degrees, sixty-five degrees, fifty degrees, thirty degrees, and twenty degrees. This kind of variety is huge for any lifter looking for a bench that can allow them to enjoy a more versatile, seamless workout.
The bench utilizes a pull pin system to make adjustments. The pin is very accessible and easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about struggling to adjust the bench when you’re right in the middle of a lifting session.
In regard to seat positions, this model offers five, but considering there’s only a five-degree difference from one position on to the next, you won’t need to use all of the positions available. On average, most lifters will use the middle ten-degree position with the backrest placed at eighty-five degrees, the flat position, and the twenty-degree position.
You’ll find yourself using the twenty-degree setting the most because it’s the only position that provides a flat surface when you’re doing decline workouts and it’s probably the only position that will prevent you from sliding when you’re doing your decline work.
The seat itself is very large, but that’s because it has to be for the decline position. However, with a stand-alone decline bench, many lifters have found that a slimmer design offers more freedom of movement when it comes to foot and leg positioning, so the width of the seat can be a huge drawback for larger lifters.
When placed in the flat setting, the pads on the bench come in at a little over seventeen inches high. In general, the bench is very stable in the flat position, which is something you won’t find with many adjustable benches. However, you’ll still have to deal with the notorious gap that’s found between the backrest and seat of the bench, but it’s only about two inches wide.
The bench features a commonly used frame design that includes a narrow stance at the front and a wider stance at the rear. Overall, the design makes this bench very stable, especially when it’s placed in a lower setting. But when placed near the eighty-five-degree position you’ll quickly find that things start to get a little rocky. This is because the user’s weight is placed closer to the narrow front of the bench as opposed to being evenly distributed between the back and front of the bench. While the bench won’t end up tipping, it can sure feel like it when you’re lifting heavy.
In terms of comfort, the foam padding used is just under three inches thick. The vinyl cover is pretty grippy and relatively comfortable, but it should be pulled a little tighter around the foam padding.
Ease of Assembly
If you’re not handy with a wrench, then you’ll be happy to know that this bench arrives mostly assembled. All you have to do is attach the rear leg roller and the pads. This model comes with a pair of wrenches, which is all you need for the assembly process. You can expect assembly time to run around half an hour.
The bench weighs eighty-five pounds and comes equipped with a handle and wheels for easy storage.
The manufacturer currently offers a thirty-day warranty on the padding and a ten year warranty on the frame.
- Affordably priced.
- Excellent padding.
- This bench offers a wide range of positions for a more versatile workout.
- The heavy steel frame ensures durability.
- This bench will not wobble as you lift.
- One-thousand-pound weight capacity.
- Changing positions is fast and easy.
- The circular steel feet on the bench lack any type of rubber padding, which can cause damage to your flooring and it can cause the bench to slide on slick surfaces such as tile.
- The padding is only covered by a one-month warranty.
- The bench cannot be stored upright due to the ladder system, instead, it will only lock when the bench is placed in a horizontal position.
- If you’re a serious lifter in need of a bench that’s more designed for the powerlifter, then check out the Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 Adjustable Bench.