Updated July 7, 2019
When I see a weight bench advertised for under a $100 I’m always suspicious of the weight benches overall quality, the
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- Folding Exercise Bench: Great traveling bench and great for home storage
- Positions: this bench can be adjusted to all positions from incline, flat & decline
- Seat, the seat can also be adjusted to three different positions, For decline you can make the seat to a great potions (see picture)
- We also included a free cushion for the back that you can move up and down the back of the bench to put it where its most conformable for you
- NO ASSEMBLY NEEDED: The bench comes fully assembled, just take it out of the box and it's ready to use
Who Is This Bench For?
However good you might think this bench is, it’s defiantly not for serious lifters, it’s been built and designed with the beginner to intermediate weightlifter in mind.
The weight capacity of a bench is normally the first indicator as to who the bench was built for. 600lb is a hefty capacity for an affordable bench which puts it in the medium weight range, but what you need to remember is the weight capacity includes your own weight, so a guy weighing 300lbs could only bench press another 300lb and you would be at maximum capacity.
You might think you’ll never bench press that much weight and most people will not, but serious lifters do and if you are a guy whos looking to getting into lifting seriously you may find you outgrow this bench fairly soon.
So yes it’s a great bench for the beginner to intermediate weightlifter or anyone who needs a bench for resistance exercises in their workouts, but for
I think you would have to be brave to test a budget bench like the Gymenist to full capacity…Take it up to 500lbs but 600lb for a lightly constructed bench could be risky.
Having a foldable weight bench is great if you lack a dedicated workout area, foldable benches are becoming increasingly popular because they are easy to store in small places and very easy to take out again for each workout.
It’s also nice to see they have designed this bench with all four corners of the bench making contact with the ground. This is generally a more stable design than the tripod design where you have a single center support post at the front and two at the rear of the bench. The tripod design can become unstable in higher degree incline positions.
When I first started training, any bench I got hold of with a leg holder was taken off, firstly because I find them awkward to train with and secondly I think decline bench pressing is overrated, if you want to add mass to your lower chest, dips are best and will add mass faster.
No need for any tools, this bench comes fully assembled.
Gymenist Exercise Bench Video
The biggest selling point of this bench for me and I have to say I was impressed to see it on a bench at this price, has to be the adjustable seat!
An adjustable seat is a must for anyone wanting to perform incline workouts, why? Because it stops your butt from slipping down the bench, giving you the support needed for benching the dumbbells from a stable position, it will also relieve the added stress on your back.
A full FID weight bench is what you have with the
The Marcy comes in under £150 and the
PROS & CONS
6 adjustable back support positions
Pin lock adjustment system slows adjustment times
Staples on padding tend to come lose some owners have reported
A $100 bench is a $100 bench, lightweight benches will always have some stability issues under heavy loads.
Marcy SB 670
Made from powder coated 14 gauge steel with a durable high density two-toned upholstery this bench shines quality, a heavier bench than the
Just like the
And whats great to see on the Marcy is the high-density foam used to cushion the upholstery, it keeps the padding firm and not too comfortable. The firmer the padding the more stable the lifting platform.
If you have a little extra space and don’t need to fold away your bench after each use, then this is one bench I highly recommend you check out, it is our joint No1 choice for an adjustable bench under $150.
When you buy any piece of fitness equipment from the reputable company Bowflex, you expect to receive a high-quality product and there’s no exception with the Bowflex 3.1 adjustable weight bench. Made from high-density heavy duty steel this bench has been built to last, it boasts a 15-year warranty and build quality is second to none in its class.
This bench does have the lowest weight capacity out of the Marcy and
The bench features a full incline 90-degree adjustment angle which is always good see, some of the cheaper benches only go to near full incline and many people end up having to buy another bench for this angle alone.
A versatile very well made bench that will prove to be a durable purchase, the only thing holding the Bowflex 3.1 back is the lack of an adjustable seat, but if you can live without one, this bench is certainly worth every penny.
To Sum Up
Overall you will not find a much better weight bench for the price, the Gymenist Exercise Bench is a very capable, versatile weight bench for the beginner and intermediate lifter. If you are looking for a weight bench that’s easy to store away after use and light enough to carry to any part of the home to train, then I think most people will be happy with their purchase.