Rated 5 out of 5 by bigdeal Best bench for the money
This is a solid bench. Well constructed and versatile with the 5 positions. For the money, much more reasonable than others I priced with same features.
March 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Batman Okay. Not spectacular.
So here's my background. Finished 2 rounds p90x, one round of body beast. Getting interested in doing more serious weight lifting; have been working with dumbbells, but thinking about getting a barbell and rack. So I wanted a solid bench, not just for dumbbell work, but possibly also for barbell as well.On the pro side, the Bowflex bench is solid. Doesn't wobble. Adjustable seat is nice -- seat can be on decline when rest of bench is incline, so you won't slide off when doing incline press.This being said, design and manufacture quality is only middling. One of the two holes / screws for the upper piece of the back rest was miss drilled and won't mate. Still usable, but annoying. The gap between the seat and back is quite large when bench is flat (maybe 5 in): still usable and there are work arounds, but there are also plenty of other benches that don't have this issue. It's a design flaw.Another problem is the height of the bench. I'm on the short side (5'7"), and my feet don't reach ground when bench is flat. That's a problem for serious bench press work. I've been using a couple of aerobic steps as a stop gap, but its annoying to spend $200 and then to realize that I have to find ways to work around design flaws in the equipment.What I didn't fully realize until after I bought the Bowflex bench is that there are lots of alternatives that are more expensive, and offer more for the money. The next price point up is about $280, and I suspect would not have some of the flaws I've found in the Bowflex. One example at this price point is the Powertec bench, which is heavier, more adjustable, and apparently has better wheels.So in a nutshell, if you have the opportunity to actually try the Bowflex bench out before buying, then do -- depending on your height, maybe the proportions will work better for you. If not, keep in mind that there are lots of other bench choices out there, and an extra $70 may buy you a better alternative for serious lifting.
December 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Diana Excellent! Worth the $$$
I love this bench! So easy to put together, my husband had it assembled in minutes. The bench is very sturdy, does not wobble when using it. It is very easy to use, changes from flat to incline to 90 degrees by just lifting, the bar easily moves up the pre-set notches. I am very happy with this bench, it is a bit large so it needs some space but can be moved. It has wheels on one side to help move it but is a little heavy to move across my carpet although I can move it on my own. I love the cushions, very comfortable to use. My husband even joked that this would make a great gaming chair! Very comfortable to use with the leg holds for sit ups. I have an old back injury which makes it impossible to do sit ups on the floor, I did them easily on this bench. Just like the other reviewers, I noticed it does have a small gap between the cushions so I just rolled up a small hand towel and stuffed it in the gap, which I use to towel off when I am done working out. This is a great bench, I am so glad I splurged and got this one instead of the cheaper versions, worth every $$$!!!
September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dan_2nd-Dan Good equipment
Received product a couple of weeks ago. First, I was pleased with quality of the materials. Second, the assembly was easy and intuitive. Third, the functionality and ease of use make it a nice addition to my home gym. Finally, I can store it by standing it on its end; minimizing the space requirement. Overall a very nice product.
August 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by reddog awesome bench!
if youre looking for a good sturdy top of the line workout bench to get your home workouts going.. this is it. sturdy.. no wobble.. easy to assemble.. easy to go from one position to the other.. and it declines.. totally satsified
August 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by First time reviewer Good product
Arrived on time and was easily assembled. This will completment my training program nicely.
July 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kbridgman Great Bench
Excellent with my BowFlex Dumbbells! I never have to pay for a gym again.
April 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hulk Quality
This bench very stable and solid it does not move when you're doing a exercise. This was built to last a very long time.
March 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by jim1013 Great product over all
The bench does everything you can ask for in a single stand alone bench. It's great to be able to go from decline to flat all the way to 90 degrees in one piece of equipment.
March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rider 44 Great value
Glad I bought it as it is very well made. Very easy to assemble and to use. This will last a lifetime. Highly suggest all to buy it!!
December 28, 2012