Universal 5 Position Weight Bench
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- Adjustable bench offers five positions (-10, 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees) and dozens of exercises
- Challenges your entire core and upper body
- Contoured shape and five-inch foam rollers ensure safe and comfortable workout
- Stabilizer levelers provide stable base on almost any type of flooring
- Measures 17 by 25 by 51 inches (W x H x D); 250-pound maximum user weight; 430-pound maximum user weight and lift load
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The simple, effective challenge of a free weight workout remains one of the most efficient ways to build strength and muscle mass. The Universal Five-Position bench, from parent company Nautilus, offers positions of -10, 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees, and dozens of exercises to challenge your entire core and upper body. Its contoured shape and five-inch foam rollers ensure a safe and comfortable workout, while stabilizer levelers provide a stable base on almost any type of flooring. The bench measures 17 by 25 by 51 inches (W x H x D). It has a 250-pound maximum user weight and a maximum combined user weight and lift load of 430 pounds.
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|Model ||Universal |
Five-Position Weight Bench
|Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1 ||Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 5.1 |
|MSRP ||$99.99||$169.99 ||$199.00 ||$279.00 |
|Number of Positions ||1 ||5 total |
-10° / flat / +15° / +30° / +45°
|4 total |
-10° / flat / +45° / +90°
|6 total |
-17° / flat /+30° /+45° / +60° / +90°
|Bench Description||Single piece ||Single piece top |
|Single piece top |
Rounded seat for legs
|Two piece top |
Rounded seat for legs
|Leg Brace ||Yes - fixed||Yes - fixed||Yes - Removable||Yes - Removable|
|Maximum Weight ||200 lbs ||250 lbs||300 lbs||300 lbs |
(L x W x H)
|45" X 17" X 25" ||51" X 17" X 25" ||56" X 26" X 20" ||56" X 26" X 20" |
|Assembled Weight ||16.3 lbs||33.4 lbs||55.1 lbs||61.7 lbs|
|Warranty ||Frame: 2 years |
Upholstery: 30 days
|Frame: 2 years |
Upholstery: 30 days
|Frame: 2 years |
Upholstery: 30 days
|Frame: 2 year |
Upholstery: 30 days
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*see edit/update at the bottom
Solid- when the box for this bench showed up I was surprised at how light the box was. It actually had me worried as I've tried out benches that felt like they had give and of course when you've got weights up and you need to focus on perfect form the last thing you want is the chance of feeling a slip or flex underneath you. All fears were gone after setting it up though. This thing is SOLID. The design is clever - the supports extend from your CG at an angle to the floor supports and rest directly on the foot piece rather than being bolted to the side. This is akin to holding a weight overhead instead of out from your body - it will just transmit the weight with nothing to flex. Benches where the supports are bolted to the side have to sink in as the shear force is absorbed and the repeated loading will loosen the nuts. Also the current design I received (not exactly pictured) has both supports meeting at and welded to an elbow at the same point where the seat meets the back rest so there are no holes for pins or bolts that may allow slop or loosening over time. This sucker distributes weight like a roofing truss and is NOT flexing. Bottom line is that this bench is very well designed to be solid without needing a bunch of big heavy bolts that you have to worry about loosening over time. There are just a couple light bolts so it doesn't slide apart when not under load. I think using good engineering design principles and reducing the need for the amount of steel required not only kept the weight down but probably the cost too.
Mobile- somewhat related, the next nice surprise was the easy mobility. I considered a nice solid Marcy and I liked that it felt like a tank when I sat on it but I didn't like you had to wrestle it like one to move it. Them's the breaks, right? Turns out it's not though- because of this bench being structurally intelligent instead of just being over-engineered it is not terribly heavy even though it's solid. This means that those of us who are trying to squeeze a few home gym items into a relatively small room will be able to quickly and easily get this bench stored against the wall. That goes for family members too, so if someone wants this out of the way so they can say hop on an exercise bike or lay out a yoga mat they won't have to struggle to move it because it only weighs about 20 pounds.
Comfort- The bench padding is comfortable without being too cushy. Some benches are so hard it is distracting. Some are so cushy that you feel like you're laying back on a couch. This one has a considerable amount of padding but also perforations to breathe so your shoulder blades don't stick against it like cheap car upholstery on a sunny day. This is not to say you'll want to hang out and watch TV from this bench, this is to say that your focus can stay on your form where it belongs.
Length- I'm 5'10" and scooted all the way back to the rest with the bench at the 45 incline the back of my skull rests at the top of the backrest. This is perfect for me. Again that is scooted all the way back, if you are slightly taller and like to have support for the back of your head you will *probably* still be okay. If you are a lot taller you may not share my opinion that this bench's length is just right, but I think for most of the population it will provide head support without being oversized.
Decline- This bench DOES have decline but I can understand why some of the reviewers have missed it. If you look at the bracket stops there are actually *4* brackets, one for 45 degrees, then 30, 15, and flat. But this is a 5 position bench? The trick is that the top of the bracket stop has a channel so the bottom of the support arm that attached to the back rest extends beyond the bottom stop bracket and rests in that channel to prevent lateral movement. There are two shock / wear plates on the support arm where it rests in that support bracket channel and the other contacts the back rest for support and to transmit load solidly. Again, a very clever design. If that description doesn't make sense then just hold the support arm against the back rest while lowering the back rest fully to decline and boom you are there. It will make sense once you see it, but again I don't blame anybody for not seeing this (I didn't at first either!) but the flat position really is flat (even though flat could possibly be convinced as "barely decline" if you were looking for it) and the decline position is a full -10 degrees. The only problem is Nautilus does a terrible job of telling the user how to get there.
This leads me to my only real CON of this bench: Documentation. People are using this as a 4 position bench instead of 5 because you are left on your own to figure out that the decline setting is not supported like the other 4 settings. Also there are no assembly instructions, just an exploded parts diagram. It still went together fairly easily, it's a simple enough design, but there are a couple details that I think at least merit a special note, e.g. when you put the back rest's support arm on you need to be aware that the wear plate near the top goes "up" and the wear plate near the bottom of the support goes "down" so that they contact the other bench parts when put in the decline setting. I initially put mine in upside down and it wasn't until I figured out how it was supposed to go into decline that I even noticed those extra plates I've been calling wear plates on the support arm and realized I had it upside down (since it doesn't matter for the other 4 positions). I consider this very minor in the big picture, especially because the bench itself is everything you could want in a dumbbell / sit-up bench and absolutely worth 5 stars, especially at Amazon's price, but it seems silly they didn't toss in a couple notes about assembly and usage that would have been very helpful if the other reviews here are any indication.
Please note the current model's design is slightly different than the picture, the back channel with the stop brackets now goes straight down to the rear "foot" rather than having the curve near the bottom in back as pictured - just something to be aware of if you are looking at the pic trying to better picture what I've done my best to describe above.
Last but not least, Amazon's item description gives a max user weight of 300 lbs. My bench has a sticker on it that shows a user + weight limit of 430 pounds. I've not sat on it with a combined weight of more than the mid 200's or so but I believe even that limit of 430 is probably conservative.
*Feb 2014 Update: After 2-1/2 years, I still love this bench. Last August I picked up a squat rack off craigslist and have been using this bench in conjunction with that for barbell training. Pulling the bench in & out of the rack when it's time to bench makes me appreciate the efficient design's light weight. The rack's j-hooks and safety pins make this bench better for me to work out by myself with than a bench with a built-in stand, plus it saves space since the bench can stay in the rack between workouts rather than needing room for a separate benching station. I'm still a lightweight and haven't had a total of more than about 350 pounds on this bench but it always feels rock solid.
tl;dr Decent deal if you can snag it for 100$ bucks. Works as it's supposed to but, doesn't take kindly to wear and tear. Nothing a little duct tape won't fix.
The material covering the bench is high quality and has held up to workouts easily. It is also easy to clean in between workouts. Changing the incline is straight-forward and due to the simplicity in the design it will hold up longer than other benches with a more complicated incline selection mechanism. One thing that is a bit annoying about this bench are the foot pegs. The round plastic side pieces that keep the pads on will pop out very easily. Any real use will pop them out and I guarantee within a week or two those plastic pieces will be lost.
Dimensions are confirmed as advertised.
*Easy to select incline
*Easy to clean
*Side plastic pieces on foot pegs easily pop out(-1/2 a star)
Make sure you purchase the proper weights and other safety equipment to go along with this bench. If you are bench pressing, get a power rack and do not bench without a spotter.
Overall: 4.5/5 stars (>=.5 rounds up, <.5 rounds down) => 5 stars
If you have any further questions regarding the product in my review please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.