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XMark Fitness 12 Position Ergonomic Adjustable Decline Ab Bench XM-4416.1 (Gray or White)
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- Adjustable ab bench with twelve vertical height adjustments
- Ergonomically positioned leg rollers to reduce back strain
- Support handle for easy mount and dismount
- 14-gauge steel mainframe construction with scratch resistant powder coat finish
- Extra thick 2.5-inch high-density cushion and double stitched, tear-resistant Duraguard vinyl
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Designed to allow users to target their abdomen from a variety of angles, the XMark XM-4416.1 Adjustable Ab Bench offers twelve vertical height adjustments. Thanks to a support handle located at the feet, mounting and dismounting the bench at steep angles is made much easier. Built for comfort, the bench features ergonomically positioned leg rollers to reduce back strain, with contoured roller pads and a thick 2.5-inch high-density cushion.
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I only have 2 negative comments. First, the pads behind your knees are fairly small, and might be a little uncomfortable if you're not used to them. They are also just normal foam padding and not covered in vinyl like some higher end models.
The second, is that I'm building a home gym, and this bench only serves as a decline. After purchasing, I found the XMark XM-7631 XMark Ab, Hyperextension and Preacher Curl Weight Bench XM-7631 which serves as a decline, flat bench, hyperextension, and bicep curl machine. It's more expensive, but also would save a lot of room that 4 other machines would take up. Had I found it first, I might have gone with that model instead.
Regardless, the XMark 12 Position Adjustable Decline is everything that was advertised and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a sturdy, comfortable decline/Ab bench
The board arrived today, and I've got to say it's pretty awesome. It only took about 15 minutes total to assemble, and once put together it's very solid and stable. I'm 5' 11", and when I lay back on it my head just goes over the end slightly, which means my shoulders remain in full contact with the board when I'm fully extended. Perfect. When facing the opposite direction and grasping the handle, reverse leg raises are very easy and satisfying to do.
Now, I did see one persons review who is telling people not to buy this board because the knob that you use to adjust the height had broke him after a couple of months, but I reasoned that first of all, that's 1 person out of nearly 200, 113 of who gave it a 5 star review and had no problems at all, and another 49 who gave it a 4 star rating who really had no problems with it at all either. So, is one guy out of 160 really worth disregarding everyone else who loved the board after they got it...? That ddidn't seem to make much sense to me at all, so I ordered it up and figured I'd judge the quality for myself once ti arrived. The length is certainly long enough. The padding it certainly thick and resistant enough. The leather is certainly thick enough, The steel frame is certainly thick and heavy enough (it's surprisingly heavy). Which only left the adjustment handle to consider. After adjusting the angle a few times, I was surprised at just how little force it takes to pull the knob back, especially if you just lift the bench slightly with the other hand. It takes virtually no effort at all. Probably like 1 lb of effort. So, how in the world could that knob have actually broke on him, unless he was just jerking back on it with a lot of force. Trust me, a lot of force is not needed to pull the knob back. It takes very, very little effort to pull the knob back. Surprisingly little effort. The second thing is there is a parts list in the assembly manual, and it doesn't take much effort to see this is part #11, and the XMARK Customer Service number is 1-800-719-4605, so why not just call them up and order another one if everything else about the board was just fine rather than ranting to everyone not to buy a board that everyone seems to love. Hardly makes any sense tome at all, and even moreso now that I've actually got the board myself and have used it a number of times now.
So, I'm very happy and satisfied with this board and have no problems recommending it to anyone considering a full length ab slant board for themselves.
Sure, you can find a board that's a few inches longer, or with padding that's a bit thicker, like the slant board at my gym, but who really wants to spend $1,500 - $2,5000 for a commercial quality slant board that's designed for guys are way overweight, and to take constant abuse of hundreds of people for years...? That's just not the kind of treatment anyone using a slant board in their own home is going to do to one of these, and would be total overkill for a slant board for a home gym. The padding on this is thick enough that it is totally supportive; the length is totally adequate for pretty much any exercise you want to do on it, including reverse leg lifts and reverse crunches; it's rated to support 400 lbs, so you can do decline dumbbell presses on it if you want to; the handle really helps when mounting for sit-ups, and is excellent when doing reverse crunches; it's very solid and sturdy; and while it has 12 angles of adjustment, it's unlikely you'll even be able to go higher than the 2nd or 3rd position when you first get it.
All in all, I'm very happy with this board, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a solid, full-length Ab Slant Board to purchase for everyday use in their own home gym and finally get those abs you've always wanted...!
All the best...! ;-)
Does this company take any pride in their products??
Update: Updated review to 4 stars as a result after contacting both Xmark and retailer (Star sports online). Both were very concerned and offered replacement parts. Good service on both companies behalf.
I am 5'9" and when I am in the down position, my head is reaching the edge of the back pad. If you are, say, 6'2 or more, you might wish the back pad a little longer. But it is unlikely for you to go too much overboard that your head hits the floor.
The handle bar is very helpful. It makes getting on or off the bench very easy. I cannot imagine why other products do not have this.
All in all, perfect for me.
UPDATE: the board length does not seem to be an issue, because people of various heights appear to have the same head position. So you probably need not worry about bumping your head on the floor if you are over 6'2.
UPDATE: I have been using this bench for almost one year now. Lost 30 lbs and 4+ inches of waist. Highly recommended!!