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Weight Benches - various $100 to $200

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mtlboy wrote: Fitness Reality bench went for $132.50 for a couple of days or so in mid July. It's not a $249 -$299 bench. Gearforfit is OOS but on their website they have a bench they sell for cheaper than on Amazon. I ordered at 3pm and got it next day for them, but check their website for stock.
Thanks! Their prices seem reasonable and they have lots of selection. Just curious which bench did you get and what do you think of it so far?
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yyzthe6 wrote: Thanks! Their prices seem reasonable and they have lots of selection. Just curious which bench did you get and what do you think of it so far?
I got this one: https://www.gearforfit.com/p55-foldable ... at-fb17.02
Sells on amazon as: https://www.amazon.ca/Foldable-Adjustab ... rts&sr=1-2

It's an entry level bench and will satisfy 75% of the people. It's really not bad, but for the price it's worth it. The seat is slightly wide but not so uncomfortable and it folds up. If you are benching 2+ plates I would say get a better one, but it's a good 7.5/10. If you want to get a 'good bench', you are looking at $300 range, so keep that in mind,.
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mtlboy wrote: I got this one: https://www.gearforfit.com/p55-foldable ... at-fb17.02
Sells on amazon as: https://www.amazon.ca/Foldable-Adjustab ... rts&sr=1-2

It's an entry level bench and will satisfy 75% of the people. It's really not bad, but for the price it's worth it. The seat is slightly wide but not so uncomfortable and it folds up. If you are benching 2+ plates I would say get a better one, but it's a good 7.5/10. If you want to get a 'good bench', you are looking at $300 range, so keep that in mind,.
Can the rollers be adjusted to anchor your feet for incline crunches?
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mtlboy wrote: I got this one: https://www.gearforfit.com/p55-foldable ... at-fb17.02
Sells on amazon as: https://www.amazon.ca/Foldable-Adjustab ... rts&sr=1-2

It's an entry level bench and will satisfy 75% of the people. It's really not bad, but for the price it's worth it. The seat is slightly wide but not so uncomfortable and it folds up. If you are benching 2+ plates I would say get a better one, but it's a good 7.5/10. If you want to get a 'good bench', you are looking at $300 range, so keep that in mind,.
This one seems to be back in stock at GearforFits Website. 20.00 cheaper than Amazon also and they have curbside pickup if you want and or in the GTA. The only thing that worries me is that i am 5"11 and just reading the reviews lots of people saying decline pressing is an issue with this bench. I really just need it to use with my bowflex 552s that i have. so the weight capacity seems ok. How do you find the decline pressing situation?
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mtlboy wrote: I only see one opening, but not sure how else I would move it, so I would say no



It's not bad, I don't find it moves with the weights I use. I use 552s also. If you are doing heavy weights, I would suggest a higher end bench.
That's funny. I asked Go For Fit and they said yes :|.
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unshavenyak wrote: That's funny. I asked Go For Fit and they said yes :|.
Good to know. I stand corrected then.
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mtlboy wrote: Good to know. I stand corrected then.
Who knows. They could be saying what I want to hear just to make a sale...
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Darn would've picked up the $99 one but it's gone. Only need something temporary, any recommendations for that price range? Incline is preferred, rarely do flat db bench at the gym, always had a slight to medium incline
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unshavenyak wrote: Who knows. They could be saying what I want to hear just to make a sale...
there are 4 adjustments just looked again
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How about this one... bit more expensive tho but it looks to be more durable... maybe....
Fitness Reality 2000 Super Max XL Weight Bench
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/fi ... h/13369603

Tempting to get the Bowflex 3.1, like that it has wheels. But bit hesitant with only 3 adjustable back positions...
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Aug 17, 2019
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boyohboy wrote: How about this one... bit more expensive tho but it looks to be more durable... maybe....
Fitness Reality 2000 Super Max XL Weight Bench
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/fi ... h/13369603

Tempting to get the Bowflex 3.1, like that it has wheels. But bit hesitant with only 3 adjustable back positions...
I have the fitness reality 2000. Very sturdy bench with several seat and back angles. Adjustable seat gap.
Heavier but has wheels on the head side.
Re:durability, the cover (pleather?) feels a bit thinner, but I suppose can be easily replaced if needed.
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Hangryhippo wrote: I have the fitness reality 2000. Very sturdy bench with several seat and back angles. Adjustable seat gap.
Heavier but has wheels on the head side.
Re:durability, the cover (pleather?) feels a bit thinner, but I suppose can be easily replaced if needed.
ohhh didn't even see the wheels in any of the pics and video previously. Looked back at video again, guess the small recessed wheels there. That's nice.
How think is the padding on the seat and back?

More expensive but perhaps better than Bowflex 3.1 if both have wheels..
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boyohboy wrote: ohhh didn't even see the wheels in any of the pics and video previously. Looked back at video again, guess the small recessed wheels there. That's nice.
How think is the padding on the seat and back?

More expensive but perhaps better than Bowflex 3.1 if both have wheels..
The seat and back are about 2 inches thick (the bottom 1/2 inch is plywood) - So 1.5 inch padding.
My choices were either this or the Fit505 Ultra bench for adjustability and stability.

Also, the seat height on the bowflex 3.1 is about 1.5 inch taller (may be important depending on user height / leg position when lifting)
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The Fitness Reality 2000 looks like a pretty impressive unit. It is making me rethink my quest for a Bowflex 5.1s

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i got a shitty bench in my storage i wouldn't mind parting with for 20$
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