simply put, i have checked out all similar benchs and there pros and cons, from benchs not delining enough, others you can't reach the bar in decline position, benchs being to high, curl yolk not curling all the way etc, this bench..although have had it for about a month is fanatastic, perfect height, adjustable spotters, and crutches, for me its a perfect bench, strong and you can use it with total confidence, worth the money, from leg curls to leg raises, to bench pressing, is done easy, very happy with it, definetly would recommend
The bench is great, allowing for various adjustable angles from 90 degree to decline. the one drawback is the curl attachment. It just doesn't feel right for me. The curl motion is awkward and doesn't feel natural. Also, a pull-up attachment would be great too.
<p>i bought this when i was 15 because i was playing football and i needed to get stronger and when i first bought this i was benching 215lbs about 20 months ago now im benching 375lbs and i was squating 275lbs now im squating 485 anyway the point is it only is rated for 310lbs and that was a lot to me when i bought this now im getting rid of it cuz it cant hold that much weight this is a good weight bench for the low price of $200 a good weight bench is gonna cost at least $500 and this weight bench is not very sturdy but it has ajustible spoters which is perfect if you work out alone and the preacher curl sucks!!! it gets lose very easly and the leg attachment is not the best but what you expect for your money and the decline simply just sucks but the flat and incline is pretty good and you can use this to squat and note to self if you buy a weight set from sears look how much weight it can hold unless you want a bended bar ive put 400lbs on this weight and it didnt break but it is very wobbly i dont do that anymore cuz its probaly gonna collabse and its easly enought fto asselmpy it took 1 hour when my dad was drunk so it cant be that hard </p>
Got this bench when my last one wore out. So far I like it. It is rated for 310 lbs, which is about where I'm at as far as bench presses (most are about 250). Adjusting the catches and safety bars is quick and simple.The last bench I had I had to thread these long screws every time I wanted to change positions. This set uses pins. I had to add some small wood blocks to the safety bars to keep the barbell off my chest in case of failure, but everyone will be different in what they need there. I didn't add the leg attachment or the preacher handle. I prefer to use a bar for preacher curls and I do other exercises for legs. Speaking of which, the preacher pad does seem a bit flimsy and does not adjust very well. It goes from high to higher. No way to bring it down and it does get a bit wobbly when weight is on it. Bench has a good range of positions. The bench is nice and wide (my shoulders overhung a little on my last one) and nicely padded. Assembly was very easy but a bit time consuming, as they all are. The legs at the front of the bench are a bit cumbersome. I have to be careful not to step on it/them when getting on and off. Also there is no plate holder attached which would have been nice. Now I have plates on the floor and have to buy a separate rack for that. So for the price range, size and sturdiness, this was a good purchase for me as I do moderate lifting.
I would have to say that it's definitely better than some of the smaller Weider Pro products that are sold at Sears. It has a better feel and made structure. For performance, it really depends on the height, not much the size (width) of the person, but for people that are around the 5'5" - 5'10" (or higher etc.) it's definitely worth the buy. For those who want to save a good amount of money, wait for when it's a National Holiday (e.g. Memorial Day, Father's Day.) because then the price is literally cut 50% off which is a good deal. The parts that I like about it are the wide area for the arms and the quality design. The only parts that I would have to say that have areas for development are the style of the bar holder, they don't seem to be tight enough, the bar tends to roll around in it and it can be a little bit of an irritation for serious benching. The other part is the bicep curl pad, no matter how much it's tightened the pole of the pad doesn't seem to be able to stay still and then my there's the worry of stripping the metal if you can't get it to pull out or if it's too tight. Overall, the structure of it is really well made, if I had a friend that needed a quick buy for his new place or for his apartment, I would definitely recommend it seeing how expensive some other manufactures are such as Precore that I am sure some of you fitness experts are familiar with.
The weights that you see in the picture are from the "Weider Olympic Hammertone 210 lb. Weight Set" which is probably the best weight set out there that is sold from sears that also applies money savings for National Holidays. The only down part that I would have to say for this weight set is sometimes the hole in the weight may have a little extra metal in it that may require an exchange for another set (or single purchase of the weight etc.) or you can just file it down with a metal filer.
Product is in good quality and was easy to put together. I took about 2 hours for everything. Somehow one pad cover was chipped during installation, called Sears service and got parts in two days! Thank you Sears. Highly recommended!
I just started getting into 'big boy' work outs after doing P90X and P90X2 for over a year and a half and wanting a change (and to pack on muscle). This bench is perfect. I disagree with the description that says it's 'mid width'...my 7 foot olympic bar fits perfectly and i can't imagine using a smaller bar...the thing is a beast. I'm never going to be able to put up or squat 300 so for my needs (225 the highest on the uprights) this thing is perfect.
The preacher curl does wiggle a little but...who cares? The moveable bench is ideal for squats, the materials were all in the box, instructions were simple and all items were clean without the grime that is sometimes on work out gear. Set up took me (a man with little engineering skills) a little over an hour by myself.
I waited for it to be on sale for $200.00...I saw it sometimes gets down to $180.00 which would have been great but, eh, impatience won out.
Awesome product for home/recreational use. I'm sure legit hardcore guys don't like it but for a 2-3 time a week lifter it's perfect.
This thing is a Beast. I definately feel safe lifting some heavy weight with this. I like that this comes in two peices so you can move the weight bench out of the way and do power squats.
<p>I don't usually buy Weider products. You get what you pay for! The seat doesn't adjust for incline or decline and there isn't any leg support so I have to balance myself, especially when I'm using dumbbells. My biggest complaint, besides the obvious - the preacher support loosens after a few reps - is the leg extension and curl design. Unfortunately, standardized (generic) equipment is built for someone between 5'6" to 5'10". Measure the distant between the center of the leg rest at the end of the bench to the center of the leg extension where your instep touches the pad and you have 12 inches. That's pretty much standard on home gym setups. I'm six feet tall so my feet drag when I'm doing leg extensions and the pad rolls up my shins. The leg curl has the same issue; it rolls up to my calf. I wish I could return it. I'll sell it on Craigslist for $160.00.</p>
<p>The bench set was easy to put together and the instructions are well written. The assembly time was about 1 hour. I know that the description said the capacity was 310lbs so I have no issue with that. I cannot bench 250 nor do I squat 300 at this time so it is perfect for me. I do not use the preacher curl and I am suspect to using it as it does not have the ribbed olympic end to help support the weight but the instructions tell you that it does not hold a lot of weight.</p>
<p>The adjustable bench is a plus but when it is flat my particular bench back support is slightly higher than the seat portion but that is a minor manufacturing flaw. The spotters are good for me since I workout alone in my home gym a lot. I got this on sale for $179 so it was a steal and worth the money. If it is on sale purchase without delay.</p>
I started serious weight training a little later in life and tried to equipt my home gym from craigslist. Not knowing enough about what I was doing, my first bench was too small and too flimsy. This is a great wight bench. The uprights are far enough apart to accomodate a very large adult and an Olympic bar. The spotter supports are great for lifting alone...no more dumping weights and scaring the wife. Easily adjusts from incline, to flat to decline. Preacher curl and leg lift attachments work very smoothly. Just an extremely well-built, sturdy piece of equiptment.
It's not a bad weight bench. It's solidly constructed, and fairly easy to put together. The box will fit, with some shoving, into a car with a fold down seat so if you can find a Sears with it in stock, you can take it home. It's nice that it has safety rails...
BUT, you open up the box and you find out that the bench capacity is only 310lbs, and, the preacher curls are also limited in capacity. It's a good enough bench, I guess... but, had I not ripped the box all open, I would return it. I mean, its supposed to be for more serious fitnes people and 310 just doesn't cut it. I should have just waited and saved for a proper power cage, or at least a bench with safety rails that can actually handle some real weight.
<p>This bench was easy to put together, didnt keep track of time but was watching the Mets-Yankees game and put it together myself by the 9th inning...It is very sturdy and I cant belive the quality for the price I paid ($179)...Instructions were very easy to read and all parts were there and numbered correctly...no parts left over! Very satisfied and sore with new bench...so far so good</p>
It has incline, flat, and decline. You can move the bar holder away from the bench for squats, has spotter bars for benching alone. There is a preacher curl pad and bar. I am really satisfied with my purchase. Everything was packaged very good and the assembly instructions were very easy to understand.. I give it 5 stars...
<p>simply put, i have checked out all similar benchs and there pros and cons, from benchs not delining enough, others you can't reach the bar in decline position, benchs being to high, curl yolk not curling all the way etc, this bench..although have had it for about a month is fanatastic, perfect height, adjustable spotters, and crutches, for me its a perfect bench, strong and you can use it with total confidence, worth the money, from leg curls to leg raises, to bench pressing, is done easy, very happy with it, definetly would recommend</p>