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Viavito Flat Bench

The Viavito flat bench is a robust piece of equipment designed for effective bodybuilding and weightlifting sessions. It offers a maximum weight capacity of 200kg/441lbs (including user) and provides a solid, flat surface to work out on. The bench features a compact design and a sturdy steel construction making it both stable and durable. Great for a number of exercises including bench and chest presses, reverse crunches, triceps kickbacks, dumbbell pullovers, bench step ups, fly exercises and single arm rows, this versatile bench helps you strengthen your torso, arms, abs, legs, shoulders and core muscles. The bench ensures quick assembly and has a padded backrest for optimum comfort when working out. Plus, it can be used on its own or for dumbbell and barbell exercises.

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Powerblock Sport Bench

The Powerblock Sport bench features five easy-change positions ranging from flat through 30, 45 and 60 degrees to the military position. This low-profile, adjustable bench has a padded backrest and a two-position, padded seat that can be set flat or angled to keep you stable during each exercise ensuring that you won't slip forward while lifting. The seat and back pads are tapered providing additional comfort when performing exercises such as bicep curls, shoulder presses and dumbbell chest presses. This sturdy high-quality bench is well constructed featuring 5cm x 7.6cm (2” x 3”) steel tubing, allowing a maximum weight load of up to 249.5kg (550lbs). For additional convenience there are built-in wheels and a handle enabling easy and comfortable transportation.

York DB4 Dumbbell Bench View

York DB4 Dumbbell Bench

The York DB4 is a multi-functional dumbbell bench that converts into a sturdy sit up bench. It features 10 incline/decline angles and foam rollers for ankle and knee support. The bench holds a maximum weight of 150kg (331lbs) including user (100kg user + 50kg lifting).

Viavito FID Utility Weight Bench View

Viavito FID Utility Weight Bench

Great for muscle building, strength training and weightlifting workouts, the Viavito FID utility weight bench is designed to help you gain muscle mass and tone the entire body. This robust weight bench can handle a maximum load of 200kg/441lbs (including user) and offers decline, flat and 3 incline positions to allow for targeting different muscle groups and maximizing results. To make your workout sessions both effective and versatile, there is a multi-position backrest and a 2-position seat, and the bench has a solid steel construction for added safety and durability. To build a balanced and muscular physique use the bench for exercises such as bicep curls, triceps bench dips, chest flys, shoulder press, chest press, back rows, decline push ups and leg lowers. To keep the weight bench in place, there are non-slip feet, whilst a padded seat and back support enhance comfort when exercising. Plus, it features a compact design to let you save precious floor space in your home gym.

York B530 Weight Bench View

York B530 Weight Bench

The York Fitness B530 weight bench offers heavy duty 2" uprights, height adjustable bar racks and a leg unit with thick foam rollers. This well constructed bench features a 4 position adjustable backrest (incline to decline) and a 3 position height adjustable seat. It has a maximum load of 200kg (441lbs) (user plus weights). In addition, the leg developer is compatible with standard weight plates.

Inspire Fitness FLB2 Folding Bench View

Inspire Fitness FLB2 Folding Bench

A great solution for those who don’t have a lot of space to work out at home, the Inspire Fitness FLB2 folding bench is constructed from premium quality materials and folds completely flat for storage. For a comfortable workout position, the bench has a contoured padded seat and back support and the heavy duty rectangular and round 11 gauge tubular steel frame makes it both solid and durable. This functional, compact bench provides excellent workout versatility thanks to flat, incline and decline options with 6 position adjustments and offers weight capacity of 227kg (500lbs).

adidas Essential Pro Multi Purpose Bench View

adidas Essential Pro Multi Purpose Bench

The adidas Essential Pro Multi Purpose bench keeps you supported and stable when working out with free weights, and the padded seat and back support can be adjusted through 3 levels of incline. Perform a great upper body workout on this quality piece of fitness equipment that comes with a padded preacher curl attachment so you can focus on your biceps, triceps and forearm muscles. What’s more, there is a built-in barbell rack so you can do barbell exercises and chest press along with many other classic free weight drills.

Weider Utility Bench View

Weider Utility Bench

Designed to help you build muscle and tone the entire body, the Weider utility bench is perfect for exercises such as bicep curls, triceps bench dips, chest flys, shoulder press, back rows, decline push ups and leg lowers. This compact, easily adjustable bench offers great workout versatility thanks to an 8-position backrest made of high-density foam and a comfortable 3-position seat. The bench features decline, incline, flat and military positions to let you target different muscles and get better workout results and its sturdy construction provides safety and stability while exercising. The utility bench has a weight capacity of 277kg (610lbs) and includes a practical, step-by-step exercise chart created by a certified personal trainer.


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These are the names commonly given to a bench with no upright barbell supports and some degree of adjustability. Having no vertical supports may render the bench as impractical/unsafe for the purposes of barbell presses but it does make them ideally suited for a plethora of dumbbell exercises needing freedom of movement without obstruction.
Maximum Weight Capacities
Whether you are looking for a utility bench or a barbell bench – ALL have a maximum rating of how much weight can safely be supported. Some manufacturers clearly set out a helpful breakdown of the maximum capacities of key weight bearing parts, so it’s all rather self explanatory (Maximum user weight…maximum weight that can be supported on the upright rack…leg developer weight capacity ect). Unfortunately many products only come with an overall maximum weight capacity, which is a little more vague. In this instance, you must include your own bodyweight PLUS the additional weight of either the dumbbells or the barbell and weight plates, to give you a total, which must be under the maximum rated figure for safety.
Backrest Adjustability
The adjustability of the seat is an important consideration, as the angle of the body will determine what portion of muscles will be targeted. In simplified terms, think of a decline angle working the lower portion of the pectoral muscle (chest) and the higher the angle is inclined, the higher up the chest you’ll be working (so a 45 degree angle will be working the upper chest region). When the angle exceeds about 60 degrees then the muscles of the shoulder will take over.
The greater range of adjustability the wider the scope for exercise variation. Not all benches offer a range of adjustability that allows for decline presses (for the lower chest) or upright back support for overhead presses (for the shoulders). These are undoubtedly great exercises in a weightlifters’ arsenal, but if you opt for a bench that doesn’t have these features it may not necessarily be a deal breaker e.g. If the back rest doesn’t angle up to about 85 degrees then you can perhaps perform overhead presses by simply sitting on the flat bench N.B. without back support, extra care should be taken to ensure your back is not strained (As always – ONLY ever do what is safe and sensible!)
Some benches feature adjustable seats so that when the back rest is inclined the seat can also angle up to prevent the user from sliding downwards as well as encouraging the lower back to remain flat.
The very first barbell benches were designed around one of the most popular and effective exercises ever devised - the ‘Bench Press’. Renowned for packing muscle onto the upper body, it’s usually the cornerstone of any self-respecting weight trainer’s routine. Not surprisingly, without a Bench, you have no Bench Press! - But without the right bench, you could also be missing out on a whole lot more. In recent years, Barbell Benches have evolved, with design features to cover a wide range of exercises, from the legs right up to the shoulders! Here’s what to look out for when choosing the right barbell bench for your needs…
Olympic or Standard?
The terms ‘standard’ or ‘olympic’ refers to the diameter of hole in the centre of weight plates.  Standard plates have a 1” diameter hole in the centre of the discs to accept 1” wide bars whereas ‘Olympic weight plates have a 2” diameter hole. For obvious reasons, a standard bar can hold both types of weight plates (although the Olympic discs will feel a little loose); Whereas Olympic bars are too wide to accept standard plates. Fortunately, many benches have standard bar fitments to accept both styles of discs, or they may often have removable Olympic sleeves which can be slid off to reveal 1” thick bars for use with standard plates (just make certain any Olympic features are removable before you buy if you only have access to standard discs!)
Bar Length Capacities
Barbell benches are mainly designed with a fixed width between the upright barbell supports. The width between them determines what length of barbell is most suitable. Bars are typically available at 5’, 6’ and 7’ lengths but the importance of the correct hand positioning for safe pressing movements, means that it’s not a ‘one size fits’ all. A 5’ barbell will not be ideally compatible with wider ‘olympic style’ racks which are generally built around a 7ft bar (as used in commercial environments). Also, a 5 ft bar may also feel too narrow for some users (especially with long arms) as the forearms and elbows can feel too close to the weight plates when the arms are bent in the bottom position. Alternatively, a 7’ bar may feel very unstable and prone to tip up on a narrow, entry-level barbell bench.
The golden rule is to double-check what bar lengths are compatible with each bench before you buy.
Spotter Catches
‘Spotter catches’ refers to the bar holders at the top of each upright which support the barbell. Often they are adjustable so as to be positioned at various heights. This type of adjustability is an important feature to look out for, to ensure you can position yourself at a safe distance within easy reach to comfortably lift off and replace the bar.
During a workout, muscles can fatigue without much warning, so it’s critical that exercises like Bench press or overhead presses should never be performed without a training partner (‘spotter’) on standby, to assist or supervise every lift. For further peace of mind, some benches also feature a second pair of Safety spotter catches on each upright to act as a type of ‘safety net’! Being adjustable they should be positioned on (or fractionally lower) than the level the bar will be when at the bottom position. If you’re unable to push the bar all the way back up to the top catches, the weight can be safely set down onto the lower safety ‘spotter’ catches.
Leg Developer
This simple attachment can literally make all the difference, by granting a total body workout and thus a more balanced, well-proportioned physique! The lower set of roller pads can be utilized for ‘leg extensions’ to target the quadriceps at the front of the thighs. Alternatively, by lying down on the bench and positioning the top rollers over the backs of the lower legs, the weight can be lifted in a ‘leg curl’ exercise to develop the often neglected hamstring muscles.

Bicep Preacher Curl Pad
A popular feature on some barbell and utility benches is a preacher pad. This is an angled pad at the foot of the bench which supports the backs of the upper arms so that strict ‘preacher’ curls can be performed to isolate the bicep muscles.
Other Attachments
Although far less common than leg developers or preacher pads, some benches feature attachments for chest flyes and even a lat pulldown attachment for back exercises.
Detachable Benches
A stand-alone bench and rack combination also offers plenty of scope for exercise variations. For starters, when you detach the bench away from the rack, it instantly becomes a utility bench. In addition, by removing the bench you then have clear access to the upright supports which can then be used as a rack for squats and much, much more!

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