AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench Review
Whatever else might be said, a bench is one of the most essential pieces of equipment in your home gym. Many people nowadays like to replace the flat surface with a Yoga ball, but I’m tired of debunking this new age nonsense here for the one hundredth time. Sure, some stability work with your dumbbells might come handy in your routine, but nothing beats the flat surface of the bench if you want to progress with various types of exercises – with or without weights.
The review below goes over the AmazonBasics flat weight bench, which easily sets the standard for how a gym bench should look like. I’ve tested it myself and it is a premium grade piece of equipment, at what seems a surprisingly affordable price.
The AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench is all you need to get a great workout for your arms, legs, abs and butt. You can use this single piece of equipment for a ton of body weight exercises like triceps dips, leg lowers, lateral bench hopes, step ups, decline push-ups, hip trusts, crunches… just to name a few.
And if you add some dumbbells, the choices are close to unlimited. Single arm rows, bicep curls, chest presses, high rows, tri-rises and myriad more exercises to tone and sculpt every muscle of your body.
Stable and sturdy construction
The AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench is far from the lightweight versions offered within its price range. The frame is made of durable heavy-duty steel which ensures stability and sturdiness of the construction, making it strong enough to support weights and users of heavier builds (max weight capacity 385lbs).
The top PVC surface is sufficiently cushioned to provide optimal comfort and support when exercising. Placed on an even surface, the bench rests flat without any wobbling, thanks to its T-shaped feet and legs. I’ve had the pain of having to level benches before, and it is quite frustrating, especially if you are doing a demanding routine.
The AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench comes unassembled, but it assembles easily and quickly. All hardware is included in the package and the instructions provided are easy to follow. You should have it up and ready for use in no more than 10 minutes. Needless to say, assembly is a one person job, and if I can do it anyone can.
At 24lbs, you can easily move the AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench to your garden or your basement, or wherever you feel like exercising that particular day. When it comes to its size, measuring 41 (L) by 11 (W) by 17.9 (H) inches, it takes up little space and can be placed in practically every corner of your home without you having to dedicate an entire room to it.
As far as functionality goes, the dimensions are just right to offer enough support for your body (and back) and sufficient elevation for various types of exercises. The bench will combine perfectly with a power rack, and double as a bench press surface or, if you have the lateral pull-down machine, an excellent seat for a garden variety of back exercises.