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AB-3 Rogue Adjustable Bench vs. The Rest. Who's
Could the AB-3 Rogue
Adjustable Bench be the best home gym weight bench on the market, or are there
better and more rugged workout benches?
Some would argue
that although Rogue is the leader in strength and conditioning equipment, they
have lost the adjustable weight bench crown to other players. That was until
they created the AB-3, a brutal yet sleek showpiece built for the workout
of your life.
The only way to answer
the question about who has the best weight bench is to pitch the AB-3 Rogue
adjustable bolt for bolt against a couple of heavy-duty bench slayers to see
who's left standing. Our objective here is to help steer you through the
challenging task of choosing the perfect weight bench for your home gym.
Today, we're going to
review and compare the AB-3 by Rogue with the...
AB-5000 ZERO GAP ADJUSTABLE BENCH by Rep Fitness
Flat / Incline / Decline Weight Bench – Commercial 3.0 by Bells
This Rogue adjustable bench is a beast that doesn't only look
good as part of an evolving home gym setup but is "workout functionality"
at its best. It's constructed like a tank with a 2x2" and 2x3" 11
gauge steel frame. This bench carries over the same 50+ combinations of seat
and back rest positions as its predecessor, the AB-2. You're spoilt for choice
with 9 Incline angles from 78 to 8-degrees and six seat angles from -15 to
Built in the USA, the AB-3 is sturdy but maneuverable with
handles, wheels, and load-bearing rubber feet for stability. Adapted from the
Nebula 1080 Utility Bench, it can be used in either an inclined or declined
fashion at each seat position.
If you do a lot of decline work, you want a bench like the
AB-3 to keep you firmly in place. The foot attachment is strong and can either
be left on or taken off depending on how you want to use the bench. Once locked
in place, there's no fear of sliding out on your head when you're working at a
steep decline angle
Coming in at 117 lbs., this bench won't wilt under the pressure of
the most rugged and hardcore athletes program. Unlike most other companies that
use a steel peg and ladder to lock in an incline and decline position, Rogue
uses a secure pin and telescope system that won't slide under heavyweights.
Stored in the stand-up position, it's easy to put-away after a session.
I'm being picky, I would like a handle on the foot catch to help mount and
dismount from the bench during steep decline positions.
4.8 Star Rating with 114 verified reviews at the time of writing this article.
The AB-3 Rogue Adjustable Bench vs. AB-5000 ZERO GAP
ADJUSTABLE BENCH by Rep Fitness
When it comes to an all-in-one weight bench for athletes who
want total versatility, the AB-5000 Zero Gap Adjustable Bench by Rep Fitness is
hard to beat. This beast of a weight bench utilizes a patented slide system,
which eliminates the gap between the back pad and the seat which can be
annoying during a hard set of flat bench presses.
Similar in build to the AB-3, it too uses an 11-gauge steel
frame to maximize the weight capacity of 1000lbs. The real tussle between the
two adjustable weight benches takes place on the incline and seated angles.
Rogue holds the upper hand with its 9 inclines while the AB 5000 brings 7
inclines to the workout party, ranging from 90 to 0-degrees.
Deal breaker or not, it slightly loses out on total weight,
coming in at 110 lbs. to the Rogue's 117 lbs. Where this bench comes
into its own is in price, being cheaper than the Rogue with the bonus of free
delivery. This weight bench will handle anything you throw at it and is one of
the best value FID benches.
With four bolts attaching the base to the frame and ten bolts
attaching the pads to the frame, it can take less than 30 minutes to assemble
with the Allen key provided. A wrench is needed.
Voted 2022 Favorite Bench On Reddit
Callouts: This may not bother you if you have no intention of moving this
heavy-duty bench, but it can feel like toeing a trunk with flat tires, so may
not suit the physically weak.
5 Star Rating with 239 verified reviews at the time of writing this article.
The Rogue Adjustable Bench vs. Flat / Incline
/ Decline Weight Bench – Commercial 3.0 by Bells of Steel
Another prospect for
the adjustable bench crown is the Flat / Incline / Decline Weight Bench –
Commercial 3.0 by Bells of Steel. This is the lightest of the three benches,
coming in at power-punching 85lbs, but don't let that fool you into thinking
that this is a lightweight flimsy piece of home gym equipment. Bells of Steel
have stuffed serious commercial quality into a bench that would make the
centerpiece of most home gyms.
Sporting 7 incline
angles, it mirrors that of the AB 5000, ranging from 85 to -20 degrees. Even
though it may be the lightest of the three benches, it makes up for this with
the shared toughness of an unmatchable 12-Gauge/2mm frame and a black powder
Made with a
polyurethane cover, it has a high-density, durable padding construction, and
holds a back pad to seat pad gap of 2''.
The Bell of Steel team
listened to the customers and made a few modifications. They removed the
u-plate from the old model as it was prone to being bent in transit. Also, they
decided on a better way to keep the leg attachment out of the way during a
workout by making it easier to take off and put on.
5 Star Rating with 162 verified reviews at the time of writing this article.