Rated 5 out of
reggie pearson from
A Thing of BeautyThis is not just a bench it is a thing of beauty. To be honest, I debated whether I wanted to invest that much money to purchase a bench. I finally made the decision to go with the AB-2 because there was nothing like it on the market. Like all Rogue products, the bench arrived in 3 days by freight. They really took care in shipping this baby. It arrived wrapped in plastic, and secured to a wooden pallet with heavy duty ties. When a company takes that much care to ship an item, you might expect something special. I was not disappointed. I was throughly impressed by the quality and craftsmanship. Super strong welds, easily adjustable, solid pads, and wide enough to provide a fantastic benching experience. It is defintely worth every penny I paid for it. If you can afford it and want a bench that will last forever this is way to go.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of
Amazing BenchI recently bought this for my basement home gym. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but I'm glad I did. It arrived fully assembled and in perfect condition.
This bench is beyond sturdy. It's clearly build to support large people with extremely heavy loads.
The padding is a good firmness, doesn't absorb sweat, and cleans off easily.
It's ever so slightly wider than many benches typically seen at commercial gyms. It felt a little different at first, but I've grown to like the extra support around my upper back.
Adjustments are easy and the multitude of positions makes it easy to fine-tune the level of seat and/or back incline. The dangling handle and wheels make it very easy to move around. This is pretty much the ultimate flat-to-90 degree bench for a home gym.
I seriously wish my gym had these.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of
Jeremiah McBride from
AB-2 Adjustable BenchAt first I couldn't believe I was actually considering spending this much on a bench... But when it arrived and I got to use it, all of that initial sticker shock went out the window. So stable, so buff, so burly. Adjusts ANYWHERE you'd need it. PR's almost every time I've used it because I can get SO tight on this thing. If you're bigger (I'm 6'-1" 230) the size and thickness of the pad are worth it. Shoulder pain WAY WAY better after this bench.
My only complaints: (and take these as suggestions to make an awesome bench even better)
The handle out front is too small/short. You have room for a 2" handle that could be 12" long. With the short handle (even being taller) you have to bend awkwardly to get it up on the wheels. A longer handle would change the angle of approach making it easier to wheel around. That, or make the wheels either 1/2" larger in diameter or lower the wheels slightly. It just feels weird. My 5'-0" wife agrees. she can't get it even close to high enough to wheel it without it feels awkward.
Also, make the rubber feet industrial grade adjustables like on a fridge or washing machine, the kind that screw up and down with big cogs you turn with your foot, so that those of us who train in a garage can adjust it perfectly to the slope and imperfections of the floor.
I will easily make these changes myself so no stars off for that, just a suggestion for version 1.1.