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Thompson Fat Pad™


Thompson Fat Pad
Designed by Donnie Thompson

Manufactured in the USA, the Thompson Fat Pad™ by Rogue is the proper bench pad to maximize power and minimize injury. This oversized bench pad measures 50” L x 14.5” W x 4.5” H (about twice the thickness and 2.5” wider than a standard pad), and is designed to bolt onto any flat Rogue weight bench. It also includes a plywood bottom that enables it to be mounted to most other benches, as well.*
*Drilling and additional hardware may be required if you are mounting to a non-Rogue product.

Powerlifting legend Donnie Thompson (checkout his bio below!) invested seven years of research into creating the Fat Pad™, with each design choice offering a new slate of potential benefits to the lifter . . .

Key Benefits of the Thompson Fat Pad's Added Thickness & Width:

  • Promote Scapular Movement - uninhibited movement also helps to eliminate AC tears
  • Eliminate Shoulder Hangover
  • Optimize Back and Upper Body Positioning
  • Increase Mechanic Leverages
  • Very little to NO Translational Loading
  • Common Pec Tweaks are a thing of the past!
  • Angry Humeral Wear on the bicep tendon and soft tissue GONE!

The Fat Pad has been a 5-star product for years based on Rogue customer reviews (viewable below). It’s available here with a black “grabber’ vinyl cover.

See Also: The Rogue Competition Fat Pad - same thickness, but narrower 12.5” width

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  • Made in the USA
  • Created by Donnie Thompson
  • Dimensions: 50” Long x 14.5” Wide x 4.5” Thick
  • Compatible with all Rogue Flat Benches and many other benches
  • Color: Black

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Donnie Thompson Bio
In 1998, Donnie started competitive powerlifting. He is the first human to ever total 3,000 LBS, and posted 8 all-time World Records in Professional Powerlifting (3 Bench Press records, 2 Squat records, and 3 Total records). He is currently the Strength and Mobility Director for 22 physical therapy clinics throughout South Carolina, and travels to many universities and high schools around the country; teaching and sharing his Powerlifting, Kettlebell training, and Mobility work methods and experiences with football teams and coaches.

"I have had zero shoulder injuries in my weight room since I have been using your Fat Pads. Not only do they work great, these big athletes like the comfort of them when they bench. They hate going home and using their old benches!"
- Joey Batson, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Clemson University Football

Gear Specs

Brand Rogue Fitness
Made In USA Yes
Color Black
Product Weight 32LB
Length 50"
Width 14.5"
Height 4.5"
Other Product Specs "Grabber" vinyl cover, holes placed to fit any Rogue flat bench.
Thompson Fat Pad™ is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 43.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Pad, but a little disappointed I was so excited to get my Thompson Fat pad. I had actually been benching on a wider pad so that didnt spook me but I lacked the grip and support that his had. My minor disappointment was when I flipped the pad over. The 3/8 course threads in the embedded nuts have stops in them which I had to drill and re-thread to remove. Why would they do that when it was totally unnecessary with our 1 inch bolts. I had to do this because my bolts wouldnt thread deep enough otherwise. My major disappointment was after seeing this bench on, Rogue sent Coop (host of site) a free updated bench and fat pad after his fair to poor remarks about the Monster Utility 2.0 bench. Anyway...Coops backing to his new fat pad, he commented must have been a better updated material on the back, He said he had his old pad was a few years and it displayed as torn and hanging. Rogue must have noted how his old pad was torn in the review. So me buying current version of the pad, I expected to get the updated version. Instead I got the same tissue paper version as Coops original. I know this is on the bottom of the pad and rest on top of my Monster 2.0 one sees it, but if Coops tore, I'm sure atleast 1/ 20 other people have had theirs tear. So why didnt they send me that one? I also set my bench upright for storage (as it is built for this) and so now that fragile tissue paper is exposed to the harm of the world lol. And once it does tear...oh the embarrassment lol. Anyway, just disappointed when you buy a high quality bench and pad for a premium price and they still cut corners.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for me. I bought this recently and I really like it. Very supportive.
Date published: 2020-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scapular Support For Repaired Shoulder I had a torn labrum, rotator cuff, and bicep tendon repaired. Ever since I have been nervous to press with any degree of seriousness. The Thompson Fat Pad has restored my confidence to increase weight and to do so safely. Tremendous product that delivers on what it promises!
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Wide Shoulders, Great Grip, Non-Slip I have had shoulder problems for a while now and using this pad has eliminated any pain and helps me focus on using my triceps and arms more. Don't worry if you don't have a Rogue bench to assemble this on, I have a Flex Fitness bench and measured it out evenly and used a few screws with washers to make it a custom fit.
Date published: 2020-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality Been wanting one for a long time and finally decided to pull the trigger. So glad I did. No regrets. My bench numbers all went up immediately with no other variables other than replacing my old pad with this one. Awesome shoulder support and once you set up, you are locked in slipping. Using 5cm bench blocks because of the extra height of the pad.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The Thompson Fat Pad gives me a lot of support and covers my whole back. This product is so good it instantly added 10 pounds on to my bench press.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rogue fat pad I love the bench pad and love Donnie and his innovative ideas. I love the product its extremely high quality and well made. I do not appreciate a product that’s close to $200 with shipping to not include the bolts that fit the product. Not only that you don’t even list what size bolt or thread the bolt pattern has ANYWHERE and especially not within the package itself. So after stripping one of the T nuts with the incorrect bolt it took me another couple days of drilling and prying to free the original T nut and replace it with a new one from Home Depot and not destroy the wood too bad. I also noticed that this was already a complaint and still has not been addressed.
Date published: 2019-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from But it if you have bad shoulders. It’s worth it. My shoulders are pretty rough and they don’t hurt nearly as much when using this pad. Easy install. Bonus is my bench numbers are going up again.
Date published: 2019-08-25
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