Universal Five-Position Weight Bench

Universal Five-Position Weight Bench

  • Adjustable bench offers five positions (-10, 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees) and dozens of exercises
  • Challenges your entire core and upper body
  • Contoured shape and five-inch foam rollers ensure safe and comfortable workout
  • Stabilizer levelers provide stable base on almost any type of flooring
  • Measures 17 by 25 by 51 inches (W x H x D); 250-pound maximum user weight; 430-pound maximum user weight and lift load

The simple, effective challenge of a free weight workout remains one of the most efficient ways to build strength and muscle mass. The Universal Five-Position bench, from parent company Nautilus, offers positions of -10, 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees, and dozens of exercises to challenge your entire core and upper body. Its contoured shape and five-inch foam rollers ensure a safe and comfortable workout, while stabilizer levelers provide a stable base on almost any type of flooring. The bench measur

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  1. 540 of 552 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lots of pros, correct weight limit, and decline “secret”, July 12, 2011
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    J. S. Carr (Michigan USA) –
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    A weight bench is a simple enough thing but the exact details of making a good one are very important. Universal / Nautilus studied each one and really got it right with this one. I looked at many benches around this price point and felt like they all fell short somehow and I looked at more expensive benches thinking you get what you pay for and a more expensive bench must be better, but Universal really knocked this one out of the park and got it right. If you use dumbbells and maybe situps (no barbell*) this bench has everything you need and nothing you don’t (which would mean excess size and weight!). Speaking of which, if you don’t want the leg supports the bench is designed and painted such that you can leave that off and it looks equally sharp.
    *see edit/update at the bottom

    Pros:

    Solid- when the box for this bench showed up I was surprised at how light the box was. It actually had me worried as I’ve tried out benches that felt like they had give and of course when you’ve got weights up and you need to focus on perfect form the last thing you want is the chance of feeling a slip or flex underneath you. All fears were gone after setting it up though. This thing is SOLID. The design is clever – the supports extend from your CG at an angle to the floor supports and rest directly on the foot piece rather than being bolted to the side. This is akin to holding a weight overhead instead of out from your body – it will just transmit the weight with nothing to flex. Benches where the supports are bolted to the side have to sink in as the shear force is absorbed and the repeated loading will loosen the nuts. Also the current design I received (not exactly pictured) has both supports meeting at and welded to an elbow at the same point where the seat meets the back rest so there are no holes for pins or bolts that may allow slop or loosening over time. This sucker distributes weight like a roofing truss and is NOT flexing. Bottom line is that this bench is very well designed to be solid without needing a bunch of big heavy bolts that you have to worry about loosening over time. There are just a couple light bolts so it doesn’t slide apart when not under load. I think using good engineering design principles and reducing the need for the amount of steel required not only kept the weight down but probably the cost too.

    Mobile- somewhat related, the next nice surprise was the easy mobility. I considered a nice solid Marcy and I liked that it felt like a tank when I sat on it but I didn’t like you had to wrestle it like one to move it. Them’s the breaks, right? Turns out it’s not though- because of this bench being structurally intelligent instead of just being over-engineered it is not terribly heavy even though it’s solid. This means that those of us who are trying to squeeze a few home gym items into a relatively small room will be able to quickly and easily get this bench stored against the wall. That goes for family members too, so if someone wants this out of the way so they can say hop on an exercise bike or lay out a yoga mat they won’t have to struggle to move it because it only weighs about 20 pounds.

    Comfort- The bench padding is comfortable without being too cushy. Some benches are so hard it is distracting. Some are so cushy that you feel like you’re laying back on a couch. This one has a considerable amount of padding but also perforations to breathe so your shoulder blades don’t stick against it like cheap car upholstery on a sunny day. This is not to say you’ll want to hang out and watch TV from this bench, this is to say that your focus can stay on your form where it belongs.

    Length- I’m 5’10” and scooted all the way back to the rest with the bench at the 45 incline the back of my skull rests at the top of the backrest. This is perfect for me. Again that is scooted all the way back, if you are slightly taller and like to have support for the back of your head you will *probably* still be okay. If you are a lot taller you may not share my opinion that this bench’s length is just right, but I think for most of the population it will provide head support without being oversized.

    Decline- This bench DOES have decline but I can understand why some of the reviewers have missed it. If you look at the bracket stops there are actually *4* brackets, one for 45 degrees, then 30, 15, and flat. But this is a 5 position bench? The trick is that the top of the bracket stop has a channel so the bottom of the support arm that attached to the back rest extends beyond the bottom stop bracket and rests in that channel to prevent lateral movement. There are two shock / wear plates on the support arm where it rests in that support bracket channel and the other contacts the back rest for support and to transmit load solidly. Again, a very clever design. If that description doesn’t make sense then just hold the support arm…

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  2. 44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic value bench, July 12, 2011
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    Defaultgen (RTP, NC) –

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    For only ~$100, I don’t know if you can do better. I heard bad things about the cheapo Apex bench and wanted something that wouldn’t kill me. It was between this or the Bowflex benches. Since I hear bad things all the time about Bowflex products and they’re all horrendously overpriced, I went with this one.

    Pros:
    – Sturdy (430lb weight limit). No qualms about stepping on this holding dumbbells.
    – Very comfortable. Wide enough for an average person to lie down comfortably. Good height and length. Foam is dense but not hard and the surface feels VERY nice to the touch. Higher quality than I’d expect from a $100 bench.
    – Easy enough assembly

    Neutral:
    – Item is slightly different than bench pictured. There is no rounded cushioning under your knees, it’s just a flat cushion. It also appears to be lower than the one pictured.
    – I’m 5’11” and the top of the bench hits my very upper neck. If supporting your head is important, be weary if you’re above 6ft tall.

    Cons:
    – Foam rollers aren’t the most comfortably thing in the world. I wish they had a vinyl cover or something.

    Overall I’m very pleased. I don’t like making compromises on quality but as far as a cheap bench goes, you can’t go wrong with this one.

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  3. 65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    What you see is not what you get, September 24, 2011
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    R. Sturdivant (Florida) –
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    Amazon really needs to change the photo on-line. This bench has been redesigned and is not the one currently pictured.

    This bench would not due for an advanced lifter but should be adequate for the novice.

    pros:

    1) good value
    2) mostly well made with good materials
    3) nice incline feature

    cons:

    1) bottom seat should tip up for comfort when in incline position
    2) leg holder not a good design
    3) not a good crunch board
    4) plastic leg caps keep falling off when moving bench
    5) no directions for assembly or use

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