83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and well made
It's difficult to see from the pictures what your getting isn't it? When you open your box you'll see instantly that you have bought quality. This bench comes more or less fully assembled and is ready to use within 2 miinutes. It is thickly padded and comfortable to lie/sit on, without bottoming out (I'm 14.5 stone). It is also made of heavy guage metal, finished it a...
Published on 26 Dec 2007 by muscle monkey
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless!
Description states 'Quick and simple position adjustment'. Total nonsense! You have to lift the 23kg bench and lay it on it's side, read the convoluted instructions, pull out or unscrew large pins, move two or more legs, reinsert or rescrew in the pins in different holes, then lift the bench upright again. The pins are tight and difficult to get in and after every change...
Published 3 months ago by TechNoProblem
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and well made,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)It's difficult to see from the pictures what your getting isn't it? When you open your box you'll see instantly that you have bought quality. This bench comes more or less fully assembled and is ready to use within 2 miinutes. It is thickly padded and comfortable to lie/sit on, without bottoming out (I'm 14.5 stone). It is also made of heavy guage metal, finished it a hammered grey, which looks good, and feels robust. Whilst doing the exercises, even hyper-extensions it felt secure and stable. The adjustments are reasonably easy to make, using either slot in or screw in pins, but knowing where to adjust takes a bit of practice. However it does come with a good manual which tells you which pin holes to use to get the position you want. The positions yo can get are, flat, incline, decline and hyper-extension/preacher board, the other 8 positions are degrees of adjustment within these opsitions.
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)I bought this bench as I'm limited on space in my garage/home gym and needed a more versatile bench that could offer more than the usual inline/decline bench features. I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality and robustness of this bench as mentioned by other reviewers, it's really solid. The additional positions that it offers such as hyper extensions is fantastic. The alternative for this exercise is to buy a roman chair which is probably double the price of this bench alone! Ignore any comments that it's difficult to change the positions. You can simply move each bolt by hand with no need for tools. You also wont need to consult the manual after completing a couple of workouts as all you need to remember is for example: incline bench is bolt positions B-X-3, decline is A-Y-2 etc etc.
Overall I'm really impressed with my purchase and the bench has exceeded my expectations.
If you're in the market to buy a new DB bench you should seriously consider this.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't ask for more!,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)After buying a pair of 90lb Bowflex Selecttech I needed a solid, well build bench which can be collapsed for easy storage. There are many cheap imitations such as Argos' crappy Pro Power bench - don't be fooled, this bench is top quality and I have complete confidence even when using maximum weight.
I can't understand why people moan about adjusting the positions. From incline to flat takes me less than 5 seconds - you DON'T need to put the bench on the side - just support it with one hand, pull out the split and plug it into the correct hole. Are you people from a rival company or what?!?
True, some other positions requires you to pull out two splits, but that's because it offers several creative options such as biceps curl pad. Not possible in any other way.
In short - great product in every way. No downsides whatsoever
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest opinion,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)I pay A LOT of attention to reviews and this is actually the first time I've created one myself. I'm doing so because there are a lot of conflicting reviews. Seems people either love or hate this bench.
If you do weights - this bench is not heavy. Just 22kg and can be easily picked up and moved around. Perhaps up and down stairs wouldn't be much fun though.
You only need to glance at the instructions to figure out how the bench works and it's more about understanding how it works rather than memorising the positions. You won't need to refer to the manual.
The bench position can be changed without moving it at all, let alone put it on its side. Granted - you need two hands for this statement to be true. It takes 30 seconds to change 3 or 4 pins. If this is too much for you - work out on the floor perhaps and forget getting a bench.
The quality is very good - not commercial level but vastly exceeding most home benches I've come across before. I can see this lasting a long time.
It's very comfortable. You won't be dissapointed, and if you are, you shouldn't be buying a gym bench because changing plates on a dumb bell is likely to be complicated for you too. Glad I bought it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needn't Have Worried,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)Although this fitness bench has generally had excellent reviews I admit I was a little put off by the comments of difficulties with the mechanism for changing positions. Nevertheless I went ahead with the order and I'm so glad I did. The sheer heft of this bench, added to the fact that it is adjustable to 13 mostly very different positions, added also to the fact that you want it to bear your weight safely during workouts in all positions means that the adjustment mechanisms have to be very substantial - thank goodness they are. I can understand why those who believe everything these days should be operated by remote control or at worst by the push of a button might be taken aback at the prospect of doing a little manual adjustment. But in total honesty it amounts to a tiny proportion of the workout in both time and effort. Nor is it difficult although you might want to keep the manual by you until such time as you're fully familiar with the adjustment positions that you tend to use. Anyone who, like me, was put off by the negative comments should ignore them if what they want is a good value, good quality, rugged and very versatile piece of kit.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and lightweight,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)This Bench is excellent. Takes a few minutes to figure out how to adjust the bench but it clicks after a while and you will probably find you leave it on one or two settings most of the time. Considering the end of the backrest doesn't have much support, it is amazingly rigid and strong - I even found kneeling near this end did not cause any movement at all. This is a quality product and well worth the money. Its also light enough to simply pick up (approx 23 kg) and store away.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture does "NOT" do this bench justice!,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)Looking at the picture you'd think this bench was of a poor construction and a waste of money! You'd be wrong! It's very well made and feels solid, reliable and adjusting the bench isn't rocket science, but it will feel like alittle bit of a mission to start with. Another review stated you can get a better bench for the money, I very much doubt it!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value bench!,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)I have been using this bench for a few months now and I'm really pleased to have found a strong, well built product. I bought it primarily because of the way it folds for storage and I've been able to easily store it underneath a single bed. (For those of you wanting to know the exact dimensions when folded flat they are 155cm x 39cm x 26cm or 145cm x 39cm x 18cm if you remove the ankle support).
The adjustments between positions are mostly easy to make. In one or two of the positions it is sometimes a little tricky to locate the pins or move the legs but at this price for a bench that is so versatile, I really can't complain.
All in all a good buy, I would highly recommend this bench.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)There's not much I can say that's not been said about this product but I will back up the good reviews. I bought this bench primarily for dumbbell presses and flyes as I wanted the incline, flat and decline positions. It obviously allows for much more than that. It's perfect.
Very good build quality, very sturdy even during heavy lifting. Folds nice and flat for storage too. Very easy to setup and use. The padding is very supportive and the ankle supports are nice and comfortable, they do not dig into your legs at all.
If you want a good, multi-purpose bench then this is the one to go for.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solidly built and larger than I thought,
This review is from: York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench (Sports)As the previous reviewer said, the picture doesn't give you the fill picture. When it was delivered in it's heavy duty cardboard box, the warning symbol stated 23KG! When I opened the box, there was no other packaging apart from the cardboard. The bench must be pretty close to 20KG!
When completely flat (in it's storage configuration), it is easily 6ft in length and about 6 inches high. It will take about a minute or 2 to switch between different positions, in part due to the robustness of the unit.
So far, it's a solid bench and you do get what you pay for.
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York 13 in 1 DB/Hyper Bench by York Fitness