A complete garage gym or home gym needs a good weight bench.
And, if it is for your home gym – make it versatile – as you won’t want to waste the space on a separate flat and incline bench.
You can even get a bench that does all 3 things: a Flat/Incline/Decline bench – otherwise known as a FID bench.
Shown above is the Rep Fitness AB-5000 FID Bench from Rep Fitness.
This bench does it all – Flat, Incline, or Decline – plus it has wheels for easy re-positioning.
Best of all, it’s bargain priced for what it is.
Rep Fitness has carved out a niche in the fitness equipment industry – they make the best bang for the buck in weight benches.
Here’s the high quality benches from Rep Fitness we’ll review in this article:
Let’s take a closer look at these great benches from Rep.
FB-3000 Flat Bench from Rep Fitness
Our starting point is the FB-3000 Flat Bench from Rep Fitness.
This is as simple as simple gets – it is a flat bench, 17.5" tall and 12" wide – which is typical for a flat bench.
It’s made from 11 gauge steel and will support up to 1,000 lbs.
(Which is probably more than you need.)
What can you do with the FB-3000? All kinds of stuff – benching of course, but things like dumbbell rows, and more are also a great idea.
One of the things we like the most about this Rep bench – it’s available in a choice of colors.
It is nice to be able to customize your own workout space.
The FB-3000 will get the job done, but if you step up to the next model of bench – you’ll get some nice extra features.
FB-4000 Comp Lite Bench from Rep
For just a little bit more money – you can get a much nicer bench like the FB-4000 Comp Lite Bench.
What’s so great about it?
First, it’s a solid 14 gauge steel flat bench with a 700 lb weight rating – which is probably enough for most people.
It’s a 3-post design – so there’s no support feet to get in the way of your bench stance.
It also has a handle and wheels for easy re-positioning.
Here’s another killer feature – you can stand this up on the wheeled side for vertical storage.
This is a huge space saving feature for your home or garage gym.
FB-5000 Comp Bench from Rep Fitness
Here’s the specs.
A serious competition and training bench needs a wide pad option – and Rep has it.
A wide pad gives you better scapular positioning – and the extra width is especially helpful for bigger guys.
We did a product highlight of the FB-5000 Wide Pad – check it out for more details.
That’s all we have for flat benches (isn’t that enough?)
Let’s look at adjustable benches next.
AB-3100 Adjustable Bench from Rep
For adjustable benches, we’ll start with the simplest option.
The AB-3100 Adjustable Bench from Rep does both flat and incline positions.
It has 6 back pad adjustments, from flat to 85 degree incline, and 3 seat pad adjustments, from flat to incline.
It is rated for 1,000 lbs maximum capacity.
As with many of Rep’s products – it is available in a variety of colors.
One thing to note about this bench: there is a 2″ pad gap when it’s in the flat position.
This is because that is where the hinge is for the adjustments.
We’ll look at one more adjustable bench that does incline and flat.
AB-5200 Adjustable Bench from Rep
The AB-5200 Adjustable Bench from Rep is their beefiest flat and incline bench.
It has many of the features you expect from Rep: 1,000 lb rating, wheels, flat and incline positions, and more.
This bench can be stored vertically – for space savings when you aren’t using it.
When stored this way the floor footprint is only 2.8 feet.
Next, we’ll look at a bench that does Flat, Incline, AND Decline.
AB-3000 Adjustable FID Bench from Rep
The first FID bench we have is the AB-3000 Adjustable FID Bench.
This is a FID bench – it does Flat, Incline, and Decline.
There are 7 adjustable positions – and it supports 1,000 lbs.
Decline is probably the position you’ll use the least.
But, decline is great for ab exercises.
Rep AB-5000 ZERO GAP FID Bench
We’re going to jump right to Rep’s most advanced and versatile adjustable bench.
The AB-5000 Zero Gap Adjustable Bench is a 1,000 lbs rated FID bench (Flat/Incline/Decline).
But, it has a patented feature to reduce the pad gap to ZERO when in flat bench mode.
It also has wheels and a handle for easy positioning.
An optional (extra cost) leg roller unit let’s you do extreme decline ab exercises.
This is a really beefy bench – it is made from 11 gauge steel and weighs over 100 lbs!
Here you can see the pad gap adjusted to zero in flat bench position.
Don’t care about the pad gap?
Rep sells a version of this bench that lacks that feature – it is called the Rep AB-5100 Adjustable Bench.
As you can see, the pad gap isn’t that big of a deal – in my opinion.
You can save some money by getting the AB-5100 instead of the AB-5000.
Weight Benches from Rep Fitness – In Summary
A weight bench is an essential for a home gym or garage gym.
It lets you add a variety of exercises to your routine, including the bench press, dumbbell rows, and many more.
The three major kinds of bench are the: flat bench, incline bench, and decline bench.
Some benches are adjustable to cover all those needs – these are known as FID (Flat/Incline/Decline) benches
Lastly, there are some great features to look for on your home gym bench – wheels for easy re-positioning and vertical storage are just two examples.
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Tim is the founder of FitAtMidlife.com – an avid gym rat for 30+ years, he’s a reviewer of many, many shoes – and founder of the Speed Bag Gathering – the world’s only gathering of speed bag punching enthusiasts. See more gym reviews at Tim’s YouTube channel.