V-Fit 05lf Folding Weight Training Bench - £39.99 (As low as £22.50 with vouchers!) - HotUKDeals
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I've seen similar items going for well over £100... Can't see this staying so low for long!


Product Features (As on Amazon site)

Combination 38mm & 33mm square tubular steel main frame
Chip resistant, black hammertone Epoxy powder coated frame
Cloth backed, deep padded vinyl covered seat and backrest
Flat and three backrest incline angles
Expanded foam grips and leg rollers
Maximum Weight Loadings: Barbell stands 120kg, Leg extension and pec dec 25kg
Exercise Stations: Bench press, leg extension - locking, 3 position height adjustment, pec dec - removable, crunches / sit-ups
Dimensions: 160cm x 107cm x 105cm (LxWxH)
Weight: 20.2kg
Maximum user weight: 110kg

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#1
good price for what you are getting - i have a similar york one (collecting dust) but if sticking to the max weights allowed the pecdeck and leg extensions dont hold much.
#2
Voted hot!

A friend of mine gave me one of these a few months ago. It's very good, I find the joints a bit rubby though if anyone understands what I mean? Also the butterfly arms seem a bit short but I've got no instructions with it so maybe someone could give me some tips??
#3
Voted hot, any one know of cheap weights anywhere as well?
1 Like #4
yeah these things aren't too smooth and you get some friction but all in all for the money they are good.
If i can remember back to the last time i used mine, with the 'pec deck' you dont hold onto the handles but you rest your forearms against them whilst doing the lift/squeeze.
I think its position of the handles move relative to your arm during the movement too.
Not certain but thats what i remember.
#5
kobirulali
Voted hot, any one know of cheap weights anywhere as well?


Think Argos are usually good.
#6
brilly
yeah these things aren't too smooth and you get some friction but all in all for the money they are good.
If i can remember back to the last time i used mine, with the 'pec deck' you dont hold onto the handles but you rest your forearms against them whilst doing the lift/squeeze.
I think its position of the handles move relative to your arm during the movement too.
Not certain but thats what i remember.


Thanks, I guess it's not just mine that's not smooth then.

I've worked out to use my forearms rather than hold them but it still doesn't feel quite right. Maybe I'm not strong enough??
#7
I agree, maybe i wasn't doing it right but it didn't feel like a natural movement (hurt a bit too) so i actually just took fly attachment off and did it by hand (not very often:) )
You may also be trying too high a weight as the amount you can lift doing flys (properly) is ALOT less than in benchpressing.
With the flys attachment you can probably force/cheat the move so it will just seem strange.
#8
Benjimoron
Voted hot!

A friend of mine gave me one of these a few months ago. It's very good, I find the joints a bit rubby though if anyone understands what I mean? Also the butterfly arms seem a bit short but I've got no instructions with it so maybe someone could give me some tips??

go for the burn baby. keep the reps in the 12-15 range and your gain a well polished physique in three months . eat small clean meals frequently throughout the day and this will speed up your metabolism to burn body fat more efficiently .
#9
i've found tesco extra stores one of the best places to get cast iron weights at a good price.
#10
cadmus
go for the burn baby. keep the reps in the 12-15 range and your gain a well polished physique in three months . eat small clean meals frequently throughout the day and this will speed up your metabolism to burn body fat more efficiently .


Thanks, any more details? How often to do this? How much to lift? Do one set of 15 lifts or several sets?

Cheers!
#11
Just had a thought... If you got the £2.50 voucher from HUKD and the £15 from Amazon credit card, then this would cost you a grand total of £22.50... That's blinkin' ridiculous!!!
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Benjimoron
Thanks, any more details? How often to do this? How much to lift? Do one set of 15 lifts or several sets?

Cheers!


3 sets (or a max of 4 if you really want to push yourself, but not if you're just starting out), every other day, or if you want to train every day, target different muscle groups on the odd days to the even ones, e.g. legs, shoulders, back on days 1, 3 , 5. Arms, chest and abs on days 2, 4, 6. Maybe do nothing on day 7 and let your body have a rest! Try 10kg dumbbells and a 20kg barbell and then when they're easy to lift, add more at say 2 or 4 kg per time. Hit heavier weights straight away and you might be asking for an injury which can put you out of action and back at square one for weeks.

This is just based on what I've been doing but you could always buy an issue of Men's Health, that's where I got my motivation and tips from. My barbell also had a handy training poster with it.

I also bought Creatine capsules and Protein powder from Holland and Barrett (keep an eye out for when they have a sale) so that I was feeding the muscle growth. I'm sure it's made the difference for me.
#13
good info, thanks.
#14
my local tesco direct (no, i don't work for them, i just shop there a lot cos it's on my walk home from work :-D) also does those creatine powders and stuff on half price quite often. just another place to try.
#15
wish i had the space !!
#16
That seems like a great price. I'm building up my home gym, so this will be a nice addition!
#17
Its a worlwide known fact that this type of free weight equipment end up as expensive clothes hangers.

Get yourself down the gym, learn the basics about nutrition and meal planning, be patient and that means at least sticking to it for 6 months plus and youll definitely see a difference.
#18
JaiRo
Its a worlwide known fact that this type of free weight equipment end up as expensive clothes hangers.

Get yourself down the gym, learn the basics about nutrition and meal planning, be patient and that means at least sticking to it for 6 months plus and youll definitely see a difference.


Gym membership is on average around £45 a month...which is £540 for the year....this is £39.99, which is the whole point - its aimed at people that DONT HAVE over £500 a year to body build with.
#19
I have this bench, got it from Arogs about a year ago. It's quite sturdy, I bench about 85kgs on it and without any problems. It folds up as well so it takes up very little space. The fly attachments on the side are a bit of a waste of time but there's no need to even put them on :P
#20
spenspuma
Gym membership is on average around £45 a month...which is £540 for the year....this is £39.99, which is the whole point - its aimed at people that DONT HAVE over £500 a year to body build with.


As my earlier comment says, an expensive clothes hanger, dont forget you have to buy weights as well in as you get stronger, youll need to buy more weights.

To body build you dont only need to fork out for equipment or equipment use (ie gym), youll also need to buy enough food in order to grow, so, not only will you spend 'x' on equipment or weights, you WILL NEED to spend the same amount as this bench in food every week.

Do things by the half, get results by the quarter.

Gym membersip doesnt have to 45 quid a month either, check out all the private health insurance offers that are about. You can get gym membership for free but just pay £20 pcm for health insurance.
#21
would buy this for £22.50 but probs not £39
#22
Mine's been despatched, arriving tomorrow.
#23
has anyone got any code's or discount vouchers for this ???:?
#24
ThunderBolt
Just had a thought... If you got the £2.50 voucher from HUKD and the £15 from Amazon credit card, then this would cost you a grand total of £22.50... That's blinkin' ridiculous!!!


Where do you find / get these discounts? :thinking:

£22.50 would be an amazing price :)
#25
macleod
Where do you find / get these discounts? :thinking:

£22.50 would be an amazing price :)


£2.50 is the voucher that hukd gave out a while ago, one use only. The other is the offer for taking out an Amazon credit card.
#26
JaiRo
As my earlier comment says, an expensive clothes hanger, dont forget you have to buy weights as well in as you get stronger, youll need to buy more weights.

To body build you dont only need to fork out for equipment or equipment use (ie gym), youll also need to buy enough food in order to grow, so, not only will you spend 'x' on equipment or weights, you WILL NEED to spend the same amount as this bench in food every week.

Do things by the half, get results by the quarter.

Gym membersip doesnt have to 45 quid a month either, check out all the private health insurance offers that are about. You can get gym membership for free but just pay £20 pcm for health insurance.


Agreed, costs me £20 a month at fitness first I get to use everything sauna,steam room,aroma therapy room,treadmills,boxing gym,studio,classes, weights.

Best decision I made saved alot of room in the house and was motivated by others around me, and that is the biggest factor in training the third person perspective.

You could like me train for years on your own and not realise that your actually doing certain exercises with poor form plus you'll eventually hit a mental barrier and think your not getting anywhere....at a gym with people around and support people actually encourage you and get that last extra push out of your body you will make friends and get that mental boost, plus theres nothing more valuable than a spotter.

I'll say it again gym member ship was the best decision I ever made, its why I actually have defininition and have progressed leaps from when I used to train on my own, at first I didnt enjoy training so publicly too many eyes watching but after a couple of weeks its good people start to talk to you and compliment/encourage you and you feel part of a team.

I bought a york multigym for like £110 from leeds so I had to pick it up from birmingham I wasted like £40 for van rental and around £60 for petrol.....never even got round to setting it up ended up chucking it away after 2 years as some of the screws were missing and one of the hinges had started to rust.

Oh yes protein shakes are ok but if your eating well enough they arent really needed they do help but they also give you problems if your like me and end up with stomach cramps/wind.
#27
It's each to their own, so little point arguing the case for gyms here.

For example, I've done both, I've paid the memberships at university and LA Fitness and have better muscle definition now from training at home, in my own time and space, when I want to, evening or morning, with my choice of music and DVDs. I don't have to worry about kit, travel or using communal showers. I'm strong enough mentally to push myself without outside encouragement. The protein shakes have never given me any side effects.

If other people have different experiences, fair enough, but this thread isn't about gym memberships, it's about a home weights bench and people wanted advice related to it, not against it.
#28
brilly
good price for what you are getting - i have a similar york one (collecting dust) but if sticking to the max weights allowed the pecdeck and leg extensions dont hold much.


Leg extension and pec dec 25kg - pretty much a waste of time other than for physio or really light people - but the 120kg bench should do for most. However - looking at the picture - I would hate to try anything that heavy on such a thin frame.



Benjimoron
Voted hot!

A friend of mine gave me one of these a few months ago. It's very good, I find the joints a bit rubby though if anyone understands what I mean? Also the butterfly arms seem a bit short but I've got no instructions with it so maybe someone could give me some tips??


If its the machines joints - use Copaslip - as it tends to stay where you put it - rather than ending up everywhere like normal grease. Its its your joints - see a doc :-D - alternately - if its joint pain through heavy lifts - take hempseed oil - and it will fix any pain in a day or two - and keep it away if you keep taking it.



kobirulali
Voted hot, any one know of cheap weights anywhere as well?


Don't buy them new - as most sets that are bought are never used. Look in Adtrader - and sort the search on distance. I have about 300kg now of Body Scuplture light blue hammerite look weights - so it was easy to even get matching ones - in total they cost me about a hundred quid.

Try to get 'spinlock' bars rather than the older type, with the clamping lever.

If you see weights described as 'Olympic' - this is a one inch bar - and they are worth far more - but the best you can get (but extremely rare to be sold openly rather than between people who know each other - as they are really only bought by enthusiasts).



OmniGod
i've found tesco extra stores one of the best places to get cast iron weights at a good price.


Try here...

http://www.adtrader.co.uk/classhome.php?class_id=127&trader_id=8948&class_name=Fitness%20Equipment




spenspuma
Gym membership is on average around £45 a month...which is £540 for the year....this is £39.99, which is the whole point - its aimed at people that DONT HAVE over £500 a year to body build with.


Training on your own is far harder - and if bench pressing anything you would consider to be heavy - or if you are repeating until you fail - you should get someone to train with you.

This is essential for safe training - and makes it easier to stick at it.

Another suggestion is use a council run gym. Preferably one in a bad area. The prices are normally far lower - and they tend to be full of people training hard - rather than posing and drinking mineral water.

If you train with someone who is enthusiastic - some of it will rub off.
#29
spenspuma
Gym membership is on average around £45 a month...which is £540 for the year....this is £39.99, which is the whole point - its aimed at people that DONT HAVE over £500 a year to body build with.


Not that I don't see your point... BUT, cheap / budget exercise equipment rarely fails to dissappoint and get abandoned.

Now I'm not saying that gyms fees are something that everybody can accomodate, but it's not normally the expense that puts people off, it's the actual doing it - be it in a gym, or at home with some budget equipment. People start off with the best of intentions, and a poster on the wall, and perhaps a holiday looming to motivate them. Many soon fall by the wayside.

I'll concede that if giving up is inevitable, then £39.99 isn't a lot of outlay (plus the money for the freeweights) but what I would say is that I doubt many would stick to such equipment month in, month out, year in, year out.

As to the price of gym memberships, it can very much depend, but compare that to the cost of say one night out, or one meal a month? Is it really that expensive, if it's something you want to do? Fitness and exercise tend to have to be something of a lifestyle change and commitment, and whilst it may seem the antithesis to this forum, I often think spending money on cheap exercise equipment, at the end of the day, just buys people expensive clothes hangers, that six months down the line are struggling to get rid of (and for some it can cost them to get rid of them), as they're taking up space.
#30
My home gym has been set up in the garage for the past 3 years...and i have been working out roughly 3 times a week EVERY week without fail in this time - you just have to get into the habit and now id find it harder NOT to work out that i do finding the will to do it!! - it works out MASSIVELY cheaper too - i have been a member of Living Well, Fitness First, Bannantynes, David Lloyd and the local Zeus gym (basically whichever one gave me the best deal) and i find it a MILLION times easier to work out in my garage which is just 20 seconds walk from my house, whereas id have to drive up to 20 minutes to a local gym, get ready, wait for some machines, get changed back and drive home - what a palava it was....i can also work out HARDER at home cos im not concerned about looking like a kn0b straining in the reps.
#31
spenspuma
i can also work out HARDER at home cos im not concerned about looking like a kn0b straining in the reps.


Too true!

I tried a gym once and fealt like a pillock. On the way out I notice that the cctv cameras on display in the rest of the centre are pointed at one of the machines in the gym. So not only did I look a nob to the people near me, I also looked a nob to anyone looking at the screens around the centre!!!


My advice, get something like this and try it and use it a few times. If you don't use it then you probably won't use a gym, if you use it and out grow it then a gym is probably the best option in the long run. Depends how much you want to spend and whether you'll feel a nob in the gym.
#32
spenspuma
My home gym has been set up in the garage for the past 3 years...and i have been working out roughly 3 times a week EVERY week without fail in this time - you just have to get into the habit and now id find it harder NOT to work out that i do finding the will to do it!! - it works out MASSIVELY cheaper too - i have been a member of Living Well, Fitness First, Bannantynes, David Lloyd and the local Zeus gym (basically whichever one gave me the best deal) and i find it a MILLION times easier to work out in my garage which is just 20 seconds walk from my house, whereas id have to drive up to 20 minutes to a local gym, get ready, wait for some machines, get changed back and drive home - what a palava it was....i can also work out HARDER at home cos im not concerned about looking like a kn0b straining in the reps.


And every credit to you - but you'd have to accept, you're probably the exception, not the rule.

Most people buy home equipment, either budget, or expensive, and it rarely sustains any prolonged use, merely becomes abandoned sooner or later.

The context for what I said was mainly because of that, really - sounds like a bargain, but most people don't stick to using them. Plus, budget equipment is nothing like as robust as equipment you tend to get in commercial gyms. I've been lifting in gyms for 23 years. And I've got some freeweights at home (barbell and some dumbells), plus some boxing equipment (heavy bag), plus a turbo trainer for my bike. Now I regularly use all of that.

I haven't bothered with racks and benches, mainly because I do regularly go to gyms. And to get equipment at home, that would be of any comparable use, would be quite expensive, and probably only of some marginal use. A couple of olympic bars aren't cheap, plus the disks I'd need to go with them. A solid squat rack would also be reasonably expensive, and I'd very much have to compromise what I'm currently using my garage for. To replace what I do in a gym would likely be pretty darned expensive, to get the same demands, plus would mean devoting substantial, robust space to it. The stuff that I have currently, doesn't place anything like the same demands on space, as it's largely movable and not permanent fixtures (my heavy bag isn't left out, and although the bracket is huge, it's high up, and can be folded).

I guess where I was coming from, is that people do largely abandon fitness kit. Plus newbies progress well, and so want to push themselves more and more - much budget kit will dissppoint, there. Plus, newbies would benefit from either observation of other experience people for form and technique, or instruction, or maybe simply the motivation of training in a communal environment.

Gym fees can sound expensive, but in context of dining out, socialising / drinking, spending money on other things that we acquire but don't really matter, it's not really that expensive. Plus training in a communal environment, especially when you are improving can help with adherence in the early days.

Some people are disciplined to sustain however they go about it. Most aren't. Most home exercise equipment gets abandoned or serves as expensive clothes hangers. I also think it's fair to point out that budget kit often disspoints if used long term, because people get stronger (else there's something wrong, somewhere), expect more, and may well have experienced commercial kit to compare with.
#33
Benjimoron
Too true!

I tried a gym once and fealt like a pillock.


Most people feel odd and insecure when they first do something new.

That does go away, though.

Benjimoron
My advice, get something like this and try it and use it a few times. If you don't use it then you probably won't use a gym, if you use it and out grow it then a gym is probably the best option in the long run. Depends how much you want to spend and whether you'll feel a nob in the gym.


I'd just make a couple of comments about that: I don't think it necessarily follows that not sticking to some budget equipment, means that you wouldn't flourish in a gym environment. Plus, I personally believe that it's in the beginning that people need either instruction or that feeling of caution and insecurity that newbies feel in a gym, because when people do feel like that, they tend to observe well, and attempt to ensure that they do things properly, technique-wise.

I think that's probably of paramount importance when you're starting out, and not letting bad habits and poor technique and form become habit and ingrained.

Despite that, I can't argue with the underlying point you make - that using something like this as a stepping stone maybe a good indication, but I think a lot of people who start off all by themselves that no verification on how they are lifting.
#34
Some very good points there Lester.

Most people will turn this into a clothes dryer, but I'd rather waste £40 on this than a gym membership that I never use and don't bother to cancel!

If you use this and outgrow it then a gym membership is probably the next move, unless you'd feel a nob.
1 Like #35
Benjimoron
Some very good points there Lester.

Most people will turn this into a clothes dryer, but I'd rather waste £40 on this than a gym membership that I never use and don't bother to cancel!


A fair point, too.

Having spent a lot of time regularly going to numerous gyms, and going back a good while, working in one as an instructor (briefly for about a year), it used to be one of those trade secrets about memberships, but these days I suspect most realise: the people that join, pay their fees, and either abandon it, or rarely go, subsidise the regularly gym goers.

As you hint at, there's probably a similar degree of adherence to those that buy home kit and abandon it, to those that never get their money's worth out of the fees they've paid to gyms.

I'm not amazingly against home equipment, even the budget stuff, I just think it's worth pointing out that peoples initial enthusiasm for buying a big unwieldly bit of odd-shaped kit for their homes, mostly turns out to be expensive modern-art sculptures for them.

But we are all different in what we do, what we expect, and what we will stick to. If there's any axioms that are relevant, it's simply this: the best form of exercise for an individual, is the one they will stick to and sustain.
#36
Quick search on Froogle shows you can get this at three or four places for £50 - so may be a good deal, but not as exceptional as people might think
#37
Think the new title is a bit misleading, the vouchers aren't standard vouchers but are effectively gift cards that are one use only and have a monetary value. One was given out by hukd and can't be got unless you got one weeks ago, the other is a reward for applying for an Amazon credit card.
#38
IMHO if you cant be bothered to work out in your home wiht it being so convenient then you arent going to keep going to a gym where you have to put a heck of a lot more effort into just getting there!
#39
Benjimoron;2491398
Think the new title is a bit misleading, the vouchers aren't standard vouchers but are effectively gift cards that are one use only and have a monetary value. One was given out by hukd and can't be got unless you got one weeks ago, the other is a reward for applying for an Amazon credit card.

A fair point well put...

However I have tried to make it clear what the vouchers/tokens are at the bottom of the origonal post AND also later in the thread I put the details in and said "if you still have them".

Personally I reckon £40 is still a good price... If you can get it for the £22.50 it's outstanding! I had my CC voucher kicking it's heels for about 4 months, so just thought it was worth mentioning in case anyone - like me - had half forgotten they even still had it.
#40
spenspuma
IMHO if you cant be bothered to work out in your home wiht it being so convenient then you arent going to keep going to a gym where you have to put a heck of a lot more effort into just getting there!


But that's not necessarily the case. Some people go to the gym at lunchtime (close to work) or on the way home from work (so quite possibly on or near their route home). So not necessarily a dedicated journey.

The choices aren't always as clear cut - it can be quite difficult and quite expensive to have a similar, representative range of equipment to either do fully body work,or use the sort of pundages people do in commercial gyms. Take that a step further, and once you've progressed, you may certainly find it's difficult and expensive to find home equipment that's sufficiently robust to provide the same degree of challenge you get in a gym.

Plus you have to factor in the effects of training in a communal environment, for perhaps technique, and motivation. Having people to observe and possibly instruction is very valuable to people who are new to weightlifting. Bad form, unchecked early, can lead to injury (possibly persistent, if it's based on something ingrained in behaviour), and habits and technique that are difficult to "reprogram" later.

Technique on core / power lifts (so squats, deadlifts, bench press) matter because of the weight that tends to be lifted and the propensity for injury. Take that further to some olympic style lifts (cleans and many of the overhead lifts) and it's of even more importance. It's difficult to get those sort of things right with mere posters, books or DVDs to work from. Instruction, critique and perhaps merely observation can help quite a bit. It's like many sports, where getting technique correct early on, really matters.

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