Men's Health Folding Workout Bench with 35kg Weights £99.99 @ Argos. RRP £219.99
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Men's Health Folding Workout Bench with 35kg Weights £99.99 @ Argos. RRP £219.99

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Found 2nd Apr 2016
Was just browsing some of the sale items on Argos and came across this workout bench. Reduced from £219.99 to only £99. Seems a good price and might be of some use to some gym users on a budget. Plus, spend 1p more and get a Free £10 voucher.
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35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need more weight than this within weeks
Not bad, Argos claim the max total weight (user + weights) is 225kg, which is pretty fair for a beginner bench.
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villian106

35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need … 35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need more weight than this within weeks


You're not wrong there However, for the price i thought it seemed quite reasonable and was worth posting.
villian106

35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need … 35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need more weight than this within weeks



Depends on the bar weight?
If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout bench, then 35kg is plenty and will last for absolutely ages for beginners. It certainly is for me anyway haha
If the bar weight is negligible, then I agree with you

Edited by: "Firefly1" 2nd Apr 2016
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Not bad for the price, but the RRP is a joke
Firefly1

Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout … Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout bench, then 35kg is plenty and will last for absolutely ages for beginners. It certainly is for me anyway haha :DIf the bar weight is negligible, then I agree with you



It'll be about 7kg.
nublets2k

It'll be about 7kg.



So that's effectively a 42kg bench press.

Just to help out any complete beginners.....
I can bench 42.5kg after a few months of the gym a couple of times a week (Yes, I was super weak ) so for pretty much any guy I can't imagine this lasting longer for you than it would me. As most are stronger than me to begin with, it would last less time of course.

Nevertheless it is a good deal.
Edited by: "Firefly1" 2nd Apr 2016
Fake rrp
My first press was 50kg and that's from someone who was a fat nerd in school and never ever did any sports or exercise.

So yeah, you might soon outgrow the weights.

Still, good price for a bench if it's well made. But it does say Mens Health on it so that's something you'd have to live with. I couldn't!
You will probably buy a new bar anyway the reviews say it has a join in the middle and so is not very robust.
the weight is decent, just do more reps
Not a good deal in my opinion, the pre offer price is way to high, The bench looks ok, but the barbell, dumbbells and vinyl weights look poor. Not a fan of vinyl weights bulky, and easily get to the point where you cant get more on the bar. You might even struggle to get all the plates they give you on that barbell. 35kg is on a lot at all. it really wont last long, then again benching/squating at home can be dangerous. My advice is spend money on a decent bench, then buy some plates off gum tree, maybe treat yourself to a new bar. Little resale value in this stuff, and so many people buy and don't use so bargains to be had.

In terms of benches go for something like this, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodymax-CF415-Squat-Spotter-Catchers/dp/B000WU26HI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459673058&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=body+cf415

This bench, a 6 ft barbell and try Stronglifts with good form will transform any true beginner. Of course you do need space in the house for this setup.
ovverbruv

the weight is decent, just do more reps




^ Agree. Smash out 100 reps a set and you'll end up massive.
Edited by: "charliemike" 3rd Apr 2016
As a general rule of thumb *all* fitness equipment from Argos is rubbish, except maybe metal weights and kettle bells that you can't really go wrong with - for the basics the bench is fine but the rrp is ridiculous and the deal price is probably about what it's worth IMO
35kg??? Do you even lift bro?
You can get a better bench and 50kg weight set separately on the site for the same price
just buy more weight and it onto the bench if it can go up to 225. thickos
timeline

You can get a better bench and 50kg weight set separately on the site for … You can get a better bench and 50kg weight set separately on the site for the same price



Get posting dude. Hopefully it's none of those rubbish thin benches.
Why do you need all this equipment just to do curls?
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Edited by: "markymark34" 3rd Apr 2016
Buy more weights? That's the point. The bar is poor. You would need to replace very quickly. Also you wont get much weight on the bar using vinyl discs. It all depends what you aim is. 35kg is just not a lot of weight. So better looking elsewhere IMO.
villian106

35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need … 35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need more weight than this within weeks



unless super-slow? So useful for mid-old age.
Firefly1

Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout … Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout bench, then 35kg is plenty and will last for absolutely ages for beginners. It certainly is for me anyway haha If the bar weight is negligible, then I agree with you



​an olympic bar is 20kg so cant see this bar being more than 10kg. total on bench is maybe 45kg. pefect for home use. i used to warm up at gym with 100kg for 25 reps on the flat bench but dont bother going heavy now as it wastes your joints.. now do intense workouts with light weights so this is spot on.. wont catch me buying this tho as i like the chitter chatter with my buddies at the gym
Wow the amount of stupid comments here.

What's stopping you getting a couple 25Kg York cast iron plates from Amazon and some cheap 10Kg plates off Argos in addition to the weights that come with the set? You are not stuck to 35Kg!

If you plan on doing this I suggest you also get a York Beefy barbell (similar to an olympic one but you can fit standard plates on it), as the one that comes with this set is rubbish.
Edited by: "SPRR0W" 3rd Apr 2016
PlantBuilt

My first press was 50kg and that's from someone who was a fat nerd in … My first press was 50kg and that's from someone who was a fat nerd in school and never ever did any sports or exercise. So yeah, you might soon outgrow the weights.Still, good price for a bench if it's well made. But it does say Mens Health on it so that's something you'd have to live with. I couldn't!

You were Fat. High bodyweight u
SPRR0W

Wow the amount of stupid comments here.What's stopping you getting a … Wow the amount of stupid comments here.What's stopping you getting a couple 25Kg York cast iron plates from Amazon and some cheap 10Kg plates off Argos in addition to the weights that come with the set? You are not stuck to 35Kg!If you plan on doing this I suggest you also get a York Beefy barbell (similar to an olympic one but you can fit standard plates on it), as the one that comes with this set is rubbish.

You have answered your own question. Not only would you need more weights you would need new bar too.
PlantBuilt

My first press was 50kg and that's from someone who was a fat nerd in … My first press was 50kg and that's from someone who was a fat nerd in school and never ever did any sports or exercise. So yeah, you might soon outgrow the weights.Still, good price for a bench if it's well made. But it does say Mens Health on it so that's something you'd have to live with. I couldn't!


tbh 50kg untrained is pretty heavy, but as you were heavy you were basically trained everyday by bodyweight

bar here will be 6-7kg as stated above - enough to aim at as a 'start' (many will lift less)
add a couple of cheap weights and enough to get going for while
sneakys

Not a good deal in my opinion, the pre offer price is way to high, The … Not a good deal in my opinion, the pre offer price is way to high, The bench looks ok, but the barbell, dumbbells and vinyl weights look poor. Not a fan of vinyl weights bulky, and easily get to the point where you cant get more on the bar. You might even struggle to get all the plates they give you on that barbell. 35kg is on a lot at all. it really wont last long, then again benching/squating at home can be dangerous. My advice is spend money on a decent bench, then buy some plates off gum tree, maybe treat yourself to a new bar. Little resale value in this stuff, and so many people buy and don't use so bargains to be had.In terms of benches go for something like this, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodymax-CF415-Squat-Spotter-Catchers/dp/B000WU26HI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459673058&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=body+cf415This bench, a 6 ft barbell and try Stronglifts with good form will transform any true beginner. Of course you do need space in the house for this setup.




You can get those exact racks for £60-80 on eBay with different branding, I've got one for my home gym. Got a rack, 7ft bar, 140kg of plates and a dip bar for under £300. All new and excellent quality! Within touching distance of that 100kg bench press now!
Alternative for similar price?
A lot of ill considered comments by those who are regular weight trainers and have perhaps forgotten what it is like to start lifting, especially if you're skinny and light. Also, depending on what you're doing it for 35KG may be fine, sometimes people want to make a weights session more cardio based. Just because you can bench 150KG, doesn't mean that's what everyone's end goal is.
markymark34

Why do you need all this equipment just to do curls? … Why do you need all this equipment just to do curls? [img]http://i.huffpost.com/gen/768561/thumbs/o-MASONS_POPEYE_05-570.jpg?1[/img]



or synthol
This will be a hollow bar, so will weigh 1-2 kg, a solid 1" diameter bar weighs about 1.2kg per foot.
As people have said it depends what you are aiming to do but all I am saying is that the so called price drop gives a false impression of value. I am not trying to be overly critical but I would steer clear of this setup.

The bar is very poor quality, those springs collars are useless, also with the 35kg provided in the plates provided gives a very limited option on dual dumbell weight ( i.e 5kg, 10kg or 15kg). The dumbells are very poor I wouldn't fancy a 15kg dumb bell excercise with those collars. Even on barbell the weights options are poor, with a 5kg minimum weight increase.

Far better looking about for a 2nd hand cast iron weights set. With spin lock ideally if staying with 1" diameter with some 0.5, 1 kg, plates.

It was a good shout who ever mentioned ebay for something like this:

ebay.co.uk/itm…972?hash=item4d3be29d6c:g:gTAAAOSwv-NWVYR0


villian106

35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need … 35kg of weights is no where near enough weight, even a beginner will need more weight than this within weeks



Buy more then?
This one is much better, 50KG weights and only £69.99, folds flat, plus £5 voucher and 10% cashback in store from quidco.Everlast folding weights bench
Edited by: "RAMlover" 3rd Apr 2016
Cobman

Buy more then?



Thanks, never thought of that .............. Apart from the fact you don't want to put much more on a hollow barbell with poor collars.
Edited by: "sneakys" 3rd Apr 2016
Guys it's been mentioned already. Vinyl sucks, the bar could be better. For the price you can so allot better.
The one in aldi's which i posted, is far superior to this. But as some of members of hotukdeals have a attitude problem towards me, they have rated this better. To many keyboard warriors, and wanabees.
For anyone starting out. I would recommend going to a gym. Get your technique correct first of all, then consider getting a bench. But by the time you gained the technique, you would be better off going for a better bench than this.
yoyo59

or synthol



or photoshop
Weight is weight and you can always add more, BUT as been said before this bar ,bells, bench etc is poor quality, and also as said you can spend the same wiser , a good solid bench, a good solid bar and a few plates will get you started......then just add stuff as funds permit..........

35kg is fine depending on your goals. Don't forget diet is important and set /rep range. Not everyone wants to get bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger. So no need to up the weight or buy more plates. Depends what people's goals are.
Not everyone wants to look like an erection in a vest.
35kg is fine depending on your goals. Don't forget diet is important and set /rep range. Not everyone wants to get bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger. So no need to up the weight or buy more plates. Depends what people's goals are.
Not everyone wants to look like an erection in a vest.
Firefly1

Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout … Depends on the bar weight?If the bar weight is 20kg like a gym workout bench, then 35kg is plenty and will last for absolutely ages for beginners. It certainly is for me anyway haha :DIf the bar weight is negligible, then I agree with you



this is best for 14-16 yr olds, most teenagers start off 50kg +
sneakys

This will be a hollow bar, so will weigh 1-2 kg, a solid 1" diameter bar … This will be a hollow bar, so will weigh 1-2 kg, a solid 1" diameter bar weighs about 1.2kg per foot.As people have said it depends what you are aiming to do but all I am saying is that the so called price drop gives a false impression of value. I am not trying to be overly critical but I would steer clear of this setup.The bar is very poor quality, those springs collars are useless, also with the 35kg provided in the plates provided gives a very limited option on dual dumbell weight ( i.e 5kg, 10kg or 15kg). The dumbells are very poor I wouldn't fancy a 15kg dumb bell excercise with those collars. Even on barbell the weights options are poor, with a 5kg minimum weight increase.Far better looking about for a 2nd hand cast iron weights set. With spin lock ideally if staying with 1" diameter with some 0.5, 1 kg, plates.It was a good shout who ever mentioned ebay for something like this:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MIRAFIT-Adjustable-Squat-Rack-Dip-Stand-Barbell-Weight-Gym-Bench-Power-Lifting-/331717188972?hash=item4d3be29d6c:g:gTAAAOSwv-NWVYR0



that squat rack seems cheap. just need a flat bench which would allow rack to hold weights while doing bench press

May buy rack for cellar.
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