Pro Fitness Exercise Bench with 30kg Weights £49.99 @ Argos
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Pro Fitness Exercise Bench with 30kg Weights £49.99 @ Argos

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Found 27th Oct 2014
After hunting around, this was the cheapest I could find, one with decent reviews anyway. They have a different one at £80 which is a great deal too (http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1573206.htm#pdpFullProductInformation) - I opted for the 2nd one but both great deals!

Product description / spec:
Featuring a 3 position backrest for your personal selection, this multifunction Pro Fitness Exercise Bench comes complete with a standard bar and 6 weight plates. The perfect addition to any home gym, this functional bench is suitable for leg extensions, preacher curls and leg back curls - great for your fitness development.
- Incline, decline and flat bench press.
- Leg extension, preacher curl and leg back curl.
- 3 position backrest, 119cm standard bar and 6 5kgs weight plates.
- Maximum user weight 100kg (15st 10lb).
- Size H138, W119, D151cm.

43 Comments

Pointless for bench pressing as even a tiny, weak man would outgrow this almost instantly. The bar is too short and the concrete weights too thick to add anything significant to the bar.
So basically it's somewhere to sit while you do curls.

Check Ebay, gumtree or your local free paper and you'll be able to pick up a decent set of secondhand cast-iron weights for a similar amount of money but with immeasurably better results.

Push-ups are better suited for beginner chest development. No equipment necessary - save money, save space.

do you even lift Bro?

Original Poster

thelight1974

do you even lift Bro?



Who are you asking the question to???

miss_pdn

Who are you asking the question to???

The mirror. They all can't take their eyes off the mirror....NUTTERS.

Good for hanging cloths on but no good for pressing trousers.

It's been this price for ages I brought this last year for that price

mooty

Pointless for bench pressing as even a tiny, weak man would outgrow this … Pointless for bench pressing as even a tiny, weak man would outgrow this almost instantly. The bar is too short and the concrete weights too thick to add anything significant to the bar.So basically it's somewhere to sit while you do curls. Check Ebay, gumtree or your local free paper and you'll be able to pick up a decent set of secondhand cast-iron weights for a similar amount of money but with immeasurably better results.

There's always one.
I got this years ago and got the bar filled to 80Kgs. Oh and you can lift 30 reps not just 10. Insecure body builders only seem to be able to count to 10....It's why they don't have good jobs.

miss_pdn

Who are you asking the question to???



If you need to be told. You don't lift!

Original Poster

DappaDonDave

If you need to be told. You don't lift!



Kinda pointless response DDD.

Original Poster

Metal Gear Coffe

There's always one.I got this years ago and got the bar filled to 80Kgs. … There's always one.I got this years ago and got the bar filled to 80Kgs. Oh and you can lift 30 reps not just 10. Insecure body builders only seem to be able to count to 10....It's why they don't have good jobs.



Sadly there's more than one...people clearly have too much time on their hands. Thanks for your positive feedback.

Stupid question but does the100kg Max include body weight plus the weight on the bar ?.

and get 20% off with weight20 (instore and delivery)
Edited by: "trebormints" 1st Nov 2014

Good beginners bench especially with the preacher. It states user weight is only 15st 10 lbs that is the weight of the person not the weights. I doubt it will be stable with weights over 80kgs though.

Banned

thelight1974

do you even lift Bro?



I thought this was for pushing?

Coolcatcarter88

Push-ups are better suited for beginner chest development. No equipment … Push-ups are better suited for beginner chest development. No equipment necessary - save money, save space.



Yeah I'd say this is good advice. Get dumbbells as well which take up no room and when you get a bit more serious spring for a gym membership where they'll have really good equipment to use.

Original Poster

CaptainWest

Yeah I'd say this is good advice. Get dumbbells as well which take up no … Yeah I'd say this is good advice. Get dumbbells as well which take up no room and when you get a bit more serious spring for a gym membership where they'll have really good equipment to use.



Thanks the £80 comes with dumbells too...the bar's not for me

I had one of these. I'm no body builder but I work out regularly. I wouldn't recommend this product as it is very flimsy and the bar is joined in the middle which makes it wobble.

Better off spending £49.99 on nutrition and get a trial gym membership.

You can bench press on this for hours and you won't see a thing if you don't eat right!


Edited by: "JARCH" 3rd Nov 2014

Metal Gear Coffe

Oh and you can lift 30 reps not just 10. Insecure body builders only seem … Oh and you can lift 30 reps not just 10. Insecure body builders only seem to be able to count to 10....It's why they don't have good jobs.


I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you are easily able to perform more than 12 reps max then it is too light and you won't be putting on mass and will instead be toning. Yes you could do sets of 30 x 30kg but it would very quickly become a waste of time.

AsherDG

I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you … I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you are easily able to perform more than 12 reps max then it is too light and you won't be putting on mass and will instead be toning. Yes you could do sets of 30 x 30kg but it would very quickly become a waste of time.



Correct.. To put on serious mass do 4-6 reps of your 90% 1 rep max, X 3 sets. For most exercises such bench press, military press, squats, deadlifts etc. Isolation exercises you can do 6-8 reps.

why do they even sell this

Perfect for doing my scrotum squats.

again.......do you even lift Bro?

Guys, I'm looking for a decent bench, so anyone who has used this before, can you tell me if this is worth the bench price alone?
And anyone know if these are cast iron weights?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by: "MilitantG" 3rd Nov 2014

MilitantG

Guys, I'm looking for a decent bench, so anyone who has used this before, … Guys, I'm looking for a decent bench, so anyone who has used this before, can you tell me if this is worth the bench price alone? And anyone know if these are cast iron weights?Thanks in advance!



If you look at the picture you can see that they are plastic, they look like plastic and are twice as thick as iron plates. Also iron plates retail at about £2 a kg maybe £1.50 if your lucky so its highly unlikely a bench set like this would be sold for £50 with iron plates.

MilitantG

Guys, I'm looking for a decent bench, so anyone who has used this before, … Guys, I'm looking for a decent bench, so anyone who has used this before, can you tell me if this is worth the bench price alone? And anyone know if these are cast iron weights?Thanks in advance!



i got this bench a few days ago and its a great bench for the price
amazon.co.uk/gp/…s00

been setting up the garage into a small gym got that bench also a good sit up bench cast iron weights set (york) a heavy boxing bag floor to ceiling speed bag and all the accessories needed found some real bargains (my sons request for christmas) just need a good floor mat now

this bench is cold from me sorry but plastic weights are not worth the time realy


Edited by: "Reeferman" 3rd Nov 2014

Banned

I'm reserving judgement until LeeParsons gives his verdict

Can't quote on my iPhone but the fact you used the word 'toning' shows what little you know too.

Lift as much as you want. As heavy or as light as you want. You won't see no 'toning' or definition I till you get your diet right.

Unless of course your genetically gifted or taking something along the lines of Clen to help shift the excess fat.

Hmmm. This or the £20 a month gym 2 minutes walk from me that gives you a key to let yourself in any time you like.

Reeferman

i got this bench a few days ago and its a great bench for the price … i got this bench a few days ago and its a great bench for the price http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CS42H7U?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00been setting up the garage into a small gym got that bench also a good sit up bench cast iron weights set (york) a heavy boxing bag floor to ceiling speed bag and all the accessories needed found some real bargains (my sons request for christmas) just need a good floor mat nowthis bench is cold from me sorry but plastic weights are not worth the time realy



Cheers m8!

anewman

Hmmm. This or the £20 a month gym 2 minutes walk from me that gives you a … Hmmm. This or the £20 a month gym 2 minutes walk from me that gives you a key to let yourself in any time you like.



Depends what you want out of it. I use home equipment because Im a full time dad but if I had no responsibilities and a gym with 2 mins walk Id do the gym. It gets you out, you might socialize, reach your goals faster and get more motivated. £20 a month for your health,body and soul sounds pretty good.

AsherDG

I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you … I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you are easily able to perform more than 12 reps max then it is too light and you won't be putting on mass and will instead be toning. Yes you could do sets of 30 x 30kg but it would very quickly become a waste of time.

So Could you explain....If it's a waste of time HOW DO YOU WALK...AND....HOW ARE YOUR LEG MUSCLES STRONGER THAN YOUR ARMS?
Amazing that isn't it. It's almost as if the best exercise for health is high reps with a relative weight....In fact that is the current consensus in the health industry but not the insecure body builder industry.

dinono10

Correct.. To put on serious mass do 4-6 reps of your 90% 1 rep max, X 3 … Correct.. To put on serious mass do 4-6 reps of your 90% 1 rep max, X 3 sets. For most exercises such bench press, military press, squats, deadlifts etc. Isolation exercises you can do 6-8 reps.

NOPE....That's for fatties. WHO said people wanna be like YOU???
Oh that must be the test speaking for you. See....Lots of muscle is also UNHEALTHY. Especially with roids. Since you need about 5x the exercise to bring your lung capacity / haemoglobin oxygen transport upto your muscle size.

AsherDG

I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you … I'm sorry but you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. If you are easily able to perform more than 12 reps max then it is too light and you won't be putting on mass and will instead be toning. Yes you could do sets of 30 x 30kg but it would very quickly become a waste of time.



His idea is that not all people lift to put on mass and that you also can lift to tone or build endurance.

Edited by: "gg1pl" 3rd Nov 2014

Metal Gear Coffe

So Could you explain....If it's a waste of time HOW DO YOU … So Could you explain....If it's a waste of time HOW DO YOU WALK...AND....HOW ARE YOUR LEG MUSCLES STRONGER THAN YOUR ARMS?Amazing that isn't it. It's almost as if the best exercise for health is high reps with a relative weight....In fact that is the current consensus in the health industry but not the insecure body builder industry.



I don't know if you've ever seen another human but everyone I've seen have legs bigger than their arms. We're bipedal so our legs are naturally bigger. Bigger muscles, bigger force/strength simple. By your logic someone who is 30 will be stronger and more muscular than a 21 year old and a 40 year old stronger than both of them.
Metal Gear Coffe

NOPE....That's for fatties. WHO said people wanna be like YOU???Oh that … NOPE....That's for fatties. WHO said people wanna be like YOU???Oh that must be the test speaking for you. See....Lots of muscle is also UNHEALTHY. Especially with roids. Since you need about 5x the exercise to bring your lung capacity / haemoglobin oxygen transport upto your muscle size.



Lots of muscle isn't unhealthy. Yes you are right though, if you use steroids and no cardio so your body doesn't have time to adapt is unhealthy. Your muscles, including your heart, and your joints all respond to increased forces hence why you can improve your fitness through excercise. However, those people don't represent everyone who just wants to a bit bigger and get stronger. Not everyone wants to become arnie just cause they lift.
Edited by: "yrreb88" 3rd Nov 2014

yrreb88

I don't know if you've ever seen another human but everyone I've seen … I don't know if you've ever seen another human but everyone I've seen have legs bigger than their arms. We're bipedal so our legs are naturally bigger. Bigger muscles, bigger force/strength simple. By your logic someone who is 30 will be stronger and more muscular than a 21 year old and a 40 year old stronger than both of them. Lots of muscle isn't unhealthy. Yes you are right though, if you use steroids and no cardio so your body doesn't have time to adapt is unhealthy. Your muscles, including your heart, and your joints all respond to increased forces hence why you can improve your fitness through excercise. However, those people don't represent everyone who just wants to a bit bigger and get stronger. Not everyone wants to become arnie just cause they lift.

I do agree with everything you have said. I yes my main premise is that if you are interested in this equipment then the chances are.....You don't want to the same as the bad advice of most of these Neanderthals....BUT...
"By your logic someone who is 30 will be stronger and more muscular than a 21 year old and a 40 year old stronger than both of them." Well...Yes that's exactly what I'm saying wether you exercise or not you are using your legs in a specific way. AND...evolution has caused them to respond in this way.
As an example...Guys I know from MMA lift what body builders would LOL at...10kg dumbbells for bicep. But they work up to 50 reps and then once it's easy go for 12-14-16kg-and so on. They train for endurance first then the weight. They get ripped and strong but not muscular like Arnie. After 10 years BB's might be big but they'll still be lifting the same weight as the MMA guys but the MMA guys will be doing 50 reps. And what makes it healthier is that they don't have to play catch up with cardio.
To put it politely...Lots of muscle is unhealthy...Because you can't sustain lots of muscle without fat unless you're on steroids. So either you have to be fat or...the steroids have increased the platelets in your blood that intern reduce the oxygen transport of an individual platelet. So...You're left with the 10-12 reps and then out of breath syndrome. Steroids do everything to only increase tissue growth / repair by around 4 times. So no matter what you do in weights you have to do 4 times the work in cardio just to break even.

Metal Gear Coffe

I do agree with everything you have said. I yes my main premise is that … I do agree with everything you have said. I yes my main premise is that if you are interested in this equipment then the chances are.....You don't want to the same as the bad advice of most of these Neanderthals....BUT..."By your logic someone who is 30 will be stronger and more muscular than a 21 year old and a 40 year old stronger than both of them." Well...Yes that's exactly what I'm saying wether you exercise or not you are using your legs in a specific way. AND...evolution has caused them to respond in this way. As an example...Guys I know from MMA lift what body builders would LOL at...10kg dumbbells for bicep. But they work up to 50 reps and then once it's easy go for 12-14-16kg-and so on. They train for endurance first then the weight. They get ripped and strong but not muscular like Arnie. After 10 years BB's might be big but they'll still be lifting the same weight as the MMA guys but the MMA guys will be doing 50 reps. And what makes it healthier is that they don't have to play catch up with cardio.To put it politely...Lots of muscle is unhealthy...Because you can't sustain lots of muscle without fat unless you're on steroids. So either you have to be fat or...the steroids have increased the platelets in your blood that intern reduce the oxygen transport of an individual platelet. So...You're left with the 10-12 reps and then out of breath syndrome. Steroids do everything to only increase tissue growth / repair by around 4 times. So no matter what you do in weights you have to do 4 times the work in cardio just to break even.



MMA is just that, a wide mix of styles and fighters. Each individual will train differently and whilst your mates might do high rep low weight, others will do a mixture of everything else including low rep high weight and some will even do some powerlifting because strength and endurance is important. They're not aiming to get massive usually becuase that means putting on size and weight which means changing class. I would hope that your mates are also doing everything else i.e. cardio, circuits and high weight excercises, not just 50 reps low weight of each excercise! It's also hard to compare MMA with BB seeing as they have completly different goals. BB can be aesthetics, strength, both or just fitness in general.

Yes lots of muscle is unhealthy in the way that you describe but bodybuilders should have a balanced routine which include cardio and as a result their body adapts. You can sustain your muscles providing you eat and excercise correctly, you can get BBs with very low bodyfat in some competitions and strict nutrition and excercise are required to acheive that. Steriods is another matter, yes the neanderthals and people that just want to look big quickly will use them but not all BBs take them.

People going to the gym to get bigger/stronger shouldn't be compared with professionals or steriod users as well as MMA practitioners as everyone has different goals. So someone saying do high weight low rep as part of a routine shouldn't be told they're wrong if they're telling someone who wants to get bigger/stronger. I think we are all discussing different things here, there is no right or wrong answer as it all depends on the individual.

I also get the impression you dislike BBs for some reason.

The maximum user weight is two stone less than I weigh. I am 6'3", cycle 12 miles a day and can bench 110kg. I couldn't use this bench as it would no doubt kill me if I tried.
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